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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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Klunkers
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“So now get up!”

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sprainedbrain
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Mehso-so

I love historical fiction and I‘ve gone through a couple different Tudor-obsessed eras in my life (might have a third coming on now), so I was expecting to love this book. At first, I struggled with the writing style/narration, but when I got used to that, I just sort of slogged through. I appreciate the novelty of this story through Cromwell‘s eyes, but there was so much to this and it moved SO slowly. Not sure I will continue the series.

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MrsMalaprop I read this years ago & struggled to get through it. I appreciated it in the end but have no intention of reading any others. 6d
AmyG I bailed for the reason that it was insufferably slow. 6d
TrishB The trilogy is so good. Honestly 😁 6d
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Verity I‘ve read the first two but never the third - I know how it ends and I couldn‘t bring myself to slog through it to get to that. The TV version with Mark Rylance is very good though. 6d
sprainedbrain @Verity I think that‘s why I won‘t continue… I already know how it‘s going to go. 😂 6d
Ruthiella The second book is (a) shorter, (b) moves faster and (c) the best of the trilogy. I suggest you read Bring Up the Bodies and call it a dualogy. 6d
vivastory As someone who has been planning on reading this & now reading the above thread, it is clear that none of you are to be trusted 😂🤣 5d
vivastory Seriously though I have only read one Mantel book which I think you'd love (Beyond Black) but I've heard so many conflicting opinions on this I think I'll just have to try it for myself 5d
sprainedbrain @vivastory I will check that one out. And clearly I need to continue at least to Bring Up the Bodies, as @Ruthiella says. 😃 5d
vivastory I have also heard great things about her novel on the French Revolution: A Place of Greater Safety, but I haven't read it. I'm not really making many reading resolutions this year but I am hoping to finally read Bring Up the Bodies. I'll be curious to see what you make of book 2 & if you become a convert! 5d
vivastory *Wolf Hall (not Bring Up) 5d
Ruthiella @vivastory Beyond Black is brilliant. 👍 5d
vivastory @Ruthiella You speak the truth my friend... 5d
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kathedron
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This certainly kept me occupied ?. What a fascinating character Thomas Cromwell is! I had moments of confusion (does "he" refer to TC or the person he's talking to? I wonder if HM is deliberately wrong-footing me here.) and felt that something about the writing style was holding me at arm's length throughout (my default position for *people* but I like my books closer!) but it was thoroughly absorbing and I enjoyed it very much.

CarolynM The "he" thing got me too. Quite a few times I had to go back and reread whole pages because I thought she was talking about someone other than Cromwell? Great book, though, and I love Cromwell, so much so that I still can't bring myself to read the 3rd one?? 2w
kathedron @CarolynM I know! I'm largely ignorant about this period of history but I do know how it ends for TC and I'm in no hurry to get there! 2w
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Graywacke
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#12Booksof2021
#January

I read some other good books in January, including a biography, Petrarch: Everywhere a Wanderer by Christopher S. Celenza, and a terrific novel, Real Life by Brandon Taylor. But also I reread Wolf Hall.

thanks @Andrew65 for kicking this off.

Andrew65 A great book. 1mo
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shannasbookshelf
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Ast_Arslan
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 113th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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jenniferw88
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Trying to finish this book this week - I've been reading it on and off since January! This is my favourite mug because the cat looks a bit like my ginger Jaffa! #steamygiveaway @BennettBookworm

Ast_Arslan It's in my TBR too 😱 is it so heavy and boring? 6mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I just finished this a week ago or so. It was a slow burn for me. Took awhile to get used to the writing style and get into the story. 6mo
jenniferw88 @Ast_Arslan it's not boring, but slow-going. However it has sent me to sleep a few times! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Cute mug ! 😻I liked the book struggles with the pronouns & many people named Thomas! 6mo
BennettBookworm Aww that‘s so sweet! Thanks for entering! 6mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This read started very haltingly for me, but once I got used to the over usage of “he” and the large cast list, I was hooked. I am not much of an Anglophile, but when I dive in I always end up enchanted. Mantel is a brilliant writer; the detail and historical research that went into this is astounding. Cromwell is a fascinating historical character, and Mantel brought humanity to this enigmatic man. Looking forward to finishing the trilogy! 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks This was my #doublespin for June! (edited) 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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KadeLexical
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It is all very well planning what you will do in six months, what you will do in a year, but it‘s no good at all if you don‘t have a plan for tomorrow.

