Monday, May 31, 2010

A Book For June

So I really wanted to do a classic novel for this month's selection. Jane Austen is always a good place to start when beginning with the classics but I'm not content to assign the usual Austen novels. I'd want us to read either Persuasion (which would be the most difficult for a first time Austen reader) or Northanger Abbey (which isn't at all typical of Austen since it was her earliest work to be published, though it was published posthumously. Not to mention the fact that I'd want to assign The Mysteries of Udolpho as a bonus read, since that's the book Austen's heroine is obsessed with and I've never actually read it.) In the end I decided I'd rather go with something that was new to me. My conundrum, of course, is coming up with one I haven't read. That pretty much disqualifies anything Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Hawthorne, Dumas, Alcott, Shakespeare, Hugo, Poe, Tolstoy, Wilde & Chaucer.

I was inspired actually, by one of my favorite movies. Our book for June is
A Room With A View by E.M. Forster I've never read anything by Forster before so I know nothing of his style or storytelling ability. But I suppose that's the fun of having a book club isn't it? Getting to broaden our horizons, open our minds and explore something new. It isn't a long book, so even with the travel and family obligations we'll have this month, it shouldn't be a problem to find the time to read it. (BTW if you've never seen the film, it's definitely worth watching when you get the time. The film is perfectly cast and the leads are great, but it's really the supporting players who really make it fun, Maggie Smith is wonderful, Judi Dench is hilarious, Denholm Elliot is endearing, the little brother is great. But it's Daniel Day Lewis's priceless portrayal of Cecil that completely steals the show! You would never know that's the same guy who played Hawkeye in Last of the Mohicans. But don't think you can watch the movie to skip out on reading the book. I expect everyone to still get their reading done!) Anyway, enjoy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Let's hear your thoughts...

Okay the time has come to share your thoughts, feelings, etc. about The Willoughby's. As I stated previously I love this book and it is quickly becoming one of my all time favorites. I love that it's a light hearted quick read. I laughed out loud several times, one being when they disquised themselves while people looked at the house. Particularly the Alabaster Aphrodite! Bring on Halloween, I've got my costume!
I loved how the author referred to the classic orphan stories. I also loved how Tim, the oldest child, was bossy and in charge. She hit that nail on the head. I'm already seeing that with Lily. And Hey, Cali, "I DON'T hate you!"
Over all the story was predictable and a little over the top, but for me, that's what made it fun. There's no excuse why you couldn't have had this read in a month. To quote Jane "Even I can read and I'm a complete dodo." Having said that I can't wait to hear everyone's response.
So go ahead and tell me what you thought. Feel free to include your favorite quote or line from the book and in your next letter to Cody make sure you tell him how Affable he is:)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes

I haven't read a Sherlock Holmes mystery since elementary school so I'll be a little weak on the comparison, perhaps someone better read can do that. The movie itself is fabulous! I think it is Robert Downey Jr.'s finest performance. He completely embodies the character of Sherlock Holmes from the exhausting analytical thought process to the violin to the British accent. I was a little skeptical of the young Jude Law being a convincing Dr. Watson, but he pulls the role off with ease. While action and special effects can overshadow a weaker storyline, the plot in Sherlock Holmes stands on its own being complex, yet easy to follow (and of course mysterious). The dialogue is witty and the acting spectacular! A must see for any mystery fan (or movie/literature lover).