June 24, 2012

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: DNF and a Movie

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Happy Sunday, My Charming Ones! How goes it? It goes well here. I got to eat at a (sort of) fancy pants restaurant; there wasn’t a kids’ menu! And saw Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. I have completely changed my mind about Steve Carell. I always found him annoying, probably that was characters he played, because he was soooooo SWEET in this movie. Adorable. Now I love him.

In other news, I’ve given up on A Discovery of Witches. It is not for me. They did get out of the library, finally, but then the vampire got on his bossy hat and lost me. Okay, the heroine is an academic witch and she’s 30ish(?) perhaps (I’m sure it was mentioned, everything else was), and somehow she managed to live and not accidently kill herself without him. However, once he’s trying to be her boyfriend, he’s all “You will not ride a horse the way in which you wish to ride a horse even though you know horses and how to ride them.” And she’s all, *giggles* “You’re so cute when you’re overbearing.” Nope. It was too slow, too much info dumping, and I hated that guy. Another book everybody likes but me. I’ll be hanging out at the uncool table.

someecards.com - Pet peeve: when someone assumes that when you are reading a book, that you are

That was reading time I won’t get back but I’m moving onto the next one. I’m nearly finished Cranford. That’s a slow one. Also, I’m going to be reading Les Miserables with my book club. I ordered it this week. I hope my mailman doesn’t have a back problem and if he doesn’t he might get one delivering the 1200 page tome.

It’s Canada Day next weekend (July 1)! Here’s to beer! And donuts! I made a special Pinterest board for all my Canada Day finds. I’ll be adding to it throughout the week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. My book club would never go for 1200 pages. 350 is probably their limit.

    But I loved, loved, loved Les Miserables!

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    1. This is our Big Summer Read. We do one every once in awhile. I'm glad you loved it!

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  2. My favorite Steve Carrell movie is Dan in Real Life. He is sweet and a little subdued in that film and he does a great job as a father in that film. Very easy to relate to him. Glad to hear this one is a good one.

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    1. I never saw that one. I must put it on my to watch list.

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  3. I'll sit at the uncool table with you. I haven't even picked up A Discovery of Witches because I pretty much know it's not for me.

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  4. I'm reading A Discovery of Witches right now and enjoying it so far. But I have to admit, it's slow going. I can't read a chunkster like that all in one sitting so I've been alternating it with other books. I'm at about page 200 and invested enough that I want to read the whole thing to find out what happens, but I'm undecided on how much I'll actually enjoy the book overall. We'll see!

    Happy Sunday. :)

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  5. Surely you guys don't wash the donuts down with beer are Canada Day? Because that would be too gross for words.

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    1. That's not a tradition but maybe someone should start it! ;)

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  6. I will have to check out your Canada Day board. :)

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  7. You're not alone at the uncool table - I didn't finish it either!

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  8. Oh, dear. I've heard so much about the gender stereotyping in A Discovery of Witches. I won it in a giveaway but haven't done anything about it yet. Maybe I'll let my sister read it first :-)

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    1. I don't think I got far enough in for that, even though I gave up at almost 300 pages.

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  9. I loved Dan in Real Life, too - and am really looking forward to Seeking a Friend...

    1200 pages - that is quite ambitious. Maybe someday, because I would love to read the original.

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  10. Aw, you stopped before you got to the part where he said, "I'll kill you myself before I see you in the hands of so-and-so." And the heroine acted more like a teenager than Bella in Twilight did. But overall I thought it was a fun read.

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    1. Oh, how romantic! But I'm glad you ended up liking it.

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  11. I haven't even tried to read The Discovery of Witches, and your review makes me think I belong at the uncool table too! Ugh to vampires like that! and girls who let guys boss them around! ugh.....I might one day give it a try to see what all the hype is about, but really, there are so many good vampire books out there - I just bought I am Legend,and hope to read it shortly.

    I'll have to check out your board on Pinterest also, I haven't been on in a few weeks now. Happy Canada day to you and yours, too, Chris! Next weekend - bbq and party time! Living in Ottawa, it's always a big party that day.....I hope to get some reading time in :-) too

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    1. I bet it would be fun to be in Ottawa on Canada Day!

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  12. Discovery of Witches never interested me...Les Miserables is my husbands favorite books. It made quite an impression on him in high school. I just bought a used copy to have at the house and told him that it was time for him to actually reread a book (something he just doesn't do) and to also hand it to his boys and tell them why he liked it so much. Perhaps they will read it this summer.

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    1. I hope they do! It's always interesting to reread a favorite book from when you were a kid. It can be very eye opening!

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  13. Hmmm, I haven't yet picked up A Discovery of Witches, but now I am thinking I might not be in such a rush to give it a try... So I'll sit with you at the uncool table, too ;-)

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    1. Well, lots of people loved it, but it just wasn't for me.

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  14. Glad to hear your opinion of Cranford there, as I was thinking of reading it having been nonplussed about North & South. Maybe I'll wait longer. Les Miserables is 1200 pages?!

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    1. I liked Cranford but it's one of those books where I'm not sure what to say about it. And yes, around 1200 depending on the edition and translation. It's a biggie!

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