Things I'm loving

Whoops. I totally meant to blog today, but I was reading this instead:

Room by Emma Donoghue

Mildly disturbing, but also wildly interesting, imaginative, clever, and heartfelt. One of my favorite reads of the year, and possibly of all-time.

Also, I can’t stop thinking about the movie I saw with my mom on Sunday:

Crazy, Stupid, Love

That poster doesn’t do it justice. And it’s hard to say what the movie’s about without giving away some of its best surprises. Suffice it to say, I laughed and I cried, and more importantly, so did my hard-to-impress mom. (Minus the crying.)

Both of these things feature incredibly strong writing. So yeah, I’m calling ’em research.


  1. Hey, any book can be considered research, right? Don’t you love that about choosing writing as a career? :)

    I’ve heard great things about that movie, too!

  2. I’ve heard a lot of good things about that book, but what I know about the plot line makes me resistant to reading it. Maybe one of these days I’ll get over that and give it a try.

    The previews I’ve seen of Crazy Stupid Love also have not made me interested in seeing it, despite the fact that I LOVE Julianne Moore. Maybe I’ll give that one a try when it makes its way to DVD too.

  3. I haven’t been to the movie theater in a looooong time… I tend to just netflix things now :p

    Good call on the research, I agree!

  4. Thanks for re-confirming the facts that I need to read this book and see this movie. They’re both on my to-do list, but now I’m even more anxious to get to them.

  5. ROOM is probably one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I love Jack’s voice! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! And I must go see Crazy Stupid Love…I’m glad you liked it!

  6. T.S.-
    You don’t HAVE to, but (a) if you’re like me, you’ll want to! And (b) if you don’t, going in and out of Jack’s voice/head can be a little weird, hehe.

    Well, I’m not sure which part of it makes you uncertain, but it’s a pretty “clean” book considering the premise. Jack is only 5, after all, and his mother works hard to keep him sheltered.


    I don’t really do reviews, per se, so consider this my one-word review: AWESOME. ;)

  7. Oh. Erm, well, he doesn’t even KNOW he’s “locked up in a room” for all his life, because that’s all he’s ever known. And it’s AMAZING to see the “world” through his eyes.

    If it makes you feel better (and this is a public spoiler, not a “twist”) only half the book is spent in the room.

  8. PS: Totally not trying to coerce you to read it! I know it’s not going to be for everyone. But I did want to be clear that the book/Donoghue does a really good job not making the book sad or weird or gross.

  9. Like you, I was kind of turned off by the posters and the movie’s advertising campaign in general, but Crazy Stupid Love has gotten some good reviews. So, I’m thinking of changing my mind. And I love Steve Carrel.

  10. Wow, (after googling) that book sounds amazing!! I will definitely have to add it to my to-read list!

    And I definitely want to see that film! chick flick night!

  11. Jon-
    Especially if you like Steve Carrell, I think you’ll probably like the film. He’s very much him, and everyone else is great too.

    Yay I hope you enjoy them!

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