Search Results for: notes on a scandal


It’s one of my favorite times of year again – Oscar season – and I am in the throes of my annual push to see as many nominated movies and performances as I can before the awards are handed out. (If you don’t already know – Oscar Sunday is on February 25th).  I just saw two movies whose screenplays were adapted from books that I’ve read within the last few years: Notes on a Scandal, adapted from What Was She Thinking?, by Zoe Heller, and Little Children, adapted from the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta.  After the movies, I naturally I started reflecting on how faithfully the movies reflected the books, and which I liked better.

ScandalNotes on a Scandal is the story of Sheba, a teacher at a high school in London who has an affair with one of her students. Both the movie and the book are told through the perspective of an older, single, bitter teacher at the same school who befriends the pretty, 30-something Sheba and manipulates her into becoming her friend and confidante.  The older teacher is played masterfully by Judi Dench, and Sheba by Cate Blanchett, both of whom have been nominated for Oscars.  It’s a good movie – well-edited, suspenseful, and expertly written. There was nothing in the movie that was inconsistent with my memory of the book, and I felt that the adaptation worked hard to maintain the tone of an emotional thriller – like the book – as opposed to simply telling a salacious tale. I do think that if you’ve read the book beforehand, you’re at a bit of a disadvantage because you know in advance how much to trust the narrator and what her motives are, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the movie.  Note: The adapted screenplay for Notes on a Scandal has been nominated for an Oscar. Advantage: Tie. Both are worth it.

Children_1 Little Children explores the unsatisfying lives of several suburban parents whose lives intersect one hot summer in a New Jersey (?) community.  Kate Winslet plays a young mother married to an older, emotionally remote husband with a daughter she views more as a burden than a joy.  She meets a stay-at home dad at the playground, flirts with him to annoy the catty moms she’s been hanging out with, and before long the two are having a full-fledged affair.  The movie’s about adults behaving badly and running from responsibility, while also touching on the mommy wars and the flawed utopia of the suburbs. I blogged many months ago about Tom Perrotta and his book Little Children, which is pretty closely followed by the screenplay.  There are a few plot elements that were changed from the book to the movie – notably, the ending – but for the most part, the screenplay adaptation is faithful. (This is not surprising, given that it was adapted by Perrotta himself). However, the book and movie are pretty different. While Perrotta’s subject in Little Children was serious, he gave it the lightly comic touch that characterize his other novels – wry and observant, but hardly tragic.  The movie, on the other hand, was almost like a fable – a tale of Everymen complete with a moral at the end.  It was much more heavyhanded than the novel – not surprising given the director (Todd Field, who also directed In the Bedroom – hardly a light story). Whatever humor could be found in the book – and there was a fair amount of it – was stripped away in the movie.  I also found the acting a bit stilted, and the movie was too long.  The book, on the other hand, was thoroughly enjoyable and a good read, even if you didn’t find any of the characters likable. Advantage: book.

Little Children has also been nominated for an Oscar for adapted screenplay, so this should be an interesting year for this category (one of my two favorites of the night, the other being original screenplay).  The other contenders are Borat, Children of Men, and The Departed. I haven’t started my official Oscar research this year, but I will predict that the award goes either to Borat or The Departed.

Index of Reviews

Here is an index of all of the book reviews I have published on Everyday I Write The Book.

