For me, summer officially starts on the last day of school but this year was different. Our youngest graduated from high school in June, and there was so much more going on than the usual end of year picnics and the slide into camp schedule. All good things, just really, really different. Prom, graduation, graduation parties, award ceremonies, and family get-togethers- all wonderful but a super busy time. And I have a few part-time gigs going on… so lots of juggling on my part, and I am not really all that good at juggling.
And I always think that summer means slowing down, catching my breath and reading with my toes in the sand.
Do I ever have that summer? Have I ever had that summer? Definitely not, and while I do try to carve out at least a few beach days here and there – I have goals, people! I try to catch up on my reading, get to a Red Sox game or two, and hang out with my family. How am I doing so far? Reading, check – I have this great poster of 100 Essential Novels to keep me on track – you scratch them off when you’ve read them – so fun!
Then it occurred to me to see how many of these classic books have been made into movies and to watch them this summer. Well, maybe I won’t finish this summer. Here’s what I am watching and reading and, in some cases, re-watching and re-reading. Make it a family movie night, and take turns choosing from your favorite adaptations. All are available on Fios – click on the image for more info.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Gregory Peck)
Pride and Prejudice – any version except the zombie one, but, hey, no judgement if you’re into that.
Gone With The Wind
The Great Gatsby (again, choose your favorite – Redford or DiCaprio). No zombie version available, thankfully.
The Scarlet Letter – Demi Moore or the 1934 version.
Well, that should get you started with the classics. Also on my list:
The Fault in our Stars
Me Before You
Water for Elephants
And no summer would be complete without the movie that made me afraid to go in the water for an entire summer.
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