Monday, January 31, 2011

Fabulous Five, a reading list-a-ma-jig

I have swiped this from my friend and former creative writing club/anthropology club pal, Shelly Holder.

Five Books Read Recently:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 8): The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon
- Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden #1) by Charlaine Harris
- The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
- Kraken by China Mieville
- Lost Girls by Alan Moore

Five Books I'm Reading:
- A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden #6)
- Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
- Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman
- The Mental Floss History of the United States by Erik Sass
- The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose

Five Favorite Books (not definitive)
- Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Five Least Favorite Books
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin
- The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
- The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner
- The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Emma by Jane Austen

Five Notable Book-to-Film Adaptions
- the Scott Pilgrim comics by Bryan Lee O'Malley - the movie captures the mood pretty well, and of course the first bit is spot on (perhaps too much?)
- No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy - Despite the difficulty of translating the internal monologues that are a large part of the book to film, the Coen Brothers treated this very well, and added layers to the story visually in a manner that made me really happy.
- The Shawshank Redemption (based on the short story by Stephen King) - such a fabulous movie, along with The Green Mile, another King adaptation
- The Vampire Diaries novels by LJ Smith - The show is completely different from the books, and I like parts of the books better, but I still like the show. Sigh, guilty pleasure, and not a film.
- Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley - Ok, that's totally cheating because I haven't read the book. But I couldn't think of any more.

This has served to remind me I need to see the movie of Never Let Me Go. Especially since Carey Mulligan's in it! I leave you with a picture of her gorgeousness.


1 comment:

writinflower01 said...

Ahaha i cant stand Emma either, even though i adore P&P! But i hated her, from page one.