Orange, Queen of Spring

Wearing: This plaid shirt and these jeans were part of my fall casual uniform: they’re both comfortable and easy to throw on. Since the weather has been a bit reminiscent of fall, I thought it would be fitting to wear them but in a more spring-appropriate way. And this year for me, spring equals orange. Therefore, I added my favorite orange necklace and orange sandals. Done and done.

Plaid shirt: Gap; jeans: Loft; orange necklace: Anthropologie; orange sandals: Merona, Target

Reading: I can’t seem to stop myself from talking about books, so I’ll still include a reading section every now and then. I’ve been reading The Other Queen, a book about Mary, Queen of Scots by Phillipa Gregory. She’s the same author who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl, a book I loved. Have any of you read either book? I admit I’ve been disappointed in The Other Queen. For one thing, the pace is a lot slower than The Other Boleyn Girl, which was quite a page-turner. Secondly, I recently read Mary, Queen of Scots by Margaret George, and in my opinion she told Mary’s story better.

Mary, Queen of Scots takes a broad view of the ill-fated queen’s life, while The Other Queen focuses on her time held “captive” by Queen Elizabeth in England. The Mary in the former seems more realistic and is more likeable than the latter Mary. However, I wonder if I only have a negative view of this book because I liked the other so much. Thoughts? Are there any historical fiction novels you’ve read and loved recently? 

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