Archive for March, 2012

What I’m Watching

I just finished watching episode five.  Little Dorrit is my favorite movie of all time.  I’ll be posting a review once I’m done watching it.

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Cleopatra VII: Daughter Of The Nile

Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries)

Author: Kristiana Gregory 

Genre: Tween

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 8

Type: Historical Fiction

Time Period: Ancient

Main Characters: Cleopatra

My Review:  This is my favorite Royal Diary.  It starts with Cleopatra recording her worries that her evil sister Tryphena will have her killed since her father has gone into hiding.  The book continues along at a swift pace from Cleopatra’s escape to Rome with her father, to her account of staying a seaside villa, to their triumphant return to Alexandria.  This book is one of the best Royal Diaries written.

My Overall Opinion:  As I said above, this is my favorite Royal Diary.  It was the first one I’ve read and I’ve read it several times after that.  I would recommend this book to any girl.

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What I’m Reading

Wuthering Heights (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

I’m finding Wuthering Heights somewhat hard to understand right now, but I hope that as I get further into it, it will get easier.  Have you read WH?

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Vote For Me!

Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Elegance of Fashion is hosting a Period Drama Advice Event.  This is the second time I’ve entered.  I would like to appeal to all of you to vote for me.  The post is here.

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Keeping Secrets

Keeping Secrets

Author: Maggie Dana

Genre: Tween

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 8

Type: Fiction

Time Period: Modern

Main Characters: Kate, Holly, Angela

My Review:  Kate Macgregor feels responsible for the death of a beautiful sports horse.  When her new job includes horses, she panics.  She doesn’t want anyone to know her secret but she confides to her best friend, Holly, who was disabled in a driving accident.  When Angela finds out, what will Kate do?  

My Overall Opinion:  I really enjoyed reading this book.  It has twists and turns and surprises throughout.  I would highly recommend this to horse crazy girls, or anyone who likes a fast paced story with a good plot.

 

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Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles

The Royal Diaries: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria-France, 1769

Author: Katherine Lasky

Genre: Tween

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 4

Type: Fictional diary/historical fiction

Time Period: 1700’s

Main Characters: Marie Antoinette 

My Review:  This Royal Diary is, in my opinion, one of the worse ones.  Marie seems very whiny and she’s bored all the time.  I did find her descriptions of Versailles life interesting, but not enormously so.  

My overall opinion:   This Royal Diary is definitely not one of my favorites.  I would probably not recommend it.

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The Inheritance 1997 Review

I watched this lovely movie last night and I wanted to review it.  If you’ve noticed, I’ve started to get into the habit of reviewing movies that are based on books on this blog.  (BTW, a more detailed review of Little Dorrit is going to go live soon).  Please check out my review of the book.  I couldn’t find many pictures from the movie so I can’t illustrate the post with dozens of pics like I love to do.

Accuracy to the book:  Um, let’s not go there.  They change a lot of things from the book.  For one, the movie is set in Massachusetts while the book is set in England.  Percy is very handsome ( :)) though in the book he isn’t really all that handsome.  They’ve made Edith a lot bolder.  I can’t really say that this movie followed the book well.

Costumes:  The costumes, especially Edith’s ball gown are lovely.

Ida’s gowns are a little too ‘rich’ for my taste.  Beatrix Hamilton’s dresses are very pretty and Amy’s suit her exactly – a bit childish, yet elegant.

Scenery/Sets:  The scenery is beautiful.  Lush green colors and high peaks.  The race has some nice views.  The sets are also very well-done.  

Music:  I really think it’s music that makes or breaks a movie.  The music in this film is wonderful.  It reflects on the period nicely and I love listening to it.

The Characters:  Edith may be a bit bolder in the film than in the book, but she’s really sweet.  Percy, like I said before, may be too handsome for the role, but I like him a lot.  Amy is…unique and Ida is the type of villainess you love to hate.  

My Overall Opinion:  This is a lovely movie.  I always like movie that make me cry and this one does (“Ida deceived us and I beg your forgiveness from the bottom of my heart…Welcome home, Edith!”).  Everything about it is so nice – the plot, the acting, etc.  I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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What I’m Reading

Bleak House - Full Version (Illustrated and Annotated)

I found Bleak House a little hard going at first but now I’m really enjoying it.  Have you read it?

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Isabel: Jewel of Castilla

Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 (The Royal Diaries)

Author: Carolyn Meyer

Genre: Tween

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 8

Type: Fictional diary/historical fiction

Time Period: 1400’s

Main Characters: Isabel

My Review:  This is my favorite Royal Diary.  One of the reasons is that the princess married for love and really did live happily ever after with her prince.  Isabel is in constant fear of being married off to men several times her age.  Her ladies-in-waiting rally around her, giving her their support, but what can she do?  Then, with the help of Bishop Carillo, she concocts a daring plan which just might get her married to a handsome, dashing prince.  Will she succeed, or will her brother stand in her way?

