Thursday Reading Links #76

Not too many links today, but I hope you find something you enjoy! Have a great day and a lovely weekend! (Do I use the ! too much?)

11 Great Books You Probably Haven’t Read (But Should).

Vikings weren’t necessarily blond or Scandinavian, a new study shows.

Perfect for fall reading, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

Why Do People Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas?

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #75

Hello! I hope you’re doing well. What are you currently reading? I’m listening to A History of Russia by The Great Courses. I use my Audible credits on The Great Courses and it’s so worth it for me because I love learning about new subjects and histories. Check out your library first if you are interested in The Great Courses. They may have their audiobooks or CDs for you to borrow.

Just a few links today. Happy Reading!

All Possible Plots by Major Authors.

Girl in Dior.

The Unexpected Politics of Book Cover Design.

The Enola Holmes Movie is Getting Sued For Giving Sherlock Holmes Feelings.

Netflix has an upcoming documentary series about Challenger: The Final Flight. It will be a difficult watch for me knowing the fate of the dear astronauts. It’s just so sad and I wish the outcome was different.

And I leave you with a quote: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #74

The rose garden at Hillwood Mansion & Museum. The museum is one of my favorite D.C. spots.

I hope the first week of September is going well for you! I am busy reading and there is a pile of books to get through (not a bad problem to have). I’m in the editing stage of my book (editing is boring, writing is much more fun) and am working on a new project.

A few reading links:

This made me feel better. Don’t feel bad: even Danielle Steel, author of 179 books, couldn’t write under lockdown.

I’m fascinated by royals and royal history. The New Yorker article about the fall of Spain’s Juan Carlos is an interesting and intriguing read (also gossipy). (There may be a paywall if you’ve exceeded your article limits.)

Ben & Jerry’s is launching a podcast about white supremacy in America.

The princess who thought she was made of glass. Fascinating read. The poor thing!

Have a great day!

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #73

This is part of the “Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830” exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I told my husband that if this was our dining room, we’d sit at opposite ends of the table just because.

I listened to the first episode of a two-part series of Mary Stewart’s Madam, Will You Talk produced by BBC Radio 4. It is a must-listen. Super entertaining. Episode 2 is available this Sunday. If you need a light distraction, I highly recommend giving it a listen.

A Century of Shakespeare and Company.

Six Jane Austen Audiobooks Read By Celebrities. I love listening to Jane Austen books!

I watched a documentary about the booksellers of NYC, The Booksellers. If you are a bibliophile, you might enjoy this documentary. There is a rental fee via an Amazon Prime subscription, but in my opinion it is worth the money. Trailer.

The story of ‘Randy Andy.’ It’s no secret that I’m a royal watcher. But I will never look the other way when men (royal or otherwise) do bad things. Prince Andrew’s friendship with the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is a bad thing. If anyone needs their royal title taken away it should be this guy right here. Maybe he’ll have his title taken away when Prince Charles is king. One hopes.

My quarterly wrap-up. It’s not as rosy as usual. I guess not every book can be a winner. I’m still reading, so I’ll post Part II in September.

Did West Germany’s first postwar President spy for the US?

And I leave you with a quote. “The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #71

I mentioned earlier that I started keeping a Commonplace Book. I’m still trying to find my organizational rhythm with it, but it’s been one of the best creative decisions I’ve made in recent years. If you’re curious about it, this video talks about why it’s important to keep a Commonplace Book. How To Read Deeper – The Importance of a Commonplace Book.

I’m listening to Episode 4 of The Gilded Age series on American History Tellers. This particular episode focuses on reconstruction after the Civil War and the fight for ending voter suppression. It’s unbelievable how timely this episode is.

What I’m currently reading. And in case you missed it, a review of Paris to the Moon.

I made Ina Garten’s Weeknight Bolognese and it is so, so delicious! The only thing I’d do differently next time is use way less pepper flakes. Way less!

How to Frenchify Your Bookshelf.

According to The Cut, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex bought a home in Santa Barbara, CA. Santa Barbara is a dreamy, coastal town a few hours outside of Los Angeles. I am so happy for them and wish them a happy, productive and peaceful life.

I’ve adopted a new philosophy during my work from home phase of life. Work from Home Outfits & Why I Get Dressed To Go Nowhere.

xoxo, Jane

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Thursday Reading Links #70

From a recent scenic walk.

Hi there. I hope you’ve been well. I’ve been busy with work, writing and reading books. There are always good books to read, so at least there is that. I’m currently reading a fun YA, Model Undercover: A Crime of Fashion by Carina Axelsson and listening to the Gilded Age series produced by American History Tellers podcast.

