Reading Links #83

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Well, this week has been something. I had planned to write a couple bookish articles, but wow did that go off the rails. After a hellish and very exhausting week, I’m happy and relieved that Joe Biden is our new President-elect. And wow, the first woman VP-elect! How cool is that? Talk about shattering glass ceilings. In honor of Kamala Harris, today’s readings links are dedicated to her.

Kamala Harris’s historic victory speech.

55 Things You Need to Know About Kamala Harris.

The many identities of the first woman vice-president.

Kamala Harris’s sorority sisters reflect on their sisterhood and time at Howard University.

Kamala Harris is the First Black, South Asian, Woman Vice President of the United States.

Here’s to a better future for all of us.

xoxo, Jane

Reading Links #82

I don’t have any reading links this week. So instead I’ll leave you with a link to my current read, The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski. Set in 1950s Britain, the main character somehow wakes up to discover she is inhabiting the body of a woman during the Victorian era. It’s the perfect spooky read, that’s for sure. Even though it’s not a Victorian novel, I made this book a part of my Victober challenge.

Happy Halloween!

xoxo, Jane

Reading Links #81

Currently Reading Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Hello, everyone. How was your week? Mine was fine, but I can’t believe Halloween is just around the corner. The weeks seem to be going by quick which, honestly, is a really good thing. I’m not watching the presidential debate tonight. My poor heart can’t take it. I’m going to bed early with my book (and my husband). I hope your weekend is filled with good books and that you have a safe place to call home.

My favorite museum guidebooks.

This article from April on what I’m enjoying during isolation is still…sadly…relevant. I sure didn’t expect us to still be in this hot mess. Let’s vote the **%#%* out of office. Ok?

What to read when you need an escape. Sadly, still relevant.

A very short history of the Lutetia Hotel in Paris. (This is a must read for a little history so we never forget the past.)

My pairing books with tea archives. In case you are looking for a rabbit hole or two.

I read A Christmas Carol and loved it!

Also, Where Do Reading Lists Come From? (And Why Do We Love Them?)

Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Jane

Reading Links #80

View of the Cloaca Maxima, Rome, 1814 by Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg.

Good morning! I hope your weekend is off to a lovely start!!

Grab your cup of tea and enjoy some light procrastination.

Painting returned 87 years after Nazis stole it from a Jewish family in Berlin. I always cry with relief when I hear of stolen property being returned. Though it can’t undo the pain and trauma.

I’m listening to Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. It’s not as good as Jane Eyre, but it’s a completely different story so it’s not fair to compare them. It’s a bit of a love triangle between two good friends and the man they both love. I’m just not sure how I feel about it yet, but I’ll write more when I finish listening to the audiobook.

Victober 2020 is so much fun. Yesterday I gave a mid-month Victober update.

A Beginner’s Guide to Gothic Fantasy and Best Books.

9 Halloween books to read with your kids this October.

Jane Brontë’s obituary by The New York Times.

The secret meaning of ghost stories.

Why embracing change is the key to a good life.

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #79

Autumn!

I binge-watched Netflix’s Emily in Paris. It’s an adorable new series about a marketing executive from Chicago who takes a job in Paris. She learns to navigate French work culture, dating and getting by on zero French. The Atlantic wrote that Emily in Paris is an Irresistible Fantasy. But French critics blasted it as “embarrassing.” Have you seen it?

I’m still reading How to Be a Victorian and listening to Shirley by Charlotte Brontë and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. And since we’re talking about Victober, why was Victorian London so smelly?

Speaking of Victorian London, have you seen this interesting article about Queen Victoria’s goddaughter?

Have a lovely October day and a nice weekend!

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #78

Fall tea.

Happy October 1st! I’m excited for a new month and to participate in Victober.

In case you missed it, my quarterly reading wrap-up and Mrs Harris Goes to Paris review.

A brief history of writing styles.

Eight Books to Help You Transit to Fall.

The Most Anticipated Books of October Include Some Spooky Halloween Tales.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #75

Hello! I hope you’re doing well. What are you currently reading? I’m listening to A History of Russia by The Great Courses. I use my Audible credits on The Great Courses and it’s so worth it for me because I love learning about new subjects and histories. Check out your library first if you are interested in The Great Courses. They may have their audiobooks or CDs for you to borrow.