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WOWreader
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jenniferw88
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Day 2: From what I've read of the book, Thomas Cromwell could #motivate because he bounces back and just tries even harder after the setbacks.

#maycharacters @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚💪🏻 9mo
Eggs Excellent 📚👌🏼🙏🏻 9mo
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Kaag
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If you can get past the writing style, where the use (overuse?) of “he” is the narrator referring to himself, then you come upon another stumbling block, the characters. Aside from Wolsey and Mary they felt like names on a piece of paper. I felt compelled to like our narrator but the narrative style didn‘t work for me. Wolf Hall has all the makings of a devious cobweb of delectable misery but for me it failed to connect.

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kspenmoll
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#bookcupidswap

Happy Valentine‘s Day!
Thank you so so much @BookNAround for this book & all the yummy chocolate! I cannot wait to start this series. ❤️💜💚🧡💙

A special thank you to Brooke @candority for organizing this swap.

Crazeedi Kitty looks nonchalant 11mo
BookishMarginalia Gorgeous kitty! #CatsofLitsy 11mo
candority Adorable kitty! Happy Valentine‘s Day 💘💖 11mo
kspenmoll @Crazeedi Yes, she has put her stamp on that table so all is well. 😸 11mo
kspenmoll @BookishMarginalia @candority Thank you! We love her! 11mo
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GinaKButler
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This series has been on my TBR for quite some time and I made it a 2021 goal to finally read it. I‘m also using this one for West Europe in the Reading Around The World Challenge. #bookspinbingo

Cuilin Enjoy! One of my favorite series. 12mo
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GinaKButler
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Reposting my February #bookspin list. Looks like I‘ll finish an extra book in January and I have a few holds finally coming in from the library I‘d like to include. As always, thank you for hosting, @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 12mo
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Graywacke
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This is a reread for me from ten years ago. This time I‘ll continue through the whole trilogy. It was special to revisit. The amount of factual detail is simply wonderful and lets the book drive itself. But also it has that atmosphere of partial remove, touch and distance at the same time. And, the prose is rather stunning when Mantel gets going. A 5-star reread.

Suet624 I keep thinking I‘m going to get to this but it just keeps getting buried in the pile. 12mo
Graywacke @Suet624 that‘s the story with most of my books. 🙂 I got to this one only because I sketched it into my 2021 plan as part of my 2020 Booker longlist reading. Hopefully the plan will get me through the trilogy. (edited) 12mo
Suet624 Good luck with that. 12mo
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batsy I keep telling myself I'll get to the second, then the third, but first I think I need to reread the first one 🥴 I loved it and definitely don't mind revisiting. But... the other books are looking at me. 12mo
Graywacke @Suet624 right. I do think it will work. 12mo
Graywacke @batsy our life challenges. 😆 12mo
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jenniferw88
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen
Continue Wolf Hall
Finish The Italian

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 12mo
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Canadian.Reads
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"The route out of the city was running thaw water, and in copses shielded from the sun the standing pools were still iced. A weak sun blinked at them as they crossed into Hertfordshire, and here and there a ragged blackthorn blossomed, waving at him a petition against the length of winter."

For passages like this it is worth reading Wolf Hall all over again, although I am told the next one is better. Loved. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

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jenniferw88
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For once my #bookreport matches my #weeklyforecast @Cinfhen! Week 23/1/21

Completed The Nickel Boys, The Garden of Evening Mists and The Plot to Betray America.