Today’s reading links are a hodgepodge of articles, such as how a Russian defector became a warning from Moscow to London. Also, a very old article about the Irish Library founded in Monaco by Princess Grace. And, the myth and reality of the Parisian woman.

Happy Reading!

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #69

This article, The Mentor Myth, by Joanna Goddard is enlightening. For those of us that aren’t privileged enough to have mentors, Joanna makes the case that you can have mentors from afar. One of her mentors is Michelle Obama. I wish I had thought of this idea decades ago. I’m making a list of my mentors from afar tonight. Michelle Obama is at the top of the list.

I’ve decided to keep a Commonplace Book. I like the idea of it because it’s a more organized system than what I have going on right now: post-it notes, my phone notes app, and several documents where I type or transfer in my various thoughts and ideas, etc. I’m excited to give this new system a try.

xoxo, Jane

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Thursday Reading Links #68

I hate to sound like a broken record, but another month is flying back. In a way that’s good because I want 2020 to just be over. Goodbye. Farewell. Go away. Then again, I don’t want life to just rush by. I guess I can’t have my cake and eat it too. On to reading links.

This is a very long read, but it’s a very good read. It’s about The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel by The New Yorker. If you like reading about interesting women who’ve made a positive impact in the world, then I recommend this article.

So You Want To Write? “I think that reading is so crucial. It’s how you learn what happens in novels and how to put them together and how you start thinking about it.” – Brit Bennet

How does a young writer pay the rent?

A New Book Pushes Back Against the Stereotypical French Woman.

I’m currently reading Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik.

From the archives: A very short history of the Lutetia Hotel in Paris.

A reading list: What 100 Writers Have Been Reading During Quarantine.

xoxo, Jane

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Thursday Reading Links #67

You know what I really miss? Browsing through a bookstore. And walking through art museums. What about you?

Here are a few reading links for your reading pleasure.

Roald Dahl’s grandson, Ned Donovan, talks about his two grandfathers’ war medals. It’s a touching story.

From Black Lives Matter: What Defunding the Police Really Means.

Reading Every Unread Book on My Bookshelf During the Pandemic. I really should do this too.

How to Frenchify Your Hair.

From earlier this week, at-home writing retreat.

xoxo, Jane

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Thursday Reading Links #66

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Hi, there! So, I bought the audio book for The Heir Affair from Audible. It’s the sequel to The Royal We. Have you read it? It is partially inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but completely fiction. I enjoyed the first book so much. Apparently the whole world did as well, which is why there is a sequel. Hooray for fun sequels!

I’m currently reading The Grimaldis of Monaco. It is so good!! It reads like historical fiction, except it’s all real. Those Princes of Monaco were bad boys. I’m simultaneously reading Paris to the Moon, a collection of essays inspired by the author’s time of living in Paris.

Coronavirus isolation: How to be alone, during a pandemic or anytime. This was really interesting to read. I love staying home, but I take for granted that it can be hard for some people to be alone or stay at home for extended periods of time.

The truth about Christopher Columbus. It’s possible he had two identities.

How to take afternoon tea like a Brit. I’ve been stirring my sugar all wrong!!

21 Writers on Their Favorite Children’s Books.

xoxo, Jane

The Occasional Weekly Recap

I don’t have any bookish updates to share except that, oops, I did it again. I bought another book in the Penguin Clothbound Classics collection. Sanditon, the unfinished novel by Jane Austen, is en route to moi from a little town called London.

If you need a break from the crappy news on either side of the pond, and really who doesn’t, then allow me to persuade you to get lost within the pages of my bookish blog. Below are this week’s posts.

April, May & June 2020 Wrap-Up Part II

Small Moments of Happiness: June 2020

Thursday Reading Links #65

Another Small Book Haul

Library Haul

Waiting by Jane Odiwe

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #65

I’m not sure how good June was to you, but I sure hope July will treat you better. Remember, wear a mask, wash your hands and stay safe! Here is a mix of reading links, not all are related to one or the other, but interesting nonetheless.

Inside Story: Handbags That Made History.

How To Start An Online Library Book Club.

Black Lives Matter.

This Victorian painting depicting two women in love was nearly lost forever.

What Is Owed. “As we focus on police violence, we cannot ignore an even starker indication of our societal failures: Racial income disparities today look no different than they did the decade before King’s March on Washington.” A very powerful essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones for The New York Times.

French history lovers check this out, French Revolution: remains discovered in walls of Paris monument.

My recent book haul, always a happy moment.

xoxo, Jane