Monday, May 9, 2011

Movie and Book Round-Up

I've been on a movie and book tear lately.  I've lucked out on reading so many great books and choosing so many entertaining movies.  I love it when that happens.

On the book front, I downloaded BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver from my library.  Wow.  Highly recommend.  It was not at all what I expected from reading the book blurb.  If you're expecting a light-hearted YA romp, think again.  Oliver did such a great job of getting me inside the head of Samantha Kingston, the book's main character.  She also did a magnificent job of dealing with teenage drinking, sex, and bullying and weaving those issues into the story with rich, angsty prose.  Very realistic.  Not at all cliched, IMO.  You can read my review on Goodreads.  I've already put her second book, DELIRIUM, on hold.  Looking forward to that one too, although it sounds like a completely different read. 

During the last week, we rented THE KING'S SPEECH (loved!) and THE TOURIST (enjoyed!).  THE TOURIST was a lot better than I expected, with plenty of plot twists to keep me interested, although I didn't believe for a second that Johnny Depp was a math teacher.  Where was he, pray tell, when I was in school?? Both movies are definitely worth a rental. 

What about you?  Read any good books or see any great movies this weekend?

19 comments:

Angelina Rain said...

I’m glad you enjoyed your weekend reads and views. I haven’t watched any new movies in like forever. And this weekend I finally finished a book that was so poorly written, it makes me wonder how this book received a contract for publication. And where was the editor in all that? The book was littered with plot holes, undeveloped characters, and inconsistencies, and it broke all the rules of writing. It was littered with so much purple prose I thought I was going blind by reading. Most of the book was telling and not showing, and there was more passive voice then active voice. Arg. . . Luckily this week I’ll start reading something else. I have a few good books on my TBR list.

Tracy said...

Sadly, I've been so consumed with the day job lately that I haven't had the spare time for reading or much movie watching the past 2-3 weeks. I'm still working on Cassandra Clare's "Clockwork Angel" at the moment.

While not a movie, I have made time to watch Game of Thrones on HBO. Love it!!

J.L. Campbell said...

Before I Fall sounds like a good read. Haven't watched any movies later, but I'm reading Anatomy of Fear now - another good book.

Karen Walker said...

I loved the King's Speech. Haven't seen The Tourist. And if I'd had Johnny Depp as a math teacher, I might like math! I just finished Jodi Piccoult's "Sing me Home." Good, not great, but I do love her writing. ]
Karen

Jennifer Lane said...

Hi Liz! I just saw Water for Elephants (loved the book more but the movie was good too) and The Kings' Speech was great. I also just finished "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and need to write my review on goodreads--it was really thought-provoking.

Lisa said...

Oooh! I've been wanting to read Before I Fall for quite some time now. Might have to bump that up on my tbr list. I also just saw Water For Elephants and really enjoyed it. Haven't read the book yet. Oh, and I agree, Game Of Thrones is awesome!

Nicki Elson said...

King's Speech! I can't believe I haven't seen that one yet. I've heard nothing but great things. I watched When Harry Met Sally this weekend (again). I love that damn movie.

Colette said...

The King's Speech is indeed a must see, as is Black Swan (but don't see it if your depressed or blue). Recently we saw Win Win -- an inspiring movie for the middle class. Highly recommended!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Haven't seen The King's Speech but it's on my Netflix list. Just finished the new release Apocalypse Rising by Maria Zannini. I was waiting for that one because I loved Touch of Fire (AR is the sequel) and I wasn't dissapointed. It's a tad dark but an exciting story and a great romance.

Chris Phillips said...

I need to start watching some good movies again, maybe you stole all my good movie watching luck.

Gabriella Hewitt said...

Haven't seen either movie although the King's Speech is calling me. But I think I need to be in the mood. Good books...hmm I guess it depends on what you like, But Amanda Steven The Restorer is worth your time if you like darker stories with mystery and romance.

DEZMOND said...

glad you liked THE KING'S SPEECH, Liz! :)

Nas Dean said...

The King's Speech is awesome, but I haven't watched The Tourist yet...have to hire it next!

Glad you enjoyed all your movies and books, Liz.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Just finished Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. I liked them very much. It was more reading than I have allowed myself in a long time. Felt good.
We have the new Robin Hood with R. Crowe from Netflix sitting on the entertainment center but we haven't watched it yet.

I'm glad The Tourist was enjoyable. I do like to watch The Depp but I don't always like his movie choices.

Theresa Milstein said...

I've heard so many things about Before I Fall. It's on my pile, but I haven't read it yet. I read Delirium, which I liked but didn't love.

I just finished Demonglass,which was very good. (It's the 2nd in the Hex Hall trilogy).

Cold As Heaven said...

No books and no movies this weekend. The summers are light but short in the North, and when the weather is nice and warm, we have to seize the day (and the night) >:)

Cold As Heaven

Liz Fichera said...

Oh, lots of good book choices in the comments! I'm going to be busy on goodreads later, adding to my TBR pile.

Danette said...

Johnny Depp was trying to get his big break when I was in high school (don't want to date myself too much here so if you want to know when that was you'll have to look it up yourself) I would guess by the time you were in high school he was pretending to be a cop in high school -not at all interested in being a teacher. Go figure! (lol) :)

Jean Davis said...

If Johnny Depp had been a math teacher when I was in school, I would have actually enjoyed math. Or looking at math... err the teacher. It would have been better. Yes, most certainly.

I'll have to check that movie out.