November 18, 2013

Books to Read Before the Movies Debut

It's Monday, which means it's time for me to share what I'm currently reading.

Over the summer, I saw this list on Buzzfeed of books that are currently being made into movies. I made it a mission to read as many of them as possible because I have this rule about reading books before I allow myself to watch movies because the books are always infinitely better!

The irony is that I probably won't see any of the movies until they're on TV because I haven't been to a movie theater since last Christmas when my whole family went to see Jack Reacher. It's not that we don't like movies, but for some reason, it's just not how we spend our time these days.

Anyway, as I'm making my way through the list, I am currently reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Here's the summary from Book List:

*Starred Review* At 16, Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love. Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending. To find out, the enterprising Augustus makes it possible for them to travel to Amsterdam, where Imperial’s author, an expatriate American, lives. What happens when they meet him must be left to readers to discover. Suffice it to say, it is significant. Writing about kids with cancer is an invitation to sentimentality and pathos—or worse, in unskilled hands, bathos. Happily, Green is able to transcend such pitfalls in his best and most ambitious novel to date. Beautifully conceived and executed, this story artfully examines the largest possible considerations—life, love, and death—with sensitivity, intelligence, honesty, and integrity. In the process, Green shows his readers what it is like to live with cancer, sometimes no more than a breath or a heartbeat away from death. But it is life that Green spiritedly celebrates here, even while acknowledging its pain. In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph. Grades 9-12. --Michael Cart

I am completely in love with the characters and the writing in this book. I've been listening to it on Audible and finding myself disappointed when I reach my destination and have to turn it off. I will definitely be watching this movie with the hope that it will be half as good as the book!


  1. I'm terrible with book/movie combo's!! I never know that a movie was a book first until after I've seen it, and then it's not worth reading the book... Did I just say that? Wash your mouth out!! haha
    I'm thinking a visit to that list is in order!

    Learning to be awesome/The E-Z Class

  2. I'm tempted to go see The Seventh Son, but I think it would be too scary for me. There's a difference in reading about Joseph Delaney's Last Apprentice and seeing all the blood and gore brought to the screen!

  3. I haven't read The Fault in our Stars yet, and I've read so many positive reviews about it. I hope to get to it soon. I know what you mean about movies versus books. We had a similar discussion in my book club of young readers (9-11 year olds) last Sunday when we discussed The Neverending Story and compared the book to the film with the latter falling short of expectations. :)

  4. I loved The Fault in Our Stars. I have heard that the audiobook is amazing. Thanks for sharing the list from Buzzfeed. I absolutely agree that the book is almost always much better than them movie. There are so many books being made into movies lately...I am not sure I like that.

  5. I try to read the books before the movies too, but I always ever only get to 10 or so per year. Oh well, I have discovered some fabulous books that way! I cannot wait for this movie to come out!!!!