Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book Challenge Completed!!

So, here is a post that I have been working on for a while and have been very excited for the day (December 31st) when I can finally push that "publish" button. This year (2015), I challenged myself, just for the fun of challenging myself, to read 100 books in a year. And I completed it!!! So here is a list of the books I read and my ratings for them...

  1. Pat of Silver Bush *****
  2. Mistress Pat *****         
  3. The Farthest Shore ****
  4. Our Only May Amelia ****
  5. Wuthering Heights ****
  6. Film Wizardry ****
  7. The Road to Yesterday ****
  8. I, Coriander *****
  9. The Greengage Summer *****
  10. The Captains Daughter ***
  11. As You Wish ****
  12. Murder on the Mesopotamia ****
  13. Little Men ****
  14. Jo's Boys ****
  15. The Lighting Thief *****
  16. Sea of Monsters *****
  17. The Titans Curse *****
  18. The Body in the Library ***
  19. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ****
  20. How to be a Time Lord ****
  21. Persuasion *****
  22. Battle of the Labyrinth *****
  23. Lark Rise ***
  24. The Last Olympian *****
  25. Over to Candleford ***
  26. Page to Screen ****
  27. The Great Gatsby ****
  28. The Perilious Gard ***
  29. The Blue Castle *****
  30. Kilmeny of the Orchard *****
  31. Tree of Freedom **
  32. Jane Fairfax *****
  33. Candleford Green ***
  34. The Mozart Season ****
  35. Enter Jeeves *****
  36. Lord of the Rings; movie companion ****
  37. The Lost Hero **
  38. The Son of Neptune **
  39. The Mark of Athena **
  40. Grace Kelly Style **** 
  41. How to be Lovely (a book about Audrey Hepburn) ***
  42. Audrey Hepburn (another book about AH) ***
  43. Pirates of the Caribbean; movie companion ****
  44. Pride and Prejudice ~reread~ *****
  45. Death on the Nile ****
  46. Murder in Three Acts ****
  47. A Caribbean Mystery ****
  48. The Hunger Games *****
  49. Catching Fire *****
  50. Mockingjay ****
  51. Lord of the Rings (movie companion) ****
  52. The House of Hades **
  53. Jamaica Inn ****
  54. Northanger Abbey ~reread~ *****
  55. Jurassic Park ****
  56. Doctor Who Guide ***
  57. The Dark Knight manual ***
  58. The Dark Knight movie companion ****
  59. Once Upon a Time guide ****
  60. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ~reread~ *****
  61. Mansfield Park ~reread~ *****
  62. The Magicians Nephew ~reread~ *****
  63. The Phantom of the Opera ****
  64. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ****
  65. Flight of the Falcon ***
  66. Julius Caesar ****
  67. Tanglewood Tales ****
  68. Cheaper by the Dozen ****
  69. The Horse and His Boy ~reread~ *****
  70. Prince Caspian ~reread~ *****
  71. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ~reread~ *****
  72. The Silver Chair *****
  73. The Last Battle *****
  74. Ivanhoe *****
  75. Ordeal by Innocence ****
  76. A Long Fatal Love Chase ***
  77. The Eagle of the Ninth ***
  78. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen ***
  79. The Watsons ****
  80. Emma Watson ****
  81. A Little Love Song **
  82. Cranford ****
  83. Les Miserables ************
  84. The Ides of April ***
  85. Pygmalion **
  86. Mister God, this is Anna ****
  87. The Sword in the Circle *****
  88. Death in the Air ****
  89. Lady Susan ****
  90. Sanditon ****
  91. The Adventures of Robin Hood ****
  92. The Light Beyond the Forest *****
  93. A Jane Austen Christmas ****
  94. Under the Greenwood Tree ****
  95. Cat Among Pigeons *****
  96. Murder of Roger Ackford *****
  97. The Westing Game ****
  98. Anne of the Island ~reread~ *****
  99. Sense and Sensibility ~reread~ *****
  100. Once on this Island ***


The Greengage Summer
As You Wish
Percy Jackson 1-5
The Great Gatsby
Enter Jeeves
The Blue Castle
Jane Fairfax
The Hunger Games series
Jamaica Inn
Jurassic Park
Les Miserables
The Hobbit

                                                         Some of my favorite covers:

Some Books that I got for Christmas:

Dangerous Games
While we’re Far Apart
Hidden Places
Wonderland Creek
A Tangled Web
The Book Thief
The Importance of Being Earnest
Murder on the Orient Express
A Jane Austen Christmas
Movie Star Chronicles
Wives and Daughters
Far From the Madding Crowd

Books I didn't like:

Ok, to be honest, there aren't many books that I read that I don't like. And out of 100 books, there were only 8 that I wasn't crazy about. Here they are:

Tree of Freedom - After reading Jane Austen book and Les Mis and other classics, this was boring and bad "fluff". I just didn't really enjoy it.