1984, George Orwell

2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas, Marie-Helene Bertino

28 Summers, Elin Hilderbrand

29, Adena Halpern

32 Candles, Ernessa T. Carter

99 Percent Mine, Sally Thorne

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing, Jen Waite

A Cloud In The Shape Of A Girl, Jean Thompson

A Friend of the Family, Lauren Grodstein

A Good American, Alex George

A Good Neighborhood, Therese Anne Fowler

A Land More Kind Than Home, Wiley Cash

A Nearly Normal Family, M.T. Edvardsson

A Place For Us, Fatima Farheezn Mirza

A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick

A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman

A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

A Tender Struggle, Krista Bremer

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

A Very Punchable Face, Colin Jost

A Woman Is No Man, Etaf Rum

A Year Down Yonder, Richard S. Peck

Abide With Me, Elizabeth Strout

Accidentally on Purpose, Mary F. Pols

Adele, Leila Slimani

After Birth, Elisa Albert

After I Do, Taylor Jenkins Reid

After You, Jojo Moyes

After You, Julie Buxbaum

Al Capone Does My Shirts, Gennifer Choldenko

All About Lulu, Jonathan Evison

All Grown Up, Jami Attenberg

All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, Jennifer Senior

All The Flowers in Shanghai, Duncan Jepson

All The Happiness You Deserve, Michael Piafsky

All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

All You Can Ever Know, Nicole Chung

All You Could Ask For, Mike Greenberg

Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes, Jules Moulin

Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort In The Time Of COVID-19, Jennifer Haupt

American Housewife, Helen Ellis

American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld

Among The Ten Thousand Things, Julia Pierpont

An Accidental Mother, Katherine Anne Kindred

An American Marriage, Tayari Jones

An Available Man, Hilma Wolitzer

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

And When She Was Good, Laura Lippman

Anne Frank: Her Life In Words And Pictures, The Anne Frank House

Anne Of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery

April & Oliver, Tess Callahan

Ask Again, Yes, Mary Beth Keane

Astonish Me, Maggie Shipstead

At A Loss For Words, Diane Schoemperlen

At The Bottom of Everything, Ben Dolnick

Attachments, Rainbow Rowell

Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy

A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan

Baby Teeth, Zoje Stage

Bachelor Nation: Inside The World Of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, Amy Kaufman

Bad Blood: Secrets And Lies In A Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou

Baker Towers, Jennifer Haigh

Beach Read, Emily Henry

Beating the Lunch Box Blues, J. M. Hirsch

Because of Mr. Terupt, Rob Buyea

Becoming, Michelle Obama

Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson

Before The Fall, Noah Hawley

Beginner’s Greek, James Collins

Behind Closed Doors, B. A. Paris

Being Jazz, Jazz Jennings

Belonging: A German Reckons With History And Home, Nora Krug

Bennington Girls Are Easy, Charlotte Silver

Bertrand Court, Michelle Brafman

Best Boy, Eli Gottlieb

Best Day Ever, Kaira Rouda

Between Here and April, Deborah Copaken Kogan

Beyond The Point, Claire Gibson

Big Brother, Lionel Shriver

Big Girl, Small Town, Michelle Gallen

Big Summer, Jennifer Weiner

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain

Bird in Hand, Christina Baker Kline

Bloom, Kelle Hampton

Bobcat And Other Stories, Rebecca Lee

Body Surfing, Anita Shreve

Booked, Kwame Anderson

Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen

Bossypants, Tina Fey

Breaking Her Fall, Stephen Goodwin

Buffalo Lockjaw, Greg Ames

Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story Of How The Washington Nationals Won The World Series, Jesse Dougherty

Can’t Help Myself, Meredith Goldstein

Carousel Court, Joe McGinniss Jr.

Carry the One, Carol Anshaw

Charlotte Sometimes, Penelope Farmer

Choose Your Own Autobiography, Neil Patrick Harris

City of Thieves, David Benioff

Commonwealth, Ann Patchett

Conversations With Friends, Sally Rooney

Couple Mechanics, Nelly Alard

Cost, Roxana Robinson

Craigslist Confessional, Helena Dea Bala

Crossworld: One Man’s Journey into America’s Crossword Obsession, Marc Romano

Cruel Beautiful World, Caroline Leavitt

Cutting Teeth, Julia Fierro

Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Darling Rose Gold, Stephanie Wrobel

