What's a mist- and mystery-filled reading session without a nice cuppa?! When you need sweet sustenance, try this Victorian Seed Cake recipe inspired by a pivotal scene in Jane Eyre. Like our intrepid heroine, this cake is not too sweet, ages well, blossoms when served with a cup of hot tea, and has no pretensions beyond what it is: humble, well-intentioned, reliable.
Our Weekend Getaway recommendation this week — A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn — is also set in Victorian England. But Veronica Speedwell is decidedly not a mincing Gothic damsel who needs saving. She's a lady lepidopterist (that's a butterfly collector) who travels the world, catching both colorful insects and diverting men in her net.
If you're ready to transition from the orange-and-black scares of Halloween to a moodier take on almost-winter, try these stories in Tom Cox's collection Help the Witch. Eerie, atmospheric, and thrilling.
You will be so bummed if you miss this week's Endnotes, our collection of the best reading- and travel-related stuff we found online. We've got the fascination of miniature books, science on the best time to buy your airline tickets, the French fad for Guillotine haircuts, and our final tribute to manor house week: photos of country house libraries. Get it all in Endnotes!
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We're in Paris for a few days this week to enjoy this Van Gogh exhibit, eat falafel, do a little book shopping, and explore the Catacombs. See our photos along the way on Instagram.