3 Books to Read in January Before Seeing the Movie

Whenever I’m bored and don’t feel like reading, I like to type the following on Youtube: Movie Trailers. With the new year just kicking off, not only do I need to plan my reading list for the next 12 months, I need to start penciling down some pretty amazing movies to catch in theatres.

Here are my top 3 movies coming out this month and the respective books that I recommend reading before date nights.

“Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly

This book brings to life the true  stories of four African-American women during the civil rights era and gender equality movement who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in Nasa space program. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were part of a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers”. They used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would enable astronauts such as John Glenn and Neil Armstrong to orbit around the earth and land on the moon. This is not only an empowering read for African-American women but to all women wanting to strive in a “man’s world”.

In theatres: January 6, 2017

“Sophie and the Rising Sun” by Augusta Trobaugh

During WWII, a Japanese-American man, Mr. Oto, is found at a bus stop in a small fictional town called Salty Creek, Georgia, suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and sleep deprivation. He was on his way to California to reunite with his father and the rest of his family.

As he recovers under the care of the local doctor, he moves into a home where he becomes the gardener and meets Sophie. She is a single spinster who has spent most of her adult life caring for her aging mother who forbid her to date.

For two years, Mr. Oto is accepted and known by the local community as the Chinese gardener. He and Sophie grow closer and closer. When they both realized that they were falling in love, news of the Pearl Harbor bombings reaches the town. The townsfolk become suspicious of his heritage and he is forced to hide in a cabin outside of town to escape violence and persecution.

In select theatres: January 25, 2017

“A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron

This story tells the journey of a devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through his different lives and the bond he shares with his humans.

As a mommy of an 8 year old pomchi, I have learn so much from my dog. He brings me joy and laughter when times are difficult. He taught me to love unconditionally as he does but most of all, because of him, I’ve grown to be more compassionate.

In theatres: January 27, 2017

Happy reading and enjoy the movies!




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