Obsessed Much?

I read this recently and loved it. Although I do have to admit that I have had it in my collection now for quite a while and always dismissed it because I thought the title and cover were a bit...uhm, lacking. However, everything has it's time and place so I believe I picked it up at exactly the right time. I think it was one of the first books that had lines I loved so much I underlined them, in pencil, so I could go back and love on them some more. It wasn't one of those books that I sat down and read all in one sitting but I think that made it even more delicious for me. I very rarely am able to draw out a reading experience for longer than a couple of days and then I am regretful at the end that I have to say goodbye to my new friends. Even still, I am sad that this book came to an end and that there is no chance of a follow up because not only would it take away some of the magic but, the author has died, so for her to write a second book would be quite magical after all.
If you run across this book somewhere, pick it up and read it. I hope you'll love it like I did.

Some favorite lines: (don't worry they won't ruin it for you)
  • I much prefer whining to counting my blessings.  
  • I think you learn more if you're laughing at the same time. 
  •  If I could believe I had a soul, all by myself, then I could listen to its tidings all by myself.
  • This obsession with dignity can ruin your life if you let it.
 Four is a good sampling I believe. I tried starting another book after this one and haven't been able to read it, I just keep thinking about the characters in this one. I need to finish saying goodbye to them before I can allow new characters into my heart. Reading is a serious business for me.

 I may be one of the last people in America to watch this show but I had to come to it in my own time. I wasn't convinced it was a show I was going to like and then because it was so seemingly popular I dug my feet in even more. I like to be the discoverer of things, not the follower. Even so, there came a day in the past week that I needed something new to watch and the first season was on Netflix instant and so I started. And then I couldn't stop. (Luckily I didn't have to because the second season in on Hulu.) And then I started thinking and speaking to myself in their awesome accents and saying ridiculous phrases aloud like "it really is quite dreadful" when I accidentally spilled water all over. It also makes me wonder the same wonder I always have when watching period pieces...would I have been able to pull off all the fancy attire and a face with no make-up? (I mean assuming I was one of the fancy ladies otherwise it would be no make-up and drab attire.) And I've come to the conclusion I usually come to (assuming I was fancy - and it's all make believe so I can assume anything I want), I would want to always have long hair and a fancy hat because my face can be rather boyish and I would want no mistakes. Plus I would want to be British so that everything that came out of my mouth would sound interesting and sophisticated. I am almost finished with the second season and I've discovered today that the third season doesn't start again until January. What am I supposed to do until then?


... said...

now i feel bad that i didn't buy that book at goodwill yesterday. it was the hardback and i thought i'd find a paperback and my brain was heat addled.

accents make everything better. everything. in fact, i think doctors should take on british accents. and police officers...basically anyone who delivers bad news. can we elect a british president?

Denise said...

It's on my facebook! Janette somehow got it from a friend b/c they air it in England now, but they make America wait til Jan. I think you can watch up to 3 episodes of season 3. So excited!!