Days Of Awe, Lauren Fox

Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano

Dept. Of Speculation, Jenny Offill

Dervishes, Beth Helms

Did You Ever Have A Family, Bill Clegg

Digging to America, Anne Tyler

Disgrace, J. M. Coetzee

Do Not Become Alarmed, Maile Meloy

Domestic Violets, Matthew Norman

Don’t You Forget About Me, Jancee Dunn

Drives Like a Dream, Porter Shreve

Early Decision, Lacy Crawford

Early Warning, Jane Smiley

Educated, Tara Westover

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman

Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld

Ella, Mallory Kasdan

Embers, Sandor Marai

Emotionally Healthy Twins, Joan Friedman

Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan

Every Day, David Levithan

Every Other Weekend, Zulema Renee Summerfield

Everyone Is Beautiful, Katherine Center

Everything Here Is Beautiful, Mira T. Lee

Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng

Everything Is Just Fine, Brett Paesel

Evvie Drake Starts Over, Linda Holmes

Facebook Fairytales, Emily Liebert

Faith, Jennifer Haigh

Family Album, Penelope Lively

Family History, Dani Shapiro

Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff

Fathermucker, Greg Olear

Father’s Day, Simon Van Booy

Fleishman Is In Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Flight, Ginger Strand

Flipped, Wendelin Van Draanen

Folded Notes From High School, Matthew Boren

Followers, Megan Angelo

Forever…, Judy Blume

Forever Is The Worst Long Time, Camille Pagán

Free Food for Millionaires, Min Jin Lee

From The Corner Of The Oval, Beck Dorey-Stein

From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E. L. Konigsburg

Ghosted, Rosie Walsh

Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok

Girl Unknown, Karen Perry

Girls in Trucks, Katie Crouch

Girls in White Dresses, Jennifer Close

Golden Age, Jane Smiley

Golden Child, Claire Adam

Goldengrove, Francine Prose

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Good Grief, Lolly Winston

Good Morning, Monster, Catherine Gildiner

Good Talk, Mira Jacob

Goodbye For Now, Laurie Frankel

Gossip, Beth Gutcheon

Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale

Green, Sam Graham-Felsen

Happens Every Day, Isabel Gillies

Happiness Sold Separately, Lolly Winston

Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, Heather Harpham

Happy And You Know It, Laura Hankin

Harmony, Carolyn Parkhurst

Hausfrau, Jill Alexander Essbaum

Heating and Cooling, Beth Ann Fennelly

Her, Harriet Lane

Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis, J.D. Vance

His Only Wife, Peace Adzo Media

History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life, Jill Bialosky

Holes, Louis Sachar

Home Is Burning, Dan Marshall

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford

How Not To Die Alone, Richard Roper

How To Be Safe, Tom McAllister

How To Party With An Infant, Kaui Hart Hemmings

How To Talk To A Widower, Jonathan Tropper

How To Walk Away, Katherine Center

Howard Stern Comes Again, Howard Stern

I Am, I Am, I Am, Maggie O’Farrell

I Don’t Know How She Does It, Allison Pearson

I Liked My Life, Abby Fabiaschi

I Love You, Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle

I Think I Love You, Allison Pearson

I’d Know You Anywhere, Laura Lippman

Identical Strangers: Memoir of Twins Separated & Reunited, Elyse Schein & Paula Bernstein

I’ll Give You The Sun, Jandy Nelson

I Married You For Happiness, Lily Tuck

I Will Always Write Back, Martin Ganda and Caitlyn Alifirenka

I’m Fine And Neither Are You, Camille Pagán

I’m So Happy for You, Lucinda Rosenfeld

In Five Years, Rebecca Serle

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniyal Mueenuddin

In The Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado

In The Language Of Miracles, Rajia Hassib

In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran, John Taylor

In The Unlikely Event, Judy Blume

Inheritance, Dani Shapiro

Innocents And Others, Dana Spiotta

Inside Out, Demi Moore

Invincible Summer, Alice Adams

Instructions for a Heatwave, Maggie O’Farrell

Is This Tomorrow, Caroline Leavitt

Jake and Lily, Jerry Spinelli

Jillian, Halle Butler

Jump at the Sun, Kim McLarin

Keeping the House Ellen Baker

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, J. Ryan Stradal (and re-reviewed here)

