July 1, 2017

Springtime Reading (Update Two)



(If you missed my original Springtime Reading post, check it out here.)

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
This was the first time I've re-read Peter Pan since I read it a few years ago. Funnily enough, I found myself rather bored with it at parts. I didn't dislike it or anything. But I think when I read this I wasn't quite in the mood for J.M. Barrie's style, so that's why the story seemed to take forever.

BUT. I still love it, and rated it 5 stars again on goodreads because my wordy, that ending. *sobs* I do love this story. I love it's sadness, it's humor, it's whimsical randomness and magic. E v e r y o n e should read this. It's such gold. 

(This was part of Heidi's Adventure of Reading Challenge)

Greenwillow by B. J. Chute
Wooow. What can I say about this absolutely beautiful book? This was my first time re-reading it. I remembered it as a sweet, lovely story but rather slow and plodding. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I was completely taken aback this time around. I love this story. I love the writing, the characters, their humor and loves and losses. It's a beautiful story with such depth, but lighthearted and just plain happy nonetheless. *hugs this book* I love it. I just love it.

Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomer
This was my first time reading this delicious summery story, and while I didn't love it as I do The Blue Castle or the Emily books (more about that anon) I did like it very, very much. L. M. Montgomery's stories are so cozily predictable, and yet she keeps them fresh and different every time, even with her classic tyrannical "clan leaders", her whimsical, "odd" heroines, and her beloved Prince Edward Island. 

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
This was soooooo good. I need to re-read more Jane Austen. Why is it I always forget how incredibly good her stories are?? I haven't read NA in f o r e v e r and it was my first time re-reading it, despite having watched the movie many times.  I'm so glad I finally re-read this, as its superiority to the film is unquestionable. I found myself laughing or smiling many times during the reading of this book, and I "re-fell in love" with the characters even more than I had previously. Henry is the sweetest, funniest hero; Catherine utterly amusing but quite relateable; and Eleanor so admirable. She's one of my role models. ;) (And oh yes, Fanny. I didn't think it was possible she could be more annoying than in the movie BUT SHE IS. UGH.) (UGH AGAIN BECAUSE SHE'S SO HORRID.) (UGH.)

Bravo again and again, Miss Austen. I sure do love your books. <3


PS. Austen's "Great Defense of the Novel" is so perfect, I actually underlined some of it in pencil. (Shhh.)

Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
Like A Tangled Web, this was the first time re-reading the Emily books in years, and when I first read them, I did not like them.

What was wrong with me back then???

I absolutely adored all three of the Emily books this time. (Even Emily's Quest,  although I admit I got a little frustrated with all the drama between Emily and Teddy and Teddy and Ilse and Ilse and Emily.....STAHP.) 
(Emily, Teddy. Ilse, Perry. There we go.) 
(Why  was that so difficult?) 
Funny thing is....I think I may relate to Emily even more than I do to Anne. Because, let me be honest with myself, as much as I love Anne and relate to her love of nature and stories (and share her hair color), I really am not that much like her. I'm not a chatterbox around people I don't know very well, I'm not over-the-top dramatic (as in, I don't say things like "this is a wound I shall bear forever") and I totally would have accepted Gilbert the moment he asked me to marry him. :P 

Anyhow, I digress. I relate more to Emily because, though she shares Anne's whimsical, dreamy personality, she is also much more reserved and quiet and sensible. Thus why I found her a more relatable heroine.

As to the rest of the story, I loved it so so much. Emily's struggles with her family, the loss of her father, her need to write, her ups and downs of childhood and girlhood and then adulthood....it's all so real and heartfelt and wonderful. All the Emily books are now some very dear favorites. <3

(Can we talk about how creepy Dean is in the first book, though? Like....whaaat.)

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Alas, I didn't read all the books on my list. Emma, Only a Novel, and Rebecca didn't make it. But that's all right. I had a very delightful springtime, both readingwise and otherwise, and now I'm looking forward to tackling some particular books this summer. I'm not going to make a series for them (because #time and all that) but I will let you in on the few particulars I wish to read: 

To Tame a Land by Louis L'Amour 
(for Jessica)
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott 
(for Olivia)
(I will try, but please understand if I have to put it off due to its length. *hugs*)
and Little Men
(for Miss March).


Here's hoping I can do it! :D

June 21, 2017

A quick announcement....

Hello my friends! I don't have time to say much today but, on behalf of a friend, I have an announcement to make.....my friend has a new blog!

Her name is Anna, and she's actually a "real life" friend. Meaning, I didn't get to know her via blogging. I got to know her the old-fashioned way. By talking. Face to face.
*gasp*

See? There is proof that introverted homeschoolers can make real life friends. :P 

Anyhow, please do hop over to Anna's blog and say hi! (And, if you'd like to be extra amazing, check out her newly-published book on Amazon!!) Here's the link:




Welcome to the blogging world, Anna! 


