The Call of the Wild

I had multiple credits available at the movie theater, since I hadn’t gone to any movies lately, at least not at the theater that takes the credits. There just hadn’t been much that I wanted to see.

Yesterday, I decided that I should see The Call of the Wild, since I’d heard so many good things about the book, which I haven’t read yet.

I think the movie was well done. I was a little stressed by the violence in the movie, but thankfully, they didn’t show much blood or obvious deaths. Just that they went missing.

I had it in my brain that I knew how it was going to end, but I was wrong. I don’t know if I’ll ever read the book, but I’m glad I know the story now. I do assume that the book was better, but the movie was pretty good.

The Dog Doesn’t Die

The dog doesn’t die

The above linked article talks about a website you can visit to read books that are rewritten so that the dog doesn’t die in the end, like the originals. It covers books like Cujo, Old Yeller, and Where the Red Fern Grows.

I am not too sure about these books, since, at least in Old Yeller and Cujo, the dog’s death is a major part of the book. One of these days I’ll check out the rewrites, though. Maybe.

The Color Purple

Banned books

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Women’s history month tribute

Thirty day book challenge, day 13

I read this for bookclub last year, but it’s shown up on many lists. This book is another case where the book outshines the movie. The movie was limited by the acceptance of mainstream audiences. It glosses over many of the important topics in the book.

I watched the movie as a kid, and then watched it again after I read the book for bookclub. I understood a lot more, simply because I was an adult, but more that I had read the book.

It definitely should have been part of women’s history month. I really adored this book.

Why It’s Important to Read Uncomfortable Books

Uncomfortable books

The above linked article talks about how important it is for kids to read books that make them uncomfortable, since history was messy, and they need to know about history. They shouldn’t be sheltered. The books below were mentioned in the article. I’ve only read one of the books, but it was wonderful and I don’t regret reading it at all. The others are in my TBR pile. Classics.

The Grapes of Wrath

 Uncle Tom’s Cabin 

 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

To Kill a Mockingbird

Classics for Beginners

classics for beginners

The above linked article names these books as good beginning books for those who want to start reading the classics.  There is a video explaining why we should read classics, but it’s long, so I am watching it in pieces.  The other thing that isn’t brought up is that most of these are easy to get at the libraries.

Don Quixote

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

To kill a mockingbird

Pride and prejudice


Adventures of huckleberry Finn


The odyssey

Moby dick


Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

I didn’t read Jane Eyre until I was an adult.

I read this book for the first time this year. It showed up on several lists, including the PBS list, Classics, the age list, the BBC list, and many more.

I loved the book, but I loved knowing what all the references meant, after all the years of not really understanding them.

This book should definitely be on a must read list. I loved it.

Things That Women in Literature Have Died From

things women in literature have died from

The above linked article mentions things that women in literature have died from.   I think my favorites are “missing slippers” and “shawl insufficiency.”

  • Cold hands
  • Beautiful face
  • Missing slippers
  • Wrist fevers
  • Night brain
  • Going outside at night in Italy
  • Shawl insufficiency
  • Too many pillows
  • Garden troubles
  • Someone said “No” very loudly while they were in the room
  • Letter-reading fits
  • Drawing-room anguish
  • Not enough pillows
  • Haven’t seen the sea in a long time
  • Too many novels
  • Pony exhaustion
  • Strolling congestion
  • Sherry served too cold
  • Ship infidelity
  • Spent more than a month in London after growing up in Yorkshire
  • Clergyman’s dropsy
  • Flirting headaches
  • River unhappiness
  • General bummers
  • Knitting needles too heavy
  • Mmmf
  • Beautiful chestnut hair
  • Spinal degeneration as a result of pride
  • Parents too happy
  • The Unpleasantness