Eloquent Finds: Bookish Gifts, British Royalty, and More

By Sunday, December 24, 2017 , ,

Can you believe it’s Christmas, y’all?! I can’t. I also can’t believe it’s nearly 2018. However, I’ve been really enjoying this Christmas season and all that’s come with it. I’ve always loved Christmas, but it’s been particularly sweet to celebrate the season with my DC family so far. There’s been decorating, gift wrapping parties, many carols sung together, and so many cookies. I’ve loved every bit of it. I hope you’re celebrating too and that you enjoy my fun, eloquent finds today. Some are Christmasey, some are bookish and British as usual, some are nostalgic, and some are reflective. Merry Christmas to you and yours! 


Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Photo Credit: Modern Mrs. Darcy

If your Christmas season is lasting into the New Year or if you’re scrambling for last minute stocking stuffers, any of these things will thrill the bookworm in your life. I honestly contend that book people are pretty easy to shop for, and this list is proof. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Interview with BBC 
I’ve got all the heart eyes over a new royal engagement, guys. Royal wedding party, anyone? 

Auburn’s Sideline Hedges 
I was pretty excited to see the hedges lining Jordan-Hare Stadium get torn up after an Iron Bowl again this year. The last time it happened was at this game, which also happened to be the last game I attended as a student at Auburn. Watching the aftermath of this year’s Iron Bowl made me miss that place. 

The Weight of The Crown 

Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Netflix's drama, The Crown
Photo Credit: Alpha Coders

Speaking of royalty, did anyone else head straight to Netflix when Season 2 of
The Crown dropped on December 8th? If you’ve not jumped on this bandwagon, I definitely recommend it. The show is a work of art to look at, not to mention the phenomenal acting and writing. Claire Foy and Matt Smith steal every scene they’re in and I’ll probably cry when I finish this season since it’s their last. All that to say, this is an excellent article that skillfully explores the deeper messages of the drama. 

3 Surprising Things I Learned When I Gave Up Saying ‘I’m Busy’ For 40 Days 
It’s always good to be reminded that I have more time than I think I have, and this article did that well. 

How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas 
If you're behind on your holiday greeting cards, this article may save you. The short of it is this: don’t use an apostrophe. Ever. Please take heed so I won’t also throw your Christmas card or New Year's card on the gas logs in frustration. 

Poldark, Season 3: Elizabeth and George
Screencap source: YouTube
Where are my fellow Poldark fans?! I’d contend that Season 3 was fantastic but exhausting. And unpopular as it might be with many, I also contend that the Warleggans are just as interesting as the Poldarks and even sometimes more enjoyable to watch since Ross and Demelza continue to infuriate, much as I love them. Elizabeth’s marriage to George was a dramatic twist at the end of Season 2, and the third season has been a fascinating process in which she figures him out. Their explosive confrontation in the finale was without a doubt my favorite scene of that episode, if not the entire season. It’s a pivotal moment of vulnerability for George and of incredible strength for Elizabeth, and Jack Farthing and Heida Reed delivered it flawlessly. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the actors’ thoughts on it in this video. 


Curiosity is not a sin. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity. –Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations, which may soon be turned into complaints.
–Edmund Burke 

Don’t wake up tomorrow and realize you’ve chucked out something precious, because it will haunt you. –Geordie Keating, Grantchester Season 3 

Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that one day, amongst their victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back! –Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling 

That’s LA: they worship everything and value nothing. –Sebastian, La La Land 

Two people can remain “in love” – a phrase made practically useless by stinking romanticism – only if their common desire for each other unites in a greater desire for God. –Flannery O’Connor 

Never doubt in the darkness what God has promised in the light. –The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield 

What is to come doesn’t exist yet. That’s tomorrow! It’s only now that can ever be, at any one moment. And at this moment, now, we are alive – and together. We can’t ask more. There isn’t any more to ask. –Demelza Poldark, The Angry Tide by Winston Graham

Merry Christmas!

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