RKLW {reading, knitting, listening, watching}

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{A once-a-week post about what I’m reading, knitting, listening to, and watching.}
{Feel free to join along and link to your post in the comments.}

Reading: Well… I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I haven’t really read much of anything this week. Shocking, isn’t it?? I’ve been super busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. I did finish Silas Marner, which did get better! I was glad of that. I’m trying to finish The Woman in White, which I am sure is going to be the death of me….

Knitting: Another sock! Same pattern as last week, first one of the pair. This yarn is knitting up so beautifully! I’m finishing the foot and I’m about to close up the toe. On a side note, I took a gander at my favorites page on Ravelry, and I have 129 sock patterns saved. I think I need help….

Listening: Is it too early to listen to Christmas music?? Actually, I don’t want an answer to that question…

Watching: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cranford, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown! Hmm… It’s been a good week. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Have a wonderful day!

 What are you reading, knitting, listening to, or watching? Leave a comment!!

Anne of Green Gables~ movie review

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{Warning, there will be spoilers!}

I recently re-watched the 1985 TV series Anne of Green Gables. It’s been a while since I have watched it. I felt like I rediscovered an old friend. Anne Shirley has captured the hearts of so many people. The show captures the classic story perfectly. I know that I have watched several book-to-movie adaptations that missed the mark by a huge margin. Anne of Green Gables did have some minor variations from the story, but nothing too terrible.

The cast was perfect. Megan Follows was amazing as Anne Shirley. She brought so much to the part. I don’t think anyone else could’ve played Anne any better. She was able to have Anne’s whimsy and imagination and still be believable. Colleen Dewhurst was appropriately stern and serious as Marilla Cuthbert. Her dry sense of humor as a foil to Patricia Hamilton as Rachel Lynde was just great. And Rachel! She was one of the best played characters in the whole show! So nosy and full of her own importance. Schuyler Grant as Diana was good. And Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert. Oh, Gilbert is my favorite of the whole cast of L. M. Montgomery’s characters. Okay, I like Anne, too. But Gil is the best. 😉 I don’t know who played Matthew Cuthbert, but he did an amazing job. So shy and sweet.

The setting is stunning. I love all the landscape scenes. If I could, I would own a farmhouse like Green Gables. It looks like such a cozy and wonderful place to live. The scenes looking out at the land of Green Gables are beautiful. If I could live in an old farmhouse, I would move to Prince Edward Island right now! I’m a sucker for a good period costume, so the costumes in the show blew me away.

Best part of the whole movie? All the knits in the movie! And Marilla knits! I’m not sure what it was she was knitting, though… I ADORE the sweaters that they all wear and kept commenting on them! After I watched it, I went onto Ravelry and started searching for a sweater like Marilla’s. I didn’t find anything exactly like it, but I did find a couple like Anne’s, this one and this one. I’m a crazy knitter who loves period movies. I will go to great lengths to make something that I like from a movie. Sigh. Yet another reason to love Anne of Green Gables!

Of the three Anne movies, I think that the first one sticks to the plot of the book the most. I laugh when Anne cracks her slate over Gilbert’s head. I cry when Matthew dies. I jump when Anne and Diana are going through the Haunted Wood. And oh, how I laugh when Anne plays the Lily Maid and has to be rescued by Gilbert! Anne of Green Gables is like watching the book play out on-screen. And I love it.

Have you watched Anne of Green Gables? Tell me in the comments!

burning questions!

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I have a few burning questions I would love to be answered by y’all my readers. I’m super nosy like that, you know. 😉 Spill all your book secrets!!!

Question time! Leave a comment if you feel the need to answer any or all of the questions. I love comments. 🙂 I’ll try to answer the questions to give you an idea of what I’m asking you.

What is the best book-to-movie adaptation you’ve ever seen? (Best as in most like the book in your mind.) 

I would say it’s a toss-up between Anne of Green Gables (the first one) and the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.

What is the worst book-to-movie adaptation you’ve ever seen? (Worst as in as far from the book as possible.)

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters. *sigh* There are no words for how much of a travesty those movies are. Can we say destroying the story much???

What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation? (Doesn’t matter how close it is to the book, just how much you like it!)

The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies. Anne of Green Gables one and two. I also really like the Hallmark series When Calls the Heart. 🙂

What book have you read the most? + an average number of times you think you’ve read the book.

Ummm….. Good question! Either Eight Cousins or An Old-Fashioned Girl, both by Louisa May Alcott. I’ve probably read them both about 70-75 times. That’s just a rough guess, though. Another close one is Anne of the Island, my favorite of all the Anne books.

What was the most disappointing book/book series you’ve ever read? 

Don’t cast me out, but I was seriously disappointed in the Hunger Games trilogy. Out of all of them, Catching Fire was the only one I even tolerated. I didn’t like the other ones at all.

What book/book series do you think has lived up to all the hype about it?

Was there ever any hype about Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern? I love those books! They’re fairy tale retellings. I haven’t read the second, third, or fourth ones in a long time. I do have the first one, (got it for a trip), and it’s a retelling of the Goose Girl. That’s what it’s called, in case you’re wondering. 🙂

Favorite classic book and why?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Pride and Prejudice. Because Jane Austen is my hero.

