Monday, February 01, 2010

Bookish Potpourri

Once again, it was one of those weekends when I intended to post a Sunday Salon, but the time slipped right on by. I was neck-deep in boxes--carrying what little I could (aka, light stuff)--that needed to go to storage. Our condo is once again ours, and I'm not homicidal due to the wall of crap covering up the sliding glass door in our place. I haven't seen that door since before Christmas, so it feels oddly airy in our living room.

I did accomplish one major feat yesterday and that was finishing Emma!!! I love, love, loved it! What I noticed about the film/book difference was mostly a greater understandg of the characters. Emma comes off as much more self-centered and snooty in the book, though she's still likeable. I have no idea how that happened or why I still liked her. Mrs. Elton is still a deplorable snot, Mr. Knightley is still dreamy, and Emma's father is even more dependent and annoying. I love Austen's rich characters, and now I just have to decide what to read of hers next. I have Northanger Abbey on my shelves now, and I have a copy of Persuasion floating around at my mom's house somewhere. I feel sure I won't wait so long to get 'round to Austen again. No five years between books this time, I say! Oh, and I have a freebie copy of Persuasion on my Nook. Totally forgot about it. That one will probably be the winner.

In other bookish news, I had a wicked case of insomnia last night. Or perhaps it's not really insomnia when the sleeplessness is attributable to baby discomfort and one fiance rolling around in his office chair overhead. It's my lot in life to be in love with a complete night owl, and when he's working on a website at 1am when I have to get up at 5:30, all is not right with the world. I woke up when he came to bed and positively could not fall back to sleep, so I whipped through a chapter of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. Innumerable other bloggers have read this one already--I'm behind the pack as usual--but I couldn't resist after I fell in love with the movie trailer. Doesn't it look COOL?!

Note: The first trailer disappeared due to copyright. Let's try this again!

The first chapter was fun, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy the whole book. It's been a while since I read a juvenile adventure story, so we'll see if this one lives up to some of its predecessors.

Finally, in honor of J.D. Salinger, I picked up the remaining library copy of Franny and Zooey. I tried Nine Stories a couple of years ago and couldn't seem to sink into it, but I'm hoping to have better luck with this novel. Stephanie approached me about a buddy read, and if anyone else is interested in a buddy read or read-along, let me know!

Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on Valentine's Day picture books! They were a ton of fun to read, and I can't wait to review them!


  1. My son's a senior in college and he listened to The Lightening Thief on his trip home for Christmas break. He loved it!

  2. Last night must've been the night for insomnia. I was awake from 1:30 to about 3:30. Ugh.

  3. Insomnia is the worst, but at least you know how to work with it. Often I will just spend time checking the clock and calculating how many hours of sleep I get so it's good that you just delved into a book. I hope that it continues to please!

  4. My youngest daughter (age 13) just finished the Percy Jackson books and LOVED them. She keeps telling me to read them and I probably will soon. She's already picked them back up for a reread.

    I love Emma, too! The only Austen I've never been able to get into was Mansfield Park. The heroine was just too wimpy for me. I finally gave up on it. All of the others are good, though.

  5. I was one of those readers too who ended up liking Emma in spite of her self-centeredness. I really do believe she grows over the course of the book.

    Your fiance and you seem to be about on the same schedule as my husband and I. :-) He's a night owl too. And I'm the one who gets up at 5:30 in the morning. Ugh.

    I hope you have a good week, Andi!

  6. One of my friends raved a lot about Percy Jackson's series (endless cliffhangers, lots of action, great story) and yet I can't bring myself to start another series again. Or maybe I'm just not in the mood for fantasy juvenile reads lately.

    I loved Emma! Haven't read Persuasion though so maybe I'll pick that up sometime soon. Northanger Abbey's really funny :)

  7. I've been thinking of giving Austen a whirl lately. She has such a reputation of being a "girl" writer, though a great one, that I've never given it a shot. I thought the same thing about the movie Gone with the Wind and I loved that when I finally broke down and watched it. What do you think? Would a guy enjoy Austen?

  8. Kathy, I bet it makes for a really fun audiobook.

    Jill, yep I finally managed to konk back out at 3:30. Oddly enough, I'm much sleepier today after lots of sleep than I was yesterday after very little. Maybe my body is prepping me for no sleep when the baby arrives.

    Nicole, I did that for years. Now I just think, "Hmmphf, another chance to read." lol

    Tammy, I'm liking it so far. I didn't get much of a chance to read last night, so I'm hoping for a few quiet minutes during my office hours today. Will definitely dive into more Austen soon. I have a tendency to forget Mansfield Park even exists! lol

    Wendy, I think she does, too. Her matchmaking and urge to interfere in people's lives dwindles a great deal throughout the book. And dueling schedules can be exhausting. lol Chuck gave it up and came to bed early last night. I was still asleep though, having sacked out about 9:30. hehe

    Lightheaded, I hear ya. I had absolutely no plans to read this series EVER, but I snagged a used copy of the first book for 50 cents at a yard sale recently. And the trailer for the movie gave me a little push.

    Christopher, definitely give her a whirl. Girly or not, she's a wonderful writer, and her characters and plots are very funny and charming no matter your gender. Her male characters are just as interesting as the ladies, in my opinion.

  9. Yeah! I'll have to see if I can find my copy at home!!

  10. I hear you on the whole living with a night owl thing! I probably have the only man in the world who decides to clean house (loudly) at 2am :|
    Soooo excited about the Percy Jackson movie - I just picked up the book yesterday so I can read it before watching the movie.


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