That's usually the way the story goes, right? The books are always better than the movies. For the purposes of today's post, however, the two are unrelated.
We have been on a major losing streak in the film department. Aside from "Avatar", which we saw twice and loved it both times, most of the films we've viewed in recent weeks have been reasonably terrible. Makes me wonder if it's me or the selection. We've already discussed "Green Zone". This one is getting much better reviews that I gave it, so I'll lay the blame there at my door. "Repo Men" had a few redeeming moments (one involving a typewriter), but I still give it a thumbs down. I wanted to love "Wolfman", because who doesn't love a good werewolf movie, but aside from some great actors and amazing costumes, it was pretty dismal. "Book of Eli" was fairly good with an ending I did not see coming, and I actually enjoyed "Alice in Wonderland" quite a lot, so I should not paint the entire bunch with a dark brush. Maybe the beautiful emotion of "A Single Man" ruined me for those that followed. I don't know. At least there have been some very good books.
Just like I need to have more than one knitting project going at a time, I also have at least two books that I am reading, or listening to, during the same time period. One on the Kindle, one in the car and maybe one actual book. After going through a bit of a dry book period, the latest have been very, very good. Last week I finished listening to "The Lost Symbol" and holy cow, was it fantastic. The thing I love the most about Dan Brown's books it how much they make me think and want to research different ideas he presents. They are the sort of books I what to read with a highlighter and Google nearby. A great read and shines an interesting light on Washington DC.
Also in the audio book department, I'm currently listening to "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane". Amazing Husband listened to it first, and recommended it. Moves back and forth from 1991 to the early 1700's and involves some history of the Salem witch trials. The author has a really lovely descriptive style and I find myself driving around blocks or sitting in lots to hear just a bit more. Looking forward to hearing how it ends.
The next two were surprises for me and I read them via my Kindle. Let me say that I have never been a fan of Regency Romances, or inspirational /Christian fiction and these books are both. The first I read was "The Apothecary's's Daughter". The story is so well told and the characters so interesting that all the reasons that I thought I didn't care for this type of book never entered my mind. Another positive point for Kindle; the night I finished The Apothecary's Daughter I found myself in the bathroom at 2am feeling very unwell. I brought my kindle into the bathroom and from my little nest of blankets on the floor I downloaded the next book, "The Silent Governess" right then and there. Thirty seconds later it was available on my Kindle and I read several chapters until I felt well enough to return to bed. I love my Kindle! I have since finished TSG and am ready to read anything else Ms Klassen has written. Just goes to show that how far an open mind can take you.
And finally, I have picked up "Eat, Pray, Love" to read for the third time. There is nothing I do not love about this book and each time I read it I find something new that speaks to my heart.