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Bring Up the Bodies
Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel
By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmiths son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henrys second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henrys actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the kings pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, and its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a truth that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Annes final days. In Bring Up the Bodies, sequel to the Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.
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Graywacke
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#12Booksof2021
#April

I finished five books in April, including Caste (on audio) and Lolita, the main book in my Nabokov theme. Lolita is quite a novel, but still was somehow less than I expected. I think I liked this little masterpiece better.

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shannasbookshelf
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As a result of my #libbyapp loan of the #audiobook of #janetskesliencharles‘s #theparislibrary ending in a day or two, I‘ve picked up the audiobook of #hilarymantel‘s #bringupthebodies, the sequel to #wolfhall. I‘m enjoying it so far, although I‘ve picked up the speed to 1.25x.

TiredLibrarian Love this one! 7mo
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shannasbookshelf
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My #novembertbr #november2021tbr pile! I‘m not 100% sure I‘ll get to all 4 of these books, but here‘s to hoping I do! #margaretgeorge #thememoirsofcleopatra #hilarymantel #bringupthebodies #themirrorandthelight #taylorjenkinsreid #maliburising

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Graywacke
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I imagine, had it been an option, Thomas Cromwell would have had ice cream while watching all these executions go down too. Anyway, book two of Mantel‘s trilogy is complete. It was different than Wolf Hall... faster, lighter. But like WH, it‘s terrific.

CarolynM They're so good, aren't they? I'm still gathering myself for the last one. I like Cromwell, I'm not looking forward to his fall☹️ 13mo
Graywacke @CarolynM yes! I‘m hoping to get to TMatL in June. 13mo
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Graywacke
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I would be much better off reading this than watching KU get slaughtered by an underrated USC team...but at least I have started this one. So far it reads way faster than Wolf Hall.

Ruthiella This does read a lot faster than WH. Partially maybe because we all know who HE is, but it‘s also a tighter narrative. 😀 1y
canbku Same. I stopped watching. It's just so sad. 1y
Graywacke @Ruthiella yes, the HE‘s. So far it‘s been “he, Cromwell”. I think I‘m ok with this! 1y
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Graywacke @canbku good call. (Although USC did impress. Just wish it was against someone else.) 1y
SamAnne I do not watch sports. Except for the NCAA! Men and women's. I live in Spokane so Go Zags!! So many upsets in this tournament. And some really great games. I have the NCAA app so I get alerts when there are close games....my job really gets in the way of the first tourney rounds! 1y
Graywacke @SamAnne I‘m certain you did not get a close game notification on KU-USC. 🙂 Zags look great. 👍 1y
SamAnne @Graywacke LOL no....gosh I hate it when the losing guys cry. The games are so emotional. 1y
Graywacke @SamAnne right. The drama. I think that‘s, maybe embarrassingly, mainly what draws me. 1y
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 26

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crazyspine
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Finished my first #bookspinbingo for the month. I found the second in the trilogy much easier to understand.

UwannaPublishme 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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crazyspine
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@Thearomaofbooks February #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo
I hope to finish the tagged book first. I wasn't as successful during January as I had hoped. I was one book short of bingo; however, I am proud for completing both the bookspin and doublespin. My goal is to get at least one bingo row this month.

Crazeedi Great job, I did make one bingo for the first time! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month - good luck with February!! 1y
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Great novel about the fall of Anne Boleyn from the POV of Thomas Cromwell.

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CharlesSwann
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Vol 2 of the Cromwell story, as brilliant as Wolf Hall.

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BookwormM
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I am really enjoying this series it is interesting to see Henry VIII from a different point of view.

Cromwell is a dangerous man to cross or anger and he clearly holds a grudge.

I really wish we knew what actually happened with Anne Boleyn was she guilty or was she set up.

