– Posted by Misha.
This 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.
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: The 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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