April 14, 2012

Sharing Saturday

I thought it might be fun to have a light, fun Sharing Saturday today.  Here are three simple questions.  I think it will be really fun to share our answers.

1) What's the best book you've ever read?

2) What's the best movie you've ever seen?

3) What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

We accidentally rented horrible movies two weekends in a row.  You know, the kind of movie you realize is dumb shortly into it, but you still want to see how it ends because you think it has to get better?  Then when the end credits finally come you think, "Man, that's two hours of my life I'm never going to get back!"  Ha!  Maybe we can help each other prevent that :)

Alright.  Let's hear your recommendations.  Thanks for stopping by.


*kate said...

Ooh fun! I've read many wonderful books, but one that always sticks out as my favorite is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

I'm not sure if it's the "best" movie I've ever seen, but it's a favorite that my husband and I can watch over and over ... Elizabethtown.

Worst movie? Fargo. Being from MN, I know I'm supposed to love it, but I hated it. I first saw it in the theater with my boyfriend about a week before we broke up, so I always wondered if it was the situation that made me hate it. Years later, I watched it with my husband and when it was over, all I could think was that I'd now wasted those hours on my life TWICE.

Stacy P. said...

Best book: Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Totally geeky, but it gives a great insight into the Founding Fathers' private lives and how truly strong those women were. (this was a suprise "best book" for me!) and Unbroken - by Laura Hillenbrand. Another fab book.

Best Movie: Shawshank Redemption. We watch it whenever it is on tv, so that would be hundreds of times. (My husband says to add "Roadhouse" with Patrick Swayze as another top movie. I'm not so sure about that...)
Italian Job, Ocean's 11, 12 and 13 are also favorites. :)

Worst Movie: Any of the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. Those guys drive me crazy. Maybe it is in the "worst" column because my kids love them and have seen them hundreds of times! :)

aleighoop said...

Best Book: of the moment the Hunger Games series is a very well written series and I have enjoyed reading them, I also LOVED the Help and could not put it down.

Best Movie: We watch the Shawshank Redemption all the time (stupid me bought it for my husband) and for kids we really like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies

Worst Movie(s): I don't do gore, blood, guts or anything that is fictional scary. I hated Napolean Dynomite (I know so many people LOVED it but it was a waste of time and I was so mad at my self when it was over for watching the whole thing)

Heather said...

So hard to choose a favorite book! I love reading and I have so many! Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear, and The Giver by Lois Lowry are my favorite classic children's books that I've read over & over... More recent favs include the Tiger's Curse series by Colleen Houck and of course Harry Potter by JK Rowling.

Best Movie: While You Were Sleeping

Worst Movie: Nacho Libre...though my husband loves it. He must have watched it 20 times when he was really sick. Probably contributes to my extreme dislike of this movie!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

Best Book: The first one that came to mind was Timeless Waltz by Anita Stansfield. Her most recent books are not my favorite at all, but most of the older ones are awesome!
Best Movie: I could list several that are pretty popular (and mostly all disney:), but one I really liked that isn't super popular was I.Q.
Worst Movie: The one we saw last weekend that was lame was rango. If it was a 30 minute shortened version it would have been good.
What a fun sharing saturday! Thanks!

Nicole said...

My favorite Book: My mark of a favorite book for me is if I can reread them over and over. With that standard my favorites are the Wheel of Time series, Harry Potter series, the whole of Jane Austin's works, and Last of the Breed by Louis L'mour.

Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings series or Star Wars (6,4,5,3,2.. .. .. 1), oh and Apollo 13 - I can watch that movie anytime it is on for some reason.

Least favorite movie: Seven (I think it's the ending) and pretty much any horror film.

Nicole said...

Oh I LOVE I.Q. My best friend introduced it to me in high school and we still use quotes from it constantly. "To atoms, those sexy little cuties."

Angie said...

