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Happy weekend, readers! My kids have been on school holiday for two weeks so we’re struggling to remember what day it is—especially because we had Thursday pizza night instead of our usual Friday—but we’re hoping to make the best of their remaining time off. Oh, and it’s pouring rain—but thankfully that makes for good reading weather.

I hope your weekend holds good things in store for you. Here are some good reads and fun things to get you started.

My favorite finds from around the web:

  • It’s not too late to jump in on the 31 Day Read-Aloud Challenge! I’m constantly recommending Sarah’s work at Read Aloud Revival: she’s so good at getting kids excited about reading!

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Have a great weekend!


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  1. Roxanne Klump says:

    Yu have to see Little Women. Have seen it twice. Just amazingly well done. Great acting, scenery and wonderful adaptation of my favorite book ever.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Little women was a delight. I hate to confess that I hated the Little Women novel and previous movies. So, I was happily surprised!

  3. Kay says:

    I saw Little Women and had mixed thoughts. There was some good acting however I have a thing about sticking to books and dialogue, if a character doesn’t say something int he book then they shouldn’t say it on the screen. In my mind they modernised the story too much and weren’t faithful enough to the plot. Also there was a lot of going back and forth int he timeline and it was rather annoying and unnecessary. I am just a purist when it comes to my books. x

    • Aimee says:

      I often feel the same way BUT…and I realize this may sound like heresy…I loved the movie more than the book.

      It is a wonderful book but there were several characters I never liked and it was hard to feel any connection to them because they just seemed so…ugh. My daughter and I walked away from the movie and I can honestly say that the way the movie portrayed them, to me, fleshed them out to be both more complex and more realistic. I feel like I understood why certain things from the book perhaps made more sense than I felt they had just from the book (I’m looking at you, Amy and Laurie). Marmee was lovely as always but not so perfect and saccharine as to be annoying.

      We loved the movie. One of the few times that I’ve felt that I was genuinely glad someone made a movie about a book. It’s like the movie finished telling the rest of the story. But I totally understand your points as well!

  4. Rosanne says:

    Anne, thanks for sharing the Sephora cream lip stain shades and for all you to do to foster this wonderful Community of Readers. I am so glad to have found this space and your podcast. Cheers to 2020!

  5. Lisa F. says:

    I always enjoy the variety of things to read found in these posts!
    One thing I just found to help (at least temporarily) with winter survival is a lovely potted primrose purchased at the grocery store for $2.50. It’s wonderful to see those deep pink petals and dark green leaves, knowing eventually the outer landscape will be colorful and thriving again.
    I also enjoy the winter reading lists and would love to keep seeing more seasonal reading lists–they are some of my favorite posts here.

  6. Sue says:

    Well, if you are NOT a purist about the movie Little Women sticking to the lines in the book, then it’s an EXCELLENT adaptation!! I loved it!! It’s fresh, sumptuous, riotous, witty, realistic, and intelligent! The sisters are wonderful, but Meryl Streep as Aunt March is another Maggie Smith, with all the good lines—I thought I’d be tired of yet another version, but this one was seriously GOOD. The timeline changes, back and forth, could be confusing for those not familiar with the story, but if you are, you can pretty much take them in stride. Go see it, Anne!

  7. Debi Morton says:

    I couldn’t agree more about the new Mac B book! I ordered two to arrive on pub date for two of my grandsons. One had asked for it for an early Dec. birthday, and when the other heard about it he asked for it for Christmas. Such fun books for boys!

  8. Marilyn says:

    Thank You for an interesting blog through out the year. Wishing you and yours a happy,blessed and healthy 2020.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  9. Erica says:

    I went back to check my downloads email and I didn’t see a wallpaper download either. Hoping to get an answer; I definitely need a visual reminder to stop Facebook scrolling!

    • Anne says:

      We know these things happen so we’re resending both in tonight’s newsletter; it’s something we do periodically because we know these things get lost in the depths of the inbox. 🙂

  10. Patricia Boyd says:

    Thank you so much for steering me to Whitney Conrad’s website, The Unread Shelf. I am so excited to have these challenges to read my bookshelves!

  11. Nanne Cutler says:

    Little Women is a wonderful, fresh take on the novel. We all LOVED it!!

    On getting through winter: the comments were closed on the original post. So I am going to be obnoxious and add a comment here :).

    Getting Through Winter:
    My daughter & I instituted “Happy Hygge Fridays’ last year, they last throughout the month of January and sometimes extend into February if the weather is awful & depressing. She & her husband live near campus in a college town, so yesterday, we took their dog on a long walk (hot beverages/pup cup stop for all of us included on the walk), made soup together, she opened small gifts from me (color changing mug, a book she wanted, eco friendly Kuerig filter with loose tea leaves). Planning next Friday to be a journaling/writing/reading theme Hygge day: a gift box with journaling accessories, a crackling candle for her writing desk; another long walk on campus with visits to the literary spots; hanging out, sorting through family pictures & cooking a family recipe together. We have more plans, but the focus is on spending cozy, meaningful & fun time together & to make the dark months something to look forward to.

  12. Alison says:

    Our family saw Little Women this weekend and didn’t like it. We thought the casting was bad and didn’t like how the sequence of the story skipped around. The sets and costumes were really good, though.

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