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).
Posted at 6:30 am , on November 14, 2019
Some of my neighbors have already put up their Christmas trees and my downtown area has strung up the twinkly lights. I am officially excited for the Christmas season.
How Translated Books Helped Shape My Cultural Identity.
This week, I wrote about my visit to Peleliu.
Also, things I notice when reading books.
Quote by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
On this day in 1889, Nellie Bly goes around the world.
One year ago on the blog, Castle Ruins.
Sesame Street is 50 years old.
It turns out that chocolate is not healthy for you.
What a fun article! Revolting reads: the most nauseating moments from the Harry Potter series.
Speaking of Harry Potter, I am in the process of putting this Hogwarts Express lego set together. My goal is to have it finished by Christmas Eve.
Oh, this is a great list. Twenty historical mysteries featuring feisty female protagonists.
Posted at 5:09 am , on November 12, 2019
My beloved Persephone books.
Last week I wrote about things I notice when reading books. Today, let’s talk about what we love about reading books. Here is my list, but please chime in below with your list.
- Getting lost in a new world.
- Learning a new culture or country.
- Becoming reacquainted with an old character in a book series.
- Laughing out loud at the funny parts.
- Getting to know the author.
- Beautiful covers.
- Sumptuous illustrations.
- Falling in love with a dashing hero.
- Grabbing inspiration from the kick-ass heroine.
- The happily ever after.
What do you love about reading?
Posted at 4:34 am , on November 7, 2019
Well, it may be fall but it feels like winter in my neck of the woods. Stay warm and cozy, wherever you may be.
Libraries to boycott publisher’s e-book policy.
My recent quarterly reading wrap-up can be found here and here.
This is so dear. Fake chimneys for birds that need vertical hollows to rest.
Marie Antoinette’s Favorite Things You Can Still Buy Today.
Did you know that Danielle Steel has a blog? And she updates regularly.
Cute To Go Tea Mug.
In praise of having a “boring” wardrobe. (This is from The Telegraph and there may be a log-in required if you exceeded your free articles per month.)
The best pore-cleansing toners and the best new face washes.
On this day in 1916, Jeannette Rankin from Montana became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was one of the few suffragists elected to Congress, and the only Member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in both World War I and World War II.
It never ceases to amaze me that we have such incredible art right here in my city of Washington, D.C., such as this historic painting of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David. The National Gallery of Art published a wonderful publication about French paintings of the 19th century and can be read here for free.
November babies, I guess life is more interesting as a Scorpio.
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Posted at 2:27 pm , on November 2, 2019
Halloween is over, it’s November. This means the most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner.
If you’re in the USA, don’t forget to change the clocks this weekend.
Sylvia Plath was a Google doodle earlier this week. The Independent wrote an article about her, for those who aren’t too familiar with her work.
I published two book reviews this week, here and here.
Why don’t I have any famous paintings sitting around my house? A Random Painting in a Woman’s House Sold for $26.8 Million.
How true could this worry really be? We’ll probably never know. Prince Charles Staff Nervous About The Crown’s New Season.
To-do lists are a curse of your own making.
I like these bow and pearl drop earrings, but the price tag of $100.00 is silly.
Oooh, I like this idea. This Fall, Pair Your Candles For Maximum Coziness.
Little Red Dresses.
Zac Possen no more. I feel bad for the employees. They are out of a job overnight and it’s not fair to them. I don’t think CEOs and other corporate leaders really think of the employees when the going gets tough.
Quiz: What Holiday Romance Should You Read? My answer was The Matchmaker’s Mistletoe Mission by Jaci Burton.
The 2019 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books.
Some of The Deadliest Samurai Were Women, But History Forgot. History seems to always forget about the women.
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Posted at 9:51 pm , on October 24, 2019
Today it’s a little bit of book news, a little bit of art news, a little bit of royals and a little bit of military history. Happy Reading!
Did you hear that another painting stolen by the Nazis has been recovered? Bravo to the person who recognized the stolen artwork.
I was not expecting so much controversy about the France 2024 Olympics logo. Personally, I love it. What do you think?
If you are a royal watcher like me, you might enjoy reading this article from Reuters about the heir to the Japanese throne. The current Emperor doesn’t have any sons, so his younger brother is next in line and after that his young son. The Emperor does have a daughter. A very lovely and intelligent daughter. But because she is female she may not ascend to the throne. I have thoughts on this that I’ll keep to myself.
The BBC has a fun article on rewatching old films.
Another interesting piece by the BBC, how art created stereotypes of the Arab world.
This is so true: if indie bookstores want to be inclusive, they need to highlight romance.
Fortnum’s timeline: the first 312 years. This was so much fun to read. I love Fortnums!
I need to live inside this old manor house. I can picture me drinking my Fortnums tea in the garden.
Quiz: Which Classic Mystery Should You Read? I took the quiz and my answer was And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
Helen Mirren’s Costumes in ‘Catherine the Great’ Are a Gorgeous History Lesson.
The Monuments Men (and WOMEN) are back!!
Feminize Your Canon: Iris Origo.
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Posted at 9:29 pm , on October 17, 2019
Ever since my trip to Palau, I’ve been reading what I can about the battles that took place there like the bizarre story of WWII soldiers who refused too surrender even after the war ended.
This was fun to read. I love reading about books. Et tu? Bronte Sisters Are Detectives! & More Must-Read Mystery & Thrillers.
This story of a boy who returned a fish to the lake melts my heart!
Cup of Jo’s picks for fall books. And mine.
More Waikiki Beach
A Neglected Modern Masterpiece and Its Perverse Hero. (The New Yorker)
Totally random, but I bought myself one of those velvet kokoshnik-type heabands the Duchess of Cambridge wears and I feel like a princess. And, Wikipedia’s entry on kokoshnik.
Doesn’t this book, The Mermaid and the Bear, sound incredible? It’s out tomorrow.
The blog one year ago: Trinket Tuesday: Easter Egg.
Have a great Friday and weekend.
Posted at 6:50 pm , on October 13, 2019
Mariage Frères in Tokyo.
Having just returned from Japan, I was so sorry and sad to hear about the typhoon. I was happy that Japan beat Scotland in their rugby match. They really needed a win as a morale boost for the nation.
We had a lovely tea at Mariage Frères in Tokyo.
Four Most Haunted Hotels in Washington D.C.
I am craving a good slice of battenberg cake and can’t seem to find one in my neck of the woods. Which makes sense since I live across that little pond from Britain. How to make the perfect battenberg cake. I just need to stop being lazy so I can make it myself. I have a great recipe in my Fortnum’s cookbook.
Renovation Romance Novels to Read if You Love HGTV.
Meghan Markle vs. The Daily Mail. One of the comments in this article made a good point. The media keeps crucifying the Duchess, but Prince Andrew can get away with pedophilia? I’m as baffled as you are.
A Creative Life: Sophie & Spencer.
I’m reading The Gown by Jennifer Robson. It is so, so, so good that I don’t have words for it (yet, review to follow). If you love couture, royals, history and royal history then you might like this book too.
And just for fun, the blog one year ago: Trinket Tuesday: Tour Eiffel
Have a great new week!!