Friday Flotsam


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Little Women!

Yes I’m still talking about Little Women, you wanna make something of it?

You already know I finished the book, based on my Stories. If you don’t follow IG Stories, then I’ll tell you here – I finished the book last week! Which is what I just said. I did a full recap yesterday on Insta, but I feel like it’s just not enough. FOR THAT BOOK. And this isn’t going to be another official book club recap. (except that it is) I mainly wanted to bring the convo over here because it was just such a treasure and I think we need to talk about it forever!

A few things:

I honestly thought the dad was going to die at war! Or ill in the hospital bed when Marmee (what is that word) goes to visit. I was like, “duuuude ain’t coming home.” And then he DID. I was shocked.

I’m still not over Amy and Laurie. I guess it’s fine that they’re together, but he was so in love with Jo. OH SO YOU GO FOR THE LITTLE SISTER NOW? SECOND BEST? A little bit creepy there, Laurie boy.

Okay, this was my one let down of the book: remember that one chapter when Meg is stressing out early on in their marriage in the kitchen about not having dinner ready when John brings a friend home, and then two sentences later Laurie walks in and says, “Where’s the little mamma?!” And Jo presents a couple of RANDO BABIES TO HIM? I’m sorry WHAT? We didn’t even know Meg was pregnant! That ain’t cool, Alcott. We need a build up here. I asked my friend Ash if her copy read the same (ha! as if it wouldn’t), and she said, “Well it wasn’t proper to talk of such things!” B.S., ALCOTT.

However, she did make it up to me during the book when she pulled a Fleabag (or perhaps Fleabag pulled a Little Women) by breaking the fourth wall here and there. I appreciate a good fourth wall breaking from time to time.

Overall, it left me so touched. Forever changed, which yeah, sounds cliche and obnoxious, but it’s the absolute truth. Little things from their memories and life “sermons” and experiences will stay tucked in a cerebral drawer for the rest of my days.


The end.

lake and trees

Actually, before you x out (did you already x out?), I have a question for you.

We devoured Little Women, but Ashlee and I feel like taking on another classic over the winter. I have a few books to get through this fall (Nine Perfect Strangers, The Silent Patient, The Broken Girls, Ask Again, Yes, and a few more once I decide what!), but – what’s another life-altering classic that we should read? Wuthering Heights? Great Expectations? The Secret Garden? The Scarlet Letter? Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? (<—just kidding)

What like, completely WRECKED you as a reader? I want that again.

Spill it.

kids in woods

AND WHILE I HAVE YOU (I totally don’t have you), I have another book request. (no it never ends.)

Okay, remember the cutesy romance novel we read back eaaaarly this year, One Day in December? I NEED MORE OF THAT.

What are some more fun, fresh, heartbreaking romance novels I should inhale? And I mean, I need some devastation, some ugly betrayal, some hard core hottie characters. I know you have the goods.


boots and rocks

Halloween movies we’ve watched:::: (changing gears here)

Remember that list I posted a few Fridays ago? Here’s the update because I know you’ve been on the edge of your seating waiting for this:

The Witch (HOLY mother it’s good. Intense. Weird. Bizarre. Dark. But interesting.)

Get Out – absolutely loved! Depressing and awful, but creative. Obsessed with Jordan Peele’s brain.

Crawl – Um, complete white-knuckle Blockbuster. Alligator attacks, house flooding, crawl spaces, hurricanes – GIMME.

A Quiet Place – AMAZING. Emily Blunt is life. So incredible. Watch it.

Child’s Play – don’t even waste your dang time.

We still have Us, You’re Next, and Hereditary to get through. After Little Women, natch.

Anything else we desperately need to add?


plant life

Weekend plans?

I have a race tomorrow! A running race with my feet and legs. And it’s for my kids’ school PTA so I’m officially that mom.

I think we might make little cheesecloth ghosts for our front yard tree like we did last year. And meet some friends for a picnic in the park once the rain scoots. Perhaps I’ll ask Aaron to clean and winterize and organize the garage on Sunday. HAHAHAHAHAH. One can dream.

