My current reading mission is to get rid of my TBR {to be read} pile. It’s sat for years in between our couch & love seat somewhat untouched. Now, the pile of books {& the laptop & plug beside them} are a main attraction for Lucy & Zach. I’ve been taking advantage of car trip & pumping reading recently trying to get that stack read & the books shipped off via paperbackswap. {I’m ldybugsuzi there if you want to help!}

IMG_20130415_091118A few years ago, I got obsessed with all things Philippa Gregory. I think I read like 75% or more of her novels within a few months. I believe The Red Queen wasn’t quite out yet at that time. I put it on my paperbackswap wish list & then in my TBR pile when it arrived.

The Red Queen reminded me why I got obsessed. The history nerd in me comes out while reading historical fiction. This one is more behind the scenes scheming & battle scenes than love stories like some other of her works. But it was good.

I was glad the story of Henry Tudor was told through his mother. I liked having her perspective & think it would’ve been a very different {but still been very interesting} novel had it been told from Jasper Tudor or Henry’s perspectives.

I have not read The White Queen {the first of the Cousin’s War series}, but I plan on requesting it from the library soon. I’ll be reading them out of order which I guess is fine if not slightly historically confusing.

If you’re a fan of historial fiction, England’s royalty & Philippa Gregory, you’ll want to make sure to read The Red Queen. It was a quick, pretty light read.