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

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 in Review!!

In total I read 47 books last year which is down from the previous year (but I wasn't dealing with as much sickness in the house or a pregnancy!). As expected, the majority of those were historical fiction but I did throw in some others for variety! Here is a rundown of my tally:

Historical Fiction: 33 (mainly British)

Austen: 7 (including "sequels")

Nonfiction: 6

Contemporary Fiction: 1

Of course there were some books that I absolutely loved and there were those that really fell short. Here are my top 5 picks for 2010:

Honorable Mentions would have to go to:

Hugh and Bess, Susan Higginbotham
The Seventh Son, Reay Tannahill
Virgin: Prelude to the Throne, Robin Maxwell
The Founding, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

I can't wait to see what will be on my 2011 list!

*I borrowed the "Best of" image from Historical Tapestry.


  1. Great choices - I"ve read four of the five and Here Be Dragons is one of my all time favorites! I loved Harold the King too. Hope you have been feeling better.

  2. I absolutely loved The Scarlet Lion! Just purchased Here Be Dragons... I can't wait to read it :) I hope you enjoy your 2011 reads!