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The Mirror and the Light
The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
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'If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?' England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.
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Lesanne
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Jumping back onto Litsy and back into this book. Hopefully the third time‘s the charm! I‘ve been wanting to finish this for quite a while now, let‘s see how far I can get during the #FabulousFebruary Readathon. 😊

Cuilin Welcome back. I took a year break too and happy to be back. Here‘s to happy reading and book friends. 💕📚 3d
Lesanne @Cuilin Thank you! It‘s good to be back. 3d
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TheKidUpstairs
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Me, going to the bookstore to pick up the books I ordered for #BlitsySwap: "I'm not going to buy anything for myself, just picking up my order"

Also me: "oooh! Sale table!"

AllDebooks Lol, I just did the same. Came out with 3 for me. Self-imposed book ban starts tomorrow then 🙈😅 1mo
dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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Branwen
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Just heard this incredibly devastating news, and I am heartbroken. 💔💔💔

Her Thomas Cromwell series has brought me (and countless others!) such joy. It's my favorite historical fiction trilogy and just so beautifully written. The world has lost a great writer today.

Mitch Agreed. So sudden and she had so much more to gift the world. Very sad. 5mo
SamAnne Such hard news. 5mo
kspenmoll I am so sad. Just started her short memoir. 5mo
CarolynM 😢 4mo
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AllDebooks
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So very sad to hear the news today of Dame Hilary Mantel's death. RIP dear lady

I shall be rereading your books to treasure how good you were.

CarolynM 😢 4mo
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Born.A.Reader
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Library haul for this week. 📚 The spotlight book was featured in Duchess Camilla's book club last year and I finally got around to checking it out. Has anyone read it?

https://www.royal.uk/duchess-cornwalls-reading-room

CarolynM I‘m still putting it off. One day I‘ll feel strong enough. 7mo
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cariashley
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Starting this doorstop today and regret putting it off for so long. The writing is just *chef‘s kiss*. The first line: “Once the queen‘s head is severed, he walks away.”

(Also, check out the insane pollen build up on my outdoor table 😬)

DrexEdit If you can't speak the truth at a beheading, when can you? 💜 8mo
jlhammar So good! Loved this trilogy. 8mo
cariashley @DrexEdit love that line too!! So good! 8mo
Ruthiella I loved this trilogy too! 👍 (edited) 8mo
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jlhammar
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One of the definitions listed for dungeon is “the principal tower of a medieval castle.” In this final volume of the phenomenal Wolf Hall Trilogy, Thomas Cromwell is imprisoned at the Tower of London before his execution.

#Dungeon #SavvySettings
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty ❤️📚💙 11mo
Eggs Perfect 💙🌺❤️ 11mo
LindaLappin I loved this book. I also listened to a fabulous BBC 4 radio reading during the early lockdown -- it was superb. 11mo
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DrexEdit
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I'm late with my spinny list, but it's basically the same as last month. My #bookspin is a short story. I think it will be Eudora Welty The Death of a Traveling Salesman because I'm already a couple of pages into that one. And #Doublespin is Hilary Mantel Cromwell #3! Hallelujah!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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shannasbookshelf
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Good morning, everyone!
I‘m going to take today & tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) off from posting. Today through Sunday are going to be very busy for me due to packing and trying to get some last minute visits in before I leave for DC. (I‘m heading there for an internship that‘ll last through May.) I hope to get back to posting Mon-Fri next week!

wanderinglynn Awesome! Let me know if you need any recommendations for things to do/see/eat in DC. I lived there for several years & my BFF still lives there. 13mo
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Branwen
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Absolutely brilliant. This book, this whole trilogy really, has made me so emotional. I can't explain it...but I feel as if reading it has somehow made me a better person. ??

"If Henry is the mirror, he Cromwell, is the pale actor who sheds no lustre of his own, but spins in a reflected light. If the light moves he is gone."

"He follows the king. What can you do but, as Cicero says, live hopefully, die bravely?"

#catsoflitsy #roxas

RaeLovesToRead I'll be reading this one soon. Loved the first two! Also, kitty so cute 🥰🥰 2y
Ruthiella It makes me sad that King Henry later regretted allowing Cromwell to be executed. 😢 2y
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead Aww thank you! 😻 And I hope you love this one as much as the first two! @Ruthiella Same. 😭 It was truly heartbreaking! 2y
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Branwen
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A great book and two warm kittens on my lap! What a fantastic start to the week! 😻📚💕 Happy Monday!

