This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Saddest

Booking through Thursday is hosted by Deb at Wordpress.

Q: What's the saddest book you've read recently?

This is a tough one! I read it a couple of months ago, but I am going to say Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman. Now, the book itself is NOT really going to be considered sad but I'm choosing it because, to me, it was just so sad how trusting and forgiving Henry II was to his arrogant, ungrateful, rebellious sons and they just kept betraying him. I really felt sad for Henry because he honestly wanted to be a good father and have the love of his sons and he was doing whatever he could (he thought anyway) to secure their inheritances and make them strong. He didn't want his sons to ever have to fight for what was theirs like his mother tried to do. Yes, he was irritatingly stubborn but he didn't deserve the way his sons treated him.


  1. That does sound a bit sad. But interesting. I had trouble coming up with anything because I generally stay away from sad books.

  2. I have read several books where I felt sad for a situation but it was not in the sense of the emotional sadness. KWIM?
    I already have Devil's Brood on my to-read list from when I read your review. I look forward to reading it.

    Here is my BTT.