Hannah Queen – Guest Post

I am so pleased to introduce the first guest post by Hannah Queen. Hannah is incredibly sweet and has excellent taste, as well as a contagious appreciation for the simple beauty of life. I first stumbled across Hannah’s gorgeous photography on Flickr and still remember how excited I was to rediscover her on Instagram. Do yourself a favor and take some time to check out her blog, Honey and Jam, and her stunning cookbook, also titled Honey and Jam. Hannah is such a talented individual and I’m so grateful for her delightful contribution today. Thank you so much, Hannah!

“Elinor Dashwood (-Ferrars!) has always been my favorite Austen heroine, a character who feels like a kindred spirit, a dear friend and someone to strive to emulate.”

Hannah Queen

Elinor’s Book Stack

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The Problem of Pain

CS Lewis
Elinor and her family encountered much suffering and I think this book would be something she would pick up when she was struggling with the whys of it all.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Laugh out loud funny and charming in equal measure, Elinor would love this one. I think the protagonist, Juliet, would remind her of her sister Marianne

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

JK Rowling
Bedtime stories for her children!

New and Collected Poems

Wendell Berry
I believe Elinor, though not as dramatic as her sister, had a poets heart. I think she would love Mr. Berry’s poetry along with…


Mary Oliver
This poem reminds me of Elinor:

Don’t Worry
Things take the time they take. Don’t
How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?

A Little Bit More About Hannah

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your reading life.
The first book I remember reading and loving is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I was 9 years old and checked it out from the school library. I was enthralled by the mystery and stayed up late to finish it (creating for myself a habit impossible to break!). To this day I still love mysteries; I read a lot of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers with a few cozy mysteries thrown because they’re charming as all get out. From The Westing Game I moved on to Jane Austen in my early teens, falling in love with her heroines even more than her heroes, from the level-headed, quietly strong Anne Elliot to the frustrating yet charming Emma Woodhouse. These days I read a bit of everything, my favorites being Wendell Berry, Barbara Kingsolver and Marilynne Robinson. 

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Greedy Queen by Dr Annie Gray. It’s about the life of Queen Victoria viewed through her love of food.
What’s a book you wish everyone would read?
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry, hands down. That book will break your heart and help you see others more clearly.

What else might Elinor have in her book stack? And what about Marianne? I have a sneaking suspicion their nightstand stacks might look a little different!

Thanks again to Hannah for this beautiful post!

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