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Miss Moppet

I think I know the lull you're talking about with No Name. I hit it too and ended up putting the book to one side, but it's on my list to go back to.

I love Doris Day movies! Down With Love is a great homage to them and I liked that too.

Danielle

Miss Moppet--Right before Magdalen started performing on stage was a lull for me, but once she's beginning to make contact with her uncle things begin to get very interesting again. And Captain Wragge is the sort of character is infuriating and you have to keep reading to see if he gets away with his greediness! Isn't Doris Day great? I'm going to watch That Touch of Mink as it is my favorite--I love those scenes in the automat! I added Down With Love to my Netflix queue so will give that one a try as well! :)

Penny

A perfect way to shoo the ghosts away - Doris Day. A smile its my lips just thinking about one of her silly romps. I'd planned a reread of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as well, but, we'll see.
I am impressed with your determination at reading all of Anais Nin.

Kathy

What an interesting combination of books, stories and even movies! (I love Doris Day movies--they make me think of my mom because we watched so many together.)

I'm the same way at bedtime. I love to read right before I go to sleep, but I want something not too challenging, and preferably upbeat (don't want any depressing dreams!). I tend to choose humorous essay collections (Bill Bryson, David Sedaris, Dave Barry, among others), but diaries would also be a great choice and I love them, too, nosy woman that I am. I would be interested to hear who your favorite diarists are--care to share?

Danielle

Penny--It may take me a very very long time to read all of Nin, but I am always optimistic at the beginning. :) I love Doris Day and it has been ages since I've seen any of her movies--I think she is just what I need at the moment. I have the Irving story out and am ready to start my daily walk (on the treadmill, so will be reading a bit today and a bit tomorrow).
Kathy--Looking back on my post that is an interesting variety of things. My reading has been all over the place lately as you can see! I'm hoping to get into the routine of reading a few entries from the diary every day and see how my progress goes. I always think I'll be able to read a bit before bedtime but can manage maybe a page before I start falling asleep. I'm with you on wanting light reads. I've yet to read David Sedaris--I really must try him!

Caroline

I think I read most of Anaïs Nin's books and some of her diaries at one point and then I started a biography, I think Deidre Bair's, and that put me off completely. I found her very phony all of a sudden. Bair already put me off Simone de Beauvoir. Maybe I will return to Nin at some point again. I did like her style. I am curious to hear what you make of her. Diaries as a genre are fascinating. Do you keep one? I got Sylvia Plath's diaries ready to read. I can't really remember any Doris Day movies but I know I watched the one or the other on TV as a child. Didn't remember she was funny. That novel by May Sarton sounds very good.

Lori L

I love Doris Day movies! This weekend does seem like a good time to put on several of her movies and avoid more of the scary stuff!

Danielle

Caroline--That's the problem with biographies--I guess you have to be prepared to hear some not too nice things about people you admire. I love Daphne du Maurier's books, but when I read a bio of her all I could think was she was not an especially nice person at times--not sure I'd like her really, but I've managed to separate all that from her work, which I still love. Still, it can be an eye opening experience. I know Nin reworked most of her journals, so I'm prepared in the sense that everything she wrote may not be exactly true, but I'll put off reading an actual bio of her til later. I think I have the Bair one as well. I've never thought of reading Plaths diaries--those would be interesting as well. Doris Day's movies are very light and fluffy and often farcical. It's just what I need right now!
Lori--It's been ages since I've seen one but it sounded just the antidote as I watched a movie last weekend that freaked me out! I'm a little ghost storied out at the moment and am ready to move on to something a little different (as much as I like ghost stories).

Jan Smith

Hi! Just had to put in a plug for "Down With Love". Miss Moppett is the first person, other than my daughter, that I've heard has seen it! My daughter is way too young for the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies, and hasn't seen one, but she loved this, as did I. We saw it together at the theater, and laughed out loud - a lot. You'll enjoy it...guaranteed!

Danielle

Jan--I have it in my Netflix queue--I will bump it up and maybe get it on the next round. I need movies and books right now that are happy and humorous! I love Pillow Talk which also has Rock Hudson--another favorite. It's a definite thumbs up when a young person who has no frame of reference for Doris Day movies liked it!

Darlene

Captain Wragge and his wife make quite the rag-tag pair don't they! I loved this story so I hope you do make it to the end, Danielle!

catharina

Never read any Anaïs Nin, although I have come across her quite often. I'm very interested to hear what you think of her. Glad you liked May Sarton, looks like I must add this to my wishlist. I have been a bit absent here lately, not feeling too well, hope to be able to come back to my daily routine soon.

Danielle

Darlene--Captain Wragge annoyed me at first, but now I sort of like him in a contrary sort of way. He certainly knows how to capitalize on any situation, doesn't he? And his poor beleaguered wife! I will stick it out as Collins has me hooked now!
Catharina--I've not read her work before either--only seen the movie Henry and June and started buying her diaries. I didn't realize she had started them when she was so young. I'm curious about her now so will see how reading her diaries goes. And I did like May Sarton--I still want to read some of her journals. Sorry to hear you've not been well. I always do wonder when people who drop by regularly are quiet--but I know how life can get busy and you just don't have online/computer time! I hope you're back in your routine soon, too!

Dorothy W.

I'm glad you enjoyed A Small Room, and I look forward to reading your thoughts when you get there. You make me want to read another Christie novel! It's crossed my mind now and then. I should check and see if my library has any books of hers on audio. I'm hoping to get to Volume 2 of Woolf's diaries -- I agree that the thought of reading diaries is appealing.

litlove

So much good stuff here! I love Doris Day and am really interested to know which espionage novels grab you. I have hardly read any so will be very intrigued to know what you enjoy. I loved The Small Room - just a fantastic book for me. And Anais Nin's diaries are quite fascinating, I think. She was messed up and yet oddly formidable. Can't wait to hear what you make of them!

Danielle

Dorothy--I really like Agatha Christie and I bet her work would be fun to listen to as well. I liked the Sarton and now must go and read everyone else's posts--I find it interesting to read the reactions of those who teach who have read the book. And someday I will read Virginia Woolf's diaries!
Litlove--Doris Day is great--just what I needed this weekend. I may have to binge on her movies for a while. And I think I will try more spy novels--this one is an easy read and not really violence, so a good place to start. I'm glad you liked the Sarton--it seems like everyone liked it more or less--certainly there is lots to discuss there. And now I am very curious about Nin after hearing about her from others.

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