I feel like I've done quite a bit of armchair travelling this week. I spent the first part of the week on a ship heading toward Greenland in icy waters as I finished up Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (review pending). Brrr! Now I'm in Ireland, having just started The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor. But it hasn't only been books taking me away from the here and now.
Last night we finished watching the second and last season of Rome. Have you seen it? We'd been watching a few episodes here and there, mostly on weekends, for most of January but now it's over. It was quite the ride though. The show certainly had lots of graphic sex and violence (I wouldn't recommend it to anyone bothered by that) but it was really well-done, and it all looked very realistic. I heard that they took a few little liberties with the history but their aim was to be as authentic to the time period as possible and it really did seem so. I thought some of the actors were great too and I loved that it was essentially a British cast. As for the story itself, I have to admit that I don't really know much Roman history. I never studied it in school and had only picked up the odd bits from Shakespeare's plays of all places. So I knew some of the names (who hasn't heard of Caesar? or Anthony and Cleopatra?) but not really any of the politics of the time. In some ways that made it more fun to watch because I didn't know exactly how it would all turn out.
So even though I was never terribly interested in ancient Roman or Egyptian history before, watching this show has got me thoroughly in the mood to read about it. I have both of Michelle Moran's books to read and I'm looking forward to reading them even more now! But I think I may need to get something else from that era too. What would you recommend? I've heard that Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome books are good. Have you read any of them? And do you have any other suggestions of good Roman historical fiction?
This week I also gave in and decided to try Twitter. I'd actually started an account there a couple of months or so ago but had never done anything with it. I'd get the odd email from time to time though telling me that someone had started following me. So I found it quite amusing that without ever uttering a single tweet (not sure I've got the lingo down yet!), I already had 18 followers! LOL. You guys must've had faith in me though, and it's partly thanks to you that I decided to give it a go, so thanks... I think. If you'd like to look me up, I'm tanabata2000 over there.
And on Saturday my blog reached another milestone, its third anniversary. I never imagined when I started that blogging would become such a big part of my life, but I'm addicted now so I think you're stuck with me! And to celebrate my three years of blogging, I'm having a giveaway. I do hope you'll stop by and enter.
Week in Review:
Sunday Salon: Weird Economics
Review: Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton
Reading Japan: 2008
Friday Fill-ins, Friday Finds
Celebrating 3 years
Have a great week, and happy reading!