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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe oppose him. The quest for the king s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum and a deadlock. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. The son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a bully and a charmer, Cromwell has broken all the rules of a rigid society in his rise to power, and is preparing to break some more. Rising from personal disaster the loss of his young family and of Wolsey, his beloved patron he picks his way deftly through a court where -man is wolf to man. Pitting himself against parliament, the political establishment and the papacy, he is prepared to reshape England to his own and Henry s desires. In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, Wolf Hall re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death."
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A Mother‘s Weekend ( because we deserve more than a day - please note my husband‘s choice in my mug this morning) gift to myself, finishing this tbook. I can‘t say I loved it, but I did love a lot of the banter between TC and his family and friends. It‘s an exhausting look at Henry VIII and the Tudor reign. The author had an interesting ( awkward) writing style using ( overusing) ‘he‘ that I stumbled over and over on

BarbaraJean “Exhausting“ is a very apt descriptor! 2w
mcctrish @BarbaraJean we are both done 🎉🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Deblovestoread Well done! I tried 3 different times to read it and it never gelled. And I love all things Tudor 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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mcctrish @Deblovestoread it took WAY longer to read than I thought 🙄 some parts I absolutely loved but my god those stupid hes, it almost became a rage read at the end to be done ( thankful for miserable Saturdays to just stay in bed and read) 2w
Librarybelle Yay!! Congrats on finishing! 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures This is good to know it is on my short list of book goals for the year, she won so many awards for it! 2w
mcctrish @ChaoticMissAdventures I honestly feel like it reads like it‘s an eyewitness account but it‘s a time commitment 2w
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BarbaraJean
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This was worthwhile, but it was also quite a slog. The first section was immediately engaging, but once the narrative shifted to grown-up Thomas, the tone shifted and the pace slowed way down. Mantel had a couple of writing quirks that didn‘t help: she almost always referred to Cromwell just as “he,” which often made it difficult to follow dialogue or internal thoughts vs. spoken words. That said, I admired Mantel‘s recreation of the Tudor era ⤵️

BarbaraJean (Cont‘d) …and did find this rewarding in the end. Detailed and dense, it was a slow read—but also a fascinating character study of Thomas Cromwell. This has been on my shelf for several years, so I‘m glad to have had the motivation to read it thanks to the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead. I have the next book on deck, and I hear the pace picks up a bit there, so hopefully that will prompt me to pick it up sooner rather than later! 3w
Librarybelle Thanks for joining us!! I‘m still making my way through! 3w
mcctrish OMG with the hes it‘s making me mad 🤪 2w
BarbaraJean @mcctrish It‘s so confusing, and such an odd narrative choice to make. I‘m not sure what the author intended for it to add to the book! 2w
mcctrish @BarbaraJean I‘m in the homestretch and my brain is still comes to a dead stop with the he‘s each time even though I know it has to be TC 2w
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mcctrish
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It‘s been a day - 2 pulled fire alarms at school and the littles are already losing their minds cuz of warmer weather so chaos was afoot. I‘m plodding along with this giant tomb - I find this book strange in its telling. I know the ‘he‘ usually means it‘s Thomas Cromwell but every other person is Thomas and when Thomas Avery goes to talk to TC and he walks over to him I guess it doesn‘t matter who he is cuz it‘s Thomas 🤯 somebody

Aims42 Oof, that sounds like a day and a half! Hope tomorrow is less crazy for you 😬 4w
mcctrish @Aims42 I shouldn‘t complain about getting to go outside and just stand around in sunshine 🤣🤣 4w
Aims42 @mcctrish Lol, yeah but littles + unexpected outdoor time isn‘t easy 😆 You go ahead and vent! Zero judgement 💟 4w
tpixie Hope today is less eventful!!! Good luck with the Thomas‘s!!! 3w
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Librarybelle
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#LiteraryCrew , it‘s time for our discussion! This one is dense, complicated, and slowly meanders through the story. But, peeling back the layers shows the complexity of humanity and of history. Thanks to everyone for trying this one - it‘s not an easy read!

9 questions are posted as spoilers. You can find them on my feed, the book feed, or searching the hashtags.

I will post the #BuddyRead graphic for The School of Mirrors tomorrow!

