Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Results and The Imperiled Poppets Bracket (Round 4)

Well, well, well, Betties. It looks like we've got a bracket-busting insurrection on our hands. I had not thought that Fate is Remarkable (not a personal favorite), which won our last attempt to crown a Neelsian Winner, would fall so early. Henrietta's tiny tin oven proves as sturdy as any Aga. I tried to spread out some of the more universally acclaimed books across the brackets and Fate is Remarkable was certainly an anchor of this one.

Our results from The Hocked Locket Bracket are as follows:

Fate is Remarkable would always have her crown--a timeless classic.

Henrietta's Own Castle

Only By Chance

Dearest Mary Jane

Our last bracket in this round is The Imperiled Poppets Bracket. Some favorites of mine are up for contention (No, I won't push my finger on the scale and tell you! I run an honest racket...er, bracket.) I hope it's not too awful to say goodbye to your favorites. Best of luck with the voting this week!


Chris Jackson could teach the Betties how to say goodbye in one word.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Results and The Hocked Locket Bracket (Round 4)

There was a heartbreaker in this latest round of voting for me. My beloved Gold Medalist, Rose Comely, fell to Florina and the Great Lemonade Deluge. (If I may steal from William Tecumseh Sherman: Lemonade is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.) As much as I love Florina, Rose is almost my favorite and I am sad she is no more.

Lemonade is a metaphor for pay-back.

Here are the results for The Handful of A Levels Bracket!

Wish With the Candles

A Gentle Awakening

Tabitha in Moonlight


"Your job, Mr. Mortensen is not to side with Henrietta or Sarah.
Only to comfort the losing partisans. Do you understand?"

"Should I undo another button on my sensible blue shirt?"

"I knew we called the right man."

My Neelsian Senses suspect that The Hocked Locket Bracket is going to cause some heartburn. Vote, take some Tums and tell me your troubles!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Results and The Handful of A Levels Bracket (Round 4)

We're getting down to the wire. In this last round, we go from six titles to consider, all the way down to a measley three. Caroline's Waterloo was the most decisive match-up, rolling over The Vicar's Daughter like monster truck bouncing over a row of crushed 1976 AMC Matadors.

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Caroline and Margo each had a marriage of convenience in common.
Kind of like the way the Scarlet Bandit had four wheels and
the 70s era, four-door sedans it was pulverizing
had four wheels... 

Here are the results:

Dearest Love
Caroline's Waterloo
Blow Hot, Blow Cold

It's a solid bracket. I will figure out how we will vote on a three-way match-up, the next time this comes around.

In the mean time, we have to charge on to the next call for votes in The Handful of A Levels Bracket (Round 4). It's shaping up to be a quieter bracket but I'm all for underdogs.


Underdogs like Hot, hot James McAvoy who
is 5'7". Look. People grow until they're perfect, okay?
Some of us just get there sooner.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wildcard Round Results and Voting!

Greetings, dear Betties! Having taken off last Monday to celebrate Memorial Day (U.S.) in style (visit to cemetery and the grave of a fallen veteran, masses of yardwork and grilled meats to finish off) I have had a hard time getting back into the swing of things. The last weeks of school term are hard, yo. The struggle is real.
Real enough to warrant a 1000-yard stare.

I have totted up the votes from our Wildcard Round. Twenty books got at least one vote and several of them got more than that. Our finalists are Blow Hot, Blow Cold, Tabitha in Moonlight, Dearest Mary Jane and Tulips for Augusta.

I've folded them into the brackets and it was going along swimmingly until I got to the Imperiled Poppets Bracket. You guys. It's going to be the worst.
Betty Keira didn't want to think about the future bracket that
included a three-way vote between
Cassandra By Chance, The Promise of Happiness
and The Hasty Marriage. She was also looking fabulous.

But let's not bother with that now. Here is The Barfing on His Brouges Bracket (Round Four) to break your heart first.

P.S. I'd like to add a special welcome to our De-lurked Betties who voted in the previous round. We're glad to hear from you!