Category Archives: General Book Talk

Books into Movies…

My book club at work decided to read “The Girls from Ames” next, so let’s latch onto that for April!  It’s available in paperback April 6 through Amazon for $9.36, to be precise.  I also got “The Glass Castle” from the library, so I’ll try to read that in the next few weeks, too.  I also got some fluffy stuff at the library (“Chasing Harry Winston,” “Elegance,”) and a Richard Russo book – “Bridge of Sighs.”  Plenty to keep me busy.

I’m looking forward to getting together to walk and talk about “Friday Night Knitting Club” and “SLAM” – maybe an outside walk on one of these beautiful nights!  When????  🙂  Thursday night?  Monday 4/6?  Friday morning?  Thursday morning?

So as I’m watching “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” I’m wondering if there have been any movies that you feel live up to the books they were based upon.  Gunnar thought that “Harry Potter” movies are pretty true to the books, and I’d have to agree.  I, personally, don’t have a great memory so often the details that might bother others are not as bothersome to me.  I remember that after the movie “Forrest Gump” came out, I found the book it was based on and it was absolutely AWFUL!  Incredibly hard to believe they got one from the other.  I also remember seeing “The Color Purple” after reading the book and feeling so dismayed and also amazed at the differences.

What are your experiences with books into movies?

Well, off to read!


Although it’s chilly, the blue skies and sunshine help us imagine that the feeling of spring will be back soon!  I get to spend this day with my friend Beth, who shares her birthday with the arrival of spring each year!  It will be fun.  I’m giving her a book as a gift, so I’d better wrap it quick before she gets here!

I’m still enjoying “Peony in Love” – the Asian beliefs and superstitions and celebrations of ancient times (well, the 17th C.) intrigue me.

Off to read a bit before the afternoon/evening adventure!

The Ides of March

I’m blogging on a Monday!  And it’s a “holiday”!  (From Wikipedia:  The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martiae) is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months.[1] The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 709 AUC or 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.)

No military parades or stabbings here, but a slow return to “life after vacation.”  Luckily it was a nice day, weather-wise, so there wasn’t too much of a shock to my system.  We arrived in Rochester at 2AM and I slept til 8, read til 9 and then worked half a day.  A good, gradual re-entry to the real world.  I’m afraid I’m still on vacation time, so I hope I get to sleep at a decent hour tonight or tomorrow morning will be rough!

I didn’t do as much reading as I had hoped on vacation, because sun-worshiping is so much easier with your eyes closed!  But I finished the “Friday Night Knitting Club” before I left, so I was one book lighter.  I can’t wait to discuss it, as I ended up not liking it as much as I did initially.  Wondering what everyone else thinks about it?

I did start and finish Ann Bancroft’s and Liv Arneson’s book, “No Horizon is So Far,” and I loved it more than I expected to!  As I said, memoir/nonfiction is not my typical choice, but the determination and passion that these women had from a young age was really remarkable.  I can’t wait to meet Ann on Wednesday and hear her story.  The book was about their 2001 trek across Antarctica and since that time she and Liv have been to the north pole.  Again, more interesting than I thought!

I also picked up the book “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  I bought it at the Shell Museum on Sanibel Island.  Anne wrote the book in 1955 while staying on Captiva Island, just north of Sanibel.  It is a jewel of a book and will probably be a gift to many of my women friends!

And on the plane ride home, I started “Peony In Love” by Lisa See.  I don’t know what it is about Asian historical fiction that I love, but I do love it.  I’m just breezing right through it.  It was a book I received free from Random House as a book club promotion.  Lisa has a few other books out that I’d like to read eventually. I hope that it puts me to sleep tonight, though.

Off to read!

Monday Monday

I thought I’d do Monday posts, but one slipped by me!  I guess because I was sleeping with the kiddos at Dana’s house and suffering from a little post-Oscar exhaustion.  So it’s really Tuesday!  One of my favorite days of the week because I get to sing!  Singing is good…

And so is reading!  I’m about 3/4 through the “Friday Night Knitting Club” and enjoying it.  I can’t wait to discuss it – we still need to set up the Rochester Branch date.  I’m leaving tomorrow for Florida and plan to bring it along, along with a pile of others!  I have Ann Bancroft’s memoir “No Horizon is So Far,” and since she’s visiting my school next week I’m excited to read that a little.  Not usually a memoir lover.   I also will bring Oprah magazine and whatever else is in the pile waiting to be read!  Maybe “The Girls from Ames”?  Not sure if that’s the book that we’ll read in April or not.  I suppose it depends on its availability at the libraries. 

What are you reading?

Off to read!  (And then to sing!)

What else are you reading?

I just finished the Young Adult book by Nick Hornby called, “SLAM.”  Wow, I forgot how good Nick Hornby was as a writer.  I think the only book of his that I didn’t enjoy was “How to be Good,” and I wondered at the time if it was because it was written from a woman’s perspective and he is better at writing from the man’s perspective.  It was just OK, rather than spectacular and brilliant.  I really enjoyed “SLAM” – a story about a 15 year old boy who becomes a father.  Heavy stuff.  Funny stuff.  Life changing stuff.  Great stuff.