My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2019!

Once again I’m very late to post my favorite books on the year, primarily because we were travelling over the holidays.

So, while I read many good books, here – in no particular order – are the books I enjoyed most and are most likely to recommend (all were reviewed this year):

The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Educated by Tara Westover (non-fiction)

Becoming by Michelle Obama (non-fiction)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

A Fun Site to Shop for your Favorite Book Lover: Literary Book Gifts!

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Shop early for the holidays and for birthdays for all your favorite bibliophiles!

 

Saturday Snapshot: Hawaii, the Big Island

If you know us, you know we love to go to Hawaii! This year we went to the Big Island and enjoyed the sun and sand.

Here are a few pictures:

 

The Big Island is so unique with all it’s dark lava rocks! We were on the other side from the volcano and didn’t see it. It was a great week!

 

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Saturday Snapshot: a few costumes from the Met

When we were in NYC, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of my very favorite places! One of my top choices there is to see what’s in the basement area – the costume collection. They were having a special exhibit of vestments and clothing from different Popes and no one could take pictures of it (not sure why). However, I came across two other intriguing “costumes” in an exhibition of visitors to Versailles. With my obsession with history, I love reading about Versailles and the opulent life there. I took a picture of a ladies dress from a visitor (not only magnificent, but amazingly well preserved!):

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I also took a picture of one of Ben Franklin’s suits. What struck me was that every picture or interpretation I’ve seen of Ben Franklin as an adult has him about 250-300 pounds (with the exception of his large statue at the Franklin Institute in Philly). While his suit was certainly a bit larger than those of his peers in the display, it really wasn’t very large at all (well, by American standards!): (no flash was allowed – sorry!)

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I found these two costumes memorable!

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addendum: I just found online (if that’s to be trusted!) that the real Ben Franklin was 5’9 and 220 pounds.

Saturday Snapshot: St. Pat’s Cathedral

If you know me, you know we like to go to NYC. When we do, we attend Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I never tire of looking at the beautiful intricacies of the architecture there, the statues, the windows, the light.

Here are a few photos I took last weekend when we were there:

 

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