Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Queen Victoria-Book Review + Giveaway!!

For this last day of Queen Victoria Long Weekend Binge, I have a fun Book Review for you:)  Have you read: What the Victorians Didn`t Do for Us...A Collection of Their Useless Advice

This book is a blast! It`s a quick, fun read that describes some of the strangest things the Victorians thought up, or implemented to get by their everyday lives.  
They used charcola as a teeth whitener and when their teeth got really bad they bought tetth from those who sold theirs to get by.  Victorian wome wore as many as twelve items at a time.  The corsets women wore were so restrictive that they swooned quite often- so rather than stay home for being so delicate, they simply had a rib removed!

There are so many strange things in this book varying from areas of domestic functions, foreign affairs, social graces, curious cures- just to m=name a few.  I loved this little book (a mere 126 pages) for its most interesting look at the ways of the Victorians- so much info!  And after reading this, even though I love Victoria, I have to agree that not all that`s often good necessarily stems from the Victorian times!

And now, for my GIVEAWAY!!! This is my way of saying THANK YOU for dropping by and helping to add to the fun of this great long weekend:)

All in all there were some remarkably charming Victorians- and here I have for you a book about a very gracious one who wrote a splendid journal of her days:
A VICTORIAN LADY`S ALBUM- Kate Shannon`s Halifax & Boston Diary of 1892, by Della Stanley

 This is such a precious book!  It`s filled with letters, photographs with handwritten mementos, theatre stubs-In a few words: it breathes with Victorian life.  If you are interested in reading this type of beautiful memoir- this is the book for you!

I`m also throwing in a 1977 copy of The Victoria and Albert Museum Souvenir Guide,

so that you can enjoy the history and gorgeous art collection (gold, statues, paintings, artifacts, icons, even dolls! and much more).

So- For all you Victorian Buffs- Here`s how to ENTER:
First and Foremost: You must be a FOLLOWER of this Blog
AND- This is open to CANADA and USA only

2 extra Chances every time you FB or TWEET about this
5 EXTRA Chances for posting this on your Sidebar

Winner Announced JUNE 1st

Thank you so much for participating!


Menagerie Soaps said...

Ooooh, nice! I am follower and would love to enter. Thanks for the chance.

lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

alyxandsimon said...

Wow! Please enter me.

I'm a Google Follower.

I also blogged about it here,

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Anonymous said...

I am a Follower.
I would love this prize. We have been restoring a 1998 Victorian farmhouse and these items would fit perfectly in the parlor/library.
The book sounds lovely. I'd just have to sigh over the Museum Guide.
Thanks for the information on WHAT THE VICTORIANS DIDN'T DO FOR US. This is my kind of book. I'll be looking for it.

Witch of Stitches said...

I'm a follower and a misplaced Victorian! Looks like a lovely book and am entering.

Mystica said...

I follow and would love to be counted in.

♔ jessica.marie said...

Oh how I love your themed weeks! It's nice to know that there are other history geeks out there sometimes! We actually covered Queen Victoria in one of my classes this year and I find her immensely intriguing, although not as much as my beloved Marie Antoinette ;)

Thanks for the opportunity! I am a long-time follower and I have posted this in my sidebar :

Happy Birthday Victoria!

lovejessicamarie (@) gmail (.) com

mariag said...

I would love this!!! Please count me in.
I follow


Linda said...

Great giveaway. I'm esp. excited about the album. I follow through Google Reader.

Heather said...

What a wonderful set you have put together. I would love to win them. I am already a follower, so please put my name in the hat.

heatherdpear at hotmail dot com

Ingrid Mida said...

Lucy, what a generous giveaway. I wish I'd thought of it myself!!! Hope you had a happy weekend.

Margay Leah Justice said...

Great set of books! I'd love to win them.




Carol N Wong said...

Super giveaway. Would so love to win these.

I am a follower.


Carol N Wong said...

Wow! Did I mess up! I is!

Kate the Book Buff said...

I would LOVE to win!!! I'm a follower :)

Kate the Book Buff said...

Oops my e-mail is k8thebookbuff at yahoo dot com

LynnF said...

I'm so happy to have found you! I love anything Victorian! Please throw my name in the hat to win!!! Thank you! LynnF

Rachel said...

I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!

Viola said...

I can't join the competition, but thank you so much for telling me about the books. I'll certainly put them on my TBR list!

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Please enter me. Such wonderful goodies!

I'm a loyal follower.


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This sounds wonderful -

I follow :)

journey through books @ gmail dot com

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