FIVE 2017 reads I’d like to see on film

Somehow, we’ve made it to the half-way point of 2017. As always, this year I’ve been participating in a Goodreads reading challenge, and while browsing my progress recently an idea struck me: some of these books would make great films! Several times in the past, I’ve shared books I would love to see adapted for…

Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge Wrap-Up

Back in May, I decided to participate in the Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by the fabulous blog Out of the Past. The goal was to read six books in some way related to classic film — biographies, film criticism, or even classic film-related novels — between June 1 and September 15.  Though…

Collection Update: June 2016

This month we’ve got another all-book update! No DVDs or Blu-rays purchased in the month of June, if you can believe it! But, of course, I couldn’t resist a few bookstore trips. Here’s what I picked up. Bette Davis by Alexander Walker Lovely, oversize book offering an overview of Bette’s career and plenty of photographs.…

TMP Reads: Scarlett O’Hara’s Younger Sister by Evelyn Keyes

Evelyn Keyes was born in Texas and raised in Georgia, a bonafide Southern gal who remains best known for her role in Hollywood’s huge-scale Southern epic, Gone With the Wind. Playing Suellen, sister to Vivien Leigh’s iconic Scarlett O’Hara, Keyes found her most notable role. Her career in Hollywood spanned far beyond this one film,…

Collection Update: May 2016

This month’s collection update is ALL books. Mid-month I scoped out a used bookstore I’d never been to while visiting my mom and, of course, was able to track down a few film-related books. Later in the month, I visited another used bookstore (an old favorite) and found a whole stack of stuff to bring…

TMP Reads: 2015 in Review and 2016 “To Be Read”

For most of us involved in the online classic film community, being a classic film fan (or “old movie weirdo”) involves more than just watching a pre-code or film noir now and then. We watch countless films, engage with our fellow movie buffs on social media, rant and rave on our blogs… and read books about our favorite subject,…

Collection Update: March 2015

Movies/TV DVD Downton Abbey, Season 2 – on sale at Target Original UK edition. Special features include Fashion & Uniforms; Romance in a Time of War; House to Hospital Downton Abbey, Season 3 – from the Amazon marketplace Original UK edition. Special features include Behind the Drama; Shirley MacLaine at Downton; The Men of Downton;…

TMP Reads: 2014 entertainment-related TBR list!

I love books, and this is a well-known fact. As many of you know, I’m starting a master’s program in Library Science next month, which is something you typically don’t do if you don’t love books. And of course, my love for books has been documented on this blog. Naturally, one of my goals for…

TMP Reads: “Born to Be Hurt” by Sam Staggs

One of my resolutions for 2013 has been to read more books about film. I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping up with that goal, my latest conquest being Sam Staggs’ “Born to Be Hurt,” a book about Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life — one of my all-time favorite films. A beautiful introduction to…

Off Topic Thursday: Book buys and library picks!

I recently discovered a great used bookstore called Ukazoo that does buybacks and also stocks a pretty impressive selection of books, from biographies to fiction to textbooks to children’s literature. Since I’m running out of room on my shelves, I gathered about 40 books that I knew I’d never read again and headed to the…