Librarybelle @BookWrym @Singout @Sace - Just in case you would like to jump into this discussion at a later date, I wanted to tag you! I have you on the tag list starting in May! 4w
Mollyanna I‘m a little over halfway through. Hoping to get a big chunk done this weekend. I am enjoying, but as you mention, it is dense. 4w
Librarybelle No worries, @Mollyanna ! It is not a fast read. 4w
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julieclair Loving this book! Will jump in when I finish. 😉 4w
PurpleyPumpkin Still working my way through this chunkster!😅 4w
Kristin_Reads Oof… I didn‘t make it through! I‘ll have to try again later. Thank you for hosting! 3w
Librarybelle You‘re welcome, @Kristin_Reads ! 3w
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9. In conjuring Cromwell on the page, what does Mantel create, and what does she re-create from this historical record? Along those lines, how does historical fiction influence the way we look at history? ~from publisher Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish This was an exhausting look at this period. I just wish HM hadn‘t gone off with those ‘hes‘ I learned a lot 2w
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8. As the novel ends and Cromwell is at the height of his power, is there anything in his actions that foreshadow his later downfall? Has he become too much like Wolsey? Would the mercurial Henry VIII have been likely sooner or later to turn on Cromwell anyway? ~from publisher Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BarbaraJean I saw both Wolsey and More as foreshadowing Cromwell's future. Cromwell was able to pivot and reinvent in ways Wolsey and More could not (or would not), but I do think Henry VIII would have turned on him sooner or later anyway--that seems to be the pattern with Henry! 3w
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7. Later in the novel we see Cromwell come to the realization that his home now is either where there‘s business to be done, or with the king. How is this a personal transformation for him, considering what life was like when his wife and daughters were alive?...Why did he change? Is there something sad about this change in him? ~adapted from publisher Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BarbaraJean This was really sad to me. Thinking about question 6/his generosity: a lot of his motivation & satisfaction came from providing for his household--mentoring his son & the others he sees as and provides for as his children. Once he's trained them up, once they move on and basically become self-sufficient, his life lacks that aspect of care for others (well, other than the king!). I wonder how different that would have been if his wife had lived. 3w
mcctrish This was sad, kind of a Tudor era empty nest. Between the lines he toyed with the idea of taking another wife a few times, but the ones he seemed taken with were not the right time or ? So he ends up alone 2w
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Librarybelle
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6. What is it that makes Cromwell so driven? Does his ambition stem from a desire to do good, or is it just a survival instinct based on his past? How is Cromwell both personally ambitious and yet generous and unselfish? ~from publisher Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BarbaraJean He does have a strong survival instinct, but I don't think that's why he's driven. Rather, his survival skills enable his rise to power. In that way, I saw some of both motivations: he wants to provide generously for his household, AND he wants significance and security. His generosity doesn't exclude his personal ambition. In fact, the ambition enables a lot of his generosity. 3w
mcctrish He seems driven for good but the asides about new wings and tennis courts at Austin Friars show he did like the finer things. He made himself indispensable, not much happened without him knowing. He tried to share this with many a person so they could save themselves but they often didn‘t have it in them to be as ‘slippery‘ 2w
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Librarybelle
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5. What kind of a king is Henry VIII in this novel? What motivates him? Are his
preoccupations solely self-interested, or does he have the good of the country in mind as well? What is it that makes him so susceptible to Anne Boleyn‘s seductions? ~from publisher Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BarbaraJean It was hard to get a read on Henry VIII here. There was self-interest in wanting to cement his succession via a male heir, but I think he saw that as for the good of the country. With Anne, I think she knew how to manipulate him pretty well for her own ends. He didn't seem to have strong convictions, and I think he was surrounded by a lot of people who knew how to manipulate him, whether for power, position, and wealth or their own religious ends. 3w
mcctrish Henry seemed kind enough but so far above the day to day common fray that I‘m not sure he did anything for England that wasn‘t for himself. Quite a different juxtaposition to today‘s monarchy. The part of dismantling the shrines so the money goes to him, England gets the money not Rome is about his pockets jingling with cash 2w
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4. What kind of a character is Thomas More in this novel? Does he come off as sympathetic in any way? Why does More choose to die rather than accept breaking away from the Catholic Church? Would Cromwell be willing to die for his beliefs? ~from publisher Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BarbaraJean I didn't see him as sympathetic at ALL until the very end. I admired his consistency in holding to his convictions in spite of the outcome. But his early involvement in hunting down, imprisoning, and torturing those with different convictions meant I wasn't super sympathetic when it came back on him! He's an interesting foil for Cromwell, whose convictions are very flexible. I don't think it's likely Cromwell would willingly die for his beliefs. 3w
mcctrish I think Cromwell is true to himself ( and his family) so he‘s going to keep himself alive and them safe by moving with the times 2w
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3. Why was Cromwell so attached to Cardinal Wolsey? Was Wolsey more of a mentor or a father-figure for Cromwell? What do love and loyalty mean for Cromwell? ~from publisher Reading Group Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

