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!
Image via Pexels.com
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.
Image via Pexels.com
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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