It's Monday What Are You Reading | Vintage Frills

It seams like forever since I last did an it’s Monday post! It’s Monday What are You Reading is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey and it’s a chance to share the books you’ve been reading and plan to read over the next week. I share my favourite vintage themed reads. The main reason I haven’t done a post in a while is because I had started to get out of the habit of reading and life was taking over a bit. However I’m back in the swing of it and have lot’s of great reads lined up.

Finished Last Week:

Nightingale Wood, Stella Gibbons | Vintage Frills

Last week I finished reading Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons. The book is set in the 1930s and follows the lives of an aristocratic family and some of the members of the surrounding village. It’s a fantastic witty novel which is superbly written. The descriptions are beautiful and the characters are well written and very relatable. There’s also a fair amount of reference to fashion in there, so a good one for vintage fans. The only thing I didn’t like and this was pointed out by another person on my book group is that the cover has 1920s styling which just seams silly for a book set in the 30s. We’re currently discussing this book with The Vintage Book Group, so if you’d read it or would like to read it join the discussion here.

Currently Reading:

Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh | Vintage Frills

I am currently reading Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, a novel written in 1930 about the social scene of the 1920s. It is based on the social set known as ‘The Bright Young People’ who flamboyantly partied around London in the 20s in fancy dress and behaved terribly. The 2007 film Bright Young Things is based on this book.

I’m really enjoying the book so far although I’m only a few chapters in.

To Be Read: 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Anita Loos | Vintage Frills

Next week I plan to read Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos. It’s been years since I saw the film and I’ve heard great things about the book so I will definitely be giving it a go.

I’m also planning to make a start on The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp, a new novel set in the 1960s written by Eva Rice. I was sent a review copy of this but at 582 pages it’s a little daunting but I loved her last novel so I will be giving this one a go.

What I’ve been Watching:

Poirot, Downton Abbey, Foyles War | Vintage Frills

This week saw the return of Downton YAY! series four has got off to a great start and I can’t wait for the rest of the series.

Having finished watching every episode of Poirot ever I have now started watching Foyles War on Netflix, I love this series set in the 1940s and I’m really enjoying all the sets and costumes.

I hope everyone has a lovely week. What have you been reading?


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I’ve not managed to do an It’s Monday… post for a while. Having really upped the amount of sewing I’ve been doing, it’s actually been quite hard to fit everything in. I’ve also been spending lot’s of time cooking and trying new recipes out and haven’t had much time to keep up with my usual blogging routine.

It’s Monday What are you Reading is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey It’s a chance to share the books you have read over the last week and the books you are planning to read.

I have managed to finish a few books since I last posted…

Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym

The Blessing by Nancy Mitford

Wigs on The Green by Nancy Mitford

Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford

I am currently Reading…

The Mitford Girls by Mary S Lovell

Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym

I am planning to read…

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

and I’m not sure what else I’m going to look through my TBR list and see what takes my fancy.

It’s Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly blog event hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a chance to share your reads from the last week and plan the next week of reading. I mostly share vintage themed books with a little chick lit rolled in every now and then.

This week was a wonderful week, because I got away from the non-existent British Spring and relaxed in the sun in Spain. I had such a wonderful week with my family and I’ve come back feeling really refreshed.

This week I managed to finish two books and start a new one.

I read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan. I love all of Colgan’s books and couldn’t wait for this one to be released. It’s every bit as good as her other books and I loved her descriptions of Paris which is one my very favourite cities. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a good quality chick-lit read.

I also finished Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford. I’ve been working my way through Mitford’s books recently and this one which is a follow-up to her earlier novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in cold Climate, is one of her funniest works. If you liked her earlier more well-known books you will adore this one.

I started reading The Mitford Girls by Mary s Lovell. The book is about the fascinating lives of Nancy and her sisters who led very high-profile lives which span the whole length of the Twentieth Century. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far the book has been a well written page turner. I was so pleased to find this book in the WH Smiths at Gatwick airport as it was exactly what I was looking for. this is a very long book so I might read it over a few weeks and get some other reading done as well.

I am planning to read Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym and The Blessing by Nancy Mitford over the next week.

The Vintage Book Group are currently reading The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, join in the discussion here.

This week I watched Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and Wings a silent movie from 1927 set in WW1 starring Clara Bow.

It’s Monday What are you Reading is a weekly blog event hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It’s a chance for us to share the books we’ve enjoyed this week as well as any reviews and to plan the book we want to read over the next week. Here I like to share some of my favourite vintage themed books and books being read by The Vintage Book Group.

This week I have finished The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. I loved all these books and the way they capture a picture of the time which they were written. The 20s, 30s and 40s are all covered here, so it was a great week for vintage reads.

Next week I plan to read Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan and Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford.

This week I reviewed Style Me Vintage Weddings by Annabel Beeforth, it’s a wonderful book packed with beautiful wedding ideas.

This week I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which is very different from Capote’s novella and Lagerfeld Confidential. I find Karl Lagerfeld completely fascinating and loved this documentary film which shows so much of the man behind the suit and dark specs. I could have watched hours more footage.

Have a great reading week. What are you reading?

I’ve not participated in It’s Monday for a few weeks. The time seems to have whizzed by with lot’s of spring cleaning and sleepless nights with a teething toddler and there’s been little time for reading or blogging.

This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a chance to share the books you’ve read and plan to read over the next few days.

Since I last posted I have read Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, The Island by Victoria Hislop, and I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith.

Love in a Cold Climate is set in 1930’s and is set in the world of upper class England, it’s a brilliant read and an absolute classic.

The Island is set in Crete in the years surrounding the second world war and tells the story of a family over many years. This had been recommended to me by lot’s of people and I’m so glad I gave it a read.

I capture the castle is also set in the 1930s and is written in the voice of Cassandra a teenager who’d impoverished family live in a castle moved to in better times. It’s a wonderful book and I know it’s hugely popular but if you haven’t read it you must.

I’m abandoning the old reading list for now and working on a few books for The Vintage Book Group…

I can’t wait to read the first two. I’m unsure about reading Lolita due to the subject matter so I may give it a miss. Has anyone else read it? What did they think?

Having been too tired to read that much I have watched a lot of TV the last couple of weeks including these…

I’ve been in 1930s heaven with Dancing on The Edge, Glorious 39 and Love in a Cold Climate. The costumes are all AMAZING and have started a bit of a 30’s obsession.

What have you been reading and watching this week?