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Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers

Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers

I read Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers for an essay. It is a very interesting book, written nicely, not dry at all. Of course, the subject, Napoleon, is fascinating too. I got another book of his, about Napoleon, for the essay and that one…

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert and Giveaway

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert and Giveaway

I read quite a few books on the Holocaust, but I did not know a lot about Israel. So, I was very curious to learn about the formation of the state, from the Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert*. I did not know much about…

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke was the last book in the Lochmore Legacy Series, the forth one. After reading the third one, by an author I like, I said I should read the rest. The first one was ok, but the second…

Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple

Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple

Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple sounded great, as the second book in the Lochmore Legacy Series. It was about two people I read in the previous book and I was so looking forward to this story. But, the previous book was written…

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann is a collection of essays about the 1848 revolutions in Europe. As it happens with this kind of books, some chapters are more intriguing that others, both due to the subject and to…

His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston

His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston

His Convenient Highland Wedding by Janice Preston is the first book in the The Lochmore Legacy series, a book written by another author. I loved the idea behind this and so, I wanted to read all four. By the time I’m publishing this review I…

Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman

Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman

I don’t write reviews for books I did not read. But I need to make an exception with Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman – Adventures of a curious character. My husband read it and I pestered him to read passages from the…

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

I was asked if I want to review The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke – The Crown, the Dynasty, the Golden Age*. Of course I said yes, especially as I’m studying the period. I like to mix up serious books (as in those kinds…

Josephine by Kate Williams

Josephine by Kate Williams

Josephine by Kate Williams – desire, ambition, Napoleon is a good book, very easy and pleasant to read, just like a novel. The only thing that annoyed me, so much that I took a star out of the rating was the amount of assumptions she…

Our final century by Martin Rees

Our final century by Martin Rees

Our final century by Martin Rees – A scientist’s warning how terror, error, and environmental disaster threaten humankind’s future in this century – on earth and beyond. I reserved this book from the library just before hearing about it in a talk at Davos in…

Sacred treason by James Forrester

Sacred treason by James Forrester

Sacred treason by James Forrester is the first book in the Clarenceux trilogy, a mystery series. I wanted to read this book for two reasons. First of all, I finished Sansom’s Shardlake series and this one seemed similar. Secondly, James Forrester is the pen name…

The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis

The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis

This book, The Napoleonic Empire by Geoffrey James Ellis is part of the Studies in the European History collection. It is a really good book, very well written, making it easy to read. I’ve enjoyed it. He talks about Napoleon’s legacy and that part was…

Uncovering The Merchant’s Secret by Elisabeth Hobbes

Uncovering The Merchant’s Secret by Elisabeth Hobbes

Uncovering The Merchant’s Secret by Elisabeth Hobbes was published last month, a few days before I was able to borrow it from the library. I’m really impressed how fast the library service got the book. I knew they will have it, as they listed the…

The French Revolution by William Doyle

The French Revolution by William Doyle

The French Revolution by William Doyle is quite a biased book, not to the standard I expected it to be. I will talk about two things from the book which stand out. ‘All power, all authority, all institutions were now provisional, valid only so long…

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke

The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke has the very appropriate subtitle: and What Went Wrong. This is the 3rd book I read by Clarke and I will start reading the 4th one in a couple of months or so. All his books are hilarious and…

Tombland by C. J. Sansom

Tombland by C. J. Sansom

Tombland by C. J. Sansom is the seventh book in the Matthew Shardlake series and so far the last one. The story takes place in 1549 and Shardlake is in Norfolk, at the time of Kett’s rebellion. So far I’ve enjoyed all his books and…