Movie groupie

I am looking forward to so many movies that are coming out this Spring and Summer!    Most all of them are based on books I’ve read so it makes it that much more exciting.

  • Water for Elephants.  One of my top 10 favorite books of all time.   It’s romantic and has action and is just beautifully written.  Plus it addresses a cause I’m passionate about- animal abuse in circuses.  I have blogged about that a few times.   I hope that going to see this movie will change a few peoples’ minds about going to animal circuses.   I hear that Tai the elephant is amazing in this movie and I love the rest of the cast too.  Christoph Waltz as August?  Genius!
  • Something Borrowed.  I haven’t read this book, but  I need to.  It looks so cute and I love the cast, especially Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski.
  • The Help.  Also in my top 10 books of all time.  If you haven’t read it you REALLY have to.  Like it should be part of school curriculum.   They did a fabulous job casting this movie too.  I adore  Emma Stone.
  • I know this next one isn’t coming out for a while but there has been so much buzz about it I am including it.  The Hunger Games Trilogy.  SQUEEEE!!!  Can. Not. Wait. for this movie!  So far I’m really pleased with the casting here too.  I’m dying to find out who they cast as Haymitch.  I’m hoping for either Robert Downey Jr or Hugh Laurie.  And I really hope Kristen Chenoweth gets in there too.

What other movies should I see this Spring/Summer?  What are you looking forward to?

Books read in 2011

  1. Alone by Lisa Gardner

That’s it.  We’re almost finished with the first quarter of 2011 and I’ve read one book.  Pitiful!  It was a good book but it wasn’t even in book form.  It was via the Kindle app on my iPhone.   I blame it on how busy I’ve been and the absurd amount of magazines that arrive in my mail box every week.  Last Spring I had some airline miles I needed to get rid of (not enough for a ticket) so I used them to get magazines.  I ordered everything they had that was in English.  We get Dog Fancy, Cigar Afficianado, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Glamour, Lucky, and on and on.  We get FOUR different Golf magazines!  CSP hasn’t played golf in like a year!  I pass on a lot of our magazines and CSP & I race to read the rest.  We’re only renewing one subscription for him (Bloomburg Business Week) and one for me (Real Simple) so I’ll be back on the book reading bandwagon soon!


Literary questions for you

I’m curious as to what makes for an exciting, fun read for you.  When you are reading a novel specifically, what point of view creates more of a sense of involvement for you as the reader?

If you have any other opinions or comments about what qualities in a fun novel make you love that book and want to read another, please leave a comment!

What I’ve read so far in 2010

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

I haven’t updated this list since June and this summer I did a lot of reading.   I’m including short reviews for each book.  Here we go:

  1. Night by Elie Weisel.  EVERYONE should read this book.  Around 100 pages, but the hardest 100 pages to get through.  So worth it though.
  2. Exposure by Brandilyn Collins.  via Kindle for iPhone.  With the exception of the main character’s lame first name (Kaycee, ugh)…it was good!  Esp for a free Kindle book!
  3. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs.  Love her.
  4. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.  Very cute book.  Also a Kindle free read.  There’s a sequel I can’t wait to read.
  5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson.  Currently working on this one.
  6. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot.  Very cute book.  Funny.
  7. Big Boned by Meg Cabot.  See above.
  8. The Shack by William P. Young.  Thought provoking
  9. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline.  Tense.  Good.
  10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  Should be required reading.  Fantastic.
  11. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris… Love!  It’s book 1 of the Sookie Stackhouse books.
  12. Living dead in Dallas. by Charlaine Harris.  Hooked on this series
  13. Precious /Push by Sapphire.  Surprisingly short.  Full of foul language and behavior.  Glad I read it but wouldn’t read again.
  14. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris.  Still loving this series
  15. Twenties Girl by  Sophie Kinsella.  Fun read!  Very girlie.
  16. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris.  This book is where you really notice the split from the tv series.  I kinda wish the tv show would stay more true to the books.
  17. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  18. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris.  This one got REALLY corny!  But I’m invested and I want to see what happens!
  19. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  SO good.  Haunting. Had no idea it was a Young Adult book until after I read it.
  20. Hunger games by Suzanne Collins.  Amazing.  Seriously.  Devoured this and Catching Fire in one weekend.
  21. Catching fire by Suzanne Collins.  Could not put down.  Great characters, storyline.  Can totally see as a movie. Can’t wait for book 3!
  22. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler.  Ok, but not nearly as funny as Are You There God, It’s Me, Chelsea.  I only laughed out loud like once.  She even said on her show that she was rushing to finish this book and you could totally tell.
  23. Maneater by Gigi Levangie Grazer.  Listened to this one on the way out to the Outer Banks on CD.  It was pretty good.  Light stuff for a road trip.
  24. Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie.  Listened to this on the way home from the Outer Banks on CD.  Wish we had picked this one first to listen to instead of Maneater.  Super cute and we were both disappointed when we arrived home before the story was over.  Immediately checked the book out of the library and finished the story.  Would be a really cute Rom Com movie.
  25. Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris.  I think this is the one that deals with Hurricane Katrina.  I really liked how she dealt with it.
  26. Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society by  Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  Delightful!  Just a lovely book.  I’m so glad I read this.  Loved the letters format, loved the depiction of WW2.  Not as romanticized as other books I’ve read.  Wished there was more book to read.  As soon as I finished it I instantly missed the characters.
    Charlaine Harris' Dead and Gone

