I think my tbr pile is trying to kill me… The high levels of despair that I’m currently experiencing, whenever I look at it, certainly can’t be good for my health. I try to reassure myself that I WILL finish it before I grow old and die, but it’s not looking good. It keeps multiplying, and I just can’t read fast enough to get through it. I would need to live at least 3479 years to be anywhere near finishing it at the rate I’m going. Sadly, the probability of me being crushed under my mounting tbr pile is far more likely than me living long enough to experience the next three millennia.
So what is a bookworm to do? How can I get through the bone deep despair? Well, a rational bookworm would probably put on the kettle and say:
“Keep calm and carry on reading.”
But I’m not feeling very rational at the moment. I’m mad at my tbr pile for taunting me with all the books I need to read, I’m mad at myself for buying more books than I will ever be able to read, and I’m mad at the world for containing too many great books.
I have thus decided to ignore it all for a couple of days and instead watch a few romantic movies that may or may not include a strong bookish element in the storyline. Yep, that’s my coping mechanism – not dealing with it at all! I’m sure a dose of romance (and an obscene amount of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream) will make everything better.
If you enjoy romantic movies and need a break from your tbr pile too, then these five movies with a bookish twist could be just the distraction you’re looking for.
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1. Lost in Austen
Okay, so this is actually a mini-series with four short episodes, but you might as well watch it in one sitting. It’s only three hours of Jane Austen awesomeness!
Anyways, this mini-series is a fun little tale about one of Austen’s most famous novels: Pride & Prejudice. The main character, Amanda Price, is magically transported into the novel whilst Elizabeth Bennet escapes into modern-day London. From there, things go… well, wrong. It’s a sweet story, and if you’re an Austen fan like me, it’s worth watching.
However, if you haven’t read the book or seen the movies (BBC did a great mini-series with Colin Firth, and I LOVE the 2005 version with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen), then you might feel a bit lost.
2. You’ve got mail
I don’t like this movie. I. LOVE. THIS. MOVIE. I want to be the main character, Kathleen Kelly, when I grow up. I know she has to go through some life changing struggles before she finds her true calling and her Prince Charming, but it’s so worth it! Also, I need to own my own bookstore at some point.
3. Notting Hill
I totally get Anna Scott. Who wouldn’t fall in love with the owner of an independent travel bookstore in London who shares his house with an eccentric and care-free Welshman named Spike? Not bad, not bad at all!
When the movie was released in 1999, it became (and still is) pretty popular, so you’ve probably already seen it – which is why you know that it’s worth watching again. And if you somehow missed it, now’s your chance to see Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant fall in super awkward (but still very sweet) love!
4. Love by the Book | Mr Fiction
Soo, this movie is called Love by the Book by some and Mr Fiction by others, which isn’t confusing at all… A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – or something.
Anyways, the story features Emma Graham, who owns a super cute bookstore (yes, bookstores can be super cute). She’s also a blogger AND she finds her one true love – all in less than 1 hour and 30 minutes!
If you’re looking for a sweet, uncomplicated movie to watch, this movie will give you that. It’s so sweet, it practically tastes like candy floss. I wouldn’t be surprised if Emma Graham smelled like candy floss either…
5. Finding Neverland
As the title indicates, this movie is about playwright M. Barrie and his relationship with the family who inspired him to write Peter Pan.
I cried the first time I saw this. Yep, it’s super embarrassing, but I did. It’s just such a beautiful story about finding inspiration, succeeding as a (play-)writer, and losing loved ones. It’s not a traditional love story as the two main characters have a platonic relationship, but it’s still a pretty powerful movie – well worth a chance if you love the magic that can be found in everyday life.
Okay, be honest. How many of these movies have you already seen – more than once? I may or may not be guilty of watching all of them more than 87 times a few times.
I would also welcome any advice on handling tbr pile despair in a more constructive way…