What this book clearly shows is history is written by those in power on the winning side and that my school history may not have been accurate (6 fingers anyone)

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Freespirit
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Hilary Mantel‘s second instalment of the lives of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII was fantastic. I found it easier to read than the first..it may have helped that I knew the characters and her complex descriptive writing style. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Before I embark on book number 3 I am going to go on a magical journey with Max Porter, Mary Shelley and Kathleen Jennings. I loved Lanny and Frankenstein, and Flyaway has been recommended to me.
Happy reading 😍🌸

JennyM Gorgeous photo. And fab selection! X 2y
Freespirit Thanks @JennyM some quick reads hopefully..I'm very slow with my reading this year😁 2y
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11-14 Sep 2020 (audiobook)
This went by so quickly. I prefer Wolf Hall but still enjoy this. The problem is that I find myself wanting to like Thomas Cromwell (old habit of siding with the protagonist) and have trouble accepting his acts of vengeance. Maybe it is because I am not a fan of Wolseley. Looking forward to seeing how I feel about his downfall.

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DyAnne
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“What use is Anne‘s child, the infant Elizabeth?”
Ack! What use indeed?! If they only knew . . . Re-reading Bring Up the Bodies to get ready for book 3.

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Lesanne
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It‘s so, so interesting watching Cromwell‘s evolution throughout this book/series! It hardly needs to be said, but what a wonderful read this was. I‘ve read so many variations of the Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn saga I didn‘t think anyone could write anything fresh and new, but happily, I was wrong! And I timed my discovery of this series perfectly because I don‘t have to wait 8 years to read the final book in the trilogy!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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😁😁😁👍💖

I'm on the second book in Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy and I am absolutely loving it! Hands down the best historical fiction I've read about Tudor England.

@BayouGirl85 #talkaboutittuesday #averycromwellsummer

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"You fear he will turn on you," Chapuys says.

"He will, I suppose. One day." Sometimes he wakes in the night and thinks of it.

"But if that day comes," the ambassador says, "what will you do?"

"What can I do? Arm myself with patience and leave the rest to God." And hope the end is quick.

????? Poor Cromwell! ???#averycromwellsummer

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I'm really happy to be jumping into this book! I missed Cromwell! 💕

Don't you just love my super healthy snack? 😉🍦

#averycromwellsummer

Ruthiella I just finished The Mirror and the Light and personally feel, while all three are brilliant, the middle book is the best. It is like the smartest thriller I‘ve ever read and kept me on the edge of my seat even though I knew the outcome! (edited) 2y
Branwen @Ruthiella Wow, really?! That makes me even more excited to keep reading! I was really blown away by how much I loved the first book. I couldn't put it down! This is definately lining up to be one of my favorite series! 😀💕📚 2y
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“Repetition of false teachings does not make them true.”

batsy Gorgeous photo! 2y
Croissonter @batsy 😊 thanks! 2y
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rmaclean4
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April 2020 #readingwrapup #bookreport

5 🌟
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer‘s Stone J. K. Rowling (Illustrated) 📖(reread)
4.5 🌟
Wolf Hall: Hiliary Mantel 🎧(reread)
Bring up the Bodies: Hilary Mantel 🎧
3.5 🌟
Dominicana: Angie Cruz 📖
3 🌟
Amal Unbound: Aisha Saeed 📖

Centique That‘s a good idea to reread the Mantels on audio. I think I will do that too! 2y
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mutlee
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Just as good as the first book!

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rmaclean4
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Much faster paced than Wolf Hall. Felt like a more focused novel. Loved the audio book. Can't wait to read the final in the trilogy. 4.5 🌟 Highly recommend!

SamAnne Thanks for this review. I‘m a third through Wolf Hall and loving it. Planning to order this one next week. (edited) 2y
rmaclean4 @SamAnne I am just downloading The Mirror and the Light. It is a full Cromwell month for me! 2y
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squirrelbrain
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I liked this even better than Wolf Hall. I think listening to it on audio suited me; if I‘d have read it I would have done my usual speed-reading and missed all of the nuances and delightful turns of phrase.

