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1976 Club: The Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy–DNF

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It Wasn’t Just Me

First, thank you for giving me my reading life back to Lizzy of Lizzy’s Literary Life blog. I was, per habit, going to wait and read her thoughts on this book AFTER I finished it. But, I’ve been reading this turkey for about a month and still hadn’t passed page 100! Plus, my eye  had been drawn to “…affair…age 11…” [something like that] in her post. So I went back and read it. A true “a-ha!!” moment. It wasn’t just me! It wasn’t the struggle I’ve been having with print reading since the COVID lockdown. It was a terrible book! Or, to be charitable a popular book of its day that did not age well.

What I DID like in the book

So, I was expecting The Lion in Winter with Katherine Hepburn. Instead I got just about every historical fiction pet peeve in one book. In the book, I did agree with her preference for overtly-manly men. And, I did like that she had what we today call “leadership skills” (back then–“bossy”). That’s about all

Too Late Now

It’s too late now to try to find another 1976 book. It turns out, after it came from the library, that I had already read Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by an idol of mine–Doris Kearns Goodwin. It is not recorded in any of my reading logs, but I have not logged throughout my life. Still, after one chapter it was obvious. I couldn’t come up with anything else.

Looking forward to the next Year Club read

I’ll just hope for a better experience with the next year’s book. Thanks again, to Simon at Stuck in a Book for hosting the Club reads.

1976

17 thoughts on “1976 Club: The Plantagenet Prelude by Jean Plaidy–DNF

  1. I remember reading all of her books when I was a teenager in the seventies. Some of them I remember really clearly, however, this one has disappeared completely from my memory which maybe says something about it. I did get a lot of historical info from her though and she inspired to read more actual history too which can’t be a bad thing.

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  2. So this involved reading a book written in ’76? I have fond memories of the Bicentennial year. It was such a big deal! Sorry this one was a bummer. I hope that you can get your groove back with a good book soon!

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  3. I’d thought about re-reading some of her novels because I adored her between the ages of 11 and 13. But when I saw Lizzy’s reaction I changed my mind… Now you’ve just reinforced why that was a good decision

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    1. Try Phillipa Gregory instead. I’m not sure she does the Planty-pals but she does a lot of that sort of thing. I read the Kingmaker’s Daughter and it was very good. I tried the next book but it seemed like a re-run (it sort of was–story from a different person’s p.o.v.)

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  4. Well, to be fair, when you’re expecting Katharine Hepburn in Lion in Winter, that’s pretty high expectations (one of my favorite films with my all-time favorite actors), so I’m not surprised that you didn’t care for this.

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