Happy New Year!
It’s 2020, you know what that means! 1920s style is coming back!
So throw on your glad rags and let’s go putting on the ritz!
Love Me or Leave Me
So the past few years, I have done “theme” years. 2015 was Back to the Future, 2016 Star Trek: The Original Series, 2017 Star Wars: A New Hope, 2018 Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and 2019 Dystopian future with The Running Man and Blade Runner. This year I’m all about the 1920s, especially one particular thing that came out:
For those of you who don’t know, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, the first mystery that Agatha Christie wrote and introduced one of the greatest detectives: Hercule Poirot.
So that is where this post’s title comes from, I will be reviewing a Poirot or other Agatha Christie movie for Horrorfest IX, and will attempt to work in mysteries somehow and sometime throughout the year.
You know how I love mysteries!
Mystery, you say?
But enough of that. Let’s move on to the year in review!
Let’s get started!
This year I had over 74.700 views!
The most viewed day of the year was August 12th with 752 views! That was the day I posted I Wrote Mr. Darcy a Letter
The Top Five Posts
Here are the top five most viewed posts of the year, although strangely none were posted this year-and amazingly my number one post for the past six years was knocked down to number 2. I know why too, the number one post is a confusing movie that I and my friend googled to figure it out-so I’m sure that’s what bumped the numbers.
I don’t know who to trust!
So this community has really grown in numbers and I can not describe how pleased I am about that. We have gone from 14 followers in 2012, to 439 in 2015, to 1021 in 2017, and now 1,647 in 2019.
Book Club Picks
My book club read:
I am actually 11 books behind, but I will catch up in this new year…at least I hope!
Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers
So in 2018 I started a series on books to read after you have read all the Jane Austen novels and want elements of Jane Austen, but something fresher than another adaption or retelling. The following books I recommended for Austen fans last year are:
Dangerous to Know
So I was given the book Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues edited by Christina Boyd, in exchange for an honest review, and started reviewing it in 2018-but as I broke it up into multiple posts I didn’t finish it until 2019. We had:
So of course there will be Jane Austen posts, that’s the name of the blog! I reviewed the following:
On Jane Austen & her works:
Sense and Sensibility:
Pride and Prejudice:
As C.S. Lewis says
“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
And sometimes you want something to nibble on when you read Jane Austen or watch the films. This year we had the following recipes:
Books, Books, Books!
I love books and reading:
Holiday, Celebrate, Holiday, Celebrate…
I LOVE holidays, and love to celebrate. Here are the holiday posts:
What goes better with Jane Austen than tea? I love tea and we have the following posts on it:
Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans
So as I enjoyed doing the Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers, that I decided to expand to another series- Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans. This has films that are not based on Jane Austen, but have elements we love from the films in a fresher source. I recommend Austen fans to watch:
Desire & Decorum
So Jane Austen has entered the 21st Century with Pixelberry creating a video game based on Jane Austen’s works and set in the Regency time period. I started playing in 2018 year and continued last year:
Catherine Morland’s Reading List
Another series? Yes…I know, I just can’t help it. Yes, this series will be on gothic novels that Catherine Morland would totally love to read, if she existed:
Painted Portrayals of Christ
For Easter I discussed different artworks of Christ, (have to put that Art History degree to work). Last year I chose:
Jane Austen Stuff
Last year I reviewed a few companies’ Jane Austen stuff:
Last year I decided to review one episode from Austentatious (2015) every month. After I finish it, I’ll be picking another one to do this to. I really, really, really hate this show-so be prepared for the sarcasm and the hate.
Last year I won five giveaways. The ones I have reviewed:
So like Dangerous to Know, this book was given to me by Christina Boyd in exchange for a honest review. Rational Creatures has stories by Elizabeth Adams, Nicole Clarkston, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Jessie Lewis, KaraLynne Mackrory, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Beau North, Sophia Rose, Anngela Schroeder, Joana Starnes, Brooke West, and Caitlin Williams-all on the women of Jane Austen:
25 Films of Christmas
Christmas is hard to do posts on as it is so busy! However, in 2018 I watched a Christmas film every day and posted it on Instagram. Last year I decided to do it again (and ended up watching 29 films). Here are the 25:
The Thin Man (1934)
Somewhere in Dreamland (1936)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970)
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) (In my family it counts as a Christmas movie)
Jack Frost (1979)
Babes in Toyland (1986)
A Garfield Christmas (1987)
Die Hard (1988)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1988)
Die Hard II (1990)
Home Alone (1990) I watched it twice!
Batman Returns (1992) It was my Friday the 13th pick
Jingle All the Way (1996)
The Christmas Card (2006)
The Christmas Candle (2013) I watched it twice!
Christmas in the City (2013)
Dashing Through the Snow (2015)
The Mistletoe Promise (2016)
Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (2018) Recommended to me by martha.leith on instagram
Other posts that don’t fit a theme:
For 2018 in review, go to The Future is Bulletproof
For 2017 in review, go to Life Seems But a Quick Succession of Busy Nothings
For 2016 in review, go to A New Hope
For 2015 in review, go to To Boldy Go Where No Man Has Gone Before
For 2014 in review, go to Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
For 2013 in review, go to Looking at the Past, Focusing on the Future
For 2012 in review, go to Looking Back, Moving Forward