My Holiday Book Haul

I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful family. Even though the holidays were really hard this year because of my Papa's health, it was still wonderful to take the week with my fiance to see all my family and so many friends back in Portland. I miss them already. For Christmas, my family does … Continue reading My Holiday Book Haul

Women Writers Reading Challenge #54: Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde by Franny Moyle

I was really eager to read the story of a woman whose accomplishments and failures were totally overshadowed by those of her husband. While that was not necessarily unusual for women of the period, it seems a bit strange that we should do so for Constance Wilde if only because of the scrutiny her husband … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #54: Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar Wilde by Franny Moyle

Women Writers Reading Challenge #48: A Scented Palace by Elisabeth de Feydeau

The full title of this work on non-fiction is A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer, which really helps to explain the whole premise of the biography. Jean-Louis Fargeon was a man with Republican leanings and an aristocratic clientele, and his story gives insight into how the country was split by the French Revolution. … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #48: A Scented Palace by Elisabeth de Feydeau

Women Writers Reading Challenge #18: Streisand: A Biography by Anne Edwards

I'm a huge fan of biographies of old stars and personalities, especially women: Marilyn Monroe, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn. I don't know if Barbra Streisand qualifies as an old star, as her first Hollywood musical was made at the end of the musical heyday, but she has always fascinated me, and I was glad when … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #18: Streisand: A Biography by Anne Edwards

2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge–Book #7: If You Ask Me by Betty White

I thought it was time to talk about (and therefore read) some nonfiction. I've got them piling up on my shelf because I always promise myself I'm only going to take x amount of books out at the library at one time, and I always exceed that by a multiple of at least three. I … Continue reading 2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge–Book #7: If You Ask Me by Betty White