I always have a hard time picking favorite books (I'm a children's librarian!) ... would either be the Anne series, the Harry Potter series, or two new ones that I absolutely LOVE and think everyone should read? Wonder (RJ Palacio) and The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate).

STAR WARS. Hands down. I'm a geek.

I just got Abduction from Netflix. So many stupid lines. Seriously? So many.

Jennifer said...

Book: Lisey's Story by Stephen King. It's a hard call, because I'm a book nut.

Favorite movie... I don't watch a lot of movies. One that I can watch over and over again is Moonlight and Valentino.

Least favorite movie... Spaceballs. Ugh. It happens to be my husband's favorite. I hate parody movies in general.

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

Best book: PRIOR to reading The Hunger Games and Catching Fire (current favorites), I'd say Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Favorite movie: I'm a sucker for chick flicks, so I LOVE P.S. I Love You and The Notebook.

Least favorite: Zombieland or anything with zombies I think is dumb.

Monica said...

Best book ever: The Little Prince translated by Katherine Woods not Richard Howard.
Favorite Movie: Life is Beautiful with subtitles. It makes me laugh and cry every time.
Worst Movie: there are so many to choose from. I can't stand anything that looks great in previews but then when I watch it I realize the script is really cheesy and could have been written my a middle-schooler.

Amanda said...

I agree. Wa-hooo! Ditto on rango. We lasted maybe twenty minutes waiting for it to get better but decided it wasn't worth the effort. Same with Hitch. My family loves it but my husband and I only made it about five minutes.

Amanda said...

I love Penelope for a movie and I'm in picture book mode right now with my kiddos. I can totally vouch for A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea and Are You a Horse? Bonus points if you read the second with a twang. AlphaOops is great too, I'm partial to the Halloween version.

Michelle B. said...

1. The best book I ever read was "Go Ask Alice"....it's a really short book and was absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend it!
2. best movie? I have a lot!! Taken, Unknown, Shooter....I could go on and on, and I won't!!
3. worst movie? that's a lot too....I'm not going to bore anyone with those, and anyways, I can't think of any right now, heehee....
but, seriously! I highly suggest Go Ask Alice...it's about a young girl that gets turned onto drugs....really great book!!

~Beth D. said...

Best Book: "Pastwatch" by Orson Scott Card. It's sci-fi / fantasy if you like that sort of thing. I've read it numorous times.

Best Movie: Enchantment w/ Amy Adams and Princess Bride both win there.

Worst Movie: Hangmen. The chase scene was a boy running on foot down a street and for some reason the car chasing him just never caught up! Sad, sad movie. Oh, Sandra Bullock was in it, but she was the girlfriend and had like a 30 second scene. Very sad.

~Beth D. said...

I love your book choices! My son is into nonfiction right now, but "Are You a Ladybug?" was top of the list a few years ago!

Ange said...

My 18 year old has read Go Ask Alice at least two times, and my 14 year old just finished it. :)

I don't read enough. I have a piece of fluff from Sophie Kinsella waiting to be read (her latest) and I have found all of her books fun and entertaining. I loved The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I hope she picked different people to do the movie for that because I think the Twilight movies sucked (the three I have sat through anyway. I keep hoping the next one will better since I enjoyed the books so much) My favourite book is probably Stephen King's Cujo. I don't know if it qualifies as the best book I've ever read, but it is probably my favourite. I haven;t jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon yet, but my youngest has them so I will undoubtedly read them soon, before the kids blow the whole plot for me!
My absolute favourite movie of all time is Gone With The Wind. I also love anything with The Muppets.
The worst movie? I can't remember what it was called. It was a low budget scary movie that was so horrible that we had to see how it played out. So I am going to have to go with The Grinch. The Jim Carrey version. We actually turned that one off, we disliked it so much.

Nanette said...

