November 29, 2008
I hope that all my U.S. readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday wherever you found yourselves. I am looking forward to a relaxing Sunday here in Northern California and I have the perfect book to read: Nefertiti, by Michelle Moran. I have been reading this book for a few days now, and am very close to finishing it. Set in ancient Egypt, the novel is about Queen Nefertiti – the 15 year old who rose to power by the side of the Pharaoh Akhenaten.
She was threatening and powerful and stunning. She looked at herself in the mirror as Thutmose came up behind her. He raised the flat-topped crown so all of us could see it, then fit the burden tightly around Nefertiti’s head. No one else could have worn it. It had been designed for her, tall and slender with an asp ready to spit poison into her enemies’ eyes. Nefertiti turned around, and if I had been a peasant in the fields, I would have thought I was staring into the face of a goddess. -From Nefertiti, page 206-
The book is narrated by her younger sister Mutnodjmet. Its rich dipiction of royal life in ancient Egypt is fabulous. I should have a review up in the next day or so…and then I will be starting Moran’s sequel The Heretic Queen. Michelle Moran was kind enough to send me both books to read and review on my site – and I hope to be offering a holiday giveaway of them by next weekend.
With Christmas just around the corner, I have been seeing a lot of Holiday Gift Guides for books. A couple of weeks ago Dewey asked the Weekly Geeks to develop their own lists. I intend to still do that, but in the meantime, why not check out the New York Times “Books That Tower Above the Rest” and my favorite book podcast – Books on the Nightstand Books Recommended. Do you have some favorites you’re buying for people this year?
My wishes for all of you are for an enjoyable week filled to the brim with great books! Have a terrific day!