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  27. The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie  Very cute.  Could definitely be a movie.
  28. Wild Ride Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer.  Liked this a lot more than I thought I would.  After the first chapter I almost stopped reading it but I’m sure glad I didn’t.
  29. Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen.  Funny & clever.
  30. Undone by Karin Slaughter.  Very good.  Creepy.  Sticks with you.  Unfortunately once I was finished reading this I found out it’s the book that brings together 2 of Slaughter’s series.  So now I’m going to go back and read all the books I skipped.  Doh!
  31. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris.  Liked this one a lot.  A little more somber. She didn’t do as much “Previously on Sookie’s life” as she’s done before and that made it much more enjoyable.
I have been using a fun app on my iPhone called Get Glue.  Every time you read a book or watch a movie or a show or listen to music you check in.  This has been a fun way to keep tabs on my reading list.  You earn badges that they actually mail you in sticker form! Fun!   Unfortunately I couldn’t find all my check ins from when I was reading these books.  That would have helped with this post.  I suppose I’ll use Goodreads more often so my mini reviews will be saved.
Since my last post in June I’ve read all the books starting at #11.  Keep in mind I had pneumonia and was sick for pretty much all of June so reading was about all I could do!
Next on my list is Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.  I’m on the wait list at the library for that one.  I’m also reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.  So far it is very intriguing!

Oh Bee Ex

I’ve just returned from my first trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, or OBX as you’ll see when you visit.  OBX can be found on tshirts, stickers, can coozies.  Each July my family spends a week together either at the mountain house or some other location, usually a beach.  This time we chose the Outer Banks as most of us had never visited.  I was so excited!  I have read Jenny’s yearly trip reports of her visits to OBX (she drives all the way from northern NY!!) and have picked up lots of tips.  I was especially excited to see some of the wild ponies! Continue reading

Books Read in January 2010

  1. Night by Elie Weisel…..EVERYONE should read this book.  Around 100 pages, but the hardest 100 pages to get through.
  2. Exposure by Brandilyn Collins…..via Kindle for iPhone.  With the exception of the main character’s lame first name (Kaycee, ugh)…it was good!  Esp for a free Kindle book!
  3. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs… her.
  4. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson….very cute book.  Also a Kindle free read.  There’s a sequel I can’t wait to read.
  5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson.  Currently working on this one.

Top 5

M3 asked me what would be my top 5 favorite must read books of 2009.  In no particular order they are:

1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult. Delved into really interesting family dynamics.

2. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.  Not the most well written books I’ve ever read, but they do suck you in & make you fall in love with Edward.  If only they had named the baby something else.  Gag.

3.  While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky.  Another take on interesting family dynamics.

4. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie.  Pure fun chick lit.

5.  Hide by Lisa Gardner.  The first book I read by Lisa Gardner.  She sucks you right in and her books keep you on the edge of your seat while making you care for the characters.