Fantasy books that were _______ than the movies

fantasy books better than movies

The above linked article talks about fantasy books that were made into movies.  Some of the movies actually were better than the book, but some did the books a great disservice.  I loved the movie, The Princess Bride, for example.  The book was not as good.  The book seemed to drag along and never really get anywhere.

Some of these, I saw the movie, but didn’t read the book.  The Wizard of Oz.  The Lord of the Rings.

The article explains each of the movies vs books better, but I agree with the ones that I know.












Authors recommend books of summer

Books of summer is another list of summer books.  I love the way this one is written.  Authors recommend other authors’ books.  The above linked article tells more about each book and author.

‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ author Taylor Jenkins Reid recommends ‘The Bride Test’ by Helen Hoang

‘We Hunt the Flame’ author Hafsah Faizal recommends ‘Sorcery of Thorns’ by Margaret Rogerson

‘When We Left Cuba’ author Chanel Cleeton recommends ‘Park Avenue Summer’ by Renée Rosen

‘Let Me Hear a Rhyme’ author Tiffany D. Jackson recommends ‘With the Fire on High’ by Elizabeth Acevedo

‘Gods of Jade and Shadow’ author Silvia Moreno-Garcia recommends ‘The Summer of Ellen’ by Agnete Friis

‘Hope & Other Punchlines’ author Julie Buxbaum recommends ‘Field Notes on Love’ by Jennifer E. Smith

‘Necessary People’ author Anna Pitoniak recommends ‘The Dreamers’ by Karen Thompson Walker

‘Internment’ author Samira Ahmed recommends ‘Girl Gone Viral’ by Arvin Ahmadi

‘Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune’ author Roselle Lim recommends ‘The Chai Factor’ by Farah Heron

‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ author Casey McQuiston recommends ‘Wilder Girls’ by Rory Power

‘Searching for Sylvie Lee’ author Jean Kwok recommends ‘Miracle Creek’ by Angie Kim

‘Love From A to Z’ author S.K. Ali recommends ‘The Candle and the Flame’ by Nafiza Azad

‘Sabrina & Corina’ author Kali Fajardo-Anstine recommends ‘Good Talk’ by Mira Jacob

‘If It Makes You Happy’ author Claire Kann recommends ‘Belly Up’ by Eva Darrows

‘Home Remedies’ author Xuan Juliana Wang recommends ‘Where Reasons End’ by Yiyun Li

‘The Liars of Mariposa Island’ author Jennifer Mathieu recommends ‘Like a Love Story’ by Abdi Nazemian

‘Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls’ author T Kira Madden recommends ‘Black Light’ by Kimberly King Parsons

‘The Revolution of Birdie Randolph’ author Brandy Colbert recommends ‘Color Me In’ by Natasha Díaz

‘I Miss You When I Blink’ author Mary Laura Philpott recommends ‘City of Girls’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

‘Dealing in Dreams’ author Lilliam Rivera recommends ‘Five Midnights’ by Ann Dávila Cardinal

33 Summer books

Summer Reading

Here’s another list, Summer Reading, New York Times, from the List of lists.

It seems there are a lot of worthwhile books to read this summer.


  • Cari Mora by Thomas Harris
  • Beyond All Reasonable Doubt by Malin Persson Giolito
  • A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
  • All the Lost Things by Michelle Sacks
  • Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik
  • The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora
  • Temper by Layne Fargo


  • Seven at Sea by Erik Orton and Emily Orton
  • The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace
  • In Putin’s Footsteps by Nina Khruscheva and Jeffrey Tayler
  • Lotharingia by Simon Winder
  • Ottoman Odyssey by Alev Scott
  • Volcanoes, Palm Trees and Privilege by Liz Prato
  • Pagan Light by Jamie James
  • See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes
  • Off the Rails by Beppe Severgnini
  • Monsieur Mediocre by John von Sothen
  • A Year in Paris by John Baxter