What are you having for dinner tonight?


49 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Juliette October 18, 2019 at 7:24 am #
    Have you watched signs with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix?? Its really good and mildly scary.
    • Bev Weidner October 18, 2019 at 7:47 am #
      Oh, Signs is one of my all-time faves!! I reference it constantly in my life. :)
      • Kellie October 19, 2019 at 10:32 am #
        Let’s talk about M. Night Shyamalan movies....Lady in the Water, The Village, The Visit and The Sixth Sense all so good and what plot twists!!! All good for Halloween!
    • Kellie October 19, 2019 at 10:24 am #
      Hereditary will haunt you FOREVER!!!! The tongue clicking 😳😬💀 Definitely read The Secret Garden and A Wrinkle in Time...I know, I know, it’s a children’s book but it is so good. Don’t judge it by that horrible movie....ugh!!
      • Elizabeth A Weber-Falk October 20, 2019 at 9:41 am #
        A Wrinkle in Time is great book. I’m 55 years old and I still reread it
        • Taylor October 24, 2019 at 6:35 pm #
          I know I'm late to comment, but Tess of the D'Urbervilles will devastate you. It's a sad story about a sad girl whose life only gets sadder. I'm currently re-reading it, despite the imminent devastation, because it's just that good!
  2. Amy October 18, 2019 at 7:43 am #
    Classics recommendations...The Awakening by Kate Chopin--not really a long read but way ahead of its time and beautiful. David Copperfield or Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, because Dickens is the best. 1984 by Orwell is always timely. It's not for everybody but I love On the Road by Jack Kerouac. And I appreciate your Little Women posts, because you've inspired me to go back and re-read some classics or find one that I've never dug into!
  3. Simone October 18, 2019 at 7:46 am #
    Go to Jessica's book lists for the ones like One Day in December. I would recommend The Unhoneymooners and then also Elin Hilderbrand's Winter in Paradise winter series. (The first came on last year, the second this year) As for classics, I also loved Pride & Prejudice.
  4. Candace October 18, 2019 at 8:43 am #
    Wuthering Heights is my favorite book! Period. Classic or no. I highly recommend it!
  5. Maria Russo October 18, 2019 at 8:50 am #
    Wuthering Heights will CHANGE you!! And it's perfect to read in the winter. There are some Christmas-y moments.
  6. Nicole October 18, 2019 at 9:12 am #
    Figgy balsamic pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes and green beans. Boom. And’s Friday!!
  7. Dee October 18, 2019 at 9:31 am #
    Gone With The Wind wrecked me. (when I was a young teen, and still romantic. Ha!) Even if you've seen the movie a million times, it's SO worth a read. I think I read it at least 5 times, and after the first couple of times, I would read the whole book and then skip the last 10 pages because it was just too heart-breaking! And frustrating!!!
  8. Denise October 18, 2019 at 9:45 am #
    The Good Earth by Pearl Buck or A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Both wonderful!
  9. Shannon October 18, 2019 at 10:30 am #
    Is it really true you've never read The Secret Garden?!?!?! Do it! That book will change you forever. And then after you read it go check out the audiobook version at the library. I can't remember you did the voices for the audiobook version but it's awesome. And then go read Oliver Twist. That classic is a serious emotional rollercoaster ride.
    • frabjuous1 October 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm #
      Wait...wait...WHAT?? BEV DID AUDIO VOICES FOR SECRET GARDEN? AND HAS NEVER READ IT?? this cannot be true, factual, certainly NOT satisfactual (name that song)....Read that book to my chillins....night by night before bed. They'd come to me at nap/quiet time and ask me yo continue...
    • magnantily October 22, 2019 at 7:45 am #
      Which audio version? There are several?
  10. Catherine October 18, 2019 at 11:04 am #
    For fun, light romances: anything by Jasmine Guillory, the London Celebrities series by Lucy Parker, anything by Mhairi McFarlane, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test by Helen Hoang.
  11. Kristen October 18, 2019 at 11:32 am #
    Romance books - I’ve read so many this year for some reason. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover is SO GOOD. The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand is my favorite from her and will make you fall in love with restaurants. Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is adorable.
