Friday, July 9, 2010

Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.
Stephane Mallarme

The summer atmosphere certainly puts me in the mood for a stack of great books. Maybe it is the long time college/grad student still in my soul, but summer time means read-whatever-I-want time!

I do have my favorite authors whose many titles I cycle through continuously - Sue Miller, Anne Rivers Siddons, Dorothea Benton Frank -but the similar stories were beginning to meld together.

I had been itching for something different.

Although I'm not one for book "trends" (ahem, Twilight) I finally succumbed to two books that I'd heard a lot of raves about.

Thankfully, the did not disappoint. In fact, I'd say both are in the top five books I've ever read. They were that good.

So put down the vapid pool-side paperbacks and pick up Water for Elephants and The Help.

In fact, both books are set to be movies (Water for Elephants is already filming). And just like my old favorite Eat, Pray, Love make sure to get the joy of reading the book first because as we all know, it is always better than the movie!


Kathryn said...

I haven't read The Help yet and wondered if I may have been too late to the game after all the hype. Glad to hear it didn't disappoint!

Sarah said...

I have heard nothing but great things about The Help. I can't wait to read it! I just got a copy of Eat, Pray, Love from my mom and cannot wait to read it. I need to finish it before the movie is released.

Patience said...

I just finished The Help. It was a good book, but it left me feeling sad. I just felt it ended with everything falling apart. I did love the pie part :)

Ashley (whole-ier) said...

Water for Elephants is one of my favorites. Let me know what you think.

you know its my favorite thing in the world to see a movie and announce to the world that the book is better.

Anonymous said...

Reading to you every night has certainly paid off!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I loved water for elephants..but was a bit underwhelmed with the ending. I will watch the movie too, just so I can critique. :)
The Help? I will give it a try.

ok, it that comment above from your Mom? I love it!!!!

Barefoot in the Park said...

the books are always way better than the movies or tv shows! i just put water for elephants on my to read list! i so enjoyed the help!

Jen said...

I just downloaded Water for Elephants to my Kindle - it's so far fantastic! Thanks for the reccomendation!

Casey said...

Water for Elephants is one of my favorites!!

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