Last week we presented you 20 book adaptations hitting the theaters in the first part of the year (2014 Book Adaptations Calendar, Part One). Now it's time for the second part. Let's see 15 more books to read before watching in 2014 autumn-winter season. That's a whole year reading plan :)
The Hundred-Foot Journey - Movie release date: August 8
A story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.
The Giver - Movie release date: August 15
Lanaia @ The Temporary Escape: I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves the concept of dystopian fiction. Lowry made this world very believable, the society frightening and dehumanized. There’s no romance, so it’s not like other YA dystopias coming out lately. It deserves being tagged as a dystopian classic.
Read more: The Giver.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - Movie release date: August 22
Gypsy Librarian on Books: One thing I found interesting is how characters like Marv from the previous volume reappear, showing how the tales in the series intertwine. Overall, I am liking this series and will keep on reading it.
Read more: Sin City Volume 2: A Dame to Kill For.
If I Stay - Movie release date: August 22
Reading Junkie: It's so good! The characters really draw you in and the plot is really good. Mia is a realistic teenage girl, vulnerable without being annoying or a complete doormat. Her friends and family are great, funny, but not perfect, people.
Read more: Wow - so good!
Dark Places - Movie release date: September 5
Hadeer's Rantting: The plot/mystery is solid, I got a lot of "aha moment". I like the flashback style the author adapt in the book, However the best part of the book for me was Libby Day. she isn't your typical heroine, she is the opposite. Read more Dark Places.
This Is Where I Leave You - Movie release date: September 12
Sad Books Say So Much: Ah, yes...families. They DO drive us crazy. Entrancing. Funny. Insanely authentic.
Read more: Read in 2011.
The Maze Runner - Movie release date: September 19
The Fake Librarian: I enjoyed the novel as a whole. I learned some Glader slang, felt disappointed when characters seemed to lose hope, and clung to hope that the mystery of the maze could be solved.
Read more: Like a rat in a maze..
Gone Girl - Movie release date: October 3
Lazy Reading Nook: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thrilling story. This would be a great comparison to The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn. They both have great themes, and not predictable.
Read more: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Movie release date: October 10
Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and things just get worse as his day progresses.
Dracula Untold - Movie release date: October 17
Vampire mythology combined with the true history of Prince Vlad tell the origin of Dracula.
Grumpy Guy's Musings: Sparkling lovesick tormented emo type, monster killing machines type, and everything in between - this is the book which is solely responsible for most of them. It is loosely based on the characters of Vlad the Impaler, who is now much better known as Dracula the Vampire.
Mockingjay - Movie release date: November 21
ashwednesday: 4.5 stars which I'm rounding up to 5 because once this book got its claws in me, it dug really deep.Mockingjay is one of the most polarizing books in my TBR shelf, friends who usually agree on book preferences take opposite sides of the poles on this one.
Read more: Mockingjay.
big>The Hobbit: There and Back Again - Movie release date: December 17
Based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
As the Curmudgeon Grumbles: Sure it was a delightful book, written in fairytale style with a more adult audience in mind, and I love it every time I read it for that, but, I love the Hobbit more because of the memories that come with it.
Read more: The Hobbit - A Warm Blanket of Memories.
Unbroken - Movie release date: December 25
Portable Magic: It gave me a new connection with that history and the WWII vets that I’ve known as I’ve read and studied very little about the war in the Pacific or the experiences of our servicemen there.
Read more: Unbroken ★★★★☆.
Far From the Madding Crowd - Movie release date not set: 2014, in post-production
Unabridged Chick: I was pretty head-over-heels for this book after the first page but by the time our heroine Bathsheba Everdene appeared, my love was sealed.
Read more: Far from the Madding Crowd.
Fallen - Movie release date not set: 2014, in pre-production
Books With Bite: The book was darkenly dangerous from the beginning. It was well written and the plot... OMG! The plots that lead to the ending were, well...lets just say I didn't see that one coming! I was hook on Daniel and Luce with their love story. Forget vampires! If you want to read a different kind of paranormal read this.
Read more: Fallen (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #1).
Remember: Read before watching :)
What are book adaptations that you love or can't wait to see?
If you love books and movies, we've got something for you. This year will bring over 30 book adaptations! But remember: Don't judge a book by its movie. Read first. We've prepared book to movie calendar for those who love reading and watching. Enjoy!
Lone Survivor - Movie release date: January 10
Sherri Loves to Read: I feel
honored having read this book. And I feel even more honored to know there are men out there in this world who will fight for our country with this level of guts, determination and love of country.
A Most Wanted Man - Movie release date: January 19
Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror.
Movie release date: January 17
Patricia Reding, Author: I do enjoy a book that will take me away for a good while! In this case, the 800+ pages kept me occupied for a couple of days and each time I put it down, I looked forward to going back for more. What fun! Read more about Clancy's book: A Spy Thriller and Horror Story Wrapped up in One
White Bird in a Blizzard - Movie release date: January 20
A young woman's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears.
White Bird in a Blizzard evokes works of Kathryn Harrison and Joyce Carol Oates - and confirms Kasischke's arrival as a major literary talent.
I, Frankenstein Genesis - Movie release date: January 24
Her Fine Eyes: The modern horror genre has evolved a bit more in paying attention to world building, and in telling the story via a narrative that imparts some of the excitement of the tale. But Shelley's foray is original and thought-provoking, even two hundred years later.
