Books I Read in May 2014 (Plus Reviews of Books to Movies in 2014)

I must admit that I was rather skeptical of how The Fault in Our Stars would translate to the screen, and I was pleasantly surprised.  Shailene Woodley is pretty amazing and Ansel Elgort bravely tackled dialogue that makes for a great read, but might come off sounding ridiculous.  Yeah, sometimes it did seem a bit ridiculous.  But on the whole is was a wonderful film.  During the previews, I noted that a slew of books I've read over the years are being adapted to the screen.  So, if you enjoy my reviews, here are the ones I've read (with links to reviews) from this handy Pop Sugar list of 36 books becoming movies in 2014:

The Fault in Our Stars
The Giver
If I Stay - before blogging, but SUCH a good book I had to link to it
Dark Places 
This Is Where I Leave You
The Maze Runner - again: pre-blogging, but worth checking out
Gone Girl
Divergent - pre-blog, but Insurgent is definitely a good read.  Don't know if I could say the same about the final book, though...

Also being adapted to film, probably for 2015: Beautiful Ruins is a VERY worthwhile read and I'm so excited that one of my all time favorite books by Bill Bryson is coming to the screen.  Do yourself a favor and read A Walk in the Woods, especially if you liked Wild.

The Here and Now

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Oh, I was excited to read this book! My Name is Memory is one of my all time favorite love stories and this seemed to have a similar vibe, dealing with the past, present, future. Alas, it was very similar to Terminator, without Ahhhh-nold, and a bit hokey. Still a fun and fast read, but I got the feeling I was being lectured on how we take so many things for granted in the present day.

Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Ameila by Kimberly McCreight

This book packed a pretty solid punch from the beginning and I was immediately drawn into Kate's story as she tries to unravel the mystery of her daughter Amelia's apparent suicide. It was highly suspenseful and I honestly had no clue how all of it would come together until I was reading the very last pages. It was also a rather interesting (and horrifying!) commentary on how teens interact today and just really well done.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

As with the first two books, Taylor concludes this fantasy series with such originality, action, snarky humor, beautiful writing and an unforgettable love story.  The way she brought it all together was fascinating, surprising, well plotted and above all, a satisfying ending.  Quite a feat to end a trilogy with a great book - bravo!

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

What can I say, this was a predictably entertaining read.  I had read a number of the blog posts in this collection of essays.  However, it was fun to settle in with a physical book for a good laugh.  Her inner dialogue and bouts with depression are extreme, but there is some nugget in each of her stories with which we can all identify.  My favorite is her story about being attacked by a goose.  Good stuff.

Linking up with The Modern Mrs. Darcy's awesome 'Twitterature' book posts roundup!


  1. I really enjoyed your list! I think I'm going to have to read Reconstructing Amelia now, based on your description. Have a great week!

  2. I've been meaning to get the Hyperbole and a Half book, and it is solely because I read the goose story on the blog. I still refer to geese as Velociraptors, to the confusion of all around me. (It's a good conversation starter, though.)