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About me**************************************************​

I am a college student and aspiring historian who is head over heels for! It's the most addictive website ever!

I love nothing more than a book that makes me laugh and cry and dream all at once-- my favorite book of all time being Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". Masterpiece.

My eternal thanks to my Mama for teaching me to read from her "dowry", (children's books collected from her days as a librarian), my Daddy for reading a book to me every night when I was little, and my dear Mee-Maw for insuring that I was home-schooled, so that by the age of nine I was reading "Little Women", and not what the public school system was making me read. ;)

*A Few of My Favorite Quotes:*

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." -Cicero

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." -C.S. Lewis

"I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths."
-John Keats

"It is, as you know, difficult for admirers of Shakespeare to restrain themselves once they have begun to speak of him."
-Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen)

"The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul--BOOKS."
-Emily Dickinson

"When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." -Jane Austen

"Loneliness had taught Harriet that there was always someone who understood - it was just so often that they were dead, and in a book."
-from 'A Company of Swans' by Eva Ibbotson

"The shelf was filled with books that were hard to read, that could devastate and remake one's soul, and that, when they were finished, had a kick like a mule."
-from 'Winter's Tale' by Mark Helprin

"From that time on, the world was hers for the reading."
-from 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' by Betty Smith

"If I'm honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all." -Audrey Hepburn

"I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to "I hate to read new books," and I hollered "Comrade!" to whoever owned it before me."
-Helene Hanff

"I love knowledge. In fact I yearn for it."
-from the TV show "Designing Women"


About my libraryJust warning you, I love Jane Eyre, so I compare pretty much every book I read to it. Shamelessly. But I don't care. :)

I will also read ANYTHING with, or about Paris. Je t'aime Paris.

I also love nothing more than plays and poetry, and I love fairy tale retellings and dystopic fiction. Guilty pleasure.

I do NOT want to go into exhausting detail over my collection, so let us just say that I have the books I want to read classified by "want to read", than in the collection, "To Read", and then tagged "read next".
Also, books that are classified as "hurry up and read!" mean that they are MINE, and I WILL read them. Eventually!

You already know my favorite book, so a few of my favorite authors are Isak Dinesen, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, and Alexandre Dumas.

Anyway, if you have any suggestions for me, or if I can offer any suggestions for you, I would be happy to help! Happy reading one and all!!!

***Books of 2013***

Best Fiction
--"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
tied with...
--"Strands of Bronze and Gold" by Jane Nickerson

Best Non-Fiction
--"Falling Leaves" by Adeline Yen Mah

Worst (Ugh!)
--"The Comfort of Strangers" by Ian McEwan
tied with...
--"Madame Bovary's Daughter" by Linda Urbach

GroupsAnglophiles, Art History, Awful Lit., Children's Literature, Christianity, English History - Tudor through Edwardian, Fairy Tales Retold, Help! I'm in love with a fictional character!, Historical Fiction, I Love Jane Austenshow all groups

Favorite authorsHans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Willa Cather, Tracy Chevalier, Isak Dinesen, Alexandre Dumas, Elisabeth Elliot, E. M. Forster, Lynn Freed, Kristiana Gregory, Thomas Hardy, Eva Ibbotson, Kathryn Lasky, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Robin McKinley, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Donna Jo Napoli, Edgar Allan Poe, Beatrix Potter, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Edith Wharton, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Jane Yolen (Shared favorites)


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Currently readingVillette by Charlotte Bronte
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Sorry I didn't notice your comment earlier. I believe I have seen four versions of Jane Eyre. I think my favorite versions are the one with Timothy Dalton and another much older version with Orson Welles. I did not care for the 2011 version with Mia Wasikowska. I thought it very confusing the way they jumped back and forth. My daughter had never read the book (horrors!!) and this was the first Jane Eyre movie she saw and was not impressed. I have not seen the version with Ciarin Hinds but would like to. What do you think? Do you have a favorite Jane Eyre?
Jane Eyre will always be my favorite book also. When I was young our neighborhood librarian told me to try something new instead of the Nancy Drew mysteries I usually read and she handed me a copy of Jane Eyre. I was hooked after the first page and have loved it ever since!
Haha-- thanks! The "future" part is still... well, future. However, the book collecting preparations have already begun! (as you can see...)
Hi, thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries!

I just love your poster: Keep calm and love Paris. Paris is my favourite city (I know it's cliche :-) ) - there is something magical about it. And I'm really fortunate that my work allows me to travel there several times a year.

Thanks for looking.
Thanks for your comment! :-) That picture cracked me up as well. Who thinks of things like that?? *grins*
And yes, I misspelled a word on the last comment! I need to read the dict. more often, see? Anyways, I like your profile. Thanks for the tip! Hugs!
And I still haven't read any Fitzgerald, but I WILL read Gatsby at some point.
I read it for my lit class but I'm excited about the movie. It was literally one of the best books I've ever read in my life.

Wish I could tell you the artists for the 2 pics you noticed. I was browsing through the picture galley and just used the "snag this pic" feature to save them because I liked them so much.