My overall opinion:   I really enjoyed reading this Royal Diary and would highly recommend it to any girl.

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The Guardian Duke Giveaway Reminder

Don’t forget to enter The Guardian Duke giveaway.  It ends March 15th.  Check out the giveaway post here.

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The Classics Club

Jillian is starting a Classics Club.  The challenge is to read a minimum of 50 classics in a maximum of five years.  I plan to read 50.  I’m going to re-read a lot of books (which is perfectly alright with her).  She put a big list of rules and regulations but I just want to read the classics.  I will post five different posts at different times with ten book titles in them.  Once I’m done the ten books, I will post a new list.  I think it will be easier to keep track of everything that way.

Here are my first ten books.

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)

Persuasion (Jane Austen)

Bleak House (Charles Dickens)

Jane Eyre and Wuthering Hights (The Brontës)

Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens)

Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery) 

The Inheritance (Louisa May Alcott)

Little Women and Little Men (Louisa May Alcott)

If you have any other classics that you think I should add to my list, just let me know.

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Please Vote For Me

The voting for the best letter has now started at Elegance of Fashion.  The letter I wrote is here.  Please vote for me and of course feel free to vote for other contestants.  

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Interesting Video

I found this video on Youtube.  Enjoy!

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The Woodcarver – Review and Giveaway

Description:

Restoring their faith in God and in Life.

Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church’s beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.

This is a great family movie.  It starts out excitingly with an anonymous person vandalizing a church with a baseball bat.  I liked the different details that were talked about in relation to carving.  It ends happily.  I would recommend this movie highly.

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Jane Austen Heroine Week

I’m hosting a JAHW on my Jane Austen blog – Elinor and Emma (just click the picture to go to it).  It promises to be a wonderful week with an AWESOME giveaway at the end.  Check out the introductory post here.

 

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Literary Heroine Blog Event

Kellie at Accordion to Kellie is hosting a Literary Heroine Blog Party.  It’s taken me forever to get all the questions answered but here it is.  Hope you enjoy reading this.

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?

A girl who isn’t afraid to speak her mind…a true lady, sweet and kind but with spirit.

Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
 
Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) – I don’t think I can ever match up to Elinor but I admire her very much and I think that I’m the most level-headed of my siblings.
 
Amy Dorrit (Little Dorrit) – What’s not to like about Amy?  She sweet and steadfast and so many other good qualities.
 
Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) – I like Jane.  She’s not the typical, ultra-pretty heroine.  I like her very much.
 
Estella Havisham (Great Expectations) – I don’t exactly admire Estella and I hope that I don’t relate to her but I like her anyway despite the way she treats Pip.  Besides, if you have someone like Miss Havisham taking care of you, how are you expected to turn out?

Five of your favorite historical novels?

Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
 
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
 
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
 
Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens)
 
Emma (Jane Austen)
 
Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why?
 
Amy Dorrit – see above
 
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
 
Jane Fairfax – elegant and refined.
 
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there? 
 
I’d travel to England to a little village called Chawton and visit the Jane Austen museum.
 

What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 

Regency England wins hands down.

You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation – what is your act comprised of?

I hate performing in public so I’d probably turn down the invitation. 

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 

Catherine Morland.

What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 

Wonderful!  Milk chocolate (especially Galaxy ©) is my favorite but I also like dark if it isn’t too dark.

Favorite author(s)? 

Jane Austen
 
Charles Dickens
 
Charlotte Brontë
 
Amanda Grange
 
Those are just a few of my favorites.

Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land?

My set of Jane Austen novels

My Jane Austen Anthology – Jane Austen Made Me Do It

My writing notebook

In which century were most of the books you read written? 

England

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…

Elinor Dashwood
 
Describe your ideal dwelling place. 

Where I’m living now…it’s a secret…

Sum up your fashion style in five words.

Tailored.  Simple.  Mix-and-Match.  Purple.  Denim.

Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?

No…never.

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is… 

Riguad, Blandois…Whatever you want to call him.

Three favorite Non-fiction books?

Jane Austen: A Celebration of her Life and Works

Spirit of the Horse

The Jane Austen Handbook

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?

Writing and listening to beautiful music.


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What I’m Reading

Bleak House (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC)

I guess this is becoming a regular thing – posting what I’m currently reading.

I finished Jane Eyre in two days.  I couldn’t keep away from it.  It’s a fabulous book and I’ll definitely be re-reading it in the near future.  Anyway, I’m reading Bleak House at the moment.  I find it somewhat hard to understand but I’m keeping at it and it’s bound to get better soon.

Have you ever read Bleak House?  Would you recommend it?  Would you recommend the 2005 miniseries?  Let me know your thoughts.

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