Books to read before hitting the theater
When I actually can find the time, I love to read. So, when I came across this buzzfeed article called 16 Book to Read Before They Hit the Theaters this Year, I decided to check these books out. Some of these books were already on my to-read list on Goodreads (see my profile HERE), so I was stoked that I was already ahead of the curve.
I also am trying to read 30 books this year as part of the Goodreads book challenge, so this list is helping me with finding good books to read. I tried to do this last year, except I set my goal way too high and failed miserably. This year my goal is much more attainable at 30.
Anyway... on with it, I was happy to see that I had already read a few of these. Namely the Giver when I was in middle school, Gone Girl and Divergent last year during my failed challenge last year. Divergent is book 1 of a YA dystopian trilogy (I know, so exciting). I actually was really hooked on this series and I HOPE the movie does not suck. The Giver is such a classic. I think everyone should read this book at least once in their life. I've read it a few times since the first time and I still love it. Gone Girl I'm really hoping they do a good job with the movie. The whole time I was reading it I was thinking how good this book would translate to the big screen. It is really suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was thrilled when I saw that Ben Affleck was playing the main character in this story.
As a direct result of this list and some hearsay on the interwebs I added Wild by Cheryl Strayed and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. These two books both hit my heart is weird ways. The Fault in Our Stars is just absolutely raw and heartbreaking and tragic. It's sad but I don't feel sad having read it. I feel happy to have experienced this story. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but ugh, prepare thy heart before reading this story. I believe everyone should already be aware that this is a sad story, so I don't believe I am ruining anything here. Wild on the otherhand is more empowering. It is written by a woman, who decides to solo hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Traveling over 1100 miles on her own, she is determined to find herself after a painful time, losing her mother and going through a divorce. Lastly, and most embarassingly (not sure thats a word there), Vampire Academy. This books series is not as dumb as it looks. I promise. Unless maybe I just have bad taste, not sure. I enjoyed this entire series way too much. I know for a fact the movie will be a huge disappointment compared to the books, but that's ok. I enjoyed the series, I thought it ended well and all the bows were tied up nicely. I don't want to go into much detail, as there are 6 books in the series and aint nobody got time for that. But I will say that if you are a fan of YA fantasy fiction and vampires that this is right up your alley, otherwise maybe move on.
Several of the books in this buzzfeed article are still on my to-read list. If you use Goodreads, add me to see what's on my list of books to read! AND maybe challenge yourself to read some books this year. It's not to late to set a goal for the rest of the year.
Full list from Buzzfeed if you don't like to click things:
1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
2. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
4. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
5. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
6. Divergent by Veronica Roth
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
8. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
9. The Giver by Lois Lowry
10. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
11. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
16. Serena by Ron Rash
Please let me know if you have any suggestions for books to read! I'm always looking for new things to keep me entertained and/or crying!