Last week I spotted this roundup of 16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year and just keep forgetting to share it with you. It might make a good jumping-off point for this year's book group list.
Please let me know if you recommend that I do or don't read any of these:
1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard: I had never heard of this book; having read the synopsis, I'm not sure it's for me. The movie stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, which is promising.
2. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. I saw the trailer for this and it looked interesting. Plus: George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray, so that's a YES. I have no interest in reading the book, though.
3. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I always meant to read this but never got around to it, so maybe I'd better before the movie comes out.
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Not interested.
5. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Hadn't heard of this before either. Anyone?
6. Divergent by Veronica Roth. Doesn't interest me (I don't do dystopian YA books), but Steph is reading it now in preparation for the movie coming in March. Kate Winslet again, and Shailene Woodley (see below).
8. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. Never heard of it, but both book and movie look promising. Helen Mirren!
9. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Julie's reading this now for school. Again, I'm not much for dystopian YA novels (this was the first ever, I believe), but the movie does have Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, so I may have to make an exception....
10. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Scary! No thanks.
11. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Color me VERY excited for this one! If you recall, I adored this book, and I think Jason Bateman as Judd is an inspired casting choice, as is Tina Fey as his sister Wendy. Jane Fonda as the mom? I can't see it, but I'll give her a try.
12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Pete read this in middle school. More YA dystopia!
13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I liked this book lots more than I expected, and I like the idea of Ben Affleck as Nick, but it's very much a mystery, so the movie can't possibly work for me now that I know the ending.
14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Lots of people recommended this book to me, but I didn't think I'd like it. Hmmm.
15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Another one that was recommended but never interested me enough to get it.
16. Serena by Ron Rash. Never heard of the book, but oh! The movie has Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, together again!