Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Meh, 7 of the 16 Books to Read in 2014 Before They Hit Theaters

I'm sure you've seen this little list floating around the interwebs, and I'm going to be following this as part of a book club of sorts. I thought I'd share with you the books I'm looking forward to reading, the ones I don't know if I'll be able to get through and to get your input too!

These were labeled in order that they're coming to theater on the original list, but I'm putting them in order of reading preference. The list does get a little dicey after number seven because I wasn't sure which order I wanted most of them in if I get to reading them.

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I've actually already read this one! I picked it as the first one since it - a. Sounded intriguing. b. The movie has Ben Affleck in it. c. I remember seeing it for sale at Target.

2. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

This one comes out January 31st, so if I want to read it and then see it in theaters I'll need to read it quick! The storyline and then seeing the promos on TV has really moved this one up the list.

3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Since I loved Twilight, I thought this would be a good read for me. However, it wasn't the vamps that I loved about Twilight, so we'll have to see.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I've heard from friends that they've read and LOVED this so I'm excited to read it!

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ugh! This one wouldn't be so high up the list, but I know a lot of people that loved it! It really isn't my typical story, end of the world as we know it and blah, blah, blah. I also think my friend will want to read this because she read the Hunger Games books that helped stem this whole Dysotopian era in my opinion.

6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

This is ANOTHER book by Gillian Flynn and I really enjoyed the crazy book, Gone Girl, so I would hope this would be just as well written. It's also built around a double murder in a fictional rural town in Kansas, much like I grew up in.

7. Serena by Ron Rash

It's a darker read and I seem to like those. Plus it has Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence!

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry

This has Taylor Swift in it and you know I'm just dying to see how well she does with a more prominent movie role than when she was in Valentine's Day. This is yet another Dysotopian storyline. Oh joy.

9. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Comedy with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman...makes it higher in the list. Hopefully the book will be good.

10. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Of all the books and moves on this list, this was probably the most dreaded for me. Sure, I like history and everything like some people but it wasn't until I watched the trailer and saw beyond the "WWII" topic that I got interested. Plus a little George Clooney and Matt Damon, yes please!

11. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Reese, I hope this book is as interesting as you make the movie seem. Honestly, this does look like something I would read if I wasn't so consumed with NA.

12. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

I've seen the previews for this movie and it took me a couple times watching before I got it. Yes, it's a love story which is probably where it gets the Valentines Day release date in theaters, but I'm still not entirely sold on it.

13. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Ummm, looks like a Science Fiction storyline and not my thing.

14. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Meh, other than having to do with food and an actress I recognize this doesn't appeal to me.

15. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

The title is in reference to the roof people go to end their lives. Looks like the only thing it has going for it is Pierce Brosnan.

16. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This one doesn't sound good AND it's directed by *rolls eyes* Angelina Jolie the woman I have never seen in a movie and don't want to break my streak for this one. However, she's starring in a darker Disney film coming out this year and that's making me think about changing my vow.

Have you read any of the books on this list? We have decided to read Labor Day next, so hopefully I can find my library card and check it out today!


  1. Vampire Academy is nothing like Twilight- It is a million years better. I definitely encourage you to read it! You won't be able to put it down, and then four days later you would have read all 7 books and won't be able to understand where your time went.

  2. Labor Day and This is Where I Leave You are on my list too. I've read Gone Girl, Dark Place, Divergent, Wild, Unbroken and The Giver. Definitely looking forward to all of them!

  3. I really want to see Labor Day so I guess I need to read the book first! I will be adding a few more of these to my list too.

  4. I can't wait to see Gone Girl! I was annoyed by the book (the ending) but I still want to see the movie really bad!


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