Book Reviews / On a personal note...

What to read this fine Wednesday


Of course the book is always better. The reader gets to create the images and characters unique to themselves. Then a movie or TV series comes out and everything you created becomes someone else’s interpretation. Also, there are numerous minor scenes that gets edited from the big screen because according to the screenwriter/director/whoever believes it wouldn’t play out well visually in an hour and a half or for a TV show, 30-40 minutes.

Well, I still like to read a book before seeing the movie. Sometimes, I am even pleasantly surprised.

Here is a fantastic list from Buzzfeed originally titled “14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen”

I have only read three on the list but they are three must reads!


This book!! The Fault in our Stars is one of my absolute favorites from this year, hands down. Maybe even one my favorite all time reads. You will cry, maybe not like the hysterical sobbing I went through, but it will move you. And it will make you laugh; amazing how a book can do both. I am in love with John Green and that is all. You must read it before the movie!


Another favorite of mine that I read last year. Gone Girl put its’ hooks in me and wouldn’t let go. Dark, edgy, disturbing and a twist that most didn’t see coming. I was nervous about who they would cast but I love Rosamund Pike (remember her as Jane from Pride & Prejudice-the Keira Knightly version?) as Amy Dunne. Ben Affleck is starring as her husband. Can’t wait to see how they pull this one off.


If I Stay by Gayle Forman was the first book I read by this author and it was thought provoking and touching. Gayle Forman is an amazing writer. 17-year-old Mia gets into a terrible accident, falls into a coma and has an out of body experience watching all of her friends and family as they visit. Her flashbacks visit the relationship between all of those people and has to decide whether she should stay or leave. Soooo good and there is a follow up book titled Where She Went.

So three out of fourteen isn’t so bad, but I do have these three purchased and waiting to be read:

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I have been told over and over about The Book Thief and I WILL get to it before the end of the year. Divergent and City of Bones are series and I hear both are fantastic YA Dystopian series (if you liked Hunger Games, etc) but I just can’t commit to a series right now. I have them, though so that’s a start.

One that I am getting now after reading that list:


This National Book Award Finalist is now a major motion picture — one of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance 2013, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. (Goodreads)

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. A coming-of-age story and the reviews are saying that John Hughes would be proud. I’m there! I love anything and everything John Hughes related.

Are you a book before the movie type of person? Do you have any books that are on your pre-movie radar?

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