First chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Well at least my post isn't late and I'm caught up with leaving replies to the comments. This week's book will be long, but I hope many will enjoy it: Here's When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman, which sounds really, really good :D Enjoy your week everyone!


Chartres cathedral France

January 1101

Stephen was never to forget his fifth birthday, for that was the day he lost his father. In actual fact, that wasn't precisely so. But childhood memories are not woven from facts alone, and that was how he would remember it.

He'd come with his parents and two elder brothers to this great church of the Blessed Mary to hear a bishop preach about the Crusade. He didnt know who the bishop was, but his sermon was a long, dull one, and…

It's Monday! What Are you reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them. (From thebookdate.)

So Royal Chaos continues to dominate my playtime, wreaking havoc on my reading life. On Sunday my monkey and I went to a train expo where he enjoyed himself and I ended up spending a lot of money on train stuff, (and I ended up losing a hopper coach...) we also ended up riding a sort o…

The Sunday Post #10 Royal Chaos

"The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme" (From Caffeinated Reviewer blog)
So I'm continuing to play Royal Chaos, which is an addictive game, and it eats away at my time. My monkey and I went to a playground today and he had a lot of fun playing with a four year old girl building sand castles out of rock and then filling up bucket with rocks and watching them slide down the slide. He also began to be sleep resistant and in some cases a bit ritualistic. Few days back I tried to read him some Russian fairy tales in Russian, and I couldn't get past the violence, although it was meant to be funny, I know. As I was reading the part about them eating a rabbit, I froze and just skipped over that. I did not realize I would become…

Friday 56 Challenge Week 9

RULES: (From

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.

*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

Also join in the fun on Instagram using the hashtags #Instagram56 #Friday56

Happy weekend to you all!
So so far, Royal Chaos, Royal Chaos and even more Royal Chaos. I also have been thinking of skipping over non 2020 books for now and I will get to them once I run out of 2020 books to post about. Anyways, enjoy my snippet! 

From page 56
" The biggest challenge, my mother said, was traveling with a baby. She had to stuff cloth into my mouth to keep me quiet as we made our way through dangerous territory. We traveled this way from Lodz to Berlin, which on a direct route was about three hundred miles. Today, on good roads in a modern vehicle, the trip would take about five hours, so I can only imagine how long and harrowing our journey was. My mother recalled a few…

Bookish ( and not so bookish) thoughts #9

1. Royal Chaos is a very addictive game...And I blame it for the fact that it's hampering my reading life.

2. For a brief time I decided to add a third book to my reading list: that of Paul Yoons Run Me To Earth, which I am not sure how I feel about it yet.

3. I have officially given up on hearing from certain people. I doubt that I will hear from them, as sad as it sounds...although I really wanted to read two particular books: SAMANTHA DOWNING's new one: He Started It, and Wife after WIFE BY Olivia Hayfield.

4. A question, but why are some male authors so obsessed with women's looks? I am reading A good book written by another male author, and his male character focuses a lot on women's breasts and thighs...

5. Soon Lunar New Year will begin, and I have some plans for celebrating it, and honoring my sons paternal side.

Waiting on Wednesday

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.
At long last I finally got Darling Rose Gold last week, and I have plans for featuring it on this week's Waiting on Wednesday! I also realize that I'm kind of running out of 2020 books, (yes same story as in the end of December 2019...) so if that happens, I guess I will focus on books that were published earlier than 2020 but that I haven't read yet...
Two books I will feature today are Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel and Saving Meghan by D.J Palmer, which is about, yes, mothers and daughters as well as mental illness and Munchhausen syndrome by Proxy. I also will reply to…

First chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: The Road to Urbino by Roma Tearne

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Sorry for late post, but am blaming it on a certain addictive game I'm playing, Royal Chaos, where ten minutes turn to three hours...I'm done with Master and Margaret and have begun my book tour book, Stefan's Promise by Sam Rennick. So far it's really enjoyable :) I still have quite a long way to go with Forgotten Reflections. But yes, my first 2020 book is Stefan's Promise by Sam Rennick which is about the friendship between men. 
The book I'll feature today, The Road to Urbino is going to examine how culture plays into our actions and deeds, and its supposed to be vivid, detailed and descriptive. Enjoy's today pick!
The Road to Urbino by Roma Tearne

Learning to paint a fresco
Last night I dreamt I was in Talaimannar again. With the an…