The Lost Hero - this book was just one Greek/Roman monster fight after another. I loved the Percy Jackson series. But the Heroes of Olympus series was a bit of a disappointment (and a bore)...

Son of Neptune -  same as The Lost Hero

The Mark of Athena - same as TLH

The House of Hades - same as TLH

A Long Fatal Love Chase - I got really mad at the characters and they ruined the book though. This was a very different kind of book from the ones Louisa May Alcott usually writes.

Pygmalion - I just didn't like the writing style and how the characters spoke. But I love the musical based of it: My Fair Lady!

Once on this Island -  meh.. wasn't that great...

Book of 2015:

              Les Mis won of course. When I first found out that this book was 1232 pages long I was a little nervous to start it. I thought there was no way that it would be interesting and captivating because who could draw a story out into that many pages and still make it interesting. I thought it would be a bunch of boring description and unnecessary scenes. But it was a total page turner and one of my favorite books now. I loved it!

Top 10 Favorite Characters:

Percy Jackson
Barney Snaith
Bertie Wooster
Katniss Everdeen
Jean Valjean

This is something I hope will cease in 2016... Its probably my biggest pet peeve...

This is me 😉

Plans for next year:
Next year I'm not going to set a certain amount of books to read that year. I'm just going to read. I will be rereading The Lord of the Rings, which will probably cause a re-watch of the movies. Same with The Hobbit. I also plan on reading all of the new books I got for Christmas. Its so exciting!!!

Annndd this long post is done. What are some books that you read this year? What books are you planning on reading in the coming year? 

~ Lucy Amanda

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Lucy Maud Montgomery Week; The Tag

The Tag is Here!!!
If you are interested in joining the LMM week, visit this lovely blog:

  • How did you first discover LMM's books?
Lucy Maud Montgomery has basically always been my favorite authoress. Well, at least ever since I was about ten. I got the box set of Anne of Green Gables for my birthday, didn't know much about them, started to read them, and fell in love with every single one. Immediately after, I bought the audiobooks on audible and listen to them a few times a year ;). Emily of New Moon came next and so on and so forth. Her books never cease to capture my attention, and I just think she is one of the most fantastic authors ever!

  • What's your favorite LMM book? 
How is it possible to only pick one. I love all of her books! 
But since Anne of Green Gables was my first ever and has always had a special place in my heart, i'll go with that one... 
But I love, love, love The Blue Castle & Emily Climbs & especially Rilla of Ingleside too! And Kilmeny of the Orchard was beautiful! as were the Pat books.

  • What's your least favorite LMM book?
Anne of Windy Poplars wasn't the best. Don't get me wrong, I love every single one of her books, but this one I didn't absolutely love as much as the rest...

  • Who is your favorite character in allllll of LMM's works?
Anne!!! Even though she makes a whole bunch of mistakes that I get upset with her about. {ummm, the whole Roy Gardner thing?} Also Walter! Definitely! and Matthew. and many more. 

I guess I'm not really good at choosing one, am I?

  • What couple is your favorite?
1st place: Valancy and Barney ~ The Blue Castle
2nd place: Emily and Teddy ~ Emily of New Moon series
3rd place: Anne and Gilbert ~ Anne of Green Gables series

Honorable mentions: Walter and Una! Those two in Kilmeny of the Orchard!

  • What is your favorite quote from LMM (either a quote from one of her books, or from her personal life)?
In this world you've just got to hope for the best and prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends.
Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.

Lucy Maud Montgomery was so inspiring and clever, wasn't she?

  • How many LMM books have you read?
Here is a helpful little list...

All 8 Anne of Green Gables books
All 3 Emily of New Moon books
Both Pat of Silver Bush books
The Blue Castle
Kilmeny of the Orchard
Chronicles of Avonlea
Further Chronicles of Avonlea
The Story Girl
Jane of Lantern Hill
The Golden Road
The Road to Yesterday
Christmas with Anne

annndd I think that's it...

  • Which LMM book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Blue Castle. But I also wish that all of the Anne of Green Gables books could be made into a bunch of wonderful movies that were truthful to the books. Especially Rilla of Ingleside!! But if they did make them into movies, they would have to consult me on the casting, otherwise it wouldn't turn out so good... (of course I would 

  • Have you found a kindred spirit?
Yes! Just a few. and I intend to find more once I finally go to England! :D 

Thats All! Answer the tag questions in the comments if you so feel the urge! 
Thanks for reading

~Lucy Amanda

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yet Another Week...

Go check her blog out at Coffee, Classics, & Craziness  Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my all time favorite authoresses. and, coincidentally, we share the same name. ;D Some of her books are:

  • Anne of Green Gables  (series 1-8)
  • Emily of New Moon (series 1-3)
  • Kilmeny of the Orchard
  • The Story Girl
  • The Blue Castle 
  • Pat of Silver Bush
  • Mistress Pat
  • Road to Avonlea
...and so many other wonderful books. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jane Austen Week: Favorite JA movie Adaptions

I just love love love this film! It is so enjoyable and lovely and fun. I think it's cast  extremely well, which some of the JA adaptions are not, sadly. Felicity Jones and JJ Field are fantastic as Catherine and Henry. I have watched NA so many times and have never and will never grow tired of it.

