Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Sunday Salon -- A Book Pulls Me Out of the Funk, Bookish Movies and TV Shows

Earlier this week I posted my frustration with my reader's indecision which was causing me to be unable to finish any books, even though the books were good. When I get into these weird moods, I really try not to read anything I'm anticipating will be good, because I want to give the book a fair shake, and I don't want to ruin a good reading experience with my moodiness. This time, I picked up a book I got over the summer and was so so so thrilled to be so completely sucked in by it. It's one that got pretty good reviews around the blogosphere, but to me it was a great reminder that...hey I really do like this reading thing. The book, by the way, was The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

This week is usually the start of the holiday season for me. Of course I still very much believe in celebrating Thanksgiving and the spirit of it, but November is a really good time to sort out Christmas details, like shopping, cards, what special events I want to partake in, planning my time off, etc. In the past, I always attended an event at my parents former church that was focused on Christmas and had a shopping boutique with handmade crafts for sale and the like. This year, the event was not at all for Christmas, but instead decorated for harvest. For some reason, I found it to be a huge disappointment, even though it was still enjoyable. The other tradition for this weekend is Hallmark's Holiday Open House, which was also massively scaled back this year, there was no new roll out of ornaments, no special Christmas CD, and our Hallmark which usually has a nice refreshments table for the event had only some candy out. The poor economy, I believe, is really showing this year.

Of course these things don't make the season, and aren't that important in the long run. They are just a reminder that life is always changing.

Movies
I've been wanting to write about Where the Wild Things Are since I saw it a few weeks ago. I really really loved it, I found it to be beautiful and bittersweet. I haven't seen many other book blogger reviews, but I also have had my blog reading time be massively shortened. Has anyone seen it? What did you think? I've seen a lot of negative reviews in general, so I'm interested.

I also saw The Box and let me tell you something....I feel like this was a story that had huge potential, a fantastic concept, but just absolutely insisted on being WEIRD. The beginning and the end worked for me, but the middle? No, no, no, no. A big disappointment.

TV
Okay, I have a confession to make. I did NOT like the turn Supernatural took this week. SPOILER ALERT Why did they have to make the Trickster an angel????? That episode started out so awesomely, I loved the whole television show thing, couldn't stop laughing in fact, but then they pulled that the trickster-is-really-Gabriel business...and I think maybe they thought it was brilliant but I thought it was a huge disappointment.

BUT, the true bookish TV thing I want to discuss is Rizzoli! I'm a huge fan of Tess Gerritsen as you may know and very interested to see how this show will turn out. The casting is in full force and the role of Jane Rizzoli..one of my favorite bookish characters has been cast....Angie Harmon will be playing Jane.

I have really mixed feelings on this. I like Angie Harmon, but she did bring to life Lindsay Boxer and that show failed. And she's not quite how I pictured Jane Rizzoli. But I'm willing to give her a chance...and I really hope they make this show interesting and that someone really awesome gets cast as Gabriel Dean. :) Any other Gerritsen fans out there care to weigh in? (Sasha Alexander has been cast as Maura Isles)

Well that's all I've got for the moment. Here's to finishing lots of books this week! What are you Sunday plans? Books, relaxing, work? Tell me all!




Amy

24 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

Bizarrely enough, the kids and I have yet to see Where the Wild Things Are. We have just been so insanely busy. I'm thinking we will go during Thanksgiving Week. In EW last week, there was an article that people are actually FIGHTING over the movie, there are such differing heartfelt views of the thing.(?!)

I'm so glad you got out of the slump. Slumps stink, but they happen. I am in a review-writing slump. I've got a two week buffer, so I have time, but I'm kinda wishing for a rainy day when I can just sit and pound them out.

As a family, we have been watching that 6 hour miniseries from the 70's called Jesus of Nazareth. It has been awhile since I've seen it, but every time I do, it blows me away.

I've got an ARC to read, then I think I am going to have a Shelf Discovery Challenge Read-a-thon. Just lots and lots of Judy Blume, V.C. Andrews, all those wonderful childhood books. I can't wait. Have a great Sunday Amy!

Rebecca :) said...

I get that way too- in slumps. And then I find a book that sucks me in and I find- just like you- that I really do like this reading thing! I was just having the same thing happen to me thanks to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. Leave it to all things Austenesque to bring back why I love books to begin with!

WordLily said...

Glad you're out of your reading funk!

I've heard only good reviews for Where the Wild Things Are, but nearly each time with the caveat that it's not appropriate for young children.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I thought like Where the Wild Things Are was a little slow, but I felt horrible and guilty for thinking that, because it really says more about me than about the movie! :--)

Jen - Devourer of Books said...

I'm glad you are un-funked now! I did see "Where The Wild Things Are" the first weekend it was out and completely failed to ever write a post about it. I would agree with the 'beautiful yet bittersweet' but I don't think I loved it like you did.

jennysbooks said...

