My Bags are Packed….

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A quick post before I take a travel break.  I plan to return with lots of book-related pictures and new books to share, but until then….

The 11th book in the Wimpy Kid series will be released on November 1, 2016.  If you’re curious about the enormous popularity of the adventures of Greg Heffley, there are now (according to the official Wimpy Kid website), “more than 165 million copies of the books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in print globally.”


My head was spinning after reading a list of books in the pipeline to be turned into movies. My favorite adaptation of the past few years is Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – with a screenplay by Nick Hornby.  If any of the new movies are as wonderful as Brooklyn, there is lots of popcorn in my future. Among the books listed are: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


If you’re going to be in New York City between now and September, be sure to include a visit to the New York Historical Society for this blockbuster:


A sign of spring in Boston. Walking by The Brattle Book Shop last week, this was as welcome as seeing crocuses.


Happy Reading!


Get Your Popcorn!


There were many book to film adaptations in 2013 – most of which I didn’t see.  Like any devoted reader, I’m initially curious when a book is turned into a movie, but then I see it and am usually disappointed. It’s hard not to be – given the limitations of the screen and the length of a movie versus the unlimited space of a book. Although….The Hunger Games was awesome, and I’ve always thought the adaptation of Holes by Louis Sachar was pretty successful.

2014 promises to be another big year for movies based on best-selling novels.  Here are a few to watch out for:


The Fault in Our Stars – June 6.  (brought to the big screen by the same people who made The Perks of Being a Wallflower and starring actors from Divergent.)


The Giver – August 15 (Very nervous about this movie because the book is perfect. But Meryl Streep is in it. That makes me more optimistic.)


Mockingjay – November 21 (I wonder how many records for opening weekend ticket sales it will break?)


Gone Girl – October 3  (So curious about this one….Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris.)

The picture below was taken at school yesterday. The kids were “crossing themselves” for a snow day. It worked!  No school today…


Lost…but now Found

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This could be a very expensive movie to watch, but I’m committed. The DVD didn’t cost much – about $6.00 plus shipping and handling.  It’s the international/all formats DVD player that could be the issue, but even that won’t deter me from seeing it. The popcorn popper is ready.

As my regular readers know, the Irish picture book author and illustrator, Oliver Jeffers is one of my very favorite children’s book people. One of the (very) few authors whose books I will order unseen. He is just that good. And my favorite of Jeffers’ ten picture books is Lost and Found. It’s the one about the lonely penguin who finds a friend. I know it sounds cliché, but if you don’t know the book – seek it out!

And now there’s a movie version of Lost and Found. Well actually, it’s been around since 2008. Why didn’t I know about this earlier? It was on YouTube, of course. Lost…but now Found: