Recently I was off work on a medical leave. I told myself that with all this extra time, I could catch up on my reading! Easier said than done. Instead, I caught up on the television show Weeds. Eventually, I did dive into some books. Since I am a children’s librarian at heart and have been very lazy at reading childrens novels, I chose a few. The first one was The Mysterious Benedict Society. It was a very enjoyable read about 4 orphans who are accepted into this very mysterious society where they are to help solve a mystery. It is the first in the series and was a great read for kids who love longer, smarter, mystery reads. Another kids novel I chose was What Momma Left Me. The cover of this book is a little deceiving. There are some pretty dark themes in here, although it is certainly a hopeful title that also infused some spiritual tones. Overall, another enjoyable read for middle grade readers. In fact, it could be one parents might want to read before or with their children.
Next, I try to expand my reading horizons and read an “inspirational” title. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with it. I was lucky to get The Girl who Played with Fire not only once but twice! (I didn’t get to it the first time) I actually liked it more than the first, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I am a huge fan of the Showtime series Dexter, as well as a fan of the books, and was able to finish the new title, Dexter is Delicious, as well. But I have to admit, my favorite read so far is one I started right after I came back to work, even though I had it checked out most of the time I was off; it’s non-fiction, which isn’t normally my thing. I couldn’t resist the subject matter. You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried is a book all about movies of the 80’s focusing mainly on John Hughes and the Brat Pack. These were the movies of my youth! Also, one of my goodreads friends gave it a 4 star review.
You couldn’t ignore me actually goes into quite a bit of detail about the casting and making of many of the films which was quite interesting. For instance, did you know John Hughes wrote Sixteen Candles with Molly Ringwald in mind all along? Or that the ending to Pretty in Pink was NOT the original written, acted, and filmed ending? The test viewing had the audience booing! And Some Kind of Wonderful was rife with problems from beginning to end. It’s a wonder it was made!
Another interesting factoid was the coining of the term “Brat Pack”. The actors given the name were none to pleased with it. David Blum from New York Magazine wrote an article after spending an evening with some of the actors and claims to have meant it as a play on the phrase The Rat Pack.
Anyway, it’s been an interesting read, especially for those of us who were fans of these movies, actors, and John Hughes.