Posted at 5:33 am , on February 13, 2020
Posted at 5:49 am , on February 6, 2020
Flowers and tea!
Happy February! Here is what I’ve been reading during my commute this week (plus a throwback blog post).
Yoga poses you should do everyday. If someone else has better ideas for daily yoga poses, please let me know. 2020 is the year of good health! Let’s do this!
The Lutetia Hotel in Paris.
Re-reading Persepolis in 2020 and What to Read Next.
What to do in Paris in February. No, I’m not going. Just daydreaming.
Some really great romance novel recommendations.
A US Veteran in California is over 100 years old. All he wants is for you to send him a Valentine’s Day Card. I sent him one and if you want to do so too, here is the mailing address.
9 Independent Bookshops in London. Do you have any favorite bookshops anywhere?
Notes of a Chronic Rereader.
Let’s all read more fiction.
Posted at 5:36 am , on January 30, 2020
I am surprised how fast January flew by. They say that January feels like the longest month of the year, but I blinked and now it’s gone.
What are you doing this weekend? I’ll be cleaning the house and reading a book. As you can see, I am a very exciting person. Ha!
Katerina Sakellaropoulou becomes Greece’s first woman president. !! So exiting and about time.
Who was the Iron Butterfly?
Who was St. Valentine?
2020 Historical Fiction We Can’t Wait to Read.
Kelly Faircloth writes about the “petty politics of who gets to be Her Royal Highness.”
How Three Bestselling Authors Boost Book Sales by Writing Collaboratively.
Benefits of fresh flowers at home.
Why We Need Essay Collections Now More Than Ever.
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Posted at 5:18 am , on January 23, 2020
Goodness, January is running away from us. I hope it’s been a productive and/or wonderful first month of this new decade for you. It’s been productive on my end but also wonderful. We’ve had some fun dinners out, good books to read and are currently binge watching Good Girls.
Have a great rest of the week and a lovely weekend!
Michelle Obama: By the Book. Love her!
Frogmore Cottage & House.
Novels with Incredible Child Caregivers.
Neil Gaiman Talks Dreamily About Fountain Pens, Notebooks & His Writing Process.
The Birth of Fashion Magazines.
How Charles de Gaulle Rescued France.
I wrote a short article about a historic hotel in Paris, Lutetia Hotel.
Find me on Twitter and on Instagram.
Why I Insist on my Guilty Pleasure Novels.
How Hallmark Took Over Cable Television. (The New Yorker, so there may be a paywall.)
Pairing Books with Tea – The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Here’s Exactly How You should Be Applying Fragrance. (Short answer: however you want.)
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Posted at 11:54 am , on January 18, 2020
I hope your weekend is off to a nice, relaxing start! Here is my round-up of reading links.
Interesting reading. How the baby boomers – not millennials – screwed America.
This week on the blog, Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag.
12 Decadent Hot Chocolates to Sip on in Paris.
100 Great Books by African American Women.
In Defense of Being a Night Owl. “I’d much rather watch Colbert than Good Morning America, and I’d take another glass of wine over squeezing in a morning workout class any day.”
The 50 Best Writing Websites of 2020.
Reading Positions. Haha. Which one are you? I’m the “Just a few more pages…” position.
How to De-Puff Your Eyes in 3 Minutes or Less. I googled this topic because my eyes are super puffy for no reason at all. My eyes look as if I’ve been crying all night, when I’ve been sleeping soundly instead. The perils of being a woman, I suppose.
Your Watch Says More About Your Status Than You Think. (WSJ, so there may be a paywall if you exceeded your free articles.)
The teenage Dutch girls who seduced and killed Nazis.
Cheers! xoxo, Jane
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Posted at 6:08 pm , on January 11, 2020
For the third year in a row I have a word of the year to help me achieve my goals, but this year’s word is a little different from the past two years.
My word is Health. I will aim to take better care of myself. I want to drink more water, go on longer walks and do yoga-ish exercises. I had a recent health scare and it’s funny how we take things for granted and then something happens to make us realize how fragile we all are. That’s why I want health to be my focus for 2020. The same goes for you, please take good care of yourself.
Why Don’t I Read All My Books?
Eight Bookish New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Improve Your Reading Life.
This is an interesting read about our carbon footprint, but I must admit I don’t feel flight shame. I live in North America. The only way for me to get to Europe (or to any of the other continents) is by airplane. Why ‘flight shame’ is making people swap planes for trains.
This article linked below is so true. I am an introvert and really prefer to be alone. I see my friends periodically and I don’t set regular get-togethers with anyone because my quality time comes first. The only exception is my husband. He can be around me as much as he wants. He is my favorite human. A woman’s greatest enemy? A lack of time to herself.
