Friday, February 6, 2009

Happy Friday

Can you believe it's already the end of the first week of February? In 2009? Sheesh.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today so this will be a short one. Nothing serious, I just don't know how long I can sit in front of a computer today.

We watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button last night (well, I watched it, he fell asleep after 20 minutes) and wow, it lives up to all the hype. A lot of the story focuses on the relationship between Benjamin and Daisy, but it also follows his peculiar life as he grows younger. The story is framed with a old woman telling the story in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, just another interesting touch. Needless to say, I bawled. I mean, sobbed. I haven't cried like this since The Notebook, which means I highly recommend it.

I'm also in the last 200 pages of Breaking Dawn - this one is 754 pages - and hope I can get the Cullens out of my head once I finish.

Any good books or movies to recommend?

15 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

Oh goodness, I wanted to see that really badly and that settles it. It's going on my list!

I recommend Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult. I'm really enjoying her writing, and am surprised I hadn't picked her up sooner.

Hope you get to feeling better!

Turkey Lurkey said...

I think I might have mentioned this book before."Coctails For Three" by Madeleine Wickham. It is a fun story... kinda like "Sex in the City".
I could tell Ben Buttons would be a heartbreaking story. Which is why I am steering clear. But I am glad that you liked it!

Hope you feel better soon!!

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, be sure to bring tissues!

I just grabbed Picoult's Plain Truth and The Tenth Circle - they were both on the lending shelf at Ibis' hotel. I've yet to read anything by her.

Melanie Avila said...

Turkey, you did mention that, I'll have to remember it, thanks!

Janet said...

I loved Benjamin Button! have you seen the fake trailer comparing it to Forrest Gump?

Scroll down and watch the video clip:
http://www.scene-stealers.com/blogs/benjamin-button-forrest-gump/

funny, huh? but it's still a good flick :)

Melanie Avila said...

Janet, that's odd because I kept thinking during the movie that it reminded me of Forest Gump.

colbymarshall said...

Oh, I second Change of Heart...it's really good. In fact, there are very few of Jodi Picoult's books I haven't enjoyed. (Side note: the only one I didn't like was Mercy).

spyscribbler said...

Wasn't it great? I loved it! It is FAR better than the short story. The movie really nailed it.

I have to read the rest of the Twilight series!

Pink Ink said...

Wow, you bawled??

Makes me want to see this movie too.

I recommend Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Melanie Avila said...

Colby, I'll have to look for that title.

Melanie Avila said...

Spy, I thought it came from a story, but didn't realize it was a short story. Yes, they did a wonderful job.

Melanie Avila said...

Pink, yes, bawled. But I think I might be a tad hormonal. ;)

Thanks for the suggestion!

Zoe Winters said...

I hope you feel better soon!

Melanie Avila said...

I am, Zoe, thanks!

Dube said...

I liked Button! Well, it was a bit depressing at times, but I still liked it. :)