Read more on Frankenstein.
Labor Day - Movie release date: January 31
Kinga's Books: There are a few reasons why I listened to this book.
1) It’s called ‘Labor Day’ and I listened to it on the Labor Day. This one is actually more of a coincidence than an actual reason but let’s put it there anyway.
2) It takes place in New Hampshire in early September, which is when I arrived in New Hampshire twelve years ago to spend a year there. This is the nostalgia reason.
3) I suppose I’ll come clean and say it: the audiobook is read by Wilson Bethel who looks like this...
Read more: Joyce Maynard - Labor Day
The Monuments Men - Movie release date: February 7
The Fish Place: What is it about art? Everyone has different tastes, but some art is just, well mind blowing isn't the word. We all share that gut reaction, evn if the pieces of art that evoke them are different from person to person.War has been fought for art.
Read more: The Monuments Men.
Vampire Academy - Movie release date: February 14
Wow and double wow, this book was a brilliant introduction to the “Vampire Academy” series and after I had read this book, I really wanted to read more about these awesome characters! Full of drama, mystery, action and hot romance, “Vampire Academy” is definitely one novel that will take the paranormal world by storm!
Winter's Tale - Movie release date: February 14
LAUREN B. DAVIS: One of those rare books I read over and over. Helprin is a master of magical realism. Haunting, transporting, a magical machine. Splendid prose, a flying horse, the Short Tails roaming the rafters of Grand Central Station, a tubercular heiress on a rooftop, and Peter Lake -- master mechanic and second-story man of New York's Belle Epoque.
Read more: Winter's Tale.
Endless Love - Movie release date: February 14
Kaethe: I did go on to read the book which is a very compelling story of an obsessed guy, seriously, disturbingly obsessed. It is way cooler than the Brooke Shields film might suggest.Lessons learned: good books are often made into mediocre films, and one should never laugh at someone else's "good book", especially if one hasn't read it yet.
Read more: Endless Love.
Therese Raquin - Movie release date February 21
Books for Young Humans: Way back in the late 20th century when I was a teenager and the genre fiction 'industry,' with its absurdly blood-soaked TV tie ins hadn't been invented, I (and many others my age) slumped on the sofa with the novels of DH Lawrence - yes, really- with EM Forster, Emile Zola and of course, a bit of Shakespeare. This is what was available and if you had parents who were not great readers, this was rebellion.
A Long Way Down - Movie release date: March 7 (U.K.)
TCWriter: Long Way Down is an odd book, but as is typical of Hornby's work, it's engrossing and brilliantly written. It begins on the roof of a building, where four people - intent on committing suicide by throwing themselves off - have run into each other.
Read more: A Long Way Down
Divergent - Movie release date: March 21
me reading books: This book was awesome and great fun to read. I love a writer that can be ruthless with their own creation. In the YA section I have only come across two so far – Rowling, J.K. and Suzanne Collins. Veronica Roth is now number three on that list. She created an interesting environment and put a story filled with action mystery and – yes – love into it
Read more: Veronica Roth - Divergent
Heaven in for Rental - Movie release date: April 16
Trish: I needed this book at this time in my life. Extremely uplifting to me. This is a story of a young boy who experienced a trip to heaven during an emergency surgery. It describes the struggle his family went through and how they made it through many hardships.
Read more: Heaven is for Real.
The Fault on Our Stars - Movie release date: June 6
Pavlina readmore-sleepless: Words cannot express how fantastic this book is!!
It's one of these books which have to be experienced to be properly understood... This book left me thinking and thinking... I cried like it was personal experience...
Read more: The Fault in Our Stars
Movie release date: June 6
Based on All You Need Is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka / Movie title Edge of Tomorrow
Gypsy Librarian on Books: This was interesting and different. The protagonist is a soldier who fights alien invaders with a suit of armor known as a "jacket." His problem is that he keeps dying and then coming back to battle again. And then he meets the supersoldier known as the Full Metal Bitch.
Read more: All You Need Is Kill
Movie release date: June 13
Sequel of Hiccup: How to Train Your Dragon - Cressida Cowell / Movie title: How to trail your dragon 2
A Lazy Bookluver: I have to admit that after seeing the movie, I wanted to read this book. Cressida Crowell writes a cute and fun story about Hiccup and his dragon Toothless. The language is written in a way that kids at a young age will enjoy it even if it isn’t at their reading level.
Read more: How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Wild - Movie release date not set: 2014, in post-production
meganbaxter: Cheryl Strayed loses her mother at 22, is divorced by 26, and lost. She decides, with little prep and more will than planning, to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. And she does. I admired this book for refusing to make neat little narrative bows out of her life and experience.
Serena - Movie release date not set: 2014
Mel's Reviews: I want to start out by saying this is an excellent story, and worth reading. I loved it. I really don’t want to say too much about it, because if I do, I may ruin the book for people.
Read more: Serena
Before I Go To Sleep - Release Date not set: 2014
Rayne Hall, Fantasy and Horror Author: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although the pace is slow and not much happens, the suspense is high, and I always had to read on to find out more.
Read more: Before I Go to Sleep
Which movies based on books can't you wait to see?
Part two to be released soon :)