Farewell and adieu, ye fair English book-reads


So ends another April, and with it — Read of England.   Perhaps this April should have been watch of England, since I did re-watch Fawlty Towers (for the 856th time, I think), began exploring Sherlock and Outlander, revisited most of my favorite Rowan Atkinson sketches ,  and finally watched the Downton Abbey movie.   Although I couldn’t eat any authentic British biscuits, a tea-loving friend of mine and I did bake scones and enjoy a few Sunday teas together .   This corona business has been awful for diets – -everyone is baking and snacking during Netflix binges, myself included. And it doesn’t help that my coworkers keep baking!

We did plain, cranberry, and chocolate-chip.


The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great,  Benjamin Merkle
The Warrior Queen: The Life and Legend of Aethelflaed, Joanna Arman
The Making of the British Army, Allan Mollinson
A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages, Martyn Witlock

Historical Fiction
The Bright Blue Sky,  Max Hennessey
Cruel as the Grave,  Sharon Kay Penman
Outlander,  Diane Gabaldon

“The Lady of Shalott”, Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Enoch Arden”, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Outlander is technically still in progress.  Now, if you’re slow-blinking at me for reading a romance novel when romance is one of the things I like least in books,   I blame two female friends for preying on my historical interests.  The basic premise (a woman thrown back into 18th century Scotland) was enough to lure me in, or at least distract me from continuing with Narcos, Better Call Saul, and Waco.    It’s not a series I’ll be continuing in, I wouldn’t think.   I also FINALLY sampled a bit of Tennyson, at least something beyond his “Charge of the Light Brigade”.   Enoch Arden was beautifully tragic, and I was surprised to realize  one of  my favorite paintings is based on “The Lady of Shalott”.    There were also a few books I didn’t get to, some of which may pop up as May goes on, including a history of the Plantagenets.    Also in May, expect a fair bit of science.


Finally, “May the Fourth be with you”. I was going to do a Star Wars books post, but then I realized I haven’t read that much Star Wars literature of note, the exceptions being the Darth Bane trilogy and Matthew Stover’s excellent movie novelization of Revenge of the Sith.




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2 Responses to Farewell and adieu, ye fair English book-reads

  1. Anonymous says:

    Happy Star Wars Day!

    I’ll see if I can give you some ideas for next years ‘Read of England’…… I do have a few floating around. Is there a particular era you’re interested in or basically anything from Alfred onward?

    • Anything from the Anglo-Saxons to 1945, really! I’m trying to make good my obliviousness about things between the medieval and belle epoque, though. And thanks for anything you turn up. 🙂

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