I was very excited to read this account of William and Kate’s 9 day tour of Canada – their first official tour since their wedding – mainly because my...moreI was very excited to read this account of William and Kate’s 9 day tour of Canada – their first official tour since their wedding – mainly because myself and my husband trekked out to Ottawa to see them on Canada Day. It was an amazing day. We got to Parliament Hill at 8am and the Duke and Duchess arrived after noon. My only regret is that we didn’t pack more water. The book describes how a few people fainted that day because it was so hot – but the heat mixed with the close proximity to hundreds of thousands of other people, having to stand for 8 hours on end in one spot, plus the lack of water is really what did it! It was amazing seeing them in real life (even though they were so far away), and the next day by chance we saw the motorcade and could see clearly William and Kate waving at us :)(less)
Georgina is once again on the rack of luuurve. She is patiently waiting while Masimo, the Italian Stallion, considers her ultimatum of becoming her on...moreGeorgina is once again on the rack of luuurve. She is patiently waiting while Masimo, the Italian Stallion, considers her ultimatum of becoming her one and only or to just be mates. She is worried she made a terrible mistake in asking to become his girlfriend since Wet Lindsay is again her competition. Then there is still that Dave The Laugh fiasco of him saying something about not realizing what you had and losing it – whatever he was talking about! And the original Sex God is still away in Kiwi-a-gogo land snogging sheep. She has three non-boyfriends and all the headaches! Sometimes she wishes she could settle down like Jas and Tom, but no one seems to want her! (less)
Georgia, Jazzy Spazzy, and her family are headed to Hamburger-a-gogo Land! And best of all Masimo, the newest sex god, is there too! The plan is to ho...moreGeorgia, Jazzy Spazzy, and her family are headed to Hamburger-a-gogo Land! And best of all Masimo, the newest sex god, is there too! The plan is to hop on a bus in Memphis and go to Manhattan for the day to visit him - how far away could it really be any way? Things heat up though when Robbie sends Georgia a second letter from Kiwi-a-gogo Land, and Dave the Laugh mentions some business of "the one that got away", whatever that's supposed to mean...(less)
In the eighth book of the series Georgia finds herself in the cake shop of luurve. She must ultimately choose between a Robbie eclair or an Italian ca...moreIn the eighth book of the series Georgia finds herself in the cake shop of luurve. She must ultimately choose between a Robbie eclair or an Italian cakey... On the one hand Robbie left her for wombats, but on the other hand Masimo has a handbag – or so Dave the Laugh always says. Wait – how did Dave get in here? Georgia can't possibly choose a Dave the tart, they're just best mateys. Meanwhile, something terrible has happened at school – other than octopus head. For comedy purposes they asked about Herr Kamyer's camping adventures, and he mistook it for genuine interest! Now Georgia's whole class has to go on a camping trip for an entire weekend! What fresh hell!(less)
"Away laughing on a fast camel" is as hilarious as ever! This time Robbie the Sex God has left for Kiwi agogo land to snog sheep leaving Georgia all a...more"Away laughing on a fast camel" is as hilarious as ever! This time Robbie the Sex God has left for Kiwi agogo land to snog sheep leaving Georgia all alone on her owney. Have no fear, another Sex God, or a Sex Meister, has landed! New to town and the new lead singer of the Stiff Dylans Masimo is both sexy and exotic. Georgia uses the power of her boy entrancers to get his attention, but can she really land a second sex god?
I found it quite upsetting that Georgia didn't seem interested in maintaining her relationship with Robbie, and didn't even send him a letter in return. I loved the development of her and Dave the Laugh's relationship though, and am still rooting for those two to realize that they are perfect for each other.(less)
The hills are alive with the sound of PANTS! Georgia is finally the girlfriend of a lurrrve god... the only problem is he has gone back to Italy so sh...moreThe hills are alive with the sound of PANTS! Georgia is finally the girlfriend of a lurrrve god... the only problem is he has gone back to Italy so she can't even really enjoy it! And then there is the accidental almost number 5 on the snogging scale in the woods fiasco with Dave the so called Laugh. Georgia once again finds her self confused about her many almost boyfriends – Dave the Laugh and the original Sex God Robbie – but she knows that she for sure loves Masimo... even though he doesn't always laugh at her jokes... at least not how Dave does. Tragedy strikes when Angus is hit by a car! Dave acts as her knight in shinning armour, but in a matey sort of way, since Masimo is still out of town... Georgia just can't help but pucker up when he gets too close...
