Thursday Reading Links #56

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I have been enjoying Belgravia very much. No surprise there. It’s the highlight of my week. (Sad, but we are living through some intense days.) The Armchair Anglophile published recaps of each episode. They are funny, insightful and snarky. Highly recommended. Just don’t read ahead to the recaps you haven’t seen the episodes for. (Unless you don’t mind spoilers.)

If you’d like to burn hours on the internet, may I recommend the military maps of George III? Happy browsing.

13 Books Where the Earth Comes Alive. I’ve only read one from this list, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Fashion Plates. I’d love a modern version of this dress.

A Brief Tour into the World of Cozy Mystery Authors.

Which languages are easiest for native English speakers to learn? Insightful!

The Economics Behind Grandma’s Tuna Casseroles. This was fascinating to read. I’m not going to make fun of 1950s American food ever again.

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #55 (Bibliophile Edition)

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Capitol Hill Books

I’ve been using more of my own photography on the blog, as opposed to stock photos. I took this picture years ago at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C.

Another bookstore nearby is East City Bookshop. Well worth the visit when the pandemic is behind us.

A few more book-related links:

I like pairing books with tea.

I enjoy reading the bookish articles at Book Riot.

Seven French Food Books.

The Books Briefing: What Personal Letters Reveal About Human Struggles.

Bookshops in Bath.

By the Book: Classic Literature in Film/TV.

Shakespeare & Sons Bookshop in Prague.

Be well and stay safe!

xoxo, Jane

 

 

Thursday Reading Links #54

 

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Blossoms in the wind.

The first episode of Belgravia is available in the US on Epix. I loved the book by Julian Fellowes and am excited to watch the series.

I paired Belgravia with a cup of tea. Now you know which tea to drink while watching the TV adaptation. Speaking of Belgravia, this is an interesting history piece about what happened at the Duchess of Richmond’s ball.

This is totally me. You too? British costume dramas are keeping me sane.

We’re all alone. So let’s get lost in these paintings of parties.

The Library of Congress is republishing classic crime fiction by American writers. The first one was released earlier this month, That Affair Next Door by Anna Katherine Green. The titles are found in the Library’s collection of out-of-print and forgotten books. The covers are inspired by images from the Library’s collection. How cool is that?  The books are published by Poisoned Pen Press, which is the same company that publishes the British Library Crime Classics.

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #53

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Only feel-good links today.

These Artists Are Making Free Coloring Pages For You To Enjoy.

If you like looking at pictures of home libraries, then The Captive Reader has you covered.

The best podcasts for book-lovers and creatives.

You can create your own perfume at Musée du Perfum. Someday I’m going to do this!

French Cultural Institutions Providing Free Content Online.

The Birth of Fashion Magazines.

The History of Dewy Skin.

A pretty teacup.

What to read when you need an escape.

xoxo, Jane

The Occasional Weekly Recap

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Hello, how are you on this sunny Saturday morning? By sunny, I mean that the sun is streaming through my windows. Like you, I’m mostly housebound. Though I feel very privileged for having a patio and plan to do some reading out there later this morning.

I’m currently reading Square Haunting. I love it so much that I feel overwhelmed and am reading a little at a time. It’s almost as if I don’t want the book to end…do you ever feel like that too?

Grab your cup of tea (or coffee) and keep on reading:

January, February and March 2020 Wrap-Up Part II

Small Moments of Happiness: March 2020

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Pairing books with tea (The Mistress of Spices)

January, February and March 2020 Wrap-Up Part III

xoxo, Jane

 

Thursday Reading Links #52

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Discovered this wall during a social distancing walk.

Dear April,

Please be nicer to us. March was a bear.

xoxo, Jane

Congratulations, You’re Moving In with A Reader! Cute read.

A wonderful article about Maria Branwell, mother of the extraordinary Brontës.

Wild goats take over Welsh town amid coronavirus lockdown. There are pictures! The pictures will certainly make you smile.

A Bookstore of One’s Own. The New York Times on Persephone Books. (There may be a paywall.)

A nighttime routine for a better sleep. Which I’m sure we all need right now.

Thank you for stopping by. Be well, friends! 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

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London Book Haul

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

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #51

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With spring comes hope.

If you are in need of distraction, or find yourself with some free time, then you’ve come to the right place. !!

The Queen of Paris was the perfect historical novel to lose myself in.

How bookshops are helping with isolation.

Jane Austen – Her Life in Words (YouTube).

The first lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing. This was a fun read.

Here’s how much Europe’s royal families really cost. I’ve always wondered.

The playboy Serbian spy who inspired James Bond. When life becomes art?