Just a few links today. Happy Reading!

All Possible Plots by Major Authors.

Girl in Dior.

The Unexpected Politics of Book Cover Design.

The Enola Holmes Movie is Getting Sued For Giving Sherlock Holmes Feelings.

Netflix has an upcoming documentary series about Challenger: The Final Flight. It will be a difficult watch for me knowing the fate of the dear astronauts. It’s just so sad and I wish the outcome was different.

And I leave you with a quote: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #74

The rose garden at Hillwood Mansion & Museum. The museum is one of my favorite D.C. spots.

I hope the first week of September is going well for you! I am busy reading and there is a pile of books to get through (not a bad problem to have). I’m in the editing stage of my book (editing is boring, writing is much more fun) and am working on a new project.

A few reading links:

This made me feel better. Don’t feel bad: even Danielle Steel, author of 179 books, couldn’t write under lockdown.

I’m fascinated by royals and royal history. The New Yorker article about the fall of Spain’s Juan Carlos is an interesting and intriguing read (also gossipy). (There may be a paywall if you’ve exceeded your article limits.)

Ben & Jerry’s is launching a podcast about white supremacy in America.

The princess who thought she was made of glass. Fascinating read. The poor thing!

Have a great day!

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #73

This is part of the “Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830” exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I told my husband that if this was our dining room, we’d sit at opposite ends of the table just because.

I listened to the first episode of a two-part series of Mary Stewart’s Madam, Will You Talk produced by BBC Radio 4. It is a must-listen. Super entertaining. Episode 2 is available this Sunday. If you need a light distraction, I highly recommend giving it a listen.

A Century of Shakespeare and Company.

Six Jane Austen Audiobooks Read By Celebrities. I love listening to Jane Austen books!

I watched a documentary about the booksellers of NYC, The Booksellers. If you are a bibliophile, you might enjoy this documentary. There is a rental fee via an Amazon Prime subscription, but in my opinion it is worth the money. Trailer.

The story of ‘Randy Andy.’ It’s no secret that I’m a royal watcher. But I will never look the other way when men (royal or otherwise) do bad things. Prince Andrew’s friendship with the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is a bad thing. If anyone needs their royal title taken away it should be this guy right here. Maybe he’ll have his title taken away when Prince Charles is king. One hopes.

My quarterly wrap-up. It’s not as rosy as usual. I guess not every book can be a winner. I’m still reading, so I’ll post Part II in September.

Did West Germany’s first postwar President spy for the US?

And I leave you with a quote. “The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #72 (Some art for your soul.)

A silk needlework Coat of Arms of the Williams and Bell families of Boston, currently on view at the National Gallery of Art.

Today’s reading links are about the exhibits during my recent visit to the National Gallery of Art. The NGA is one of my favorite museums in Washington, D.C. and it’s open with advanced, timed tickets. The museum did an excellent job of controlling the crowd size.

Visitors had access to the ground floor galleries of the West Building, which allowed me to view the Rodin sculptures, the Degas at the Opéra exhibit and the ongoing Masterpieces of American Furniture exhibit. It was glorious!

I was charmed by this Manet painting. Flowers in a Crystal Vase, c.1882.

I was charmed by this Manet painting. I love the pink, blue and maroon color scheme in the bouquet. It may have been painted in 1882, but this is something we’d see in our homes today. Pretty and timeless.

Vines Seen through a Window, oil on paper. Max Hauschild, German, 1810-1895

I took some time to study this painting. I love the peek into nature. It’s a perfect prelude to the end of summer and start of autumn. I wonder if the artist conjured it out of his mind or if he was inspired after visiting a friend’s home. It’s on loan to the NGA from the Fondation Custodia in Paris and since I can’t be in Paris right now then at least the European paintings can come to me.

Study of a Tree, French(?), 19th Century. Private Collection London

Last painting, I promise. Out of all the paintings on display during my recent visit to the NGA, this painting is my favorite. It’s just so beautiful and peaceful. I’d love it if this was a wallpaper for my house. It belongs to a private collection in London and the artist is unknown. Thank you so much to the generous person for loaning their masterpiece to the NGA. How beautiful is this?

I hope you take some time out of your day to smell the roses and enjoy the small pleasures of life.

xoxo, Jane