Archive for 'cool stuff'

The dark moment . . .

This beautiful and evocative illustration is by the gifted artists Anna and Elena Balbusso, commissioned for Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. But it also reminds me of my hero Anthony in The Worst Duke in the World, pining for my heroine Jane, who may be lost to him forever.

Illustration by Anna and Elena Balbusso for Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, published by the Folio Society; shared via

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Bookish art!

I know that the repurposing of books is a controversial topic for many, but personally I’m not averse to it if done in a way that appeals to me. And so here’s an eye-catching work of art made from books . . . which I like a lot! How about you? Would you have this in your house?

Photo: bookish art, shared via

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Authors Adopt!

From the wonderful Julia Quinn:

“I’m thrilled and honored to partner with Penny Reid for Authors Adopt 2020, a program that aims to give autographed books to the medical workers who are working so selflessly to keep the rest of us safe during this crazy time.Photo: Julia Quinn for Authors Adopt

“If you are a medical worker and would like a FREE autographed book, sent to you directly from an author, click here to fill out this form.

“It’s a small but heartfelt way to say thank you.”

I’m equally thrilled and honored to be donating my books as part of this wonderful program. At last count, nearly 1,000 authors are participating!

If you’re a medical worker, please feel free to sign up. And if you know any medical workers who might be interested, please could you share? Thank you!

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Your personal library

Aren’t these all amazing?!? Which would you choose?

Graphic: Your personal library

Photos via Into The Forest Dark on Twitter

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Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

That’s it. That’s the post.

Photo: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

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A miniature bookshop!

What is it about miniatures that’s so fascinating? I saw these photos on Andy West’s Twitter and was instantly enchanted. Just look at his magnificent handiwork!

“A real labour of love,” says Andy.


He says: “It’s a kit made by a company called Imagine3d — not much about them online. It took about 18 hrs, over a month and HUGE patience. You need to buy extra glue, craft knife, 3v batteries and scissors. It’s so tricky and SO rewarding!”

Rewarding indeed.


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Masking in style!

Check out Lorraine Heath’s ultra-cool mask: it features her cover for The Duchess in His Bed!

Photo: Lorraine Heath

On her Facebook page, Lorraine says she got her custom mask from Contrado. Imagine all the possibilities . . .

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A Cinderella bed!

Would you have wanted this when you were little? Pure enchantment!

Photograph: an enchanting Cinderella-inspired bed

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Reading is good for the brain . . .

. . . As science tells us, and proves with MRIs and so on. Isn’t this a beautiful representation of the goodness too? :)

Artwork: the brain on books

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Loch Ness Monster ladles!

These are obviously not the least bit bookish, but I am so enchanted that I must post about them!

Photo: Loch Ness Monster ladles

Look how cute they are!

Photo: Loch Ness Monster ladles

The whole family!

By the way, I bet it would be extremely difficult to say “Loch Ness Monster ladles” three times fast. ;)

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