English Rain [Monthly Reading Love]

I’ve begun waking at a more reasonable hour in the mornings, so I think that means that I’m getting used to this time zone again. We’ve managed to get a few things done around the house and spent some time at the farmers market early on Saturday, getting home before the temperatures began to rise again. A lot of the lawns and gardens in this part of the city that we saw on our short walk to the market look like they are in need of some rain, although not quite like the rain we had in England.

Before leaving England I read and finished Children of Men, by P.D. James. I found that although I did enjoy it as a light read, it wasn’t as complex or interesting as I’d hoped. It was actually one of the few books where I think that I enjoyed the film version a little more.

On the long plane ride home I began reading another book by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones author) called Fevre Dream. Because I’m quite desperate to read more of the Game of Thrones series I also feel like I should perhaps pace them a little better so that I’m not waiting too long for the next book! Fevre Dream is a vampire novel, and although I’m not very far into it yet at the moment it reminds me a little of an Anne Rice novel, yet with Martin’s style of storytelling that I’m already familiar with from the Game of Thrones series.

I’ve been looking at this fun comparison between the Fall 2012 Givenchy Collection and costumes from Game of Thrones from Miss Moss.

The photos at this new-to-me blog Fig and Fauna are breathtaking.

These Themed Walks to Explore with Children from Making Life for Playful Learning look like a lot of fun, we’ll have to be sure to try this out on one of our walks soon.

I saw this pop up in my twitter feed a few weeks ago, love the concept: Big Appetites.

Also these haunting illuminated landscape photographs by Benoit Paillé, via Colossal.

Finally, my mum sent me a link to this instagram project, which I love. Live instagram feeds from several cities: This Is Now.

Have you been reading anything that you’d like to share with me?




  1. I just finished Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. It has history, especially Elizabethan/Shakespearean era, witches, vampires of the beneficient sort, and daemons. (Did you know that Christopher Marlowe was really a daemon?) The author is a historian herself, and she brings the history to life. The supernatural elements–witches, vampires, daemons, etc.–are secondary to the plot. I love her ability to create realistic characters and her ability to bring history to life.
    Olivia Fulmer´s last post ..“Where I’m From”

    • Olivia, that actually sounds like something I’d be interested in reading, I’ll be sure to check it out. Thanks!

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