julie and julia

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This summer I’ve decided to give myself a break from my usual non-fiction-self-improvement style reading. I’ve decided to read this:


Yes, in honor of blogging I am reading Julie & Julia before seeing it in theaters this weekend. To all my non-blog reading friends: yes, I’m lame. To all my blogging friends: yes, I’m cool.

[… Unless bloggers are too cool for books and movies about blogs. In which case, I’m pretty lame. Period.]

One of the reviews I read compared the writing style to Bridget Jones Diary. So far (I’m about 100 pages in) I like it pretty well, but I’m not quite getting the same hilarity factor. Nevertheless, I am super excited to see the movie with my blogging and cooking buddy, Kaitlyn.

How about you? Anyone read the book? What did you think? Should I keep reading or just wait for the blog flick?

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  1. Jill

    I read it and hear you on the hilarity part 100% – I am a voracious fiction reader, I’ll read pretty much anything. My mom LOVED the book and I kept waiting to “get” it. I didn’t really relate well to Julie (felt like she complained a lot) – but I do LOVE the idea of her project. Sounds so fun and adventurous! Have fun at the movie… I’ll likely see it soon too!

  2. Kwana

    Enjoy! Now I want to pick it up but I have so much to read. I will be seeing the movie though.

  3. See, there you go again, inspiring me to read this before I see it….
    I really adore that Julia C. and her recipes are incredible. I remember watching her on TV with Jacques and my Mom speaking like her….holding up a chicken….
    Such spontaneity and gusto in the kitchen, which I totally admire.

  4. Annie

    I’m with Jill. I read the book about a month ago, and didn’t quite fall in love with it like I thought I would. I think I like the idea of the book more than I liked the book itself. Either way, I’ll be checking out the movie soon. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams? I’m so there!

  5. I can’t say that I liked the book. I was hoping to and the storyline sounded good but I found the author annoying; I think she whined too much. I tried though. And with enough creative liberties I think it could be a good movie! I hope.

  6. Amy

    I read this a few years ago and I was more in love with the idea of the book then with the actual book. Hopefully the movie is more enchanting…

  7. Jenna

    I read this book too – also because I wanted to read it before seeing the movie 🙂

    I have to say I didn’t really like the book. I WANTED to like the book, but I really had to push myself to keep reading it. The only reason I didn’t put it down and call it a loss is because I have such high hopes for the movie and I wanted to get through the book before seeing that.

    That being said, I think I have to agree with everyone who commented before me and say that the book is really nothing special, but I still can’t wait to see the movie – which apparently focuses a lot more on Julia Child’s life than the book does! If anyone can make this story more endearing and entertaining, it’s Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.

  8. I haven’t read it yet, but seeing the movie trailer made me put it on my reading list. I can’t get over how much Meryl Streep sounds and looks like Julia Child! That alone makes me want to see the movie.

    Like other commentors have said, the idea of the blog/book is great, but perhaps I’ll wait for your full review of the book to see if I should check it out 🙂

  9. Kim

    I’ve been thinking about reading it as well! I’ll probably end up doing so after seeing the movie, but oh well. =) Let us know what you think of it when you finish!

    Oh, and its definitely cool!

  10. I’m so excited to see this with you! Even though I haven’t read the book, I think it will be really good!

  11. I read this book a couple of summers ago, and I recall drawing stares as I laughed out loud on the bus. I’m not sure how I feel about the movie…I’m always skeptical when a book I enjoyed thoroughly is being turned into a movie, i.e. will the movie be a disappointment, etc?

  12. Natasha

    keep reading, it’s quick and the best stuff is at the end. may be better than the movie…we’ll see! enjoy.

  13. Jess

    @ all: Thanks for the reviews! I’ll keep reading and will see the movie this weekend.

  14. Alex

    I just started that book about three days ago. It’s kind of slow, kind of boring, but I’m hoping it gets better.

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