July, August & September 2020 Wrap-Up Part III

Hi guys! It’s the end of the third quarter of the worst year of our lives. Hooray! Also, in case you missed it, Part I and Part II.

I listened to the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Mary Stewart’s romantic thriller Madam, Will You Talk? And.it.was.fabulous! Sadly it’s not available anymore. I also listened to Audible’s A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod. I have no idea what possessed me to listen to several hours worth of dinosaur history but I enjoyed myself immensely. This is a guide to dinosaurs for grown-ups! If you are a dinosaur buff, then this audiobook is not for you. But it’s perfect if you are like me, totally clueless. I think I slept through science class because everything in this book was new to me. (Shame on me!)

I listened to Albion: The Legend of Arthur by Robert Valentine because I was in the mood for an Arthurian adventure. If you are a die-hard fan of the Arthurian Legend, then this book might disappoint you. It’s a completely different story and not part of the original stories. I enjoyed listening to it because the acting was superb. It had a full cast with talented actors and an amazing soundtrack. The only things I didn’t like were the grunting when the characters where eating and the sex noises (I really think that the sex scenes could have been left out as they added no value to the story). So that said, this book is not appropriate for young listeners but is a decent adventure story.

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The Indignities of Being a Woman by Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester is a comedic stroll through women’s history. I wrote about it in-depth here and I highly recommend it. If women’s history is your thing and you don’t mind salty language, please check it out.

Model Undercover: A Crime of Fashion by Carina Axelsson is a fun YA. I don’t often read YA but this one was enjoyable enough. It began a little slow and picked up speed towards the middle. It’s the first book in a series where the main character, Axelle, works as a model and solves crimes. This first story takes place in Paris. A few scenes even take place underground in the famous catacombs. The scenes were so realistically written that I began to feel claustrophobia.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is a short read and perfect for October. If you are looking for a short, gothic tale then look no further.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and Mrs. Harris Goes to New York by Paul Gallico was the most charming book I’ve ever read. Yesterday, I wrote about how wonderful it is. If you missed it, hop on over here.

The last book on the list is a re-read of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Sigh. My absolutely favorite novel. I love it more and more as the years go by.

This wraps up my quarterly reading. I’m really looking forward to Victober so I think the last quarter of 2020 is already starting out well. I just hope it ends with a new President-elect (fingers crossed!!!!).

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

Weekly Recap

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An old picture of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. from the days when being a tourist was allowed.

Happy Saturday, dear friends. May your Saturday (and all your days) be without stress and with good health. Just for fun, here is a round-up of this week’s blog posts.

Pairing books with tea (Tea with Mr. Rochester)

Did I really need more Jane Austen books? Spoiler alert: the answer is a resounding yes. They are so beautiful to look at it. I’m thinking of pulling a Duchess of Cambridge and placing them on my desk.

Small Moments of Happiness: April 2020

Thursday Reading Links #56

My Favorite Museum Guidebooks

xoxo, Jane

Weekly Recap

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It’s been an interesting week, to say the least. Just today I found out that the World Health Organization said that COVID-19 can linger for hours on clothing. They recommend you switch clothing as soon as you get home. This shouldn’t be a problem for us. I think most of us have “outside clothes” and “inside clothes.”

Anyway, in case you want to show my blog some love, below are links to this week’s blog posts. Thank you for stopping by and be well.

January, February and March 2020 Wrap-Up Part I

Local Book Haul

Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War by Hal Vaughan

Thursday Reading Links #50

New book: The Little(r) Museums of Paris by Emma Jacobs

xoxo, Jane