Well, I don't think so, given that I can't remember where either of them came from, or why, but they were both registered by me so no BC history to report :-) Nonfiction: Everybody's Daughter, Nobody's Child by Jane Lapotaire - interesting memories of her childhood in post-war Suffolk Novel: Winter's Fire by Giles Kristian - Viking adventures in 8th century Norway ETA: I'm reading them now because I can make them fit plum's January reading theme!
The Chateau of Briis: A Lesson in Love by Alison Weir, a short addition to her Six Tudor Queens series, featuring Anne Boleyn A entertaining love story from Anne's teenage years at the French court :-)
At the time this book came out, Mom had been decrying the fact that she never got to go to college and study English literature, so I bought it for her. It passed back to me in 2015, and just now reached the top of the TBR stack.
Although Mom never mentioned it, I can tell from the feel of the hardcover that it must have been thoroughly read.
Heaney's introduction, with lots of Irish "colonial" background, is fascinating, and I like the fast pace of his translation. On the facing pages with the Anglo-Saxon text, I can infrequently recognize words ("cwen" for "queen").
About once a year, I read a detective novel. I was reading 'Jonathan Norrell and Mr Strange', but then I had to go somewhere and it was too thick, so chose this instead, to fit in with this month's Ultimate Challenge theme (houses, rooms, etc.). Presumably I got this in a box of books that I inherited from our expat club when it petered out. A group of the friends I made still meets, but the club is no more, leaving me with 5 boxes of books to read or cross as I wish.
Got an email from NetGalley that this book was available as a read now (meaning you don't have to request it and be approved by the publisher) for 48 hours. I'd not read this author before but heard her compared to Robyn Carr once, who I love, so I took the bait. I'm not very far in but liking it so far.