Labor Day, Joyce Maynard

Last Night at the Lobster, Stewart O’Nan

Leave The World Behind, Rumaan Alam

Lily’s Crossing, Patricia Reilly Giff

Little Bee, Chris Cleave

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

Loner, Teddy Wayne

Long Bright River, Liz Moore

Longbourn, Jo Baker

Look How Happy I’m Making You, Polly Rosenwaike

Lost and Found, Carolyn Parkhurst

Lost in the Forest, Sue Miller

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Ayelet Waldman

Love Her, Love Her Not, Joanne Conrath Bamberger

Love in Mid-Air, Kim Wright

Love Is a Mix Tape, Rob Sheffield

Lucky Child, Loung Ung

Lucky Us, Amy Bloom

Maid, Stephanie Land

Maine, J. Courtney Sullivan

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson

Mambo in Chinatown, Jean Kwok

Mary B., Katherine Chen

Masterpiece, Elise Broach

Matrimony, Joshua Henkin

Maybe In Another Life, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

Men and Dogs, Katie Crouch

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s, Margaret Sartor

Miss Jane, Brad Watson

Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine

Modern Lovers, Emma Straub

Monster, Walter Dean Myers

Mothers And Other Strangers, Gina Sorell

Movie Star By Lizzie Pepper, Hilary Liftin

Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, Natasha Solomons

Mrs. Fletcher, Tom Perrotta

Mrs. Kimble, Jennifer Haigh

My Ex-Life, Stephen McCauley

My Friend Anna: The True Story Of A Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams

My Miserable Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy, Andrea Askowitz

My Name Is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout

My Picture Perfect Family: What Happens When One Twin Has Autism, Marguerite Elisofon

My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh

News From Heaven, Jennifer Haigh

Nice to Come Home To, Rebecca Flowers

Nomadland, Jessica Bruder

Nookietown, V.C. Chickering

Normal People, Sally Rooney

Not Dead Yet, Phil Collins

Nothing To See Here, Kevin Wilson

Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout

On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan

One Day, David Nicholls

One Day In December, Josie Silver

One Day: The Extraordinary Story Of An Ordinary 24 Hours In America, Gene Weingarten

One Last Thing Before I Go, Jonathan Tropper

One More Thing: Stories and More Stories, BJ Novak

One Of The Boys, Daniel Magariel

One Plus One, Jojo Moyes

One To Watch, Kate Stayman-London

One True Loves, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Oona Out Of Order, Margarita Montimore

Open, Andre Agassi

Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

Our Short History, Lauren Grodstein

Our Souls At Night, Kent Haruf

Pack Up The Moon, Rachael Herron

Perennials, Mandy Berman

Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson

Perfection, Julie Metz

Perfectly Broken, Robert Burke Warren

Pictures of You, Caroline Leavitt

Plainsong, Kent Haruf

Please Look After Mom, Kyung-Sook Shin

Property, Valerie Martin

Rare Bird: A Memoir of Love and Loss, Anna Whiston-Donaldson

Ray & Joan, Lisa Napoli

Real American, Julie Lythcott-Haims

Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses, Claudia Sternbach

Red Clocks, Leni Zumas

Red Hook Road, Ayelet Waldman

Red Scarf Girl, Ji-Li Jiang

Red Thread Sisters, Carol Antoinette Peacock

Redeployment, Phil Klay

Remembering the Bones, Frances Itani

Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates

Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld

Room, Emma Donoghue

Run, Ann Patchett

Running Out Of Time, Margaret Peterson Haddix

Sag Harbor, Colson Whitehead

Saturday, Ian McEwan

Saturday Night Widows, Becky Aikman

Save Me, Lisa Scottoline

Saving Ruby King, Catherine Adel West

Sea Creatures, Susanna Daniel

Searching For Sylvie Lee, Jean Kwok

Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead

Secondhand: Travels In The New Global Garage Sale, Adam Minter

Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Secrets to Happiness, Sarah Dunn

