Read the Book Before You See the Movie

academy awardsMany of the Best Picture Nominations at the Academy Awards this year were adapted from books.  The following books are available to read before (or after) you watch the movie:


The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see the movie.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Lincoln based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

In 2013 there are plenty of movies that will be coming out that are based on bestselling books.   These movies are all highly anticipated projects.  Some may even become Academy Award nominations. The complete list of movies based on books was found on TresSugar.

I have read the following books and I am looking forward to seeing the movie adaptations:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  This is the first of 4 books in the young adult series.

beautiful creaturesStruggling to conceal her supernatural ability, a curse that has haunted her family for generations, Lena moves to Gatlin County’s infamous plantation and inexplicably draws the attention of Ethan, who has been haunted by dreams of an unknown girl.  Release Date  –  February 13

Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

admissionFor years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation’s brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission.  Release Date – March 13

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Gatsby bookA young man newly rich tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact she has married.  Release Date – May 10

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins  The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy.

Catching Fire bookAgainst all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.  Release Date – November 22

I have not read the following two books but I am planning on reading them before I see the movies:

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Winter’s TaleWhen master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey.  Release Date – TBA

Serena by Ron Rash

Serena bookTraveling to the mountains of 1929 North Carolina to forge a timber business with her new husband, Serena Pemberton champions her mastery of harsh natural and working conditions but turns murderous when she learns she cannot bear children.  Release Date – TBA

– posted by Evelyn, Readers’ Services

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