Reading :)

Mar. 16th, 2012 03:23 pm
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I've just finished reading Bernard Cornwell's Agincourt and God, it is amazing. The characters are very engaging, like always, and the historical research is flawless: everything down to the payment rates is accurate. But what impressed me the most was the descriptions of the siege of Soissons and Harfleur and the narration of the battle itself.

It is easy to forget the human tragedy and tjhe brutality of medieval warfare when reading academic essay or watching films (I recommend Juliet Baker's Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle; it's not only a great description of the battle and a well constructed argument about the numbers involved, but also a detailed work on how the army was raised and paid). But a novelization is always more vivid and the description of both the archers' role and the one-on-one combat was breathtaking. You can see the poleaxes and the maces and the plate on the men-at-arms crashing. It's terrible and awe inspiring. If you like medieval warfare, of course. 

Now I'm debating between starting the Grail Quest trilogy (set on the first phase of the Hundred Years War, under Edward III) or changing the subject. I have Paradise Lost and a biography of Napoleon waiting for me... I don't know what I should pick up next. 

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I think I love BetterWorldBooks. I bought some books from there (Enemy of God -which I read in my phone I almost lose my eyes while doing it-, Azincourt and The Grail Books) and they were really, really cheap, something like $5 each. And the shipping is free. Free! I usually end up paying more for delivery than for the actual books, so this was a wonderful finding. And for each book you buy, they donate one to a literacy program, which makes me absurdly happy. And! You can contribute with a Carbon Offset Program, which is great, too. 

Anyway, I think this is a great option for people who buy lots of book like I do. 
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Remember when I was moaning about lack of fandom for the Arthur Books? I'm not alone
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I got the two books I bought last week (how I love you Royal Mail, you are so fast and trustworthy ♥) and I'm, like, über happy. 'Cause I'm a nerd XD

I got one for my thesis, The Hundred Years War: England and France at War c.1300-c.1450 by Christopher Allmand and one for pleasure readng, Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir. The thesis is killing me, btw. 

I'm also happy because I have a friends's birthday party tonight and I'm going to buy a shirt, so yay consumism! Also, I'm watching Inherit the Wind and I just adore that film. 

What nice things have happened to you, dearest flisters?
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I've recently been downloading tons of books and articles and I thought "Let's share!" Most of my ~collection is in English. I’ll make a note when something is in Spanish and I’ll list the articles separately. I’m not sure if I should upload every book or if it’s best to upload a book only if someone is interested in it. Does that make sense? Anyway, let me know what you think. I’ll be compiling my stuff.

On other news (LOL), my cousin is having a baby ♥_ ♥ I’m so happy for them and I really hope the baby is a girl :) I also passed my Economic History exam, so yay me!
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Let's start by saying that, on Monday, I failed a final for the first time in my life and I was surprisingly calm. No anger, no sadness, no crippling insecurities about my self worth. I'm surprised with myself. Or maybe I'm not myself but one of the pod-people. In any case, I smoked less and my lungs are kind of grateful. 

Yesterday, on the other hand, I had a great day. First of all, I got the translation of Hetalia's movie so I could proof read it. I really enjoyed it, I hope the final products looks fine. Then I want to the mall and my cousins dragged me into the book store (much to my chagrin, as you can imagine, lol) and I ended up buying Louis XVI et Marie-Antoinette: Un couple en politique by Joël Félix (but in Spanish because my French is not that good D:) which I've been trying to get for almost an year. I saw it at half price, and I just couldn't resist it. 

Then we went to buy school supplies and I love school supplies with pretty colours. I'm such a child. 

And at night I caught a mini-series called Jeanne Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour that kept me awake until 6 AM but it was so worth it. I actually cried. I even felt but for Louis and I've never been a fun of his. Now I have to try to find it and download it because I know I'll want to watch it again. 

So, after the English overload, some Bourbon stuff. 

Book Meme

Feb. 10th, 2011 07:58 pm
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Taken from  [ profile] sir_pinkleton 

Last book that I read: The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century  by Ian Mortimer

Amazing, to be honest. It's everything that social history should be. Interesting, easy to read, well researched and surprising human. The section about the Black Death is haunting: we are used to see the Black Death in its economical/political/religious dimension and how it helped to jump-start the birth of a new era but Mortimer reminds us of the people who died, of how families (almost every family) were hit by it and I'd be lying if I say that I didn't shed a few tears. 

