#Reading, #Life and #Dorset dreaming…


You’re probably wondering what ‘Dorset Dreaming’ has to do with reading and life…bear with me, I’ll get to that soon. I’ve come to the realisation lately that I no longer read enough. A lot of my time is spent on social media, clicking away and while I ‘read’ whatever is there in front of me it has been ages since I cracked open a book and just sat silently reading for at least an hour. I think that we are all kind of guilty in this day and age of not reading enough. I remember those days when I could just lie in bed reading for hours, getting lost in the story and not caring that I was up until 3AM reading rather than being up until 2 or 3 playing games on Facebook! Ugh! I need to get back into it, especially since I recently acquired several new books (one brand new, three used) that definitely merit my opening them up to get lost in.

It is definitely a new life goal of mine to start reading more again and spending less time on social media, or rather less time doing nothing but clicking or getting lost in meaningless posting. I’m going to try to limit the time I spend online to work related (i.e. blogging, research for the magazines, digital art work, networking, etc.) goings on and only one hour of personal use. The rest of the time I want to focus on being a good wife, learning more about my future home in Dorset and just plain living life. I feel as though I have almost forgotten to live lately.

So, I can get two of those things done right from here in Florida at present by starting one of the many books I bought last month which combine reading and Dorset. I bought a couple of books by famed Dorset author, Thomas Hardy which I am eager to read. I’m told they’re not the happiest of books but I’m not interested in feeling elated so much as reading a great story by a great writer. Life isn’t always made of ‘happy’ moments, life can be rough and sometimes bleak but the happy moments help us through the rough patches. I’m more interested in getting into the nitty gritty of literature rather than just having that ‘feel good’ temporary euphoria going on. I’m not trying to live in illusions. So, the books are  Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge. I also bought Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders which I am rather looking forward to reading as well! What do you all think? Have any of you read these before? I’m curious to know who among my readers are avid literary fiends and love a good story. Well, that being said, come on y’all! Let’s read!



Keep reading, keep smiling!


Nadia Marie

Title photo taken on location in A.Parker’s Books, Sarasota, FL.
Books in second photo were purchased at A. Parker’s Books.



Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge, Post #2

200 Years of Pride and Prejudice + New Additions to my Personal Library

New Additions to the Library

New Additions to the Library

Some of you know that I am participating in Austenprose’s Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge as I posted on here earlier with a list of books I was going to read and movies I was going to watch pertaining to the challenge. I had thought initially to try and find some of the books in the library (except, of course, Pride and Prejudice itself since I have my own excellent copy of the work) but on a moment of perusing on Amazon I found all three of the other books I had purposed to read and decided to take the plunge and add them to my library!

Above is a photograph of my new books fresh out of the package on Friday the night they arrived. They are beautiful and I am eager to read them. Have you bought any new books lately?

Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge, Post #1

The Pride Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge (2013) First Things First:
I am very happy and excited to be partaking in this challenge hosted by Austenprose-A Jane Austen Blog celebrating the bicentennial of Pride and Prejudice. As stated in the challenge blog post, I will detail here how I will go about participating. I will be taking on the challenge at the Disciple level which are 5-8 selections and will enumerate them here so that you might know what to expect to read about in subsequent posts on the subject.

My Reading and Viewing List:

1. I will begin by re-reading the novel that I have come to love so much by Miss Austen herself, Pride and Prejudice. 

The edition: Jane Austen’s Novels Edited by Reginald Brimley Johnson in Ten Volumes
Pride and Prejudice, Volumes I & II, Third Edition, February 1893

2. Viewing: Pride and Prejudice BBC/A&E (1995)

3. Reading: The Darcys of Pemberly: The Continuing Story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
by: Shannon Winslow, Micah D. Hansen and Sharon M. Johnson (2011)

4. Viewing: Pride and Prejudice BBC (1980)
I have never seen this version so it will be interesting to compare the one I know best to
this one.

5. Reading: Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece
by: Susannah Fullerton (2013)

6. Viewing: Pride and Prejudice Focus Features (2005)
Not my favorite but I will give it a second chance.

7. Reading: Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues by Linda Berdoll (2004)

8. Viewing: Pride and Prejudice Excel Entertainment Group (2003)

So excited to start! If you want to participate don’t hesitate to go to the Austenprose blog for the rules and how to participate! Happy reading and viewing everyone!