Tuesday, July 9, 2013

{ 8 books you need to read before they hit the big screen }

Most of the time the book is better that the movie.  This fall though (and early next year), several popular books will hit the big screen and I have high hopes for them.  Some I've read and some I have yet to read but I've got plenty of time. 

Catching Fire - Against 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, 2013

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson


Divergent - In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James
Ender's Game - In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Release Date: November 1, 2012

Starring: Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin
Serena - The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains--but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor.

Release Date: September 27, 2013

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper
The Fault in Our Stars - Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Release Date: Unknown

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort
The Monuments Men - ;At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.
In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Release Date: December  18, 2013

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon

The Wolf of Wall Street - By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called . . .

Release Date: November 15, 2013

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey
This Is Where I Leave You - The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened.

Release Date: Unknown

Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Timothy Olyphant


  1. Definitely picking up the ones I haven't read before! So excited for Ender's game, its one of my FAVORITE books.

  2. I'm so excited for The Fault In Our Stars movie and proud to say that Ender's Game probably will be my next read :)

  3. I agree. Most of the time the movie doesn't do the book any justice. It's just sad. I hope they make a good one out of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

    -Anne's Scribbles and Doodles

  4. I've had Divergent on my "to read" list for a long time so maybe it's time I read it! I'm excited to see how A Fault in our Stars is shown on the big screen. I liked that book a lot!

  5. Oh my The Monuments Men with George Clooney and Matt Damon. I will be standing in line.



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