Now just waiting for my reservation of The Mirror and the Light - all 38 hours of it! 🤪

Cuilin I just started The Mirror and the light. So good too. 2y
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻you‘re getting there 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! You‘re rocking it!!!!!! 2y
Ruthiella This one is zippier than Wolf Hall. Both are brilliant but I enjoyed BUtB more too. 😁 2y
BarbaraBB Well done. I enjoyed Wolf Hall but haven‘t felt up to this one yet! 2y
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rmaclean4
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So excited that this audio book came in. My week just got better!! Had to include my Henry VIII & His Disappearing Wives mug.

squirrelbrain I just finished this on audio yesterday.... loved it! ❤️ 2y
RebL I have that mug too! 2y
rmaclean4 @squirrelbrain I am so excited to listen to this!! Perfect read for staying home! 2y
rmaclean4 @RebL so.perfect right? 2y
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saresmoore
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Happy Easter, everyone!

TrishB Happy Easter 🐣 hope you‘re doing ok ❤️ 2y
batsy How are you doing, friend? ❤️ 2y
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squirrelbrain
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I‘m hoping that, today, I have become a #litsytrailblazer...! 😁

Has anyone else ever done #audioscarifying?!

Here‘s me having fun in the sun with my lawn scarifier and Oliver Cromwell!

LibrarianRyan What is lawn Scarifier? 2y
squirrelbrain @LibrarianRyan - scarifying is when you rake all the moss out of the lawn. This machine is like a lawnmower but with teeth instead of blades and it scratches it all out. Looks terrible for a week or two but then hopefully the grass grows back stronger! 2y
BookwormM I need one of those 2y
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squirrelbrain
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Look what I‘ve just got on loan from Libby! I only reserved it last week and it said it would take about 4 weeks....

This will be a real test of my new #audiobook habit, I think. It could make or break me! 🤣

I do hear the most people think that this is the best one of the trilogy - what do you think if you‘ve read it?

gradcat I haven‘t read her books, but I know they are much loved by a lot of people. I hope you‘re having a lovely weekend, Helen...have fun reading! 😘 2y
squirrelbrain Hey @gradcat - how are you doing? Hope you‘re keeping safe and well. 2y
gradcat @squirrelbrain Doing well, and I‘m always happy when I “run into” you on Litsy. Take care of yourself, please! ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
Suet624 Embarrassed to say I‘ve not read one of her books. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Review for the audio - a vast improvement on the audio of Wolf Hall thanks to the switch to Simon Vance. Bring up the Bodies is also, to my mind, a far better novel. Time seems to slow and every detail is recorded. The penultimate chapter is a work of art and the last lines have me chomping at the bit for the release of The Mirror and the Light next week.

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catebutler
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I‘m quickly finding the more I read Mantel the more I love her. She‘s an author that requires your full attention, but if you do give her the time, you‘ll be swept up in her lyrical wordplay & intriguing perspective of a well known historical event. I wrote down a few more in depth thoughts on the blog. Link below:

http://ramblingsofaredheadedsnippet.com/2020/01/28/book-review-bring-up-the-bodi...

LeahBergen I can‘t wait for the third book. ❤️ 2y
catebutler @LeahBergen I am so thrilled for it to come out too! I read this just in time, so everything is fresh and memorable. ☺️ 2y
Freespirit I need to reread her books to refresh my memory!! 2y
catebutler @Freespirit You still have plenty of time! Although I can‘t believe the book comes out next month!! 2y
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Simona
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‘He‘ becomes ‘He, Thomas Cromwell‘ and he, Thomas Cromwell, mastermind behind the curtains, makes a few new steps on the one-way path of revenge ... Everything in this story, from prose, complex characterisation to the small picturesque details, is luxurious dense, elegant and enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB Agree 👍🏻 2y
Verity I loved these when I read them - I think it‘s such an achievement to make you care about Cromwell. I studied the the Tudors at A-level and from that had a profound dislike of him, and yet reading these, I kinda liked him. Looking forward to the final part (even though I know how it ends!) 2y
LeahBergen Yes! Great review. 2y
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Simona @LeahBergen Thank you, it is great book 😊 2y
Simona @Verity I read somewhere that Mantel is delaying the completion of this trilogy, because she ‘has to kill Cromwell‘ ... and I understand her, I like him in her version too. 2y
Simona @TrishB I expect for part three to be even better!!! I have faith in Mantel🤩 2y
TrishB I can‘t wait! 2y
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In this second book of the series, we see Cromwell using his position and power against his enemies. Opportunistic, seeking revenge, and grieving over the deaths of his wife and daughters, Cromwell uses the king‘s growing dissatisfaction with Anne Boyeln to take revenge on those who have angered him. The imagery at the end of a fox leaving a bloody, ravaged hen house in its wake was a perfect summation. Can‘t wait for the final book! 5⭐️

