“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” ― John Lennon
Book adaptations are popular and eagerly present in theaters and on the big screens, including those in Hollywood. Last year 11 movies based on or inspired by books were nominated to the Academy Awards. This year 13 movies based on literature received Oscar nominations. We know the winners! Let's see which books to grab before watching, and if you missed last year winners, we'll remind those too.
The Fish Place: Northup’s brief narrative of his years of slavery, a result of being sold even though he was born free, is compelling not so much for his writing style, but because he doesn’t hold back, at least not in the ways that one would think... read more
AmySea: I read this book last year, and it is without a doubt one of the best, most moving books I have ever read, and absolutely the best book that I have ever read about slavery in the United States. I remember crying on the bus as I read parts of this book... read more
Lisa (Harmony): I think the biggest surprise about The Great Gatsby was what a pleasure it was to read; not what you expect of the "great" classics you are happy to not be required to read with your school days finished. It's fast paced, not long for a novel, with completely natural dialogue. The prose is gorgeous and memorable and leaves you with an indelible impression of the Jazz Age... read more
silverneurotic: Like many others, I read (or actually, reread) this novel in anticipation for the movie version that was released a month or so ago. Sadly I did not get an opportunity to see the movie but I was extremely glad for the opportunity to rediscover this novel... read more
Degrees of Affection...: This is an epic journey to save a loved one. It is full of magic, Faith, myth, friend, foe, and trust. It is the story of two children growing up but not growing apart. The tale is simple, yet beautiful and interesting to read... read more
Have a glimpse into all 13 Oscar nominees which were based on reads in 2014:
And if you missed last year gala, we remind you 2013 winners:
rameau's ramblings: I decided to write a comparative review right after I had finished reading the book, but then I saw the film and promptly lost the will to live. Hollywood did something right thirty years ago and then it ruined it. The book, however, kept me up reading late into the night... read more
Thewanderingjew: Mendez, a mild mannered and rather ordinary looking man, was a courageous and dedicated secret agent, not in the manner of James Bond, but in the manner of an operative who had to fade into the crowd so as not to be noticed, an operative dedicated and loyal to his country... read more
Denise: This was a great biography of not only Abraham Lincoln but also of the men that made up his cabinet. Goodwin shows readers not only of the great accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln but also the men and events that helped shape his decisions. I really enjoyed reading this book; it was very informative without being too dry... read more
Book Thoughts: This is another one of my favorite history books. This book takes a look at Abraham Lincoln and his working and personal relationships with Edward Bates, William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edwin Stanton. It follows each of their stories from childhood through the conclusion of the Civil War and assassination of the President. This book is extremely well written and flows as if it is a novel... read more
Gotta say I loved it. For me, not an easy, fun and light hearted read as some reviewers have stated .... but an emotional and blackly comic journey as Pat searches for himself and the truth. Very touching... read more
CarrieJ: I liked how Pat view his life as a movie and most of the book take place during his apart time. He's working on bettering himself so he could have his silver lining. I think that is what kept me reading I wanted to see if Pat got his silver lining... read more
Sharon E. Cathcart: This is a fascinating philosophical look at the meaning of family, for a wide variety of reasons that I cannot reveal without delivering spoilers. It's also a story of courage and endurance, and of self-awareness... read more
Ali's Reading Mission: This story was pretty good it was a bit slow but it had some great moments in it. It had a lot of informal things, some intense moments, some weird, some right out disgusting, and some sad moments too... read more
I received a free copy from Curiosity Quills Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked the cover, that made me decide I wanted to read the book. I didn't know it was the second book in a series, but I didn't feel like I missed a lot by not reading it before 18 truths (of course, I missed all Olga's 18 things, but it didn't seem that important).
Olga has just found out she's dead, to make things worse: she's been dead for the last year and has ever since reside in a place in the Underworld called Limbo. This also means that everything she did during the last 12 months wasn't real (including her 18 things). Olga and her (also dead) boyfriend Nate decide to become spirit guides, who trick other people like themselves in 'living' in Limbo.
But, now she knows she's dead, Olga wants to find the boy she's been secretly in love with for the last 12 years, who's - you guessed it - also dead (but not in Limbo).
Overall, I liked the story., at times there was nice wit and humour. It felt a bit like Percy Jackson but with Christian Mythology (angels, demons etc) instead of Greek Mythology. I thought the whole Underworld setting was original and interesting. But, what I didn't like was that the book felt, at times, very preachy. The book kept telling me how you won't be able to enter Heaven unless you believe in God, and there is a lot of mentioning when it's really not necessary, like:
The I.Q. God gifted me with...
Speaking of I.Q; Olga's supposed to be super smart, with a photographic memory and all. Such a shame she apparently wasn't interested in European Literature, because reading Faust would have really helped her during the story =)
An extra course in logic could have helped as well. She's afraid they're going to kill someone, but - I hate to be the one to break the news to you - he's been death for the last 13 months, he'll be OK. And how are you supposed to do a lobotomy on a spirit?!
Then there's the (in YA almost omnipresent) love triangle. The characters apparently didn't see it coming, well, I did. Why does there always have to be a love triangle? Why?
I was pretty sure her idea of Heaven included an unlimited supply of books and coffee
You could keep the coffee, but I'd definitively want the unlimited book supply!