Botanical word – The People in the Trees and I was also wondering if I could count Ella Minnow Pea? (In my signup post, I shared my hope to read one or both of these: The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock or Alan Drew’s Gardens of Water and I still just might.)
Thoughts by James Baldwin, Vintage 2006 (orig 1974), 197 pages
Challenge:20 Books of Summer, Book to Movie
Genre/Theme: Civil Rights, Love Story
Type/Source:Tradeback, Indie Bookstore purchase
What It’s About: I’m rusty. I was on SUCH a good roll of writing/posting/sharing my book thoughts and now, I can’t think of thing to say.
This is the story of first love and family love. And heartache. Both for the young couple and because of the tragedies they are swept up in, for whatever family is and should be. The way Tish’s family supported her and Fonny, contrasted with how Fonny’s family (exception, his father) was not able to do the same. Sad and unfair. Nothing was fair.
“The only way anything gets done is when you make up your mind to do it.“
Thoughts: I was gutted at the end. I’m not sure I can recall a book that quite did what this one did AFTER the last page was read. I closed the book and sat and just welled up, welled over. And felt almost a physical sensation, shock-like.
10 books; 87 for the year (1 book cover not included above – a pie cookbook)
1548 pages, ~14 hours | 19333 total pages, 186 hours
Hardcovers – 1, 5 Tradebacks, 0 eBooks, 4 Audiobooks (though 3 would likely be the equivalent of a magazine article?!)
3 from the Library, 2 purchased from an Indie Bookstore, 1 Audible Credit and 3 more Included with Audible Membership, 1 gift
My favorite was … I don’t have a favorite this month! I can tell you that I voted for Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch for my TOB Summer Camp favorite. And I really did like Housekeeping – it was SO unique! and I really enjoyed Jess Walter’s The Financial Lives of the Poets… Black Gold, too, was a pleasant listen.
I gave 2 slices to The Orphan Collector but left the rating blank on goodreads because I just can’t figure out what didn’t work. I only know that I experienced that “blech, I don’t want to read this” feeling. Maybe it is a coconut book.
Locations and travels:
early 1600s Germany EKYMiaW
the Pacific Northwest (specifics unknown, 2 books: TFLotP and Housekeeping)
Georgia and the Olympics (basketball, Black Gold)
the future I,Autohouse
early 1900s Philadelphia TOC
1970s NYC IBSCT
on tour with Sting, but mostly England
“If you look steadily into that unblinking blue, into that pinpoint at the center of the eye, you discover a bottomless cruelty, a viciousness, cold and icy.
… if you do exist in the unbelievably frozen winter which lives behind that eye, you are marked, marked, marked.”
Stacy of Stacy’s Books posted on InstaGram asking what the latest movie based on a book was worthy of praise. I took it as a throwdown to mention ALL the movies that were BETTER than the book! before I realized she didn’t really ask that.
But since I had just watched Housekeeping the film after recently reading Housekeeping the book by Marilynne Robinson, I figured you my Readers were due for another edition of BOOKS to MOVIE! What follows is random thoughts on our topic.
I know I didn’t really do a good post/review on Housekeeping, but I was gobsmacked by its uniqueness and its ending which . . . was perfectly suitable but left me wanting to scream and discuss it and tear it apart with someone. You know; for FUN. I had much fun reading all the movie reviews, too. PRAISE for the actress, Christine Lahti, who played Sylvie, the pivotal most interesting character. The two girls, their parallel-but-not-the-same coming of age stories, the tenderness against the sad heavy plight of family. I think seeing the film enhanced my understanding of the reading experience. Win, win.
I looked up “plight” here – is this the word I am wanting to use? The definition of PLIGHT is an unfortunate, difficult, precarious situation. I think it works.
Okay, wordpressblock is SUCKING again. . .
OK, let’s just type and edit later.
Since the last Books to Movie Edition (which was apparently back in 2016. Well. HUH.), I have read many books that have been made into movies. Let’s list, shall we?
If I look at my books-read list and think… how many of these have had movies made? and how many of those movies did I see??? I think it is a long list. My latest post only talked about those movies I had seen that had been adapted to screen from book form. Uh, I think we are beyond the scope of a quick post update.
I don’t know quite what to do here! LOL
OK, I’m going to go through the last 5 years of book titles to see if I have seen any movies based on such. In the last 5 years. Can’t be that hard, can it?
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons – SEE IT! omg, much fun. I might even say that the movie is better than the book! But. I also think that reading the book first makes the movie fun. I don’t think the movie quite delivers the same kick if you don’t have the appreciation of what is going on. I could be wrong. But the movie was great. (And if you have Amazon Prime and have seen The Man in the High Castle, let’s talk Rufus Sewall.) 2017
The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Clark – intense. Book is better because the narrator is a sensitive soul with deep thoughts and that is tough to translate to the big screen, imo.
Wolf Hall. Well, yeah. GOOD STUFF. The mini-series with Mark Rylance. I liked the book better because it is just SO GOOD. But the vid version is entertaining, too.
The Time Machine. I actually posted both the book and the movie review together last year. I get its historic importance but it didn’t thrill more than just an appreciation.
Let’s keep this going. Let’s do another post or two, sometime before end of year, that lists movies I want to see based on books I’ve read.
Thoughts by Alexander Dumas, Bantam Classics 1984 (orig 1844), 635 pages
Audiobook 23 hours 32 minutes, narrated by John Lee
Challenge: Classics Club Spin #26
Genre/Theme: “Cloak and Sword” story / Adventure
Type/Source: Paperback and Audiobook / Purchased in 2009 at Borders, Audible
What It’s About: This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed meeting the main characters; fighting for the King and against the scheming Cardinal and his guards, as well as wooing all the ladies. It had a lot of humor. It did seem long and tedious, at times, though.
Thoughts: Not nearly as good at The Count of Monte Cristo but still dashing and adventurous.
Rating: Rounding up to 4 slices of pie. No pie mentioned.
I talked friends into renting the 1973 movie starring all sorts of big stars! and it was… also not as good as the Count of Monte Cristo movie. But I’m glad to have watched it. The movie really emphasized the campiness and humor.
I made pie last week. I need to get in better habit to share these moments with you here at Care’s Books and Pie Blog, wouldn’t you agree? So, I was thinking it might be fun to find a book or two that feature (however loosely!) the pie flavor recently baked. In this edition, the flavor is PINEAPPLE.
Book Title #1: Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
FIVE PIE SLICES of Two Crust Mango and Pineapple Pie with Coconut Sorbet!
Book Title #2: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
“Jamie bought a cheese sandwich and coffee. After eating these he still felt hungry and told Claudia she could have twenty-five cents more for pie if she wished. Claudia, who had eaten cereal and drunk pineapple juice, scolded him about the need to eat properly. Breakfast food for breakfast, and lunch food for lunch.”