Thursday, January 30

Movie Books You Should Read

Last week on her personal blog, Kristi listed books you should read in your lifetime. I, sadly, had read only a handful of them and honestly, most of them had been school assignments.

However, my oldest daughter, KB stumbled across the list of books you should read before the movie. Here's the link:

A couple of them, I'd already read: Gone Girl--so, so good. Couldn't put it down. And OMG--what a total mind trip.

Divergent: Loved the first book. I read it after the first two Hunger Game books and was waiting impatiently for the third book to come out. Honestly, when I finished Divergent, I thought it might be better than The Hunger Games. Although after rereading them both, I think it was just the twisty end that made me feel that way. I recommend that you read the first two books of the Divergent series and stay away from the third--because it makes you mad that read the first two. It ends the series badly. Mine and KB's opinion.

So, the first book KB picked off the list was John Green's The Fault In Our Stars. Ohhh-my-gosh. Such a wonderful book. So, so wonderful. KB came home with another John Green book last night. I think we'll be working our way through his backlist soon. All I have to say is Augustus Waters--swoon. Sometimes in book interviews, a writer is asked, "Who is your favorite fictional hero?" And I've always tried to come up with one. I now have one. Augustus Waters. Swoon again.

I downloaded the Monuments Men---look at that cast--how can you go wrong? You had me at Matt Damon. And then you threw in George Clooney? Bill Murray? And John Goodment? Fun times ahead.

I have to admit something before the next selection. I've never been a huge Colin Farrell fan. I've enjoyed him, but I've never seen a trailer and said, "I have to see that, Colin's in it." Those moments are reserved for the aforementioned Matt Damon and my biggest movie-star crush, Kevin Costner.

But Winter's Tale? I teared up with Colin the first time I saw the trailer.

This looks to be an epic romance. I hope it lives up the trailer. And I'm starting the book this weekend.

So, go check out that link and tell me which movies you're looking forward to. And if you've already read the book, let me know if I should read it before the movie.


  1. I love the list. Good post, Margie.

  2. I'm really excited to see Divergent in the theater (just raced through the book to make sure I read it before the movie)...but now you say the series ends badly?! Oh no! To read, or not to read...

  3. I'm sorry to say I don't know any of those!

  4. I loved "Vampire Academy" and I'm looking forward to the movie. Hope they don't ruin it!

  5. Wow. I haven't read any of those either, nor have I seem the movies.

  6. Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'd reply individually but I just got home and my computer is so, slooooowww. Took me over five minutes just to load this page.

    CJ--Read the first two books of Divergent, but you've been warned about the third. If you decide to read it, check back with me and we'll talk. I'm here for you :)

    Stacy--I didn't read the books but when we saw the preview in the theater, the audience actually groaned. I don't know if it was the movie itself or if they're just tired of vampires. Hopefully for your sake, it's the latter.

    My peeps---seriously, try The Fault In Our Stars. I think it's become one of my all-time favorite books and if you want a a serious mind trip, Gone Girl is excellent.