Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Top 10 Books to Read Before the Movie

Hollywood is out of ideas so they are turning to books for inspiration…which I love! Over 35 books are being made into movies this year but you can’t read them all before they hit theaters! So here is my Top 10 to read before they hit the big screen.

Day-4 stars
The Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others—especially those we love—above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for. A heart wrenching love story sure to make you laugh and cry. In theaters January 31 starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Watch the trailer here at

Monuments Men—4 ½ stars
  During WW II 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. As for the movie If you haven’t heard it has an all star cast Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchette, John Goodman and George Clooney,who also directed. In theaters Feb. 7 see the trailer here


Divergent- 4 ½ stars
  The first in the trilogy and big favorite of fans of the Hunger Games.  A dystopian society 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). Follows the story of sixteen-year old Beatrice Prior who makes a choice that surprises everyone while she's got a secret kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. She discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. The book is sure to keep you up all night and hopefully the movie with a cast of up and comers will do it justice. In Theaters March 21st see the trailer here at


The Fault in Our Stars—5 stars
On most peoples book club list. 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. In theaters June 6th staring Shailene Woodley (also the star of Divergent) will sure to make you laugh and cry see the trailer at

Dark places- 4 stars
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben and find the twisted truth. In theaters September 1.

Gone girl- 5 stars
Marriage can be a real killer. It is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.  With Ben Affleck playing the suspected Husband should be interesting in theaters October 3rd.

The Maze Runner- 5 stars
A NY Times best seller and a first in a trilogy great for Hunger Game fans. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run. In theaters September 26th with a with a young new cast see the trailer here at

Vampire Academy- 4 stars
Another hot series about vampires and romance.
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. In theaters February 7th with a virtual unknown cast they could become the next Kristen Stewart or continue as unknowns. See the trailer at

Unbroken- 5 stars
From the author of Seabicuit, Laura Hillenbrand, a heart breaking edge of your seat, true story, page turner you won’t want to put down. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and one man stuck in a raft.
Ahead lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. Directed by Angelina Jolie so we can expect the best. In theaters December 25 I only hope the movie can live up to the book.

Serena- 4 stars
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. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. With Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence this is bound to be a great movie. In theaters in 2014.

Of course there is always the great possibility that Hollywood will botch the movie so at least you read the book. Share your thoughts and review at