Monday, 11 August 2014

MONDAY READING: AUSTEN IN AUGUST PLUS.... 11.8.14



I luv this reading representation from Sayoor on flickr.
Says 'summer' to this reader!

I am feeling a bit negligent in blogging at the moment
and it's about to grow even more sporadic.
I've been accepted for a certification program
and will hopefully be heading to my course in 3 weeks!
Excitement and anticipation rolled into one...
So, while I'll definitely be reading, the topic will be changing 
to course material.
Def great books ~ just maybe not all my anticipated Austen in August !

As there will be gaps in posting, I wanted you to know all is well,
just some changes in life's trajectory!

What Austen in August have I been reading to this point?
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I read and loved Beth Patillo's, Mr Darcy Broke My Heart.
Jane Austen discovered during a summer seminar in Oxford and in the contemporary life of an American substitute attendee plus~
what would be the impact of discovering an unpublished Jane Austen manuscript...? 
Fun story makes me want to read another in the set!

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I made it through the considerable 343 pages of Val McDermid's
contemporized Northanger Abbey of the Austen Project.  Seemed a lot longer - more wordy- than the original and I had to fight to get through it.
Of course I loved the story being set in Scotland!



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I followed my reading by watching the movie version of Northanger Abbey as written by Jane Austen which was a bit of a headspinning period contrast to the contemporary novel.
Totally enjoyed!

Northanger Abbey is a 2007 British television film adaptation of Jane Austen's gothic parody. It was directed by British television director Jon Jones and the screenplay was written by Andrew Davies.  -Wikipedia
 Initial releaseMarch 25, 2007
Running time120 minutes
                                    ScreenplayAndrew Davies

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Austenland wouldn't play in either laptop or dvd player ~ sorry to have missed that opp, but I've ordered 2 versions of Mansfield Park
to celebrate it's 200th anniversary for Austen in August!
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I've begun the audio of Longbourn by Jo Baker
and have to say I'm totally enjoying it!


Insights of below stairs thinking and well drawn imagery
are a fantastic addition to Jane Austen's world of
Pride and Prejudice.
Emma Fielding makes this audio exceedingly pleasurable!
Luving the British accents...
{I'll post a Tuesday Intro and Tuesday Teaser tomorrow}

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So that's been my week .
What's on your radar?

Find more reading at Sheila's Book Journey
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
and MizB's ShouldBeReading for Monday Musings
and
more Austen in August!


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Monday, 4 August 2014

FREE SENSE AND SENSIBILITY #AUSTENINAUGUST EBOOK TODAY ONLY [+ AUDIO ADDON SPECIAL] 4.8.14


FOR TODAY ONLY ~ FREE!


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Perfect addition for #AusteninAugust

ebook is FREE today via Bethany House Publishers 
Thank You!

and...

the unabridged audible audio add-on is sale priced $2.49!
Narrator is Victoria McGee

Listen:  Play Sample


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This is Austen's first published novel, from 1851, which she wrote under the pseudonym "A Lady". The story is about Elinor and Marianne, two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances.
The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak. The contrast between the sister's characters is eventually resolved as they each find love and lasting happiness. Through the events in the novel, Elinor and Marianne encounter the sense and sensibility of life and love.
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Sunday, 3 August 2014

MONDAY READING FOR AUSTEN IN AUGUST 3.8.14



and I'm fully enjoying my Austen in August book vacation
for this long weekend!

At least my 4th year of participating, it's one event I plan for in advance - book selections and squeezing in reading time!

Visiting 2 different libraries on Friday turned up new additions
to my already lonnng list , so we'll discover what books actually  
get conquered.  Guaranteed I'll have pleasure in the process!

My anticipated first read got bumped when I discovered a new
contemporary version of NorthAnger Abbey - Book 2 of The Austen Project - available in the 1 week library express reads.  
I'm already 2/3rds through.
Val McDermid writes of Cat Morland's invitation to Edinburgh's Book Festival, 
modern equivalent of being seen by the ton at Bath in JA's original N.A.  Ms McDermid's done a credible job of
creating the gothic atmosphere and complementary characters to the original.  I'm enjoying the mockup!


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My original reason for the library trip was to pick up the audio of Longbourn by Jo Baker


I'm anticipating a brilliant imaginative      story with this one!

Irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household, a triumphant tale of defying society's expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.






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I also managed to snap up 2 dvds for this extra long weekend viewing of the Austen in August theme...
Northanger Abbey and Austenland !
Care to join me?  kettle corn awaits...
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Final novel additions that changed my AinA list include:
 



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Lots of Jane Austen pinned HERE
for your enjoyment and inspiration!

