A Few Good Books, Hopefully

This week we’re talking about books we have always wanted to read but never have. There are a few that I have put off reading for a few different reasons.

I’ve always wanted to read Gone With the Wind. I never could watch the movie all the way through in one shot. I have seen the beginning, the middle, and the end just not in order or in the same sitting. While the bits of the movies I have seen made me want to read the book I worry that I won’t be able to get through it. That it will take me some time to get through, OR that I won’t want to put it down and won’t get any sleep. At least that would be a better reason to not get sleep.

The other book I always wanted to read is the Wizard of Oz. I want to read all the books. I have purchased all the books for my daughter. She absolutely loves them. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read them yet. Usually she and I have the same taste in books. We swap books all the time. The Wizard of Oz movie is such a childhood classic that is so loved that a part of me worries that either the book or the movie will be ruined. I know its a silly fear. It is completely possible to love both the book and the movie. I have seen a few shows based on the books and really enjoyed them all. My favorite was the Tin Man series on SyFy. That was a great show that followed Dorthy’s granddaughters.

I guess it is time for me to borrow The Wizard of Oz books from my daughter

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to A Few Good Books, Hopefully

  1. You will be surprised at the differences in The Wizard of Oz! I won’t say any more.
    As for GWTW, I never read it, but my mother did when it came out, (when she was a teenager), and believe it or not, she could not stand the movie! She was particularly upset with the choice of Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. She didn’t think that Leigh put across the formidible character of Scarlett; and the reasons why she did what she did.
    I’ve always wondered what Mom saw in her, but have never read the book.

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  2. I read Gone with the Wind a couple of times. But not for at least 30 years. I still remember scenes and struggles from that book. Such as the struggle to have the smallest waist (near the beginning of the book), and what it took to achieve it. To me, one test of a really good book is that it leaves an impression. You remember the struggles. I remember several situations/struggles from this book even though its been more than 30 years since I read it. I should read it again from this vantage point.

    I tried to get my daughter to read it, but she says she doesn’t like purple prose. Also because she studied American history in college, she keeps fact checking.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen GWTW at least once from start to finish, but it may have been on network TV and therefore broken up by commercials. Not sure.
    But I’ve certainly also seen it as you have, in bits and pieces. While I like many scenes of that film, I really hate that beginning when Scarlett deliberately ruins Melanie’s courtship with Ashley — so tacky.
    I had a friend who collected (& read) all the Baum Oz books. They never held any interest for me whatsoever. I have grandkids who’ve read the Lord of the Rings books, but none have enticed me to start any of them. I had to struggle to slog through the Hobbit back about 50 years ago.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I loved Gone With the Wind, but I’ve never thought of reading The Wizard of Oz. GWTW if a long book, but I think it’s better than the movie. You understand the characters much better after reading the book.

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  5. Patricia Kiyono says:

    As I mentioned yesterday, I read GWTW while I was in high school, but didn’t watch the movie until much later and even though it was a long film, I noticed stuff that was missing. I haven’t read WOO, but watched the movie many times.

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