BarbaraBB So good you read it in time. I still can put myself ik to starting it even though I enjoyed Wolff Hall. 2y
Redwritinghood @BarbaraBB I found the audiobook available through my library so I grabbed it. I can‘t believe I never got around to reading it earlier. 2y
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#bookhaul from a user book store. The best part was it didn't cost me anything! I traded in some books I won't reread and got new gems to enjoy!

The tagged book has been on my tbr forever! Maybe I'll finally get around to reading it!

Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖💚 3y
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!! Love that you traded for more books to read! 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 3y
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Readswithcoffee Welcome to Litsy 👍🏼📚📚📚👍🏼 3y
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This is one of my all time favourite books! Even better than Wolf Hall in my opinion. Mantel's turn of phrase is so unique, she uses punctuation and metaphors like a poet. And the way she evokes this period in history so faithfully, whilst keeping the writing and dialogue modern, is masterful. I particularly love how she brings characters to life, often using a small action, like their entrance into a room, to reveal some of their personality.

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'Sir Nicholas Carew has made an entrance. He does not come into a room like lesser men, but rolls in, like a siege engine or some formidable hurling device: and now, halting before Cromwell, he looks as though he wishes to bombard him.' p. 310

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p. 106

BarbaraBB Is it as good as 3y
Peaslady @BarbaraBB yes! Even better! 3y
BarbaraBB That is so good to know, thanks! 💕 3y
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jenniferw88
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Hi @JaneyWaneyB I just want to clarify which Henry you meant on your #sits form as I don't want to do the wrong one! As you've also mentioned Elizabeth I I think you might mean the one on the right (as that's Dad & the one on the left is Granddad!) but wanted to check before I buy! 🤣🤣😘😘

@Chrissyreadit

PS Tagged book may or may not be under consideration!

JaneyWaneyB Ha ha who knows what I was thinking 🤣 my history is appalling GCSE & A Level was all WWII they ignored the rest 🙄 Henry VIII Elizabeth's dad was the Henry I meant, I love Hampton Court Palace. I've always struggled with historical fiction so looking for any good recommendations...I do love a thriller and murder mystery 3y
jenniferw88 @JaneyWaneyB thank you - just wanted to check! My Dad was a history teacher so know what you mean about it all being WW1 and 2! 3y
JaneyWaneyB I will be bugging you with lots of questions as I'm wracking my brains to find some good books and treats for you 😃 first one, do you drink tea? 3y
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jenniferw88 @JaneyWaneyB I'm more of a coffee / hot chocolate drinker thanks. Feel free to email me so that Litsy doesn't get clogged up with messages (it's irene_gulliver@yahoo.co.uk if you need it again!) 3y
JaneyWaneyB 👍 3y
Chrissyreadit 🥰🥰🥰🥰 3y
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'There is a pause, while she turns the great pages of her volume of rage, and puts her finger on just the right word. 'What you say, Cromwell, is... contemptible.'' p. 89

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'Just a staircase: and there, with the light of a sconce lapping at its gold trim, is the stiff new doublet of Mark Smeaton. Mark himself is lurking inside it.' p.74

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'Troubled men both, he thinks, Wriothesley and Riche, and alike in some ways, sidling around the peripheries of their own souls, tapping at the walls: oh, what is that hollow sound?' p. 60

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batsy
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I just found out that there's finally a date for the third book in Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy: March 2020! I can finally read the second book (tagged) this year 😆

https://theguardian.com/books/2019/may/22/hilary-mantel-the-mirror-and-the-light...