  12. Shannon October 18, 2019 at 11:38 am #
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A must read!
    • KatieBelle October 20, 2019 at 12:15 am #
      I still want to read Last of the Mohicans and of course, Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing in the film and not hard to look at either . On of my favorite s is the Talisman by Stephen King: about a boy's journey to save his mother. It's classic Stephen King, but oh so good. Loved Wuthering Heights as a teen. I've never read Little Women, but loved the 1990's flick.
  13. Nicole October 18, 2019 at 11:49 am #
    Not a classic but a good read is The Girl Before... by JP Delaney.
  14. Anonymous October 18, 2019 at 12:32 pm #
    Classic recommendation - East of Eden. SO GOOD. I do love most of the options you listed but East of Eden absolutely wrecked me, and stayed with me.
  15. Gaye McGrath October 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm #
    Secret Garden is a must read!
    • Ali October 18, 2019 at 3:05 pm #
      If you liked One Day in December, Evie Drake Starts Over and Things You Save in a Fire are both great romance! Bonus, they both take place in quaint New England towns. Other than that they’re completely unrelated I also just read the Chance of a Lifetime series (3 books) by Kate Clayborn. They were really enjoyable.
  16. Glenda October 18, 2019 at 1:49 pm #
    “II Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith. Funny, heartbreaking and utterly charming coming of age story by the author of 101 Dalmatians. I wish I had read it when I was a teen.
  17. Anonymous October 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm #
    A Little Princess for something younger but powerful. Ann Radcliffe is the original female Gothic writer so if you’re looking for something more overly dramatic, romantic, and historical: The Italian!
  18. Vanessa October 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm #
    Going to reread my copy of Little Women this winter, thanks to you! Wuthering Heights is amazing, I am currently reading Anne of Green Gables. I mean, Pride and Prejudice?
  19. Vanessa B October 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm #
    Going to reread my copy of Little Women this winter, thanks to you! Wuthering Heights is amazing, I am currently reading Anne of Green Gables. I mean, Pride and Prejudice?
  20. Erica October 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm #
    Ahhh! I loved that you read Little Women! I am so gonna read it again! Was my all time fave as a girl- that and Anne of Green Gables- I’m assuming you’ve read that. If not discard all other books and get that one ASAP. Plus the movie from the 80’s is absolute perfection. Um what’s also fun is there are sequels to Little Women.... Little Men and Jo’s Boys. BUT my mostest fave classic that still inspires me is Jane Eyre. She is the BEST. And to me it’s the perfect winter read. Also Persuasion. It’s lovely, lovely, lovely. Ps. I love your stories, I love your recipes and I love you! And I’m sorry this comment is so long! Happy Friday!
    • Erica October 18, 2019 at 3:04 pm #
      Oh and another one I loved as a girl- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare- it’s about puritans and an orphan girl from Barbados and it’s great!
  21. Veronica Hill October 18, 2019 at 3:11 pm #
    My favorite Bronte book has always been Jane Eyre. My grandmother gave me her copy in when I was in high school and it changed reading for me forever.
  22. Julie October 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm #
    Favorite classic- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn A sweet romance with a strong message about women’s body image as well as their friendships is Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins. Off the radar but I read it for a book club and fell in love with the characters. I really liked The Broken Girls and Ask Again Yes from your list...but have to relay that everyone I’ve talked to who read Nine Perfect Strangers said it was one of the worst books they’d ever read. Love your book posts and the enlightening reader comments!
    • Ann October 18, 2019 at 9:44 pm #
      If you haven’t read Anne of Green Gables, read. It. Immediately. My favorite book of ALL TIME.
  23. Jennifer C. October 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm #
    Where the Red Fern Grows is a favorite oldie of mine. Old Dan and LIttle Ann forever! Also, not necessarily a classic but scary (to go with your October movies) is Jaws! I remember thinking it was going to be cheesy like the movie but it was a super scary read as well as anything by Stephen King! Dinner tonight: blackened cod with quinoa and a okra-tomato maque choux.
