Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. This was a childhood favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed rereading it. Betsy is an overly-sheltered city child who is unexpectedly shipped off to live with her Vermont cousins. She learns how to think for herself, how to solve problems and be self-reliant.
( Read an excerpt )
What I'm Reading now (but not for long):
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I've been enjoying the TV series on Syfy. The Expanse community on DW, rocinante is doing a rewatch. (Which reminds me, I need to go post about the season finale.) There isn't much fic so I was hoping that the books would fill that need.
Well. I'm in the middle of book one, Leviathan Wakes, and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to finish it. It's not half as well written as the TV series. The characters are empty shells. They don't even rise to the level of predictable archetypes--there is no there, there. After a few chapters, I wondered if I was being too hard on the writers. So I got out a couple of favorites and read over the first few pages. Sure enough, I learned more in seven pages about the three main protagonists of Red Mars than I did about any character in Leviathan Wakes after seven chapters. The TV series has a structure, and an endgame. The book's pacing is slow and the style is pedestrian. The TV series is far more suspenseful and exciting. I am so, so disappointed. If I wasn't a fan of the show, I'd have quit reading this turkey already.
What's next: All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.
Lest you forget, you have until 9:00 PM EDT, JUNE 28, 2017 to sign up for The Exchange at Fic Corner | fic_corner. That would be today. After I looked at the sign up summary, I relaxed. I can match on two of the three fandoms I offered, and everything I asked for has at least one offer. I just hope my letter doesn't freak out my writer too badly.
Why yes, my homemade banner is an illustration from All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. And yes, it is one of the fandoms I'm offering.