Yet another hilarious diary of Georgia Nicholson! As always the glossary is included in the back, but now there is also an updated version of the Disco Bison Viking Dance! These books just never fail to entertain!(less)
The sequal follows Georgia from her summer hols where the Angus, thongs, and full frontal snogging left off. As the title implies she has scored herse...moreThe sequal follows Georgia from her summer hols where the Angus, thongs, and full frontal snogging left off. As the title implies she has scored herself a sex god (aka Robbie), but everything else in her life is total crap. Her mother wants to relocate her to the other side of the world to be with dear vatti, the old portly one (aka dad) just as her love life is starting to turn around! She may just go through snogging withdrawl! AS with the first installment there is another glossary in the back just incase you Americans can't understand a word she says. Unlike most sequals it actually lives up the the legacy that is Georgia Nicholson and is just as packed with laugh-out-loud hilarity in the form of teenage angst and utter cluelessness. I can't wait to read Knocked out by my nunga nungas!(less)
Morton’s story of William and Catherine contains several beautiful photos of the couple, the Queen, and Kate’s family that are not very well known, th...moreMorton’s story of William and Catherine contains several beautiful photos of the couple, the Queen, and Kate’s family that are not very well known, their wedding certificates, and popular photos too. He seems to borrow from Claudia Joseph’s “Kate: The making of a princess” for his chapter on the background of Kate’s childhood since a lot of genealogical facts from the Goldsmiths are sited. However, Morton is more successful at making it read like a story, compared to Joseph’s genealogical essay.
As with any biography of the Duke of Cambridge Diana is mentioned quite often. What makes this book stand out is its close proximity to current pop culture. While Diana is talked about during Williams childhood, and of course her death is outlined as a key event in the young prince’s life, Morton brings her back again to discuss how the media continuously compares Kate to her – which is how most of us today view Diana (as something to be weighed against) – from her sense of style to her upbringing.
The wedding section is another aspect of this book that sets it apart from the rest. While most other royal biographies rushed to publish before the big day, Morton patiently waited to finish his story after the wedding so that he was sure to be able to include intimate details of the most watched wedding of our generation, as well as include several beautiful photos from the big day. Overall I believe this is one of the best biographies of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to date. (less)
The Red Queen is the sequal to Philippa's new trilogy, The Cousins' War, about the battle over the crown between the House of Lancaster and the House...moreThe Red Queen is the sequal to Philippa's new trilogy, The Cousins' War, about the battle over the crown between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. This installment stars Margaret Beaufort, a pius young woman who was a mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses.
Margaret bets her mother to allow her to go to a convent and spend her life serving God. But because she is an heir to the throne, her destiny is one to produce sons and so is married to Edmund Tudor when she is only 12 and he is well in his twenties. Within two years of their marrige she becomes pregnant and is widowed before her son, Henry, is born. She has a vision that her son is meant to be King of England, and her destiny is to be the Queen Mother, Margaret Regina.
From this moment on she devotes her life to the day she sees her son on the throne. No amount of lies, descet, or murder will stop her from doing God's will.
Philippa Gregory is known for her historical accuracy, and this novel is no excuse; anyone interested in learning more about this time period would benefit from reading the Cousins' War trilogy.
I loved how self-righteous Margaret is. It takes her third husband to tell her that she is hiding behind God to do her own will. I literally cheered outloud when Princess Elizabeth said she didn't care who won the war because either way she would never have to be in Margaret's presence again!(less)
Just shy of 80, Her Majesty by chance stumbles into the travelling library that visits the palace each week. By obligation rather than interest she ch...moreJust shy of 80, Her Majesty by chance stumbles into the travelling library that visits the palace each week. By obligation rather than interest she checks out a book, and is thrown into a whirlwind love affair with reading. The more she reads, the more the state of the monarchy is literally turned upside down, but she cannot help herself. While on duty with dedications, tours, and ribbon cuttings, she tucks a book away in her hand bag to read in the coach. Her Royal advisors grow worried some as Monarchs are not to be seen as partial for anything, including literacy! However, the Queen finds that reading is like a muscle she wasn’t aware that she had, but now that she exercises it daily she can sift through even Henry James with ease.
This is a great story for any book-lover (and royalist) as the Queen grows to realize why reading is so important, not just to her but to anyone – especially world leaders! It is a way to see the world through fresh eyes, and indeed it is addicting. After much consideration, Her Majesty finally came to the realization that reading was her form of soul searching: “You don’t put your life into books. You find it there.” (less)
A very easy read as the photographs are the focal point of this book – large glossy photos on very expensive feeling paper. There are a lot of photos...moreA very easy read as the photographs are the focal point of this book – large glossy photos on very expensive feeling paper. There are a lot of photos that appear in other biographies, but a few too that were new to me. What made this book different from other biographies about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was that it highlighted other royal weddings beginning with Queen Victoria. The photos of these earlier weddings were spectacular, and Cohen provided insights into their love stories that I hadn’t known before. There wasn’t much new in regards to text about William and Catherine, but what was there was quite accurate so if you were to make this your only royal biography to read you won’t be disappointed! (less)