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!

Sarah’s Book Club Plan!

March: The Friday Night Knitting Club or SLAM (or both!)
Also, I think we should meet the last Monday of March instead of the first week in April.  (I’m open for a different date… with Easter and spring break there’s room for flexibility!)

April: The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. The Glass Castle is a very quick read and Half Broke Horses looks to be quick as well.  (Saw both books listed on Random House website (see links on the side!).  Look interesting! You own both?)

May: Olive Kitteridge or The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (I haven’t heard of the second one… but I’m game!)

June: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Catcher in the Rye (Maybe in the summer we can meet more frequently and read more books???? What a dream…)

July: The Power of One or Best Friends Forever

August: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desi or The Hummingbirds Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

September: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons or Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler

October: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

November: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle or What is the What

December: A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve (haha)

This is a great plan and I’m up for adopting it in its entirety!  I haven’t heard of some but am open.  Others, as I wrote below, to think about are “The Girls from Ames” and “The Abstinence Teacher.”  Also, “What is the What” !

And now, I’m really off to read!

So many books…

The library is inspiring and overwhelming!  Sarah’s list of ideas is posted in a comment, and I’ll try to post it as its own post. Others I’d like to add are “The Girls from Ames” by Jeffrey Zaslow, “The Abstinence Teacher” by the guy who wrote “Little Children,” (Peretto?) and I’m sure many others.

Tonight we made a plan to read TWO books for March!  We’ll see how that goes.  “The Friday Night Knitting Club” by Kate Jacobs and “SLAM” by Nick Hornby.  I’m almost done with “The Moment Between” and enjoying it.  We’ll meet Monday at the mall and walk and talk!

Well, off to read!

Book choices we discussed on 2/1/10

“Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
“The Friday Night Knitting Club” by Kate Jacobs
“Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
“The Glass Castle: a memoir” by Jeannette Walls
“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski
“The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship” by Jeffrey Zaslow
“The Moment Between” by Nicole Baart
“Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
“What is the What” by Dave Eggers
“I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti” by Giulia Melucci
“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
“Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner

Any others you want to add????