The first day of spring kicked off without a hitch. As the weather changes, I always find myself yearning for some me time hence today’s reading list. These are some of the books and movies everyone will be talking about this year. If you want to get a head start so you can have something to discuss at the water cooler or car line. Here are some favorite picks of Books to Read Before They Become Movies.
Personally, I love reading the book version before seeing the movie because it gives me some sort of perspective plus I sometimes feel like I have inside information. In addition, it gives me a deep understanding of the characters and if the movie is well executed it makes me appreciate the book even more.
Books to Read Before They Become Movies
Even if you’re not interested in technology, The Circle would still be of interest to you. It was one of my most anticipated read for the year. The story is relevant and relatable because it’s about social media and the long-term effect of what we do and share online on a daily basis. It will certainly make you think about your use of social media and the world of connectivity as a whole.
I read The Breadwinner a few years ago. It was a book club pick and I vaguely remember talking about it with my friends so I will be adding it to my daughter’s summer reading list and I plan on reading it again to refresh my memory before the movie comes out.
I haven’t had a chance to read Stargirl yet but it sounds interesting. It’s a coming of age novel set in Mica, Arizona about a girl who has been homeschooled all her life but decides to attend public school. The novel teaches compassion, how to live carefree by owning your individuality and being an all around standup person. Another pick for my 10-year-old.
Not yet released but the movie is already rated 81% on rotten tomatoes so you know it’s bound to be good. Lady Macbeth novel is a slight deviation from the Lady Macbeth story I grew up on i.e Shakespeare. This focuses on the rise of Queen Gruadh in 11th century Scotland.
I am pretty sure you’ve seen the trailer for Everything, Everything but if by chance you haven’t you seriously need to go check it out. The trailer will give you a slight idea what the book is about and a reason why the book is a must read. Personally, I’m excited about the movie and can’t wait to see what the story is about hence my desire to read the book before it hits the theaters.
Same Kind of Different As Me
Some would consider the Same Kind of Different As Me a religious book but it’s about an unlikely friendship between two different people. It’s an emotional, engaging and heartwarming read. The movie is coming out later this year and it stars Djimon Hounsou and Renee Zellweger.
If you remember, last summer I recommended Wonder as a great book for summer reading for 5th graders. It’s s a great read and a book I think every tween and teen should read. It is being made into a movie and I couldn’t be happier. It’s scheduled to hit theaters at the end of the year. Julia Roberts plays the Mom and OwenWilson plays the Dad. You still have time to pick it up and read it with your child.
My Cousin Rachel
My Cousin Rachel is about obsessions, greed, deceit, and infatuation. It tells the tale of an orphaned young man who was raised by his cousin Ambrose, who also happens to be his only friend and confidant. The relationship between the two is weird and unique. This novel reminds me of another Daphne Du Maurier classic, Rebecca. Only time will tell if the movie will live up to the book. The movie is currently scheduled to be released in June.
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
Naomi Watts and Brie Larson star in this movie about a dysfunctional family living in poverty. It’s an incredible book and a worthy weekend read. A release date hasn’t been announced yet but it’s scheduled for sometime this year.
The Dark Tower – Series
The Dark Tower is a series by Stephen King and the movie stars Idris Elba, so automatically I will be at the theater because Idris said so. On a more serious note, the novel features The Gunslinger. It’s a horror. I am not certain which part of the book the movie will focus on but whatever it will be good.
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