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Hoping you're reading wherever you are !
Find more books at Sheila's Book Journey linkup for
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

AUSTEN IN AUGUST 2014 BEGINS! 1.8.14



For all the fans and followers of Jane Austen,
the month of August brings special delight.



Our reading selections take a determined turn in Jane's direction.
From Jane Austen's own writing to biographies about Jane,
and every genre claiming a Jane Austen connection in between.
In the Garden with Jane Austen
Tea With Jane Austen, The Jane Austen Guide to Life,
to The Jane Austen Marriage Manual,
one is sure to find a topic of interest when it comes to choosing 
Jane Austen.

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Interested readers have until the end of July 31st 
to join the merriment of Austen in August {with giveaways} by
Signing up in comments at Lost Generation Reader.

Then have fun choosing which Jane Austen books 
you're adding to your August reading shelf.

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I have been collecting Jane's own novels for the past several months in preparation of immersing myself in Austen in August.

My current anticipations?

Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay
Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James
Accidentally Yours by Robin Helm
Dearest Cousin Jane by Jill Pitkeathley
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Murder in Abbot's Folly by Amy Myers
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle
Austen Country: the life and times of Jane Austen [dvd]
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
and hopefully, Jane's own, on its 200th anniversary year,
Mansfield Park.

My local library is well stocked with Jane titles,
so I have no fear of running out of options or selections.
Audios, ebooks or paperbacks - all waiting to fill my time!
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How my reading/listening will shake out remains to be seen...


Have you decided to join Austen in August?
If so, what's on your reading list...?

Looking forward to connecting via tweets
#AusteninAugustLGR


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556 Jane Austen pins on FHC's Pinterest Board
and always looking out for new additions.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FEATURE FOR PARIS IN JULY 25.7.14



Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

Joining Natasha in Oz for her Christmas in July party!
For my Christmas post I created a Christmas in Paris in July
pinterest board.

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Let's begin with a picturesque stroll through the
Christmas Wonderland of Paris in the Snow!

via weheartit.com

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Find more Christmas in July 2014 recipes, decor, music,
traditions and a linkup at Natasha's Party HERE !
I know you'll be welcomed!


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Keeping The Christmas Spirit Alive

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: CAPTURING HISTORY 24.7.14


Adding my Photo to Weekend Reflections

and Saturday Snapshot


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Coming from a relatively young country, I remember how awed I was at seeing this ancient architecture
right next to the carriageway.
Here's a wee reflection of the Scottish gatekeeper's window captured in the approach. 


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Find worldwide reflections posted each weekend at James' blog and consider joining in with your own Weekend Reflection photos.
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1)Post a photo taken by you containing a visual reflection.
2)Add your name, country and link to
LinkyTools at Weekend Reflections

3)Be sure you link directly to your Weekend Reflections post.
4)Link Weekend Reflections to your post so other will know where to go if they want to join
5)Comment on other Weekend Reflections participant’s blogs.
Feel free to be creative. Remember this meme is for any type of reflection photograph. Water,glass,metal,eyes,etc, Reflections can be found almost anywhere.

This meme runs Friday 11 am est through 11:59pm Sunday. Feel free to link your post anytime within that time frame. Join the fun!

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

TUESDAY: BOOK TEASERS and INTROS 22.7.14




Travelling in France today via WWII Army Airforce nurses
featured in the not yet released novel,
IN PERFECT TIME.

Every Tuesday, Dianne hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where she shares the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she’s reading or thinking about reading soon, then invites our participation. Care to join us?

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Sisteron, France
August 22,1944

"Vive la France!"  Mellie Blake crossed the sod runway, arms outstretched as if to hug the country...
"Isn't the light exquisite?  Alice shielded her eyes and gazed around.  "The Impressionists said Provence has the best light in the world, and I have to agree.  I can't wait to get out my paints."
Kay didn't know anything about light or paint, but the scenery was gorgeous - the rolling Durance Valley, the mix of golden grasses and deep green trees, and the sudden white of limestone cliffs, one topped by an ancient citadel... "I'm looking forward to Paris."
Captain Maxwell chuckled.  "Never fear.  You'll be shopping on the Champs-Elysees before long."
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Today's intro from Sarah Sundin's In Perfect Time set to release from Revell on August 5th.  Book 3 of the WWII novel series,
Wings of the Nightingale.

Find the synopsis on
It's Monday's book post here.
Featuring WWII Army Air Force flight nurse, Lt Kay Jobson in her work evacuating wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies between Italy and France.
Perfect addition to Paris in Julyit arrived in Monday's mailbox!


