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By Singing Light

Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc: A History - Helen Castor

I read this because I heard an NPR interview with Castor and was intrigued by the fact that she wanted to set Joan within her historical and political context–giving the background that surrounds her rather than continuing the exceptional individual narrative. Unfortunately, I think the balance was too strong on context and too short on Joan; I finished with a much better understanding of 15th c France and almost no sense of Joan as a person.

Source: http://bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/august-2015-round-up-2