taketimetoshine: (Winter Warmth)
I don't even know if I should be admitting to this, but I've never actually read Anne Frank - The Diary Of A Young Girl.

I know the basic idea behind it - who doesn't? - and it sounds so harrowing that I don't know if I could cope. Just the thought of it chills me to the bone and knowing there's not a nice resolution to the family's lives...

World War II isn't one of my favourite eras of history either so I tend to avoid a lot of media surround that time. I'm sure I'm missing out on a lot, I do want to read it but I can't bring myself to read it - I read for pleasure and I can't, I won't, enjoy something set during such a horrific period.
taketimetoshine: (Taking Over The World)
I recently re-read Dan Brown's novels and had actually forgotten how much I enjoyed the Robert Langdon books - the whole cypher solving and religious aspects, the holy grail etc etc. I wanted to read more books in that general sphere so I consulted both the library and my new friend goodreads.com and have started reading the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry.

In turn this has got me fascinated by the history and mythology surrounding the Knights Templar, the Holy Grail and Freemasons. How a fairly basic order designed to protect travelling pilgrims during the crusades only to become so powerful and rich and then their ultimate downfall has become such a ongoing and lasting mystery and how they still have such an impact and intrigue today is compelling. How even the order themselves were involved in starting the rumours and propaganda around them and how they're linked to the superstitions around Friday 13th. It's completely sucked me in.

Goodbye to-do lists, goodbye to-read pile.
Hello new interest!

I'm already collecting lists of books - both fiction and non-fiction - I need to read and movies that I need to see. I'm such a geek and am getting pages of notes. God bless my love of stationery and colourcoding. Yes, I am aware of how this sounds. I'm waiting impatiently for reserved books to come in the library, for DVDs to be shipped from lovefilm.

So now I'm going to throw this open to anyone reading who has any suggestions on any/every resource about the order. I'm especially interested in fiction books based around the order, similar to Steve Berry, Michael Jecks and Raymond Khoury. But really, anything and everything will be happily devoured.
Thank you

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