BarbaraJean This relationship was so interesting to me. I think Wolsey was a bit of both: mentor and substitute father-figure. That scene where Cromwell discusses kind of flinching away from Wolsey was so telling. I think he found Wolsey as a place of safety (father-figure) but also was fully conscious of where Wolsey could take him (mentor). There was a LOT of opportunism there, but also a clear affection/attachment for Wolsey. ⬇ 3w
BarbaraJean The way Mantel develops Cromwell's relationship with Wolsey says a lot about who Cromwell is. He seems to have deep love and loyalties, but is also fully conscious of how to best position himself for the next step up. His loyalty to Wolsey is genuine, but he is also very careful of how he demonstrates that loyalty once Wolsey falls from favor. 3w
mcctrish I agree with @BarbaraJean TC was loyal but made himself useful and indispensable 2w
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2. What is the significance of Mantel‘s “occult” history of Britain? How might these legendary traditions have influenced Henry in choosing to marry Anne Boleyn? What role does legend play in the perpetuation of a monarchy? ~from publisher Reading Guide #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

mcctrish I think fear ruled! So much of this book was crazy in today‘s knowledge ( although the can see the fringe players being on board) people needed stuff explained and they looked for answers whereever ( heaven forbid a girl rule and yet she did ) 2w
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1. This book is the first in a trilogy that follows Thomas Cromwell's rise and fall from power in the Tudor era. It's a Booker Prize winner and later became a series on PBS.

Prior to reading this book, how much did you know about Cromwell, the Tudors, or any of the events portrayed in the book?

A couple sites of interest:

The HRP site on Thomas Cromwell: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/history-and-stories/thomas-cromwell/hickl...

Librarybelle The Booker Prize created a video about Hilary Mantel after her passing in 2022: https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-library/features/celebrating-hilary-mante...

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Cuilin History was always my favorite subject in school, and the Tudors were part of the syllabus in Ireland. So I had a little knowledge and knew the main players. Full disclosure, I read the trilogy. 4w
Jerdencon I love this time period and have read a lot of historical fiction of that time so I was pretty familiar. It‘s always interesting to see how different authors portray it. 4w
mcctrish I knew about Henry VIII and his wives and his quest for a male heir. I had heard of Thomas Cromwell but not his role at all 2w
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mcctrish
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Still reading this chunkster. I‘m not quite 1/2 way into it but I‘m trying to finish this week ( I don‘t think I will manage April 30th)

Librarybelle No worries! Feel free to jump into the discussion after the 30th! 4w
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mcctrish
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My husband is half Swedish, and in Sweden they celebrate name days ( definitely not the only country to do this 😉) and I‘m celebrating by having chips and wine with my reading time on a Tuesday. I‘ve spent 3 days in the same grade 5 classroom and I have never been so ‘childsplained‘ to in my life #treatmyself

