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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

I totally judge a book by its cover! That’s why I’m so completely in love with these books by Penguin Classics. The covers are designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. The whimsical patterns are stamped on linen complete with ribbon markers. I want the whole set and I don’t even care what’s on the inside. Well, it does help that these fancy jackets encase the classics.

The first book that caught my eye was this one. Pink flamingos?! Yes, please.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

As if Shakespeare isn’t classy enough…

The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare

Making Jane Austen even more romantic!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

A peacock feather for Dorian Gray? Brilliant.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The pictures really don’t do justice to these treasures. You gotta get your hands on one to truly appreciate it. I promise if you’re a book lover and appreciate the classics, you’ll want one! Buy me one while you’re at it.

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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in book

 

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Very Good, Sir

The Page Turners selection this month was “Thank You, Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse. It was an enjoyable read for me, a fun romp with the “gentleman’s personal gentleman”, Jeeves and the endearing but clueless, Bertie Wooster. Wodehouse is best known for his “Jeeves” novels. I look forward to taking a look at more in this particular series. I have already acquired a copy of Very Good, Jeeves.

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 The list of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories:

The Man With Two Left Feet (1917) — One story in a book of thirteen

My Man Jeeves (1919) — Four stories in a book of eight, all four reprinted in Carry on, Jeeves. The non-Jeeves stories feature Reggie Pepper

The Inimitable Jeeves (1923) — Originally a semi-novel with eighteen chapters, it is normally published as eleven short stories (U.S. title: Jeeves)

Carry On, Jeeves (1925) — Ten stories

Very Good, Jeeves (1930) — Eleven stories

Thank You, Jeeves (1934) — The first full-length Jeeves novel

Right Ho, Jeeves (1934) (US title: Brinkley Manor)

The Code of the Woosters (1938)

Joy in the Morning (1946) (US title: Jeeves in the Morning)

The Mating Season (1949)

Ring for Jeeves (1953) — Only novel without Bertie (US title: The Return of Jeeves), adapting the play Come On, Jeeves

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (1954) (US title: Bertie Wooster Sees It Through)

 A Few Quick Ones (1959) — One short story in a book of ten

Jeeves in the Offing (1960) (US title: How Right You Are, Jeeves)

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (1963)

Plum Pie (1966) — One short story in a book of nine

Much Obliged, Jeeves (1971) (US title: Jeeves and the Tie That Binds)

Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (1974) (US title: The Cat-nappers)

The Jeeves stories were adapted into a British TV series that ran from 1990-1993. The series was “Jeeves and Wooster” starring Stephen Fry as Reginald Jeeves and Hugh Laurie (aka Dr. House) as Bertram Wooster. I think it was perfect casting for the character of Bertie. What ho!

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Posted by on June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Beginner’s Book Club

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My son and I joined a book club, Page Turners, at a local library in November. The group discussed Fannie Flagg’s Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven. They enjoyed it, especially the humor. Now, the best thing that I came away from Page Turners with…these people are like minded. They enjoy books enough to seek out others to discuss them.

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The group’s next selection was Richard Paul Evan’s Timepiece. My son and I both read it. It was hard for me to stay hooked. Neither of us cared for it much. It was predictable. Now predictability is not always a killer. You can still enjoy the ride, even if you know precisely where you’re going. The problem here was the ride wasn’t very entertaining either. A little too sentimental & emotional for my tastes.

I read the selection, but had to miss the meeting in December! Oh well, I didn’t have much to contribute anyway, except for some negativity. I’ll try again.

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The next month’s selection was Per Peterson’s Out Stealing Horses. I was never really sure where this one meant to go. I tried to follow, but there were many side roads & I wasn’t sure which one to take. I was confused. There was a little seemingly, unnecessary explicitness (of course, for all I know, it could have been of great significance to the plot). It was enough that I told my son to skip this one. The story definitely wasn’t worth it.

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Now, guess what. I had to skip this meeting too! Strike two. Come on, now, really. The next month’s selection was Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.

I read this one, but knew ahead of time that it probably wasn’t my cup of tea. Sparks’ novels are wildly popular. I don’t care for this type of romance story. The romantic tendencies lean more towards lusty.

I did like Sparks’ narrative description of the place that Noah renovated. He made me want to live there. This, however, wasn’t enough to save it. I vetoed this one for my son too. He wasn’t really looking forward to it anway!

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I found out a few days before meeting time that they had added Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. It took a bit to scramble up a copy of this, but worth it. This is the first selection I enjoyed. It is well written. Although it was a fable, I enjoyed the biblical references.

Finally, here’s one my son can read. Too late, time’s up. He is a speed reader of Olympic proportion, but I’m not. I couldn’t give the go ahead quick enough. We also found out later, this book was added especially for him. We are disappointed.

I finally make it to book club to discuss 2 books. So, I guess it makes up for the last one. I enjoyed the discussion. There were even a couple of the other ladies that didn’t enjoy The Notebook. I was sure that I’d be the only one. I’m going to have to work on conveying my negative reviews in an appropriate manner. I feel like I’m being argumentative to disagree with other’s opinions.

