Monthly Archives: November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving a Little Early

Happy ThanksgivingSo I’m two days early. That’s because tonight I’ll be getting on a plane and heading home to Florida for the week.

Which reminds me… when discussing travel plans for Thanksgiving talk turned to the concept of “home.” This will be my third year living in New York. It’s pretty much become my home. But I’m not ready to let go of the concept of Florida as home either. So now I think about how I’m going home to Florida for Thanksgiving then flying back home to New York after. It may not make a lot of sense, but it works for me. Just wanted to share my thoughts on that. If you have any opinions on what makes home “home,” I’d be happy to hear them.

Anyway, I’ll be home for Thanksgiving for the next week so Reading for Robin will be on a turkey-induced hiatus. With traveling the way it is these days, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time to read and plenty to talk about when I get back. In the meantime, have a good Thanksgiving everyone and enjoy time with your family if you are lucky enough to spend it with them!

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Amazes All

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and ClayIt’s a funny thing I’ve noticed while reading Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Everyone seems to love this book!

Everywhere I go that I happen to mention I’m reading it, someone inevitably pipes up that they really liked it, it was their favorite book, etc. So far, I’ve gotten this reaction on this blog, at work, and even at a bar as I watched Northwestern sadly lose to Illinois at Wrigley Field. Perhaps one should I ask why I am mentioning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay everywhere I go, but that’s a question for another day.

As of writing this post, I’m a little over halfway through the book and I can see why so many people have such positive feelings towards it. It’s been a great read so far and the thought of having it to read is making me dread the stress of holiday travel a little less.

Jane Eyre Movie Preview

It’s Friday and it’s been a long week (yes, even with a day off in the middle!), so you all get another video along with more movie news.

Yesterday, I talked about this little old book-to-movie adaptation you may have heard of called Harry Potter. Today, I’m talking about a different book-to-movie adaptation and this is one I’ve actually read the book it’s based on!

Apparently, there is a Jane Eyre movie coming out. I think I’ve pretty well documented my love for Jane Eyre in this blog. I’ve read the book more than once, and enjoyed it each time… even when it showed up in The House on Fortune Street, from my mom’s list. This certainly isn’t the first Jane Eyre movie, but – as much as I hate to agree with anything MTV says – it does seem a little different than past versions. The trailer above almost makes it look like a horror movie. Anyone else get that vibe?

Still, I must admit the new Jane Eyre does have something in common with the new Harry Potter. And that’s that I probably won’t see either. Sorry, I know I really like Jane Eyre, but movies in New York are expensive. And did I mention I tend to fall asleep during them? I just like knowing it’s out there though. I guess there’s always Netflix.

My Kind of Harry Potter

The newest Harry Potter movie comes out tonight at midnight, and I know that plenty of people will be decked out in their Harry Potter gear for the late night premiere. I will not be one of them.

This may be a controversial thing for me to admit, but I was never big into the Harry Potter craze. I resisted the books at first. Magic and fantasy are not my thing when it comes to entertainment. I like my books, TV and movies to at least be based somewhat in reality. However, when the fourth or so book was about to come out, I finally caved to the pressure of my friends and read the first three. Then when the fourth came out, I borrowed it and read that too. And I liked them. I could almost pretend they were about a great group of friends at a cool school, and not focus on the hocus pocus of it all. But when I realized I’d have to wait a year or two for the next one, I simply lost interest. I gave up and that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

Then the movies started coming out. To be up on pop culture, I saw the first one or two. And I liked them. But they were long. And they got longer. Most people who know me know I don’t do well with long movies. I tend to fall asleep… even during short movies… even during the day. So I soon gave up on these too.

There is, however, one aspect of Harry Potterdom that I do still love. Well, in addition to Emma Watson with her smart, down-to-earth personality, and cute new bold pixie haircut. And that is the above video. My friends Carley, Alli and I came across The Mysterious Ticking Noise one summer while interning in New York, and it has entertained me ever since. Just try and watch it without getting it stuck in your head. Now this is something Harry Potter related I won’t give up on.

A Lazy Day of Ice Cream and Reading

Yesterday, I bit the bullet (rather gently) and got a wisdom tooth out. My friends in New York know that this is something I have put off for years, and was not exactly look forwarding to. The one thing I was looking forward to was my sick day today. I have grand plans to avoid the soreness in my mouth as much as possible, eat mushy food, do some actual work, and then read a lot. I haven’t had much time to get into The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, so hopefully that changes today. It’s sad when a little part of me is excited to have dental work so I can catch up on my reading (and, okay, maybe a little TV). But then I remember that I only had mashed sweet potatoes for dinner last night, and the excitement wears off a little. Though the sweet potatoes were good…

My Mom and Estonia Have Similar Taste?

Juliet, NakedYesterday I was going through my Google Reader when I came across an article about the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist. Now this is an award I’d never heard of, but sounds kind of interesting. The reason being is that the longlist is made up of books nominated by libraries from around the world, making the longlist rather… long.

The Millions article explores the books on the longlist a little more closely. First it shares the overall favorites, meaning the books nominated by at least seven libraries. Of those, I’ve read one (The Help) and my mom recommended another, which is on my to-be-read list (A Gate at the Stairs).

But what caught my eye was the last part of the article, which looked at countries that had only one library nominating only one or two books . The one book of those that I’ve read also happened to be a suggestion by my mom. In fact, not long before she died, my mom bought it on our joint Amazon account for her Kindle and I then read it too. That book would be Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. And apparently it’s the nomination to come out of Estonia. For a book about a famous reclusive musician in America forming a relationship with a dissatisfied woman in England, I love that it is favorite book of Estonia. Perhaps these things amuse me more than they should.

Another Push/Precious To Come

PushFor book club last year we decided to read Push, as it had just been turned into the critically acclaimed movie Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. I was then made to see the movie. Both were very well done, but very depressing. You couldn’t help but wonder how many bad things could happen to one person. It may very well be a reality for some people, but it makes for an intense book reading/movie watching experience.

And now we can go through it all again. Sapphire (real name: Ramona Lofton, apparently) has sold another book to Penguin. Titled The Kid, the new novel seems to be a sequel and focuses on Precious’ son “as he approaches manhood — alone, brutalized and with the soul of an artist.” Well, there goes any hope that the first book left you with that Precious might somehow make a slightly better life for her child. Oh well.

After the rave reviews for Precious, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is another movie too. What will this one be called, S0-And-So: Based on the Novel The Kid: Based on the Movie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire? Just a thought.