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You can’t buy happiness …

I couldn’t agree more, now only if my husband did too…

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… but you can buy books — and that’s kind of the same thing.

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TBR Book Mug

My TBR pile is out of control somewhere in the neighborhood of 454 books give or take. I love this idea it’s so pretty and making my own TBR management system would allow me valuable procrastination time, finding the right container, listing and printing the selections on the right paper in exactly the right font. However despite the appeal of this plan ultimately I am very much a reader who makes selections based on the side of the bed I woke up on that morning, the barometric pressure, my commute and the thoughtful advice of the cat, all of which I then disregard and read what I want. If I abandon this arbitrary yet finely balanced system I often feel very downtrodden and persecuted if I am not reading exactly the “right” book at the time.

Is Anyone Immune to the Romance of Pride and Prejudice?

Cropped screenshot of Laurence Olivier from th...
Cropped screenshot of Laurence Olivier from the trailer for the film Pride and Prejudice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This blogger may be my long lost BBC television series twin, having watched Andrew Davies version of Pride and Prejudice so many times I swear my then infant daughter responded to the theme music.  I may just reblog this so I remember to watch “The Lizzie Bennett Diaries” alone as I have seen and own all the rest.

Miss Elaineous

“You pierce my soul. I’m half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I’m too late. […] For you alone I think and plan.”

–Captain Wentworth, in the best-loved love-letter of all time in Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’.

 

Do you ever feel that you’re an anachronism? That you’d rather have been born in a time and place where romance was simpler and yet more complex than now? I get that whenever I watch or read period romances. Like I’ve been doing for the past few days. I started with ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’, moved on to ‘Lost in Austen‘, then watched all the four episodes of BBC’s adaptation of ‘North and South’, got worm-holed (my friend V’s expression, I hope you don’t mind me borrowing, V!) into watching my favorite scenes of ‘Emma’ (Jonny Lee Miller playing the gorgeously correct Mr. Knightly), and rounded up by watching Ciaran Hind…

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First Step

Although I am really not a fan of cherry fudge ice cream being an advocate of Gold Medal Ribbon myself or Project Runway as I prefer The Bachelor, I couldn’t agree with this blogger more. I also stumbled upon All About Romance’s top 100 poll and found it to be an excellent tool for a while I was actively searching out many of the books I found there before others that I came across at the same time diverted me from the path. A top 100 list of my own seems daunting even though I know I have at least that many that I have categorized as “Library Worthy” and that is my own personal library of course so they are handily accessible when I NEED to re-read them.

Easy reading is ...

There’s nothing better than a witty, heartwarming romance novel. Not molten chocolate cake, not a half gallon of cherry fudge ice cream, not a Project Runway marathon, not three-day weekends, not sleeping in on Saturdays, not welcome-home hugs. A real life romance might compete, but it would need to make me laugh and cry … and last at least six hours.

Several years ago I stumbled across All About Romance’s top 100 poll. They were compiling a list of readers’ favorite titles, and I thought, I should send them mine. I knew I’d read at least 100 romances by then, but tragically, I couldn’t remember all the good ones—much less rank them.

So I immediately started my own top 100 list. I don’t always remember to update it, especially if a book’s so good that all I can think about is tracking down the rest of the series; and it’s missing all…

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