May Book Reveal: Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn book

Any Downtown Abbey or Jane Austen fans out there? Us too! That’s why we couldn’t resist choosing Longbourn as one of our May book choices.

Here’s what it’s about:

“If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
 
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.”

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5 Tips to Fit Reading into Your Schedule

IMG_5470Life is busy. Unless reading is one of your top priorities, you may have a hard time finding time for it in your schedule. Here are a few ideas of when you can fit in some reading throughout the day!

  • Take advantage of your commute. If you take a train or subway to and from work everyday, use this time to get some reading in. (don’t forget to get off at your stop!)
  • Take reading breaks. Instead of scrolling through your phone while you eat lunch, read!
  • Get into bed 20 minutes early. Then use that extra time to read before falling asleep.
  • Discuss with a friend (or a few friends!). Read the same book as a friend and discuss it as you go. This will hold you accountable for keeping up.

When do you like to read?