Book Buzz: Books Being Turned Into Movies

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The good thing about 34 hours of travel, a few days of remote beach time, and 34 more hours of travel back home is that I had tons of time to read, which made me very happy. I haven’t been reading as much lately because of work travel and that always bums me out because I love having a book. Getting through 6 books and being on my 7th has definitely filled my reading cup. Here’s what I’ve plowed through the last 3 weeks:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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I have to admit: I was a total judger about this book. Everybody raved about “Into The Wild” but I really didn’t care for the story. Wasn’t too inspired about the kid who knew absolutely nothing about outdoor recreation/survival, said “f you” to everybody he knew and loved, and just disappeared. I thought this was going to be similar, but I really, really liked this book. It got a lot of haters in the comments sections of Amazon and Goodreads, but I don’t care. Not everybody has a picture-perfect life. When shit gets messy and we screw up, we do the best we can to figure out what path will lead us to happiness and success. Everybody chooses their paths differently and she chose to walk it out in the wilderness. She didn’t know a whole lot about the outdoors, but she did prepare as much as she knew how to. I also dig her writing. This book was really well done and I was kinda sad when it was over. I want a sequel and I can’t wait for the movie to come out in December. Plus, Resse Witherspoon is playing the main character. Yay.  : )

If I Stay

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I didn’t really plan on buying this book, but was kind of interested in the movie. Then one day I got an email saying the Kindle edition was $4.99 soooo I bought it. I couldn’t believe how short it was (just under 200 pages) and was finished with it in just a few hours. I was warned to go ahead and buy the sequel immediately because of the big cliff-hanger ending and so I did. The bad thing was I purchased the sequel before my flights, but it hadn’t downloaded onto my kindle before I got on my plane from London to Bangkok. Womp Womp! I got cliff-hung anyway and had to wait 11 and a half hours before I could get internet service to download the sequel. BUT I enjoyed the story and went on to read the next book. It was written very well and so I just might see the movie too. I’m kinda interested in seeing how they turned a 200 page book into a full-lenth movie…

Where She Went

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This book I actually liked better than the first! I can’t say too much about it, as to not spoil it, but it was really good. I liked where the story continued on to, I liked how it was written, I liked the twist in the writing style (which took me longer to figure out than I care to admit), and it was overall a great vacay read. These books aren’t groundbreaking novels or anything, but entertaining enough… especially if you want something that’s going to keep you busy for a bit. I imagine teenage girls everywhere fell in love with them.

The Divergent Series

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Ok. I have mixed feeling about these books. They’re kind of Hunger Games-ish with their young teenagers having to grow up quickly in a world filled with turmoil, but I liked the first book a lot, and then I feel like they kinda go downhill from there. It’s weird because I flew through both the first and second books. Since it’s a trilogy, they obviously leave you at the end of each book wanting to rip open the pages of the next installment, but by the time you get to the third one, things start to get repetitive. It’s similar to the third Hunger Games book where the ish is hitting the fan, in a big way. But in this series, the 3rd books is kind of “meh.” That’s what I’ve heard from most people who’ve read the whole series. But if you’re just looking to read the first book before you see the movie (that has already been out for a while), you’ll really like it. Just, maybe stop after you read it. The 2nd book isn’t horrible, and the third one isn’t bad, it’s just that you’re ready for it to be wrapped up far before it actually does. I read both the first and second books in a day or two. I’ve been on the 3rd one now for over a week and just haven’t felt too motivated to finish it off, but I know myself, and I can’t leave a trilogy unfinished, so I’m making myself finish. Plus, it’s great if you know you want some page-turners to keep you busy for a few books. So, take this information and do what you will with it.

Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

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This book isn’t going to be turned into a movie, but I read it on my trip along with the others so it’s being added to the mix anyway…

It’s been really cool watching Misty Copeland blow up the past few years. Since I’m not dancing 24/7 anymore I’m kind of out-of-the-loop when it comes to the up and coming dancers of this generation, but I’ve seen her here and there over the years. Now lately I feel like I’ve seen her everywhere, which is really amazing considering you normally don’t see professional ballerinas in Under Armor commercials and in concerts and tv shows. As a book, it’s not that well written, but I have to give her a bit of a break since she is a professional dancer and not a professional writer. Her story is amazing though. No matter which sport or hobby you grew up participating in, you will be able to relate to this. And if you were a dancer, especially one who had to fight against any type of adversity (financial, family, body type, injury, etc), you will love it even more. I found myself in tears in more than one chapter of this book ,as so much of it was relatable. Dancers have a lot to fight through to make it to the top in the world of dance. Many of us don’t even come close…  If you’re looking for some inspiration, give this book a go.

All of this will go onto my account at Goodreads.com, so you can check out any other books I’ve read there. Are you guys reading anything that should be next on my list?!

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