Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Author Rudyard Kipling celebrated his birthday on December 30th. He lived to be 70 years old. He was known for his poems of British soldiers and his Children's stories. In 1907, he received Nobel Prize for Literature. Among his most popular works were 'The Jungle Book', which was written in 1894 and made into a Walt Disney movie in 1967.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.Thomas Jefferson
Sunday, December 19, 2010
- 33% of children in California will not finish high school.
- More than 20% of adults read at or below fifth grade level
- 44 million adults in the U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child.
- 50% of American Adults are unable to read an eighth grade book
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaningTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
I don't know if I would call this a book review, it's a little different. This book has touched me, when I closed the book, I sat there and cried for a couple minutes and just reflected on my life. It is so powerful.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
What do you think about these kind of people, the ones that make remarks such as "Reading is so boring!"?
Q. Which of your books is your favourite?
My favourite book is normally the most recent book, as I have lived and breathed the characters for so long. The Queen’s Fool remains a firm favourite but as I have just finished work on The White Queen about Elizabeth Woodville, it is my most precious. That said, I am also working on The Red Queen and The White Princess and I’m finding the war of the roses a fascinating period.
Q. Have you ever considered writing about Laetitia Knollys?
I agree that Laetitia Knollys was a fascinating woman. She appears briefly in my novel The Virgin’s Lover, which you might enjoy but I would love to write a novel about her in the future.
Q. Are you going to write any more about Queen Elizabeth?
Elizabeth is such a key figure and she comes into two of my published books, The Queens Fool (as a young Princess) and The Virgin’s Lover (in her first years as Queen).
Q. Have you ever considered writing about Jane Seymour?
I think I covered much of Jane’s courtship in The Other Boleyn Girl and I have to say, she does not interest me as much as the other wives.
.Q. In The Boleyn Inheritance, you depict the life of King Henry VIII and his court through the eyes of three very different characters and use this technique in The Other Queen too. Why did you choose to narrate in first person?
I have a great liking for the first person narrative because I think it gets the reader into the head of the character; it’s a very immediate style. For The Boleyn Inheritance I realized that I wanted to tell the story from the point of view of the three women who were so intimately involved in the perils of being Queen of England at this time. Anne of Cleves, the wife that Henry chooses and rejects, Katherine Howard the girl he adores but who is too young to keep herself safe, and the woman who advises them both to their great danger: Lady Rochford, Jane Boleyn. I liked it so much, I replicated it for The Other Queen, using narrative from Mary, Queen of Scots, Bess of Hardwick and Bess’s husband George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury.
Q. How much of what is written about the characters in the Boleyn series is fact and how much is fiction?
This is an almost impossible question to answer since each character and each novel is different. By and large the fiction fills in the gaps of the known historical record and brings it to life. In a story such as that of Elizabeth 1 when we know so much about what she thought and did the fiction animates the story that we know (and sometimes gives us a different slant on the well-known material) In a story like that of Mary Boleyn we know only the slimmest outline and the fiction fills in the gaps.
God isn’t the moon beautiful? Every night it gets a new chance to come up just right. And every morning no matter how imperfect it is, it’s just washed away. When you are young you have all these chances, and with time you blow them, one after the other (page 242)