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rumpel #jupiterjazz

ravenlee The very best! 2y
Leftcoastzen Awwww!😻 2y
Tamra So sweet! 2y
ozma.of.oz That‘s a perfect way to start the week! 2y
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Branwen
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"The duke whirls away, cursing. 'You know in the north parts they use your name to frighten children? Be quiet, they say, or we'll fetch Cromwell.'

'Do they?' he says. 'Lord Cromwell would be more polite.'

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One of my favorite things about this trilogy is the wit of Thomas Cromwell! ?

GingerAntics Cromwell did try to eradicate the Irish and the Scottish. He did allow men to pick up any unaccompanied child (and often women), stick them on a boat, and sail away with them. I‘m not sure how *polite* that is. 2y
Branwen @GingerAntics 😲😲😲 I didn't know that! How horrible! 2y
GingerAntics @Branwen yeah, Cromwell wasn‘t the nicest person. He saw the Scots and the Irish as less than people. He claimed even if the children had mothers, they wouldn‘t be missed. Even if the women had children, husbands, families, they wouldn‘t be missed because they didn‘t know any better. They were basically animals to Cromwell. He was not a very nice guy. That‘s Oliver Cromwell though, a bit later than “Lord Cromwell” from the play. 2y
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GingerAntics @Branwen I‘m not sure where this series is in the timeline. Your Lord Cromwell could be quite nice. 2y
Branwen @GingerAntics Holy shit, that's atrocious! 😔 2y
Branwen @GingerAntics So this trilogy is about Thomas Cromwell and basically details his rise and fall through the Henry VIII era! 2y
GingerAntics @Branwen yeah, he was a…hm…I still haven‘t found a strong enough term for him. He almost requires a swear word. Here‘s hoping your Lord Cromwell is much nicer. 2y
GingerAntics @Branwen I don‘t know that much about that Cromwell. That would certainly be before the evil Cromwell. Stick with your guy, I think. I still marvel at Oliver‘s use of terms like “Irish campaign” and “Scottish campaign.” If your guy ran afoul of H8, it‘s highly possible that he was a pretty good guy. 2y
GingerAntics I just had to look this up, and it turned out to be quite the title. Thomas is the great, great grand-uncle of the twisted “Lord Protector” king killer, baby slayer, Oliver. 2y
Branwen @GingerAntics Oh wow! Okay, well at least I feel better about liking Thomas so much! 🤣😂 He was a figure that I never knew much about before reading this trilogy other than his part in the fall of Anne Boleyn. And since I've always loved Anne, I just assumed Thomas was a turd. But these books have shown me just how deep and intricate his story is! And how he wasn't good or bad, but complex shades of gray! 2y
GingerAntics @Branwen that‘s usually historical figures, those complex, swirling shades of gray. I‘m not so sure about Oliver, though. I‘m going with he was a bad dude. Something was wrong with him. 2y
GingerAntics @Branwen maybe Oliver was upset that he was from the minor side of the family so he never got a title… so he made his own title. 2y
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Branwen
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Finally picking this one back up after having not read it for...quite a long while! 😂 I seriously love it (and Cromwell!) so much that I hate to see it end! But I'm in for the long haul now! I'M WITH YOU TILL THE END OF THE LINE, CROMWELL! 😭💕📚 #averycromwellsummer

PS- this is a red velvet cupcake from a local bakery and I am SUPER excited about it!

Ruthiella I thought this was brilliant...but could have been a tiny bit shorter. Still, a worthy end to the trilogy. 2y
Meaw_catlady Im hungry for that cupcake ! Book looks intriguing ! 2y
BookwormM I totally felt like that even to the point of expecting history to change 🤣🤣 2y
CarolynM I'm still putting it off. Not ready for the end to come😭 2y
Branwen @Meaw_catlady The cupcake was AMAZING! 😍 @CarolynM Right?! 😭😢 @BookwormM I keep hoping Mantel will throw an alternate history plot twist in there! 😂🤣 @Ruthiella The pace is certainly really different from the first two books, ESPECIALLY the second book which to me read like a historical thriller! 😃 2y
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Graywacke
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The end of this terrific Thomas Cromwell trilogy was a slow inevitable wind-down to the 🪓. The whole books moves slow, and has a feeling in a way unlike the first two. This one was bogged down by the amount of historical detail Mantel had to cover to maintain her commitment to keep us in Cromwell's head. I do appreciate that she held up her end of that. I enjoyed it, slow and all, and I think I will like it more down the road.

