MAR
04

Six YA Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

book to movie, young adult, young adult lit | 2 comments

I know some readers hate to see their favorite books made into movies – watching someone else’s vision of the characters come to life can be disconcerting!

But generally, I love seeing movie version of books I love. It’s so fun to see things that have only existed in my head re-imagined before my eyes.

Here are six YA books that are being turned into movies this year. Pick up the paper copy now, and then watch them at the theater later this year!

Six YA Books to read before they hit the big screen

Written by: Janssen Bradshaw of Everyday Reading

  1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This is one of my all-time favorite books (you can read my full review here), about a girl in a terrible car accident with her family who now must make the biggest decision of her life. I cannot wait to see this one, and I’m crossing my fingers it is as good as the book. (Movie comes out in August 2014).
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth. In futuristic Chicago, society is separated into five factions. When she turns 16, Tris must choose which faction to devote her life to, while also keeping a deep secret hidden. (Katie and I both share a love of dystopian books – you can check out some of her other recommendations here)  (Movie comes out in March 2014)
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is the book everyone is talking about, following two teenagers with cancer who fall in love. I’ve read it twice, and it’s clever and heartbreaking. Bring your tissues to the movie theater. (Movie comes out in June 2014)
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry. This Newbery winner about a seemingly perfect world has been a long-time favorite of mine (and millions of other readers). I’m anxious to see Jonah’s world come to life in the movies! (Movie comes out in August 2014)
  5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. When Thomas wakes up in a strange new place, the only thing he remembers is his name. Now, with a group of other teens who can’t remember their pasts either, they have to try and escape through the ever-changing maze. No one’s ever made it out alive before. (Movie comes out in September 2014)
  6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. This wildly popular series follows the adventures of humans and vampires at a secret boarding school. The movie is already out (it released in February 2014), so you can get a jump on this list immediately.

 

FEB
04

Four Books for the Month of Love

adult books, book reviews, young adult lit | 2 comments

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I feel like February is a fairly unpopular month. The holidays are long over and winter has really set up camp, with no end in sight. These four books are perfect for snuggling up with on the couch, whether you’re celebrating your own love story on February 14th or just looking for a book to [...]

JAN
07

Three Books to Keep Kids Entertained When It’s Too Cold to Go Out and Play

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Christmas is over and a lot of the USA is being slammed with bad weather. With several months of winter to go, the prospect of keeping kids entertained inside can be daunting. These three books are some of my favorites for helping pass the time on a cold winter afternoon indoors (or save these for [...]

DEC
20

Last Minute Christmas Book Gifts for Children

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childrens book gifts

Logan is positively obsessed with reading these days. He goes through books almost as fast as he goes through socks. Every morning he has a great routine of reading for 30 minutes, sometimes longer when he is so engrossed in a book, before he gets ready for school. As a mom who loves reading, I [...]

DEC
17

Four Favorite Winter Picture Books

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Now that the clocks have switched back (man, it’s dark out now!) and the pumpkins and Halloween books have been put away, there’s nothing but cold and snow on the horizon for many of us. But one thing makes the dark nights and cold days worth it…winter picture books! Here are some of my favorites, [...]

DEC
03

The Perfect Cookbook to Give as a Gift

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Cookbooks can be a tricky gift. Is it too narrow a cookbook (muffins only, for instance?) or too broad? Are the recipes too difficult or too easy? Will they already OWN this cookbook? I recently got a copy of Picture Cook and I think it is the PERFECT cookbook to give as a gift. Plus [...]