Separation Anxiety, Laura Zigman

Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

Single, Carefree, Mellow, Katherine Heiny

Sisterland, Curtis Sittenfeld

Skipping a Beat, Sarah Pekkanen

Sleepwalking in Daylight, Elizabeth Flock

Small Mercies, Eddie Joyce

So Far Away, Meg Mitchell Moore

So Long at the Fair, Christina Schwarz

So Much a Part of You, Polly Dugan

So Much for That, Lionel Shriver

Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott

Some Luck, Jane Smiley

Somebody Else’s Daughter, Elizabeth Brundage

Sometimes You Have To Lie, Leslie Brody

Songs for the Missing, Stewart O’Nan

Songs Without Words, Ann Packer

Spoiled, Caitlin Macy

Spy School, Stuart Gibbs

Standard Deviation, Katherine Heiny

Startup, Doree Shafrir

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

Still Alice, Lisa Genova

Still Me, Jojo Moyes

Stiltsville, Susanna Daniel

Such A Fun Age, Kiley Reid

Summerlings, Lisa Howorth

Summerlong, Dean Bakopoulos

Sweet Ruin, Cathi Hanauer

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later, Francine Pascal

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, Rob Sheffield

Tampa, Alissa Nutting

Tea By The Sea, Donna Hemans

Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Carol Rifka Blunt

Testimony, Anita Shreve

That Kind of Mother, Rumaan Alam

The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta

The Adults, Caroline Hulse

The After Party, Anton DiSclafani

The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker

The Arrangement, Sarah Dunn

The Arrivals, Meg Mitchell Moore

The Arsonist, Sue Miller

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

The Art of Not Breathing, Sarah Alexander

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

The Authenticity Project, Clare Pooley

The Awkward Age, Francesca Segal

The Best Kind Of People, Zoe Whittall

The Best Skin Of Your Life Starts Here, Paula Begoun

The Big Girls, Susanna Moore

The Big Love, Sarah Dunn

The Blessings, Elise Juska

The Body In Question, Jill Ciment

The Book Of Essie, Meghan MacLean Weir

The Book Of Joe, Jonathan Tropper

The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood

The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill, Abbi Waxman

The Bookseller, Cynthia Swanson

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky, Ken Dornstein

The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz

The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka

The Cactus League, Emily Nemens

The Candymakers, Wendy Mass

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Paula Danziger

The Chaperone, Laura Moriarty

The Children Act, Ian McEwan

The Circle, Dave Eggers

The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau

The Comfort of Lies, Randy Susan Meyers

The Condition, Jennifer Haigh

The Confusion of Languages, Siobhan Fallon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

The Darlings, Cristina Alger

The Daylight Marriage, Heidi Pitlor

The Dearly Beloved, Cara Wall

The Dinner List, Rebecca Serle

The Divorce Party, Laura Dave

The Dogs of Babel, Carolyn Parkhurst

The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker

The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

The Engagements, J. Courtney Sullivan

The English Teacher, Lily King

The Excellent Lombards, Jane Hamilton

The Exiles, Christina Baker Kline

The Expatriates, Janice Y. K Lee

The Farm, Joanne Ramos

The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer

The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary

The Forever Marriage, Ann Bauer

The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright

The Four, Scott Galloway

The Full Ridiculous, Mark Lamprell

The Futures, Anna Pitoniak

The Girl I Wanted to Be, Sarah Grace McCandless

The Girl He Used To Know, Tracy Garvis Graves

The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins

The Girls, Emma Cline

The Girls, Lori Lansens

The Giver, Lois Lowry

The Giver Of Stars, Jojo Moyes

The Good Father, Noah Hawley

The Graybar Hotel, Curtis Dawkins

The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai

The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson

The Grief of Others, Leah Hager Cohen

The Grind, Barry Svrluga

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer

The Gunners, Rebecca Kauffman

The Hating Game, Sally Thorne

The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken, Mari Passananti

The Heart, Maylis de Kerangal

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

The Hopefuls, Jennifer Close

The Holdout, Graham Moore

The Housekeeper And The Professor, Yoko Ogawa

The Hummingbird, Stephen Kiernan

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty

The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin

The Interestings , Meg Wolitzer

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The Lager Queen Of Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal

The Lake Shore Limited, Sue Miller

The Last Flight, Julie Clark

The Last Mrs. Parrish, Liv Constantine

The Last Romantics, Tara Conklin

The Last September, Nina de Gramont

The Last Summer (of You and Me), Ann Brashares

The Leavers, Lisa Ko

The Lemon Grove, Helen Walsh

The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan

The Light Between Oceans, M. L. Stedman

The Light We Lost, Jill Santopolo

The Little Bride, Anna Solomon

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

The Local News, Miriam Gershow

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman

The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Man of My Dreams, Curtis Sittenfeld

