Thursday, January 3, 2019

Books from the Backlog #41


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week's neglected book

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Publication Date: 2003 (First Published 1967)
Publisher: Speak
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12972591-swan-song

Why did I add The Outsiders to my bookshelf?

I have no idea how many years this book has had a spot on my bookshelf.  I am pretty sure that I picked it up at a book fair somewhere along the way.  I have seen the movie a couple of times and I feel like this is one that I kind of need to read.  My copy of the book only has 180 pages so I am sure that I could fly through the book in a single evening if I actually decided to read it.  I really have no excuses for not reading this one yet.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






37 comments:

  1. I see books on my shelf that are slender and probably would be read in a couple hours and yet they set. LOL This is one that I saw the movie and, like you, haven't pulled down my copy of the book from my shelf to actually read it.

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    1. Every once in a while I will read a bunch of shorter works when I am not in the mood for a longer read. I will need to remember that we have this book the next time I am looking for something short.

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  2. I have a vague recollection of watching the film as a young teenager. I can't remember now which of the stars it was that I had a huge crush on at the time!
    Never read the book tho so can't help you there

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    1. This movie has so many big stars in it! I have always been a Patrick Swayze fan but I think he was the older brother or something. Honestly, I don't remember a whole lot about the movie anymore.

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  3. I know I read this as a kid after I became addicted to the film! There was a guy I fancied at school who looked so like Ponyboy! Lots of gorgeous guys in the film too!

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  4. This book is a classic and so, so good. This story just got me in the feels.

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  5. I read this book a long looooooooooooooong time ago and don't know what I am remembering from the book, or the movie, so I need to reread it. I plan to read all classics in 2020 and re-read a few, so this one might be good to add to that list! 👍✨

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    1. I barely remember the movie so I think I should read the book before watching it again. I couldn't believe that this book is already 50+ years old!

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  6. I read this book as a teen years ago, and it stuck with me. Great book, great characters. I'm sure the writing style would feel awkward to today's readers, but so that's okay, it's still a great book.

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    1. Perfect, Priscilla! That makes me a little more eager to pick it up.

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    1. It wasn't until more recent years that I found out that the movie was actually based on a book.

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  8. I remember loving the movie but I've never read the book. Good luck with it if you read it!!

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  9. I read it back in 8th grade and I'm pretty sure I liked it. I wonder how it ages. I also wish the author would stop complaining about all the slashfiction,let people be!

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  10. I read this too long ago to really remember what I thought of it. My son sure enjoyed it though. And we watched the movie together and really liked it.

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  11. I saw the movie like a million years ago and I can't even recall much about it, lol! 180 pages would be easy to get through. Hope you enjoy it as much as the movie!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I don't really remember much of the movie either.

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  12. I've seen the movie and enjoyed it, but haven't read the book.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I can't even remember what I thought of the movie anymore.

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  13. I don't know about this one. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I was kind of surprised to find that I had a copy of it!

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  14. I read this book so many times as a kid. I loved Ponyboy. I remember watching the movie too. I hope you get a chance to read this one. You will fly through it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  15. The Outsiders is one of my favourite books and I am so impressed that she managed to write this one when she was so young. I love the Robert Frost poem featured in this one too. I really hope you can pick it up soon!

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