Social distancing doesn’t have to doom your weekends. I’m basically reading everything now.

Coronavirus: What this crisis reveals about US – and its president. You probably don’t need to read this article to know what it says about Mr. Trump.

The Etiquette of Social Distancing around Coronavirus by Emily Post.

xoxo, Jane

 

 

 

Weekly Recap

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It’s been an interesting week, to say the least. Just today I found out that the World Health Organization said that COVID-19 can linger for hours on clothing. They recommend you switch clothing as soon as you get home. This shouldn’t be a problem for us. I think most of us have “outside clothes” and “inside clothes.”

Anyway, in case you want to show my blog some love, below are links to this week’s blog posts. Thank you for stopping by and be well.

January, February and March 2020 Wrap-Up Part I

Local Book Haul

Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War by Hal Vaughan

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New book: The Little(r) Museums of Paris by Emma Jacobs

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #50

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I would like COVID-19 to go away and never return and I’d love for spring-like weather to get here.

I have anxiety because of the coronavirus, the state of the union and the unknown. I’m going to take it one day at a time, do my part to be a good neighbor and stay home as much as possible. If you are home and want to read something, here is a mish-mash of reading links.

How you can support bookstores during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is a light-hearted read by beloved author Meg Cabot. How to Shelter in Place aka Work from Home in the Age of Corona.

Oh, Do Tone It Down, Ladies. “Docile quietude has long been wielded by conduct books as a specifically feminine virtue.”

Six Castles You Can Visit in the United States. I’m on my way!

The failed escape: Sheikha Latifa’s doomed flight from Dubai. How awful! I am so horrified. The way women must suffer in so many parts of the world without us ever knowing. It breaks my heart and I wish I could be a superwoman so I can swoop in and bring women and children to safety.

Very good writing advice: you gotta tell the story.

Podcast: Evelyn Nesbit and the Crime of the Century.

An Introvert at a Writer’s Conference.

Hmmm, are you a ‘cultural’ fit for your job?

Remember how WeWork was the latest craze? WeWork began the shared space phenomenon, which isn’t a bad idea. Companies and solo business owners now have options to rent space for much cheaper than signing expensive, long-term leases. Anyway, I digress. Nothing good lasts forever and the origin of WeWork seems…interesting, for lack of better words. Rebekah Neumann’s Search for Enlightenment Fueled WeWork’s Collapse.

If you’re in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Historic Garden Week has been cancelled, but you can at least still look at pictures of gardens and flowers from past years.

Four Books That Make Astonishing Use of Maps.

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #49

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This is a portrait, oil on canvas, of Mrs. George Watson, the second wife of a very wealthy merchant. You can tell she is wealthy because she lives in the US, yet she is holding a vase of tulips imported from Holland and her pink dress is based on the latest fashion from London. By  John Singleton Copley, 1765. National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Grab your cup of tea, a comfortable chair and happy reading! There is no rhyme or reason to today’s reading links.

17 Jokes Only People Who Speak French Will Get. Haha, this is cute!

A lot of bad things happen to women in books.

When America’s Most Famous Monthly Took on Its Most Famous Tycoon.

Mysteries That’ll End a Reading Slump. Have you read any of them?

The Connection Between Jane Austen’s Emma and Amélie. I never thought about this before, but it makes sense.

Nazi name lists in Argentina may reveal loot in Swiss bank.

You Had Me at the Title. “People often ask me what I’m reading and sometimes I forget. What’s the name of that book again? But then some book titles stick to my brain like a gecko clinging to a wall. They take root inside me and often the book itself proves to be just as unforgettable.”

20 of the Best Castles in Scotland.

And on a very serious note, women with endometriosis ‘finally being believed.’

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #48

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I love peaceful, early morning tea while jotting ideas, goals and notes in my planner.

Stay safe and healthy, friends!

All about the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

All of my book reviews can now be found in one spot. Hooray for organization!

12 Most Romantic Gifts for Jane Austen Fans.

A new book about ‘unruly women’ is being discussed over at Jezebel.

Inspiring Books To Read For Women’s History Month 2020.

The Persephone Forum: Young Anne by Dorothy Whipple.

A Simple Weekend Quiche.

A dirty secret: you can only be a writer if you can afford it.

Before Waterloo: What Happened At The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball? This article talks about the famous ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond, but also mentions that Julian Fellows’ (of Downton Abbey fame) book Belgravia will be a tv series on ITV. This is such wonderful news because I really loved reading Belgravia. I wanted to hug the book when I finished reading it. I wrote about the novel here.

13 Women’s History Podcasts You Don’t Want To Miss Out On.

xoxo, Jane