Tuesday, October 07, 2008

bookish....I'm feeling it.

Something about fall, the changing leaves, the crisper temperatures, the honey crisp apples (yes I am aware that I live in Arizona and we had record temps today....stay with me) just makes me want to curl up with a good book and read. Or a cup of hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookie...yes they are that good make them already!

Here's a rundown of some of my book picks lately.

No Country for Old Men -Cormac McCarthy

This was kind of a sleeper hit for me. I had both this and "The Road" on my nightstand and I wasn't sure what to expect...well now I'm 3/4 through this one and I'm still not sure what to expect. Mr. McCarthy has a very distinctive writing style and it's gripping. No spoilers please...I've been exhausted but I am determined to finish this week. Side note : I have not seen the movie and while Mr. F has I have also implored him not to spoil it....while at the same time begging for spoilers so I have no movie-book comparison.

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Now this movie I have watched and it was breathtaking. Such beautiful cinematography and a really enjoyable film. However, I think the book was better as is often the case. More detail is one of the things I always say when watching a movie based of a book....it's just impossible usually for a film maker to add all the lush details of the book. So if you liked the movie. Read this one.

The Last Summer (of You & Me) Ann Brashares

This book is a bit of a departure for the author in that she has written several pre-teen books (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). But the core of what she writes about in her novels are relationships. This book is about the relationship between sisters and that really struck me. I thought the book was compelling and drew me in right away.

Atonement - Ian McEwan

You know the book-movie debate.....I think the movie wins this one for me. Even though you get lots of detail it feels very repetitive as you keep jumping back and forth between characters reliving the same scene....the movie for that across without so much...annoying me?

Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert

Beautifully written autobiography. Loved her voice. Loved the book.

Certain Girls - Jennifer Weiner

This is a sequel to the 2001 book Good in Bed. Just fair warning...I hate reading books out of sequence. I'm a little torn about this book....so much of what I liked about the first book was the spirit of the main player Cannie...and she was not such an active player in this one. Overall not my fave but if you read and liked the first book you may want to read this as well.

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