I love reading, always have. Recently, I've been reading more than I usually can manage, thanks to some snow days, disinterest in my current knitting projects, and illness. The reading hasn't all been fabulous. I slogged through a book I'd really wanted to read, only to hate it. You can read my review on Goodreads if you like. It's the one where I use the work fuck a lot, sort of as a homage to the author. He is a writer. He teaches writing. And pretty much the one and only word he manages to use to describe sex is fuck. It's tiring to read about a middle aged college professor doing so much fucking with his wife, his wife's friends, hookers, and college students, especially with his apparently limited vocabulary. (Yeah, it could be that his bedroom skills are so limited that he has only the one word to use, but that's not something that intrigues me in the slightest, so it shall remain a mystery.)
The other books I've been reading is A Dance With Dragons, the latest in the Game of Thrones series. I'm almost halfway through this one, and, as usual, George R. R. Martin has me spellbound. However, I find myself reading the book and feeling a bit queasy about seeing some of the scenes acted out on the HBO series. There's only so much of man's inhumanity to man that I can take in one sitting. My 12 year old has taken an interest in Game of Thrones because she is dancing to the music from the show in a number in her dance studio's recital this spring. (No, she has not seen any of this show. She will not. She is too young for GoT right now.) The theme of the recital is television. The only other number I know she's doing is supposed to be a generic fitness channel number. She will likely be in 6 to 8 numbers in the recital, so I will have to stay tuned for more.
And that's why we've got a little read/watch - along going on here this year. This week I saw a post about sixteen books that are being made into movies releasing in 2014. Nancy and I decided that we would do some reading along, and I thought I'd invite other people to participate.
Here's what is on the agenda for January and February:
1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Movie releasing 31 January 2014
Nancy and I are both reading this now. I'm not sure I will see the movie. Kate Winslet stars in it and I find her acting to be tedious.
I am exciting about this book, though. Joyce Maynard is something of a home-girl for me. She wrote a weekly column about parenting in the local paper when I was a kid. I always thought of her as some local mom-type person who liked to write. Boy, was I surprised when I found out about her history with JD Salinger, etc. It certainly made her more interesting than other local moms. I can't help but like her.
Movie releasing 7 February 2014.
I will admit it, I'm a sucker for all those based on a true story World War II books, always have been. The cast of the movie is pretty interesting, and I think I will be seeing this one. I mean, who could miss Bill Murray in a serious military drama - will those images of him in Stripes be easy to forget after seeing this movie?
3. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
Movie releasing 14 February 2014.
After the first two books/movies, this is a little more lighthearted. The book is pretty thick, so that's a good thing. I should be able to get through it and not end up well behind on the year. The movie looks like something I'd watch, but I have a feeling I probably won't see it in the theatre because I likely just won't have time for that while it's out. But who knows?
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Movie releasing 14 February 2014.
This one is a young adult book, and my 12 year old (who doesn't like to read, the horror!) has agreed that she "might" read the book. However, she wants to see the movie, so it's possible that I may end up taking her and getting to see it that way. Otherwise, it will likely be a movie I see later.
Anyone up to join us? There are two movies releasing in March, and I will buy those books and post about them in the future, and then there's a bit of a break until more movies come out in June. It's doubtful that I am going to keep all of these books, so if anyone is interested in swapping, that's a possibility. Don't forget to check our Goodreads feeds on the sidebar. . . you will see Nancy has already started Labor Day.