I love mystries and CSI books. James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly... Classic Sherlock Holmes novels..but my fav all time is a childrens book called "I like You". My children and I have read it so many times we have it memorized so we quote it all the time to each other.. Also, every Christmas I read James Pattersons "Skipping Christmas".. so much better than the movie.
Best Movie?? I LOVE movies so thats just too hard.. but I can tell you my worst.. ready? don't slap me through the computer.. TWILIGHT. Couldn't stand it. Couldn't make it through. Walked out of the theater. I might be the only woman to say that but at least I can admit it.

Unknown said...

1. I've got TONS of favorite books, but at this moment, I would have to say ROOM by Emma Donoghue. It's about a 5-year-old boy {Jack} who's spent his whole little life inside of one room. It was a super fast read, because I couldn't put it down!!

2. Best movie - Again, lots of favs {can you tell I'm slightly indecisive?!} The Sound of Music has to be one, along with Little Women {the one with Winona Ryder}. Also loved Prince of Persia and Kingom of Heaven.

3. Worst movie{s} - Any Friday the 13th movie. Seriously. I am ashamed to say that my husband owns all of them. Any time he pulls one out to watch it, I make myself scarce! ;)

Ange said...

I just searched for it. The worst move I have ever sat through from start to finish is called Jack-O. Don't waste your time it is bad, just bad.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Hmmm, so hard to have just one favorite, but I will play along. Best book, Same Kind of Different As Me, great story of love and redemption. Best movie recently I'd say The Help and worst movie, totally didn't get it, Big Fish. What are yours?

Maureen said...


I am a book lover so I have many titles to choose from. The Harry Potter series is my current favorite but there are many books I can recommend. "The Ladies of Missalonghi" by Colleen McCullough I discovered in college and loved it so much I bought a copy and have read it about tweny or thirty times. Ms. McCullough also wrote "The Thorn Birds." In high school my favorite was "The Wishing Star" by Norma Johnson. I love all the Little house books, and others mentioned above - Go Ask Alice, The Giver, and then there are my favorite books from childhood. Of those "The Little House" is my all time favorite. This one is written by Virginia Lee Burton.
Hm, best movie? Tough call because I have as many movies, if not more, than I have books. Gone With The Wind; Girl, Interrupted; Dan in Real Life; The Substitute Wife; Steel Magnolias; I could go on for a long time.
The Substitute Wife is one not many people probably know about. It stars Farrah Fawcett and Leah Thompson. The story takes place in the 1800s when Nebraska was being settled. Leah Thompson (Amy) finds out that she is dying and has a husband and four children to take care of. Without a wife, her family is doomed to lose their claim and be separated. Amy then takes it upon herself to find a substitute. She finds Pearl (Fawcet) and convinces her to step in and take over. Can be a real tear jerker but I love it. This movie was made for TV in the early nineties and I loved it so much that I taped it and one day found it for sale in DVD format at King Soopers.
Most hated movie - well, two popped into my head straight away. One is "Muriel's Wedding" and the other is "Event Horizon". We watched both of these when we were stationed in England. "Muriel's Wedding" was toted as comedy of the year and my husband and I sat with puzzled looks on our faces the entire time. The hurt comes is that I love Toni Collette as an actor and have several of her movies. "Event Horizon" we saw advertised and were very excited to see it. Tons of money was spent on sets and effects and it had no plot to it whatsoever. We still scratch our heads over that one.
I hope you enjoyed my "book" and have a great day.


Partain Family said...

Best Book: "Heaven is For Real"
Best Movie: This one is really hard. I have a lot of favorite movies...my favorite older movie is "Singing in the Rain" my favorite newer movies are: "Dear John" and "The Help"
Worst movie: It's a tie between "Eyes Wide Shut" and "What Dreams May Come"

A little about A lot said...

best book..... eat, pray,love. that book had a great influence on my life and its my fav ever since. as far as movies theres just too many to decide. :)

Tiffany West said...

My favorite book is JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte. I usually end up reading it at least once a year.

