October Book Haul (oops)

I enjoyed listening to A Christmas Carol so much that I purchased the book to re-read for years to come. I picked up my pre-order from the bookshop but you know that it’s almost impossible for me to enter a bookshop and not browse. So I did just that and eventually left with a couple more books not on my list. C’est la vie.

I discovered this really cool version of Pride and Prejudice. Did I need it? No. Would it make me feel better during this terrible time? Yes!! This version includes the characters’ hand-written letters scattered throughout the book. The handwriting is beautiful. I love this book so much. I’m really glad I bought it and can’t wait to settle in with all of the letters.

Last but not least, I also picked up this bookish agenda for 2021. Besides the usual holidays, it also lists the birthdays of authors. I love it!

The bookshop also gave me an advance reader’s edition of Rachel Kushner’s upcoming book of essays, The Hard Crowd. I’m looking forward to trying something new. (And I’m pretty sure there is no relation to the inept, unqualified son-in-law adviser to the equally inept president.)

That’s all on my end. I’m near the end of my Victober reading challenge and will write more about it next week.

What’s on your reading list?

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #22

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Well, hello there! Another Thursday is upon us. The weeks seem to go by faster and faster. Sigh.

New stories of Thornbury Castle to be told in book. This is really excited and I have to get my hands on a copy of this book. I stayed at Thornbury and it was a dream come true for me.

Retaining the royals: why has the British monarchy survived – and thrived?

The 19 ‘Extroverted’ Behaviors That Annoy Introverts The Most. This is so me. I am the biggest introvert and sometimes (all of the time) I want my extrovert friends to just leave me alone. Am I awful?

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I am hunting for a new 2020 planner. I want something that’s better than my 2019 planner because I need monthly, weekly and daily break-down pages, plus goals/anniversary/days to remember pages that aren’t at the end of the planner, but near the beginning of each month. And I don’t want to spend a fortune on it. I’m appalled that planners cost as much as $60.00. What? Anyway, do let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for me to consider. But during my planner research, I stumbled across Passion Planner and they have free PDFs, if you’re interested. (Passion Planner is over the top for me, so I’m not going for that one either.) UPDATE: I found my 2020 planner!

Speaking of planners, these Washington Post articles on planners were interesting to read. Who knew the planner business was a multi-million dollar business? A journey through the fancy day planners that promise to fix our broken, millennial lives and It looks like an ordinary calendar. But Passion Planner aims to be the cure for millennial angst.

How to Collect Antique Jewelry. I love jewelry, new and old. This was a fun and interesting read by the Garance Dore team.

How exciting! Fortnum & Mason has a new tea, Celebration Blend tea. “A jubilant blend of strong Assam and hint of fragrant Jasmine, our new Celebration Blend tea is just the cup for every hooray-worthy moment, and only the beginning of another perfect teatime.”

Happy Birthday, Prince Albert! Monarchy’s moderniser: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

I hope you have a great day! And do leave me a comment if you use a planner that you can’t live without! xoxo, Jane