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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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Currently reading

Heart of a Lion
Gilbert Morris
The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
Tracy Borman
The Daniel Plan Study Guide: 40 Days to a Healthier Life
Mark Hyman, Daniel G. Amen, Rick Warren
Henry III: The Son of Magna Carta
Matthew Lewis
Reginald Pole: Prince and Prophet
Thomas F. Mayer
The Sunne in Splendour
Sharon Kay Penman
The Cost of Discipleship
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Top 10 Reads of 2016

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - Eric Metaxas Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors - Conn Iggulden The Heretic - Henry Vyner-Brooks How To Be A Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life - Ruth Goodman The Colour of Poison: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery (Volume 1) - Toni Mount The Imp of  Eye (Renaissance Sojourner Series Book 1) - Kristin Gleeson, Moonyeen Blakey A Rule Against Murder - Louise Penny Scythe - Neal Shusterman Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

I may have rated a few other books just as highly as these, but when I look through the 100 books that I read this year these are the ones that give me pause. Each of these books surprised me, challenged my way of thinking, uplifted me, or were extraordinarily memorable in their own way. It may seem easy to choose a top 10 for the year, but I am thankful that I've read so many fantastic books that this was a challenging task. To make it easier, I did not count re-reads (Pillars of the Earth) or books in the same series (Bloodline by Conn Iggulden).


I'm looking forward to another great year of reading in 2017!