Book Haul Update

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I bought more books to add to my Penguin Clothbound Classics collection. This should be the last ones I buy because I now own the full-length Jane Austen novels in this collection. My goal wasn’t to own the entire Jane Austen set, but the pandemic forced me to do a little bit of retail therapy to support my small, independent bookshop.

I bought Northanger Abbey from the collection which I’ve read before and enjoyed the movie adaptation. I also bought Mansfield Park, which I haven’t read and is up next. I am a little bit weary of this novel because it’s about cousin love (the hero and heroine are first cousins !!). I’m hoping I can enjoy the book regardless. We’ll see.

Oh, and can you spot my new book-inspired vase?

In other news, I’m currently listening to the Catch and Kill podcast by Ronan Farrow. If you don’t know what it’s about, it’s the podcast where Ronan Farrow and his guests (journalists, victims, private investigators, etc.) talk about the Harvey Weinstein investigation process and everything they endured because of it. If I didn’t already hate predators as much as I do, I would hate them even more now. I’ll probably read Ronan Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill, afterwards. If I don’t explode from anger first. Have you read it?

xoxo, Jane

The Occasional Weekly Recap

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A lovely tea set through the window of an antique shop during a social distancing walk.

I hope you had a good week! My week was fine, but I have so many worries lingering over me that it’s hard to really enjoy much right now. I know you probably feel the same.

On a lighter note, this week was another busy book blogging week. Below is a recap for your reading pleasure.

Happy reading!

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From the same walk, but I promise I was not near anyone.

Favorite Book Series: Clara Vine

Pairing books with tea (Let’s Bring Back)

What to read when you need an escape

Thursday Reading Links #51

London Book Haul

Also, come have tea with me on Instagram. I’m on Twitter too, but Instagram is my fave.

xoxo, Jane

London Book Haul

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My trip to London may have been cancelled, but my book shopping need not be. I happily supported my local bookstores and then I happily supported a couple of the bookstores I was going to visit in London.

I decided it would be a nice treat if I subscribed to a six-month book subscription from Persephone Books, something I have been wanting to do for a number of years now. Much to my delight, the first book, Mariana, arrived earlier this week. Mariana is written by Monica Dickens, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. It’s a little bit biographical and the main character, Mariana, is a young Englishwoman, going through all the motions of life. It’s supposed to be humorous and interesting and well-written.

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I also bought Square Haunting by Francesca Wade and The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow. I’m looking forward to reading both.

Square Haunting is the story of five women writers living in London (Bloomsbury) during the years between the two world wars. I was planning on buying it in London, so I thought it only right to order the British edition. I was supposed to stay in Bloomsbury and haunt all of these squares myself, but it will have to wait for another time and that’s okay.

The Other Bennet Sister is about Mary Bennet, the overlooked sister from Pride and Prejudice. I recall feeling annoyed by her, so it will be interesting to see how Mary’s life turns out.

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In more local news, I also paid a visit to my neighborhood used bookstore and bought Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene (humorous) and From Splendor to Revolution by Julia P. Gelardi (Romanov history).

Even though I’m in book heaven, I’m not used to purchasing so many books. (I talk about that here.) I honestly don’t know how soon I’ll get through reading this new stack. Regardless, supporting our bookstores is the right thing to do and binge reading will be a good diversion from the current troubles.

What is your good diversion currently?

xoxo, Jane

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

Library Haul

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My recent library haul includes two borrowed books and one purchase. I borrowed Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory and started reading it almost immediately. It’s due back this weekend, so I have the rest of the week to find out how it all works out for our heroine. It’s a really sweet novel, set in England at a royal estate. The main character is in her early 50s and finds love again with the private secretary to Her Majesty, The Queen. Yes, girl!

I also borrowed Sandra Brown’s Send No Flowers because I’m going through a Sandra Brown phase and I’m not ashamed.

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I also bought this cute little book for just $1.00, Royal Weddings – A Very Peculiar History. It’s really adorable and lists fun facts and funny anecdotes about royal bridal couples-to-be and royal weddings throughout history. 

I hope you’re having a wonderful festive season, full of books and good cheer!

xoxo, Jane

Book Haul

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I’m quite pleased with my recent book haul. I had to buy The Other Side of the Coin by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dresser. It documents the special relationship Angela Kelly has with the Queen. There are some wonderful tidbits to enjoy, lots of history and dress facts. The beautiful pictures are in abundance. I can’t wait to dig in.

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I’ve read Megan Hess before and wrote about it here and here. Her books are gorgeously illustrated. I’m beside myself that I own two more. I feel like a child, so excited that I don’t know where to begin reading them. Elegance is Megan Hess’ newest book and focuses on all the great French designers such as Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Hermes and others. It’s a gorgeous book that I won’t be able to put down.

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I know I’ll enjoy The Dress. It’s an illustrated jaunt through fashion history. The sketches are just beautiful. So far though, my favorite part of the book is the author’s dedication: “For Gwyn, All the dresses I’ve drawn, and all the dresses I own, will one day be yours.” So sweet!

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I did not need to own another journal, but I could not pass this one up. It’s for journaling about the books we read. I probably won’t use it for every book, but it would be fun for those very special books that stay with me long after I’ve turned the last page.

What have you been reading lately? Any new books in your possession?

xoxo, Jane