Favorite movie? I like many different movies, but a "classic" at my house is THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

The worst movie I've ever seen is hands down MARS ATTACKS.

Unknown said...

Best book:
Right now...The Hunger Games
Of all time: Harry Potter Series

Best Movie: Love Actually

Worst Movie: Slingblade

Nopinkertons said...

If you go by number of times reread, hands down my favorite book is WATERSHIP DOWN. I first read it when I was in fifth grade, and more than 30 years later, I still love rereading it. THE MASQUERADERS by Georgette Heyer and JANE EYRE are close seconds. "Best book" may be a different category, though. THE STONE DIARIES is an amazingly good book in terms of its writing. Nothing happens in it, yet you can't put it down.

Best movie...I hardly ever go see movies any more, so I don't have a nomination. I used to watch STRICTLY BALLROOM over and over, but my copy is a VHS and I never switched to a DVD.

Worst movie, by far, was GORDY. This was the "other" pig movie which was released the same year as BABE. I sat through it only because a friend was a film editor on it and we had to watch it all the way through to the credits so we could cheer his name. Even he admitted it was beyond lousy. How it ever got released in a theatre is a deep mystery.


Nessa the Procrastinator said...

My favorite book: Hmm... it's a tie between the Ender's Game series (I couldn't put them down for the life of me) and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. I re-read that book constantly.

My favorite movie: The list is loooooong. I have so many favorite movies. I think if I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life, I would choose Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder is so wonderfully creepy and I love the songs.

Least favorite movie: Well, there are movies I never plan on watching due to the sheer popularity of them (Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter), but I couldn't STAND Stepbrothers. Everyone said if you watch it twice it'll be funny but I would've exploded if I had to watch it twice. Such a dumb movie.

Kandice said...

Several have mentioned that it's tough to pick a favorite book, and I'm with them! So I'll give a couple. :-) The Harry Potters are a huge hit in our house, whether it be the books, book on cd, or the movies. My husband and I just finished the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. They were SO good! We couldn't put them down. We've also been surprised to like some classics lately, like Treasure Island.

Movies: Someone said they couldn't stand the movie Hitch, and it's one of our favorites! :-) The Sherlock Holmes movies are at the top of our list...so good, and a rare case of "the sequel might be better than the original!" We also really like Invictus. It's family-friendly (even if the kids aren't interested, it's not got anything you wouldn't want them to see) and such a great story. Oh, one more, The Time Traveler's Wife. That one is a tear-jerker, but SO good and a great story. One of those you can watch several times because you pick out something new every time.

Bad movies...Napoleon Dynamite. Ugh. Wall Street- we were not impressed...too much corruption for us, I guess. Zookeeper and Mall Cop were also not favorites. We love Kevin James...if he's got some other great actors to boost him up. But if he's the main comedic entertainment, it doesn't work so well.

Awaiting Ada said...

Favorite Book: Let's see, right now I'm in love with the Wheel of Time series, but if you're looking for something a little less nerdy, I'd have to go with any Amy Tan or Lisa See book, they're quick and fun and always have very interesting mother daughter relationships.

Favorite Movie: Maybe Braveheart, it's so hard to choose just one. I also secretly love My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I'm not sure why I like it so much, maybe it's the makeover montage...who doesn't love a good montage?

Worst Movie: Twilight (Kristen Stewart makes me want to gouge out my eyes, sorry!) Also, Stuck on You was absolutely atrocious.

Torres Family said...

Favorite Book: Hands down "Gone With the Wind" I'm a sissy:)

Favorite Movie: "The Patriot" it is rated R but we own an edited version!

Worst Movie (also a book) : "Lord of the Flies" awful awful sick story!!!

Niki said...

1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel for adults, Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo for kids.
2. The Princess Bride... sigh...
3. Battlefield Earth, The Other Guys

Ella and Liliana said...

