I am back again for the last “My Favorite Reads” of 2012. Boy has the year flown by like a pages in a book… get it? I’ve recently started a new book called The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani, set in the hills of Northern Italy. Yes, yes… another book based in Italy. But be happy! This book takes place during the early 1900s and not B.C.
Unfortunately, the list of books I can recommend this month can’t be considered much of a list. There is only one book that I’ve read this month and that would be Elizabeth Elson’s “Theodora of Constantinople“. (Shout out to, Joyce!)
For someone who loves history, I’ve never really spent much time focusing on any other eras outside of Ancient Rome and World War 2. This book really gave me a glimpse into the Byzantine Empire and the people who helped shape it. Theodora’s life was full of long journeys and heartache, but the way Elizabeth writes, you can’t help but feel like Theodora planned it all herself just to prove a point to all women out there. She wanted us to know that no matter how many times your life path leads you through a dark forest, you’ll eventually get to the meadow.
Thanks, Elizabeth, for another great read. What’s next? Do you take requests for story lines?!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, book lovers!