rosa_cotton: (he bravely ran away)
Below (in chronological order of my reading them) are the books to which I gave five stars this year on Goodreads.

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And the runners-up: the books to which I gave four stars.
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rosa_cotton: (fangirls)
Your main fandom of the year? NCIS: New Orleans, Grimm Reflections webseries, The Cate Morland Chronicles webseries, Northbound webseries, The Little Mermaid.
Your favorite film watched this year? The Jungle Book (2016)
Your favorite book read this year? So many!!
Your favorite album or song to listen to this year? Album: The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A New Musical; Love & Friendship; The Jungle Book (2016). Song: “Made of Stone” (HoND), “Every Time I Turn Around” (I’ll Be Home for Christmas), “Once Upon a December” (Anastasia), “Then You Look at Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” (Frank Sinatra).
Your favorite TV show of the year? Fixer Upper, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: LA.
Your favorite community of the year? Can't say I really had one.
Your best new fandom discovery of the year? NCIS: New Orleans, The Jungle Book, Tuck Everlasting.
Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? Why hasn’t Disney’s The Little Mermaid been made into a live action film yet?!
Your TV boyfriend of the year? No one.
Your TV girlfriend of the year? *blinks* Er, same as above.
Your biggest squee moment of the year? Canry finally getting together at the end of The Cate Morland Chronicles webseries! (Despite knowing the story, for a time I seriously thought the ending was going to be different!) Those kisses…”Cate Morland, you deserve a happy ending”…those kisses…!
The most missed of your old fandoms? Chronicles of Narnia, Peter Pan...
The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to? ...Maybe Star Wars?
Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year? Beauty and the Beast. Plus fingers crossed for a Persalle kiss!!
rosa_cotton: (bofur)
* Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary A. Kassian
*The Suspicion at Sanditon by Carrie Bebris
*White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
*The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle
*The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb
*The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers
*The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels
*A Dance with Jane Austen by Susannah Fullerton
*Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
*The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore
*Dead Presidents by Brady Carlson
rosa_cotton: (dancing)
In honor of today...

*I read The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World by Greg King, Four Quartets and Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot.

*Books I'd like to see turned into a ballet or opera someday -- Otfried Preußler's Krabat, Perrault's Donkeyskin, Phantom of the Opera.

*Favorite books:
Peter Pan
The Chronicles of Narnia
Mansfield Park
Wives and Daughters
The Princess & the Goblin

Otfried Preußler's Krabat
Wilkie Collin's The Moonstone
Lord of the Rings
The Bible
Northanger Abbey
Phantom of the Opera

Margery Sharp's The Rescuers

C. S. Lewsis's Till We Have Faces
Bleak House
rosa_cotton: (reading)
Stole this from [ profile] litlover12.

Below (in chronological order of my reading them) are the books to which I gave five stars this year on Goodreads.

Read more... )

And the runners-up: the books to which I gave four stars.

Read more... )
rosa_cotton: (back)
As 2014 draws to a close, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! *throws confetti* Have fun, and be safe tonight!

End of the Year Meme

Your main fandom of the year? The Hobbit/LOTR, Peter Pan, Jane Austen
Your favorite film watched this year? At the movies: Maleficent. (Will see the last Hobbit in the new year!) Home: Aladdin and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey EE.
Your favorite book read this year? The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson, Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson , Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.
Your favorite album or song to listen to this year? Album: Classical Praise, Cinderella: Frozen in Time, Disney’s Aladdin. Song: "Once Upon a Dream” (Lana Del Rey), “For the First Time in Forever (Reprise),” “I Can Hear the Bells.”
Your favorite TV show of the year? NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: LA, NCIS, MythBusters.
Your favorite community of the year? LBDCareCenter.
Your best new fandom discovery of the year? Web series New Adventures of Peter + Wendy, From Mansfield with Love, Welcome to Sanditon, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? Missed new season of Inspector Lewis! *sob*
Your TV boyfriend of the year? No one.
Your TV girlfriend of the year? *blinks* Er, same as above.
Your biggest squee moment of the year? Two moments: Jane/Bing Lee’s kiss (finally) at the end of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. And Ed and Frankie under the mistletoe – mansfeels galore – on From Mansfield with Love.
The most missed of your old fandoms? Chronicles of Narnia.
The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to? Green Gables Fables.
Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year? The next book in Wide-Awake Princess series, Pixar’s Inside Out, and The Misselthwaite Archives (web series adaptation of The Secret Garden).
rosa_cotton: (Shieldmaiden)
Happy Belated New Year! Can't believe 2013 is gone. Kind of wish I could do the whole year over. Ringing in the year with a quick look back (mostly fandom-wise).

