Friday, January 4, 2013
On my bedside table: Reading list for January
It seems like 2013 is going to be a year where quite a few good books will be turned into films so this month my reading list is dominated by movie-books. Not only has "The Hobbit" and "Life of Pie" hit the cinemas but "The Great Gatsby" is due sometime soon and "Anna Karenina" will also make it's debut on the big screen. I can't wait. I try my best to read the book before watching the film and of course the books are in most cases much better than the movie but it's always fun to watch the film and "compare notes".
My film-inspired reading list for January includes the following:
1. 'The Hobbit".
Not being a great fan of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, I didn't even gave reading "The Hobbit" a second thought until recently when I saw the trailer for the movie. It looks really good. It was such a mission to find the book though. It seems that the world has a renewed interest in Mr. Tolkien's work. Thankfully our local library had it in stock and after a mad search I finally found it in the kiddies section. Who would've known? Surely there's a gap in my upbringing.
2. "Memoirs of a Geisha"
Now, I have already seen the movie and loved it. Now is the time to read the book, that I didn't know exists until a few weeks ago.
3. "Wuthering Heights"
I try to throw in a classic every month. This month it is "Wuthering Heights". Incidentally there is a movie made of this book as well starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliet Binoche.
4. "Solar" by Ian McEwan.
I'm not sure which one came first, the book or the movie, but I do remember being completely blown away by "Atonement. Ever since I've been a huge Ian McEwan fan and have read most of his novels. You can just imagine my joy when I fount one of his books hidden away at a book sale and I couldn't help but do a happy dance when I bought "Solar" for a measly R5.00 . I only started reading it and so far it's very different to his other work but Mr. McEwan never disappoints!
5. "Lee Miller: On both sides of the Camera" by Carolyn Burke
When I was in France, I went to Salvador Dali's museum and completely fell in love with Surrealism all over again. So when I heard about the Surrealist photographer, Lee Miller, I just had to read her biography. She is such an interesting lady and her photography, of which there is a few example in the book, is pretty amazing too.
Have you read any of these or other interesting books? I would love hear your thoughts on them.