Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review of 'A Room with a View'

I mentioned a couple posts ago that I had read A Room with a View. So now here is my review of it. I hope y'all enjoy. :)

A Room with a View is a well known book, I believe it is even considered a classic.... and for good reason. I remember picking this book up last summer and stopping midway. I can't imagine why.

I saw it at the library and decided to give it a go. I am happy I did. What I thought would be a short, nice little romance turned out to be much more than that.

Along with the romance came a little satirical critique on society. Lucy Honeychurch is a young lady on a tour around Europe with her guardian, her older cousin. I found Charlotte Bartlett to be extremely bothersome. "Whatever you want Lucy..... I am indebted to your mother for sending me on this trip.... I know my company must be dull for a young girl....." Ugh. Very fake and pitiable.

I could greatly sympathize with Lucy. It is difficult to feel one thing and have to do another. To do as expected instead of what one wants. To worry always how it will seem to other people; what they think, want, do.....
And to be young enough you speak freely when in "society" it simply isn't done.

Along with Lucy I wondered over George's intentions. He is unusual and crude, but I thought he would not be a cad, as Charlotte tried to make him seem. And I was quite justified, for though he is rather odd, he turned out rather well.

I believe the minister Mr. Beebe was very wise without knowing it when he talked of  Lucy living her life with as much gusto as she plays the piano. For piano is what made her happiest and that is how she ultimately ended up living her life.

I felt rather upset with Lucy near the end of the book when she tries to run from all her problems and to lie to everyone, even herself, about her true feelings. Luckily Mr. Emerson sets her straight. Mr. Emerson says what he is thinking, and though I certainly didn't agree with all he said, I found it refreshing.

Eleanor Lavish was as awful as Charlotte but in a different way. She tried to be too different, too against society. She was not real.  She seemed very fake and shallow. That is why even though she and Charlotte are very different, they end up being friends. They are both molded by "society" and not very relatable. (Autocorrect is saying that is spelled wrong... but it gives no good suggestion... hmm, oh well.)

Cecil, Lucy's fiance, was a bore. He was fine, but nothing special, nothing real. With George on the scene, he was sad in comparison. He was boorish. He thought he was much better than Lucy. He thought of Lucy as a work of art. The women must be protected at all times. (from what?) 'Lucy must find me immensely fascinating... why don't I drone on and insult everyone and everything in my fiancee's "country" village?"


I liked her brother Freddy. He was jolly and was still young and uncouth enough to say what he thought as well. Mrs. Honeychurch was nice, but a little timid, a little too full of society. She loved Lucy and Freddy though so it was quite alright. I was disappointed that she and Freddy were so horrified at Lucy's latter choice of fiance. It is not that surprising, she did not "run off'"  with him, and they were respectably married. Ah well, I'm sure they will come to grips with it later.

Many things in the book made me think. Though it was a critique of early 1900s society, many of Forster's ideas struck me as true today. While I do not think we should all go as far as Mr. Emerson, maybe we should worry less about what society will think of us and more about what we think of ourselves. Do not be tied down to rules that do not seem right. Do the right thing, but not for the wrong reasons. These are some of the things I came up with as I was reading A Room with a View. I think it would be interesting if we all lived this way (myself included.)

Have you read A Room with a View? If so, what did you think of it? Were Lucy and George right? What are your thoughts on Forster's critiques of society?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Sunshine Award


1. Do you have a favorite spring color?
I love wearing/flowers with light pink. And if someone could get the sparkling blue of the pond in the springtime.

2. One of the most riveting books you've ever read?
Oh... um....riveting? I'm blanking. Really sorry.
3. A favorite adventure movie?
I don't really watch adventure movies. Is Tarzan an adventure movie? Because the Disney Tarzan is a cute movie.

4. Mexican, Italian, or French cuisine… Do you have a favorite?
I like Italian I guess because I like pasta, garlic bread, and pizza. Is pizza even real Italian food? Hmm...
5. Do you like shopping for relaxation or would you “infinitely prefer a book”? Or either?
I would "infinitely prefer a book." I like when I get new clothes, but I do not find the actual shopping part fun or relaxing.
6. Do you like cranberries?
Sort of.... I just tried them this year. They are okay, but would not be my first choice. They are very sour!7. Do you enjoy hiking and camping?
Sad to say.... not really.
8. Working with animals?
Yes, I love animals. I have difficulty working with them though because I am allergic to cats. :(
9. Do you ever name places? Inspired by favorite literary locations?
Yes actually, I do. Especially after I read Anne of Green Gables. The pond is now the Lake of Shining Waters. :)
10. Do you enjoy dying your hands brown in garden soil? Or do you find worms unsettling?
I planted some flowers last year.... but then I saw a worm and made my dad help with the rest. Heh...
11. A specific instance of God’s kindness toward you in the past year.
Specific? Uh... I have had wonderful opportunities to visit with friends and family in the past year. And I started blogging in February of 2013, so I have been blessed with all the online friends that blogging has led me to.

This was fun! Thank you Heidi for nominating me! I hope to get some reviews up of some books I have been reading soon. But until then... TTFN! :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sunflowers and Fashions and Tags, Oh my!

So! Lots of tags have been floating around lately! I was tagged by Hamlette for the Sunflower Blogger Award. And I am also doing the Period Drama Fashion tag. So I thought I would just answer all the questions in one blog post. I hope you don't mind. On to the questions!