TheBookHippie Just NO to GRADE 5 😵‍💫 #OYTOTHEVEY 1mo
mcctrish @TheBookHippie they are a weird cauldron of being old enough to advocate for themselves but too young to see beyond themselves 1mo
Tamra 😆 when do they grow out of it? Asking for a friend. 1mo
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TheBookHippie @mcctrish I cannot 😵‍💫 1mo
TheBookHippie @Tamra Usually end of seventh grade. … in my experience. I only do K4-2 nd and 9-12 th 🤭 This year I have 5 fourth graders but thankfully it‘s going okay. (edited) 1mo
TheKidUpstairs ? My eldest is in Grade 5. He LOVES the word "actually" ? And my new name is "Bruh" 1mo
Tamra @TheBookHippie well, I‘ve got two that defy the odds! 😜😜 The 16 year old is the worst at teensplain! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Tamra my daughter OY 2,3,8,10,12,14,17,19,22,25,27 🤭😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 but she wasn‘t here in my house after college 🤣😅 1mo
TheBookHippie @TheKidUpstairs 🤭🤭🤭🤭 my grandson called me that by accident. He‘s 10. 1mo
Tamra @TheBookHippie 🤣🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @Tamra she had a child and then called crying “Mom I AM SO SORRRRRRY “ 🤣😂 nothing like being a parent to yourself. 😳 1mo
mcctrish @Tamra eventually they grow into seeing beyond themselves ( grade 8-9) - the advocating is new, imo, and it has so many pluses but it‘s not often used for good 1mo
mcctrish @TheBookHippie grade 4 is still okay here, second half of grade 6 used to be when it went to hell, now it‘s grade 5 so I guess grade 4 is next 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Tamra @TheBookHippie bahahaha if I live long enough. 1mo
Tamra @mcctrish 😅 so true! 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish half way through 4th it starts here 😵‍💫 1mo
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Librarybelle
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We‘re two weeks away from this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion! I know some of us have found this to be not to be an easy read, and that‘s okay! Even if you‘re not quite into the book or had to put it down, feel free to join the discussion on the 30th.

Any thoughts to share so far?

mcctrish I‘m 65 pages in and after The Brothers Karamazov this is light 😆 but I am going slowly 1mo
Librarybelle @mcctrish 😂 I love that comparison! 1mo
tpixie @mcctrish 😂 1mo
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BarbaraJean I‘ve found it slow going after the opening section—I just finished part 3 and feel like I‘m still waiting for the book to get going! I thought the back and forth of the timeline in part 2 was an interesting choice—it was a bit confusing. But I‘m finding Thomas a fascinating character! 1mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraJean Thomas is a fascinating character - agreed! 1mo
Mollyanna It took me a minute to get used to the writing style, but now that I am, I‘m enjoying it. 1mo
PurpleyPumpkin I feel like reading the audiobook is helping. I‘m enjoying the writing but find this a bit of a heavy read. It‘s holding my interest though! 1mo
Librarybelle @PurpleyPumpkin Yes - heavy reading indeed! Glad the audiobook is helping! 1mo
Cuilin I think it has one of the best opening chapters ever. Brutal, but you can‘t stop reading. 1mo
Jerdencon I‘m sort of trudging along with this one. About 1/2 way done and hoping to finish most of it before I go on vacation next week and the library takes my e book back! 1mo
Librarybelle @Jerdencon Have fun on your vacation! 1mo
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Sargar114
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Attempted to listen while cleaning my house and after a couple of chapters…do not remember a thing about what happened. Don‘t think this one is for me. Enjoy #literarycrew

AmyG Hahahaha. Same. I spaced out through the beginning and then bailed. 1mo
Bookwormjillk I keep wanting to like this but I‘ve had the same experience. Like water through a sieve. 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks for trying! 1mo
CarolynM It‘s a great book, but it needs your full attention. 1mo
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mcctrish
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I had planned to reorganize all of our files and papers and crap ( I ordered new files from Amazon) but if it‘s DEAR Day then I will just do as I‘m told and consider my to do list dropped

Leftcoastzen 😄👏 1mo
dabbe Book is coming your way! 💙🩵💙 1mo
mcctrish @dabbe 🙏🏻 I saw your email at school yesterday and I put off responding due to tech crisis and inclement weather ( I was teaching in a portable during a windy rain storm) and then promptly forgot when I got home 🤦🏻‍♀️ thank you so much 😊 I will keep a look out for 1mo
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mcctrish
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Off the TBR and beside my bed now. The first seven pages is the cast of characters and family trees aka my first night reading and I thought “good grief, am I up for this ?!” and promptly fell asleep 😆 last night I got sucked right in with the story proper 🙏🏻

