Happy 235th, Jane Austen! Have you seen Google.co.uk today?

Isn’t it cute?

These are the lists for my last three themes of the One, Two, Theme! Challenge. Not everything is set in stone, so let me know if you have any suggestions, I especially need ideas for fiction involving the Medici family.

Theme 4: Bees/Honey
Bees and honey are popular metaphors for politics, sex, the benefits of hard work, the pits of consumerism and ultimately, life itself. Recently they’ve also been on the media because of their alarming mass deaths and what that might mean for us. How could I not be curious about something that might lead to Human extinction?


  • A World Without Bees by Alison Benjamin, Brian McCallum
  • Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey – The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World by Holley Bishop


  • Generation A by Douglas Coupland
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell #1) by Laurie R. King

Theme 3: Olive oil
I luuurve me some good olive oil, and a bottle of my favorite has become one of my “small” luxuries (hey, it could be shoes, or bags, instead all by lavishness goes into food stuff :)). Whenever we have friends over for dinner the appetizer is always good bread to dip in olive oil. My favorite producer is the “Marques de Grinon” (jeezzz I sound so bourgeois!), which according to a reviewer, is “a gleaming golden hue backed by exceptionally vivid and intense aromas with reminiscences of green tomatoes, freshly mowed grass, artichoke and green almonds.  In the palate, concentrated green vegetables and nutty aromas.  The finish is pleasantly spicy.” O yeahhh!


  • Astonishing Facts About Olive Oil: A Cultural History from Around the World by Ed S. Milton
  • Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit by Mort Rosenblum


  • The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz


Theme 2: The Medici Family
They must have been extraordinary people, these absolute rulers in everything but title.


The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall by Christopher Hibbert


To be decided – any ideas?


Theme 1: Eleanor of Aquitaine
I know close to nothing about Eleanor of Aquitaine, but I’m always interested in women that shaped the Middle Ages. I’ll compliment the book by watching Kathryn Hepburn playing Eleanor in “The Lion in Winter”.


When Christ And His Saints Slept (Eleanor of Aquitaine Series #1) by Sharon Kay Penman