'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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June 4, 2012

Diamond Jubilee


When it comes to the British monarchy, I've loved reading about them {selectively} for a while. My interest has mostly begun with Queen Victoria and ended with Bertie and Elizabeth, though I have been dipping into Sally Bedell Smith's new biography, Elizabeth the Queen, in a preview {thanks to NetGalley} and as an audiobook {thanks to the library}, and I've finally gotten (coincidentally) to the pages about planning her Diamond Jubilee in the middle of the Diamond Jubilee.   It's not an especially well-written book {it's just that you can see the power of a great biography when you're not reading one} but it gives glimpses of many different aspects of her life, and it's been so interesting to learn more about her and how she approaches this almost unimaginable role.  Knowing more leaves me filled with respect and wanting to mark the day.

{needlepoint - pretty! - from Ehrman Tapestry}



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