*I completed Goodreads Reading Chalange by reading 219 books! Read a lot more than I expected.:)

*I took part in the Hobbit Advent Calendar Challenge by writing 25 ficlets. Hadn't done a challenge quite like that before; I may do it again.

*End of the year meme
Your main fandom of the year? The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Your favorite film watched this year? At the movies: The Hobbit: DoS. At home: Les Miserables (1998), The Avengers (first-time viewing -- and first superhero movie I'd seen since the 2002 Spider-Man some years ago; liked it much more than I expected).
Your favorite book read this year? Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein.
Your favorite album or song to listen to this year? Album: The Mystery of Edwin Drood: the 2012 New Broadway Cast Recording. Song: "Whom Shall I Fear?" (Chris Tomlin), "Blessings" (Laura Story), "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" (Audra McDonald, The Sound of Music Live)
Your favorite TV show of the year? NCIS, Chopped, Inspector Lewis.
Your favorite community of the year? Can't say I really had one.
Your best new fandom discovery of the year? The Hobbit, Toy Story, The Avengers.
Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? No more Inspector Lewis! *sob*
Your TV boyfriend of the year? No one.
Your TV girlfriend of the year? *blinks* Er, same as above.
Your biggest squee moment of the year? Two moments: Father Brown appearing to give Charles Bingley advice in More Than Rubies, and baby!Thorin totally adoring Thranduil in Enthrallment!
The most missed of your old fandoms? Chronicles of Narnia, Peter Pan...
The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to? ...Drawing a blank.
Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year? The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Mayyyyyybe check out the new TV show Crsis, will have to see.
rosa_cotton: (Shieldmaiden)
*Can't believe I've worked at camp for 10 years. It does not seem that long, nor did I ever imagine I'd be allowed to do so. It has been a gift.

*Was introduced to Spotify this summer. Pretty cool.

*Was also introduced to "Duck Dynasty." Now that is an odd, funny show.

*Recently saw "The Incredibles" for the first time in years. I'd forgotten how awesome a movie it is: plot, characters, music, animation, issues/lessons. One of Pixar's best. Have been searching for fanfiction.

*Have gotten into the cooking show "Chopped" for some reason.

*"Carousel" was on TV recently. Forgot how long the dance sequences were. Still love the music and acting.

*Am definitely turning into a figure skating fan. Can't wait for the season to start, and see all the new programs. While waiting, I've been eating up the very informative The Skating Lesson podcasts.

*A lot of my summer reading centered on Jane Austen. I didn't read any of her books, but books about her. "Jane Austen for Dummies" was a favorite; I really liked learning the context in which her writing took place. I learned a lot about the times, events, customs and issues, which I think will shed more light on her writings when I reread her books. I am currently working through the Jane Austen Mystery series which are proving to be quite the delight.

*Way back in the 1990s, Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill starred in an ice show, "Cinderella...Frozen in Time." I have it on a very old VHS and used to watch a lot when I was little. To my surprise I discovered the music for the show was available on CD and was able to get a copy. The music is so lovely. It was one of my favorite things about the show.

*Dear little Ori! He can be so sweet and polite. I think I will have change my ranking of the dwarves!

