In January I read:
Sniper One: On Scope and Under Siege with a Sniper Team in Iraq by Sgt. Dan Mills. Royal's job in the Royal Marines was Sniper, so I'm always interested in reading about Sniping. This one is about a sniper platoon, led by Mills, in Al Amarah, Iraq in 2004.
The book was easy to read and understand. On occasion I find that technical military information takes me longer as I have to read and then reread it to keep up. It's not my native language like it is for my husband. I found the book interesting, sometimes extremely exciting and several times I laughed out loud. Didn't expect that. Thought Sgt. Mills did a good job of setting the scene and showing what it was like for his team. I would definitely recommend Sniper One.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. A retelling of the Bible Story of Hosea.
I bought this months ago and couldn't bring myself to start it, not sure why. Finally, I picked it up mid month and could. not. put. it. down. Read it in a matter of hours over two evenings. Not only is it fantastically well written, but it left me with such a wonderful feeling of happiness afterward. Even led to several in depth conversations with Royal about love and marriage (was much more fun then that sentence makes it sound!).
Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry and Revenge by Eleanor Herman. The title pretty much says it all. Book centers around the Royal Mistresses of the last 500 years. Everyone from Agnes Sorel, Charles' (the VII of France) royal mistress to Camilla Parker-Bowles, who we all know could possibly become Queen of England thanks to her marriage to her Prince Charles.
I love History. Love it. It's why I want to become a History Professor. I'm infinitely more inclined to read what other people consider "boring" history books. Sex with Kings is not a boring History book by any stretch of the imagination. As the New York Times said, it's "Sexy, dishy, and funny." I would recommend this book to anyone, history buff or not. Plus, it introduced me to several historical figures I've added to my list of peeps to take a closer look at!
Just for fun, I'll also be listing the Books/Chapters I read for university this year.
Chapters 1 - 3 of Texas Government Policy & Politics by Tannahill.
Chapters 6 - 8 of Nexos Spanish Textbook by Long, Carreira, Velasco & Swanson.
Chapters 16, 17 & 18 of America Past & Present by Divine, Breen, Fredrickson, Williams, Gross & Brands.
Off to just a fantastic start.