Here are the rules:
  1. Share 11 facts about yourself. 
  2. Answer the questions set by your Nomination Blogger 
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers. 
  4. Set questions for the nominated bloggers.
Here are 11 facts about myself you all may not know....
1) I am the eldest of my family
2)  I do not like green tea (Too earthy tasting for me)
3) I don't like Coffee (I only like the smell of it)
4) Right now my nails are painted dark pink
5) I used to have a black and white cat named Felix
6) I am reading A Room with a View right now (and quite enjoying it)
7) I have been a ring beareress at a wedding (there weren't many boys so I took the job, haha)
8) I have my ears pierced and am thinking about getting a second piercing on my ear, but am a little afraid to actually take the plunge and do it.
9) I have a teddy bear named Teddy Kent. (after Emily Starr's Teddy, you know)
10) In the same vein, I had a fish named Gilbert Blythe. I called him Gil and thought I was quite clever.
11) I don't know what I want to be when I grow up, and at this point I feel like I should... my cousin is only a little older than me and is heading off to college, seemingly knowing what she wants to do and how she will get there.

And now that you know 11 random facts about me, here are Hamlette's questions:
 If you had to spend the rest of your life in a different century of Earth's past, where would you spend it?
Oh... there are a couple I would love to live in, but if I HAD to pick just one, it would be Edwardian times in Prince Edward Island... or England.... or America. Okay, so I am not sure where, but that would be the time period. :)

What's your favorite salad dressing?
Ranch. It is actually one of the only salad dressings I actually like. Lately I have taken to putting it on sandwiches and it is really good that way, actually.

What's the worst movie (that you liked least) you saw in 2013?
Oh actually this is hard. I remember rather liking all the movies I have seen lately.

Do you paint your toenails?
Yes. Not usually in the winter though because no one sees them then. It is so nice to paint your toenails because unlike your fingernails, the polish seems to last forever.

What are your three favorite TV shows?
JUST three? Fine. But I do this under protest. I love Road to Avonlea, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Hogan's Heroes. That's quite a variety now that I look at it. :)

Are there any books or movies you own more than one copy of?  If so, what are they?
Yes. I have three copies of Anne of Green Gables, Anne's House of Dreams, and Anne of the Island. (I bought the books separately and then received the whole series from my aunt.) I also own two copies of An Old Fashioned Girl and A Rose in Bloom, and I have two copies of the movie Cinderella. (Disney's Cinderella and they are VHS tapes)

A lot of the Bloggers I follow have already done this.... so I will be annoying and say if you are reading this and you want to do it. I nominate YOU. :)

If you do this tag, here are my questions:
Chips or popcorn?
If you could be any fictional character for a day, who would it be?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Why?
Do you like Classics better or Adventure stories?
Sherlock or Miss Marple? Why?
Who is your favorite villain? Why?

And now on to Emma Jane's questions for her wonderful Period Drama Fashion week. Click on the link in my sidebar to see what she is doing for it.

1. Tell us five random things about yourself.
More random things... as Pooh would say "think think think..." 1) I don't like Ketchup 2) I have 2 American Girl dolls 3) I love oatmeal raisin cookies 4) I play the piano 5) I am allergic to cats

2. What are some of your favorite dresses from period dramas? Pick three.

3. How would you describe your own style?
I usually wear jeans and a sweater in this cold whether, with my hair in a French braid. I hope my style is cute but comfy. I wish I owned a few more skirts though.

4. List (up to) five of your favorite period drama wardrobes.
Emma Woodhouse (Emma 2009), Mary Crawley (Downton Abbey), Bella Wilfer (Our Mutual Friend 2000), Olivia King Dale (Road to Avonlea), and Izzy Pettibone (later seasons of Road to Avonlea)

5. What are some of your favorite fashion eras?
Oh yay! Okay, Regency era definitely, I love Edwardian outfits, 1950s glamour is fun, and I like the big hoop skirts of the early 1800s, but would not like to wear them.

6. What are five things that make you happy?
My puppy Ollie, reading, watching my favorite shows, tea, and hand-written letters.

7. Do you like to wear hats?
Umm... I usually don't wear hats, as my school doesn't allow them and I don't have the nerve to stand out usually. If however, I had the lovely hats Edwardian ladies did, and also was in Edwardian times, I would have a collection of lovely hats and would probably want to change them many times a day! :)

8. Do you have a favorite fictional character who has the same name as you?
No :( Sadly, there aren't really any named Maddie, or even Madeline. Emma Approved named Miss Bates Maddie Bates, but she really isn't a favorite character of mine.

9. What is one of the ugliest dresses you've ever seen in a period drama?
There are several, I know but right now I am rather at a loss.. okay, I googled it and this seemed the worst of the lot:

10. What is the most-worn color in your wardrobe?
Blue, I believe. I think I look rather nice in Blue and it is my favorite color.

11. What are your sentiments on the subject of tea?
I love it! I didn't always though. When I was younger, I did not like it. I tried it again three years ago at a tea my aunt took us to and fell in love with it. It is warm, comforting, and very British. What more could a person want?

12. Do historical inaccuracies bother you?
If they are very obvious, yes. If I don't notice them or they are very slight, I am fine with it.

13. What are some of your favorite eras of men's fashions?
Edwardian again. Yes, I really love that period. But top hats and all are nice too.

14. Have you ever read any books on historical fashion?
I read a picture book on fashions through the ages that a neighbor got me. It isn't very in-depth, but it is fun. I think I would really like to read up on it, now that I am into period dramas. So if anyone has a recommendation for me, I would love to hear it in the comments!

15. If you could pick just three fictional characters to have over for tea, who would you invite?
Philippa Gordon from Anne of the Island, the Dowager Countess of Grantham ("Granny" from Downton Abbey), and Lizzy Bennet from Pride & Prejudice. Goodness, those three would certainly make for an interesting tea party, wouldn't they?

Well these were fun to answer! I hope you all enjoyed reading them! And if you want to answer the questions yourself, feel free. :)