Saturday, May 10, 2008

Welcome to my blog!



This is my first foray into the blog world, so tips will be welcome! I will be keeping an ongoing reading list here, along with reviews of what I have read. Some travel notes will be sprinkled in. Here’s the first.

THE ILLUMINATOR BY BRENDA RICKMAN VANTREASE
St. Martin’s Press, NY, 2005




Finn is an artist who paints the beautiful page edges and endpapers in Latin holy books for the English Catholic Church in 1380. This is his story, enmeshed in the political battle for the English peasant to obtain copies of the Bible in their own language, to read for themselves. The author develops all of her characters well and really brings the period to life. The way she describes the political situation of the time brings understanding to the modern reader. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next!

7 comments:

Sarah said...

Hey, I found your blog on LibraryThing. This book sounds great! I'm definitely going to add it to my Amazon wish list.

I also think your blog looks really great. Keep it going!

The Tome Traveller said...

Thanks for the postivie feedback Sarah! I hope you enjoy the book, I really liked it. I am currently reading the sequel, "The Mercy Seller" and will post a review when I am finished. Have a great evening!

Sarah said...

I just read some reviews for that on Amazon, and some were mixed. I'm going to wait and see if I like this first one before I read any more from this author. I can't wait to read your review!

Sarah said...

You seem to really love reading, so I wanted to invite you to a book forum I belong to: http://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/

It's based in the UK, but there are members from all over the world. I'm one of the moderators (Echo) and I live near Seattle, WA. Everyone is really friendly and I have gotten some really great book recommendations. There are also a lot of people who love historical fiction, like you! I hope to see you there!

The Tome Traveller said...

Thanks Sarah, that's fantastic! I'm always looking for new authors since my favorite authors don't write as fast as I read. I try to get over to the UK at least once a year, mainly to go book shopping & see a cathedral or two. It's lovely over there, steeped in history where ever you go. Thanks again, I'm off to look up your bookclub...

devourerofbooks said...

Welcome to blogging!

tashiana said...

political battles in 1380- not my cup of tea
but i see that your reviews have been short and delicious from the beginning

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Bibliophile, Anglophile, Traveller... I have been an avid reader all of my life, since I took the Dr. Seuss Dictionary away from my Mom when I was less than a year old because I wanted to read it myself. In college, where I earned my degree in English Literature, I was often asked "What are you going to do with it?" Now I finally have the answer to that question!!! Being employed as a Flight Attendant for twenty years has given me a lot of life experience and, better still, a lot of time to read. I love to travel for fun, too.