Saturday, March 05, 2016

2016 Period Drama Challenge

Period Drama Challenge
Host: Old Fashioned Charm (sign up here)
Duration: January - June 2016
# of Movies: I'm aiming for 8

What I Watched in January
1) Anne of Green Gables
2) Mr. Holmes
3) Home Fires (series 1)
4) Pollyanna

What I Watched in February
5) Downton Abbey (series 6)

What I Watched in March:
6) season one Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
7) series one Lark Rise to Candleford
8) Miss Potter 
9) Persuasion
10) Scarlet Pimpernel

What I Watched in April
11) Doctor Zhivago
12) Lark Rise to Candleford, series 2
13) Lark Rise to Candleford, series 3
14) Ever After
15) Much Ado About Nothing
16) Young Victoria

What I Watched in May
17) Amazing Grace
18) Lawrence of Arabia
19) Schindler's List
20) Victoria and Albert
21) Lark Rise to Candleford, series 4
22) Nicholas Nickleby
23) Bleak House

What I Watched in June
24) The Gathering Storm and Into the Storm  
25) And Then There Were None 
26) Testament of Youth 
27) Show Boat and Swing Time  
28) 1776 and Yankee Doodle Dandy (bonus West Point Story) 
29) Madness of King George
30) A Life of Music
31) Jane Eyre
32) Seventh Cross 
33) Nicholas Nickleby
34) She Stoops to Conquer

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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