More books . . .


I’ve been working through Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth. I’m enjoying it but was sidetracked when my Paper Back Swap book arrived. It was a copy of The Godfather. The Godfather has LONG been one of my favorite movies, but strangely, I had never read the book. So the past 1 1/2 days have been spent reading the book. I have to say, the movie adaption is one of the very very very best I’ve ever seen of any book. My opinion of the movie is only strengthened by reading the book. The book was interesting, especially having seen the movie first. There was a lot more in depth study of characters in the book who are in the movie, but don’t get a lot of special treatment. The movie makes a lot more sense now.

Here’s the original trailer of The Godfather. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth putting on your Netflix list. Old as the movie is, I don’t recommend it for kids under 16 (and only mature kids in the 16-18 range). It’s a beautifully made movie, but it’s violent and sometimes gruesome. More importantly, the themes of the movie would be hard to talk to about with a lot of adults, much less a teenager.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out PaperBackSwap.com. It’s great if you read a lot and are on a tight budget. I’ve found it costs me about $2.50 to send a book to someone. It’s cheaper than buying a new paperback at the bookstore and you can be choosier than you can at the thrift store. When we’re not “doing” school, I can go through 1 to 1 1/2 novels a day, so this site has been a lifesaver for me. For homeschoolers, I’ve found a bunch of great supplemental reading for the boys over the years using this site.

OK – plug finished.

3 thoughts on “More books . . .

  1. I've long adored PBS. It's just so hard for me to drag my butt to the post office. I've never read the Godfather, either. Good idea. Loved House of Mirth in college, though.

  2. I went to high school with Mario Puzo's son, Joe. He had a really shiny new Camaro and was on the football team. 🙂

    I grew up in New York and my dad was in a business that put him in contact with the type of people in the book. If you didn't believe what you read, believe it! ALL of it!

  3. Deana, you can buy the postage at PBS – then all you have to do is chase your mail carrier down when they drop off your mail. It's awesome.

    Karen, that's crazy! I DO believe what I've read. We lived in NJ (in the town next to the Soprano's) and I went to high school with a couple of kids who's dads had “interesting” jobs. Scary, isn't it?

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