Jenny La Fleur
books & histories - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
books & histories

I really don't know what is wrong with me, I have actually been reading! Like a real book with pages and everything. Most of my literary pursuits the past year has been via audio book (while I sew, clean ect). It's been a while since I really sat down and read something cover to cover.

Ahh, it takes me back to my childhood, when I used to read for days at a time. Our curriculum was literature based (I love homeschooling!) so I read A LOT. I miss the pure time I used to have to do that. My only consolation is that I knew at the time that I was living a privileged life and I tried to take full advantage of it.

So what has inspired this feat of paragraph devouring? The Duchess (formally published as Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire). I really enjoyed it, finding it far superior to the film (surprise, surprise). I know what Hollywood is like but even still I'm actually a little shocked at how fast and loose they played with the timeline, facts and people in the story. If they had just filmed what happened I think it would have been much more engaging (plenty for this gal to fast-forward through too). But then again I apparently enjoy "dry" books (I thought the reviews for this book were pretty entertaining).

Next up is Manhunt: the 12-day chase for Lincoln’s Killer. I discovered this book last year via audio book and have actually listened to it a couple of times since. I got out the paper-book in Dec, just to look at the pictures, and discovered that what I’d been listened to was abridged! Ahh! I’m torn between being ticked off at books being abridged (SO annoying) and happy that there is more to read/learn!


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fancyfrocks From: fancyfrocks Date: January 17th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC) (link)
Audiobooks are my friends. I listen to them at work and on commute. But there is something to be said for taking a real book and reading it. I especially love the smell of books. Yummy! That book on Georgiana sounds lovely. I haven't gotten to see the film yet, but I look forward to it.
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: January 17th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC) (link)
Our curriculum was literature based (I love homeschooling!) so I read A LOT. I miss the pure time I used to have to do that.

I can identify with that. I used to spend so much time reading! It's been kind of nice *not* to have a job, because I can just sit and read.
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: January 17th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC) (link)
I really enjoyed the Georgiana book too. There was so much of her life that the movie just ignored. So much!

And I miss all the leisure time for reading. I even miss all the time for reading I had in college, even if it was reading for a class!
sydneyflapper From: sydneyflapper Date: January 18th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC) (link)
I keep meaning to try out audiobooks when I'm running, but somehow I don't think they'd have quite the tempo for it! Although I do lapse into a semi-meditative state and ponder things when I'm on a longer run, even without music, so maybe they would work. I'm tempted by the Devonshire book (as long as it doesn't belabour the Princess Diana comparison!) - love a work of substance in a bio, rather than candyfloss that melts from the mind as soon as you read it. And I'd *love* to get the Lincoln book - there are a couple of questions on the manhunt for the killers I'd like to get the author's take on.
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: January 19th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Oh yes, I LOVED the book, but only loved the movie for the scrumptious costumes...

Btw, from which painting is your default icon, I love the hat!
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