Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My favourite thing in the world..

is finding a new book, or tv series to be completely and utterly obsessed with.

Sometime last week I came across this gif.

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I don't remember where I saw it, but it intrigued me so much I had to find it's source immediately. Anything that looks like a period drama with some kind of romance gone wrong - count me in! Yes, I deduced all of that from the gif, didn't you? Thankfully someone had named it appropriately and I discovered it's from a BBC TV show called North and South, which is also a book (and also an unrelated American TV show).


So naturally, I got the kindle book (free, holla) and binge read it on Monday night.


Last night I binge watched the TV series. and omfejzhfvjsavfbg no words. SO MUCH LOVE. It's only been out for 10 years...


Seriously. If you like period dramas you should absolutely watch this right.now. and if you like reading 400 + pages in one night, get the book. Ha! It reminded me a lot of Pride & Prejudice (KC said 'shocker') but it was a very different story. The book is kind of weirdly paced because I think originally it was written as like a weekly series, but still. so. good. All of the goods. 100 stars out of a possible 5. I could be biased because I just love stuff like this, but whatevs.

kindle free / paperback
Apart from North & South I have also read recently:


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Orphan Train 3/5

I thought this was a good book, but honestly right as I thought it was getting good it ended! It was ok, I enjoyed learning what I did but the book didn't grip me and I doubt I'd read it again. I think I have something against split narratives or different time periods. I'm too impatient for that.

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Snow Child 3.5/5 

I enjoyed this book, I thought it started off strong and interesting and then it went downhill. I will be honest, I didn't quite understand or love the ending. I have trouble liking books where I can't put myself in any of the characters shoes, or I don't agree with the way they think or act, so that may be why I didn't absolutely love this book.

I may or may not have wanted to read this book purely because the author's name is Eowyn. I would love to name my future daughter Eowyn!


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Looking for Alaska 3/5

This is probably the one I was most disappointed with. I know, I know. John Green is amazing, and The Fault in Our Stars blew me away like I need a megaphone to shout from the rooftops how much I loved that book. This book - I liked it, but I didn't love the characters like his other book, and I thought it was more predictable. Still well written and I am glad I read it. I would re-read The Fault in Our Stars, but I doubt I would re-read this.


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On top of those books I have read every single one of Abigail Reynolds' variations about 27 times (zero exaggeration) as I just can't get enough of Elizabeth & Mr Darcy. Don't worry though, I won't bore you with my thoughts on those!


Do you like period dramas? Any recommendations for me?

42 comments:

  1. Ooo thanks for sharing these! Adding them to my list!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  2. Love all these book reviews! You make it easy to pick which book I'm going to read next! :)

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. at first i thought: oh, the patrick swayze tv mini-series!!! but i guess it wasn't that. that was actually a really good series, though.

    the only period piece i've read was The Other Boleyn girl which surprisingly, was really good (i'm not much of a period piece fan).


    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. Ooh I am gonna have to check out North & South! I recently read The Kitchen House and loved it, so I highly recommend that one!

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  5. I love a good book that totally sucks you in too. Thanks for these reviews. Currently, I have One Plus One by Jojo Moyes in the queue on my kindle. Ill let you know when I start reading.

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  6. I LOVE PRIDE & PREJUDICE! Some great suggestions I'll have to look into. I've decided to start carrying a book with me so whenever I am waiting on something I will have something to do and not feel like I'm just wasting my time.

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  7. I read 1.5 books on my 4th of July vacation and the whole time I was thinking "Kristen would be so proud." LOL. I'm hoping to finish the other .5 of my book soon, and maybe I'll try to keep the ball rolling with one of your suggestions. I do like period dramas but it's been awhile since I read one and you've probably already read them all! P.S. You inspired my post again today. :)
    Gina -- On the Daily Express

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  8. OMG I love your 100 stars out of 5 rating! I can see how you were intrigued by that gif- swoon! How would you rate Looking for Alaska on its sadness factor??

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  9. I liked Looking For Alaska a lot, but I didn't have high expectations of it. I saw the North & South mini series, I had no idea there was a book. I'll check it out!

    I'm reading We Were Liars now.

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  10. I am going to have to check out North & South, the book and the tv series. I love Richard Armitage! I loved him in MI-5 and now as Thorin in The Hobbit movies.

    I am re-reading The Silmarillion for a book club right now and I am remembering why I love Tolkien so much.

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  11. Someone was JUST telling me about the North and South show! I've heard good things, looks like I know what I'm binge reading/watching this weekend!

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  12. Hey Kristen!! I LOVE discovering new T.V shows! Especially if they have a great drama filled story line. I am SO late on all these up and coming shows but I think I will get to them eventually!! Great post girl!! :D XO

    Lisa,xo

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  13. You put my reading to shame!! thankfully I have a 6 hour flight ahead of me and plan on reading!!

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  14. I love me some period dramas. Have you seen "Downton Abbey?" BEST SHOW EVER. But now I'm going to watch North and South too so if I have no life for the next few weeks I might blame you :) I kid.

