Short Reviews of Long Books

So the summer definitely took me away from the computer.  I did not post nearly as often as I had intended (though, to be fair, I had grand aspirations about daily posts), but I read far more than I thought possible.  This bookworm was apparently verrrrry hungry.

Here’s the thing.  I would love to do a beautiful, happy post for every book read or movie viewed over the summer, but I’m not going to.  It’s too overwhelming.  In fact, it has kept me quiet for the past week as I struggle to even begin talking about my summer.  Instead, I will give you a description of the book or movie in under 11 words or less and my thoughts in 20 words or less.  Feel free to add more ideas in the comments.

The Piano Teacher: A Novel by Janice Lee.

Summary: Sad woman and sadder man have affair in Hong Kong.

Thoughts: This historical backdrop (Hong Kong during WWII) was intriguing, but I didn’t like any of the characters.  Meh.

The Twilight Saga Collection by Stephenie Meyer

Summary: Bella must choose between creepy vampire and not-as-creepy-but-still-superhuman werewolf Jacob.

Thoughts: It teaches teenagers that the best kind of love is obsessive, controlling, and dangerous.  No thank you.

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Summary: 3 witches, one a fairy godmother, must stop a happy ending.

Thoughts: Hilarious.  This is my first Pratchett novel and I now want to read the entire Discworld series.

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Summary: 3 photographers and their relationships as they photograph the Vietnam war.

Thoughts: Well-written and intricate storylines.  The background and the characters are fascinating.  I want to study photography, or go to Vietnam.

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal

Summary: Sweet valley twins, 10 years later.  Sex, betrayal, and swearing.

Thoughts: So bad.  I read it because I loved the series.  It makes no sense and I hated both twins.

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

Summary: Love triangle in Greece during WWII.

Thoughts: Loved it with 15 pages to go.  Then almost threw it across the room.  Still love it.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Summary: Follows two friends through school, love, and duplicity.

Thoughts: I may have used up an entire tissue box on this.  Read it if you want a good cry.

French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mirielle Guiliano

Summary: The title pretty much says it all.

Thoughts: Commonsense advice aside from drinking leek broth for three days and purchase enough champagne to have at every dinner.

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (for the fifth time, at least)

Summary: Big brother knows all.

Thoughts: Love it.  Love it.  Love love love love it.  It gets better with every read.  Read it.


Phew!  Now that I have those out of the way, I can get back to posting on what I am reading right now!  Trust me, I have an awesome one coming up 🙂


My Favorite Things: Part 7

Videos that become funnier and funnier as you watch them repeatedly

Sometimes, the first time you watch something, you are not terribly impressed by it.  If you give it a chance, though, and watch it again, all of a sudden, it becomes really amusing.  Some movies that I experienced this with are:

A Christmas Story

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Office Space

This is also common with YouTube videos.  To see my latest favorite video, click below.  It makes my heart happy, especially with the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out.

What movie/show/video was better for you once you re-watched it?

The Kids are All Right, But I’m Not Sure About the Parents

Rating: Plum

Well, it’s that time of year again.  When I go to the supermarket or the mall, I feel like I’m inside a tornado of glitter, chocolate, and (shudder) pink. 

When I was in high school, I was ambivalent toward Valentine’s Day.  With my friends, I would joke about it being Singles Awareness Day and, secretly, wait for some token from a secret admirer.  It was typically a day marked by those little paper valentines that don’t really mean anything, too much chocolate, and a twinge of disappointment. 

Now that I am a bit older, I think that Valentine’s Day is actually amazing.  Now, it is true, I am a complete romantic.  I adore movies with the “happily ever after” motif and when someone special brings me flowers, my day brightens. 

The joy that I find in Valentine’s Day comes from how I define it.  Sure, it was created by the greeting card companies, but why not create a holiday centered around love?  In a world that is filled with so many emotions that do not even resemble love, why not take dedicate one day to showing your love for the people in your life.  Why call it Singles Awareness Day, focusing on that romantic love that you may not have yet, when you may have so many other people in your life who you do love? 

The film, The Kids Are All Right, explores different types of love, the evolution of love, as well as how love can change us.  This is a story of two moms in a committed relationship raising two children borne from artificial insemination and the impact that meeting the sperm doner/father can have on all of their lives.

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