Monday, June 24, 2013

Life of PI movie

I finally got around to watching the movie Life of PI. I've been wanting to watch it ever since I finished the book.

The movie was great. Some of the scenes were absolutely breathtaking. 

I thought that they did a good job turning the book into a movie. Sure there were some changes, but they felt minor to me. I felt like they really stayed true to the story. The movie expressed the same emotions as the book and delivered the same message.

Watching this movie made me realize just how much I like this book. This story has really stuck with me. It is such a thoughtful, revealing story.

Have you seen a movie or read a book recently that really touched you?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider
by Cornelia Funke

I have always loved stories about Dragons so I was excited to read this book from the author of Inkheart. This tells the story of a Dragon and the young boy who helps him search for the ancestral home of dragons.

This was a cute story with lots of magical creatures in it but I have to admit that it did not keep my interest as well as her other books. I often found myself putting it down after only a few chapters or getting distracted by other things I want to do more.

I have two guess for why I had a hard time getting through this book. First, this story was definitely geared for a younger audience. Most of the time that is not a problem for me but I think this story may have been just a little too juvenile for me. Second, I have a lot going on right now, planning our move, packing, organizing, find a new place to live and so forth.

I do think this would be a great book for a child who may not always enjoy reading. I think Fantasies, like this story, can really capture a young child's heart and set them on the path of loving to read. Plus it is an easy read. This would also be a good one to read out loud to your children.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper
by Kate Morton

A couple weeks ago a friend mentioned that they were reading Kate Morton's new book The Secret Keeper for their book club. I was thrilled to hear that she had a new book out because I adore her books. I was so excited that as soon as I got home I downloaded it onto my Kindle. How did I not know about this before now!?

I loved this story. I cried. It was a beautiful story about second chances. She is undoubtedly one of my favorite all time authors. She is a fantastic writer and I love the way her stories unfold. She has a true gift for story telling.

This novel tells the story of a young girl who witnesses a terrible event involving her mother and many years later as her mother is dying she determines to discover the events that lead up to it. I'm sure I've mentioned it before but I love the way she jumps from the past to the present. It feels like I am uncovering all her secrets right along with her daughter. In her books I always think that I have the secret figured out but then something happens to change the entire direction of the story.

This would make a sensational movie, too. In fact now that I think of it all her books would make great movies!

I'm so happy I found out about her newest book. It was a delightful read.

Her other books I have read and enjoyed:

The House at Riverton     The Forgotten Garden       The Distant Hours