I’m sharing a couple of my favorite things from the past week.

I’m looking forward to the weekend. The weather is supposed to warm up a bit over the next few days. We’ve had some really cold weather this week which has honestly been kind of miserable. I’m doing everything I can to avoid having to go out into the cold. Even my teeth feel cold when I’m outside!

Valentine’s Day

I sent out some Valentine’s Day cards this year, including one to my boyfriend and his dog, Winston. My boyfriend sent me this photo of Winston with the card. Apparently he didn’t want to share it haha. It still feels weird to not be spending time with either of them due to the pandemic. I don’t know what I would do without texts and photos to keep in touch. Winston is just so cute!

Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day on Sunday? I have some chocolates to give to my dad and brother, but other than that I’m thinking it’ll be pretty low key. It seems to be the way holidays have been going for the last week. Usually I make some cookies with heart shaped cookie cutters. We’ll see if I’m feeling ambitious tomorrow.

The Taming of the Queen

I finished reading The Taming of the Queen (affiliate link) earlier this week. It follows the life of Kateryn Parr, the last wife of King Henry VIII. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives – King Henry VIII – commands her to marry him.

Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent.

But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and a published author, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry’s dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy – the punishment is death by fire and the king’s name is on the warrant…

Just like all of Philippa’s other books, I really liked that the book was from Kateryn’s point of view. It feels like a lot of the time history is always taught from the men’s perspective, and women are an afterthought. I can only imagine how scary it must have been to have been wife number 5, knowing what had happened to some of the previous wives.

Do you have anything fun planned this weekend?

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Friday Favorites: Valentine’s Day + Historical Fiction