Review: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon

Lady AlminaI am not going to pretend that I was an early adopter of the hit PBS show Downton Abbey. I had heard about it, and thought about checking it out, but it wasn’t until the days between Christmas and New Year that I not only watched my first episode, but watched all two seasons in a big binge fest. (The holidays are about binging, right?!)

I loved the show, and to tide me over until Season 3 started I ordered up Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon. This book provides the history of one of the stars of Downton Abbey – the castle itself. It has such an amazing history, and while I love Cora and Mary and all the rest of the Grantham family, the Carnarvon family history, and Lady Almina, are such an amazing story I wouldn’t mind seeing that as a series.

To me, the fun of the book was learning all sorts of amazing things so I won’t spoil what I thought was a great sense of discovery and tell you all the things I learned. I’ll just say I really enjoyed this book, it was a good, fast, really interesting read. And if you are a lover of the show, hopefully it will tide you over until January 2014.

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It’s Monday, 15 April: What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

If you follow my blog, you may know that in addition to being an avid reader one of the things in my life that takes my time from reading for fun and posting to you all as much as I would like — is running. I’m new to the sport, running my first 5K and then a half marathon last year, but I have now become a bit of an addict. I am proud to report I finished my second half marathon yesterday – the More Magazine/FItness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon. This is my 4th race I have completed this year with the New York Road Runners, and I hope to finish at least 5 more to get entry for the 2014 NYC Marathon. Now, as I sit here typing I want to send best wishes for an amazing day to all the runners up in Boston today.

Now on to reading. Yes I had work, and school and schoolwork – but I did at least finish up one personal read, Nell Freudenberger’s The Newlyweds. Then, instead of reading anything I already had going (which would have probably made more sense to finishing another book) I started Debbie Macomber’s new one Starting Now – which I got as an ARE following a Shelf Awareness posting. I have never read anything from Macomber before, and I am enjoying it. I haven’t read a lot, but it’s a nice book to read to wind down before bed. I do need to get back to reading Born to Run and Pukka’s Promise.

So all good things going on here. I am happy with my reading, but I do need to get some reviews up (soon, I promise).

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

Reviews Posted:
None

How about you? How was your week last week and what are you going to be reading this week?

It’s Monday, 8 April: What Are You Reading?

It’s time for Book Journey’s fabulous weekly posting “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

I really thought I would end March so strong and catch up to be on track for 50 personal books this year. Wow – did that not happen. Not only that, I haven’t at least been keeping up with posting. Sorry for the lag, and thanks for understanding.

While on a little Easter Break I made good headway reading Nell Freudenberger’s The Newlyweds. I am almost done and promise to have that in the completed column by next week’s post. It had a really good start, but it slowed and started to lose me in the middle – so it was easy to be distracted away from it. I continue to read a little in Born to Run but mostly at the gym. I am running a half marathon on Sunday, so maybe after that with less time training I will make it to the finish of that book, too.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not really beating myself up over this: I love that I have work, school, training and a life outside the pages of a book. And I appreciate that you all come visit my site and read the posts that I do mange to get up. So, thanks for visiting and I think you will see that there will be lots of posts in the future from me to read.

Here’s my last week in review:

Books Finished:
None

Reviews Posted:
None

How about you? How was your week last week and what are you going to be reading this week?