Saturday, December 03, 2005

Weekend Reading & Classic moviefest

I'm slowly working my way through Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel as well as The Faery Bride by Lisa Ann Verge. Galileo's Daughter is an insightful & fascinating look at Galileo Galiei based upon letters exchanged between him & his elder daughter Sister Marie Celeste, a Poor Clare nun.

The Faery Bride, written by a scientist turned author, continues this year's theme- fairytale & fey related romances. I've barely started it, but it seems to be a Beauty & the Beast fairytale set in medieval times, along the coast of Ireland & Wales. So far so good.

Hot chocolate weather is, hopefully, here to stay. Mini marshmallows, choctlatey mugs with sugary rims scattered everywhere. YUM, YUM!! The outdoor christmas lights sparkle with a distinctive blue tone & seem to be more intense than 'regular' outdoor lights.

We watched Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, the 1932 Frederick March version, The Day the Earth Stood Still & the silent French version of Phantom of the Opera. Interesting note for you parents of daughters out there. My daughter was shocked at the low cut neckline the female characters in Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde wore. I asked her why she was so surprised & she said she'd thought women 'back then' were more conservatively dressed. We've had quite a lively discussion (especially when Husband joined in) on clothing trends & the message clothing choices send out.

3 comments:

Anne E. said...

Maybe I missed this earlier in the year, but did you indicate that you have a theme for some of your reading throughout the year? What drives the decision to pick a theme? I think that is an excellent idea, perhaps a little bit similiar to my decision to read at least one of the Barnes and Noble Classics every month.

Bookwormom said...

I didn't consciously choose fairytales & fey related books. It was an attempt to pull myself out of a serious reading slump, which for the most part, worked.

alibug said...

I am currently reading Sobel's Planets. It's pretty good. I read while I'm nursing so it's definitely slow going. I've read lots of science non fiction and I can tell that this is written by a woman. At first I thought it was by David Sobel but the writing is very feminine and I kept checking the name on the cover to discern gender. With a revelation, I opened the back cover and saw it was a woman. It's so odd that I could tell