Last week was a great reading week! I love it when everything clicks right and I can stick to my reading goals. Last week I read A Soldiers Wife by Margaret Leroy (LOVED it!) and You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (still wavering on this one) and started Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (barely into it, but my goal was to start it and I did).
Along with my reading goals, I also was busy with life. Last week I went to a castle to plan a haunted dungeon for a Halloween event for Cub Scouts, spent an evening babysitting my future granddaughter, worked 2 jobs, taught a class on Halloween’s Christian roots, facilitated a Revelations Bible Study evening, had a Halloween party for my son’s Boy Scout Patrol, and helped move my Papa’s things and furniture out of his apartment since he is now living in a nursing home.
This week I have more fun events planned, but my reading will have to take a back burner. I plan on finishing Night Circus and then getting right to work on November’s book club book Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.
Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
And that, fellow book lovers, is my week. Let’s hear about yours!
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