Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

My fabulous friend, Aery (Expressions of Me) nominated me for this award! Thanks, love! :)
Here are the questions posed by my nominator (and my answers):
1. Are you a movie/book quoter?
For sure. (Btw, that was a Newsies reference. ;))
I Speak Fluent Movie Quotes T-Shirt - $9.99.
2. Would you say you’re an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert, and by no means shy.
I'm not an extrovert! I am a highly functioning introvert. Do your research!
3. Are you sarcastic?
How sarcastic are you? BuzzFeed||I got, You are completely and utterly sarcastic.Truer words have never been spoken. | 21 Kids Who Are Too Literal For Their Own Good. This will make you laugh out loud!
4. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate chip cookie dough!
Skinny Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Whole Wheat) — Perfect size for one serving of ice cream
5. Do you play any musical instruments?
I play piano by ear but not much.
Keyboard Earrings - Piano Earrings - Musical Piano Keyboard Metal Dangle Earrings(Get it? Piano...earrings....? Never mind.)
6. Do you schedule your blog posts or post whenever you can?
Whenever I can, which isn't as often as I would like!
7. If you could travel to any place on earth, where would you go?
Flam, Norway.
Flam, Norway, at head of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the 204 kilometres long and up to 1308 metres deep Sognefjord.  Surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, Flåm is a paradise. (I spent three nights here in '84.)
8. What is your favorite princess movie?
Ever After.
Printable Wall Art - "Cinderella / Happily Ever After" Movie Quote
These are fun too...
Belle and Rapunzel by punziella on tumblr ||| Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, Disney, princess
9. Who is your favorite author? (you can list more than one)
Nicole Sager, Sandra Byrd, Jen Turano, Sheri Cobb South, Elizabeth Camden, Katherine Reay Blackburn, Julianne Donaldson. (And many more!)
10. What book(s) are you currently reading?
"Irish Meadows", by Susan Anne Miller. Also studying Psalms in the Bible, and reading a daily devotional called "The Names of Our Lord".
I don't like when someone asks me my favorite book, song, musical, etc. It depends on what I just read, the day and so many other factors. I love most books I read. Of course some are more special than others but to choose a favorite. I rarely can do that!
Thanks, again, Aery! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Suddenly Mrs. Darcy

Suddenly Mrs. Darcy was surprising in it's dazzling originality! I have only read several authors of Jane Austen fan fiction that I enjoyed, as I appreciate a writer who adds TO the story rather than take away and whose retellings are realistic and believable; Janetta James writes a novel with the same atmosphere and characters as the original classic, simply adding in a plausible twist that I was much impressed with in it's emotional depth and natural unfolding. The few characters that were added in made brilliant additions and it is obvious the author knows her Austen and approaches her variation with authentic respect.

My one caution is- as the story does begin with the marriage of the main couple- this book does contain quite a few references to mature topics (though not overly detailed), and I would not recommend for young readers.

I look forward to experiencing more of Janetta's step-into-the-past style!


Monday, August 3, 2015

In Good Company

Wow. What to say? Jen turano has a wellspring of talent and captivating wit that is hard to convey in a mere review! Reading along, the plot itself in this novel seemed a bit on the lighter side and not a big deal; the book consists mainly of Everetts relationship with his young wards and Millies trials and error through her nannying career, while trying to discover her worth and purpose. Don't get me wrong- this story was in no ways slow paced or lagging. It had me laughing and saying "aw" all the way through. And, in typical Turano fashion, the plot burst into last minute life with a quickly developed and crescending climax, including a completely unexpected plot twist at the very end! A befuddled and geeky heroine, a classy but oblivious hero, a slimy and infuriating villain, along with many hilarious and memorable friends and loveable children along the way. One of the most adorable Darcy/Lizzie duos in modern literature. Highly satisfying. I am beyond stoked for book 3.