January 05, 2012

November Reads: 50 Books for 2011

#32: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling - This book is adorable and hilarious, much like Mindy herself. It has excellent advice for how to be a good friend and how to be a hot dude. So basically, it's the best gift book of all time.

#33: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen - I have started this book a dozen times over the years and finally made it over the hump. Around chapter 40, it starts to get really juicy. Based on Pinterest, the quote “You have bewitched me body and soul.” plays a huge part. Except it's totally not in the book! I'm assuming it's from the Colin Firth BBC mini-series (which I got for Christmas, and can't wait to devour all 5 hours). I really loved the story, and the characters, just as I knew I would. I just had to get past those first tiresome chapters.

#34: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - This YA novel was based on a series of old photos of children that appear to be in some kind of circus sideshow. It was okay, though the main character was came off as super whiny. The ending is somewhat abrupt and unsatisfying, due to a sequel (or likely, yawn, trilogy) in the works. [book club selection]


Schovillova said...

So I guess you have figured out by now that the line "You have bewitched me body and soul" cannot be found in either Jane Austen's book nor the A&E Colin Firth version of the movie. It's from that stupid Keira Knightly movie. What a disaster that was. I watched Colin last night and this morning for the 257th time. It never gets old. Ever. Nor does the book. I am hoping you agree with me on both these points.


PS-My word verification is floglan.

Queen Kandis said...

I will probably watch the Keira Knightly version at some point for comparison. But really, there is no comparison. She's terribly miscast as Elizabeth Bennett, and the BBC version is five glorious hours of utter perfection. Though I can't imagine finding the time to get to watch it again and again. FIVE HOURS.