Graywacke In a story of a king who had four divorces, two by execution, I have begun to see Cromwell‘s life track and execution along the lines of a another marriage and then a prolonged divorce. 2y
CarolynM I'm still putting this one off - I like Cromwell and I can't face the inevitable end😔 I really like your idea of equating the relationship to another marriage. I think that's about right. (edited) 2y
Graywacke @CarolynM That actually is kind of touching reason to hold off. It‘s a shame these power games were so lethal and ruthless, and they couldn‘t just, you know, retire in defeat or whatnot. 2y
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Graywacke
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Over 700 pages. Hoping it‘s still May when I finish.

DivineDiana 🤞🏻😂📚 2y
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AnneCecilie
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The 3rd book about Cromwell, is just as good as the previous ones. I read the first 2 years ago, and had forgotten how much I love her writing style and way of telling a story (even if this is a translation). I feel like the structure in this one is a little looser than for the other two, and we get more glimpses into his past. I had a feeling that something would happen, but I was just as shocked as Cromwell when it did.

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AnneCecilie
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Another combined #BookReport and #WeeklyForecast

I finished the tagged book and read The Queen‘s Gambit

I continued my chapter a day reading of Anne‘s House of Dreams #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead and my a part a week read of Backlash #SheSaid. I will continue this over the next week. I read a chapter a day of Mansfield #PemberLittens and this will be finished next week.

I‘ve started the 9th book in Lackberg‘s crime series and will finish that.

AnneCecilie Then I want to read The Garbage King #foodandlit #Ethiopia and the 10th book in Läckberg‘s crime series #BookSpin in March 2y
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mjtwo
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Finally finished this worthy end to the trilogy. Perhaps it took so long because I genuinely liked Cromwell and was avoiding his inevitable demise. There were numerous incidents along the way where I wished him to act differently- he flouted his wealth even over Henry, which was not going to end well. My parallel reading of Caste over the past week has, however, made me wonder whether his true crime was rising above his station.

CarolynM That's why I haven't started it yet. I know I have to read it some time, but I just can't face it yet😬 2y
mjtwo It really is a masterpiece @CarolynM I listened to the first two audiobooks before starting - it had been many years since I read them although I did find that I remembered more than I thought. (edited) 2y
BookwormM I had the same issue knew how it was going to end but still hoped I was wrong 🤣🤣 2y
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AnneCecilie
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#WeeklyForecast

This week I‘m going to continue my chapter a day reading of Anne‘s House of Dreams #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead and Mansfield Park #PemberLittens

I‘m going to start this month‘s book in #SheSaid by Faldo

I started the last book in the Cromwell trilogy this weekend and I hope to have it finished by the end of the week.

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CGainor3
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I didn't enjoy Wolf Hall, but I kept going with the trilogy because I don't give up easily. It's not a good sign that while reading The Mirror and the Light, I stopped regularly to shout OH JUST CUT OFF HIS HEAD ALREADY! I can't pan it because I only have myself to blame.

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LeslieO
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I was just browsing the Book Outlet website and this happened. #bookmailisthebestmail #bookhaul

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CaitlinR
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It was a long wait for the last book of the three that Mantel crafted about Thomas Cromwell. The book opens with the execution of Anne Boleyn. Throughout the novel Cromwell, in his fifties, plans for the future, but his thoughts turn increasingly to the past. He knows he is in jeopardy, but will not compromise.

More introspective than narrative. I envy those readers who will read the trilogy all at once rather than awaiting publication.

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umbrellagirl
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Starting with the third book in the series, but I think I‘m familiar enough with this cast of characters to keep up. 😉

GinaKButler This series in on my TBR this year. 📚 2y
umbrellagirl @GinaKButler if they are all as chunky as this one, they will keep you busy for quite a while. Enjoy 🙂 2y
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I am definitely going to have a book hangover after finishing this one, Mantel‘s third book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. She really gets into the head of this complicated man who was in the thick of the politics and intrigue of Henry VIII‘s court. I am inspired to read more about this time period after reading this, which is always a sign of a great book to me.