Librarybelle The family tree can be intimidating! 1mo
mcctrish @Librarybelle I don‘t know why I paid so much attention to those pages, usually I skip or go back if needed 😴 1mo
julieclair Starting this today! It has been on my TBR forever. 1mo
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mcctrish @julieclair me too! My husband bought it for me Christmas 2019 to prep for our trip to London England March Break 2020, needless to say that trip did not happen. There is a tentative rebooking for March 2025 1mo
BarbaraJean Hahaha… I had the same reaction! I added tabs so I could refer back when needed. And then the first section really pulled me in! 1mo
mcctrish @BarbaraJean thank goodness for tabs!!!! 1mo
julieclair Now that you will have read the book, you are required to go in March 2025! 😘 1mo
mcctrish @julieclair my thoughts exactly 🤣 1mo
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BarbaraJean
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Unintentionally matched my mug to my book this morning. 😁

Ruthiella Perfect! 👏👏👏 2mo
KadaGul @BarbaraJean Unintentional Perfection 💯 😍😍 2mo
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Via @Librarybelle
Today begins this month's #LiteraryCrew
#BuddyRead !
Read at your own pace throughout the month. I'll post checkins periodically. Discussion on April 30th!
If you would like to be added to this month's tag list, let me know! And, if you would like to be removed from the list (for this month or the main tag list) let me know too!

Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Today begins this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead !

Read at your own pace throughout the month. I‘ll post checkins periodically. Discussion on April 30th!

If you would like to be added to this month‘s tag list, let me know! And, if you would like to be removed from the list (for this month or the main tag list) let me know too!

tpixie Thanks! 😊 2mo
julieclair Yay! This has been on my TBR forever. But I have to finish Hour of the Witch first….. 2mo
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BookNAround Add me please! 2mo
Librarybelle @julieclair Yay! I‘m still working on Hour of the Witch too! 2mo
Jerdencon Just downloaded it. 2mo
Mollyanna So excited for this one! Started it this morning. 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin Looking forward to finally reading this one!👍🏽 2mo
maich I found it in the library amd this year I'm reading outside my comfort zone so you can tag me. 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome, @maich ! I‘ll add you to the list! 2mo
IndoorDame I think you can take me off the list for this. It‘s still on the list of things I want to read someday, but it‘s on the (growing long) list of things I‘ve started this month and just can‘t seem to get into right now 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Librarybelle @IndoorDame Okay!! 😁 2mo
kspenmoll I started this ages ago & never finished. If I can get it from library again I will strive to finish & join in. 2mo
Librarybelle Sounds good, @kspenmoll ! 2mo
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I think maybe this has sent me down more Wikipedia rabbit holes than any other novel I've ever read. It's truly a masterpiece, but also *a lot* and it's taken me an age to read. So I'm not going to be sorry to finish it (maybe today?).

rubyslippersreads I need to read the sequels, but you‘re right—it‘s a daunting task. 2mo
Ruthiella Loved this series. The first book is a lot but the second is a breeze (you‘ll see) and then you have to see it to the end in book three. 2mo
Tamra I‘ve wanted to try this, but it does seem daunting! 2mo
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batsy I loved this one but I've left a long gap between that and the rest (I've yet to read the other two). A relief to hear the 2nd is a breeze 😅 @Ruthiella 2mo
Ruthiella @batsy It really is ! It‘s the shortest, Mantel is clearer about the use of he (Cromwell) , and the narrative of Anne Boleyn is more familiar than that of Cardinal Wolsey. 2mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads I think I'm going to take a month or two off, but try to get to the next one after that. I don't want to wait too long and lose the thread, so to speak ... 2mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella I've heard that about the second book! I'm going to take a little bit of a breather, but hopefully return to it soon. 2mo
quietjenn @Tamra It's worth it, but definitely not the easiest reading I've ever done 😏 2mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy Normally, I‘d reread the first book before starting the sequels, but I don‘t know about this one. 😏 2mo
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Repost for @Librarybelle

April‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is the acclaimed first in a trilogy centered on Tudor England. I‘ve read it before, and it‘s good!

Read at your own pace…I will post periodic checkins throughout the month. Discussion on April 30th.

If you would like added to this month‘s tag list or the group tag list, just let me know! All are welcome!

Librarybelle Thanks for reposting! 2mo
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Librarybelle
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April‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is the acclaimed first in a trilogy centered on Tudor England. I‘ve read it before, and it‘s good!

Read at your own pace…I will post periodic checkins throughout the month. Discussion on April 30th.