Thanks so much for your comment!! I loved Jane Eyre and writing the review was a treat! :D
oh hahaha I had forgotten all about that! Once upon a time I made a seriously half-hearted attempt to tag the books I had in my library that Rory Gilmore mentioned on Gilmore Girls. I abandoned it almost immediately, but never got around to deleting the tag.
Thanks for adding me to your interesting libraries list. I'm going to return the compliment. Yours looks very interesting and I like your tagging method. Your homepage is one of those that make me think "I wish I'd said that". I will look forward to following your reading on the connections section.
I probably would not - it was bad quality writing, though interesting because of a lot of plot twists (albeit incredulous ones) and the fact that it took place in a setting I hadn't read about before. I will probably revise my rating to lower once I think about it and write a review. The book was just silly.
I've been trying to read the early reviewer I got and some of the member giveaways I got. Also trying to start reading Wicked again. Lol. What have you been up to my dear? Also, I'm already a member on Good Reads. Add me!
I'm glad to hear it! I don't like Mark Twain, either, especially his Tom Sawyer / Huckleberry Finn adventures. I'm always a bit afraid to say at risk of starting a tirade from his countless fans.
I had to see your site when I saw your name. I could never be "the future Mrs. Josh Groban." Alas, I was born in the wrong generation or I would fight for him, too. Seriously, his voice is the most beautiful I have ever heard!!!

Your profile was so much fun to read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I'm surprised you have time to read since you're a college student.

I, too, am a passionate reader. As long as I have eyes that see, I'll be reading and reading and reading. There is never enough time to tackle the piles of books I want to read.

Another thing we have in common--I homeschooled my three children. I was SOOO bored in school and didn't want my children to sit for years yawning and aching to go home to do something meaningful. I hoped my children would love learning and have plenty of time to read and explore.
Thanks for the interest in my library. Unfortunately, when it comes to historical fiction about royalty I don't have any suggestions for you. I don't tend to read it, and I have a particular distaste for the Tudor/Elizabethan period that puts me at odds with probably half the historical fiction readers out there.

As far as the general WWI era goes, I recommend _Deafening_ by Frances Itani, the trilogy by Pat Barker beginning with _Regeneration_, and the historical mysteries of Charles Todd, Barbara Cleverly, and Anne Perry. I also enjoyed Robert Goddard's _In Pale Battalions_, which is a mystery set during WWI and the Viet Nam War era. If you're willing to read children's books, _War Horse_ by Michael Morpurgo was good.

A few books I've had recommended to me but which I have not yet read are:
_Flanders_ by Patricia Anthony
_Three Day Road_ by Joseph Boyden
_A Very Long Engagement_ by Sebastien Japrisot
Nope, I can't. I literally did a double take when I saw she was reading it! She said it was amazing while she was reading it, but I haven't heard the final verdict.
=P I'll hardly be calm...I'll be sitting there anxious the whole time wondering if they'll manage to pull it off. I have no idea how they're going to do it well, and the trailer didn't really soothe more but nor did it leave me depressed. Gary Oldman wouldn't have been my first choice for Smiley, but since he's brilliant I'm sure he'll pull it off... But I'm pretty sure they just won't be able to pack everything that made TTSS so amazing into a movie.
I'm sorry that we don't read the same stuff. Lol. I've never had a kindle. Only a nook.
I've been at work. You know this. Lol. I have added a few more books. Finally started using my nook again since I have a little more time to read. I was always going out to hang with Stephen. But since he finally started coming to my house to stay over, I get to read.
I see you FINALLY got your lifetime membership! Yay!
Well, Serpent's Shadow certainly doesn't compare to The Fire Rose (if you've read it), but it was still very good. I'd definitely recommend it if you liked The Fire Rose.
I know, I had it on my calendar. :)
I loved the artwork that they came up with for him.
I see. I might have to go look it up and find out what it is.
Are we shocked or envious? I got it in a pile of international collector's editions and don't know a thing about it.

Found your books of 2010 list and forwarded it back to you.
Happy now? =P
There is a tag cloud at the bottom left of my site. Thanks!
Would it make you feel better if I said I have no idea which king that is? Because I have no idea.
How wonderful to find someone who also loves the Pre Rapahelites!

Thank you! It looks like our taste in books is rather similar as we share so many titles.

The Oxford History of Byzantium
The Italian
The Dress Lodger
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade

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I was lucky enough to go to Margaret Mitchell's house when I went to Atlanta in high school. I bought the soundtrack there, and I even used music from it during my wedding ceremony. :D

I'll add Jane Eyre to my to-watch list. :)

That may very well be the truest thing I've ever read.
Hello, and nice to meet you!

I must say I actually disagree with you about The Thorn Birds - while it is nowhere near as good as GWTW, I did enjoy it. I think it helped that no one told me it was was like GWTW; I just found it at the library and picked it up. :)

Would you believe I only just read Jane Eyre this year? I loved it. Which movie version do you like best?

Thanks for adding my library to your list of interesting ones. We share a lot of great books, and I'll be perusing your library for suggestions.

Hello! And thank you, I'm glad you liked that review. xD
I never thought one day I would read one of those historical romance novels (at least one of those that use such beloved characters like Lizzy and Darcy, because I read "normal" historical romance on a regular basis), but my curiosity got the best of me. It was fun, but to be honest I got to a point where I just didn't see Lizzy and Darcy from that book as the Lizzy and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, since their actions can be so out of character. So that was it for me, I don't think I'll ever read one of those books again. :)
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