for christmas i was lucky enough to recieve one of these:
my goodness, it has been so fun to read again! and wow! there are quite a few books you can get for free on a kindle. the first free books that i found that made me giddy with delight were some of what i would call 'the classics.'
i have read pride and prejudice, the secret garden, gone with the wind and scarlett (sequel to gone with the wind). and i just started reading the scarlet pimpernel-- one that i have not read previously.
don't you just love the classics? i love that they are generally 'cleaner'. i don't enjoy reading books that have lots of swearing and other questionable activities.
i also just love the character development in each of these stories. it feels like you truly KNOW the characters. i think that is one of the things that defines a good book for me.
for instance, gone with the wind is just one of the best books ever. it just is. margaret mitchell does an exquisite job of characterization. when you finish gone with the wind and decide to read the sequel (written by a different author), the transition is a little like fingernails on a chalkboard. now, don't get me wrong, i love scarlett too. i love that it wraps up the story so well and it is intriguing in it's own way. but the switch from one author to the other makes it very obvious why margaret mitchell is considered a great author. . .
have any of you read 'scarlett'? did you enjoy it?
do the classics inspire you? can i just tell you how hard i am trying to find an excuse to sew this dress:
how many yards of fabric do you think i would need? and how much do you think i would have to weigh to have a 17 inch waist? did you know that my three year old has a larger waist than that? crazy!
but don't be too suprised if next halloween you see all four of us girls in a four different scarlett costumes (assuming i lose about 100 pounds between now and then!).
and don't the words of the secret garden inspire the most darling vintage dresses for little girls?
and maybe a cape, or coat to go with it?
are there any fabulous classics that i am missing out on? what is your favorite classic?