If you would like added to this month‘s tag list or the group tag list, just let me know! All are welcome!

LapReader Me please 2mo
Librarybelle @LapReader I‘ll add you to the list! 😁 2mo
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mcctrish I‘m in 🙋🏻‍♀️ I have this and this will get me to get this off my TBR 2mo
Librarybelle @mcctrish Wonderful! ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraJean Ooooh, yes please! I own this one and have been meaning to read it for years. Please add me to the tag list for April! 2mo
Librarybelle Will do, @BarbaraJean ! 😁 2mo
CatLass007 I think I‘m going to sit this one out. But please don‘t take me off the group tag list. 2mo
Librarybelle Sounds good, @CatLass007 ! 2mo
CatLass007 ♥️ 2mo
Kristin_Reads Please add me to the list! I‘ve been doing a slow read of this and it‘s not working for me. I think I just need to focus and this buddy read is just what I need. 2mo
julieclair What @BarbaraJean said! 😀 2mo
Librarybelle @Kristin_Reads Of course! Sometimes a buddy read is all you need to power through a book! 2mo
Crazeedi I know I read, so I'll try to refresh my memory! 2mo
Librarybelle @Crazeedi 😁❤️ 2mo
mjdowens I really enjoyed it the first time. I am sure it will be just as enjoyable the second time 2mo
Librarybelle I think so too, @mjdowens ! 2mo
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Debating whether to do fiction or non fiction this month

Ruthiella Nonfiction November! 6mo
Tamra I‘m partial to fiction - too partial. 😏 6mo
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kspenmoll
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Finished 3 books this week. Slow going with Wolf Hall, just a chapter read.Up to ch8/59 in Riviera Gold, ch. 25/71 in Broken Ground.

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On our way to NYC to see an exhibit at the MOMA of Georgia O‘Keefe‘s NY paintings, etc. 👏🏻😀🖼️

AmyG Nice…enjoy! 11mo
IndoorDame Oooh, I love her! Have a fabulous day!!! 11mo
TiredLibrarian Loved this and the 2nd one! 11mo
kspenmoll @AmyG @IndoorDame Such a beautiful exhibit- her early works 1915-29, then a few from 30‘s- 50s.I was totally unfamiliar with her early work. 11mo
kspenmoll @TiredLibrarian Her detail & characterization is wonderful! 11mo
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🪴My most healthy habit is having a good work-life balance and spending lots of time reading, gardening and sewing💚
🍰My most unhealthy habit is a love of cake and bread!
📚I love historical or literary fiction the best
Thanks for the tag @Eggs
#WondrousWednesday
Happy reading everyone

Eggs You do have a lovely balance there! 13mo
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Crystal83
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
Mehso-so

I just finished listening to the audiobook of this book. It was okay, I have tried to read the book before as a ebook and I couldn't get into it. It did understand it better when listening to the book. I rated this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

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wen4blu
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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“So now get up.” #firstlinefridays

Decided to finally give this one a try, only to discover two different copies in my tbr pile!

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Brooke_H
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Pickpick

After I got used to the quirks of Mantel's writing along with the fact that every other person in the book is either named Thomas or Mary, I was way more into this book than I ever thought I'd be. Especially considering that it's history, and I already knew what was going to happen. "Omg, will Anne Boleyn become queen?? What is going to happen to Thomas More??" I'm excited to read the second one in the trilogy.

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TheEllieMo
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in if you want!

#ABookADay2023

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kspenmoll
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Right now, these are two series I want to read & finish for #serieslove2023
I am starting with book #1 of the Wolf Hall Trilogy, and book #10 of Maisie Dobbs Novels. I think there are 8 left for me to read.

Andrew65 This could have been my post! Need to read the third Wolf Hall book and finished up to and including the book in your picture in the wonderful Maisie Dobbs series. 1y
TheSpineView Those are great series! 1y
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Andrew65
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A veritable bargain for those in the U.K. today. All 3 books in the Wolf Hall Trilogy available for £1.99 from Audible, that‘s a lot of listening.

I loved these as audiobooks.