Working my way through The Italian and Wolf Hall.

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Canadian.Reads
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More than halfway through! I am having to read this with a dictionary at hand because there are many words I am unfamiliar with, and some that apparently don't even exist. 'Waffeting', I am looking at you.

What incredible writing. I heard Mantel interviewed on CBC The Next Chapter and she is brilliant.

It did take me a while to get started and figure out what the heck was going on. Now I am all in! May the #conqueringcromwell continue...

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jenniferw88
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#joyousjanuary @Andrew65

My goals:
Make a large dent in the tagged book
Finish reading The Nickel Boys
Finish listening to The Garden of Evening Mists

Possible addition if I complete these:
Read Piranesi!

Canadian.Reads I am also trying to get through a good chunk of Wolf Hall today. It isn't easy reading! Im on page 123 after 3 days 🤔 12mo
Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊 Great goals. 12mo
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jenniferw88
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen
Finish 1st read of You Were Born For This (it's a good book but will need multiple reads to get the most of it)
Finish The Nickel Boys and The Book Thief

Continue The Italian

Start Wolf Hall.

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, good luck with #ConqueringCromwell 🥳🥳😘 13mo
cajunsyd The Nickel Boys was one of my favorite reads of 2020. Enjoy!! 13mo
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Traci1
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I finished my 7 of ♥️ pick for #tbrdeckofcards last night. (Prompt was Moira vs. Town Council - politics)

I went into this one having little knowledge of Thomas Cromwell. Had I known more it would have been easier to follow, but I still enjoyed the glimpse into this episode in history. Mantel is a good storyteller, though her overuse of "he," with few context clues, didn't help with my occasional confusion. Overall a pick.

@Clwojick

Clwojick Whoop whoop! ♥️ 13mo
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Traci1
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The seven of ♥️ prompt for #tbrdeckofcards was season 2 episode 6 of Schitt's Creek, Moira vs. The Town Council, which I am interpreting as politics. Lots of political shenanigans going on in Wolf Hall, which I started listening to yesterday.

Side Note: Henry (5) asked what I was listening to, and now when he sees me with the earbuds in, he howls at me. 🐺 awoooooo!

@Clwojick

Clwojick Cute! 🐺 13mo
monkeygirlsmama 1. Cool card!
2. Henry sounds adorable.
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candority Love that prompt! 13mo
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crazyspine
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I'm very excited for my first #bookspinbingo board. I have already read the tagged book; finished a little before midnight last night during my 24-hour readathon with #VSBC on GoodReads. The Color Purple and One Time the official #bookspin and #doublebookspin picks for the month.

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crazyspine
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This was tough at times since it is sooo long and there's a lot going on. Everyone is named Thomas, Richard, or Mary. However, I really enjoyed it and thought it was worth it. It's just the type of book that one must read in a distraction-free environment if possible. First book of 2021 and off my #bookspinbingo board.

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crazyspine
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First time doing #bookspin #bookspinbingo #doublespin @thearomaofbooks I hope this will be motivation to catch up on way overdue #netgalley ARCs. The tagged book is a library book, and I'm hoping to finish it first.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you along!! 13mo
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Amandajoy
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I don‘t think I‘m going to finish another book today, so here‘s my December wrap up. Finished up several I had going, so starting the new year with a clean slate (mostly).

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Bklover
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Getting ready for my annual attempt to read Wolf Hall. You‘d think after this many attempts I‘d be too embarrassed to post this, but I‘m trying to keep a record of my attempts. I believe the last one involved a buddy read of some sort with Cindy ( @Cinfhen , who has everlasting patience and keeps letting me join buddyreads when we both know I‘m horrible at them). Wish me luck!