  • Ballpark by Paul Goldberger
  • When the Crowd Didn’t Roar by Kevin Cowherd
  • The World’s Fastest Man by Michael Kranish
  • The Cost of These Dreams by Wright Thompson
  • The Great American Sports Page edited by John Schulian
  • Sprawlball by Kirk Goldsberry

True Crime

  • Murder by the Book by Claire Harman
  • Where Monsters Hide by M. William Phelps
  • City of Omens by Dan Werb
  • The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
  • The Belle of Bedford Avenue by Virginia A. McConnell
  • Norco ’80 by Peter Houlahan


  • William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘N’ Roll by Casey Rae
  • This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else by Jon Savage
  • More Fun in the New World by John Doe with Tom DeSavia
  • CSNYby Peter Doggett
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by David Browne
  • Chamber Music by Will Ashon


  • The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  • Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
  • Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson
  • The Nestby Gregory A. Douglas
  • When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom
  • The Laws of the Skies by Grégoire Courtois
  • Inspectionby Josh Malerman
  • Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent

Historical Fiction

  • The Daughter’s Tale by Lucas Correa
  • Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin
  • The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan
  • A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum
  • The Red Daughter by John Burhham Schwartz
  • American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton
  • Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland


  • Zaitoun by Yasmin Khan
  • Black Sea by Caroline Eden
  • My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Cámara
  • Indian(-ish) by Priya Krishna
  • Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen
  • The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones
  • Love & Lemons Every Day by Jeanine Donofrio
  • Franklin Steak by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay
  • Simple Cake by Odette Williams
  • Dappled by Nicole Rucker
  • Happiness is Baking by Maida Heatter
  • In Pursuit of Flavor by Edna Lewis with Mary Goodbody

The Great Outdoors

  • A Way to Garden by Margaret Roach
  • The Kitchen Garden by Alan Buckingham
  • Pruning Simplified by Steven Bradley
  • Beginner Gardening Step by Step
  • Wings in the Light by David Lee Myers
  • Blooms
  • The Tree Book by Michael A. Dirr and Keith S. Warren
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben
  • Sprout Lands by William Bryant Logan
  • How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

Silent book club, 6/23

I arrived at silent bookclub a little early. I was greeted a half block away by a group of naked people trying to legalize nudity on the street. It’s always something.

I wandered down to The Booksmith to continue my independent book store crawl.  It was wonderful.  The books were organized in a way that made sense.  Every book that I looked for was right where I expected it to be.  Thankfully, though, they have The Bindery just up the street to hold their author talks and other events.

I got to choose my own chair for silent bookclub, while waiting for the others.  There was an author there who was talking to The Bindery’s employee about carrying his book, Run Wild by David Covell.  They did have it in stock.  During the conversation, the inevitable question “What are you reading?” came up.  The author was reading “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” and the employee had just finished it.  I got the look when I mentioned that I had it on hold at the library.

The author handed me a copy of his book to look through, after he asked if I do Goodreads reviews.  I was happy to read and review it.  He was looking around at the books in the store, and asked me what I was reading.  He recommended Frankenstein to me, and was surprised that I hadn’t read it.  I taught him about the PBS The Great American Read, and he asked which one ended up being number one.  I recommended To Kill a Mockingbird, and he was embarrassed to have never read it.  He threw back Call Me by Your Name, telling me about the author being a straight man and how much he’d loved the book.  I tossed in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and we went on to reading silently.

I got a library book finished, and the book that was handed to me.  I got a good chunk of Kept read, and a couple of chapters of Mrs. Everything.  It was a productive couple of hours.


Getting Kicked Out of a Bookclub

my bookclub kicked me out

The above linked article is written by a woman whose bookclub kicked her out.  Reading the article, it seems like the bookclub was never a good fit for her, and the organizers of the club pushed her out.  Missing meetings for going out and living life, and disagreeing with the organizers were cause for her being pushed out.

I love discussing books when others have a different opinion than me, or than others in the group.  It makes for a discussion, rather than, “me, too” comments.  I guess the organizers of this club would rather only have members who agree with them?  It sounds like a boring bookclub.