The Vanquished

I started reading this book last month, and it was the sort of non-fiction book that made me want to read a pulpy fiction book at the same time.  I took a trip to Barnes & Noble to get book number 2 in Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series and walked out $100 lighter.  Always a hazard in my world.  This book was so very dry that I actually started reading three other books since I started it.

The Birth of Venus

I usually don’t love books set in this time period because the age was so hard on women.  I can’t seem to reconcile the romanticism of the period with the reality, and makes me very uncomfortable when I read about it.  But this book was different.