Cuilin One of my favorite reads of 2020! 2y
Ncostell @Cuilin I was trying to finish this before the end of the year but didn‘t make it. I think it will be one of my favorites for 2021 though! 2y
Cuilin @Ncostell I loved the whole trilogy, it was hard saying goodbye to Cromwell. 2y
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Ncostell @Cuilin I know, I stretched out the last few chapters of the book because I didn‘t want it to end. 2y
BookwormM Even knowing history I was still rooting for Cromwell and hoping the book would end differently 🤣🤣 2y
Ncostell @BookwormM I know what you mean, I felt the same way! 2y
kspenmoll Great review! 2y
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! I loved this trilogy. They were not easy reads but definitely worth the effort. 2y
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Colleenolivia
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It‘s interesting, but a slower read for me at the end of the day. I enjoy it, but need to adjust when I‘m reading it in order to stay awake.

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It‘s day one of #12booksof2020 hosted by the ever awesome @Andrew65 🥰

I still have to give some thought to my best reads of 2020 list, but there is no question that The Mirror and The Light takes top spot. An excellent end to the incredible Wolf Hall trilogy.

Andrew65 Still need to read this one. 2y
TrishB Awesome read 😁 2y
squirrelbrain Great choice! 2y
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No surprises here ... as in the previous works the prose and the content are dense, rich and picturesque. Just perfect conclusion to the trilogy. Don‘t be intimidated by its length, be brave, raise your head and read it 😘

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Simona
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Wild Friday night 🤪 ... food and book is all I need to feel fine. Enjoy your weekend 😘

Cuilin Great book!! ❤️ 2y
maich I agree with you❤ 2y
Simona @Cuilin It‘s, definitely one of the favourite of this year. 2y
Simona @maich Male stvari naredijo življenje veliko😘 2y
maich @Simona Res je tako❤ 2y
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BookwormM
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#Booker2020Longlist and that is a wrap I have finally finished the Booker 2020 long list.

I have really enjoyed the Cromwell trilogy and seeing Henry from a new viewpoint. Despite being a historically unlikeable person I found myself rooting for Cromwell the character.

It has been fascinating seeing the machinations in Henry‘s court and how difficult a man he was to make happy.

A real change from the better known stories.

BarbaraBB So what is your favorite of the list? 2y
BookwormM @BarbaraBB my fav was The Shadow King also really liked How Much of these Hills 2y
BarbaraBB Thanks for answering, your recommendations mean a lot! 2y
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Simona That is my current read and I‘m rooting for Cromwell also ... guess I can‘t expect a happy ending 😘😂 2y
BookwormM @BarbaraBB ahh thanks 😀 2y
BookwormM @Simona 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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Tonton
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Best books of 2020 link: contains links within it for best books by genre as well. Great for gift ideas for loved ones, including your self! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/28/best-books-of-2020?CMP=Share_iOSAp...

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“Once the queen‘s head is severed, he walks away.”
Now, there‘s an opening line.

Heideschrampf That‘s exactly what I thought!! This will be one to remember 2y
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Tonton
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Critc‘s picks of 2020 so far! Checking off or adding on my list...

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/14/the-best-books-childrens-poetry-au...

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shaynarae
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How do people with dogs get so much reading done? I‘m adjusting to dog life, but my reading has noticeably declined as the dog has taken more of my attention. 8 books this month:

3 🎧 audio
2 🖥 ebooks
3 📚physical books
Fiction: 6
Nonfiction/essays/memoirs: 2
BIPOC authors: 2
Female authors: 5
From my shelf: 1
#monthlywrapup #auguststats

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LibrarianChels
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Is Mantel referencing the year of our Lord 1537...or 2020? Because I think we can all totally relate to this.

Librariana Oh, 2020 FOR SURE! 2y
LibrarianChels @Librariana I‘ve had this thought many times over the course of the 461 pages I‘ve read so far. Lots of social distancing to avoid disease outbreaks. Lots of rumors spreading. Some uprisings. Human problems are definitely cyclical. 2y
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Good ending to the series but it could have been edited down a bit. I was skimming towards the end.