FashionableObserver I salute you. 😜 13mo
Bklover @FashionableObserver Thank you. Can‘t guess how many times I‘ve read the first 60 pages. 13mo
KarenUK Good luck! I managed to get through by watching the tudors series just before I started it, so all the endless Thomas‘s and Henry‘s were fresh in my mind! 😂 13mo
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Bklover @KarenUK What a brilliant idea! 13mo
Amandajoy It took me all year to finish the buddy read. I finally started listening to it on audio which helped. 13mo
HeyT I know that feel it took me like four attempts to get through The Martian Chronicles. I think it was like ten years from when I first attempted and when I finally managed it this year. 13mo
Reggie This post has given me courage. One of my reading challenges is asking to read a book I‘m intimidated by. It‘s either going to be a Dickens or a Dostoevsky. So thanks! And good luck with Wolf Hall!! 13mo
emilyhaldi Lol good luck! At least you try ☺️ I‘ve been too intimidated to try this one. 13mo
Kdgordon88 I wish you good luck! I‘ve tried 3 times: print, kindle and audio and waved the white flag. This book is totally in my wheelhouse but for some reason it just doesn‘t click for me. 13mo
Cinfhen You know I TOTALLY failed with that buddyread.... couldn‘t get pass the first few pages 🙊Good luck, M!!! You can do it!!!!! 13mo
Simona Good luck! I have my private eternal struggle with the 13mo
SaraFair Good luck! I love it- 13mo
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janeycanuck
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I finally finished Wolf Hall!! I started this back in March (I think?) as part of the #ConqueringCromwell buddy read and clearly was not successful. There were too many characters and threads to keep track of, it all just ended up much too complex for me. I won‘t be continuing with the series but am happy I did read this one as the writing was quite excellent.

Final book for my #DashingDecember goal!

Andrew65 Well done 🍾🥂🍾🥂😊 13mo
MsMelissa I love this book (the whole trilogy is incredible), but I can understand others not feeling the love. 13mo
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Lesanne
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Day 1 of #12Booksof2020. I know this book wasn‘t released in 2020 but it was one of my favorites I read the entire year.

Andrew65 The books can be released any year. Great book and I loved book 2. (edited) 13mo
MsMelissa I just picked the final installment in the trilogy as my day one book. Great choice! 13mo
Lesanne @Book_Fiend_Melissa Thank you! I‘m reading that one soon!! 13mo
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Amandajoy
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Somehow I have the living room to myself. So classical Christmas on the Pandora and diving back into Wolf Hall. #conqueringcromwell

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Karkar
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Jumping back into this one for a short bit - been so busy working have not had a lot of time to read.

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janeycanuck
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#DecemberTBR time! November was a slow Reading month but I‘ve got time off coming and won‘t being going far with COVID all around so expect to put a good dent in this stack.

AlaMich I was just reading Curious Toys, partly because I live in Chicago and my dad used to tell me stories about going to Riverview Park. I will confess I DNF‘d it, but it was me, not the book. It was darker than I felt I could handle at the moment. 14mo
janeycanuck @AlaMich hmmmm.... thanks for the tip. I don‘t know if I can handle dark right now either. I may put it off for a bit. 14mo
AlaMich @janeycanuck That‘s probably a good idea. Real life right now is plenty dark enough. 14mo
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jenniferw88
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#newyearwhodis @Lesanne @monalyisha

Purple arrows are books I already own so can definitely get to in January.

Green arrows are books that were on my radar to get at some point, so might get to them if I get through the purple ones!

64pts #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

Cinfhen 💜👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
Lesanne Yay! loved these, I hope you enjoy them! 14mo
jenniferw88 @Lesanne 😊 I also have Bring up the Bodies, so if I enjoy Wolf Hall I'm hoping to get to that too! 14mo
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CharlesSwann
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Cromwell‘s POV of Henry VIII‘s court. A complex machinator. One of my ATFs.