That's all. :)

PS. Anna, did you notice I used gifs from three of your favorite movies? ;)

June 13, 2017

What fun we've been having...!

Ahem. Miss March...what should I say?


Are you asking me to make a decision???  You know I don’t like to do that!

Oh dear, that is very true. Not five minutes ago you wouldn’t pick between our two movie options. :P

Exactly.  Let’s leave the decision making up to you.  I like that.   So, what should we say, Natalie?  :)

Well hurrah for me. *sigh* Hello everyone! Here we are, Miss March and Natalie, Natalie and Miss March. We’re together. RIGHT NOW. IN MY HOUSE. Having fun! (Which means mostly watching movies, but hey, everyone has their definition of fun.)

(You probably don’t want to know how many movies we’ve watched.  ‘Hem.)  Rest assured we’ve also been doing a lot of talking!  In fact, we haven’t had enough time to talk in person that we’ve even been talking on google chat!  (Okay, only for a little bit.  :P)

Oh, I think they WOULD like to know how many movies we’ve watched. Shall we bare our souls and tell the appalling secret of what that number is?

I don’t know...well, alright.  So far we have seen Mom’s Night Out, several episodes of Robin Hood (I’m making you proud, Olivia. She likes it!!!) (Yes.  Rather.  ;)), Northanger Abbey, Ever After (that one was good!), Random Harvest, The Happiest Millionaire, Emma 2009, North and South, Newsies (Natalie thinks she’s made me a fan.  She just might be right.  ;)), The Moonspinners, Only Angels Have Wings, The Magic of Ordinary Days, Jane Eyre, Father Goose,The Fighting Prince of Donegal (that one was new to me, and quite fun. MARK—-I mean, HUGH. <3)  and of course a darling little home movie—NO! We shall not go into any details concerning that embarrassing film. We shall not even tell them what it was. Right?

But Natalie.  I like details. Details are good things.  

And it wasn’t embarrassing.  At least, I wasn’t embarrassed.  (Were you embarrassed?)  Just don’t listen.  *whispers*  Guys, it was a Nancy Drew movie.  It was very entertaining.  And the interviews afterward were so much fun!! :D

Entertaining. Ha. For you, perhaps. What do you live for, after all, except to make sport for your neighbors and laugh at them in your turn? But in this case it was just you laughing in your turn. :P

Yes.  Well I did laugh.  (It was funny.  I couldn’t help it.  Nobody could have resisted.)  

Fine. I shall forgive you this once. ;)  Just don’t tell anyone how embarrassingly lame and cheesy it was. Otherwise I shall have to leave as soon as I can book a ticket. (Points for anyone who can pick out all the quotes scattered throughout this post.)

Oh, don’t leave!!!  I don’t want you to leave.  But honestly, I like cheese.  And I’m sure our friends do, too.  So you don’t have to worry about the cheesy parts.  Really you don’t.  :P

You’re quite right I won’t have to worry about them, because we’re talking about something else now.
Let’s tell everyone about meeting each other at the airport.

You’re right of course.  And as you’re the one making the decisions, I agree. I’ll start. Let’s talk about my flight, because that was so interesting and everything. Basically, I got on this plane and flew for an hour and then I got off. And even though I couldn’t figure out how that huge big metal object was staying up in the air, it didn’t fall. I didn’t die.

You are very brave.

I KNOOOW! Putting my life on the line that way. I surprise myself sometimes.

We both surprise ourselves sometimes. Like when we had to cross that bridge. What courage we found inside ourselves!

Oh my, yes. Such courageous girls are not often to be found in this world, I think. We were very brave, indeed. (Private joke. You can ask, but we probably won’t tell you. Don’t like to boast, you know.)

Miss March is right. We are as silent as the grave on that point. :P

Aye. Mums the word. ;)

Anyway, to get back to what I was saying about my flight. So I got off the plane and was struck with this terrible fear that I wouldn’t be able to find the baggage area. Like I would get lost forever in the enormous airport and never be heard from again (which of course would be absolutely tragic!)...(and no I'm not exaggerating or being over-dramatic. Not at all. coughcough) But then I looked up and what do you know? There was this huge sign saying BAGGAGE...with this huge big arrow pointing me in the right direction!

Duh. That was easy.

So I followed the signs (because I’m smart) and I came around a corner and there up ahead I saw them! Natalie and her family standing by the wall, waiting for me. They didn’t see me immediately, so I crept up on them, 'hem, I mean, made my way toward them...and then Natalie turned and looked and.... (your turn, Natalie)

Oh, is it truly my turn? My, I nearly fell asleep waiting. *yawn* (kiiidddiiiinnngg)


Well, I tried to interject something earlier during Miss March’s narrative but she would not relinquish the paper so I must say my piece now.

