Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie
Publish Year: –
Notes: read online. Surprisingly have never actually read the original story, only the children’s version or seen the movies. I was very intrigued as I started reading about the many differences between the film versions (Disney, Hook, and Finding Neverland) and the actual story. There is so much more that is never even addressed. And I pictured the characters differently than portrayed on film.
Title: Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews
Author: Jonathan Cott
Publish Year: 2007
Notes: Browsing the shelves at Borders and it just popped out at me.
I know a lot more about Bob Dylan than I ever did. I always assumed his biggest song was “Mr. Tamborine Man” but in fact it was only mentioned a few times throughout all the interviews. You get real insight into who this man was and his attitude towards his work and the people who nearly worshiped the words he sang to them. The interviews start in the 60s and finish in 2004. Through the decades you can see a change in the man and you also sort of watch him grow up through the interviews and his answers and denials.
Title: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging
Author: Louise Rennison
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publish Year: 2001
Notes: I saw someone else on the site who had recently read the series and it just sounded interesting.
Bridget Jones meets teenage girl. I kept picturing that this would be what Bridget was like when she was kid. A great quick read. Humorous and light.
Title: Make Loneliness
Author: J. Reuben Appelman
Publisher: Otis Books
Publish Year: 2008
Notes: Written by a former professor
Title: Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Barnes and Noble Classics
Publish Year: 2004
Notes: via audio book podcast. Still a great story and probably one of my absolute favorite Jane Austen novels right up with Pride and Prejudice. The whole time I couldn’t help picturing the actors from the film throughout which actually helped some in seeing the character connections in my head. Very interesting listening to it as well, as some of the readers have similar accents and voices as those from the movies. Make it more believable.
Title: Sam’s Letters to Jennifer
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Year: 2006
Notes: I love everything James Patterson writes.
An absolute tear jerker. Could barely put it down for a second and it flew by very quickly. I love the simplicity of the story telling, but also the heart that went into it. I tried my hardest not to cry but you can’t help it in the last chapters not to grieve with Jennifer and all the loss in her life. Loved it.
Title: Skinny Bitch
Author: Kim Barnouin
Publisher: Running Press
Publish Year: 2005
Notes: Judged a book by it’s cover and had no idea what it was really about until a paragraph into it.
Powerful book about all the terrible things that go into the food we eat. While all the scientific facts aren’t there, just references, it does make you stop and wonder “what am I really eating”. Even if you don’t want to follow what it says, or don’t fully believe anything, it does turn out to be a great and interesting read with some humor in it.
Title: Through the Looking Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll
Publish Year: –
Notes: read through Daily Lit. Number 854 on the 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die list. I am trying to incorporate some of them into my reading this year.
Nothing like what I imagined it would be. Never having read it before, I assumed Alice in Wonderland would have lots of similarities and be taken from the book and was expecting things I already knew. Of course, it was totally different. Another clear example of the movie being nothing like the book.
Title: A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories
Author: Beatrix Potter
Publish Year: 2003
Notes: Recently saw Miss Potter and wasn’t very familiar with all her stories, only Peter Rabbit.
I was surprised by how short Peter Rabbit actually is compared to some of her other stories. It only takes about 1 minute to read. Still great stories to read as an adult and remember to read to children.