Daily Archives: September 2, 2008

August Recap + September Preview

August has been an interesting month for me. My best friend moved into the house with me, and I’ve been working more hours at work, so both have cut into my reading time quite considerably.

Books I read this month

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (Final Grade A)

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Final Grade A)

The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Final Grade A)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Final Grade B+)

Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal (Final Grade A)

The Sand Castle by Rita Mae Brown (Final Grade A)

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (Final Grade A)

Up for Renewal by Cathy Alter (Final Grade B)

Father Knows Less by Wendell Jamieson (Final Grade A)

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (Final Grade B)

Immortal by Traci L Slatton (Final Grade A)

Challenges I joined/read for

I joined the Lit-Flicks Challenge and will start reading Shop Girl this month.

I finished Northanger Abbey for my Classics Challenge,

I didn’t read any graphic novels for August, but I will be catching up on that this weekend.

Other bookish news

I hosted 2 successful giveaways for August, Immortal and The Secret Life of Bees. I’m hoping to do more each month as I begin to tackle the TBR stack on my bookshelves.

September is also going to be a very busy month for me, but happily it includes the giant San Francisco 4 day book festival!

I will be MIA for the majority of this upcoming weekend. From Thursday morning until late Tuesday night, I will be out of state, and most likely away from a computer for the duration. Since I will be on two 10 hour flights, I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done during the weekend. I’m packing light, so I’m taking mostly small books and graphic novels. I’m making my way over to Philadelphia, where hopefully I’ll be able to fit in some sight-seeing for the short trip. I really want to see the first library of the United States.

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Lit-Flicks Challenge Kick-off Meme

So, last month I joined the Lit-Flicks Challenge. From September until the end of February, the challenge is to read one book each month that has been adapted into a film. In order to get things started, Jessica at BlueStocking Society has started off with a meme.

MEME

1. Are you more likely to see a movie if it’s based on a book?

I usually am more likely to see a move if I know its been based on a book. I usually don’t find out that its been based on a book until after I’ve already seen the movie.

2. Do you prefer to read the book first or see the movie first?

I always say I want to read the book first, but I never get around to it, so I end up reading the book afterwards. Sometimes its nice have more vivid visuals to go with the book, ie, having Josh Hartnett in my head as I was reading The Black Dahlia, but other times, the visuals and time line with the movie aren’t in sync with the book and I get thrown off balance because I’m expecting something that isn’t there.

3. List one movie that was better than the book it’s based on, and one book that is better than the movie.

Oo…this is a tough one. I liked the movie Atonement better than the book only because of the fantastic cinematography, set design and costumes.

The book Neverwhere is a million times better than the original BBC series.

4. In your opinion, what film is the most accurate representation of the book?

The Black Dahlia was a pretty dead-on representation (excuse the pun). So was the first Harry Potter movie. Atonement was actually incredible accurate compared to the book.

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If you haven’t already, please check out Jessica’s page to join the Lit-Flicks challenge. There will be different activities each month, and lots of opportunities to win fun prizes.

I have my list of books ready to go, but its all tentative depending on what the library has in stock. My selection for September is Shop Girl by Steve Martin.

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