My 27th birthday was last Sunday. And while I am lamenting how old I feel, I am cheered up by the bookish gifts I received! There weren’t quite as many as other years because my parents also bought me two memory foam pillows (which are amazing, by the way). But quality over quantity is my motto, and these presents are definitely quality.
Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes
I don’t think I’ve gone a birthday in recent years without receiving at least one Brontë related gift. I like to read any Brontë biography I can get my hands on, so when I came across it on Goodreads, I knew I had to have it. It’s a lovely, middle grade graphic biography with gorgeous artwork. I’ve actually already finished reading it, and a review will be coming soon.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
This will be my second book by McLemore, and I can’t wait to pick it up. The first book I read by her, Blanca & Roja, is a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red,” and this new book is a retelling of “The Red Shoes.” I’ve wanted to read it since it came out in January, but I wasn’t able to buy it once it was released and then COVID happened, keeping me away from the bookstores. I intend to write a Fairy Tale Friday on it at some point.
Emma. directed by Autumn de Wilde
The final present was not a book but a film adaptation of a book. I’d say Emma is tied with Persuasion for my second favorite Jane Austen book (the first in my heart will always be, of course, Pride and Prejudice). I had the pleasure of seeing this movie in theaters with my best friend right before everything shut down. It’s visually stunning, wonderfully acted, and just all around wonderful. I’m so excited to watch it again and share it with my mom, who will also love it.