*Fanfiction recs:
No Living Man (LotR)
Jack Jack vs Edna Mode (Incredibles)
Green Tea Monsters (Incredibles)
rosa_cotton: (Happy)
Just finished Wendelin Van Draanen's Flipped. Wow. It is the first YA book I've read in years in which I did not have problems with: a) the characters really rubbed me the wrong way, b) the plot was way to predictable, c) vastly suspending my disbelief, or d) simply finding the book to be "okay." Impressive. And Flipped was very good. Never read a book in this he-said, she-said style before. A new favorite book. A new ship (Bryce/Juli, respectively). And I am longing to see the film.

Anyone else read or seen Flipped?
rosa_cotton: (There all along)
The above quote (quite brilliantly funny) comes from one of [ profile] litlover12's reviews of the recent BBC Little Dorrit miniseries. And I actually recalled it after recently finishing The Watsons by Jane Austen and completed by L. Oulton. A bit on the melodramatic side, I was bemused by Mr. Howard being the object of three ladies' affection (or at the least interest) during the course of the story: Emma (the object of HIS affection, but neither know their regard is returned until, naturally, the last five pages of the book); Miss Osbourne (the one he doesn't realize at first has her eye on him); and Lady Osbourne (of whose interest he is oblivious). ...In some ways Mr. Howard's situation made me think of Arthur and his girl troubles.

Ah, literature romances!!
rosa_cotton: (Eh?)
I just read the novelization of SWAH -- still haven't seen the movie, and after reading the book, my interest has diminished a lot -- and it seemed to be trying super hard Stay away if you don't like spoilers!! ) Just curious.
rosa_cotton: (Space Between)
Finally(!!!) viewed the latest series of Inspector Lewis while on break. (Had been meaning to catch up with him and Hathaway since the new series aired on PBS back in October or November.) Was up until after 1 in the morning watching, and what a pleasure it was! Despite looking a tad older, and contemplating retirement, Lewis and Hathaway were in brilliant form. I grinned like mad during the first episode when Hathaway tracked Lewis down at the grocer’s due to a case, and Lewis sensed he wasn’t there for shopping. Yes! The great duo was back…how much they had been missed. Great dynamic between them, surrounded by a great supporting cast in their fellow colleges and suspects. Oxford again was a breathtaking backdrop to the various investigations. And having each episode being 90 minutes was wonderful, allowing time for development in the plot and characters. Hathaway almost stole the series in my opinion, with his playing matchmaker in one instance and, when Lewis was considering retiring, claiming he would go too – “Who else understands me?” Aw! Hope we’ll get one more season.

After three or four semesters of hearing about the “It Book” in my library classes – which included the professor showing the trailer for the movie in class – I broke down to see what all the fuss was about with Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. It has been a week since I finished it, it continues to whirl in my brain, and I am still unsure exactly what I think of it. This reading was not really my cup of tea, me not being a fan of books with lots of violence. And while the violence in the Hunger Games was not all-up-in-your-face-specific-to-the-last-detail, it was very disturbing, especially with the fighters being 12 to 18-year-olds. …Very hard to get through. I did like Katniss, how she fought the Capitol so hard in little ways, showing she was a pawn who did not agree with them. Peeta never caught my interest; nor was I fan of the “fake” romance between him and Katniss. (By the end of the trilogy I’m guessing it is no longer fake and poor Gale (who I liked most of the characters) is left all alone and brokenhearted, right?) Overall an interesting story.
rosa_cotton: (Default)
*The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights -- I wish Steinbeck had been able to finish this. A fascinating book on the Arthurian legends. What has stayed with me the most from this reading was a comment Merlin made at one point to the effect that having knowledge of the future in no way changes it. What is the come to pass will happen. Quite a different idea from the all the books and TV that feature warnings about the future and people attempting, somehow succeeding in changing it to...a better one?