The Marriage Pact, Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards

The Middle Place, Kelly Corrigan

The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg

The Midwife Of Hope River, Patricia Harman

The Misfortune Of Marion Palm, Emily Culliton

The Most Dangerous Place On Earth, Lindsey Lee Johnson

The Mother-In-Law, Sally Hepworth

The Mother-Son Running Streak Club, Nancy Shohet West

The Mothers, Jennifer Gilmore

The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The New Me, Halle Butler

The New Neighbor, Leah Stewart

The Next, Stephanie Gangi

The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead

The Nobodies Album, Carolyn Parkhurst

The Obituary Writer, Ann Hood

The Odds, Stewart O’Nan

The Office, Andy Greene

The One, John Marrs

The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate

The Ones We Choose, Julie Clark

The Only Plane In The Sky by Garrett Graff

The Opposite of Me, Sarah Pekkanen

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, John Erickson

The Other Room, Kim Triedman

The Other Typist, Suzanne Rindell

The Other Woman, Sandie Jones

The Other’s Gold, Elizabeth Ames

The Oxford Project, Peter Feldstein and Stephen Bloom

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender

The Perfect Score Project, Debbie Stier

The Post-Birthday World, Lionel Shriver

The Postmistress, Sarah Blake

The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma, Ratika Kapur

The Promised World, Lisa Tucker

The Queen Of Hearts, Kimmery Martin

The Reader, Bernhard Schlink

The Real Michael Swann, Bryan Reardon

The Realm of Last Chances, Steve Yarbrough

The Red Book, Deborah Copaken Kogan

The Red Car, Marcy Dermansky

The Red House, Mark Haddon

The Red Thread, Ann Hood

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

The Risen, Ron Rash

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simison

The Secret Lives of the Four Wives: A Novel, Lola Shoneyin

The Senator’s Wife, Sue Miller

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes

The Septembers of Shiraz, Dalia Sofer

The Shame, Makenna Goodman

The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare

The Silent Wife, A.S.A. Harrison

The Singles, Meredith Goldstein

The Smart One, Jennifer Close

The Starlite Drive-in, Marjorie Reynolds

The Stars Are Fire, Anita Shreve

The Stationery Shop, Marjam Kamali

The Story Hour, Thrity Umrigar

The Submission, Amy Waldman

The Sweeney Sisters, Lian Dolan

The Sweetheart Deal, Polly Dugan

The Ten-Year Nap, Meg Wolitzer

The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

The Travelers, Regina Porter

The Turner House, Angela Flournoy

The Two-Family House, Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Uncoupling, Meg Wolitzer

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

The Unnamed, Joshua Ferris

The Vacationers, Emma Straub

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O’Farrell

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

The War Bride’s Scrapbook, Caroline Preston

The War That Saved My Life, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Wartime Sisters, Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife’s Tale, Lori Lansens

The Windfall, Diksha Basu

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

The Woman In The Window, A.J. Finn

The Wonder Spot, Melissa Bank

The Works: Anatomy Of A City by Kate Ascher

The World According to Humphrey, Betty G. Birney

The World Without You, Josh Henkin

The Wrong Side of Right, Jenn Marie Thorne

The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

The Year of the Book, Andrea Cheng

The Year We Left Home, Jean Thompson

Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris

There There, Tommy Orange

Things You Save In A Fire, Katherine Center

Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher

This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

This Is How It Always Is, Laurie Frankel

This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper

This One Is Mine, Maria Semple

Three Junes, Julia Glass

Three Stages of Amazement, Carol Edgarian

Three Women, Lisa Taddeo

Tin Man, Sarah Winman

To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris

Tomato Girl, Jayne Pupek

Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise Of The Unruly Woman: Anne Helen Petersen

Tracks, Eric Goodman

Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi

Trespass, Valerie Martin

Trust Exercise, Susan Choi

Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett

Twenty-One Truths Abut Love, Matthew Dicks

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri

Under The Influence, Joyce Maynard

Underground Airines, Ben Winters

Unfinished Business: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things, Lee Kravitz

