Saturday, September 25, 2010

What I've Been Reading...and Watching

For anyone interested - here are a few recommendations...

There is a group of authors and readers that have enjoyed imagining the continued story of Pride and Prejudice beyond what Jane Austen gave us. I have read reviews and plot summaries - and to be honest - it just does not appeal to me. However, I made an exception with this trilogy based on the mysterious character of Mr. Darcy. The author presents the story of Pride and Prejudice - following the events of the novel almost exactly - through Mr. Darcy's perspective. Although this might bother some Austen purists - if the books are read almost as an entirely different series, it is pretty enjoyable. And I think Aidan does a good job with the language and writing style. The second book of the trilogy goes a little off-track and almost becomes a Gothic romance novel...but the third book returns the familiar story and ends in the way we all know and love.
An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan

Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan

These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan

Seabisuit by Laura Hillenbrand
This book was given to me as a birthday gift and it took me a long time to finally read it. However, I am so glad I did! Even though I did not enjoy the movie of Seabiscuit, I found the book to be very interesting and at times - quite gripping! I was fascinating by the inside look at the life of jockeys and how the sport of horse-racing permeated the lives and hearts of people living in the 1930s.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I did not enjoy the last book in the Hunger Games series as much as I was hoping. But I still was sad when it was over and thoroughly enjoyed reading the series.

Young Victoria - the movie
I was first introduced to this story when I watched, Victoria and Albert - a mini-series made in 2001. I found the story to be remarkable although I didn't love the movie. However, I can honestly say that I loved this recent remake! It only explores the first half of Victoria's life but it is still worth watching.


Anna said...

I enjoyed the Aidan books too. So much of the fan fic. is so awful. These were a good read. And I really enjoyed the Young Victoria.

Jennette said...

You always have good recommendations. I'm glad to decrease my expectations of Mockingjay--I'm still on hold at the library for it. And I'm going to have to put Young Victoria on my queue right away!

Emily said...

I just watched The Young Victoria--that newer version. I really liked it as well. Such a beautiful love story and they were quite amazing people it seems for that time period.