Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Salon - July 15

I found this great article on Flavorwire highlighting the ten best fictional bookstores. Curiously I found it right after I finished a post about the movie "Hugo." My post included a paragraph about the bookstore in that movie. Lo and behold, that bookstore is on this list. Shouldn't be too much of a surprise, I suppose, it is a great bookstore. I kept thinking there was a movie where a bookstore played a big part in it. Then I remembered, it was a series of bookstores that John Cusack's character goes into in search of a copy of the book Love In The Time Of Cholera where Kate Beckinsale's character had left her phone number in the movie "Serendipity." I'm still a little annoyed at that film for convincing me to read that book!

Other movies that featured bookstores include one of my favorites "Notting Hill" (The Travel Book Co - a bookstore that seems to have no customers other than Julia Roberts), "The Big Sleep" starring Humphrey Bogart, "84, Charing Cross Road" starring Anne Bancroft and "When Harry Met Sally" starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Can you think of any other movies that have featured bookstores? What about movies that featured libraries?

Another coincidence - while I was looking for bookstores in movies, I came across this article about the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. I posted my  review of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone on Tuesday. One of the central characters of that book is actress Louise Brooks, a person I had never heard of before. But silent film fans clearly know about her. For this festival she comes up twice in reference to movies that she appeared in. She really was incredibly beautiful. But apparently such a pain to work with that rumors were spread that she had a terrible voice when the "talkies" came into their own and her career died.

So far, I'm feeling remarkable light since the great resolve to lift the guilt associated with blogging off my shoulders. I've given away books, passed on more than a dozen book offers (accepting only one that was too good to pass on!) without any guilt, and put together a calendar for review obligations for the rest of the year. That's allowing me to see where my challenge books will fit in and where I can just read whatever I want. I think there will be more paring on both my feed reader and my bookshelves but I've given myself a good start and I'm looking forward to a much more relaxed second half of 2012.

This week I read Ami McKay's The Virgin Cure and started Margot Livesey's The Flight of Gemma Hardy. What are you reading this week?


  1. Good question about bookstores and libraries featured in movies. I can think of lots of thriller/mystery movies and tv dramas where libraries are used as part of the plot (research) etc. What about the Reading Room of the London Library in 'Possession' adaptation of A.S. Byatt's novel. 'The Name of the Rose' novel and film. Anita Brookner's character, Claire Pitt, in her novel,'Undue Influence', works in the basement of a second-hand bookshop.
    Glad the reading is going well. I'm half way through your recommendation, 'My Dear, I wanted to tell you' - Louisa Young and then I have a book group read 'The Small Island' - Andrea Levy.

  2. I think there is a Kathryn Hepburn movie where she manages the research dpt at a library... But I ll have to look later! I'm trying to do "one more thing" then get off the computer!! :)

  3. There is, of course, You've Got Mail -- Shopgirl fights the big, impersonal bookstore that sells coffee with it's literature.

    Also, Harry Potter has Flourish and Botts. The book of invisibility costs quite a lot, though is never to be found.

  4. I love that little bookstore in You've Got Mail. Sigh.

    I'm glad you are feeling better about the reviewing and blogging. It's not fun to feel guilty over the books we choose not to review. I rarely feel guilty. Especially if the book is just horrible and it ends up being a DNF.

  5. I loved this post..libraries fascinate me and I wanted to own the bookstore in Notting Hill!!! So glad that you've accomplished your goals for making the second half of 2012 more relaxing...I'm almost there!!!

  6. I am glad you are feeling some relief, Lisa. It really does make a difference when you give yourself a break.

    I love bookstores in movies! I am afraid my memory is not so good at remembering which movies feature fictional bookstores--other than what's already been mentioned anyway. I love the little shop in Notting Hill. :-)