I spent more than half the movie cringing at Anne's hair and look. She looks quite sickly in this film. But it is still quite fun!

I'll admit, I wasn't to pleases with the Mansfield Park adaptions, but this one is pretty good and loads of fun even though the characters weren't quite how I imagined them.

I know, I know, not at all like Pride and Prejudice should be. When I first watched it I was disgusted and saddened at how unlike the book this was. But after watching it many times, I have come to enjoy it. If I forget the fact that it is based off of and named P&P and just watch it as a movie (like I do with The Hobbit movies) I really enjoy it. It's just like any other Period Drama movie. I really enjoy it.

Probably my all time favorite JA film! The music, costumes, characters, scenery, landscape, EVERYTHING is just so beautiful and just as it should be. 

Obviously, it is time for a re-watch for me of both S&S adaptions, because I can't remember which one I like best.... So, I'll just go ahead and put both down. 

Other Period Dramas I loved:

Loved it! Even though in my opinion Anne Hathaway didn't do a really good job as Jane. I could hear her American accent through her "British" accent.

 Lark Rise to Candleford is probably one if not the best tv show I have ever watched. It is so enjoyable. I can't imagine any person watching Lark Rise and not loving it!

Hope you enjoyed!

You Come Too

Lucy Amanda

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Jane Austen Week Day 1: The Tag

At last Jane Austen week has begun! And here are all of my answers to the JA tag. Go join the fun at Naomi's amazing blog right here!

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a Jane Austen fan do you consider yourself?

I am pleased to say 10! At least that's what I think I am. I have watched all of the movies, read all the books, everything! I just love anything and everything Jane Austen.

2. If "they" would make a new Jane Austen Movie, and you would be able to be cast in it, which Jane Austen character would you most like to play?

Emma Emma Emma! All the way. I could be made to look quite like her I think. More than any other character.

3. Is there any felicity in the world superior to a walk?

No. Marianne is quite right. As long as the walk is in the beautiful country (and it rains). Now, if the question was about a walk in the city or suburbs, then YES! there is definitely a felicity in the world superior to that...
4. Who's your favorite Jane Austen 'villain'? 

Ummm, I think probably Frank Churchill and Caroline Bingley.

5. What/Who introduced you to Jane Austen?

My mom on my tenth birthday. Read about that here

6. Did you love/enjoy Jane Austen immediately, or has there been a time when you hated (um, prejudged) it?

No! Even when my mom told me the stories, I have always loved it and never stopped loving it, and never will stop loving it. :)
7. Who, in your opinion, is the funniest Jane Austen character?

Mr. Bennet! He has some of the best lines ever. Also Mr. Palmer is very very very fun and "droll". ;) Hugh Laurie makes his character even more hilarious in the 1995 Sense and Sensibility. Also, Henry Tilney, funnily enough. Especially the ballroom scene. I would say Harriet Smith with "ship-court" and all, but I can't, as she annoys me to no end!
8. Do you quote Jane Austen randomly in public?

Once in a while. Mostly around my family, but they usually never know that I am actually quoting Jane Austen. XD
9. Are children allowed to eat cake on weddings?

Um, yes! (As long as they don't eat it all)    ;)

10. What is your reaction when you hear that an acquaintance (e.g. A lady at Church) of yours loves Jane Austen?

Sometimes I say "I love Jane Austen" to them and continue to talk about her (while trying to control myself inside). Sometimes I get annoyed though, 'cause I start to feel very possessive and I want to be the only one who is a huge fan of her books and the movies and all. I have no clue why I get that feeling, but I do.
11. Who writes better letters, Mr Darcy or Captain Wentworth?

Well, personally I really dislike Captain Wentworth. So other than it being my actual opinion, I say Mr. Darcy all the way because of my dislike for CW!

12. Which Jane Austen heroine do you relate the least to?

Haha, Anne Elliot. Not like her at all. And Fanny Price. I'm not quiet and shy and do people's biddings at the drop of a hat and wait on people and let people treat me badly and never say
anything! Whew! 

13. What's your favorite Jane Austen house (from one of the movies)?

Northanger Abbey! I love mysterious, gothic places. It would probably freak me out though. And Mansfield Park! it's so large and beautiful.
Northanger Abbey

Mansfield Park

14. What's your favourite Jane Austen dress (from one of the movies)?

Oh no! Tha'ts a really hard question! If I had to choose one I would choose this lovely dress:

Honorale Mentions go to these dresses:

(especially this one)

15. Can you turn off lit candles with your fingers?

My brother can. But honestly I have never been brave enough to try. 
I really like fire, but still...

That's all for now! Hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment or follow my blog. Also, if you would like, leave your answers in the comment box. I would love to hear them!

You Come Too

Lucy Amanda