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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Monday Musts #10

Monday Musts is a weekly feature hosted by Jessica of Lovin' Los Libros.  This is a blog hop, so try to visit other Monday musts, too.  Care to join us?  Create your own Monday Musts and add it to the linky-link list at Lovin' Los Libros's blog.


Must Read:

I read this book as part of a blog tour and it was wonderful!  It deals with the transition from elementary to middle school and how one girl finds "her tribe".  So many bad things happen to this kid!  When she begins to look beyond first impressions and see people for who they really are, her life begins to blossom.  I wrote a review and there is an author giveaway.  Click on the link here to see it. 

Must Listen:

I listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Jim Dale.  He also narrated the Harry Potter series for the U.S. market.  He gives a dreamlike quality to whatever he reads, which is a great fit for this book.  The book itself is mysterious, romantic and exciting.  

Must Watch:


I love this movie version of my favorite Jane Austin book.  It was originally made for PBS. I like it because it is not a glamed up version of that time period.  Things, and people, are gritty.  The women are realistically portrayed.  I love how Anne goes through a subtle transition from shy and dowdy to more confident and quietly lovely.  All the characters are wonderfully portrayed.  I love seeing Fiona Shaw as the warm, caring Mrs. Croft.  If you only know her as Aunt Petunia from the Harry Potter movies, this will come as a revelation.

What are your Monday Musts?  Anything exciting going on for you this week?  Let me know in the comments.

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  1. One of these days I'll pick The Night Circus back up. I tried to read it a few years ago, but wasn't able to get into it. (I totally blame my mood at the time.) I've just never gone back to it. When I do, it'll definitely be the audiobook because Jim Dale is brilliant!

    1. I was lucky enough to be able to download it from my Library! They have a great selection of audiobooks!

  2. Like Kim, I tried reading The Night Circus a few years ago but couldn't get into it. I keep saying I'm going to try audiobooks, so maybe that's where I should start!

    1. I listened to the audiobook and loved it. Jim Dale does a wonderful job with the narration. I was able to download it from my local library. Have fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

  3. Where You Find Me sounds really, really good. I've always wanted to read The Night Circus but I'm not sure I'd be able to do the audiobook route. For some reason the only time I can stay focused on an audiobook is if it's non fiction. I'd get so much more reading done if this weren't true lol! And I love that old Persuasion movie! You're right PBS did it up right.

    1. Thank you, Sheri. I will visit your blog soon to check out your musts for Mondays!

  4. I love love love that version of Persuasion, it's my all time favorite!

    Thanks for stopping by my MM!

    1. Thank you Eva. I like to watch this version of Persuasion and just revel in the stunning costumes, acting, and all the little touches that make this version so special.

  5. Oh gosh! I really want to watch Persuasion! I haven't seen any versions of it, so I'll definitely be checking that one out! If I start listening to audios again, I'll keep The Night Circus in mind! I've wanted to read it for awhile now!

    1. Thank you, Jessica. There is a newer PBS version of Persuasion. but I don't feel it is as true to what Jane Austin wrote. What I love about this book is it's rooting for second chances. So many of the characters have regrets about decisions they made in the past. I think it is a romantic, but mature look at love.


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