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A Reader’s Guide to Devon, Bath, and London

If you’re like me, you love reading about places you travel to. Or want to travel to.

I was much busier than I expected to be (or I was nodding off on the train, or watching the scenery pass by), or I would have read more of these.

On my recent vacation to England, I was forced by necessity (a wedding) to establish a vacation base for the majority of my stay in the Devon countryside. Since I was so near, I dropped into Bath for a few days, before spending my last night in London (because trains aren’t always reliable, and getting the train to the airport on the same day I needed to fly out just seemed too risky).

Despite the distractions of exploring the outdoors, meeting up with old friends, touring tangible history, and watching British TV in hotel bedrooms, I managed to get some reading done – and to put together a list of ideal books to read to set the tone of travels to these places.

Turn the page for my guide to reading for Devon, Bath, and London.

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For the Love of re-reading

I had great intentions for today’s post. Research was going to be involved and I was going to write something long and tangling. Alas, this did not get accomplished this week, partly because for the past week or so I’ve been a little obsessed with books that I’ve been re-reading.

A few years ago my reading tastes were dramatically different. Today, I rarely move outside three genres: fantasy, historical fiction, and historical romance (it’s even better when they’re combined into one supergenre!). However, before and during university I was really into contemporary romance and romantic suspense. It provided a nice escape from the seriousness of school. Ever since I’ve been working on a readers’ advisory project this summer at work, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I used to read and how reading moods and tastes change over time. Hence, my re-visitation of past books that I loved. So what did I enjoy back in the day? Well, I am more than happy to share… (more…)