Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sizzling Sixteen

She's back! In Sizzling Sixteen, Stephanie has to rescue her cousin, and boss, from a most unpleasant fate.  With the help of Connie and Lula (and with Ranger stepping in when she gets in over her head), Stephanie manages to save Vinnie twice by coming up with some crazy schemes.

I have mixed emotions about this book.  While I still enjoyed it very much and it was nice to see more of Vinnie and Connie, I do think that it's time for Evanovich to bring Stephanie into the 21st century.  I could have done with a little less Lula (I love her, but sometimes she can be too much) and a little more Morelli.

As always, this series had me laughing almost all the way through, even (perhaps especially?) with the crazy alligator and hobbit appearances.  If you're looking for a fast, easy, and fun read, this is a good option.

Up Next: Sarah's Key

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Capture the Castle

I watched this movie several months ago on Netflix, and fell in love. I Capture the Castle follows the lives of the Mortmain family for about six months, and is told by 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain as she writes in her journals.  Cassandra and her family are living in a dilapidated castle in the English country, and barely have enough money for food, much less rent.

When American brothers, Simon and Neil Cotton, inherit the castle, their lives intertwine with those of the castle residents in ways nobody ever imagined.

This is a wonderful story about personal growth, hope, loss, and first loves.  It can get wordy in some areas, but is worthy of any bookshelf.

Up Next:  Sizzling Sixteen

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Under the Tuscan Sun

I LOVE this movie, and had no idea it had been a book first, so when I saw it sitting on the shelf at the library, I had to get it!  I was so disappointed when I started reading Under the Tuscan Sun.  To compare the book to the movie would be like comparing yourself to a tree - you both need oxygen to survive.

There are very few similarities between the book and the movie, but the spirit remains the same.  The book brings to life more of the restoration process, which really intrigues the DIY-er side of my personality.  Frances Mayes' descriptions of Bramasole, and the adventures she finds make you feel like you're right there, along for the ride.  And, the way she describes the food makes your mouth water.  Luckily, she includes several delicious sounding recipes (I have yet to try any, but I'm hoping to)!

There are very few similarities between the book and the movie, but the spirit remains the same, which is why I recommend reading Under the Tuscan Sun.  Just remember to put aside your thoughts and feelings about the movie, whatever they may be, and read this book with fresh, open eyes.  You won't be sorry.

If you would like to see the real Bramasole, or the little cottage Mrs. Mayes stumbled upon during one of her walks through the countryside, then bought to restore, look here and here.

Up Next:  I Capture the Castle