Monday, February 15, 2021

New Books and Birthday Books for MAILBOX MONDAY


It's Mailbox Monday and an icy Presidents' Day weekend here in Portland. Three-day weekends, snow days -- these concepts don't mean much when you are working from home anyway! So my office officially declared today a bon bon day and we are doing no real work. Which means I have time to catch up on my book blogging!

What new books have come into your house lately? A few have come my way since I last posted for Mailbox Monday:

-- The Anglophile's Notebook by Sunday Taylor, a novel about a magazine editor who travels to England to research a book about Charlotte Brontë. I've flipped through it and it is overflowing with literary tidbits and British coziness. This one has gone straight to the top of my TBR stack.

-- The First Lady of Underfashions by Christina Erteszek (available for pre-order now). This is the story of Erteszek’s parents Jan and Olga escaping WWII Poland, immigrating to America, and starting the Olga “underfashion” company. I love real-life stories of family businesses. 

Hubby knows how much I love coffee table books and got me two for my birthday he knew would be right up my alley:

-- Winston Churchill: Painting on the French Riviera by Paul Rafferty. Rafferty tracked down the location of many of the 120 or so paintings Churchill made in the South of France. The book features 35 of the paintings juxtaposed with a photograph of the scene from the same angle, taken in the same light. Rafferty also provides the story behind the paintings and locations, along with dozens of photographs of Churchill, his friends and family, the places he visited, and historic artifacts. It’s gorgeous and fascinating!

-- The English Country House by James Peill, photographs by James Fennell, forward by Julian Fellowes. Can’t wait to snuggle up with this coffee table queen on this snowy weekend!


Join other book lovers on Mailbox Monday to share the books that came into your house last week. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.


  1. Your books look good. I am especially drawn to The English Country House, as I love design books and had a huge collection at one point. Two years ago, my daughter moved me to this small place and refused to bring them all, lol. She sometimes calls me a hoarder.

    I am also curious about The Anglophile's Notebook.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. This book, Winston Churchill: Painting on the French Riviera by Paul Rafferty, seems intriguing. I'm also interested in this one: The Anglophile's Notebook by Sunday Taylor. I can't wait to see what you think of both.

  3. You do get interesting books! The Anglophile's Notebook looks like a winner. As does a Bon Bon day. My staff were proud of me that I stayed home and didn't work on Monday. (So rare.)
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a good week.


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