“Celebration of Color” update

I am farther along than I realized.

The last book I reviewed was for PINK, Backwards and in Heels.

Since then I have read both PURPLE and BROWN.

A friend gifted me this on my Kindle because she knows I am fascinated with cats.

This purple cover introduced me to Klawde, the Evil Alien Warlord Cat. I don’t know which I enjoyed more, the zany adventure, Rob Mommaerts’ illustrations, or Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth’s zippy dialog and lines. I’m sure it was written with kids in mind, but this old(er) woman enjoyed it a great deal.

This was a lovely book of poetry recommended by blogger friend Jee Wan of Hooked on Books.

I have done well on my efforts to read more poetry during 2020, but I have not reviewed most of the collections I’ve read. That said, let me highly recommend this outstanding collection by Rupi Kaur, who has become a phenomenon in her own right. I will review this book of poems here before long.

All that is left to finish this challenge is “a book with the word “color” in its title” and one by an author of color, which I have started. I am beginning to think I will have to reread The Color Purple, making it my third time to read it in addition to seeing the movie. Do any of you know of another book with the word “Color” in the title. PLEASE HELP!!!

Almost finished…

“CELEBRATION OF COLOR CHALLENGE”–PINK

The fascinating role of women in films

My challenge, begun in August of this year, was to read books with specifically designated colored jackets. Today’s selection and recommendation sports a pink cover.

This book, selected because of its cover, because it fulfilled my desire to read more non-fiction, and because it was already on my Kindle, turned out to be a very good “read.” It deals with “the Past, Present, and Future of Women Working in Films,” and was published in 2018. It shines a “spotlight on women who deserve to be known for their incredible contributions to film and to society as a whole”…this credit is “…something that has been stolen from them.”

The title comes from the famous quote, “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels…” I believe the quote is attributed to Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas.

Malone divides the book into eras of film making: 1890s earliest days/WWII/50s post war/60s and 70s New Hollywood/ 2000s “The Future is Female”

This last section discusses Wonder Woman, the first stand-alone, female super- hero-film released since Ironman began the current trend of comic book movies back in 2008. WW had a female filmmaker, a female protagonist, and was a huge box-office hit in 2017. Because Wonder Woman was my childhood hero, I was especially interested in this section. The stories of early silent-film stars was interesting, but even more interesting were the stories of female film makers, producers, and even directors working with the femme-fatale stars of the silent-film era. Most proved themselves to be shrewd businesswomen, battling it out for equal status (and equal pay, which has yet to be achieved) with the Hollywood “boy’s club” members and moguls.

My grandson read this book for the film class he wrote and taught at UH, so it was he who discovered and selected this book. I am so glad I read it. it was an enlightening, often surprising, well-written book that just happened to have a pink cover.

FRIDAY FIRSTLINERS

I found this fun meme at Hoarding Books. What one is asked to do is grab a book at random and copy the first line, so here’s mine for Friday, September 18, 2020:

” February 3 was a dark and dank day altogether; cold spitting rain in the morning and a low, steel-grey sky the rest of the afternoon.”

The above is from The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, my choice for the white book of my “Celebration of Color” Challenge.

Grab your current read, and join in.

NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY

I didn’t read a whole book today, I finished one. I chose this book from the Alvin library because Carla of Carla Loves to Read put me on to this great, new-to-me author, thus finishing the challenge of 20 in 20–books recommended by blogging friends. It also fits in with my “Celebrating Color” challenge as my yellow book.

If I were doing “Austin in August” this year a la Deb Nance of Readerbuzz, and if it weren’t already September, this would fit a third challenge. LOL

This 2017 novel by Katherine Reay is for all Austin fans and anyone who loves a good, clean love story. Mary Davis, the main character, an engineer at a company she helped start, is contacted by Isobel an estranged childhood friend. Isobel offers a free two week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England. Mary, at the urging of her father, agrees although she doesn’t know why because Isobel and she have little in common any more. While in England, Isobel has an episode where she believes she is actually in Austin’s England, not just dressing in costume and pretending to live in the time. The “costume-clad guests” at the manor house are appreciative of her knowledge of Austin, and she entertains them with specifics as the Lit major that she is. During this time, “hard truths about the women’s pasts” come out, and Nathan, “the man who stands between them” joins them in England, as this fantasy themed vacation takes on a series of misunderstandings that almost wreak havoc in the women’s already troubled friendship.

This is a great story and a great read. I finished it today on National Read a Book Day, September 6, 2020.