Good Afternoon everyone,
How are you today? I know I’ve been absent for the past week, and I must apologize for that. I took some vacation time and spent the last week in Ireland where I had hoped to have some time to read and blog, but then…Ireland happened! I mean, what was I thinking? It was kind of obvious I wouldn’t have time for anything else apart from enjoying that beautiful country, right? I should have planned everything a little better, but I confess that spending the entire week visiting the country without anything else on my mind was wonderful!
Unlike many people, I never had a huge curiosity towards Ireland, so I was pleasantly surprised by it and ended up loving the country. The landscapes are stunning and much more diverse than I was expecting, the people are super nice and funny and I even found some incredible literary places! (ok, on this end, I confess I could have done better, but I was mainly thinking about the hikes I would do when I planned the trip and didn’t leave much time to explore Dublin where most of these places would be).
I should have visited MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland) and researched other literary related places like the house where Oscar Wilde lived (my hotel was on that street, so I passed by it few times but didn’t give it much attention). Nevertheless, I was able to visit the Book of Kell and the Long Room at Trinity College Library.
It is wonderful, isn’t it? I hope that these books are perused from time to time, it would be a pity if they were only on the shelves for people to look at.
I also discovered a wonderful room dedicated to Irish literary works in the EPIC museum (by the way, this was the best museum I’ve ever visited, if you ever decide to visit Dublin I highly recommend it).
Isn’t this an interesting idea? I felt like a child removing the books from the shelves just so I could hear its narration for a while.
But anyway, this post is not supposed to be a blog travel one, so I’ll go directly to the point. Because I didn’t blog last week, I have to announce the giveaway winner of Spies of Our Acquaintance by Brigit Huey who visited last month with an excerpt, and I still need to show you the book mail I got in August so we may have the usual monthly giveaway, so without further ado, the giveaway winner of Spies of Our Acquaintance is:
*** Jen D ***
As for the book mail, I received quite a few books, which means the TBR is once more out of control, the good thing is I will have a few more weeks off this month, and I plan to use them to read! Ireland was great, but now I need vacations where I will only eat, read, sleep and repeat, do you know what I mean?
But I digress, the books I received on the mail during August were:
Find you in Paris by Alix Nichols – Source: Purchased
The Olive Branch by Sarah Courtney – Source: Gift from Author
Twists of Fate by Joana Starnes – Source: Gift from Author
The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth by Victoria Kincaid – Source: Purchased
Elizabeth Abroad: France by Sophia Grey – Source: Purchased
You know the drill, just leave a comment on this post to apply to the giveaway until the 16th of September, I will announce the winner shortly after that.
Good Luck everyone!
Good Luck Everyone!