Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cinematic Reading

In case you think all I do is watch romantic comedies, take pictures of myself with my iphone and tweet people magazine, I wanted to share some great books I've read recently. After finishing one of them, I searched twitter for the author so I could tweet my compliments. (I'm nice like that.) He wasn't on twitter, but someone had tweeted that this book was the most "cinematic" book of the year. Well this made me happy because I find a lot of books, news stories, and everyday situations to be very cinematic. If I've learned anything from my grad program, it is to cite my sources. So thank you random person on twitter for giving me a word that is sure to become part of CFC vocabulary. Not only did I love these books, but they would all make wonderful movies.

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner wrote "In Her Shoes" which became a great movie. She also wrote plenty of other bestsellers including a short story collection which I love. And her live tweets during the bachelor are hilarious! However, Then Came You is my favorite book yet! Its about four different women and their connection to an unborn baby. I loved all of the characters, especially the descriptions of their thoughts and fears. I think women can be rather judgemental on each other and this book perfectly captured different opinions and the truth behind them. This book would make a wonderful movie with a stellar female ensemble cast.

Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke
I'm going to be honest with y'all. It took me a while to get through this book. Not only is it gigantic but its a mesmerizing, tragic and very detailed account of Judy's (actually Frances Gumm) entire life. This book also serves as an insider timeline to Hollywood, especially MGM studios from the 30's-the 60's. I heard about it in the first place because it already is being made into a movie- starring Anne Hathaway! She signed on a few years ago and I haven't heard anything in awhile. I know Miss Hathaway is busy with wedding planning but I'd like to see this in theaters like, yesterday!

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Ok, wow. I loved this book so much I am thisclose to naming it my favorite book I read in 2011, but then I think about One Day and . . . it's probably a tie. Anyways, Rules of Civility is about Manhattan in the late 1930's. It's about the class system and wealth and fate and love and omg its just SO good! It's one of those stories that has enough juicy drama to keep you interested but also some moments of reflection that keep you thinking. I would love to see this on the silver screen and see who was cast as bright, witty Katey, enchanting Evey, and sweet and mysterious Tinker Grey. I also want to see the clothes! I wore this fur jacket to a party the other weekend and when I first styled my hair down, it sort of blended in the coat, which weirded me out. I liked it better in a side bun, and I feel like it took on a little bit of a 1930's feel with the fur and the hair and the cocktail ring, right?

Of course I was wearing it with jeggings and nothing says classic glamour like stretchy denim from Forever 21.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
Well my love for Mindy Kaling is no secret, I've written about her here and here and religiously follow her twitter feed. This book is fun and clever and totally relatable. After each chapter I really wished I had Mindy's cell phone so I could text her "OMG me too!" I love that she is a very talented writer but will write a chapter of her book about how guys put on shoes. It gives me endless inspiration for this little blog.

You know what I would do if I was you? Make some delicious cookies and curl up with a great book! Happy Saturday!


  1. This books sounds interesting and fun!! I'll have to follow Jennifer to watch her tweets during the bachelor! :)

  2. I spent forever deciding which of these books to order from amazon but I found one day for 14 cents! Should be arriving any day!

    1. omg i hope you like it. now im feeling the pressure