Mini Reviews (22) – A Few More Austens

  1. The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz
    ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
    There are a few wonderful lines (see yesterday’s post), but overall I was very disappointed in this book. Horowitz did her best at putting the plot of Jane Austen’s Persuasion in a modern context, but she forgot to keep the characters’ charm. Also, there is a so much fat shaming in this book! There is an entire chapter dedicated to describing a character who 1) isn’t in Persuasion, 2) isn’t in the rest of this book (except for a brief telephone conversation), and 3) is fat (I know this because the author said it repeatedly).
  2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Mansfield Park will never be my favorite Austen, and this dramatization is unevenly adapted, but with this amazing cast, it was a joy!
  3. Pride & Prejudice : A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Perfect! My favorite is #10.
  4. Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jack and Holman Wang
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    Utterly adorable!

Top Five Tuesday: My Kids’ (Current) Childhood Favorites, Part 2

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “REWIND — go back and do a topic you missed over the years or recently or a topic you really want to revisit.” I’ve chosen the very first TTT topic, Childhood Favorites. Not my childhood favorites, but my kids’ current favorites. I did this topic 2-1/2 years ago – let’s see what has changed!

Pumpkin Pie’s current favorites:

  1. The Paddington books by Michael Bond.
  2. The How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell.
  3. The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  series by Ian Fleming and Frank Cottrell Boyce.
  4. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.  The first 3, at least, since that’s all he’s read so far.
  5. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood.
  6. The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series by Jordan Stratford.

Sweet Potato’s current favorites:

  1. The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  series by Ian Fleming and Frank Cottrell Boyce. They both picked this series, and I have to agree, especially the audiobooks narrated by David Tennant.
  2. The Maisie Hitchins series by Holly Webb.
  3. The Cleopatra in Space graphic novels by Mike Maihack.
  4. The Wayside School series by Louis Sacher.

I’m linking up:Top Ten Tuesday

Friday Fashion Frenzy (7)

Friday Fashion Frenzy is a feature where I link up with multiple style blogs.


Blogging Besties is the brain child of Alex @ Undergraduate Style and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit.

2/18/15I passed on the olive cargo style (changed from a vest into pants) from Alex’s look. I love how Alex contrasted the masculine cargo with a feminine blouse, so I passed that contrast on as well. What could be more feminine than Audrey Hepburn?


TARDIS Tuesday is a link up with Maricel @ My Closet Catalogue. Her tagline is “British, blue or Doctor Who”, so it can include anything British, TARDIS blue or Whovian.

I’m linking my Blogging Besties look up with TARDIS Tuesday too, because:


Audrey @ Putting Me Together hosts a weekly style challenge. This week’s theme:Wear something you haven’t worn in 6+ months!  Can you revitalize something in your closet?

This fancy sequined cardigan doesn’t get much wear, simply due to its fanciness. So, I tried styling it in a casual-ish way: