One more Nat Eaton

Three weeks ago, I was watching Tess of the D’Urbervilles on Masterpiece when another actor suggestion for Nat Eaton (Witch of Blackbird Pond casting) filtered in.  Add Eddie Redmayne to the list of possible actors that could play Nat Eaton in the hypothetical Witch of Blackbird Pond movie.

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He has a) a thin, wiry body b) sandy blonde hair c) blue eyes?
Okay, I can’t really make out his eye color in these pictures, but the point is, he can act!  All Nat Eaton prerequisites met. He’s gorgeous (he models for Burberry) and he has charisma.  What say you?  Nat or nay?

Sweet Valley High

Sweet Valley High
Sweet Valley High – by LitCon on Polyvore.com

As I was cleaning out my closet yesterday and deciding which books I should keep and which I should give away, I stumbled upon two Sweet Valley High paperbacks I purchased at the grocery store in 7th grade (circa 1997).   They were the SVH sagas.   I was thirteen and had a fondness for family sagas, historical melodramas imbue with romance, daring escapades, stable boys, frolicking in the woods with the Marquis’ son.  I read each edition twice.  Several years and several adult romances later, I realize that these sagas were the water-downed outline of every historical romance on the market.   Now that I’ve read some top-notch literature, I don’t think I can stomach a re-read of SVH, but I can’t give them away.  They are childhood keepsakes.   I’ll save them for my future daughter or gay son.

The Fowlers of SVH & The Patmans of SVH.

Fowlers of Sweet Valley (Sweet Valley High)The Patmans of Sweet Valley (Sweet Valley High)

On an unrelated topic, I’ve collected a towering pile of old school composition books—the classic back and white kind.  These books are cheap (back in the day, they were $0.99) and cool personified.  When I was still living off my teenage allowance, they served as my journals.  Since I go through notebooks like water, they were economical.

Now that I earn a living wage and my energies are divided between blogging, twittering, and hand-journaling, I’ve upgraded to the expensive journals, though I still sleep with a comp book under my pillow to jot down the random night thought.

I stand by my opinion that these old school comp books are a must-have for the cool.   Think Harriet the Spy.

Speaking of journaling, the BBC has a new miniseries, a remake of The Diary of Anne Frank. I love Anne Frank, I’ve read and reread her diary;  I’ve seen the ’50’s movie version based on the play, and the 2001 ABC remake.  This 2008 version is the best thus far.  You can watch all the episodes here.

Meme: What I’m reading

I’ve been tagged by Michele who wants to know what I’m reading. Drum roll please: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.  It’s a Dickensian melodrama with so many plot twists it will leave you cross-eyed.

Fingersmith
Fingersmith – by LitCon on Polyvore.com
Rather than regurgitate the plot for you, I leave you with the trailer from the BBC production.  I am also completely smitten with Rupert Evans who plays Richard ‘Gentleman’ Rivers.  Yes, yes, I know this story has a lesbian spin and the focus is more girl on girl, not guy on girl or how the guy is so stand alone sexy with his Victorian whiskers and nimble-fingered magic tricks.  I love me some period drama men, especially the nitty gritty villains propping up these penny dreadfuls with their black hearts.

If you haven’t heard of Fingersmith, get yourself to your bookstore, library, generous bibliophile friend, money lending grandma, or corner book pimp and get yourself a copy.  Trust me.

Watch the trailer.

I have gone to great lengths to find this Fingersmith trailer (I’ve opened up multiple browsing windows!)  I repeat:  Watch the trailer!  If you are reading this on Google Reader, you might be tempted to skip the trailer.  It’s worth your mouse clicking effort.

Rupert Evans, you sly sexy fox, you are going in my gallery of British crushes.

I am a lazy bum

The title of this post says it all. I am a lazy bum when it comes to blogging, but I am not dead. Life has become a whirlwind, the internet is crawling at a snails pace round here, and I really don’t like the new WordPress dashboard. I know they changed it months ago and I should have gotten use to it by now; what can I say? I’m spatially challenged. I have difficulty distinguishing left, right, up, down. I’m good a words, the rest…not so much.

After unintentionally leaving this blog fallow, I must work extra hard to worm my way into your affections. I’ll start by bribing you with treats.

I made this Harriet the Spy Collage just for you.
Harriet the Spy
Harriet the Spy – by LitCon on Polyvore.com

In other news, I’ve been watching Exxon Mobile Masterpiece Theatre’s broadcast of the new Wuthering Heights. As a result, I can’t stop thinking about Heathcliffe. Back in high school, I abandoned Wuthering Heights after the first few chapters, so I was in the dark when watching the remake. God. I think about Heathcliffe when I eat, before I sleep, during work, in the shower. I’ve become a fan of brooding, difficult men.

January is ‘hot British guy month’ on Exxon…and in my reading. Crap. I’m being kicked off the computer. You see why my posts have dwindled down to lame TBR lists and polyvore collages? I have exactly one mintue to write, edit, insert pictures, and publish this post before my brother goes apeshit about me hogging the computer with my ‘useless blogging about Heathcliffe.’

*Note to self: Finish my thoughts on Hot British guy month. Include Hot British Guy pictures for enjoyment of all.

