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    1. Agreed. I made the mistake of reading them partly out of order. They became known to me with The Other Boleyn Girl, and then I had to backtrack to The Constant Princess. There are also a lot of interesting nonfiction books about the six wives.


  1. I read Almost French years ago and enjoyed it. One of my favorite memoirs, in fact. I’d recommend The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. It’s about the cholera outbreak in Victorian London. It’s fascinating from a scientific/medical point of view and describes daily city life during Victorian times.

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  2. Hello Travel Architect & Husband,

    Allow us to thank you very graciously for the wonderful dinner and with repartee we enjoyed at your home the other night. We are still unpacking from our trip – literally, because we just got our luggage back – and are a little slow on the draw with thanking you but it was really wonderful of you to shoehorn us into your week. So glad you are able to get away and if you need anything done while you are gone – especially as pertains to the sewer project – let us know. Happy trails to you and the Bobbie!


    Selfie Hater & Byfootandhoof


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  3. That is a fantastic list and so well timed as I was just looking for something to read. A great book about US travel is My Travels with Charley: In search of America by John Steinbeck. He and his dog Charley took an epic road trip around the country getting to know some of the people in all these small towns that he drove through. Its very down home, salt of the earth Americana type book.

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    1. Give me a DK travel guide and I’m captivated! I love Bill Bryson, too. That’s what’s so great about the book at the top of the list (currently): Lost on Planet China… the author is VERY Bill Brysonesque in his writing style. Same tight writing, same clever and humorous style. I think he’s even compared to Bryson in some write-ups of his work. I’m going to read his other titles, for sure, because I’m so enjoying this current one.

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  4. I just bought J. Maarten Troost’s “Getting Stoned with Savages” and will have to pick up “Lost on Planet China” as well! Glad to hear you’re enjoying it so far. I’ll let you know how “Getting Stoned” is! 😂

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  5. I love that books can transport us; even without leaving home. In my ideal world, I’d read a different book every week of the year. Each one would be set in a different country and I’d travel the globe through world literature. For me, making intentional book selections based on countries has diversified my reading and allowed me to uncover hidden gems I would never have found otherwise. I’ve travelled the globe through literature and it’s opened my eyes to many new places (inspiring my travels) and rekindled my love of many other regions. Aiva 🙂 xx

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