TrishB Waterstones are doing cloth bound signed copies for (e8. I hope if I resist long enough they‘ll all be gone when I give in. 3y
batsy @TrishB Hahaha 😂😂 I bet it'll be gorgeous! And I'm pretending not to notice the price #thestruggleisreal 3y
Simona We share the reading plans 😘 3y
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CarolynM I'm actually dreading it. I know I'll have to read it but I also know I won't like the end.☹️ 3y
batsy @Simona We do indeed 😘 3y
batsy @CarolynM I know what you mean 🙁 3y
Amiable Excellent news! 3y
Melissa_J Finally! I can‘t wait. I love the books 😊 3y
MayJasper Me too (start the second book) 😊 3y
rubyslippersreads I need to read the second book too. 3y
LeahBergen Gahhhhhh! So excited! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
ginnywriteswords I am so excited! I need to re-read Wolf Hall and read the second one! 3y
Theaelizabet 👏👏👏👏👏 3y
batsy @rubyslippersreads 👍🏽👍🏽 like @ginnywriteswords I'm wondering if I should reread Wolf Hall before starting because it's been awhile 😁 3y
rubyslippersreads @batsy @ginnywriteswords I wonder the same thing. 3y
Centique Oh my lord this is the best news! 3y
TrishB My daughter told hubby about the special edition and he‘s preordered it for me 😁 I‘ve told him off because of cost but I‘m very happy really!! I‘ll have to buy another one though to read.....🤷‍♀️ 3y
batsy @Centique Isn't it just 😍 3y
batsy @TrishB I think it's Litsy consensus that Mr B is the best ... And we'll add your daughter to the list! 🥰❤️ Can't wait for you to post a pic of it, though we do have quite a bit of a wait 😁 3y
TrishB He‘s a good one 👍🏻 can‘t tell him too often though 😁😁 it will be a long wait! 3y
GatheringBooks i‘ve been reading a number of reviews of wolf hall and bring up the bodies indicating that the novels are super obscure and quite difficult to understand. is it worth the drudgery? do i need some background knowledge of victorian history to actually get the stories? 3y
batsy @GatheringBooks I didn't find it a chore to read, though it seems like many did. I loved it & I have zero conception of British/Victorian history—it's a rather modern take on psychology & state of mind. So maybe there isn't enough fast-paced plot for people who expected that from something labelled historical fiction. I think if you read about a 1/4 & still find it a slog, it's safe to bail. The style & momentum doesn't change. 3y
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Went to a #library #booksale yesterday and got these goodies. I recently read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah so ended up getting three more WW2 novels. Also, apparently I‘m all about 16th century British monarchs too, so I got two of those. And one classic and one YA. #bookhaul #bookstack I can‘t turn down a bargain.

rretzler I‘m fascinated by WWII novels! 3y
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BarbaraBB
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This is week 10 of #ATY2019 and I have been following the prompts in order so far but this week‘s one (A book featuring an historical figure) I'm skipping. Although I want to read this book (I've been meaning to since Wolf Hall and since I heard that part 3 in the series will be published this year), I am just NOT in the mood for a chunkster of historical fiction. So this week I'll pass and hopefully later this year I will read it!

Reviewsbylola Wolf Hall nearly killed me and I only made it to page 130. 😆😆 3y
Bklover @Reviewsbylola Oh, I‘m with you there! I kept thinking I HAD to read Wolf Hall because .....well, I don‘t know why. But reading it just pissed me off to be honest. The writing style 🙄😠🤯. I made it about as far as you did. 3y
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WanderingBookaneer I‘ve never felt compelled to tackle 3y
Rachel_nyc I only got about 100 pages into this one as well! I loved the first and do plan to return to this one at some point. Hopefully it will go better next time around for both of us. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
Marina_h Are you on schedule for ATY? 👍 I'll soon be 2 books behind, but I'm hoping to catch up during holidays. It'll be interesting hearing what you think of this one when you finish. As the others I really didn't enjoy Wolf Hall. I DNF'ed around some place as @Reviewsbylola and @Bklover 😁 3y
BarbaraBB @Marina_h I‘m on schedule except for this week. It‘s challenging to read the prompts in order but I like it. Next week I‘ll start this one for the Zodiac Chinese animals! 3y
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“Her doctors have advised that congress with a man would be good for her health. If a young woman‘s vital spirits are bottled up, she becomes pale and thin, her appetite wanes, she begins to waste; marriage is an occupation for her, she forgets her minor ailments; her womb remains anchored and primed for use, and shows no tendency to go wandering about her body as if it had nothing better to do”

