Shelf-Control #9

Shelf Control is a weekly instalment created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. I love the idea of looking at my own bookshelf and getting excited to read what I already own. Here the little introduction from Bookshelf Fantasies:

Instead of always looking ahead to upcoming new releases, I thought I’d start a weekly feature focusing on already released books that I want to read. Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, books that are either on my shelves or on my Kindle!

You can find the original post here.

Title: The Other Boleyn Girl

Author: Philippa Gregory

Published: 2001

Length: 529 pages

What it’s about (from Goodreads):

Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: The love of a king

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realises just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.

A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamourous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.

How and when I got it:

My boyfriend’s mum gifted me this book last year.

Why I want to read it:

I love history, I love the Tudors, and I especially like Henry VIII (when I say like, it means I like reading about him – I obviouslydon’t think that he was a very nice man!) so I think I would love this book. However I did start watching the film a few years ago and hated it so much, I stopped halfway through so I’m a little afraid of comitting to such a big novel…

3 thoughts on “Shelf-Control #9

  1. I read this book before the movie came out, and then saw the movie, and have to say that the book is better! The lives of the Tudors are so well-covered, but this was an interesting approach, and I enjoyed it a lot. Hope you do too!

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