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  1. Just requested a bunch of books from my library today, including the Hayley Mills book! Looking forward to it.
  2. I remember really disliking Eligible so much so that l wrote a review on Amazon which I never do. I've read tons of P&P retellings and spin-offs, most of them are nothing great, but none of them bugged me the way this book did. Maybe because it was so over hyped? I hated all the characters, they were so disagreeable in this version.
  3. Loved The Long Winter as a kid, never found it dull at all. Of course, I didn't realize how absolutely terrifying it was till I reread it as an adult. Not just the threat of starvation, but all the times people were stuck outside on the forward edge of a blizzard and barely managed to get back to town in time.
  4. I don't remember that! Was it mentioned in the book early on?
  5. This is just one of the reasons why I love Tana French mysteries. I like the concept of a cozy mystery, I just haven't come across too many series I actually find very readable. I have enjoyed some by M.C. Beaton.
  6. I'd love to see McKinley's books onscreen, too. I've always thought it was strangely coincidental that Disney's Beauty and the Beast's characterization of the servants in the castle being animated inanimate objects was so so similar to the way she had invisible servants and inanimate objects acting alive in her book, Beauty....or maybe not so coincidental, lol. Though if that's the case, she was never given any credit for it (as far as I know).
  7. I agree with every bit of this. However, I feel that Mitchell portrayed the Northerners as either sleazy or else as sort of bumbling social climbers who would never master the class divide (kind of like the social divide in Jane Austen's world where you could never reach the level of a "gentleman's daughter" unless you were actually born one). And she does portray Scarlett as being kind of cold and lacking in compassion for the Old Guard Southerners when she called in their debts. So, while I think Mitchell saw the waste in pining over the Confederacy as well as the South's arrogance and stu
  8. Can I just say I love the scene in Loftus's store when he's trying to make a nice profit by overcharging for the wheat, and Cap Garland makes him back down. (With the help of Almanzo and Pa, of course. But that scene absolutely belongs to Cap. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Laura admitted to crushing on Cap as a teen, which totally came through in that scene, lol.)
  9. I don't think they were paying boarders as I recall, they just didn't have anywhere to go, and Ma and Pa were too kind hearted to throw them out that winter. Laura described how they'd take more than their share of food and never helped with grinding the wheat for the bread or making the straw sticks for fuel. But, in any case, I guess Pa didn't want to feel like a beggar and take home a stack of pancakes to divvy up with the family. It would have felt like taking charity, instead of a guest providing company for the Wilder brothers, which made it a sort of give and take situation. It nev
  10. I am currently reading Les Miserables (slowly, to savor it) and yeah, no way would I have liked it or appreciated it in high school. I've been meaning to read it for years, what finally got me started was recently rereading Beverly Cleary's memoir of her school days, when she described her junior high teacher retelling the story word by word from memory to her class over the course of the school year, keeping a class of 12 or 13 year olds mesmerized.
  11. Does anyone here read Southern "grit lit" books? I love the genre, but there are only a few authors who do it well, imo. The gold standard for me will always be Gods In Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson, her debut novel, actually. I like her other books, too, but they don't come near the intensity of her first book.
  12. Currently reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles after seeing (and loving) the movie. It's not the sort of genre I usually read (Western) but it's quite good, so far. I want to try some of her other books now. Just got a copy of Joshilyn Jackson's newest, Mother May I. No idea of the plot, I read all her books regardless, but since her last one was more of novel of suspense rather than her usual Southern "grit lit" I am wondering if this is the same and if she's decided to branch out to a different genre now. Really looking forward to my weekend reading now😊
  13. I haven't seen the Jane of Lantern Hill adaptation, but would love to. I think I tried tracking it down once but no luck, other than a few clips on YouTube. Agree, The Blue Castle would be great as long as they stick to the story as well as the setting. I always think of it as taking place in the 1920s, if only based on the description of Valancy's clothes. Anything earlier or later would just seem off.
  14. Starleigh

    What's That Book?

    Double posting only to say I was able to score on eBay and find vintage copies of both books for a reasonable price! Looking forward to the trip down memory lane!
  15. Re, birth control...it sounded like Scarlett got pregnant with Bonnie pretty early on in the marriage, maybe even during the honeymoon. And when she mentioned wanting to "do something" about the pregnancy Rhett got very upset and said something like, "only the madam of a whorehouse would know tricks like that." I think that men back then just didn't bother themselves about birth control. Rarely did they have to pay the consequences, so it just wasn't something that was specifically on their radar or that worried them. I do wonder that the first time Scarlett had satisfying sex was the nig
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