What I've Read

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?

I am Elinor Dashwood!

I found a link to this quiz on Dana Huff's Book Blog,
Here is what it said about me:

"You are Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! You are practical, circumspect, and discreet. Though you are tremendously sensible and allow your head to rule, you have a deep, emotional side that few people often see."

Feel free to post your own results in reply :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

447 Years

Happy 447th Birthday,
William Shakespeare!

In honor of the Bard's birthday:

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
   If this be error and upon me proved,
   I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

From Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3

"This above all-
to thine own self be true,
And it must follow,
as the night the day,
Thou canst not then
be false to any man.

Yours truly,
The Litwit

Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Friend

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.

— Paul Sweeney

Monday, April 11, 2011

Team Kanenball

So this is REALLY a confession:

I am a Dancing with the Stars fanatic. It started several years ago with the first season when my Auntie was in the hospital with brain cancer. My family practically lived at the hospital and I ran back and forth from my University which was about 2 hours away. While at the hospital or the cheap-o motel where we stayed, there really wasn't much to do. Auntie slept most of the time. I should also point out that I had the night shift watching/staying with her, and, well...

She is DWTS's biggest fan.

To make a VERY long story short?

I love DWTS because of the Mark Ballas. He's a professional dancer (originally from Texas, which gets him BIG points with me), but they always put him with partners I admire. Bristol Palin did awesome last season, and so did Shawn before her and I think that's primarily because of Mark. He's so sweet, so encouraging, and he's a guitarist (getting him even MORE points). Sometimes the partners he's been with have been afraid to come out of their shells or be sexy, but he is always positive and encouraging with them.

As a reader, you may be asking yourself, "What does any of this have to do with literature, Ms. Litwit? Where is the literary connection?"

Mark choregraphed a dance to a Harry Potter song. He wore a wizard hat and his current partner Chelsea Kane was dressed up like Bellatrix.

He was also an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back in the day- BIGGEST POINTS EVER.

Originally this season, I was cheering on Ralph aka The Karate Kid but....

Mark used HP, therefore he trumps all.

Book Review: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

The Lost Memoirs of Jane AustenThe Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I should admit I am a sucker for anything Jane Austen.

With that being said, this is an awesome contribution to anyone's Jane Austen shelf.

Written from the point of view of Jane herself, it explores the years of her life that were not chronicled in letters.

Syrie James writes as if this is Jane Austen's journal written near the end of her life. The book is riddled with informative footnotes about Jane's world and is often both humorous and poignant. James even creates a dashing romantic interest for Jane by the name of Frederick Ashford. True to the language of the time period, and the personality of the authoress, this novel has the ability to transport its reader to another time period.

If the reader is willing to be swept into a gothic romance, he or she will be.

It was beautifully done. I'll most definitely re-read this book.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Outside of a Dog

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

-Groucho Marx

Monday, April 4, 2011


Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I began this blog. Having no clear purpose in mind (except for random rants, daily activities, and what-have-you), I posted the first thing on my mind (which has now been deleted due to my own neurotic tendencies).

I have now decided on a
purpose for this blog!

Confession of a Litwit-Book Blog:

Anything that remotely has to do with books will be posted here.

Sometimes I'll put quotes, sometimes I'll write a book review, sometimes I'll just gush about my fanciful romantic relationships with any of my literary crushes.

Hope you enjoy! 

Ms. Litwit

You've Got Mail

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void."

-Kathleen Kelly in Warner Bros. 1998 film You've Got Mail 

Sometimes I think this quote describes my life.

On a happier note, I ADORE this movie!