Book Bingo: Turned into a Movie

– Posted by Misha.

Book Bingo Turned MovieThis summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is excited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

Every year I love to put together our Oscars slash “Made into a Movie” display at the Central Library, so I was thrilled to see “Turned into a Movie” as a Summer Book Bingo category. What is amazing every year is to see just how many films are made with novels, nonfiction, short stories or comics as source material. Hollywood has caught on to what so many readers already know–that some of the best stories are already out there and that fans of the book will usually go see the movie, too.

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Here are a few suggestions for your “Turned Into a Movie” bingo square:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: Sometimes movies come out so close to the publication of a book, that it surprises people that the book actually did come first. In the theaters now, this is a story of friendship, mortality and movies.

Horns by Joe Hill: If you like a little horror in your diet, then try Joe Hill’s tale of a man accused of a horrible crime who wakes up to find horns growing out of his head. Now, those are some real problems. It doesn’t hurt that Hill happens to be Stephen King’s son or that the film’s star is Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame.

Different Seasons by Stephen King: This is one of my favorite Stephen King collections and 3 of its 4 stories were turned into films. Read where two iconic hits came from: “Stand By Me” and “Shawshank Redemption.”

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I love this teenage vampire series by Washington state author Richelle Mead. But it doesn’t get near enough attention as the Twilight books. Not enough people know about the books or the movie. Do yourself a favor if you like a unique twist on vampires and need a fun series to dive into this summer.

The Price of Salt by Claire Morgan aka Patricia Highsmith: Todd Haynes film “Carol” starring Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara is getting a lot of attention for featuring a lesbian love affair in a historical setting. Patricia Highsmith, most well known for her Tom Ripley mysteries.

One Day by David Nicholls: If you like romantic comedy, this bittersweet love story finds its two main characters on the same day every year for 20 years. The film stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

The Martian by Andy Weir: There is a trailer for the forthcoming “The Martian” starring Matt Damon makes it clear that it is bound to be the next big blockbuster. Weir’s debut science fiction novel mixes hard science with survival and humor in a real edge-of-your-seat read.

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Book Bingo: Books to Re-Read.

     – Posted by Selby

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is Book Bingo Re Readexcited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

There are many reasons to re-read a book. Perhaps there were many plot twists and turns and you didn’t feel like you got everything the first time. Or maybe the message was very simple and worth revisiting. I generally don’t read a book more than once. After all, there are so many books out there to read that I feel I should always be pushing into new territory. However, there are a few books that I personally feel are worth rereading. I’m sure you can find some of your own. Continue reading

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Freegal – Five for Free – Spaced Out Edition

By Cameron M.

As the tag line for the movie Alien goes, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” I’ve always wanted to go to space. Maybe even attend a concert on the moon someday, and call it “Moonstock.” That would be super dope. Except, the absence of an atmosphere prevents sound from travelling across the surface of the moon…. bummer. Maybe the music being performed could be broadcast via radio wave and played through the boss sound system I would have hooked up in my spacesuit. If this theoretically impossible concert were ever to be organized, here are five songs that are all available for free download right now on Freegal that I would request to be played at Moonstock.

Spiritualized – Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space (Can’t help falling in love)

Find Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space in the Freegal DatabaseWhen booking this stellar festival, the band Spiritualized would have to bat leadoff. As The Earth rose above The Moon’s horizon and behind the main stage, their song, “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space,” would serve to set the tone for the entire show perfectly. The lyrics from Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” are sung in canon behind the main verse, creating a beautifully dissonant, albeit understated, backdrop. Continue reading

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Fantasy Checklist Challenge: Classic Fantasy

~posted by Meranda T.

Classic Fantasy is both old and new. What we casually think of as Fantasy is relatively new. However, Fantasy has been around for ages if we take into consideration fairy tales, myths, folk stories, and legends. Look to the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, Yei Theodora Ozaki, and many more for translations of stories that were once only passed on by word of mouth. Here are some Classic Fantasy authors you may not have heard of before. Continue reading

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Book Bingo: Young Adult Books

   – Posted by Meranda

This summer The Seattle Public Library, in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, is Book Bingo YAexcited to offer a summer reading program for adults called Summer Book Bingo! In order to help you along on your quest to complete your bingo sheet, we have pulled together some book suggestions based on each category. Stay tuned for more throughout the summer!

If you are joining in with the Summer of Learning Book Bingo fun, then I have some recommendations for your Young Adult selection.

Alanna: the First AdventureMy top choice is Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Alanna’s wish is to be a knight but since she is a girl, she is being sent off to a convent by her father. She hatches a plan and manages to be excepted at the palace, as a boy. I’ve always loved reading this book and following Alanna on her journey to become a knight. It’s enjoyable to see her confusion over people being nice to her for no more reason than they enjoy her presence. I also like seeing that she pushes herself to overcome her weaknesses and stands up for herself time and again throughout the book. Continue reading

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Have You Seen These Yeti?

~posted by Amy

Yeti
has become the creature to feature in both picture books and children’s fiction. The trend started slowly in 2013 with the picture book The Boy who Cried, Bigfoot!, followed by Yeti, Turn Out the Light! and the chapter book The Abominables.

2014 brought several chapter book series featuring our large, hairy friends including: Alien Encounter the first book in the new series Sasquatch and the Aliens; Meet the Bigfeet, the first book in the series The Yeti Files; and Yeti Rescue from Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird. Continue reading

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LGBTQ memoirs

~posted by Frank

It’s Gay Pride month, and it’s time to take a look at some forthcoming and recently released memoirs celebrating the richness and diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lives.

For a good laugh, check out Bad Kid by David Crabb as he recounts growing up goth and gay in Texas in the 80s, and Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver, a self-deprecating look at life as a single gay man in New York City. You can read about the personal and professional life of pioneering, caustic politician Barney Frank in Frank, and join George Hodgman as he cares for the mother who never accepted that her son is gay in BettyvilleStories of inspiration can be found in A Work in Progress by YouTube vlogger Connor Franta and in Coming Out to Play by professional soccer player Robbie Rogers. And discover the obstacles that Big Freedia, reality star and ambassador to Bounce music (New Orleans hip hop), faced in his eponymous memoir. Continue reading

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