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.
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
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.
I’m fascinated by royals and royal history. The New Yorkerarticle 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.