I was on a little vacation last week so I didn’t get to go book shopping. I was tempted to buy a local book from the area where I was at, but quite frankly, I’m a bit of a cheap skate and spending twenty dollars on a book doesn’t sit well with me. So my book haul for March 23, 2013 is the first one in a while.
I admit, I will spend twenty dollars on a book every once in a while. It makes sense especially when it’s a really nice reference book. I know I spent around twenty-three dollars for my copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living and that book has already paid me back in spades. I just don’t want to spend a ton of money on a single book. It has to be a good book.
On my vacation I also missed out on going to the Carl Sandburg House. Carl Sandburg was a poet if you didn’t know it. Word! Haha….anyway, that will be coming up in a few weeks or so. I am actually not very far away from the Carl Sandburg House, so I will visit it and write a post about it and Carl Sandburg. You guys have that to look forward to.
What I got
The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
Alison Weir is a very good historical fiction writer and a good biographer. She is chiefly concerned with the Tudors, whom I think were all airheads. I bought this book because I have read a few other biographies about monarchs. One of the more informative biographies I have read about monarchs was a book about Marie Antoinette’s son, who was held in terrible conditions during the family’s imprisonment, of which is ultimately died from.
I have read historical fictions by Alison, so this will be the first time I have read a non-fiction contributed to Alison. The book is rather lengthy, which is good and bad. It’s good because there is a lot of information, but it’s bad because that is a lot to take in and it very possibly will get very boring. It’s hard to write a non-fiction about someone or something that happened a long time ago without being boring. We’ll see if Alison is cut out for it.
Elizabeth has been a person that has fascinated people for years. There have been countless books and movies about her. We just can’t let the idea go of a woman ruling an entire country by herself so long ago. We can’t let go of the idea that she never married. She was known as the “Virgin Queen,” but it’s highly doubtful that she was an actual virgin, especially with all the evidence pointing to a relationship between her and Dudley. I actually read a book in which Elizabeth has something of an affair with the husband of her father’s sixth wife. This was after Henry VII was dead of course. I don’t know if there is any evidence to support this anywhere in history, but it does make for an interesting book.
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
I bought this book because I’ve seen it circulating around on Amazon for a couple of years or so. I know I recently bought 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper, but I couldn’t pass this one up. I am not sure how “Christian” this book will be. I’m hoping it’s not too over the top. Again, I’m probably barking up the wrong tree asking for a book about life after death not to lean towards one religion or the other.
Apparently, this book is about a little boy named Colton. He had an emergency appendectomy, but when he woke up he told his parents something. He told them he had left his body and went to heaven. He told them what they were doing in the other part of the hospital. He told them things that had happened before he was born. He told them what he saw in heaven. Colton was only four years old when all of this happened. I don’t know if the boy is for real or if he just has a really good imagination, but his look at heaven will probably be interesting.
What I spent: $1.00