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Auntynanny
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I found this book a bit hard to get into. I kept falling asleep reading it at first, but then I became more interested. I enjoyed reading the familiar story of Henry VIII from a different perspective. Thomas Cromwell was very involved with the court, but also had a life outside of it, that adds context.

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sophierayton
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Way to bring history to life!
When you hear the stories in bite-sized snippets over the years it can seem so ridiculous that people ever carried on in such a way, but reading this book makes you realise how serious all these matters were.
Very much looking forward to the next two books and whatever else Mantel has written or will write in the future. Very good.

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BookwormM
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Decided to read this in case Mirror and Light made the Booker Shortlist it didn‘t. I still plan to continue with the series.

I enjoyed this new perspective on the court of Henry VIII and all the political machinations that take place to allow his divorce and remarriage.

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Stephjotsdown
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So engaging and at times funny. Thou fiction, I absolutely felt I was in every scene in the book. Amazing!!

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Ruthiella
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This trilogy is really one very long, brilliant book. Of the many books that I have been lucky enough to enjoy, these three are some of the best historical fiction I‘ve ever read. 😀

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OriginalCyn620 📚❤️📚 1y
Freespirit I'm half way through book 2...❤️ 1y
rubyslippersreads I‘ve read (and loved) the first book, but I really need to finish the trilogy. 1y
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Leftcoastzen I still need to start book 2 ! Glad to see you loved them. 1y
Ruthiella @Freespirit Book 2 was the best one, IMO. 😀 1y
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads I hear you! I‘ve finished this one but there are plenty of other series where I am “behind”. 😀 1y
Ruthiella @Leftcoastzen Book two is the best! It‘s amazing how suspenseful it is, even when the reader knows what happened! 😀 1y
thebluestocking These are on my list! But they intimidate me. 💙 1y
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I read Wolf Hall when it first came out in paperback... I didn‘t know enough to be intimidated. 😀 If you want a shortcut, just read the second (and shortest) one. 1y
CarolynM Great choices🙂 I haven't worked up the courage to read the 3rd one yet (I'm not in the mood to deal with the dread of knowing how it ends) but I know it's going to be as wonderful as the others. 1y
Ruthiella @CarolynM I hear you! It‘s hard not to become attached to him, Thomas, Cremuel, Master Secretary, Lord Privy Seal. 😢 1y
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Viji
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I‘m not a big history buff but Mantel‘s writing style is very engaging. Enjoying early fall weather after we had snow last week 😣

BookwormM I am 40% into this one and yes the writing is very engaging 1y
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mjtwo
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2-10 Sep2020 (audiobook)
I love this book. I was uncertain whether to read the first two again before tackling The Mirror and the Light but was daunted by their length. The audiobook was a great way to revisit Wolf Hall, although I did realise that although I read it when first published, I remember it quite well. Such fantastic storytelling. Moving straight on to audio Bring Up the Bodies but look forward to reading the final instalment in print.

MayJasper I was wondering whether to do the same thing 1y
mjtwo It has made me more eager to open The Mirror and the Light @MayJasper 1y
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KVanRead
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📕Wolf Hall
✒️Alice Walker/Colson Whitehead/E.B. White
📺The Wire
🎸The Who/Ween/The White Stripes
🎧 Wolf at the Door - Radiohead/Where It‘S-At - Beck/(What a)Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
📀 The White Album
#ManicMonday #LetterW

vivastory Stellar choices! It's going to be really hard for me to narrow down for this letter. 1y
KVanRead @vivastory Thx! Yes lots to choose from, unlike X which is gonna be a whole ‘nother type of hard😂 1y
vivastory I'm going to cheat & use X as a blank space for things that I forgot 😂 1y
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KVanRead @vivastory ooh! Good thinking! 1y
Palimpsest Awesome choices! Not sure how I forgot some of these like Beck and The White Album. (edited) 1y
KVanRead @Palimpsest I feel that way every week when I read through all the other choices 😂 1y
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