Best movie - Empire of the Sun
Worst movie - recent, Larry Crowne (I had no idea a movie w/ Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts could be so bad - ugh!) All time worst - Joe Vs. the Volcano
Best book - I love non-fiction. David Sedaris is always a good laugh that makes me feel less crazy. The Leopard's Hat is a beautiful book that made me want to be a better mom and daughter. Bergdorf's on the Plaza made me dream of New York in a bygone era. And, my all time favorite - I make all my students read - Unbowed - by Wangari Maathai. I think every person, but especially women and girls ought to read that book. It proves that a little thing can truly make a big difference!

{ erin } said...

I'm a big Harry Potter and Hunger Games fan. Other than those I would strongly suggest "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. on Amazaon it has over 1,900 reviews and 4.5 stars. The book is a true story of her life and is absolutely unbelievable. You won't be able to put it down!

stephaniegiese said...

Book: I can never pick a favorite, but I did enjoy the Hunger Games series, Room, the Help, and the Secret Life of Bees. (apparently I only make time to read right before a movie is coming out)

Movies: Now & Then, Reality Bites, and the Sound of Music

Worst Movie: Mona Lisa Smile. It's kind of an inside joke with us, I drug my husband to it because I was complaining that we always watch the kind of action/blockbuster movies he likes and no chick flicks. It was so male-bashing and boring and predictable that we didn't watch another chick flick for like 3 years.

Lissa K said...

Book: either God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew or The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov

Best Movie: unsure

Worse Movie: a certain horror one that will remain nameless. HUGE mistake.

Stephani said...

I loved the Witch of Blackbird Pond! I read it over and over again when I was in sixth grade... I'd forgotten about it. Thanks for reminding me!

Stephani said...

Book: I love so many. Magnus by Sigmund Brower is a great historical fiction set near the dark ages. Song of Albion Trilogy by Steven Lawhead - more historical/fantasy fiction. Of course, Harry Potter

Movie: Up, Tangled, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Mary Poppins, Court Jester

Worst Movie: Recently Rango did not impress me. I have refused to sit through all of Napoleon Dynamite. And I was frustrated with the lack of plot in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

I'm totally pinning this so I can come back and know which movies and books I should check out! This was a great idea!

[captain] jo said...

1. favorite book:
current favorite is "The Way of Kings" by brandon sanderson.
my two all-time favorites are "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho and "life of pi" by yann martel.

now for a random list of great books:
"ender's game" by orson scott card (and the rest of the series).
"little women" by louisa may alcott.
"the giver" (and two companions "gathering blue" and "messenger").
"the wheel of time" series by Robert Jordan.

2. best movie... probably my old favorites, "Patch Adams" and "matilda"

3. worst movie... "vampires suck", it was way too much like twilight and not as funny as it should have been, pretty unbearable. also the Flinstones movie with john goodman. even as a kid i hated that one.

Kylie Groft said...

Don't worry, I completely couldn't stand Twilight either. :)

Kylie Groft said...

My favourite book of all time is probably "The Blue Sword" by Robin McKinley. I love a good adventure book! My second favourite would be Jane Eyre.

It's hard to pick a favourite movie so here are my top five Pride and Prejudice (BBC mini series), Miss Potter, Julie and Julia, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Fugitive. Oh and the Blind Side :)

My least favourite movie list is pretty long, but I really disliked Mama Mia (which was sad because I'm a huge ABBA fan) and Twilight. I also walked out of Mall Cop.

Haven said...

My favorite book was Gone With The Wind
Favorite movie...Steel Magnolias
Worst Movie...Bridesmaids. My best friend and I went to see it without reading anything about it. We couldn't leave because we both have night blindness. I do believe this was the nastiest, most perverse movie ever made!

~M said...

Book; I am definitely one who fell in love with the Hunger Games books but all time fave would be Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Movies; so many to put down but Shawshank Redemption is an all time favorite and for kids; Wall-E, no competition.
Worst Movie; The Happening comes to mind.