Brother is officially apeshit. A book report on Angela’s Ashes is not the end of the world!

Happy New Year!

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I have been waiting all of 2008 to count up my reading stats. Drum roll please… Total books read in 2008: 86.

86 might seem like small fries to my fellow superhuman speed reading book bloggers out there, but trust me when I say I like to flaunt the number to my real life acquaintances.  In most cases, I get the satisfaction of seeing their mouths drop open as they unanimously proclaim: “You’re out of your mind!”  Personally, I think I’m out of my mind cool because reading stacks and stacks of books makes you cool folks and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Without further ado, here is my Books Read 2008 break down.   Someday (and I hope someday next week), I will list my top reads of 2008.

Books Read 2008

January 2008

  1. Twilight—Stephanie Meyer
  2. New Moon— Stephanie Meyer
  3. Eclipse—Stephanie Meyer
  4. Everything I Need to Learn About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume—-Jennifer O’Connell, ed.
  5. The Egypt Game—Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  6. Witch Child—Celia Rees
  7. Speak—Laurie Halse Anderson

February 2008

  1. The Book Thief—Markus Zusak
  2. Fever 1793—Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. I Am the Messenger—Markus Zusak
  4. Prom—Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. Cataylst—Laurie Halse Anderson
  6. Blackbird House—Alice Hoffman
  7. Twisted—Laurie Halse Anderson
  8. Pirates!—Celia Rees

March 2008

  1. A Northern Light—Jennifer Donnelly
  2. Sorceress—Celia Rees
  3. A Certain Slant of Light—Laura Whitcomb
  4. Fighting Ruben Wolfe—Markus Zusak
  5. Out of the Dust—Karen Hesse
  6. Gathering Blue—Lois Lowry
  7. One for the Money—Janet Evanovich
  8. Getting the Girl—Markus Zusak
  9. Austenland—Shannon Hale
  10. Two for the Dough—Janet Evanovich

April 2008

  1. Three to Get Deadly—Janet Evanovich
  2. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town—Kimberly Willis Holt
  3. Four to Score—Janet Evanovich
  4. Hattie Big Sky—Kirby Larson
  5. High Five—Janet Evanovich
  6. The Truth About Forever—Sarah Dessen
  7. Hot Six—Janet Evanovich
  8. Seven Up—Janet Evanovich
  9. Al Capone Does My Shirts—Gennifer Choldenko
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower—Stephen Chbosky
  11. Hard Eight—Janet Evanovich
  12. To the Nines–Janet Evanovich
  13. Ten Big Ones—Janet Evanovich

May 2008

  1. Eleven On Top—Janet Evanovich
  2. Twelve Sharp—Janet Evanovich
  3. Visions of Sugar Plums—Janet Evanovich
  4. Plum Lovin’ —Janet Evanovich
  5. Just Listen—Sarah Dessen
  6. Lean Mean Thirteen—Janet Evanovich
  7. Plum LuckyJanet Evanovich
  8. Dreamland—Sarah Dessen
  9. This Lullaby—Sarah Dessen
  10. A Great and Terrible Beauty—Libba Bray
  11. Keeping the Moon—Sarah Dessen
  12. Rebel Angels—Libba Bray

June 2008

  1. The Sweet Far Thing—Libba Bray
  2. Going Solo—Roald Dahl
  3. Stardust—Neil Gaiman
  4. The Luxe—Anna Godberson
  5. Life as We Knew It—Susan Beth Pfeffer
  6. The Invention of Hugo Cabret—Brian Selznick

July 2008

  1. Doubt: A Play —John Patrick Shanley
  2. 13 Little Blue Envelopes—Maureen Johnson
  3. Shutter Island—Dennis Lehane
  4. Ophelia—Lisa Klien
  5. Crocodile on the Sandbank—Elizabeth Peter
  6. We Have Always Lived in the Castle—Shirley Jackson
  7. Girl at Sea—Maureen Johnson
  8. Lock and Key—Sarah Dessen

August 2008

  1. The Winter Rose—Jennifer Donnelly
  2. Breaking Dawn—Stephenie Meyer
  3. Matilda—Roald Dahl
  4. The Tea Rose—Jennifer Donnelly
  5. The Bloody Chamber—Angela Carter
  6. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!—Laura Amy Schlitz

September 2008

  1. Harriet the Spy—Louise Fitzhugh
  2. Coraline—Neil Gaiman
  3. Dead Until Dark—Charlaine Harris

October 2008

  1. Fearless Fourteen—Janet Evanovich
  2. The Ruby in the Smoke—Philip Pullman
  3. Living Dead in Dallas—Charlaine Harris
  4. The Season of Passage—Christopher Pike
  5. Story of a Girl—Sara Zarr

November 2008

  1. Sweethearts—Sara Zarr
  2. The Minister’s Daughter—Julie Hern
  3. Saints and Strangers—Angela Carter

December 2008

  1. Forever Amber—Kathleen Winsor
  2. The Robber Bridegroom—Eudora Welty
  3. Imagined London—Anna Quindlen
  4. Asylum—Patrick McGrath
  5. These Old Shades—Georgette Heyer