A few weeks ago, I read a Buzzfeed article called 16 Books To Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year. I thought, “That’s cool, I should totally do that.” Then I went back to watching videos of animals jumping on trampolines.
Yesterday, a friend sent me the article again, because she’s always showing me things I’ve already seen, and I thought, “That’s cool, I should totally do that.”
So I’m going to do it. Except I don’t like being told what to do and how to do it, so I’m going to read 16 Books As I See Fit At My Own Pace And In The Order Of My Own Discretion.
If you don’t want to open the link and read the list yourself, you’re lazy and suck at the internet, but here it is:
1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard in theaters 1/31
2. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel & Bret Witter in theaters 2/7
3. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin in theaters 2/14
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead in theaters 2/14
5. A Long Way Down by Nick Homby in theaters 3/7
6. Divergent by Veronica Roth in theaters 3/21
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green in theaters 6/6
8. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Movais in theaters 8/8
9. The Giver by Lois Lowry in theaters 8/15
10. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn in theaters 9/1
11. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper in theaters 9/12
12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner in theaters 9/19
13. Gone Girl by Fillian Flynn in theaters 10/3
14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand in theaters 12/25
15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed no release date
16. Serena by Ron Rash no release date
You’re welcome for typing that out. Carpal tunnel. The actual article has descriptions.
Now, I’ve already read four of these so I’m a quarter of the way there! I’m already beyond pumped to see Divergent, The Giver, The Maze Runner, and Unbroken. Granted, I read The Giver in 8th grade so I may want to read it again to refresh myself on the deets.
Saying I’m “pumped” to see a movie is a bit of a stretch because I absolutely hate movie theaters. Someone always sits in front of you and blocks your view or sits behind you and eats their popcorn like some sort of ravenous barbarian. Plus, I like talking and being on my phone, two things that are highly frowned upon in movie theaters. Reading a book makes you 10 times more excited to watch the movie, though…am I right?? I saw Catching Fire in theaters twice. TWICE. Unheard of.
So, last night I got home and was going to download Labor Day since it’s first on the list and I’ve seen previews for it already. When I saw the previews, I wasn’t totally interested in seeing it. The premise seems a little far-fetched to me, and if you take a look at the books I’ve already read from the list, you can probably tell I like really realistic novels. Plus, why would you release a movie titled Labor Day in January?
I do love Kate Winslet though. Have you even seen Titanic?
Unfortunately, my Kindle has been frozen on the Emily Dickinson screen for about a month and a half, so I decided to go to the Black Hole that is Barnes and Noble before I got too invested in my bottle of wine. Being anywhere in the vicinity of the mall after dark is a big step for me because I usually end up going the wrong way down a one way as I’m trying to navigate the maze of streets over there.
I couldn’t find Labor Day and there was no way I was going to ask an employee for assistance, but I ended up walking out with The Monuments Men, A Winter’s Tale, and Wild. I’m really excited about Wild because A. I love Reese Witherspoon and B. I love solo lady travelers (and travel memoirs in general).
I’m also pretty excited to read The Hundred Foot Journey because it is also travel related (Indians living in France) and food related and I love butter chicken.
You should join me in this challenge because reading is good for you. And because then I’ll have someone to see the movies with. Anyone read any of these? Want to read any of these? Think any of them sound like garbage? #LetMeKnow
Omg, these books are so thick.