Amiable I am on page 539 of this and have been reading it for 2 months -- I agree with your assessment of editing! It wouldn't normally take me this long to read a book this size. It's good, but rather dense. 🙄 2y
Ruthiella I agree, there was a lot of circling back to the first two books that coulda gone...plus the pig boy stuff...so that‘s why he left in the first place and yes he‘s no hero...but I think we already knew that enough. Still, genius. 2y
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880 pages. 60mm wide. Have I bitten off more than I can chew?

TrishB It‘s great stuff 👍🏻 2y
Heideschrampf I liked it best in the series 2y
JennyBondBooks Yeah, it‘s awesome @TrishB. I‘m thoroughly enjoying the read. It‘s a good workout, too when I have to hold it up while reading it in bed. 2y
JennyBondBooks @Heideschrampf I‘m about 1/8 of the way in and already gripped. 2y
squirrelbrain This was my favourite in the series too! 2y
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Steadily making progress through this dense behemoth —with a little help from my friend. 👍🏼🐥 Trying to pretend I‘m on vacation at the beach ...

Ruthiella That duck looks like it‘s having a good time!😀 2y
Amiable @Ruthiella He has a friend—a blue dolphin, also wearing sunglasses —but that guy was floating on the opposite end of the pool. 😀 2y
LeahBergen It looks like you are reading aloud to him. 😆 2y
Amiable @LeahBergen I named him Duckie Dale. Because, you know, “Pretty in Pink.” 😀 2y
LeahBergen A favourite movie (and soundtrack)! 😆 2y
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Branwen
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Well, it's officially August now! So that means I'm starting the final book in this wonderful trilogy! 💕📚 This truly has been a very Cromwell summer! 😎 I'm really excited to begin, but also sad to know the journey is almost over. I know how your story ends, Cromwell! I'm not ready to say goodbye! 😢💔

Leftcoastzen Wow , need to get to the second one! 3y
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I need to get to the first! 3y
Leftcoastzen @vivastory It‘s so good! You get totally immersed in their world . 3y
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shaynarae
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This book was so good I didn‘t want it to end!! I had a hard time getting into Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, but I tumbled right into this one. I loved being transported to 16th century England. Mantel‘s writing made it feel so alive! I went through this book relatively slowly, but I looked forward to every opportunity to pick it up.

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It‘s been so long since I‘ve read the 1st 2 books in this series that I had forgotten how much I love Mantel‘s writing. My only complaint from the first book was that it was sometimes difficult to differentiate dialogue from inner thoughts, and when there was dialogue, to figure out who was speaking. This time I went for the audiobook, narrated by Ben Miles, and he did not disappoint. It definitely solved the dialogue issue to a great degree.

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July book wrap up. 23 books read.

Gissy Congratulations📚📚📚🎉👏👏👏 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Gissy Thank you. 🙂 3y
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mdemanatee
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I did it. I finished it. Not the cross stitch; that I will probably be working on until I die (listen, I did not anticipate 4 oversized pattern pages).

I don‘t know that I have anything really intelligent to add to the conversation around this book. I read it. I enjoyed it. I had “Haus of Holbein” from Six running through my head for way too much of it.

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Lesanne
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And since my library hold came through the same day I put in the request.....August is going to be quite the reading month!

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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How many have your read? I have only read two.

JennyM Two for me too. I‘ve not even heard of a few before. Interesting list! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @JennyM It is an interesting list. 3y
DGRachel Zero. And I‘ve only heard of two. 😳 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel I know! Same here. Odd list this year! 3y
GardenJess None, but Fun Age is on my hold list. 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @GardenJess 👍🏻📚 Happy reading! 3y
merelybookish Real Life is my only one. 3y
sprainedbrain Only two so far! 3y
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mdemanatee
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Let the record show I had committed to jumping back in and finishing this before the Booker longlist came out. I had to step away for a while after Memorial Day because I just wasn‘t in the right headspace through no fault of the narrative.

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Tonton
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Booker Prize nominees- will Hilary win for 3rd time? Lots of debut novels to put on my TBR: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/28/booker-prize-2020-longlist-announc... Short list one September!