Tuesday, September 17, 2013

2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge ~ Final Round-up

Here is the final round-up for the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge. Check out the First Round-Up and Second Round-Up if you haven't already.

Congratulations to Laura and Travis! They completed the 6 book challenge. Instead of awarding a prize to one winner, I decided to split the prize and give them both their pick of any Warner Archive title they want.

ETA: Sara also won too! I didn't find all her reviews on my searches. Whoops! Good job Sara! I added links below and she'll also be getting a prize.

I'm very impressed with everyone's reading and reviews. Here are the last ones:

ETA: Karen of Shadows and Satin submitted 4 after the deadline but I'll still take them!

Born to Be Hurt: The Untold Story of Imitation of Life by Sam Staggs
Hollywood Myths: The Shocking Truths Behind Film’s Most Incredible Secrets and Scandals by Joe Williams
Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols by James Robert Parish
Norma Shearer by Gavin Lambert

Laura of Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes by Matthew Kennedy
Movie Love in the Fifties by James Harvey
Romantic Comedy in Hollywood: From Lubitsch to Sturges by James Harvey
Yvonne: An Autobiography by Yvonne DeCarlo

L of Vintage Classic Scrapbook
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
Film Noir by Alain Silver and James Ursini
Suspects by David Thomson

Margaret of The Great Katharine Hepburn
Celluloid Gaze by Boze Hadleigh

Raquel of Out of the Past
Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Ava Gardner and Peter Evans
Cagney by Cagney
Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design by Pat Kirkham and Jennifer Bass
Young Man with a Horn by Dorothy Baker

Rich of Wide Screen World
I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies by Jeanine Basinger

Sara on Goodreads
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

Sebina on Goodreads
Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner
Without Lying Down: Screenwriter Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood by Cari Beauchamp

Travis of Cinemalacrum
License To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films
Mining The Home Movie: Excavations In Histories And Memories
Korean Film: History, Resistance, and Democratic Imagination

Total Books Counted
Karen - 4
Laura - 6
L  - 5
Lindsay - 1
Margaret - 5
Raquel - 6
Rich - 3
Sara - 6
Sebina - 4
Travis - 6

(If I'm missing a link or I incorrectly counted your reviews, let me know!)

Everyone did a great job with their book reviews. Thanks so much for participating! I hope to be able to do this next year.


  1. This was a lot of fun! The challenge gave me the opportunity to take some books from my bookshelf and finally read them. I didn't complete all the 6 because I was commited to another reading challenge, and read A Study in Scarlet and The Scarlet Letter too. But do it again, and please review the Fatty Arbuckle book displayed in the sidebar!

    1. Lê - Thanks Lê for participating and for reading all those books and reviewing them. And yes I will definitely be reviewing that Fatty Arbuckle book. I'm about 140 pages in and it's really good so far. Very in-depth!

  2. A prize was truly the icing on the cake, Raquel, thank you so much! This was really a lot of fun and I would love to do it again next year. It looks like quite a few of us did some very good reading this summer!!

    Best wishes,

    1. Laura - Great job on your reading and reviewing Laura! I'll definitely do it again next year with a similar format, maybe 5 books instead of 6 and definitely a prize!

  3. Congrats to Laura and Travis! :D

    It was such a joy being a part of this challenge. Thank you. I'm so glad you're doing it again next year, Raquel!

    1. Sebina - I loved your reviews. You did a great job structuring them, adding quotes, etc. all within Goodread's format. ::applause::. I hope you'll do this with me next year!

  4. If I haven't said so before, Raquel, I love this challenge and will be sure to take part next year if you do this again. I could have joined in but let it get away from me. Read Lana Turner's autobiography before the Ava Gardner Conversations. Striking contrast between them.



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