Friday, August 8, 2014

This Post Is Brought to You by the Letter M

This post was originally posted on my personal blog, but I had so much fun with it that I wanted to share it here as well!

I first encountered this meme on Trish's blog Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity.  It seemed like fun and a good way to think outside the box about my reading habits and other preferences.  So I asked her to assign me a letter.  At first she chose K, but then I said I would have to cheat, so she gave me M instead.  Much easier!  For the meme, you list out your favorite book, author, song, film, and thing that start with your letter.

Favorite Book Starting with the Letter M:
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Well, I had to get a Hemingway novel on here somehow!  This was a really fun book to read.  It's about Hemingway's time in Paris.  Though he's looking back from a distance and was writing at a time when Fitzgerald was rather popular (which made him super jealous), the stories in the book are really interesting, even if they are a bit embellished.  I need to re-read it soon because I recently saw someone talking about the food parts, which I don't remember...

Masters of Sex by Thomas Maier

Technically I am just in the process of reading this one, but it's been really super good so far and I think it is going to be a favorite book, which is kind of weird to say about a non-fiction book.  I had seen tons of promotions for the show, but that was not a channel I had access to.  I happened to catch an episode at the end of season 1 while at a friend's house and fell in love with the show!  I immediately bought the book (as in, I was sitting on their couch watching the episode when I ordered the book) and haven't looked back.  I need to buy the first season of the show so I can see it from the beginning.

Favorite Authors Starting with the Letter M:
Margaret Mitchell!  I am so happy I was able to include her in this list.  I really need to re-read Gone with the Wind soon (I say that in every post though, don't I?).

W. Somerset Maugham is apparently becoming a favorite author of mine.  I read The Razor's Edge not too long ago and I recently read The Painted Veil, then I immediately ordered Of Human Bondage because that sounded really good.  His novels are what I would call "good reads," they're good stories, but not super substantial.  Except for when he just sucker punches you with an amazing bit of writing.  I underlined several really good quotes from The Painted Veil that I need to copy into this book of quotes that I have

Favorite Song Starting with the Letter M:

"My Way" by Frank Sinatra
"Memories Are Made of This" by Dean Martin

I just don't see how you could go wrong with songs by these two.

Favorite Movie Starting with the Letter M:

Midnight in Paris was one of those movies that just really stuck with me the first time I saw it.  I love the story of this guy finding a portal to the 1920s.  I love the cast of characters (real life figures!) that he meets back then.  I love the lessons he learns.  It's been way too long since I've watched this movie, so I'll have to rectify that soon.

Favorite Object Starting with the Letter M:

When I was first doing this, I was going to be super cheeky and say "My _____" because "My" starts with M.  But I actually thought of something--Macbook.  I love my laptop.  It does a lot of great things and has helped me out a number of times.  I wish I were more techy because I sometimes feel like I am not using it to its full capabilities.

If you want a letter, just let me know in the comments and I will pick one for you.  I have to say--this post was a lot of fun to put together.


  1. I'd like a letter! This sounds fun.

    Also, I LOVED Midnight In Paris. What a cute movie.

  2. This sounds sort of fun. May I have a letter? :)

  3. This seems fun! Could I have a letter please?

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  5. What a fun post! The Painted Veil is one of my very favorite books. Read it after I saw the movie which was a little different but still good.
    I'd like a letter, but it would probably take me a while to think of a post.

  6. Can I have a letter? Pretty please?!

  7. Oh I love this idea! Can I have a letter, please? :D

  8. Ooh! Please assign me a letter this sounds awesome!

  9. I'd love to have a letter!

  10. This is an absolutely fantastic post. Great idea! If you have letters to spare, I'd love one so I can play along. Just not the letter X please. I don't like many things starting with the letter X.

  11. Fun!! I enjoyed reading this post. May I have a letter please?

  12. Oh this looks like so much fun! I would love a letter, please?

  13. Oh this is so cute! I'd love a letter, please. :)

  14. If you could give me a letter that would be awesome! Thank you!

  15. Midnight in Paris is so amazing, I only watched it very recently and it was LOOOOOVE right from the opening montage of scenes around Paris. I was so excited every time a new famous character appeared, it was ridiculous, like I was meeting these legendary figures myself! And the first season of Masters of Sex was SUPERB - absolutely fascinating, and Michael Sheen was incredible as always. I bought the book as soon as the season was over, so I plan to read that fairly soon!

  16. Yes! Margaret Mitchell! Yes, yes yes yes yes! A thousand times, yes. I love her.


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