January 2020 Horoscopes and Book Recommendations.
Romania auctions dictator’s hunting car for $44,000.
My recent quarterly reading wrap-ups can be found here and here.
The Best Eye Creams of 2020. (How do we know they will be the best of 2020, though?)
Five must-read books from Japanese literature.
A List of Purchases That Changed My Life Exactly How I Imagined They Would.
Natural History Museum will showcase ‘fantastic beasts.’
Posted at 9:22 am , on December 26, 2019
I hope you had a merry day yesterday. It’s bittersweet that another year is coming to a close and 2020 is on the horizon. Oh, in case you didn’t know, 2020 is a leap year!
Last year on the blog: The Fortnum’s Cook Book.
Image via Fortnum and Mason.
How cute is this fish and chips chocolate set?
On this day in 1805, Napoleon signed the Treaty of Pressburg.
Review of Stalin and the Fate of Europe by Norman M. Naimark.
Nine Translated French-to-English Books All About French Society.
Why Royal Guests Have Always Been a Royal Pain. This backs up what I said about aristocrats going broke after hosting Edward VII.
Now that we’ve watched every Christmas movie on Hallmark and Netflix, we can read about the real setting of Netflix’s Christmas Prince.
Speaking of A Christmas Prince, now you can read a comprehensive breakdown of the latest installment.
l’m going to make this recipe for Banana Bread but I plan to add chocolate chips.
How adorable is the Sussex e-Christmas Card?
And just a programming note, the blog will be back in early January.
Happy New Year!!
Posted at 5:51 am , on December 19, 2019
I’m really excited for some time off, for Christmas, for snuggling with my husband on the couch and watching Elf for the 100th time, for my Fortnums package that I think is arriving on Friday. I’m just excited all around.
Jane Austen Heroines Ranked by Badassery.
Francophile Books to Put under the Tree. This is fun! France + books = joy.
The bold pioneers of cinema who paved the way.
I’m laughing out loud at this podcast. They break down Hallmark-type movies. It’s funny (but I am not ashamed to admit that I love Hallmark movies). It’s really great to listen to and I have a bunch of episodes to catch up on.
One year ago on the blog: Queen Victoria’s Emerald Tiara.
How to Look Chic When It’s Cold.
Octavia Butler Books: A Guide to Her Life, Work, and Legacy.
Six Long, Absorbing Books to Get You Through Your Vacation and my most touching read of 2019 was The Gown.
I hope you have a fun and festive weekend.
Posted at 4:17 am , on December 12, 2019
Posted at 8:56 pm , on December 8, 2019
My husband took a photo of me admiring First Lady Michelle Obama. I admire her very much. I miss her even more.
I’ve been binge watching all of the Christmas movies. All of them. A recent favorite is the third movie in the A Christmas Prince series. Here is an overview of how awful and wonderful it is.
The Seven Best Books to Inspire Your Next Vacation.
Yay! A new documentary by Lucy Worsley. This one is a Christmas Carol Odyssey.
I finished the latest season of The Crown and it left me a bit melancholy. I think a lot of it was fiction. There is no way to ever know what goes on within the walls of a house, even if that house is a palace.
Speaking of royals, Prince Andrew’s Interview About Epstein Was a Disaster.
Yikes, I don’t like it that I might have to live without champagne.
Is ‘happy ever after’ just a myth?
The London Library launched a podcast!
What book are you reading? I just borrowed Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory from the library.
Strategies for Reading Books You Already Have.
I hope December is off to a wonderful start for you!
Posted at 5:37 am , on November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!
Today, I have just two links. The dark history of Thanksgiving and best Thanksgiving trivia.
Whether you celebrate or not, I hope you have a wonderful day!
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Posted at 4:19 am , on November 20, 2019
Photo by yours truly. I’m going to start using more of my own pictures on the blog.
Well, here we are in the middle of November. Christmas is around the corner. I can see 2020 from my house (do you like what I did here?). But I must say that 2019 hasn’t been the best of years for me. Lots of changes and not the good kind, awful bosses, loss of loved ones (this one here I’ll never get over)…
But there are always, always things to be grateful for and I don’t want the year to end on a negative note. So I thought it might be cathartic to talk about the things I love.
Here is my random list.
- The smell of the earth after a rain shower.
- Being surrounded by my books.
- Spotting a rainbow.
- Working on my novel.
- A good cup of tea.
- A bingeable tv show, like The Crown.
- Traveling to a new country or even returning to a favorite haunt.
- Discovering a new author and their entire backlist.
- Afternoon Tea.
- Long walks while listening to a riveting podcast.
- Long weekends.
- A manicure for no special occasion.
Please chime in. I’d love to know what you love (besides the humans and pets in your life).