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For MizB's Teaser Tuesday from In Perfect Time ~

"Folks back home don't like to see women in danger, and the newspapers smell a story.  The Army's managed to keep them quiet, saying it's in the girls' best interest.  The more of a fuss we make, the more the Germans will be determined to find you.  They know you're out here.  They're looking.  And they don't like to fail."


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Thanks for joining me today!
I'll look forward to reading your book intros and teasers
of what's grabbing your attention.
I've been focusing my reading on France/Paris/French for
Paris in July 2014.  Today is Tuesday Travels.  You're invited to check out the great participant 
book reviews and posts linked HERE.
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Enjoy !


My French travels pinned HERE





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Monday, 21 July 2014

MONDAY READING: FRENCH TWIST FOR PARIS IN JULY 21.7.14



Reading this week focused on Paris 
and all things French for participation in
Paris in July 2014.
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Here's what I enjoyed last week ~
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Sandra Byrd's delectable #1 in the
French Twist series ~ Let Them Eat Cake
Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She’s done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends.
When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favourite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye on–but even he may not be who he seems!
So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company’s special order for an important meeting–an order Lexi has flubbed– she loses her compulsion to please. “What am I going to do?” he shouts. “Let them eat cake!” she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin!
time to stop trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations for her life...
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Bon Appetit   #2
{bonus! picked up as a free ebook}

J'adore!  Immersion into the Paris culture and culinary school strictures along with Lexi.  As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and alternate between 2 local bakeries, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and French culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine–as well as Celine’s attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.  A totally satisfying read.
Fantastique!

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I've also had fun going through my books to find Paris/French 
connections.  Found more in my kindle library, then today's mail held a delightful package ~
the August 5th Release from Sarah Sundin that fulfills the French component.

Book three in Sarah's exciting WWII series, Wings of Nightingale 
(can be read as a standalone). 

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love.
 How can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to Army Air Force flight nurse, Lt. Kay Jobson's, considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.
Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?
Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to
believe in the power of love.    
    ~ from Publisher Revell Books
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I'll be choosing from a great lineup.  Now if I have any audios to support the theme, 
I'll be a happy driver on my drive to the country later this week!
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Feel free to add your Paris/French favs in comments ~
always good to have options and the library is open in summer 
for us reading fanatics!
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Find more selections at Sheila's Book Journey
and Miz B's Monday Musings
Why not add yours?!
~ Happy Summer Reading ~

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What's up for week 4 posted at Tamara's Thyme for Tea

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FHC Paris on Pinterest {worth a peek!}

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Jane Austen readers getting ready for Austen in August ?

A brand new Austen Giveaway has just begun at Old Fashioned Charm which you might want to check out!
A variety of JA book selections up for the WIN !
July 20 - 26th

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

AFTERNOON TASTE OF PARIS! 17.7.14



We've got sun!


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inspiring some outdoor plans for this weekend -
including helping my eldest move into their home now that they're back to home turf.  One pleased mom, to say the least!

In keeping with the Paris in July theme,
today I'm thinking of enjoying some temps de cafe en plein air.
Sounds like a perfect way to spend a sunny summer afternoon!
and you're invited to join me...
How about taking a time out at one of these Paris spots?
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Cafe in Montmartre, Paris
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Parisian Caf茅
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Perfectly quintessential checkered red cloths!

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Restaurant Laparouse

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 Au vieux Paris D'Arcole

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La Maison at Paris West Bank

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I love the elegant French ambience of this Paris Tearoom
and the window reflections tell such a charming story of the area...

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Terrasse at Place des Vosges

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or how about taking some refreshment on the River Seine ...?

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Sooo many choices!  Different moods and presentations, but ALL inspire Anticipation....
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Find more Pinned at the FHC Paris in July board.

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Hoping you've had a wonderful afternoon enjoying a
Taste of Paris
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Find more at our host Tamara's for Paris in July 2014.


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Be sure to check out Natasha in Oz for her
Friday Favorites announcement!
Lots of Favourite Features {including FHC!}
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Say Gday Feature

Then join the #SayGday Party for Weekend reading FuN 
and opportunity to add your own posts !

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Sharing with Paulita's Dreaming of France weekly meme.



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Joining Kathryn's Anything Blue Friday

The Dedicated House

Luv Blue? You're welcome to add yours!

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Participating in Castles Crowns and Cottages Event ~
July 18 - 25th
Europe: Simply Irresistable

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Lots more at Bev's Pink Saturday linkup
Bernideen's Tea in the Garden
Martha's Favorites
Sandi's Tea Time 
Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Sincerely, Paula
Friendship Friday
Natasha's Say G'Day Party
Wordless Wednesday
WakeUp Wednesday
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