Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to See as Movies

books to movies

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books to movies. Let’s get straight to it, but with one caveat… the movies MUST be well-done. No half-assing or plot/character changes.

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman: This is my favorite historical novel and began my Wars of the Roses obsession. This would have to be a long movie or mini-series and Richard Armitage MUST play Richard the Third.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: I would really love for this to be a Hayao Miyazaki animated film.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt: This would be so good. I have no idea who I would want in the cast, but I’m thinking it would make a great gritty Darren Aronofsky film.

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym: Not only would it be a wonderful BBC masterpiece film, but Thomas at Hogglestock once suggested that Miranda Hart (Chummy from Call the Midwife) would make an excellent Mildred Lathbury.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: There was a horrible verison that didn’t resemble the book at ALL made in the 70s (good luck finding it). I was sort of excited about Julia Stiles directing and starring in the The Bell Jar. She really threw herself into studying Plath. No idea what happened to that project. I’d still like to see a film of this novel, but please don’t conflate Plath’s biography with the book.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I’d love an animated version of this movie. I’m thinking a sort of The Triplets of Belleville type animation style.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. Ellen Page must be in this movie. Seriously.

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi: Of course this must be a highly stylized black and white film. Or an animated film with cut paper, much like this booktrailer.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: Creepy and atmospheric with lush cinematography and plenty of focus on the actual house.

The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood: I hear this is in development as a mini-series and I am cautiously optimistic.


The TBR Tag!

I was tagged by Andi at Estella’s Revenge for the TBR Tag. Here it goes.

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I have an organization plan for my monthly TBRs. I don’t have any organization for all the books I want to read and reread before I die. That would be too crazy to even begin to organize. My monthly TBR goes like this (at least for this year):

1 wildcard read — this could be something that just tickles my fancy or is for a read-along

1 Virago — for my Virago Project

1 book from a series — right now I’m working on The Forsyte Saga

1 contemporary read — because I need to remember that books were written after 1960

1 classic — because I love classics. This year I’m trying to work on reading all of my Penguin Threads

1 audio book — I am more of a podcast / music gal, but I like to keep an audio book on hand for exercise and for when I work nights and weekends.

I don’t get to everything, but I feel like I have a good range of selections for the month.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I’ve tried, but I don’t really like ebooks. I will read one on occasion, but 95% of my reads are print.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

See answer number 1! I usually just let my mood guide me when I’m picking from my monthly TBR pile.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest:

Probably No Name by Wilkie Collins. I adore Wilkie Collins and I try to spread his books out so I always have a Collins book to anticipate reading.

5. A book you recently added to your TBR:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I was on the fence about this, but several folks I know who have similar bookish tastes enjoyed it.
6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover:

hild_jacketIt is a historical novel, so I will probably like it. My initial draw to this book was the beautiful, turquoise cover.
7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading:

Ummmm…. If I’m not planning on reading it then it doesn’t go on das TBR.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for:

Rumor has it that a new collection of previously unpublished Shirley Jackson stories will be out this year. I would give my left and right ovary for that book.
9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you:

I am totally drawing a blank on this one. I’m going to go with The Girl on the Train.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

The Quick by Lauren Owen. I’m thinking it will be a spooky, autumnal read so I’m saving it for this fall.
11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read:

Wildwood by Colin Meloy. I’ve gotten it into my head that I must own all of those beautiful books.

12. How many books on your GoodReads TBR shelf:

1,102 hot dang.

I’m going to tag folks, but no pressure if you don’t want to participate.

Sky at Humming for Promise

Thomas at My Porch

Catherine at The Cake Wife

If you can’t say anything nice….

….blog about something random.  There’s some life-changing decisions being made (no, I’m not pregnant) and I’d REALLY like to blog about it.  I know the prudent thing to do is keep quiet until all is settled and decided.  Also, my little sister is having her first baby right now in a hospital several hours away.  I wish I could be there, but with Atticus/nursing it isn’t really practical for me to make a trip.  I’m nervous and excited for her.

So since mum’s the word on all the thoughts assaulting my brain I thought I’d do something random.  I saw this meme on Facebook (in fact I think I told people I’d participate and I never did).

15 Favorite Fictional Characters:

Esther Greenwood from The Bell Jar

Addie Bundren from As I Lay Dying

Ash Fox from The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro

Lady Dedlock from Bleak House

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

The Wyf of Bath from The Canterbury Tales

Severus Snape from Harry Potter

Amelie Poulain from Amelie

Lydia Gwilt from Armadale

The little person with the switchblade knife in Freaks

Paddington Bear

Sir Bedevere


Lucy Snowe from Villette

There we are, 15 favorite fictional characters and I’ve kept my mouth shut.  Go me.

2010 Reading in Review

Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner but together this fabulous survey for the 2010 reading year. 48 books and 17,398 pages…. It was a pretty good reading year.

Best Books of 2010:

Let’s pick the top 5.  These books are in random order and do not include books that I reread this year (so that’s why books like Villette aren’t listed):

  1. Frost in May by Antonia White
  2. The Priory by Dorothy Whipple
  3. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  4. The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham
  5. The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

Worst Book of 2010:

Hands down, Crime and Punishment.  I couldn’t even bring myself to finish the book.  It sucked and I had NO SYMPATHY for the protagonist.

Most Disappointing Book of 2010:

Elizabeth Kostova’s The Swan Thieves.  It lack the richness of The Historian and I didn’t care for any of the characters.

Most Surprising Book (in a good way!) of 2010:

Black Plumes by Margery Allingham.  I’ve never read Allingham before and this vintage mystery was devoured in the span of a summer afternoon.  I must read more of her books this year!

Book You Recommended the Most to People in 2010:

Frost in May by Antonia White.  I lent this book to a friend at work and purchased a copy for a Christmas gift for another friend.  I loved this book!

Best Series You Discovered in 2010:

I wouldn’t say I “discovered” a series, but I read one standalone book by Sharon Kay Penman (The Sunne in Splendour) and now I want to read all of her other books which just so happens to comprise several historical novel series.

Favorite New Authors Discovered in 2010:

Antonia White, Kate Morton, Susan Higginbotham, Sharon Kay Penman, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margery Allingham, Dorothy Whipple and Rosamund Lehmann

Most Hilarious Read of 2010:

The Sweet Dove Died by Barbara Pym.   It was hilarious in a subtle, snarky way.

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of 2010:

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  Loved it!

Book You Most Anticipated in 2010:

The Priory by Dorothy Whipple.  I had to snag this one via interlibrary loan.

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2010:

Most Memorable Character of 2010:

Mrs. Ramsey from To the Lighthouse and Lucy Snowe from Villette

Most Beautifully Written Book in 2010:

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2010:

The Sunne in Splendour. It consumed me for well over a month.  I couldn’t get enough.

Book You Can’t Believe You Waited Until 2010 to Read:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.  I can’t believe I waited until 2010 to read Elizabeth Gaskell.  She is a phenomenal Victorian author and I will certainly be reading more of her in 2011.

How about you?  How does your 2010 reading stack up?