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Amiable
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The second in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. In this one, Henry VIII has become disenchanted with Anne Boleyn and instructs Cromwell to find ways to bring her down so he can marry Jane Seymour. It concludes with her trial and beheading. I liked this a lot better than "Wolf Hall," the first one, which I found to be a chore to read. I'm not sure if this book was edited better or if I just got used to the writing style.

wordzie Sounds really 👍 3y
CarolynM She stopped just saying "He" when she meant Cromwell and used his name more, which helped me a lot. I loved Wolf Hall, but I kept having to reread passages when I realised she was talking about Cromwell and not the man she'd been talking about immediately before?. I'm actually dreading the publication of the final book because I know I'll have to read it but I know it's not going to end well. 3y
Amiable @CarolynM I know what you mean! 😀 3y
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Romey
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At the moment my ideal #Saturdaynight is getting cosy in bed with Thomas Cromwell 🤣 I read Wolf Hall a couple of years ago, loved it (obviously), and always meant to come back for part 2. So far it does not disappoint 🙌🏻 #ilovethetudors

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“God help us, Cromwell, what a man the king is! How many wives does he mean to have?” I preferred this to Wolf Hall; the writing is more accessible, the characters easier to follow, and I found this part of Cromwell‘s story faster paced and more dramatic even than the first instalment. More noticeably though I felt I understood Cromwell more, which had been a problem for me with Wolf Hall. Still a bit of a struggle, but I‘m glad I‘ve read it.

Melissa_J I love these books! I hope the third book comes out in 2019. 3y
JillR @Melissa_J I can‘t say I‘ve loved them, I found them both quite difficult to read, but I am glad I battled through and enjoyed this much more. I just googled the third instalment and no date yet... 3y
Melissa_J I choose Wolf Hall as a book club pick several years ago. I was the only one who liked it! I‘m no longer in the book club. One of my good friends, who is still in the book club, doesn‘t trust my recommendations to this day because of that book. She despised it! And apparently the book club still talks about that ‘awful‘ pick 😂 (edited) 3y
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JillR Ah no @Melissa_J that‘s awful 🙈. I must admit I hated Wolf Hall and am still not sure what made me keep going until the end. And then to also pick this one up! Very glad I did though, I feel a sense of achievement haha 3y
Cathythoughts Jillian!! You did it ! I‘m impressed with your staying power , well done !! , Could one read Bring Up the Bodies if one didn‘t finish Wolf Hall ? ..... just wondering (edited) 3y
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m so glad you‘re proud of me 😬 haha! I don‘t think it would be impossible to read this without finishing Wolf Hall, as long as you‘d got far enough to know who all the characters are and if “one” were so inclined... 😉 (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve never been able to read Mantel after failing miserably with Wolf Hall. 3y
Reviewsbylola It sounds like I‘m not alone with WH. 😂 @Melissa_J @jillr @Cathythoughts 3y
Melissa_J @Reviewsbylola Mantel is definitely not for everyone. I‘ve read a couple of her other books, one of which I loved (Beyond Black) and the other of which I hated (The Giant, O‘Brien). 3y
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Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel
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Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel

'The executioner... his assistant is approaching the corpse but the four women are there first, blocking him with their bodies. One of them says fiercely, "We do not want men to handle her".' - Pg 472

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Bring Up the Bodies | Hilary Mantel

'But the contest is not even. He has his papers, and if it comes to it, he can lay them on the table and make his case without them; he has his trained memory, he has his accustomed self-possession, his courtroom voice that places no strain on his throat, his urbanity of manner that places no strain on his emotions...' - Pg 446