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!
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?
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!
Catching fire by Suzanne Collins. Could not put down. Great characters, storyline. Can totally see as a movie. Can’t wait for book 3!
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.
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.
Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris. I think this is the one that deals with Hurricane Katrina. I really liked how she dealt with it.
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.
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.
Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen. Funny & clever.
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!
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!
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.