The Week: 11th – 17th December

Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 10th December 2017 Sun Garden Nature

Summer sunset in Canberra

Saturday Summer Sunset Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th December 2017 Sky Tuggeranong Nature

Saturday Sunset

Canberra Australia Summer Flowers Pink Flowers Sonya Heaney 12th December 2017 Summer Garden Nature

Summer Flowers

Hot week here in Canberra. Summer is late this year, but had finally arrived! I know people say it every year, but I have never been less ready for Christmas than I am this year.

I have a bunch of Christmas review books I’m just not going to get to in time.

Happy 242nd Birthday, Jane Austen!

Portrait of Jane Austen in watercolour and pencil. By Cassandra Austen.

My review of Dashing All the Way: A Christmas Anthology by Celeste Bradley, Eva Devon, Elizabeth Essex, Heather Snow.

Dashing All the Way A Christmas Anthology by Celeste Bradley, Eva Devon, Elizabeth, Heather Snow.

A Great Tweet

Defending Romance Books

Andersen Book Art

Paper Sculpture Fineart Postcard The little match girl n-4 - Hans Christian Andersen's tales

Jane Austen Calendar

Classic Coloring Jane Austen 2018 Calendar Colouring Books

100 Years Ago

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Watching: The Age of Innocence

Winona Ryder as May Welland in The Age of Innocence (1993)

No, I haven’t (yet – but I plan to!) read the book (it won a Pulitzer Prize), but I recently went back and watched 1993’s The Age of Innocence for the first time in years, and I’m wondering why it took me so long.

An Oscar-winner for the gorgeous costumes, and an Oscar nominee for a bunch of other things (including Winona Ryder’s portrayal of the innocent but manipulative May Welland), I enjoyed revisiting this one.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Newland Archer Winona Ryder as May Welland in The Age of Innocence (1993)

I was eleven when the movie first came out, so I definitely think I appreciate it more now.

Set in New York’s Gilded Age – which also happens to be the setting of a favourite book series of mine – this is the story of a man who is engaged to a perfect society girl but falls in love with her older, more sophisticated cousin.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Ellen Olenska in The Age of Innocence (1993)

Also starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer, this is one for people who come to this blog for the historical fiction and romance reviews. Just don’t expect rainbows and bows at the end!

You can watch a hi-res version of the trailer here, but it looks a little dated, as many 1990s trailers now do. Don’t let that put you off.

More screenshots here.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list.

Article from the weekend:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee taken off Mississippi school reading list

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic novel about racism and the American south, has been removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district because the language in the book “makes people uncomfortable”.

The Sun Herald reported that school board Superintendent Arthur McMillan did not answer any questions about the withdrawal. The book has been withdrawn from schools before, in 2016 in Virginia.