What genre (eg. fantasy, classic, history) do you read the most?

I read everything. I tend to lean more toward history-like books, (because I’m a nerd!), fairy tales and Star Wars, (because I’m a geek!).

Best book series?

I’d say The Penderwicks books are the best series I’ve read. They are just so amazing and sweet. 🙂 I also like The Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Who is your favorite book character?

Can I have more than one? Well, since I’m the one asking the questions, I say yes! Feel free to say more than one. 🙂 I love Anne Shirley, Percy Jackson, Elizabeth Bennet, Han Solo (he counts!!), Gilbert Blythe, Meg March, Father Brown, Blanche and Rose Brier, Bear, Skye and Jane Penderwick (all the Penderwick sisters actually), and Henderson from The Boy on Cinnamon Street.

Biggest literary crush??

Gilbert Blythe, Percy Jackson, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Thornton from North and South (even though I haven’t read N&S yet…), Henderson from The Boy on Cinnamon Street, Ren from the Tiger’s Curse series. Sigh…

What is the best book you’ve ever read in the course of your whole book-reading existence?

Okay, this question is pretty much impossible to answer. It’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child.

Thoughts on e-readers: love ’em, loathe ’em, consider them practically against your religion?

I’ll take option number 3, please.

Do you freak your friends out by the sheer amount of reading you do? 

Can I plead the Fifth on this one??

Can you do other things while reading?

I can read and knit at the same time. The secret is to hold the book between your toes. 😉 But it really only works on larger books….

Favorite snack while reading?

I eat lunch while reading. I love Goldfish, Cheeseits, and crackers, but I’ll eat just about anything while reading. Bad for the books, I know….

Favorite period drama? (This may not apply if you’re not it to that kind of thing.)

North and South, Pride and Prejudice, and Anne of Green Gables (one and two, avoid the third one like the plague as an adaptation. As its own movie, with no reference to the books, it is slightly tolerable.)

Seriously, if you have never watched North and South, you are missing out on something stunning. Everything about the show is wonderful. The cast, the costumes, Richard Armitage, the setting, the storyline, Richard Armitage…. Sorry, I have a bit of a one-track mind sometimes. 😉

Favorite superhero movie? Marvel or DC? (I just had to ask, even though it has nothing to do with books!)

Captain America: The First Avenger and The Winter Solider. Hands down, the Cap has my heart! And it’s Marvel for me. 🙂 Just because of Captain America, of course. Squee! I’m looking forward to the next Avengers movie. It looks pretty amazing.

How many books do you have and how do you store them??? 

I have a lot of books. I’d say a conservative estimate would be 350-400, possibly more. I’ve never counted. I need help with my book habit. And my sock yarn habit. But that is a different story all together…..
I really need help in the storage bit. I’m still on the lookout for a good bookshelf. 😛

 

So, leave a comment if you want to answer any or all of my questions! Thank you!

RKLW {reading, knitting, listening, watching}

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{A once-a-week post about what I’m reading, knitting, listening to, and watching.}
{Feel free to join along and link to your post in the comments.}

Reading: Silas Marner by George Elliot. This book makes no sense to me. I’m not really sure what’s going on in the story… Have you read it? I’m on chapter 9. Does it get better??

Knitting: A sock. This pattern, to be specific. I LOVE handknit socks, and was bitten by the sock-knitting bug this past summer, as my yarn stash shows. 😉 I just turned the heel on this sock (it’s the second one of the pair). Isn’t the yarn totally wild?

Listening: I’ve been listening to crooners today. Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Harry Connick, Jr., guys like that. 🙂 There’s also been some piano music, movie soundtracks, Josh Groban, and the Piano Guys.

Watching: Umm.. Nothing, actually. I just finished watching the Anne of Green Gables adaptations last night. So good, except the third one as an adaptation. As its own movie, it isn’t that bad. I like the other two much better, though. I’ll post a review of each of them in a couple of weeks. 🙂

What have you been reading, knitting (or crocheting!), listening to, or watching? Share below!

Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet~ review

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A Study In Scarlet– by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Dr. John Watson is home from the war and in need of a place to live. One of his friends has a suggestion; a man who is looking for someone to share a flat with. Watson, interested, agrees to meet the man and is duly introduced to Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The two rent a flat, 221B Baker Street, and get used to each other. However, Watson has no idea what it is that Sherlock actually does for a living. Little does he know that he is about to find out….

You know that I have already reviewed The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles (click for the reviews). I am not a big fan of A Study in Scarlet. I liked the first half of the book, but seriously, what was that second part? It seemed like it was a whole different story. Totally threw me for a loop at first. I did like meeting Sherlock Holmes. He’s just so matter of fact while spouting off theories. Watson thinks Sherlock is a lunatic at first, I think. I kind of have to agree. 😉 As for the mystery, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I have a hard time guessing mysteries! I feel more like Watson more than I care to admit. Maybe I should pit my wits against Miss Marple or Father Brown… What do you think?

I checked the Complete Sherlock Holmes out from the library and worked my way through it. Unfortunately, I don’t remember some of the stories enough to review them right now. And the book had to go back to the library. 😛 I’ll try to get it again soon.

What is your favorite Sherlock story? Comment below!