Well, I’m back! My family had a missionary family staying over at our house for a few days, which was great, but not very conducive to regular blogging (that’s why I didn’t do a Friday Finds post last week – all the posts published lately have been scheduled), so it feels great to get back into the swing of things. We’re still in the midst of The Big Move, so there’ll be several more scheduled posts written by me + interviews, but I thought I’d give you all a little update while I’m still able to. (And there are going to be complications with the Internet once we move, so my posts probably won’t be as frequent, but I’ll try hard to keep them coming as steadily as possible.)
Little Women, mostly. I was partly inspired by Hamlette’s LW read-along (which is just coming to an end, unfortunately), but most of my desire to re-read the book came from The Travesty That Is The March Family Letters. Ugggggh. Unlike Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved and Frankenstein, MD., TMFL doesn’t feel like it’s source material at all, which is extremely disappointing. Anyway, the re-read was great, and I discovered a new appreciation for both Laurie and Amy – I think Amy is actually my favorite of the sisters, although I like all of them very much. The whole story is so cozy and lovely and inviting that I didn’t want it to end (I know that’s a cliched phrase when it comes to good books, but it’s TRUE), so I’m glad that it’s such a nice, long read.
I’ve also been reading a couple of Elsie Dinsmore books – Elsie’s Girlhood and Elsie’s Womanhood. The only reason I started to re-read them was because Elisabeth and I recently realized that we both reeeeally like Walter Dinsmore (what is it with guys named Walter getting killed tragically in wars?), so I wanted to re-read the two books where he’s grown up and not such a scared little boy. And, I have to admit, if you get past all the father/daughter weirdness, the series (up to a point) is actually quite interesting. The Elsie books aren’t great literature, but when I’m in the mood for them, I can go through the first ten or so books in a matter of days.
Well, the family that was staying with us had watched Wanted: Dead or Alive and The Great Escape and they all agreed with me + my siblings that Steve McQueen is the epitome of coolness, but they hadn’t watched The Magnificent Seven yet (well, the dad had, but none of the sons), so we showed that to them. I ended up missing the first twenty minutes or so of it (long story), but I got back in time to watch Britt’s introductory scene (*fist-pump*), so it all worked out. And Mag7 just gets more and more amazing each time I watch it! I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
And then, on June 6th, everyone watched The Longest Day, which was even more amazing than Mag7 (if that’s possible). I’ve come to realize that though it’s practically impossible for me to chose a Favorite Movie of All Time, if I had to, the place would go to The Longest Day (closely followed by Mag7 and Laura). The scope is grand and sweeping, but at the same time the film examines the individual lives swept up in the invasion, which gives a hugely epic (in the sense of Ben Hur or the Iliad) feel to everything. The music is superb and the cast…well, put all those major stars together, and you’ve got some serious awesomeness happening. (Peter Lawford as Lord Lovat? *squeee*) Simply fantastic.
(Also, I’ve got the MJ2 trailer on repeat right now. Go watch it!!! I’ll betcha anything you’ll cry.)
What’ve you been reading/watching/listening to lately?