Book that I'm reading: The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation, also by Ian Mortimer

Right now, I'm in the middle of the plot against Mortimer (not the author, Roger, lol) and Queen Isabella and I have to say that I'm hooked. Like the previous book, Mortimer writes in an agile, interesting way, but the topic changes and so does his style. This book requires some more background knowledge (it helps knowing about Philip the Fair and the general rules of feudal loyalty, as well as the status of Normandy and Guyenne before the Hundred Years War) but it's easy to follow. As the title indicates, it puts emphasis on Edward's role as a "nation maker", which is a really interesting approach and something that is helping me to create a (very) tentative plan for my thesis. Mortimer speaks (writes) about it here: Englishness is more about Crécy than cups of tea

Book I will be reading next: I'm not sure if I'm going to read A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain (Marc Morris) or Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle (Juliet Barker). 

First of all, a cookie to anyone who can tell the running theme of my summer break reading material, lol. But I'm in a full "OMG I NEED TO THINK OF A THESIS SUBJECT AND I FEEL LIKE GOING BACK TO MY FIRST LOVE: DEAD ENGLISH KINGS, YEAH". Also, I got some extra money and, being the nerd I am, I went to Amazon to buy books and they have links to other precious things and "Frequently Buy Together" deals and I'm only human! But the important thing is that I don't know if I'll feel like going backwards and get some Longshack stuff or go forward and read about my beloved Henry V (who totally looked like K. Brannagh in my mind) and the longbows (I'm actually thinking of buying this, btw). What to do? True, chances are that as soon as classes start again I'll have to read about WWI... which may be an excuse to buy this

So yeah, books.
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I just got home from my final on American (the continent) history. I did great! Yay me!!! Thank you so much to everyone who helped me with the Canadian October Crisis, it as really helpful and allowed me to steer my presentation exactly in the direction I wanted. I love it when you can use your exposition to answer what you know and avoid what you don't (like, 90% of the course) . Next exam (12/16) is for Theology III and that's it! I'll be a free bitch for two months!

Sorry, I'm super excited and happy. And not only because of my exams but also because I bought some awesome books in and they have already been dispatched. According to the site they'll be delivered the 24th but I seriously doubt DHL works on Christmas. Unless those German guys are really serious when it comes to business, lol.

I had to think quite a lot about buying these books (the exchange rate between pounds and pesos is dreadful for us) but after all I've been trough I think I deserve something to make me happy, right? Anyway, see my new babies:
  • A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris
  • The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation by Ian Mortimer
  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer
  • Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle by Juliet Barker

Has anyone read them? Ok, so I'll stop babbling right now, I'm sorry to be so boring. 

Do tell me, any recent purchase that made you happy?  
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I bought a new book, and a Shakespeare play, at that! Edward III has been incorporated to Shakespeare's canon and aSpanish translation was released this year. The book just hit the book stores and I had to have it. I'm still reading the prologue but I'm so damned excited about it. I mean, it's Edward III after all. 

Thank you to every one who has been there to support me and hold my hand. You are wonderful. 
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 It's raining here and it's damp and generally disgusting. There are barricades in two colleges and the whole downtown area was a chaos worthy of Hell because there were like 10 different rallies and manifestations. I had to travel in a shaky bus and I had to pee in a McDonald's because my bladder is plain stupid. But you know what? I don't care. Because I finally have this

with me. And really, buying books just makes me happy! 

What makes you happy? What's that little thing that, no matter what, lifts your spirit?

Book Meme

Sep. 30th, 2010 05:41 pm
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Taken from [ profile] astuta 

The BBC apparently believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here: BOLD THE ONES YOU’VE READ!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I got 50 out of 100. I need to read more
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 I haz new books! Yay me. 

Last week, my dearest boyfriend gave me a book called Maria Theresia by Karl Tschuppik, even though I had to go and pick it up. Luckily, a book store nearby the one that had my book (and it is a lovely book, I highly recommend it) had something my father has been looking for four years. It's a book about Montoneros, a paramilitary group that existed here in the 70's. It was kind of expensive, but I couldn't let it pass, could I?

Well, today I added another baby to my collection. This time is The Habsburgs, by Andrew Wheatcroft. I had to travel a lot to get it, but it looks so worthy of it. 

By the way, today I've discovered that I love trains. At least when they are not crappy like the one that comes near my home. I had to take as train to the north of the city and I adored it. Maybe because the sky was greyish and about to rain (I love rain). Maybe because I could see all the lovely English houses besides the tracks (a everlasting reminder of the three things the English have done for us: free trade, meat market, the train) and even catch some of the horse race going on in the racecourse. I don't know. I'm pretty sure that the music I was listening to helped: This is England, and FST by [ profile] otakufox23 , which I highly recommend. 

Anyhow, I'm exhausted. I think I'm going to take a nice, hot shower and then go and finish reading Highway Cloudbusting by [info]stardropdream.

God, I also should move my lazy derrière and finish typing that damn Epilogue!

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