And yet another gratuitous photo of more birthday books! Or… well. Today is my birthday and I went to the bookstore yesterday with the firm intention of getting two of the books on the left. Then there was a darn 4 for 3 sale and I’d just got back some income tax money and well… there was a lovely hardcover in the history section about Charles II! So today I sat outside on the balcony, browsing through my guide to historical fiction, drinking raspberry juice out of a tea cup and nibbling on violet macarons. Isn’t it a lovely day?
(And the required disclaimer: I’ve not been posting as often this past week because my husband is now at home on sick leave until he gets his surgery, which we just found out won’t be until the end of August. So I’ve been worrying and feeling stressed and spending more time with him. I probably won’t be posting a review of First Love by Ivan Turgenev for the Russian tour tomorrow, since I’ve just been trying to keep calm and do that carrying on thing.)
I’ll probably join the Royal Mistress Challenge, since I’ve got several books about Charles II’s mistresses to read about now. I’m excited to read more historical fiction and to explore new time periods. This morning my husband and I watched Stage Beauty together, set in the Restoration theatre of 17th century England and I read an excerpt from Pepys’ diary in an old university anthology. I’m also excited to read a few Restoration plays and to learn more about this naughty, exuberant time period! Louis XIV also reigned for most of the 17th century in France, so perhaps I can read about him for Paris in July.