December 4, 2016

30 Days of Books :: Day 14

Hey look! I'm back! :) Hello lovelies, I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you're in the US) and that your Christmas season has gotten off to a good start. My long weekend was absolutely fabulous! Dad and I went on a trip and thus we were busy, busy. Then last week, life was just life and I simply couldn't find the enthusiasm to get online much. Hoping to change that this next week though! I have a couple book reviews coming up, plus there is always fun bookish things to be gushed over, yes? :)

Meanwhile! On to day 14!

{joining Jenni}

Day 14 :: Your favorite book by your favorite writer

This is definitely easy! Based on my last 30 Days post, y'all are aware that I chose Katherine Reay as a favorite writer of mine. Thus, you've probably guessed (even without the picture attached here) which of her books is my favorite. That's right, A Portrait of Emily Price! I promise I won't wear you out with all my gushing, you should instead go read my review. But suffice it to say, I think this story is absolutely her best yet! I have reread my favorite scenes over and over and simply looking at the book on my shelves fills me with warm fuzzies. (Tell me I'm not the only one who has that happen! :) This story is certainly one you should move high on your TBR, I don't think you'll regret it at all. Trust me!

November 24, 2016

Bookish Gratitude

via here and here

Happiest of Thanksgivings to you, my lovelies! I hope you're stuffing your faces full of deliciousness today. I mean, what's a holiday without great food, right? :)

So, I thought I'd share some bookish things that I am very grateful for. I must confess, however, that this idea was not original to me. I imagine other book blogs have written something similar in years prior, for one. And for another, the idea came to me from Waterbrook & Multnoma's facebook page. Y'all may or may not be aware that the awesome Jamie (who I had the privilege of actually meeting in person back in August) (!!!!!) started a new job there this summer. Naturally, that made me much more interested in what was happening in Colorado. :) They've started sharing live videos where they talk about all things bookish, you should check it out if you're on facebook. So this idea came from their most recent video (found here). Thanks for that, ladies!

Things I am grateful for:



Authors (and bloggers! :)

Fellow readers who love books as much as I.

Books that make me laugh.

Books that make me swoon.

Books that make me ponder things.

Books that inspire me.

Books that excite my imagination.

Books that remind me how much I love reading. 


Now, back to your regularly scheduled eating and napping. :)

November 23, 2016

10 Characters I'm Thankful For

I saw this idea over on The Writers Alley yesterday. As I thought more about it, I realized there are so many unforgettable characters who truly inspire me. It's amazing what writers can imagine, isn't it? What characteristics they choose and the personality quirks that make each character unique? And how they can infuse them with beautiful hearts and souls. Even though their fictional! Pretty awesome, if you ask me :)

Certain aspects we definitely connect with better than others, and these particular characters I've chosen stand out in my mind. After reading their stories, they refused to leave my heart. They feel like they're part of me now!

So! Here's my list:

1. Valancy Stirling {The Blue Castle} - because she finds her Brave

2. Charlie Lionheart {The Lady and the Lionheart} - because he understands sacrificial love

3. Emilia Mason {Can't Help Falling} - because she understands and loves all things Narnia

4. Catherine Dougall {The Thorn Keeper} - because she has inner strength

5. Samwise Gamgee {The Lord of the Rings trilogy} - because he's a true friend

6. Anne Elliot {Persuasion} - because she's learned to be strong

7. John Thornton {North and South} - because he stays true to himself and his heart

8. Cori {My Hands Came Away} - because she sees the worst and chooses to do something about it

9. Lucy Pevensie {The Chronicles of Narnia series} - because she believes

10. Samantha Moore {Dear Mr. Knightley} - because she learns she's worth it

Who are some characters you're thankful for?

November 22, 2016

A Period Drama Tag

The lovely Hamlette tagged me with this the other day. It's certainly no secret that I love period dramas, so this is perfect for me! Plus, as y'all well know, I am always happy to gush over my favorites. :)

1. What's your favorite Period Drama movie?

Like 95% of my favorites are miniseries, now that I'm thinking about it. So out of the actual movies that I've seen, I'll go with the Pride and Prejudice, 2005. I have watched just about all of the adaptations of her books that are out there and P&P still remains a fave.

2. What's your favorite Period Drama series?

North and South, of course!!! I have rewatched that miniseries countless times and I have yet to get tired of it. :)

3. Which Period Drama do you dislike the most?

I'm not sure I'd say I dislike it the most, but the first one that comes to mind is Northanger Abbey, 1986. I've tried watching it and have yet to be able to actually finish. There just wasn't anything I liked about it, which made me very wary about reading the book. But! The newer version from 2007 is one of my favorites! So I hope to finish the book soon. (I started it earlier this year, got distracted, and haven't gotten back to it yet.)