*Ivanhoe -- Confession: I so secretly wished Ivanhoe chose Rebecca in the end. If he hadn't been so loyal to Lady Rowena, and didn't dislike her being a Jew, I could see it happening, or at least resulting in a real love triangle. Bad Sir Walter for teasing me so with Rebecca's secret love for Ivanhoe, her nursing him, his defending her in that climaxing dual! *hits head on desk* In some ways, Rowena, Ivanhoe, and Rebecca reminded me of another annoyingly-not-fully-developed-triangle: Arwen, Aragorn, and Eowyn from LOTR, respectively. Aragorn loves Arwen who (like Rowena) does not appear much in the story. Eowyn loves Aragorn. Aragorn does not love her though. Argh! I actually thought Rebecca was very similar to Eowyn in some ways.

*Pearl in the Sand -- this is the fourth historical novel I've read about Rahab the prostitute from the Bible. The author wrote Rahab as being scarred and broken by her past. She did not believe herself worthy of being loved, and did not know how to be a wife to her husband. It was an unexpected yet believable portrayal. A wonderful story about unconditional love.

*Evelina -- I can see how Burney's novel served as inspiration for Austen's Northanger Abbey and the sweet, naive Catherine Morland. Narrated in letters, Evelina, a young country girl, experiences high and low society in London for the first time with all its assembles, theaters, vulgar relations, fops, and potential suitors. Evelina is pretty, artless, inexperienced, and a simpleton. Her letters read much like a 21st Century young girl's diary. ("Oh! I went to a party and had a blast. So-and-so asked me to dance, but I wish my crush had asked me. Went shopping on the town. Why do my relatives have to be SOOOO embarrassing?!?! I like him, does he like me?") There were times Evelina got on my nerves, though I gave her full marks for having such a good memory when it came to conversations. Yet in the end I couldn't help liking her, and enjoyed the (of course) inevitable happy ending.
rosa_cotton: (Default)
After two-ish years, the wait is coming to an end for this! WAHOO!!!!
rosa_cotton: (You're Just a Boy)
The last Peter Pan paraliterature I read was Peter Pan in Scarlet sometime ago, which was good, but not great in my opinion. Last month, somehow, somewhere on the web I stumbled over Another Pan by Daniel and Dina Nayeri. It is a peculiar fantasy blending original Egyptian mythology with the story of Peter Pan set in comtempory Manhattan.

"Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real—when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence: the underworld and all its evil is now seeping into Marlowe." (Goodreads)

I got about two thirds through the book before calling it quits. While the plot was what had originally caused me to check out Another Pan, the demon-nurse and myth/spiritual parts were not my cup of tea, and I was never completely drawn in. I liked Wendy for the first 100 pages or so, and then I didn't. She wanted to be with Peter one moment, yet no she shouldn't; and having her popular boyfriend be the cause for her indecision instead of her family and home like in Barrie's story didn't cut it for me. John was just plain annoying. There were some moments when I liked Peter, such when I caught glimpses of the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, but overall he disappointed me. While there was a spark between him and Wendy, I couldn't understand what they saw in each other. The best thing about the book was how cleverly the concepts of "happy thoughts" and the Lost Boys were handled.

On the other hand, I completely fell in love with several of the books from the series of The Rescuers by Margery Sharp (written in the late 50s to 70s). These are what the Disney films is based on. And what marvelous stories they are! Unlike Another Pan, there is heart and substance in Sharp's books. Miss Bianca is as charming, kind, and adventurous as in the films, yet she always enjoys returning to her comfortable, high social life after each mission. Sharp's Bernard is not as clumsy or afraid as in the films -- rather he is brave, determined, and devoted; his fear comes from worrying about Miss Bianca's safety. In one book when she claims she will accept an assignment, he leaps to his feet with a shout of, "Not without me you won't!" A far cry from the stuttering little mouse who reluctantly sets off with Miss Bianca to rescue Penny and Cody. His devotion to Miss Bianca is precious, and the reader's heart goes out to him upon learning she has claimed to be able to give him only friendship seventeen times. *SQUEE* The adventures they embark upon are very interesting, with them traveling from a Black Castle to free a poet, to the salt mines to rescue a little boy. The illustrations, writing, plots, characters are all fantastic. *sigh* There are not books like this written anymore, sadly. Track the series down if you can. They are a treat. :D
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