Local Book Haul

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I don’t impulse buy books. I generally use my local library for books and, as a special treat, I purchase books during my travels. I was looking forward to my trip to London this week and had several London bookshops on my must-visit list. But it wasn’t to be…

That said, the current crisis is upending the independent bookstores in the USA. I don’t want them to suffer or shutter, so I purchased several books from independent bookstores in my neighborhood.

I bought three books for moi and three books for the most delicious, sweetest little baby girl in the whole wide world. I bought her Uni the Unicorn, Baby Astronaut (trying to mold her mind) and Baby Touch and Feel Mermaid.

For moi, I bought The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne (a most excellent writer), Women in Art by Rachel Ignotofsky and The Little(r) Museums of Paris by Emma Jacobs.

I plan to purchase more books locally. We’re in this together!

xoxo, Jane

Pairing books with tea (Writers as Readers: A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics)

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Writers as Readers: A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics is a book I’d categorize as slow reading. A book to be enjoyed with the seasons, not to be read in one sitting from beginning to end. It’s a lovely collection of wonderful writers writing about other writers.

Some of the writers writing about writers are Angela Carter writing on Charlotte Brontë, A.S. Byatt writing on Willa Cather and Penelope Lively writing on Edith Wharton. It’s a beautiful hardback. I love owning it and reading the entries.

I’d pair this lovely book with a good cup of Fortnum’s Countess Grey. Countess Grey is ideal because of its light and delicate flavor, which makes it perfect for slow reading.

Countess Grey goes with so many good books, doesn’t it?

xoxo, Jane

Currently Reading: The Other Side of the Coin

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Hello, just a short post to share what I’m reading.

I’m reading The Other Side of the Coin by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s Dresser. I love this book and I’m so glad I own it! It’s the second book Angela Kelly wrote about the Queen and her wardrobe.

“The title ‘Dresser’ could be a bit misleading as Her Majesty actually dresses herself.”

I’m enjoying it very much and I read a few pages every night before bed. Angela Kelly is a very diplomatic storyteller. She writes about the Queen, her wardrobe and hints at intimate details about their working relationship. There are abundant behind the scenes photographs and lovely pictures of a smiling Queen. Maybe I don’t look at pictures of the Queen often enough, because I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a fun or silly smile on her face. This book is a gem!

Good night. I’m off now. Must jump into bed with the Queen. (Ha, do you like what I did there?)

xoxo, Jane

PS. What are you reading?