The Best Book to Movie Adaptations

In my last post I was gushing over how amazing the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was. It truly was one of the best book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. Then it got me thinking, “What are some of the other great book to movie adaptations I’ve seen?”

I’m a big fan of seeing a movie based on a book I’ve already read. It’s always fun to check out what was done right and in a lot of cases, what was done horribly wrong. The general consensus seems to be that the “book is always better” and nine out of ten times this is true. Sometimes it isn’t even the fault of the director. It’s just inevitable that he will need to leave things out. It’s quite difficult to fit a 600 page book into a two-hour film.

But some directors manage to take all the best parts of  a novel, everything that truly make it great, and turn it into an exceptional film. Below are the films that I feel managed to be just as good as the original source.

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Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

We all know how true that saying is: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” But sometimes we cannot help it. We are visual creatures so whether we like to admit it or not, having a beautiful or interesting book cover helps. If a person knows nothing about the book or the author, the first thing that will draw their attention in a book store is the cover. A stunning cover or something unique can really help drive sales and garner attention for a  book.

In the end, what’s inside the book is what really matter. You could have dried up leaves and puke on your cover, but if you wrote the next great novel, people are going to pick it up. Sometimes the cover of a book matches the brilliance of the novel. Sadly, sometimes the cover is the only good thing the book has to offer.

Here are some book I’ve read with the best covers. Sometimes I wound up loving the book itself, even more than the cover. Other times I discovered that the cover was the only thing the book got right.

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Top Seven Reasons You Should Read Harry Potter



Believe it or not, there are some people who have not read the Harry Potter series. I know this to be a fact because not too long ago I used to be one of those people. I never actively avoided Harry Potter. I just never got into it when I was younger and it first came out. Then enough time had passed and it just seemed like such an ordeal to catch up with all the books and movies. I was content going through life knowing nothing more about Harry than the basics: he’s a boy wizard with glasses and a scar.

Then last November I was watching my 5-year-old cousin and since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was on demand, I figured it was a good way for us to spend the night. My little cousin was asleep with in the first five minutes but I got sucked in and watched the entire thing. I really enjoyed the movie and decided that maybe it was time I finally gave the books a try. I was instantly hooked. I was done with all the books and watched all the movies before the year was over.

I have no idea why I fought the Harry Potter craze for so long but I’m glad that I finally succumbed. The books are so much fun and you will genuinely fall in love with the characters. There is a reason that people young and old love this series. If you’re still not fully convinced, I’ll give you seven reasons why it’s about time you finally start reading Harry Potter.

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The Ultimate Summer Reading List: Something for Everyone


Ah, summertime, where you seem to get more of everything that is great. More sun! More beer! More baseball! More ice cream! And of course, more reading! Even if you don’t make it a goal to read at least 50 books a year (like the crazy that I am), everyone seems to do a lot more reading in the summer. There really is nothing like laying out by the beach or pool all day while reading a great book. Here’s a list of over 33 books to read this summer. Whether you’re looking for a light, easy read or something more challenging, I’ve got you covered.
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The Best Baseball Books

51hTwJ8TVpLThere are a few statements people can say to me that would make me sad. “I’m not a fan of cupcakes.” “I don’t think puppies are that cute.” “Doctor Who is a horrible show.” But the statement that makes me the saddest: “I find baseball to be boring.”

I know it may sound pretentious to say this but I think so many people who find baseball boring don’t really understand it. On the surface, it may not be as exciting as a football or basketball game. But once you fully understand all the little nuances that occur between each and every single pitch, you start to realize just how beautiful the game of baseball can be.

And it is beautiful. It’s one of the only sports where the word beautiful truly fits as a description. There is something poetic, almost artistic, about baseball. That’s why it’s one of the best sports to read and write about. Whether you enjoy reading about the analysis and science behind sabermetrics or the wear and tear spending almost half the year on the road can have on a person and his relationships, baseball has something for every reader. Here are a few of my favorite baseball books, in no particular order.

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Sandra Brown Reading Challenge

9781455525188_p0_v2_s260x420Sandra Brown is definitely my reading guilty pleasure. Her books are not what I generally go for, but I love them. I read The Crush a long time ago and quickly decided that I wanted to read the rest of Brown’s books. I went through her mystery novels fairly quick and then I discovered that she also wrote a ton of romance novels when she first started out. I’d never read romance before but I decided to check them out. They are actually entertaining but not in the usual way. I am always astonished with the way the men and women in the books are portrayed. The women are always prim and proper, while the men are arrogant, aggressive, and in many cases, borderline rapey. Sandra Brown is a good writer and storyteller when she’s dealing with a mystery. Her romance is extremely outdated and generic, to the point where it can be comical.

Because I decided a long time ago to read all of her books, and because I have this thing where once I start something I cannot finish no matter what, I have already read over 50 of Sandra Brown’s books. If you are looking for some mindless entertainment to read, you definitely should pick up one of Brown’s novels. Below are a list of all her books. (The ones in bold, I have already read.)

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Ten Books Every Girl Should Read In Her 20s

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I make it my personal mission in life to get people I know to start reading. I just cannot understand when folks tell me, “I don’t really like to read.” That’s like saying you don’t like eating. Maybe you don’t like fish or carrots, but you most definitely like food. If you say you do not like reading, you just haven’t found a book you enjoy. That’s why I am always throwing books at my sisters and friends. Sometimes this works beautifully. Other times they call me on the phone screaming of boredom.

These “Book Everyone Should Read” lists are always so subjective. Five different people could write a list and you could end up with 50 different books. But since this is my blog and I’m in charge, here are the 10 books I would recommend to all my female friends. Some of them are really great literature while others are fun and silly. There is such great literature out there that I don’t think you should just limit yourself to Chick Lit. But every once in awhile it’s great to read something mindless, purely for entertainment purposes.  Continue reading