4. Anne of Green Gables or Little Dorrit?

Anne of Green Gables, for sure! I love Anne. I love Gilbert. I love Matthew and Marilla. There simply isn't much about the miniseries that I don't love! :)

5. Your favorite Period Drama dresses?

I have to confess I don't remember specific ones very well. But! I do know I love this one on Margaret, during that delightful train station scene. :)

OH! And I like this one on Anne. It's not a dress, it's an outer garment (the name is escaping me), but I admire it every time I watch this movie.

6. Who's your favorite Period Drama character? (Okay, pick at least five)

John Thornton {North and South} - I love his steady devotion to Margaret Hale, even in the face of her rejection. I love how he cares for his family and his workers. His heart is one of the best! (And okay, so it probably has a whole lot to do with Richard Armitage too. ;)

Anne Elliot {Persuasion} - I love so much about her! She's one of those characters who has such tremendous depth, that with each reread, I see a new aspect to her that I never noticed before. As Hamlette so eloquently said, "I prefer to think of her as strong. It takes a lot of inner strength to do something you don't want to do, and Anne does things she dislikes over and over."

Dorcas Lane {Lark Rise to Candleford} - I admit that it took well into the second season for me to really like Dorcas, but by season four she was one of my favorite characters on the show. Her love and care for all those around her is wonderful, and even if she does tend to be a bit of a busybody, it's always with the best of intentions. (And actually, I love all the characters from this show! If you haven't watched it, you really should. :)

Anne Shirley {Anne of Green Gables} - I love her vivid imagination! "Her imagination takes her out of her dismal world and puts her in a glorious and wonderful place. Even though it's only in her mind, the mere fact that she chooses to look at the bright side, when she's known nothing but clouds, is really incredible." Her way of seeing the best in the world, no matter her circumstances, is one of my favorite things about her.

All the "Amazons" {Cranford, & Return to Cranford} - I couldn't pick just one of these ladies! I love their friendships. They may hurt each other and at times not understand each other, but when push comes to shove, they always stay true to each other. No matter what any of them may be going through, their loyalty to one another comes through every single time. Plus they just make me laugh! :D They are each so very different, yet awesome in their own way. I simply can't love one more than another! (Well...except maybe for Miss Matty. I do love her quite a bit! :)

7. If you could join a royal ball, which dress would you wear? (Pick a Period Drama dress)

I had to go searching to try and find one, but I like either of these (from The Importance of Being Earnest).

8. What's your favorite Jane Austen movie?

Oh boy, I don't know if I can pick just one! I love all of them. :) But if I have to narrow it down, I'm going to go with these:

Persuasion ~ 2007 - I couldn't not mention my favorite Austen story! I'd probably say this one over the 1995 version simply because I love Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth. :)

Emma ~ 2009 - This is the version that made me love Emma! Specifically the storyline, because I just couldn't seem to like the earlier versions much as I tried to. Let's just say that Jonny Lee Miller's Mr. Knightley convinced me.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ~ 2016 - I know, I know. But I love it! What can I say? I was trying to decide between this and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but since that one technically isn't a movie... For traditional P&P, I'd probably choose the 1995 version over the 2005, but I love both pretty equally for the record! :)

9. Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife?

Call the Midwife! I love the storylines, much better than the dramatics of Downton. (I still love Downton though! Just not as much as Call the Midwife.) The characters are unforgettable, especially the nuns. And Chummy! :) For more of my thoughts on the series, read this post.

10. Sybil Crawley, Jenny Lee, Emma Woodhouse, or Marian of Knighton?

I've not ever "met" Marian, so of the other three, I'll go with Jenny Lee. I loved how she grew and changed over the course of three seasons and her final episode was a nice send off for her.

11. Which couples of a Period Drama do you like the most? (Pick at least four)

John Thornton and Margaret Hale {North and South}

Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot {Persuasion}

Gilbert Blythe and Anne Shirley {Anne of Green Gables}

Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley {Wives and Daughters}

12. And last, which Period Drama villain do you like the most?

Actually I'm going to mention North and South again, because one thing I love about that story is the fact that there isn't really a villain. I guess you could say that Hannah Thornton, John's mother, kind of is, but she's not truly villainous. The biggest hindrance to the storyline is really the characters themselves. Characters who start out antagonistically, have grown and changed by the end, and some have even become friends with their "enemy" (like John and Nicholas! :).

I'm not quite sure who to tag, so feel free to join in if you like! The more the merrier, especially when it comes to gushing over period dramas. :)


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