Thursday, August 14, 2014

Books to Read Before Seeing the Movie 2014-Part 2

It's been a good year for books being made into movies! Here's part two of 2014's book-inspired films. (See part one here.) Read them before the movie comes out!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Mia is a musical prodigy of sorts, with some tough decisions to make in her life. They are roughly the same decisions a lot of teens deal with: school, family, and first love. Then one morning, everything is taken from her (and if you have seen the movie previews, you'll know what that means). Mia finds herself hovering between life and death. The story is told in a unique way, going back and forth between Mia's memories and the current situation. It is memorable and heartbreaking. The film, starring Chloe Moretz, will be released August 22, so hurry up and read it!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Thomas woke up in a strange place, surrounding by strange boys, about his own age. He does not recognize any of them, or remember where he came from. All he knows is his name. The place they are in is surrounded by tall stone w movie, out September 19, can hold up to it.
alls that make up an ever-changing maze. Going through the maze is the only way out, and no one has ever made it. There are all sorts of mysteries in this book, and you discover them right along with Thomas. Hopefully the

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
In the traditional romance set-up by Sparks, this book follows star-crossed lovers. Years after their doomed romance, Dawson and Amanda reconnect. The spark between them is still there, even after the very different paths their lives have taken. The book explores both the couple's history together, as well as their developing relationship. The previews for this film are steamy on the level of The Notebook, so hopefully it is a good one as well! Starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, and out in October.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Vorst
Alexander's day just doesn't go the way he wants it to. Not at all. He fell asleep with gum in his mouth, his brother pushes him in the mud, his mother forgets his dessert, and that's not all. Poor Alexander's day just goes from bad to worse in this sweet picture book. He learns in the end though, that everybody has a bad day sometimes.The movie follows Alexander's whole family during this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Out in October, starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

So, I've added to your to-read list. Get going!

~Cailey W.


  1. I never got the chance to read these books but I don't feel regrets. Because honestly, I liked all these movies and reading those books might just disappoint me. When I read some good books and found out that there's a film adaptation in it that's the time I expect a lot more in the movie that only leads into disappointment. But anyway, I have a great feeling that these books are well made in the film base on what I saw in the theater unlike some of the Great Books That Transformed into Horrible Movies that are very disapointing not just for the reader most especially to the author itself. I just hope that production film would be very particulate in terns of adapting famous books into film because those readers would surely be heart broken if the film was ruined. Anyway, do you have list of books to recommend this year? I would love to know your list this year. I hope I already read some of those..God bless!

  2. Hi Mary,
    I pretty much agree with you on being disappointed. I find that I am almost never happy with movie adaptations of books. There's just always something that I really wanted to see that gets left out! I do think you should read some of these though. I find that if I read the book after I've seen the movie, I can appreciate both. I kind of wish I'd done it that way for "The Maze Runner," since that movie was a pretty big disappointment after the book.
    To answer your question, I will be putting out a new list soon. A lot were released just in the last two months, so I may have to make it a three-parter!
    Thanks for reading!

  3. Oh..I never thought "Maze Runner" was a big disappointment! Well..I thought the film was okay, though it always remind me of the "Hunger Games" that made the movie a bit predictable for me. I would surely read this book as soon as possible cause I got really curious after reading your comments. Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts, I really appreciate it. I'm looking forward on your next post, can't wait!