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The Books of Oscars 2018

Roll out the red carpet, put on your best outfit and pop the champagne because it’s Oscars Weekend!

I’m pretty excited about this year’s nominees because of the diverse film genres and titles that you wouldn’t normally see making it to such ceremonies. Of course, my focus is always on book-to-film adaptations and I’m not disappointed at the ones that became blockbuster hits, and have been in the spotlight at film festivals and award shows this year.

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

“Fifteen Dogs” by André Alexis
Publication date: April 1, 2015
Publisher: Coach House Books
Pages: 171
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

One thing that I love about taking literature courses is being assigned readings that are also on my TBR list. Though the professor gave us a little over a week to read the book, I finished it in two days. André Alexis was able to captivate me immediately within the first few pages of his novel Fifteen DogsIt won numerous prizes such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015 and was recently named the winner of the 2017 edition of Canada Reads.

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

“The Summer that Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel
Publication date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Every so often, if you are lucky, you will be introduced to a book that will resonate with you like the timeless works of J.D. Salinger, Harper Lee and S.E. Hinton. The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel is a novel that should be assigned and studied in literature classes. Professors would praise it for its depth and sensitive subjects. Students would read it cover to cover and be forever changed by the story of Fielding Bliss and his friend Sal.

The Books of Oscars 2017

It’s Oscars Weekend! Whether you tune into this awards night religiously every year or simply see the highlights on the internet the next morning, it’s THE biggest event of the year in the movie industry. Other than seeing the A-listers, what they are wearing and of course, the opening monologue, what I’m usually most excited about is to see which movie adaptations of books made the cut.

For the 89th Academy Awards, 5 movies out of the 9 nominatees for Best Picture are adapted screenplays. You know what they say…never judge a book by its movie but sometimes, they actually get it right.

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Le Livre de Poche
Originally published by Éditions Stock
Pages: 183
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

In a previous book review, I shared with you my thoughts on Ru by Canadian author Kim Thúy (click here to read the review). I sincerely wanted to fall in love with her debut novel but ended up being disappointed due to the lack of…heart. The story was told in a perspective that I wasn’t able to connect with; the story felt like sunshine and butterflies when in reality, Vietnamese refugees did not experience an easy and poetic journey as the author made her character’s to be. This week, I thought I’d revisit another novel that shares a similar topic. It was never stated throughout the novel that the story was based on the Vietnam War but you can speculate by the name used for the main character and the circumstances.