If you are lucky enough to be traveling this month or just looking for a new captivating story to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather with, well I have the perfect books for both. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon is the first book in the ever-popular dystopian young adult genre. With the success … Read more
…And do you have a favorite Paris hotel? The Travel Belles tackle the practical question of travel information-gathering, and dream about best places to stay in the City of Light. Weekly Question #14: Do you still use traditional guidebooks? Considering we’re a committed group of internet-savvy, blog-writing Travel Belles, it seems we still have … Read more
Books about cooks I’m married to a chef whom I’ve known since he was a teenager. He was spinning pizzas when I first met him. Twenty five years later, he’s the head chef at two restaurants we co-own. Sometimes when I meet people and they hear my husband is a chef, they’re envious. They’ll … Read more
Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas I have a confession to make. The last time I visited Paris I gained about ten pounds. Yep, that’s right ten pounds spread over eight glorious and wonderful days full of croissants, macaroons, and crepes. I am ashamed that … Read more
Each month Cailin helps you decide: Do I want to take this book with me on the plane? My love affair with all things Harry Potter related began at an early age. Friends of our family from England recommended a children’s book by a relatively unknown writer. The book was about a boy wizard and … Read more
Capturing Love and Light—Monet’s “Pretty Woman,” a review of Stephanie Cowell’s 2010 book : A Novel of Monet I could say that Claude Monet’s artwork was my “muse” in writing this book review, but if I did I’d be committing word-crime, generalizing in such a way that diffuses the term’s emotive force and separates it … Read more
Rome is an overwhelming city: layer on layer, history on history. To sort through it would take a lifetime and I’ve started too late. The advantage of the tourist is that they arrive at their destination with a list of places and things that interest them. To live in a city is to always have … Read more
Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse, was the book which led me to Carcassonne, a town in the South of France. In simple terms, this is a time-slip, grail-quest novel, but this does it would be a disservice to say this book is just like The Da Vinci Code. Labyrinth is not merely a holiday read, jumping on the Grail bandwagon; it is well-researched and rich in historical fact, combined with a touch of magic.