33 Before 33 ~ A Books Update

It’s been a while since I provided any sort of update on my 33 Before 33 challenge, and frankly, it’s been a while since I actually did any work to cross anything off, But there’s been a few things that I haven’t blogged about, so I thought I’d do a little update.

Read ten novels on which films are based

This is one that I’ve made some tentative progress on, but almost by accident rather than design. There are quite a few books that I’ve read that I assume will be made into films in the not too distant future (The Sky is Everywhere and Station Eleven, to name but two), but only two that I’ve read since my birthday that already have.

Firstly, there’s Horns by Joe Hill, which I’ve actually already written about (I didn’t remember that when I started this sentence). I liked Horns a lot more than I would have expected to, once I got to the end of it, if that makes sense. I didn’t really know what to expect going in, then as I read more, I realised that it was exactly the sort of book that I don’t usually read. It was much more of a horror book than I expected, given that a) I didn’t know an awful lot about it going in, and b) I didn’t realise that Joe Hill is in fact the son of Stephen King. I still haven’t seen the film, and though it didn’t get the best of reviews, I’d like to, just to see how it adapts the story of the book.

The other one I’ve read is The Great Gatsby, and it wasn’t until I was about halfway through that I realised this would count as one of these 33 Before 33 books. Of course, the most recent adaptation is the most famous one, but there’s the 1974 one as well, and actually two earlier ones as well. I’ve seen none, but now that I have much fonder feelings towards the book, I might just give one or more of them a go.

Still some way to go with this challenge, but I shouldn’t have too much trouble completing it by my birthday. There are a lot of films based on books out there!

Two down, eight to go on number four of 33 Before 33 – read ten novels on which films are based

Read a graphic novel

One that I’ve actually crossed off, as I read Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel. I wrote briefly about it already, without doing a full review, and ultimately I’m still not entirely sure I feel about it. I have problem with the idea of a graphic novel; I really enjoyed reading it, and is wonderfully drawn and written. But I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I had hoped, and I think I probably need to read Fun Home to fall in love with Bechdel the way that others have. I also really want to read some more graphic novels, so please, if you have any recommendations, please let me have them!

15. Read a graphic novel

Read ten novels from the Guardian Top 100

Well this one is just a disaster. I’ve read nothing new from this list. I made a book jar to try and help with it, but so far I’ve got a few chapters through Dangerous Liaisons before giving up. I would like to say that I think I’ll manage it, but I honestly don’t think I will! I’m going to make a renewed effort though!

 

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