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Books and Reading Wednesday: Books on my Bookshelf

Another post for my Books on my Bookshelf series!

(Books on my Bookshelf is not a review, just my personal memories and feelings on the books I own).

This week it’s Three Kingdoms, attributed to Luo Guanzhong and translated by Moss Roberts.

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Despite the picture, it’s not a series, it’s one massive book chunked up into four volumes.

I got them a few years ago, I remember I added them to my wishlist for one Christmas, and when Christmas came my uncle and aunt gave my Sun Tzu’s, Art of War to hold me over until Three Kingdoms arrived, as it was quite hard to get hold of 😀

My main memories of these books were devouring them as soon as I got them, and to be honest, I read them so fast I didn’t remember much about them! So, I took them on vacation with me one year, to a beautiful cottage in the middle of nowhere.

It rained quite hard at times, so I had the most relaxing and snuggly time cosied up by a fire, listening to the rain outside, Harli led beside me, whilst I re-read these books in a more relaxed fashion. Which meant I could enjoy them to the full.

But I don’t regret that fist read through where I sped through them, I was so excited to read them!
And sometimes, that’s the best way to read a book, to go through it, have a great time, and then go back through again and pick out the details you missed first time!

Three Kingdoms is a romanticised version of the historical period in ancient China when the Han dynasty fell and chaos ruled. A thrilling read with loads of figures from history. Though be warned, it’s not an easy read. But the books themselves are awesome; the stunning portraits at the beginning always capture my interest.

Some of the portraits.

Some of the portraits.

Example of the beautiful illustrations that are dotted throughout all the books.

Example of the beautiful illustrations that are dotted throughout all the books.

Random quote: ‘In the shadowlight of the fires no one detected the deception.’

Favourite thing about the book: The style. There is no worry or concern about how you should write a book, it’s just written for enjoyment, and that makes it such an great read.
Also, the illustrations are great throughout.

Least favourite thing: The fact that characters often have two names, their true name and then like a nickname, and there are A LOT of characters, so you have to make sure to remember it all to keep up, as they interchange the two names often.

Something I took away from the book: That a great story doesn’t’t have to be written in the same way everyone else writes. Also, the realisation I really enjoy battle scenes 😀

Has there ever been a book you were so excited to read you just read it so fast? Have you enjoyed re-reading books?

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16 thoughts on “Books and Reading Wednesday: Books on my Bookshelf

  1. The first book of a series tends to grip me every time. As for ‘Three Kingdoms’, I used to have a copy of that. I sent it to a friend who was more into the lore than me. I got into it due to a video game series called ‘Dynasty Warriors’. It’s a button mashing action game based around the stories where you choose from one of the generals to simply kick butt on the battlefield.

    • Well, what a coincidence! I got it due to the video game too. I love that game series, and I think it’s brilliant that it inspires people to find out more about history!

      Brilliant books though, and flipping through them for quotes has reignited my urge to reread them 😀

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  2. I used to always get very excited over books when I was younger and race through them! Not so much now… although the first book of a series can have that effect on me, if its really good. Most recently, The Green Woman Trilogy by Jane Dougherty… I loved the first one so much I immediately downloaded the next 2 and a short novella!

    • Sometimes you know after the first book it’s going to be an amazing series, and you end up buying everything 😀 But then, that’s part of the fun of reading, right? Getting excited about the stories!

      Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

  3. My son was given “The Art of War” for his birthday in October. His Aunty thought he’d enjoy it because he does martial arts. He said it was strange yet funny, maybe I should pick it up and take a look.Those fine line drawings in your books are enchanting -thanks for sharing.

  4. I love it when that happens! I just recently read We Were Liars and could not put it down! It had such a huge lot twist near the end too, which can be amazing. (I don’t think that’s a spoiler, as I didn’t say anything ABOUT the twist and I don’t think you would ever see it coming! ) sounds like a perfect vacation. . .

  5. I’ve never read The Three Kingdoms, but you make me want to read it now. Love the illustrations.
    I remember reading the Harry Potter books very, very quickly. I was excited to get those. Also, I had to read them quickly because other people I knew were bursting to give spoilers.

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