Sunday, October 2, 2011

5 Things: Escapes

I have fancied myself flying off to see the the birthplace of my Mother’s parents in Italy some time next year.  Luckily, there is Kayak to fuel my obsession. I am going to have to save my pennies. The flights were anywhere from $700 to $1,100. That cheap flight was with stops in NYC, Montreal and London. Ugh. The only saving grace is that the Euro is down somewhat when I last looked and that could be good news.

I even plugged in Glasgow, because, well, it is Scotland. Not much better. Between $500 – $600. The exchange rate with the pound is somewhat better as well.

To escape now, I turn to my old friend books instead of food. Boy have I been reading lately.

Here are 5 of the last books I have read:

1. The Green Rider by Kristen Britain

I liked it, not loved it. I was never really into fantasy before I read the Songs of Fire and Ice books and Harry Potter. This book did not grip me like some of the other books in my list but I did finish it.

2. The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham

This is another medieval fantasy 1st book in the series and I will definitely be reading the next one when it comes out this year. This was a could not put down for me book and I liked the characters, specifically some of the not so major characters.

3. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick

I am not sure what my obsession with medieval fiction is. Maybe to read about a world so different but eerily slightly similar to today’s society. This is a tale about a young man who goes off to learn how to be a knight and what he encounters along the way a thousand years ago. I loved it.

4. Lords of the White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick

When I found out that Shadows and Strongholds was actually a prequel written after this book, I had to read the first book you know. This is about the young man’s son who also learned to be a knight and quite possibly was what Robin Hood was based on. I read this book in 2 days.

5. The Road to Jerusalem by Jan Guillou

I had never heard of this book until roaming about the awesome library in my city and it called out to me on the shelf. Ok, the picture of the knight on the cover called out but really, it did. It is the story of Arn Magnusson, a Swedish knight who through some events is sent to a monastery to return home and with one mistake (that today would totally be nothing) is sent off on Crusade. It is also set 1,000 years ago and there was a very popular Swedish film miniseries that will come from Netflix soon.

I bought a Kindle 4 Thursday with some Amazon gift certificates. The fact that you can now take library books out (and the gift certificates) where the deciding factor in choosing the Kindle. God help me.

 

 

 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jen,
    Where abouts are your maternal grandparents from in Italy? I'm half Italian as well, my dads parents were born in Traviso about an hour away from Venice. If you get the chance you should go, believe me, you won't regret it!! It's beautiful and the history is just so interesting.
    - Melissa

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