November (and October) Bookclub

I thought I did October, but looking back through my posts I guess I missed that. So, this month you get a two for one! (Honestly, good thing too. I read one thing in November…and it was a play).

Let’s get into it:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

*sigh* I didn’t get it. The reason I read it is because an acquaintance had literally TEN copies of it in his home (it’s his favorite book). Maybe I just wasn’t a fan, but I was confused and bored and ugh.

The Omen by David Seltzer

This book is based off the movie (what a twist). It was basically just a deeply worded retelling of the entire movie. I didn’t mind though. I actually appreciated the words more than the visuals in this case. BUT when it comes to my recommendation, I would suggest watching the movie over reading the book. It’s the original, after all.

The Shining by Stephen King

And then we had a book that has a movie based on it. The movie is fascinating, even if I had a lot of issues with it. It’s not my go-to suspense/horror. The book, on the other hand, seems to make more sense. The characters and the plot, believe it or not, made more sense. Perhaps it was the way of the two artists: how Stephen King approached the story and how Stanley Kubrick approached it. Basically, the book is better. I do think the movie should be watched at least once though.

Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie

My queen. This one deals with another set of recurring characters (like Poirot or Marple) named Tommy and Tuppence. They are an older couple who served as agents in the British Secret Service, and are now retiring in the countryside with their dog. But they are still detectives at heart, much like Miss Marple, so they solve cases when presented. This book, sad to say, is not Christie’s best. It was her very last book written, when she potentially was suffering from undiagnosed Alzheimers. Definitely don’t let this be your first Christie novel.

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

And on the other flip side (lot’s of flip sides this month), there’s a pretty brilliant play by my lady. How about a twist? And then another twist? And then another twist? You’ve got this play! A man is arrested for the murder of an older woman, but while he maintains his innocence his wife decides to testify against him. And it’s a race to get the truth. It’s definitely a read it multiple times to get it story. Worth it, though.

And that was it for the last two months. Next month is December, my last opportunity to read the rest of my books: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling. That’s right, only two books left in my challenge! Hopefully after finals, I can get those out of the way so I can start my ever-growing pile of personal unread books (for next year *wink*).

Let me know if you have thoughts of these books or if you’ve read them.

Hugs

Alexandra

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