Unraveling Oliver, Liz Nugent

Unremarried Widow, Artis Henderson

Untamed, Glennon Doyle

VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Nina Blackwood

Vox, Christina Dalcher

Waiting for Daisy, Peggy Orenstein

Waiting For Eden, Elliot Ackerman

Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech

Watching Baseball Smarter, Zack Hample

Watching Edie, Camilla Way

Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

We, Michael Landweber

Weather, Jenny Offill

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver

We Were Liars, E. Lockhart

Wench, Dolen Perkins-Valdez

What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty

What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton

What I Thought I Knew, Alice Eve Cohen

What Was Lost, Catherine O’Flynn

When Did I Get Like This?, Amy Wilson

When It Happens To You, Molly Ringwald

When Love Was Clean Underwear, Susan Barr-Toman

When Madeline Was Young, Jane Hamilton

When The Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead

When You Read This, Mary Adkins

Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

While I’m Falling, Laura Moriarty

Who Asked You?, Terry McMillan

Who by Fire, Diana Spechler

Who Was Milton Hershey, James Buckley Jr.

Willful Disregard, Lena Andersson

With Or Without You, Caroline Leavitt

Woman 99, Greer Macallister

Wonder, R.J. Palacio

Writers & Lovers, Lily King

Yes Please, Amy Poehler

You Are One Of Them, Elliott Holt

You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried, Susannah Gora

You Know When the Men Are Gone, Siobhan Fallon

You Think It, I’ll Say It, Curtis Sittenfeld

Book vs. Movie Posts:

Little Children: Book vs. Movie

Notes on a Scandal: Book vs Movie

Revolutionary Road: Book vs. Movie

Room: Book vs Movie

The Help: Book vs. Movie

The Namesake: Book vs. Movie

The Reader: Book vs Movie

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Book vs. Movie

A Post About Me

It’s all about me tonight.

I found two interesting things on Reading is my Superpower tonight.  The first was a nice shout-out to me for my post on Notes on a Scandal. Thankfully, the blog’s author agreed with my assessment of book vs. movie and gave me a nice little mention. You can see it here.

The second thing is a cool post over at Cam’s Commentary. He found a list of books that you’re supposed to go through and categorize as books you: 1) have read; 2) have on your shelf; 3) have never heard of; 4) want to read; or 5) wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.  He also has some very entertaining conjecture on how the list creator came up with the list, whether certain books are included just to reveal the flaws of the person categorizing it, what the creator’s biases are, etc.  His post is a funny read. And it inspired me to categorize the list myself.  I realize that I am risking alienating or repulsing EDIWTB readers with my answers, but hopefully if you’re a faithful reader of the blog, you’ve already decided that you agree with some of my taste in books. So here goes…

Instructions: Look at the list of books below. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you want to read, cross out the ones you won’t touch with a 10 foot pole, put a cross+ in front of the ones on your book shelf, and asterisk* the ones you’ve never heard of.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. + Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. * Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. + A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) [Sorry – I started this one. I don’t like John Irving.]
15. + Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) [Started this one too.]
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. * Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) [Don’t get me started on Stephen King]
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. + The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)                                           27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. + The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook(Nicholas Sparks)[OK, the movie wasn’t awful. Saw it at a Movie Mom thing where you bring your newborn… was pleasantly surprised.]
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell) [Shouldn’t I have read this somewhere along the way?]
35. * The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. * The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. * The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. + I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)[Kind of embarrassed that I have and have read this.]
39. + The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. + The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible 
46. + Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) [Yeah, I know. I should read it.]
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50.+ She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)[Again, kind of embarrassing]
51. + The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. * Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. + Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. * The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. + The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. + The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)[Started this.]
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. * Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. + One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. + Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. + Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. + The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. * The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. * The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. * Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. * Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. + The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. * Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. * Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. * In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Clearly I am not an Irving fan; I haven’t read a single Harry Potter; and there are some major gaps in my reading of classics.

Take the quiz too and let me know what you find out about yourself.