Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Do you read different books in the summer than you do in the winter? I always think I'm going to read something fun and light in the summer, and end up reading the same kinds of books I read the rest of the year. I need to be more conscientious of my seasonal book choices.

But week in and week out, I am here on Fridays to share the opening sentence of the book I'm reading, or just a book I want to highlight, on Book Beginnings on Fridays. Thank you for joining me!


Once the queen’s head is severed, he walks away.

-- The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. 

This is the third book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. The first two, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, both won Booker Prizes. I'm afraid that meant she had free reign with this one. I find it long and meandering compared to the first two. I feel like I sat down for a steak and am trying to eat an entire cow!

Have you read this one or the other books in the trilogy?


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From The Mirror and the Light:
Suffolk says, “It’s in every tavern and marketplace. At the very instant Anna’s head leapt from her body, the candles on Katherine’s tomb ignited—without touch of living hand.”

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