Greg and Nancy said...

"There's a bomb in the oven." Yeah, my husband and I agree with the stupid lines in "Abduction". ;)

Sierra said...

The best book... probably walk to moons by sharon (or shannon!!!! cant remember) creech. The best movie is probably a walk to remember, but i sobbed uncontrollably so beware. The worst movie was probably Gigi, which was this french movie that was completely awful. Gigi may or may not be the name but if you start watching a movie that takes place in france and involves a rich man and a girl named gigi, DO NOT WATCH IT!!! thanks for the interesting post:)

Lettie B. said...

I read the Little Prince to my kids and we all hated it. I know it is beloved, but none of us could figure out why.

Lettie B. said...

Glass Castle is among my favorites too. Super good. The one she wrote about her grandma (something to do with horses - can't remember the actual title) was also quite interesting.

Emily's perspective said...

So many to choose from in all categories. But here goes:
Favorite book: Beautiful Joe
Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice (Collin Firth version)
Worst movie: Matrix. Couldn't get into it at all

Amanda said...

Favorite Books: The classics

Favorite Movies: Dan in Real Life, Stranger Than Fiction, Lars and the Real Girl

Worst Movies: I've forgotten these, which is probably best.

Lettie B. said...

Best book - I can't choose just one, but I really enjoyed "The Red Tent" (it made that Biblical story seem more interesting and more relate-able), I loved The Celestine Prophecy when I read it, but I haven't read it again in years, so I don't know if I still would love it. I love everything Maeve Binchy writes (small towns in Ireland with no deep plots, just life stories), Glass Castle like someone else mentioned, loved The Thirteenth Tale...um, I can't think of anything else. I try to keep my reading up-to-date in Goodreads.
As for best movie - I have a lot I watch over and over, but my very favorite two are Moulin Rouge and Good Will Hunting (which has the F word so many times, but when it came out I knew nothing about it and I fell in love with so many ideas in it. Love it.) I could watch Bandits, Dumb & Dumber and The Birdcage over and over and over. (Others like Shawshank, Princess Bride, Gladiator, and Braveheart that seem to be on the universal list of likes I also love). Wait, I thought of a few others, Atonement, any of Wes Anderson's movies, Big Fish, the Bourne movies, I LOVED Cheaper by the Dozen (probably because really family oriented family movies don't come out that often anymore), Eternal Sunshine of the spotless Mind. Sort of like Goodreads, I really try to rank movies I watch in my Netflix queue so I can more easily say - yes, that movies is awesome or no, dont' waste your time.
Worst movie - Hmmm, I didn't like Rango either and I especially didn't like it for my kids (5&6). Heartbreak Kid, Nights in Rodanthe, really, I just dont' know. I have seen plenty of movies I did not like. I think the only one I ever walked out on (and I worked at a movie theatre for years and watched pretty much everything) was Natural Born Killers. Oh, and the movie adaptation of Tara Road was so bad I had to shut it off.

Lettie B. said...

Great answer. I really liked those 3 movies too! Well, loved 2 of them, I was a little disappointed by Stranger than Fiction.

Unknown said...

Haha! That same thing about "never seeing a chick flick" happened to me. I complained enought and we ended up watching "Nights in Rodanthe" and my fiancee was like "Seriously???" and I didn't even want to admit how much I hated it too!

LOVE my two boys said...

best book... I really loved Memoirs of a Geisha.
best movie... LOVED The Notebook. Harry Potter. There was a great series on one of the cable channels called Pillars of the Earth. It's also a book but the show was great.
worst movie... sorry but I hate Shawshank.

Deb said...

Two books tied for first
1. Les Miserables
2. Uncle Tom's Cabin

Two movies tied for best
1. Pride and Prejudice (the one with Colin Firth)
2. Lord of the Rings trilogy

Worst Movie
The Englishman Who Went up a Hill and Came Down a Moutain

D & H said...