I found the film of Where the Wild Things Are kind of upsetting. I liked the idea of the wild things being WILD - these slightly whingy, depressed, domesticated wild things made me sad. It didn't feel like an escape for Max, but just a replay of his problems back home, and that I did not like.

I'm glad you enjoyed it though!

Dana said...

I'm glad that you're out of your reading funk. Hate those! I haven't read Where the Wild Things are - gasp! - so I haven't seen it but I'd like to see The Box. Looks creepy.

Elizabeth said...

Well, I just don't like the trickster - I know his episodes are supposed to be funny, but I usually find them tedious. So I'm mostly just irritated that he's probably going to be around more often.

And Angie Harmon as Rizzoli?Hmmm. I guess I didn't ever pictures Rizzoli being that....statuesque? We'll see...

raych said...

I blogged about the Wild Things here: http://backofthebook.ca/2009/11/06/daring-the-wild-things/

But suffice it to say that I loved it HARD! I had the lowest of all possible low expectations, but it was the sweetest thing.

Also, when we lived in the States my family would use thanksgiving weekend to set up all of our Christmas gear. In Canada, thanksgiving comes before halloween, so I usually wait until the American one roles around and then I do all my decorating. And then I start the Christmas music.

Trisha said...

Our weeks sound similar. My Sunday Salon post is about how reading took a backseat to television this week; I've been struggling to start and get into a book recently. Possibly burnout from the Read-a-Thon? Happy reading and watching!

debnance said...

I've read a ton of books (59 in the last 6 weeks!) but not much for me. I need to pick a wonderful grownup book for today. I will do that. I hereby resolve.

writergal said...

Where the Wild Things Are is on my to-see list before it leaves theatres. I'll post a review. I used to see more movies b/c I got into screenings but alas they no longer like my web site and find me "unworthy."

Florinda said...

Glad you're out of your reading slump. I'm currently reading three books simultaneously, which usually doesn't go well, but it seems to be working better this time. Maybe it's the mix.

I'm having trouble getting into the holiday mindset - I had the same problem last year. I'm wondering if I can blame the lack of real seasons in SoCal :-).

I'm hoping to work on a couple of non-bookish posts today, and I've already done some house-cleaning, so I feel like I'm cleared for computer time! Have a great week, Amy!

Nymeth said...

I've been meaning to read Jenna Fox since it first came out! I don't know why I haven't. I'm glad to hear it rescued you from your funk :)

Where The Wild Things Are will only be released here in December, so I haven't watched it yet. I'm REALLY looking forward to it, though, and I expect to love it.

Jenn's Bookshelves said...

I picked up a copy of The Adoration of Jenna Fox today! Can't wait to start it.

Lisa said...

I've been putting off seeing Where The Wild Things Are because the book is such a beloved one in my house. But everyone I know that has seen it has liked it so I may have to break down and give it a shot.

Michelle said...

The Trickster is my least favorite character on Supernatural (I think you, Debbie and I have talked about that before) so I'm just hopeful that this newest element doesn't mean we'll see more of him this season. I admitedly enjoyed the parodies of the different shows (particuarly Grey's since they are opposite each other in time slot) and I'm not necessarily upset that he's Gabriel perse I just don't want more of him on the show.

Jennifer said...

I just saw a behind the scenes clip for Where the Wild Things are and it looks good and I thought it appeared the cast had a blast making the movie.
I did not get much accomplished this past week. My Salon:http://www.rundpinne.com/2009/11/week-could-have-gone-better-sunday.html

Carrie K. said...

I haven't seen Where the Wild Things Are yet - it hasn't even shown up in our little rural town's one screen theater!

I'm glad you found a book you loved - reading slumps stink. :)

I spent today catching up on word count for NaNoWriMo, since I didn't get anything written yesterday. Now that I'm caught up, I'm planning to read some of Killing Frost by John Marsden.

bermudaonion said...

I've had The Adoration of Jenna Fox on my wish list for a while, so I'm glad to see it's that good!

Debbie's World of Books said...

I'm glad you found something to pull you out of your reading funk!

Beth F said...

Glad to see you're out of your slump. I've had Jenna Fox on my MP3 since the day it was published. I'll get to it one of these days.

carolsnotebook said...

We saw Where the Wild Things Are. I didn't love it. I think it was over kids heads and just found a couple of the scenes creepy.

Ti said...

I'm in a bit of a funk myself. I have been reading and reviewing a lot of non-fiction lately. I didn't plan it out or anything but for whatever reason it's been one non-fiction book after another. I am just not getting back into fiction with (of all things) New Moon. I know it's bubblegum-like and all but it sure got me back into reading fiction. My next read is Under the Dome or When She Flew.

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