Son and Heir? In Britain, Daughters Cry No Fair (NYT) : Though the law of primogeniture seems antiquated, it still exists inEngland’s rigid society. The article is an interesting read for the discussion alone but I loved the interview with Liza Campbell. Campbell wrote one of my favorite memoirs, A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth’s Castle.
Seven Summer Reds (LE) : Lisa Eldridge will always top my list of the most beautiful women in the world. Lucky for the rest of us, she shares her makeup tips weekly on her blog. This week’s offering was a guide to summer red lipsticks. I dare you to read it without opening your wallet.
Mindful (Mindful Magazine): I’m the first to admit that meditation is not my thing — sitting still chanting om sounds awful. That being said with the growing reliance on technology and constant connectedness it can be difficult to take a moment to simply be. Check out this article for the basics.
Call the Midwife: I’m still making my way through this delightful book. Since I’m listening to it, progress is slower than I would like but there’s nothing like a British accent reading to you!
The Ultimate List of Fictional Boyfriends : Since rewatching Dawson’s Creek last summer I’ve had an unnatural obsession with Pacey Witter. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
Free Breakfasts in Texas Public Schools : Perhaps it’s because I know two people working with TFA in Texas but this article was really eye-opening. For more information I highly recommend my friend Mallory’s blog.
No Signature Required: An interesting little article about how the advent of technology has affect signatures and how we verify our identity.
21 to Drink Coffee? : The FDA has started looking into the effect of caffeine on a young brain. Though I heard about how caffeine is a drug all through high school, it never occurred to me that it could be regulated. I’m interested in where this movement is headed…
Amazon to Sell Fanfiction: This is the strangest development in publishing yet — and that’s saying something. The best thing about fanfiction is the ability to access hundreds of stories at a time for free. I wonder how this will change the fandoms.
The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
Coincidentally, I had already started listening to this audiobook when the bones of Richard III were discovered. To be honest, I didn’t even realize that the Richard in Gregory’s book was that Richard until I read this article!
Even without the connection to recent events, Gregory’s book is an interesting portrayal of the oft demonized king. She turns the suspicion of his guilt on its head and makes him into a highly sympathetic character. By the end of the book I was rooting for Richard and the Plantagenets!
If you’re looking for more historical fiction check out my reviews of Above All Things, City of Women and The Pleasures of Men. For more Philippa Gregory try The Other Boleyn Girl. Made into a movie starring Scarlett Johanson and Natalie Portman, this book details Henry VIII’s relationship with Anne Boleyn’s lesser-known sister Mary. It provides an interesting look into the politics of Tudor England!
State of the Union
Less of a news article and more of an event, I loved watching and reading the State of the Union address. In following the speech online, I was astounded by the power of social media. The discussions showed a level of political debate usually reserved for the classroom!
Immersed in Stories: From Binge-Watching to Marathon Reading
I love this take on how much our culture loves a good marathon! Though marathons are generally thought of in terms of television (think Law & Order: SVU), the author also considers reading marathons. I think I’d like to take on a good day of reading, what about you?