Wednesday, July 15, 2009

books, movies and CDs

Oh my! It's amazing what a little respiratory illness has done to me over the last eight days. The coughing and lack of sleep have zapped all of the energy out of my prego old lady body. I guess it's good preparation for what is to come. =]

So now I have about five million posts swirling in my head, and I'm hoping to stay awake long enough to write a few of them between 10 loads of dirty laundry.

Fortunately, it's summer so I have been spending several hours a day sitting by the pool while my kids play. And that has given me some extra time to read. I was wondering what everyone else is reading this summer and what you recommend.

I recently finished The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This book touches on racial issues, tragedy, love, the bond between women, not to mention bee farming, which happens to be of huge interest to my husband. (That is the topic of another post.)

I cried my eyes out from start to finish reading this book, but it was worth it. Fortunately, I read a lot of it while sitting in the whirlpool tub in the Smoky Mountains so the tears just streamed right into the water. That saved me a lot of clean-up.

I also just finished Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth. This book was suspenseful enough that I was able to finish it in just a couple of days. I would definitely recommend it, but the book is a little predictable and the characters are a bit shallow, especially coming right after the Bee book.

I didn't realize when I started it that it was the first in a trilogy. So, I felt like the ending was a little cheap. It basically forces you to get the next book. So, I plan to rebel by reading something else first. That will really show them, huh?

The kids and I also are in the midst of listening to about five books on CD. Our favorite is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien. I thought I remembered reading this as a kid, but the story seems completely new to me. We can't wait to get in the car on our way back and forth to the pool to find out what happens next.

We also recently listened to Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes. It was good summer listening. Not my favorite, but a good mystery for kids.

I'm hoping to check out some of the recommendations you all gave me a few weeks ago. If you missed those, be sure to read the comments of this post for some great ideas for children's books.

Finally, I am way behind the times when it comes to watching movies. But I recently rented three movies that I thought were decent: Marley and Me, New in Town and Seven Pounds. I absolutely loved Seven Pounds and the fact that more than halfway through the movie, the viewer still has no idea what the movie is about.

I actually watched this movie twice right in a row. The second time was even better because I could put all of the pieces together. I even watched all of the special features that came on the DVD. If you have seen this movie, tell me what you thought.

I would love to hear your recommendations on books, movies and children's books. Please give me some ideas in the comment section!

I'm trying to avoid starting on an antibiotic, if possible, so I could have a few more days of low energy. And that just means more time sitting by the pool reading a book. Hey, it could be worse!

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everydayMOM said...

I thought you all would like to know that I just had a first in the long list of ridiculous things that only happen to prego women. I actually coughed until I puked. But fortunately, I was carrying a load of dirty laundry. I puked right into a basket of dirty clothes I was carrying. I just kept walking and then threw the whole mess in the washing machine! That was so convenient! NO extra clean-up!

I think I should post this to Works For Me Wednesday next week!

Kacie said...

7 Pounds was fasincinating. I know some people that loathed it, but I was so intrigued by it and thought about it a lot afterwards. It was presented as though Will Smith is making the ultimate sacrifice - giving away every part of him to give life to others.

But... ultimately I think his sacrifice is selfish. He isn't giving for those people, he is giving to assuage his own guilt. It's a narcissistic suicide that he's trying to make himself feel better about.

I couldn't help but compare it to the ultimate death for others - Jesus. Unlike Will Smith, who by his sacrifice takes AWAY the possibility of loving relationship (particularly with the woman), the death of Christ was a sacrifice into order that we may GAIN not only life but also love, relationship, and union with God.

everydayMOM said...

You said that so well Kacie. I had a lot of thoughts like that, too, after the movie.

I felt bad for him that he just didn't "get it".

Jenny-Jenny said...

I also loved 7 pounds, and I like Kacie's thoughts on it.

Sorry about the coughing. Hope it will settle down for you!

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