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i.z.booknook
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A really beautiful episode on BBC2 tonight from a series a few years ago to remember Hilary Mantel. Such a lovely woman with a fascinating life and mind. It was wonderful to hear her talk about her life, processes and influences as well as hear others talk about the affect of her work too. It will be on BBC iPlayer for catch up. RIP Dame Hilary Mantel ❤️

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The_Literary_Jedi
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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SW-T
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Leftcoastzen 😢 2y
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Caterina
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Hilary Mantel died - I loved this series by her, and never realized that she also lived with chronic illness and pain. I need to read more of her work. 💛
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/23/books/hilary-mantel-dead.html

Leftcoastzen 😢 2y
CarolynM 😢 2y
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Mel
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DavidDiamond
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RIP Hilary Mantel 😢

vivastory Terrible. Marias, Godard and now this?! Just unreal 2y
batsy 😞 2y
Leftcoastzen 😢 2y
CarolynM 😢 2y
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Tove_Reads
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Sad news 😭 Rest In Peace 📚

TheBookHippie I saw this when I woke up, so incredibly sad. 2y
CarolynM 😢 2y
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rwmg
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
Ruthiella An amazing author. 😢 2y
DrexEdit she was a *monster* writer. I will miss not being able to anticipate her new books anymore. 😢 2y
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Sophronisba
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Terrible news to begin the day. But the Wolf Hall trilogy is quite a legacy.

merelybookish Such a shock. 😔 2y
CarolynM So sad 😢 (edited) 2y
Sophronisba @merelybookish @CarolynM I am genuinely crushed. I would love to have read more from her, such an engaging and thoughtful voice. 2y
BarbaraBB This is a shock. Very tragic. 2y
readingjedi Oh no. 2y
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Andrew65
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Wow! This is a shock and a big loss 😢 RIP Hilary and thanks for the great books you have left us with.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63007307

julesG Sad news. 🖤 2y
batsy I just saw 😟 RIP. I've only read Wolf Hall so far but it was pretty brilliant and left such an impression. 2y
Andrew65 @batsy I‘ve read the first two and thought the second was even better than the first. 2y
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batsy @Andrew65 I've heard that a lot from those who have read it. Bumping up the rest of the trilogy and also A Place of Greater Safety further up the TBR 2y
CarolynM So sad 😢 2y
Dragon So sorry to hear this. RIP 💔 2y
AmyG I just saw this on IG and was shocked. RIP 😥 2y
Scochrane26 Very sad. I still haven‘t read the last in the Wolf Hall trilogy but enjoyed the first 2. 2y
BarbaraBB So tragic. 2y
Andrew65 @Scochrane26 I still need to read that one too. 2y
gossamerchild This is so sad. Her books are just stunning. 😥 2y
Bluebird So sad to hear this! I‘ve enjoyed her books so much… 2y
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vivastory
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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I recently posted The Guardian's 50 novels for the Queen's Jubilee. The Times has a different take on it (a bit more interesting I think)
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/f0c6c664-db58-11ec-8de3-573a6521e09e?shareTok...

LeahBergen That IS a much more interesting list! 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen Agreed! So many favorites on it & several others that are high on my TBR 2y
RaeLovesToRead I've read 10 of them. One Day is one of my two favourite ever books. Wolf Hall is great too. I'll check out the other list you posted... 2y
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RaeLovesToRead I googled the other list. Only read 8 of those. Quite a few on my TBR though. Interesting that there were quite a lot on both lists that hadn't really been on my radar before... 2y
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead That's funny because I've also read 10 off of this list & adored every single one of them...& I read 9 from the other list (edited) 2y
RaeLovesToRead I liked the ones I'd read except for Normal People which I didn't like at all 2y
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead The only Rooney I have read (& I really liked it) was Conversations with Friends 2y
RaeLovesToRead I wouldn't rule out trying another one by her but I'm not in any rush 😊 2y
BarbaraBB I don‘t think the queen and I have much in common but I read A LOT of these books! 2y
CarolynM Oh, that is MUCH more interesting! Thanks for sharing. 2y
Branwen This is really fantastic! 😄 2y
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Klunkers
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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Pickpick

Amazing book. Having never been all that interested in the Tudor period, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Going to take a small break to read something lighter and then jump into Bring Up the Bodies.

BookwormM Loved this series 2y
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Klunkers
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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About halfway through and starting to think this Henry fellow might be up to something. 🤔