14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen

I’m not a purist when it comes to the Book -> Movie order of consumption. It’s mostly because I tend to enjoy the ride so much that spoilers aren’t a big deal, and because I’m not terribly visual when I read anyway (I don’t form a conception of what characters should look like to compare to the movie adaptation).

So whether I read the book first and then watch the movie with interest, or whether the movie inspires me to read the book, it’s not a terribly huge deal.

But I still think this book list looks rather interesting. And just for funsies (and mostly because my movie-going budget is so small), I probably will end up reading the books before watching the movies.

So here’s the list:

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – This one keeps coming up and seems to be up my alley, so I’ll try to read it soon.
  2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – This is a fantastic book. But please buy it used!
  3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Another one that keeps getting recommended. I picked up a copy at a used book store, so I’ll probably give it a go.
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I really can’t recommend this book more highly. If you haven’t already, go read it. If you have, read it again!
  5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – Heard of it, but no details. It seems interesting and I’ll give it a shot.
  6. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort – The description just doesn’t appeal to me at all. Given how long my ‘to read’ list is, I think I’ll be giving this one a pass.
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Several friends have already recommended that I read this one, so I suppose it’s only a matter of time.
  8. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel – First I’ve heard of this one. The premise sounds interesting, but not sufficiently so for me to go out of my way to read it. I’ll probably just watch the movie.
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Great book! I’m curious as to how well the movie holds up.
  10. Serena by Ron Rash – The premise seems interesting, but perhaps difficult to transition onto the silver screen. If I find a copy at a sale, I’m open to reading it.
  11. Horns by Joe Hill – The description makes it sound like it could very easily be just another action-driven revenge fantasy, which is just not what I’m into. People who have read it: Is it a bit more thoughtful than that?
  12. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – This one doesn’t really sound all that appealing to me.
  13. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp – And neither does this.
  14. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight – As with Horns, it looks like it could easily turn into a thriller. Or it could be a thoughtful discussion of teen culture and suicide. I’d like a recommendation from someone who’s read it, but I think I’d also just give it a go if I found a copy at a sale.

You can read the descriptions of the books over at BuzzFeed.

What do you think? Have you already read any of these books? Any seem appealing?

Announcing the Reading Around the World Challenge!

Inspired by Have Books, Will Travel, I’ve decided to read my way around the world. The goal is to read one book from each country (is possible, written by an author from that country and set in that country). There’s no time limit, so this is both an ambitious and a fairly low-impact challenge.

Reading Around the World challenge page: Click here to see the full reading list (so far).

Interested in doing the challenge with me? Let me know and I’ll add you to the Global Readers page!

And, finally, please let me know if you have any book recommendations – either for the countries I’m missing or even for the ones already listed.

Hope you’ll be joining me!

2011 in summation

This has been a year of many changes and challenges, and it’s interesting to see how well my reading list has reflected that. The biggest change, of course, has been the birth of my son. This has been an upheaval in many ways, beyond the obvious of shifting my lifestyle to accommodate a new little dude.

In response to my new responsibilities, I’ve turned to the “experts.”

I also read books on more general parenting philosophies, and kid-related issues.

And, of course, the obligatory “silly tell-all of parenting/pregnancy.”

One of the major new obstacles to reading has been my son’s penchant for devouring books in the non-figurative sense. This has steered me in the direction of AudioBooks, which I’m not generally a great fan of.

I’ve taken a bit more of an interest in Non-Fiction this year than I generally do, especially pop-journalism. Since I’ve focused so much this year on my Bible blog and on volunteering for my local Atheist community, many of these have centred around religion/skepticism.

I started watching the show Big Love in 2010 and took an interest in Mormon polygamy.

After a bit of a slump in 2010, I made a point to read more classics and get back into the habit of reading books written around the Victorian era, which was, of course, the focus of my university degree.

I continued to read through the series that I’ve enjoyed over the years.

And last but not least, the unexpected gem I picked up off a shelf in someone else’s home.

Opportunities to sit down and read have been limited, so I haven’t felt like much of a reader in 2011. I’ve also always been a commute reader, so being on maternity leave for much of the year has further decreased my available time. Even so, making this list and realizing just how many entries there actually are has made me feel quite a bit better about myself.

I will be going back to work next year, although I don’t know if my commute will return in quite the same form. On the other hand, as my son grows and discovers that there’s more to books than flavour, there may be more of a call for reading – at least out loud. I suspect that my focus will be much more on picture books, although my goal is to read at least 25 “grown-up” books before the world ends in 2012.