Thursday Reading Links #55 (Bibliophile Edition)

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


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


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

Thursday Reading Links #52

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


Thursday Reading Links #51

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




Thursday Reading Links #50

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

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

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

Thursday Reading Links #47


Grab a cup of tea and enjoy some light reading. I’m drinking (above) Fortnum’s Countess Grey, my fave.

22 Pearl Studs, Necklaces, and Bracelets for All Occasions.

1990: Mr. Havel goes to Washington.

Best Probiotics for Women. Admittedly, I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

The European Union is itself a Lotharingian invention by Simon Winder.

15 Places to Stay in London Based on Your Personal Style.

An oldie but a goodie, Ginevra de’ Benci.

Researchers May Have Recreated Cleopatra’s Perfume.

I wrote two Harlequin romance book reviews this week, here and here.

I am beside myself from excitement for the Miss Fisher movie!

I hope you have a fabulous day!

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #46


Today’s links are not plentiful, but you know what they say: quality over quantity.

I pass the time on the metro by reading. Sometimes I read on Kindle, sometimes I read the physical books, sometimes I simply cruise the world wide web. I often get comments from strangers, such as “Oh, I never read ebooks. Real books are so much better.” Or “Oh good, you’re reading a real book. No one does that anymore,” as if an e-book is not a real book. It’s a strange world we live in where strangers judge us by our reading format. Simone at Simone and Her Books writes about this very topic and I could not have said it better myself. Never Judge a Reader by their Reading Format.

This week’s drink pairing is for Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl. I love, love, love this book and will never part with it. In fact, my husband suggested I purchase a new copy to replace my beat-up copy and I can’t even do that. I love this first copy. It’s what inspired my love of everything French and my very first trip to Paris, which was also a solo-trip where I had the time of my life.

‘Ideas of Home’ by Lorna Goodison.

A wonderful review by Random Jottings of The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne, which is on my TBR pile. Honestly, reading this review gave me the chills. Jane Thynne is such a fine writer.

xoxo, Jane


Thursday Reading Links #45

heart shaped fireworks

Hi guys! I hope you have a very happy Valentine’s Day! Here are some links that I’ve enjoyed reading, plus one of my posts from earlier this week.

xoxo, Jane

Meghan Markle and the Myth of Happily Ever After.

Books Briefing by The Atlantic.

Not January, but…The Best January Poems Everyone Should Read.

The Art of Fiction by Elie Wiesel. From 1978.

My latest book/tea pairing: All The Time In The World.

Harry Potter quotes about love.

The 100 best books of the 21st century. How many of these have you read?

Rounding Up the Spies of World War II in 4 New Books.

A good book review for A Darker State by David Young.

This is cool! Dozens of Historic Mexican Cookbooks Are Now Available Online.

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Thursday Reading Links #44

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.

xoxo, Jane