Books: "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom, the Mitford Series (1st book is "At Home in Mitford") by Jan Karon, "Little Women", "The Witch of Blackbird Pond".

It's not a movie, but my husband and I like the tv show "Monk" which is about an obsessive-compulsive homicide detective. It's funny, clean, and not too graphic.

Christene said...

I love to read so it's hard to just pick one. I love the Maze Runner series, Harry Potter series, Catcher in the Rye. . .and I could go on. I don't really have a favorite movie, but I absolutely hate all of the Austin Power movies. My husband thinks their hilarious, but I guess it's not my kind of humor.

Kieran said...

I LOVE I like you! such a sweet book! My friend introduced it to me e few years ago and quoting from it is very very fun. and, I also think twilight is horrible. Vampires are just yuck.

Kalynn's Mommy said...

I don't watch movies, so I'll give several books that I have loved
Alicia, my story by Alicia Appleman Jurman- It's a autobiography of a girl that was a jew in the holacaust.. i read this book several times along with the hiding place by corrie ten boom.
almost anything by francine rivers-- the mark of the lion series and redeeming love are my favorites.
The help
There are a few more I can't seem to remember now.

Anonymous said...

Books: beside harry potter, one of the best I have ever read is The return of Merlin by Deepak Chopra or Arabat by Clive Barker. I have some books in dansih that I loved as well but they are not transsalet into english like Erik Menneskesøn.

Best movie must be Lord of the rings and spirit away.

Worst movie is 2001: a space odyssey, I don't even get what really was about, and that annoying sounds in it

Rama said...

In books, we have loved Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, all the Narnia books, and Anne of Green Gables. Other great books I've read are A Town Like Alice, The Hiding Place, and Nobody Don't Love Nobody, all are sad and heart wrenching in places, but also so inspiring.

For movies, we love Return to Me, the LDS version of Pride and Prejudice starring Kam Heskin, While You Were Sleeping, Rocketman (for the whole family), and (don't tell) I even checked my older kids out of an hour of school so we could see The Hunger Games together on opening day. I also like Shawshank Redemption, but we rarely catch an edited version.

Movies I don't like include Rango, both Happy Feet movies, Twilight (the books were so much better), and I really don't care for Shrek. We hated Message in a Bottle, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Thelma and Louise, and anything scary at all. My husband and kids love the stupid spoofy movies like Hot Shots Part Deux, but I can't stand them, so they usually save them for when I am doing something else.

Partain Family said...

Oh! GIGI was TERRIBLE, too...I'd completely forgotten about that movie!

Michael and Rachelle said...

My Favorite books are the Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers. I have read them many many times and I recommend them to everyone. Be prepared, they suck you in and I always stay up way too late reading them. I also love her book, redeeming love. It is a modern take on the book of Hosea, very powerful.

Unknown said...

Best book: East of Eden or Redeeming Love

Best movie: The Notebook or Pretty Woman (or What About Bob? for instant laughter)

Worst movie(s): Fast & The Furious (all of them). I think the acting is so terrible.

M. Carr said...

Best book(s)
1. The Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gulland
2. September by Rosamunde Pilcher

Best movie(s)
1. The Holiday (for chick flick)
2. Tangled (for kids)
3. Jack & Jill with Adam Sandler (our kids loved it and we didn't find it inappropriate at all)
4. Gladiator (for adults)
5. Something's Gotta Give (for fun)

Rachel said...

Best Book:
Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther. I reread it every year and it makes me so thankful for everything I have and everyone in my life

Favorite Movie:
Everything is Illuminated (based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer who's second novel was also just made into a movie - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

Worst Movie:
Don't mess with the Zohan with Adam Sandler. the ONLY movie I've ever walked out on.. EVER

I've been following your blog for about a year now and I just want to say thank you for all you do and share with us! I've never commented before on your site - just been a wallflower up until now - couldn't resist sharing my favorite book!