Now, I’m working on Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish. I’ve gotten as far as the front cover. I’ll let ya know how it turns out.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Kindle

Why do you own a kindle? After reading this article, I wanted to share my opinion of the Kindle. My son received one for his birthday. I was skeptical of this little piece of technology and fully prepared to hate it. Then, my son purchased the works of Charles Dickens (200+ Works) includes The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities with biography; Jane Austen’s complete novels; the works of Alexandre Dumas, includes The Three Musketeers, Louise de la Valliere The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Man in the Iron Mask, The Count … & more; New American Standard version of the Bible; The Wind in the Willows;  a Beatrix Potter collection; the works of Robert Louis Stevenson. (150+ works) includes Treasure Island, New Arabian Nights, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & more; and the works of Baroness Emmuska Orczy. (26 Works) includes The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Old Man In the Corner, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, The League of the … Nest of the Sparrowhawk, El Dorado & more all for about 30 bucks. Hello? Not only cheap, classic literature, but extensive volumes that fit in one hand. Hello, again. This is sounding better.

Best-sellers cost you $9.99. So, I tried it out. I was desperate to start New Moon & didn’t want to wait until next shopping trip. I easily downloaded it onto my son’s Kindle. This device IS convenient and easy to use. I’m impressed. But…

The Kindle can’t replace the real deal. I love the feel of a book in my hands. The smell of an old book is quite lovely. The illustrations & cover art are a big part of the whole experience.

Now, the start up cost on the Kindle is a big hurdle. $359…yikes. My son was very thankful for his grandmother’s generosity. He knew he would have to wait awhile for Mom to come up with that much geatus. I do think it’s a good investment for literary junkies.

Bottom line, the Kindle does have its place in a book lover’s life. For convenience sake, instead of lugging your library around, grab your (or your son’s) Kindle & go. What a trip!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Twilight Series

 

Who isn’t caught up in the phenomenon that is Twilight? Certainly not me. I’m there! I’m not even a “pre-teen or young adult”. I have always liked vampire stories. Anne Rice was a favorite of mine. So, I had to give Stephenie Meyer a try…Wow. I was most pleasantly surprised. I devoured the first three books in five days. That has to be the biggest compliment I can give…books I simply can’t put down.

I have to be honest. Being a Mom in my late 30s, this series has a different draw for me. I’m not mesmerized by the love story. I was actually pulling for Jacob. The second book, New Moon, is my favorite. I adored the character, Jacob Black…his understated sense of humor & his easy-going, humble personality won me over. The relationship that develops between Bella & Jacob is the result of friendship, his caring & understanding. He’s there when she needs him. The relationship with Edward is a result of intense, physical attraction. Sensuality wins out. It has a stronger pull than simple, honest affection. Is it more exciting that way? Of course, but the Mother in me begs Bella to choose Jacob.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t like Edward. Quite the opposite, this is a captivating story. I enjoy Meyer’s writing immensely. I will definitely be reading The Host. 

Now, did the movie measure up to the book? Of course not, nor could it. I did like the movie though. It was a decent interpretation. I was just a wee bit disappointed because I was expecting a little more action. That’s the bigger draw for me…vampires & werewolves! Is there anyway to add a little kung-fu into this? That would be perfect.

I went to watch the movie with my 18-year old niece, one of her buddies, & my 16-year old son. The girls were gushing over Edward to the point, my son finally begged, “Do you mind?” This absolutely was a deadly gorgeous group of vampires…but, Jasper was the best looking. I know…I can’t believe it either. The girls were aghast at my preference. Even more so when I said, “The Dad’s cute too.” They assumed I was talking about Dr. Cullen, he was stunning. But, I was talking about Charlie. “Gak, he’s so old.” Like I said…not the same draw…

My niece picked out a Twilight poster & made her Dad buy it for me. I haven’t had a poster on my bedroom wall since I was a teenager living in my parent’s home. How is this going to work? Can I incorporate it into my decor? I’m laughing just picturing it. What do you suppose my guests will think?

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Subjective

sub-jec’ tive adj. relating to personal feeling or opinion; influenced by emotion or prejudice.

My interest in movies and books has moved me to start my own journal of cinematic and literary experiences. I am not a scholar nor a critic. I have no desire to be cutting edge or mainstream. This is a view of film through my eyes, also my take on books.

Reading movie blogs is fun. I have checked out many online book clubs. I don’t always agree with critic reviews, but it’s interesting to see assorted viewpoints. I’m always amazed at differing opinion.

I have noticed that my opinions are usually quite varied from the mainstream take. Critique of film or literature is completely subjective. How we receive a movie or book is as intimately diverse as each of our personalities. The author or film maker can have a vision or specific meaning but our individual perception can spin a wildly separate interpretation.

The quality of film or literature can be debated, but not on the level of basic “Did you like it or not?” Mine are not educated opinions, but simply that…”mine”. Views can sometimes change. I like to hear how others receive the same material. We can disagree, but perhaps give thought for additional consideration.

Here’s to diversity!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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