One of the first books I found at the beginning of this year was the 'A Secret Refuge Series by Lauraine Snelling. Lauraine Snelling was one of those authors whose name I saw popping up when I was on the look out for my favourite Christian authors (such as Janette Oke and Tracie Peterson) so I was very excited when I found this series in a 3-in-1 book for a small $4 at a second hand book store. I finally had the chance to start it 3 days ago and I could hardly put it down. I read until 3am last night and then awoke early this morning to read the remaining pages. I'm still sitting on a buzz after it and I cannot wait to review the series sometime in the future. The World of Downton Abbey was given to me by my wonderful parents for Christmas, it is full of glorious pictures and loads of information about both seasons of the tv series. I haven't had much of a chance to look through it in detail as I hadn't seen the second season and didn't want to spoil it. But I finished season 2 this week so I can finally begin to read it.
The first picture is a copy of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Although I tend to favor the older ones- you know the editions that smell and have yellowish pages and little notes from the previous owner but this brand new one is material bound and is my absolute pride and joy. The second picture is of a lovely Jane Austen journal I received from my parents for my birthday, inside it has beautifully lined pages and every so often a page may have an illustration from one of Austen's novels along with quotes from her various works. The 3rd picture is of two copies of Lorna Doone by R.D Blackmore. The top copy is one of my favourite buys to date. I bought it for 50c at an Op shop, it is material bound and almost falling to pieces. It is a 1957 edition and is an absolute treasure.
And I know it isn't a book but I have to include my Great Expectations (2011 TV Mini-Series) DVD. When it arrived in the mail I just about fainted on the spot (for quite obvious reasons *cough cough*). Again this is something I cannot wait to review although I do not have a clue how I am going to write it in a 'proper' way. I'm sure it will all be a collection of my sighing, and ohhh- ing and ahhh- ing over the series in general and one very talented actor in particular.
All my love,
Mel/Missie (whichever I am now) xx
ps. My Austen collection has grown so much too! I'm amazed at how many copies I have now. I can't wait to share about them but I'll leave that to another post :)