Tag: Fiction

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.

Here Are the Nominees for Best Picture

You know what they say: never judge a book by its movie. However this year, we may see quite a few exceptions as 7 of the 8 nominated movies for Best Picture at the Oscars are based on novels and publications. Whether it’s due to the performance by the cast or adaptation into screenplay, these films should satisfy readers and book-to-movie critics.

Here are the nominees:

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church  The Big Short by Michael Lewis  Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín  The Martian by Andy Weir  The Revenant by Michael Punke  Room by Emma Donoghue  Strangers on a Bridge by James B. Donovan

Other books that were adapted into movies and nominated in other categories are also worth mentioning during this awards season. They are:

Have you read any of these books? and/or seen the movies?

Watch The Oscars live on ABC on February 28 at 7:00AM Eastern Time (4:00PM Pacific Time) to see the winners. Perhaps it will inspire you to read the novels.

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Are You Ready for “Go Set a Watchman”?

It has been 55 years since Harper Lee’s debut and only novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and she stated that it would be her last. It was an instant success and has been a beloved piece of literature that taught us about social inequality, the importance of moral education, and the coexistence of good and evil. When the author announced the publication of her second book earlier this year, it brought much excitement to most bookworms. “Go Set a Watchman” has been said to be a sequel set 20 years after the events of Lee’s previous book though in reality, it was written a decade before. Her editor back then suggested that she write another book telling the story that we all know instead of having this one published. The original manuscript was then lost for years until Lee’s lawyer discovered it in 2014.