Books Becoming Movies in 2017: What I’ll read and what I’ll pass on

7 Mar

I’m sure I’m not the only person who likes to read the book before seeing the movie. I love being able to compare the two and come to the ultimate decision that the book is better. (Does anyone ever disagree?) Using this and this articles, I’d like to present a list of books that I’m either going to hurry up and read or let the movie woo me without preconceived notions.

The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman, March 31)- Pass. I might as well write a whole post about how sick I am of books about being the daughter or wife of someone noteworthy. This is me on my feminist soapbox at it’s finest. I’ll consider it for next week.

Wonder (R.J. Palacio, April 7)- Pass. My husband is reading this one now and I don’t want to make him wait to read it. I’ll go to this one, but I don’t want to create a picture of Auggie in my head and have the moviemakers ruin it.

The Circle (Dave Eggers, April 28)- Read. I have this on my shelf and realizing it will be a movie starring Emma Watson is making me think it will be the next one I pick up!

The Dark Tower (Stephen King, July 28)- Pass. This isn’t my genre per say and I’d rather watch an action plot than read one. Sounds like it will be worth seeing, though!

It (Stephen King, September 8)- Pass. No horror necessary for me, print or film! I heard Will Poulter was playing Pennywise and I was excited about that, but the article I read gives another actor. Now I have no reason to see it! (Ha, pun)

Let It Snow (John Green and others, November)- Pass. Just proof anything with John Green’s name on it is selling like wildfire. Can we get a movie of Looking for Alaska first?

Murder on the Oriente Express (Agatha Christie, November 22)- Read. With Kenneth Branagh playing Poirot and Johnny Depp on board, I can break into another Christie novel. I just added this to my Hoopla Wish List.

The Nightengale (Kristin Hannah, TBD)- Maybe. My book club has contemplated this one for a while and if we read it, great. If not, I’ve read enough WWII dramas to last me a while.

The Glass Castle (Jeanette Walls, TBD)- Already read, can’t wait to see it! What a moving book and I hope it will be a touching movie as well!

Live by Night (Dennis Lehane, already out)- Pass. I saw the preview for this and I really want to see it, but I don’t think I’ll go back and read the book first. It looks too good to wait too much longer!

50 Shades Darker (E.L. James, already out)- Already read it, will not see it. I didn’t see the first one because I think it’s a cheap money grab and it’s not something that needs to be on-screen. Plus, the book was horrible and I don’t want to endorse it any more than I already have.

Jumanji (Chris Van Allsburg, July 28)- Already read, will see! I just watched the 1995 version a few weeks ago and remembered how much I loved it. It would be great to see what they can do with 20 years of film magic!

A Wrinkle in Time (Madeline L’Engle, July 28)- Pass. I feel like I missed my window to love this book and movie so I’ll pass.

The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath, TBD)- Maybe. I read this book a while ago and I didn’t appreciate it at the time. If the movie gets good reviews, I’ll probably see the movie, but I won’t re-read the book first.

Any of the ones I’m passing on you want to sway me on? I’m really excited to jump on a few of these now.

Until next time, write on.

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20 Responses to “Books Becoming Movies in 2017: What I’ll read and what I’ll pass on”

  1. Hannah Fearless March 7, 2017 at 10:26 AM #

    It and Jumanji…I can’t wait!!!


    • Sam March 7, 2017 at 10:43 AM #

      I’ve never liked horror movies, kudos to you for watching them! I still like clowns and I’m hoping to keep it that way lol. Happy viewing!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Hannah Fearless March 7, 2017 at 10:44 AM #

        There’s just something about that old movie, it was so terrifying but so good. It’s my favorite horror movie. It’s probably going to be so scary remade I won’t like it though!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Ana March 7, 2017 at 10:37 AM #

    Great list, thanks for posting it!


  3. Ana March 7, 2017 at 10:38 AM #

    Reblogged this on Ana's Lair and commented:
    Do you plan on watching any of these movies?
    Will you read the book as well?
    Before or after the movie?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow March 7, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

    I have read and enjoyed The Nightingale, The Glass Castle, The Bell Jar, and It. I’ll skip It…but want to see The Nightingale and The Bell Jar.

    I haven’t read the Fifty Shades series…it doesn’t appeal to me, but I was curious and saw the first movie. Yuk! I don’t like Dakota Johnson or the guy who played in it. I won’t see the second one.

    Sometimes I enjoy the movies more than the books…or at least as much. I loved The Help movie more than the book, for example. I think it was hard to read the dialect, but hearing it worked out fine.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Sam March 7, 2017 at 11:20 AM #

      No interest in Glass Castle? I’m excited to see what they do with it. I never saw the first 50 Shades. I didn’t hear good things about the acting. I loved The Help book. The dialect didn’t bother me but maybe that’s because I hear it a bit where I live. Happy viewing!


  5. anovelglimpse March 7, 2017 at 10:57 AM #

    The Nightingale was really, really good! It was a little slow at the beginning, but the second half of the book is well worth it. I hope your book club reads it!


    • Sam March 7, 2017 at 11:21 AM #

      Our organizer keeps pushing it. We’ll see if we ever bite, haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. faithrivens March 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM #

    Firstly, I completely agree with The Zookeeper’s Wife! Everytime I see a title marked as someone’s wife, it definitely gets my feminist senses tingling ;P
    Secondly, The Dark Tower is so much more than action! It’s fantasy and horror mixed up together and it’s glorious! So excited for the movie 🙂
    Thirdly, having only read a Wrinkle in Time for the first time last year, I just want to recommend that you give it a try. It’s a beautiful piece of whimsy, lyrically written and utterly enchanting. Of course, that’s just my opinion ❤
    Hope you enjoy the books and the movies! A lot to look forward to 🙂


    • Sam March 8, 2017 at 5:33 PM #

      I’ve always felt bad that I never read A Wrinkle in Time. I’m glad it can be enjoyed as an adult! I’m thinking of doing a post about the wives/daughters thing. Probably today, International Women’s Day, would have been good for that. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Kristina Steiner March 9, 2017 at 4:52 AM #

    Yeah, definitely won’t watch It. I have way too much imagination to watch horror films.


    • Sam March 9, 2017 at 7:48 AM #

      Haha, I feel the same way. Those things creep into my thoughts and take a long time to work their way out.


      • Kristina Steiner March 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM #

        Exactly. 2 hours aren’t worth of 2 weeks of torture.


  8. jrose88 March 11, 2017 at 12:38 AM #

    They’re doing another Jumanji movie?! And it was a book??!


    • Sam March 11, 2017 at 9:11 AM #

      It was a very short children’s book. Nowhere near the plot of the film, but still really cute. Totally worth picking up! Happy reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      • jrose88 March 11, 2017 at 11:32 PM #

        I will, thanks. 🙂


  9. Sarah May 2, 2017 at 12:45 PM #

    I didn’t realize they were doing a Jumanji remake!! I don’t know how to feel!! I’m also ashamed to say I didn’t know there was a book, I’ll have to put that on my to-read list.


    • Sam May 2, 2017 at 1:31 PM #

      It’s a short children’s book you can read in twenty minutes. The illustrations are great. Enjoy and happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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