Yes, it’s true; I am reading The Other Boleyn Girl. As most of you know I’m not all that adventurous when it comes to reading. Yes, I have diversified my reading ever since I’ve been with Kim, and yes, it’s been quite an adventure, but this is definitely a stretch. Kim pushed me to read this book because it’s one of her favorite Tudor/Victorian era books that she has read. Admittedly, I was pretty hesitant at first. All I could imagine was that it would be overly romantic or flowery and wouldn’t move fast enough to keep my attention. Boy was I wrong. Not only is Philippa Gregory’s novel full of history and adventure, the plot moves fast and the characters are engaging.
So, back to my original point: I would have never read this book if not prompted to. Although I am not currently finished with it, it is totally changing my view on these types of books. I had previously thought of this book as a romantic, washy novel that had little substance (sorry Phillipa Gregory). Now after reading it for as much as I have, I now view it as a historical work that provides new insight into the lives of those individuals I had only read about in history books. It has breathed new life into my interest in history. So, I’d like to thank my wonderful better half for opening my eyes to this novel. For those of you, who like history, or even just an exciting story, check it out!