  24. Anna October 18, 2019 at 6:57 pm #
    Classic book recommendation: Jane Eyre. Top 5 favorite book, so beautiful, and so much more enjoyable than Wuthering Heights. So if you want to read some Bronte, much more accessible and as a bonus, it’s a beautiful love story. Romance recommendation: for the holidays One Day in December.
  25. Megan October 18, 2019 at 11:15 pm #
    Have you watched “The Witches”? It’s a 1990 film. It’s a pretty good Halloween movie.
  26. Amanda October 18, 2019 at 11:35 pm #
    East of Eden by Steinbeck truly is shocking, life-altering, and will grip you. I love it.
  27. Lily October 19, 2019 at 6:10 am #
    Classic: A Tree Goes in Brooklyn! It’s a coming of age story like Little Women, it’s wonderful, and I reread it basically every year. Romance: The Unhoneymooners! It’s a super quick read but has that cutesy romance with hot protagonists thing you’re looking for.
  28. Hilary October 19, 2019 at 6:49 am #
    Watching a lot of the same movies for October. Waiting for Midsommar to arrive via library request. We watched The Gate last night for our Friday night feature. It was entertaining in that totally-80’s-it’s-so-bad-it’s-good kind of way. Also, the new Are You Afraid of the Dark? on Nickelodeon this October is actually.... good??? I was a super fan of the original and had low expectations but am pleasantly surprised haha
  29. Ali October 19, 2019 at 7:34 am #
    Be careful with Hereditary!! I’m normally unfazed by horror movies, but this one stuck with me. By FAR the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. My husband agrees. That being said, it’s gorgeously shot, smartly written and 100% worth watching.
    • Elizabeth A Weber-Falk October 20, 2019 at 9:38 am #
      I did not enjoy that movie at all. It was very disturbing to me.
  30. Liz October 19, 2019 at 10:07 am #
    Classics - people already mentioned these but they are all fantastic - Where the Red Fern Grows, Pride & Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, I Capture the Castle. Fun read - Class Mom by Laurie Gelman - perfect for you Bev because it is about a Kindergarten class mom and will have you laughing out loud!!!
  31. Lindsay October 19, 2019 at 4:39 pm #
    Read East of Eden. Heartbreaking. Beautiful.
  32. Elizabeth A Weber-Falk October 20, 2019 at 9:37 am #
    Great little independent movie from the 80’s... The Lady in White. We watch it every year. A favorite classic book of mine...A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.i. I’ve worn out two copies. For something quite different you could read Watership Down. Give em a try. Let me know what you think.
  33. Ashley October 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm #
    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a favorite of mine! You must read it. It’s a gothic tale and it’s a little romantic and suspenseful. I first read it as a teen and have re-read it so many times since then.
  34. Amanda October 21, 2019 at 10:13 am #
    I am such a scaredy cat but I’m trying to branch out, scary movie-wise! Just started listening to this podcast that’s perrrfect for me and other sc’s out there (Too Scary Didn’t Watch)-someone comes on & describes a scary movie! Hoping it’ll toughen me up to be able to watch more lol This is probably so obnoxious (and I’m sorry!) but what are the names of your plants in the picture? They’re so pretty and I want some too!
  35. Sarah October 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm #
    You have to read the Bookshop on the Corner. It will make you want to book a flight to Scotland & the audio book is even cozier. Rare Objects was also really good but doesn't necessarily leave you feeling wrecked. Paris for One was so pleasant. I knew you were going to LOVE Little Women. I could just feel it.
  36. Sam October 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm #
    The comments about Hereditary provoked me to watch a trailer, admittedly through squinty eyes. It looks disturbing, but I am undeniably curious. Is this like Exorcist level? Or will terrifying images jump out on screen? Will i ever sleep again?I need some details, haha! Will you watch for us (me) and give a little recap? I do love horror films, but am such a scaredy-cat.
  37. Becky K. October 21, 2019 at 9:21 pm #
    It’s a children’s book but I loved Charlotte’s Web when I had to reread it in my children’s lit class in college. I also loved How to Kill a Mockingbird.

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