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  15. I love finding new books as well!!! I actually have orphan train on my radar right now!

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  16. Orphan Train keeps popping up on my friends' Goodreads list. I thnk maybe I should give it a shot.

    Looking For Alaska is on my list. I'm not much of a period drama fan but I'd consider checking this one out at some point.

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  17. I love that GIF made you jump into it :)
    Isn't Patrick Swayze in the mini series or is that another North/South show?
    I am scared to read Looking for Alaska, but I already bought it. I didn't really care for Paper Towns & I heard its VERY similar. All the kids in the youth class are pushing me to read it. Peer pressure! :)

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  18. Love your reviews!!!! I need to read some of these stat!

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  19. Dang you have been busy!! I wish I could read that fast! I love period dramas!!! Where did you find the series to watch it???

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  20. My my someone has been busy! I will have to check some of these out!

    You already know what I am reading ;) Chris and I started watching The Mindy Project last week (We are up to season 2 now) and we started watching The Good Wife last night and are already 3 deep. I love bnging!

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  21. North and South (the book) seems like something I would enjoy reading! Thanks for the recommendation!! :) I've also been told to read Looking for Alaska.

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  22. I am not much of a period piece fan but North and South looks good. By that I mean Yum!

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  23. I don't know if it's a period drama as much as fictional/historical, but I am telling anyone who reads to read The Invention of Wings! Phenomenal (pre-civil war in Charleston). Just don't accidentally get the Kindle version with Oprah's blabbering every few pages hah. Glad to know Orphan Train wasn't all that it could have been. Will probably scratch that then so thanks for the info!

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  24. i LOVE north and south - the book and the movie. it's such a great story. and that gif...perfection. :)

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  25. I'm right there with you on jumping into TV shows and books. We just finished OITNB this weekend and things just feel strange when we have nothing to binge watch! Probably a sign I should be reading more haha. I'll be sure to check out North & South!

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  26. Just popped North and South into my Netflix list... must watch... So, I'm trying to think of period dramas for you (I love them too.) The White Queen, the tv series was good, but also the books (Philippa Gregory is the author, there are three I think?) I read so much and watch so much (technically, they're on while I paint - but as that's my job, that means something is always playing.) There was the new series that was just on called Turn, which I thought was pretty good too (although it's US based.)

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  27. While we both love to read, I'm not a period girl. :( I have a friend that had me watch Gone with the Wind, and another that loves Jane Austen but I've never read anything by her. I know, book lover fail. I just got Landline by Rainbow Rowell in the mail, that I'll start after I finish Love Unrehearsed.

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  28. Wow I'm so inspired by your reading! I like to read but I just don't make time for it. I also have a hard time sitting still for more than like 3 minutes.

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  29. Thanks for sharing your reviews of these! I'm sorry to hear you were a little disappointed with Looking for Alaska though. I really liked An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, which I read before TFIOS, and have the rest of his books on my list for this summer too. Maybe I'll have to lower my expectations just a tad now!

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  30. my all time favorite movie is Sense and Sensibility with kate winslet... sooo good! if you havent seen it rent it now! xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a Capri Blue Candle Giveaway! cornflake dreams 

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  31. Looks like I need to both read and binge watch the show now too! Love period dramas.

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  32. I'm not a period reader/watcher in general. Unless... does Babysitter's Club count? I mean, that was set in the 80s right??? ;P haha

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  33. Oooh! New reads to add to my list! I confess I haven't read much lately so I really need to catch up!

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  34. I was so excited to catch up on reading on this trip to Chicago and what did I do instead....sleep.....boooooo However I am now solidifying why we are besties because we will not rest until we know the answer and then when we do find out what it is we need to conquer and learn every aspect of it!

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  35. How the hell do you read so many books!?! I was looking at that John Green book too, but maybe I'll hold off for a little bit. And I still haven't read the Time Travelers Wife. Gasp, I know.

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  36. I am a total sucker for period dramas---- I even bought my toddler a Jane Austen finger puppet with this ridiculous idea of reading Austen's novels aloud to my little one. Needless to say, I will check it out!!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  37. I actually had that show in my que to watch on netflix for the longest time. May have to finally do it.

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  38. I was literally just searching for new books on my kindle. I have to download all of these!!

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  39. Looking For Alaska is on my to read list.

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  40. Bummed you didn't like Looking for Alaska or Orphan Train more... both of those are on my TBR list already and I've heard mostly good things. Have you read any Jojo Moyes yet? I liked Me Before You which is similar-ish to TFIOS.

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  41. I think it's pretty awesome that you discovered a period drama and book all from a gif! :P That's how the world works these days. I've seen the "cover" of "North and South" on Netflix but I've never given it a try.

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  42. I completely agree! It is also one of my favourite thing to find a new tv series or book to be obsessed with! I'm good to hear an honest critique of Looking for Alaska. I adored TFIOS and was about to pick this book out but I was a bit skeptical when I read the synopsis!

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