Friday Favorites

Friday Favorite: More of What Jane Saw

Two years ago, Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait exhibition was one of our Friday Favorites. This year, the good folks at What Jane Saw (brought to you by the University of Texas) are back at it, expanding the virtual art tour to include an exhibit of paintings devoted to Shakespeare’s works.

“You are invited to time travel to two art exhibitions witnessed by Jane Austen: the Sir Joshua Reynolds retrospective in 1813 or the Shakespeare Gallery as it looked in 1796. These two Georgian blockbusters took place, years apart, in the same London exhibition space at 52 Pall Mall (it no longer exists). When Austen visited in 1813, the building housed the British Institution, an organization promoting native artists. On her earlier London visit in 1796, it was the first-ever museum dedicated to William Shakespeare.”

As with the Reynolds exhibit, a menu bar runs across the top of the window allowing you to brows paintings by catalog number or placement withing the building. Clicking on a painting opens up a dialog box with a ton of information about the piece.

Shakespeare Gallery

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Friday Favorite: All The World’s A Page

This week’s favorite involves books in a format complete different from what we’re used to seeing. It’s a project called All The World’s A Page by Blotto Design in Germany. They’ve taken entire books, one at a time, and printed them onto 70 x 100 cm posters. You can read more about the process in this article from Wired, or check out the other books Blotto has transformed here (hint: one of them is Pride and Prejudice).

The King James Bible “posterized” by Blotto



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Friday Favorite: The Streets of Fictional London

Our Favorite this week is a clever concoction–a cross between a map and a library. Produced by an art establishment called Dorothy, the map assigns book titles to streets and places in turn of the century London.

From Dorothy’s website:

“A street map made up from the titles of over 600 books from the history of English Literature (and a few favourites from further afield). The Map includes classics such as Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Bleak House, Vanity Fair and Wuthering Heights as well as 20th and 21st Century works such as The Waste Land, To the Lighthouse, Animal Farm, Slaughterhouse 5, The Catcher in the Rye, The Wasp Factory, Norwegian Wood and The Road.”
And yes, they ship internationally 😉
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Friday Favorites: Fall Back In Time Event

This week’s Favorite comes to you courtesy of the Historical Romance Network. It’s their Fall Back In Time event to celebrate historical romance. All you need to do to participate is take a picture of yourself/your pet/your kids’ toys/your favorite coffee mug with a historical romance novel and tag it with #FallBackInTime. Say why you love that particular book/series/author/time period (if there’s room on your post) and share the posts of your fellow historical romance junkies 🙂



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Friday Favorite: The Spoon Theory


Those of you that have known me a while are probably familiar with this week’s Favorite, but I want to share it for anyone who hasn’t yet encountered it. It’s called The Spoon Theory, and was written by a woman named Christine Miserandino who was trying to explain living with a chronic illness to a friend. This line sums it up nicely, but go ahead and click above to read the whole story.

“The difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn’t have to.”

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Friday Favorite: Coins of the United Kingdom

Our Favorite this week is for you visual learners out there: pictures of coins minted in the UK during the reign of George III. Clicking any of the individual coins will get you a nice close-up (like the one pictured below of a 3 shilling coin from 1812), so you can see the color of each coin (and therefore which metal its made from), read the inscriptions, and compare variations of the same denomination (if there were variations). There are also coins pictures from the Anglo Saxon period right up through present day. Click here to check it out!

3 shilling piece 1812

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Friday Favorites: Tom Hiddleston and the French Revolution

As if my collection of audio books wasn’t big enough, our Favorite this week is going to add to the pile. Take the French Revolution, add a 14-year-old magician’s assistant and a 12-year-old marquis’s daughter, stir in a little magic…and ask Tom Hiddleston to read the resulting story 🙂  It’s The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner, a well-reviewed Young Adult Historical novel. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann Margoza, and his guardian, a dwarf, work for the magician Topolain in 1789. On the night of Topolain’s death, Yann’s life truly begins. That’s when he meets Sido, an heiress with a horrible father. An attachment is born that will determine both their paths. Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her from a fearful villain named Count Kalliovski. It will take all of Yann’s newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of Sido’s past and his own and to fight the devilish count.

Alas, Tom’s narration is only available in the UK at Audible or on CD, but here’s a little taste via Youtube:


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Friday Favorites: #RegencyMensFitness


Our Favorite this week is what happens when Regency romance writers run amok! What if men’s magazines existed in 1815? What kind of articles would they publish? Author Tessa Dare aggregated some of the suggestions tweeted with the hashtag #RegencyMensFitness. Here are a few of my favorites…

@chel_c_cam:“Can’t Dance? No Problem! Country Dances Even You Can Do.”  (This one reminds me of Benedict 😉 )

@duchess997: “Napoleon or Wellington: Who wears it best?”

@amablue47: “Like Rain on Your Wedding Day: 12 Things That Aren’t Actually Byronic”

@mariapotteryavl: “Prinny’s Tips to Wear Your Male Corset. Get the Slim Waist Without the Creaking.”

@dnak17: “A New Season’s Gardening: On Dits From Rakes to Wallflowers”

Check out Tessa’s list for more!