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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Sunday Salon and I've Read That Movie... 4 Great Books Coming to a Theatre Near You!

Welcome to The Sunday Salon and The Sunday Post, which is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer! It's that day of the week we all gather together virtually to talk about one of our favorite subjects... BOOKS! So, find a comfy chair and grab a cup of joe...

I've always loved books, but my interest in movies came later in life. And what I really find interesting are books that I enjoy that have been made into movies. I love seeing if the movie lives up to the book. I don't think I can say most do or don't, but there are things that I can say...

  1. "Hey, they changed the ending!"
  2. "That actor doesn't look like what I imagined the character to look like."
  3. "I loved the way they brought it all to life!"

If there is a book that I've been meaning to read, but haven't gotten around to it and the movie of it is coming out, I do try to read it first. Why? Because I like to create the characters in my head, to read the full details of the story myself first. Sometimes, I don't have time to read the book first. An example of that is with the movie Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes. I just watched that last night. I have had that book in my eReader for forever, but just never got around to it. The previews for the movie looked so good, I had to just go for it. Now that I've seen the movie, it kind of ruins the reading experience for me. Why? Because even though I knew more or less the ending of the story beforehand, I won't be able to discover it. To experience it "like the very first time" while turning the pages. It is still is on my TBR list though.

There are some movies coming out that I am so excited to see though! And here they are...

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins! OMG, I can't wait to see this! I really loved this book and the trailer looks great! 

"Rachel (Emily Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple (Haley Bennett, Luke Evans) who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds."


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes... Hubby and I just rented this the other night and WOW! I love romance novels, but I do not normally watch romantic comedies. The previews for this looked so wonderful. The book had been in my eReader for forever, and I was in the mood for a movie, and not a horror movie (movie genre of choice usually), and I thought I'd give this a try. It was wonderful! I would give it 5 stars and a box of tissues. I was blubbering so much by the end of the movie I couldn't see or breathe very well. I think the last time I cried that much was watching Terms of Endearment. Ugh. As I said above, the book is still on my TBR list. But the follow-up to Me Before You, is Me After You, published this past July. If you haven't read (or seen) Me Before You, I can't tell you anything about Me After You without revealing anything, so trust me.... RENT Me Before You!

"Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined."



Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs! Wonderful YA book, which my Book Club read and loved, and the movie adaptation looks spot on!

"When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers - and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends."


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling! This movie is set to release in November and I am so excited about this one too! I love all the Harry Potter movies! Some are better than others, but I just find them magical! The world of Harry Potter is so well recreated on the screen. AND this movie adaptation, based on the book of the same name, looks to be very well done. Though the book itself is just a slim supplement to the Harry Potter world, the movie takes all the "Beasts" in the book and creates a story to go with them.

"A magizoologist (Eddie Redmayne) makes a brief stop in 1926 New York but is waylaid by a Muggle, a misplaced magical case and the escape of some fantastic beasts."

Some other books to movies I've enjoyed...
  • The Reader (although they changed the ending)
  • Jurassic Park (although they changed the ending)
  • The Time Travelers Wife
  • The Perfect Storm
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • Twilight
  • The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • True Grit (the new movie version- not the John Wayne movie)
  • The DaVinci Code
Some Books I've enjoyed that were made into movies...
  • Water for Elephants
  • The Help
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (I thought the book was so much better)
  • Wild (The book was SO much better)
  • The Martian (liked the movie, but thought the book was better)

Do You Like to Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie?

Weekly Wrap-up...
Monday, for Memoir Monday,  I reviewed In Good Company by Carol Burnett
Tuesday we found out (and I listed with links) The Man Booker Prize Shortlist.
Wednesday I announced the upcoming celebration of Banned Book Week! In two weeks it's Banned Books Week on Chick with Books and we are going to be celebrating our freedom to read highlighting some fantastic banned books! Plus a nice surprise at the end of the week to wrap it all up! 

That about does it for this week! Hope you found something to "watch" and read. Share the books that you loved as movies! AND, share what books you'd like to see as a movie?!

Happy reading... Suzanne


Rachel said...

I used to always save a movie for after I read the book, but I realized that I'm such a slow reader and there are so many books to read that I'll never catch up with the movie world. So I gave up on that rule and do whatever suits me in the moment. :)

Greg said...

I'm very interested in the Girl on the Train. While I didn't love the book I do like Emily Blunt and the movie looks very good! I normally do like to read the book first, although in the case of Miss Peregrine the book didn't really appeal to me at all but the movie looks fun. So that's one I'll probably just go see. I did like Jurassic Park and Water for Elephants- thought both movies were pretty good although I've never read Elephants.

Somewhere Only We Know said...

I saw Me Before You in the theater with my friend Paula before reading the book. It was a great movie and a great book once I did read it. I haven't read The Girl on the Train either, but I probably will see the movie eventually too. And that might determine whether I read the book or not. Have a great week!

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

Jane @ said...

I enjoyed the Jurassic Park film version even more than the book, and that's saying something from a major Michael Chrichton fan! But this is definitely the exception to the rule - I usually prefer the book ;)

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