The Sunday Salon – March 16, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 8:50 p.m., Saturday evening. Trying to get my Sunday Salon post written before I fall asleep – we went to a church spring cleaning day this morning and worked our butts off for a few hours. It was fun to work alongside friends. The two youngest boys were working right along with us – made me very proud.

Thankful for: That my kids talk to me – really talk to me, I mean. My husband. Wonderful friends. Volunteer work that is meaningful. Time to read in the evenings. Coffee. A fresh start every morning.

Looking forward to: Meeting a long-time online friend in real life! Carol, who now blogs at A Living Pencil is a kindred spirit. I have known her online for several years, starting back when she was blogging at Magistramater. She was a fellow homeschooling mom and lover of books. She is no longer a homeschooling mom (but still a lover of books!), because her boys are all grown and giving her grandbabies galore, and she has embarked on a new stage of life. It has been a joy to watch her embrace this stage with as much grace and goodness as she did the hands-on mothering of the teenage years. Her marriage to Curt is also an inspiration, as is her faith, and her delicious way with words. A couple weeks ago, I received an e-mail asking me what I was going to be doing on Friday, the 21st, as she and Curt are coming to my neck of the woods (from their home in Oregon) to visit some friends who recently moved here. We are going to meet for coffee Friday afternoon, and I can hardly wait!

Reading: Going Over by Beth Kephart; The Frangipani Hotel: Stories by Violet Kupersmith; and The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (starting this one today). I also continue to slowly make my way through The Lord of the Rings. I am now at the point where I am becoming very angry with Peter Jackson, who turned the books into the films. I can understand making changes for the sake of time and for translating from one medium to the other, but I don’t understand radically changing the nature of characters. I’m thinking specifically of Faramir, who really got screwed over in the film edition.

Recently finished reading: City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Listening to: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Recently finished listening to: We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter

Watching: Last Sunday’s Family Movie Night selection was the classic, Charade, chosen by my mom. I hadn’t seen it since I was a teenager, and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it! The kids all liked it, too, even though they thought some of the fight scenes were a little cheesy. Tonight is Dad’s pick: Ender’s Game. I’m very curious to see how this translates on film.

Blogging recently:
~ Mini-reviews: The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry; We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter; and When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
~ Book Review: City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

Have you been reading or watching anything good lately? Has spring hit your neck of the woods yet?

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19 Responses to The Sunday Salon – March 16, 2014

  1. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    Moving LotR from page to screen had to be amazingly difficult as Tolkien used a whole bunch of words to tell a quite epic story. So much is missing, so many things changed (as you say including Faramir who is one of my favorite characters in the books). Still, I do really enjoy the films.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – Yes, I agree – it was a huge undertaking! And even though I’m feeling very strongly about the book version right now, since this is the first time I’ve read it, I do also enjoy the movies very much. :)

  2. I’ve read and reread The Lord of the Rings so many times as a kid and I really didn’t notice all the changes. I thought he captured the spirit of the books pretty well. However, I absolutely hated The Hobbit (boring, imnsho) and have refused to watch the second one, where he adds characters that weren’t in the books.

    Okay, with my not so humble opinion out of the way, now I’ll mention that it’s cool when you can meet online people IRL. I’ve had the opportunity a couple of times and it was very cool. I know this week another blogger who got married with her maid of honor being a fellow blogger whom she has known for years but hadn’t met IRL. Hope your “meet-up” goes well too. :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I think maybe I came across as a bit too angry at Jackson, as I do like the movies. :) And, yes, I am very excited to meet Carol on Friday!

  3. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    It is so much fun to meet an online friend. Y’all are going to have a blast!

  4. irene says:

    Enjoy your time with the on line friend, I think it’s great that you have this opportunity.

  5. I’m looking forward to this with eagerness, too. I think we’ve “known” each other since 2006 or 2007. And how many books have we read in common? ::searching my brain for a good collective noun for books::

    I’ve had a chance to meet a few online friends; the biggest unknown that I’ve found is the voice. I know your thoughts—well, some of them!—, your opinions, and I’ve seen pictures. But whenever I read your stuff, I hear the words in *my* reader’s voice. I’m looking forward to hearing *your* voice.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Carol – I hadn’t thought about that – the voice, I mean! Because of course I know what you look like. And we have read a lot of books in common – and I will always be grateful that you introduced me to Wendell Berry!

  6. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Your thoughts on LoTR makes me want to reread the series. I hope you and Carol have a fantastic time on Friday. Have a good week. :-)

  7. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I definitely would not have wanted to be the one translating LOTR to film. Good Lord, what an undertaking. And the books are so classic, so loved, I don’t know if you could really win that one. I think it is awesome that your kids talk to you. That is what will keep them on the path, over the long haul. I find it challenging to keep them talking, trying not to judge or say something that will upset them, but so far so good here.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I know – the balance between being a parent and being understanding. Laying down rules without pushing them into rebellion. Argh – this is the hardest job in the world!

  8. How exciting that you are going to be meeting Carol in person for the first time! I hope you have a nice visit. :-)

    I read the Lord of the Rings books after seeing the first movie and absolutely fell in love with the books. I love the movies too. The differences never bothered me because I found the movies to be so well done and entertaining in their own right. I know not everyone feels the same.

    All the other books you are reading are books I am really looking forward to reading too, especially The Frangipani Hotel: Stories by Violet Kupersmith. I have the book on my Kindle waiting its turn. :-)

    Going Over was the one you mentioned on FB recently, yes? I think it was you. I haven’t read anything by Beth Kephart, but that one especially interests me so I will have to give it a try.

    What did you think of Ender’s Game? My coworker hasn’t stopped singing its praises since she saw it. It’s not one I am particularly interested in seeing, but I know others love both the book and the movie.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – you should definitely pick up Going Over – it is amazing. And I really liked the Ender’s Game film. I thought they adapted the book faithfully and well, and it seems the kids took away the same big picture issues that I took away from reading the book.

  9. Kailana says:

    I hope you always have such a great relationship with your kids. :)