Thanks again!

Erika said...

Favorite Books: 'Watership Down' and 'To Kill A Mockingbird' I have re-read countless times. And I love the Harry Potter series.

Favorite Movie: 'The Usual Suspects', 'That Thing You Do' (cheesy, but always makes me happy), 'The Incredibles'. I enjoyed 'Easy A'.

Worst Movie: sooooo many to choose from. I have such a low tolerance for even slightly poor movies. Not even going to try.

Kim said...

I totally agree with you on Napolean Dynamite! I really really dislike that movie. And it kills me when people tell me I have to watch it a couple times to think it's funny. Now why would I do that?

aleighoop said...

We loved Big Fish, however it was filmed around where we live so we might be a bit biased. We have it on DVD and watch it quite frequently.

Nicole said...

Oh I love that version of Little Women, although I always cry. I love watching it on a dreary day when I feel like a good cry.

Stacey said...

Favorite Books: The Help, Poisonwood Bible, A Distant Prayer, The Children of the Promise series, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, A Long Way Gone,and Left to Tell.
Favorite Movies: Dan in Real Life, What About Bob?, Life is Beautiful, It's a Wonderful Life, While You Were Sleeping, and you'll either love it or hate it, but it's kind of fun: Stardust.
Worst Movie: The Ring, Nights in Rodanthe, Couples Retreat

Sam said...

Life is Beautiful is a gorgeous movie. I've been meaning to see it again!

Stacey said...

Best book: The Red Tent by Anita Diamante

Best Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo (the newer one)

Worst Movie: Who knows, there are a lot of bad ones out there.

Thankful for you!!

LissaK said...

Wow lots of cool ideas on books to read:

Favorite Book: The Harry Potter Series definitely, Anne McCaffery(?) Dragons of Pern series, I love to read and could go on and on. Latest favorite was Saving Ceecee Honeycutt.

Favorite Movie: Tough choice - Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Fifth Element, Forest Gump

Worst: Dumb and Dumber. Watched 5 minutes and walked out! Sideways - I actuallyw atch ed the whole thing hoping it would get better but it just got worse. Miserable two hours.

The Muse said...

It's hard for me to say which books are my favorite-- I'm an English teacher, so... yeah :) But I do have a book blog you could check out: www.curledupreading.blogspot.com. It includes some of my favorites with short synopses and overviews.

Favorite Movies-- I like a LOT of movies, but the two I can watch over and over are Dan in Real Life and Marley & Me. The new Star Wars movie is pretty sweet as well.

Least Favorite Movies-- Mean Girls and Nacho Libre. And King Kong. I'm not a Jack Black fan.

Tiffany said...

Napolean Dynamite caught me completely off guard, with chin on floor, I laughed hysterically...its one of those that I will watch certain parts repeatedly! Pedro cutting his hair, C'MON!!!? So funny to read your comments that read the complete opposite. Takes all kinds to make a world, right.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheri! This is Rebecca (Buss) Loudbear-a blast from your Elkhorn Ward past. I have been reading your blog for a while-even though I am very craft challenged. I decided I would finally post a comment!

Many of the classic books and movies that I love are already in others posts. However, here are a few I love that I didn't see above:

Books: Snowflower and the Secret Fan (don't see the movie-it is a terrible adaptation.)
Left Neglected

Movies: Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (also a book)

Worst Movie: Too many to mention

Hope someone else enjoys these too!

alishadyan said...

Love your blog! I have enjoyed reading all of the comments, I have a list of books I need to read now! :)

Favorite Books ---> Harry Potter Series, House of Night Series, and The Mortal Instruments Series

Favorite Movie ---> Ever After with Drew Barrymore (I just love her), Any Disney movie, and The Wizard of Oz

Worst Movie Ever --->> FRED THE MOVIE....awful just plain awful!!!

Kellie said...

While You Were Sleeping is my all time fav too!


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