Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Classics Corner: Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany'sBreakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was surprisingly disappointing to me. Having never read Capote's work, but enjoying the movie, I decided to cross this one off my to-read list.

Capote was a talented writer, however, the subject matter in Breakfast at Tiffany's was just depressing to me. Holly Golightly is a wild, white-trash, country girl who has escaped to the big city, only to continue to spiral into drama and sadness. Her character is crude, self-centered, and vain. In today's world, she'd be a reality tv star. One could argue that she's also a pathological liar.

Big jump from the elegance and sensitivity that Audrey Hepburn naturally brought to the role. If a true-to-the-book movie was being made, I'd probably cast Lindsay Lohan instead.

In summary, it's a well-written but sad slice-of-life. Not what I imagined because of the movie. I probably would have enjoyed re-watching the movie more than reading this.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

This is a hard meme for me because once I like an author, I typical read a lot of his or her work.
  1. Ursula K. Le Guin- A Wizard of Earthsea was amazing for me. Sparrowhawk is a very underrated character, in my opinion. If I'm being honest, Earthsea held my interested better than The Hobbit did in high school...just being honest! I should really finish the series and check out Le Guin's Catwings.
  2. Diana Wynne Jones- Similarly, Howl's Moving Castle is amazing and underrated. In my experience, there seems to be a stronger following for the anime than the book. We own more of her work, and I should read the Chrestomanci series when Oshie is finished with it.
  3. Terry Pratchett- I've always heard Pratchett praised for his sense of humor. The Wee Free Men was just ok for me, but I feel I need to read other Discworld titles in order to get a better feel for his work.
  4. Juliet Marillier- As far as I'm concerned Wildwood Dancing is a YA must for fairy tale fans. I also own Daughter of The Forest...but I have yet to read it.
  5. Neil Gaiman- Stardust has been on my to-read list for a long time. I had mixed feelings about The Graveyard Book, however, I cannot deny that I'm still very interested in his work.
  6. Shannon Hale- Author of interesting books for children, teens, and adults, I've only read and enjoyed Austenland.
  7. Sherrilyn Kenyon- The first volume of The Dark-Hunters manga was a pleasant surprise and in the future I need to plan to read the first, original novel in the series.
  8. Mary Balogh- I really enjoyed the maturity and lack of angst in Balogh's Simply Perfect. Looking forward to more of her work in the future.
  9. Diana Gabaldon- Outlander was a very long, but immersive read. Since I'm hooked on the Starz series, I should really pick up Dragonfly in Amber at some point.
  10. Amy Kim Kibuishi- Sorcerers & Secretaries Volume 1 was absolutely adorable. I need to buy the next volume and check out her work in the Flight anthologies.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall, more unique, quirky goodness can be found in Rainbow Rowell's newest work. Having also read Fangirl this year, I'm really getting a sense of Rowell's style. I like and can identify with her nerdy, somewhat nonconventional main female characters.

At first, Landline reads like a slice-of-life of a marriage with young children that is on the rocks. There's a real sense of struggle and sadness in the story. Of wanting to do what's right for family but also wanting to advance career goals. Later, magic phone calls add an element of fantasy. For me, the magic calls were really downplayed. I assumed the story would center on the awesomeness of this power, but I really have to stress that the focus of this story is maintaining and strengthening marriage. I was expecting a little more of a romantic comedy, so I also have to stress that the story is fairly serious. It has funny moments, but also has lots of stress and family disfunction.

Most of all, I enjoyed the sweet holiday ending. It was classic Christmas movie worthy.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

My Highlights of Decatur Book Festival 2014

We had a wonderful time at the Decatur Book Festival! This was our third visit and each year we consistently discover interesting authors, book finds, and friendly volunteers. Although we'd love to go every year, sometimes school work demands attention over Labor Day, and let's face it, Atlanta traffic is stressful enough day to day without Dragon*Con and several sporting events happening all at once. This year was a last minute decision. With recent foot issues, I wasn't sure how well I'd hold up with a lot of walking. However, after checking the awesome DBF website, it was clear that the majority of the panels we wanted to see would be held inside the Marriott hotel.

In years past, we've had a lot of fun at DBF. Although I'm usually too impatient and broke to re-buy books I already own to get autographs (publisher policies...), we've seen awesome people like Meg Cabot, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl. Hearing their insight and sense of humor is worth the trip.

This year I was happy to see Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith, whose work I own, as well as, Adi Alsaid and Isabel Gillies who I was not familiar with at the time. It was a very upbeat and chatty panel. Even though the weather was significantly cooler this year, I gotta recommend that DBF consider air conditioned tents! So, so thankful for Emory University's free Carlos Museum fans.

Farm Fresh Georgia was a pleasant surprise. I added it to our list "only-if-we-had-time," but I'm so glad that we did. Growing up on a farm and now adjusting to apartment living, Oshie and I enjoy visiting farms in North Georgia to buy apples, pumpkins, honey, and Christmas gifts. Having bought and read the book since last weekend, I've discovered several interesting road trip stops for future reference.

My favorite panel and the one I was most excited about was "How to Be Graphic" with Liz Prince and Eleanor Davis. Although I wasn't familiar with either author, as a fan of graphic novels and manga in general, I had to check with out. Hands down, I couldn't miss it. As I sometimes dabble in drawing funny little inside jokes with my husband, it was so inspiring to hear the stories of two unique and extremely talented female author artists. Eleanor Davis referred to Virginia Woolf often, which has inspired me to add Woolf's work to my to-read list. Even though I never know what to say to authors in person, in the moment, both Liz and Eleanor had a great impact on me, and I will be following their careers in the future.

All in all, a great way to start our Labor Day weekend. I regret that I didn't get to see Ellen Hopkins, and other great panels that took place on Sunday...but maybe I'll have another opportunity someday. In the meantime, I'll check out their work and keep reading!


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