(Have at it. :P)

Where was I? *gets lost in thought* Oh yes. About Miss March getting lost in the airport. I worried over that a little too, although  with less dramatics. I knew we’d find Miss March eventually. She certainly wouldn’t be lost forever. A couple of years, maybe, but not forever. :P

But I digress. Let me tell my half of this exciting story (exciting to us, at least!) My family and I arrived at the airport, thinking we had about 30 minutes before her plane arrived. We parked our car and began making our way into the airport to where we’d meet Miss March. I was so excited. I felt very much like I did the first time I ever met blogging pals but with less nervousness. After all, I had done this before. And I was an old professional at this point!

‘Hem.

But upon examining that handy-dandy-screen-that-tells-you-when-the-flights-are-coming
-and-going (whatever it’s called) we discovered that Miss March’s plane was due to arrive in SIX minutes. Eeek! (haha, see what I did there, Miss March?)

(Yes. *glares* How can you be so unfeeling? I thought you was my friend, Natalie!!  *sob*)

We hurried to the point where we’d be picking her up and waited. And waited.

And waited.

Six minutes is a long time when you’ve been waiting six months to meet your blogging friend. ;D
Anyhow, I kept waiting, scanning the faces of the people, wondering when I’d see her. I was starting to get a little nervous at this point. I mean, she’d be here any second. And what if I don’t recognize her or what if we don’t get along or she’s lost or we got the wrong flight time or her plane was lost somewhere over the Atlantic or—

And then I turned around and THERE SHE WAS!!!!!!! And we hugged we each other and it was so surreal. She was real! This was happening! I’VE MET MISS MARCH!!!!!!

Now I’ll hand this over to her because I’ve spent way too much time talking.

You said it, girl. :P

Forgive me, friend.

What’s that?  Goodness me, I must have fallen asleep!  (And you thought I was being long-winded.  Ha!)  Anyway, yes!  It was such a wonderful moment when we actually met, and were finally able to give each other a real hug!  And, guess what? Those momentary fears that we might not get along were totally unfounded. We’ve gotten along swimmingly.  (I mean we stayed up talking that first night until about 1:30.  That definitely ought to count for something.)  

Yes, indeed. And we’re so comfortable with each other that we’ve even begun to insult each other!

Is that an “S”? That’s not an “S”!

*sigh*. There she goes making fun of my handwriting again. :P Everyone, you know how nice Miss March is in the blogging world? IT’S A LIE. She’s a horrid, horrid person! ;P

Yes.  And it makes me feel good all over!!  ;)

All right, all right, enough with the silliness. In all honesty you’re amazing. I’m so glad you visited me. <3 *hugs*

Don’t.  You’re making me blush.  And I’m already red enough.  (Sunburn you know.)

She refuses to wear sunscreen. (Horrid icky stuff.)  Jane, you sad, girl. *shakes head*

Well, Miss March wants me to wrap this post up. We feel as if we could go on and on and on….but you wouldn’t thank us for that. If we went on and on and on. :P

Yes. That is, we’ve been having SO much fun and we have so much we could say (and many movies we could quote….or certain celebrities….whom we’ve been making fun of….shhh.)

And basically, to sum it all up, our visit has pretty much looked like this.  Walking in the park.  Talking.  Sitting the pool.  Talking.  Lying on our beds.  Talking.  Eating food...uh not talking.  When we eat food we watch movies.  That’s how it goes.  

*Nods* That is a pretty accurate picture. But we have fun. Too much fun, probably. I don’t want Miss March to leave. :’(

Aww.  Natalie.  You’re too sweet.  Personally I can’t wait to get out of here, but…(kiiidddding!)  It’s been an awesome visit!  Truly!  We must do it again sometime.  :)  I’m just so thankful for your friendship!!  (I’m so thankful you’re thankful.)  (Isn’t it wonderful the way we agree on things?  We’re just so agreeable.  ;))  

*Both together!*  BYE!

P.S.  One more thing.  I’ve discovered during this trip that there are FAR too many pitiable heroes in fiction. (Thornton, Ray, Mark, Henry, the other Henry, all the Henrys!  ...There’s lots of Henrys.  Did you ever notice that?)  

You’re rambling, my dear.

YOU JUST READ MY MIND!!! That’s exactly what I was thinking.  Wow.

P.P.S.  Also I’m almost finished reading The Blue Castle.  AND IT’S SO GOOD!!!

PS. Well, if you’re DONE now (heh), I want to say something too….except I don’t know what to say. But it’s unfair if you have a PS. and I don’t. *pouts* *runs off to my tower* *if I had a tower*

Which you don’t.

But Henry does.

Yes, but Henry won’t share his tower.  Get your own tower!