Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Giver on the Big Screen

The GiverDo I talk about movies too much? Perhaps yes, if only because I don’t really go to the movies that often. Still, I love reading about them… particularly when they’re based on books I love.

I love Lois Lowry’s The Giver. It’s probably been more than a decade since I last read it, but that doesn’t matter. I’m still so excited about the prospect of a Giver movie.

According to Variety (via GalleyCat), Jeff Bridges is hoping to bring The Giver to the big screen. He’s teamed up with producer Nikki Silver to work on the project. However, this isn’t the first time there’s been an attempt to get The Giver movie made so fingers crossed that this one actually happens.

This news almost makes me want to go re-read the book again. If only I didn’t have a few other books on my TBR list already…

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Book Club on The Irresistible Henry House

The Irresistible Henry HouseLast night book club met and I do believe it was a big success. Carley and I hosted and our pick for the month was The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald. In some attempt at a theme, we made a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches (Henry House’s specialty), as well as salad, sweet potato fries and ice cream.

But while the food was well received, the discussion was the real hit of the night. Most of us seemed to enjoy the book and it was probably one of our longest talks yet. And we even mostly stayed on topic! The discussion covered everything from nature vs. nurture and stability to love and Disney (it’s in the book, I promise).

With this right on the heels of A Visit From The Goon Squad, book club is on something of a roll at the moment. Looking forward to whatever is next! No pressure, Lexi and Bari.

Princess Di Brought Back To Life

Untold StoryWhen Princess Diana died I was 11. I remember watching the news vigilantly as they went over every single detail of her death. I was heartbroken though at the time I’m sure I knew very little about her.

Fast forward 14 years to a vacation with my dad and brother to London and Paris. There are so many things Diana-related to see (the carriage she rode in at her wedding, the hotel she last stayed in, etc.) and I am fascinated by it all.

And let’s not even start with how interested I was in the royal wedding. Diana’s son all grown up and marrying!

So what does this all have to do with anything? Well, not much but there’s a new book out called Untold Story by Monica Ali. The novel answers the question, “What if Diana hadn’t died.” Ali has Diana faking her own death and escaping to the Midwest where she lives a new life with no connections to her old royal existence.

The New York Times has talked about it. So has NPR. Entertainment Weekly too. And why shouldn’t they… it’s quite the interesting premise, yes?

However, it sort of just creeps me out. What must her family think? How must her children feel? Her death may have been more than a decade ago, but it still feels too soon. Feel free to tell me I’m wrong. I probably won’t read it so I’ll never know for sure.

Lots of Fun and Not Lots of Reading

Hunger GamesMy posts are getting so predictable these days, huh? I bet you can guess that this one’s about being back from vacation and all that I read. Well, if you noticed the headline, you could probably guess that “all that I read” is not all that much after all.

But let’s rewind a second. I returned from Montauk last night a little sandy, a little red, but a lot happy with the good time I had. Then I remembered I had to unpack and I got a little less happy. And speaking of packing and unpacking, way back on Wednesday when I had to pack, I debated which books to bring. I definitely wanted to read Hunger Games, but should I throw something else into the bag? Maybe just my Kindle?

However, in the interest of packing light (a first for me), I went with just Hunger Games. I figured with 11 other girls on the trip with me there would be a book to borrow if need be. Well, with 11 other girls on the trip with me, there may have been a few distractions keeping me from reading and needing that extra book. No complaints here.

I’m currently getting into Hunger Games and excited to read more (though not yet obsessed like everyone else). I hope everyone else had a good weekend too!

Montauk Monster, Here We Come!

MontaukI’m bidding all you lovely Reading for Robin readers an early Happy Weekend for I’m off to Montauk. Yes, for the next three days, it will be 12 girls, 3 hotel rooms, and plenty of beach. I feel like this may be a reality show in the making. I feel like I may have made the same joke last year when we went to Fire Island.

On this wonderful vacation of mine, I will be engaging in some real guilty pleasure reading (and not just because it’s summer, okay?). Let the Hunger Games begin! I’m excited to finally take on this series everyone has raved about and see if my many, many friends who recommended it were right. Naturally, I’ll be reporting back here.

While I’m gone, have fun! And wish us good weather, please!

(By the way, this post’s headline references a crazy hubbub that I ended up covering a few years ago on a Blog That Shall Not Be Named. If you want more info, here’s where the story all began. Readers beware, it’s not pretty.)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo U.S. Trailer

It’s been a few months since I last blogged about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or related topics. A sign of moving on or sheer oversight on my part? Unclear, but it was time I corrected that.

At the end of May the trailer for the David Fincher directed U.S. version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was leaked. Sony Pictures has since yanked the red-band trailer and replaced it with an official teaser. That’s what you can watch above.

It is… intense. I think my heart started pounded a little just from watching. Okay, Daniel Craig, I’m with you.

I’m going to need more, though, for a better sense of the movie. And I of course will have to see the movie to compare it with the Swedish version. Yes, I will have to… it’s blog research.

Next Up: World and Town

World and TownIt’s that time again. I’ve finished Split and I have to pick my next book on the list. Using my completely unscientific selection process, I’ve landed on “a Gish Jen book” and more specifically decided on World and Town.

Gish Jen’s website describes the book as such:

Hattie Kong—the spirited offspring of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary to China—has, in her fiftieth year of living in the United States, lost both her husband and her best friend to cancer. It is an utterly devastating loss, and also heartbreakingly absurd: a little, she thinks, “like having twins. She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both funerals and did think she should have gotten some sort of twofer from the crematorium.”

But now, two years later, it is time for Hattie to start over. She moves to the town of Riverlake, where she is soon joined by an immigrant Cambodian family on the run from their inner-city troubles, as well as—quite unexpectedly—by a just-retired neuroscientist ex-lover named Carter Hatch.  All of them are, like Hattie, looking for a new start in a town that might once have represented the rock-solid base of American life but that is itself challenged, in 2001, by cell-phone towers and chain stores, struggling family farms and fundamentalist Christians.

What Hattie makes of this situation is at the center of a novel that asks deep and absorbing questions about religion, home, America, what neighbors are, what love is, and, in the largest sense, what “worlds” we make of the world.

I’m certainly keeping things varied, eh?

And full disclosure: I will be reading at least one non-list book before I get to World and Town. This non-list book may or may not be a certain popular young adult novel that happens to be part of a trilogy. Maybe. More on that later!