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Winter Travel Reads


I jumped on the bandwagon and created a Goodreads "Book Challenge" last year, vowing to read 25 books this year. Well, that didn't happen haha! But I did finish 17! And compared to the previous year, which probably only rendered about 2 or 3 books read, I am happy. This year, I am going to shoot for 20! Maybe this goal is one I can reach!

My latest Travel Reads update brings you some of my favorite read over the past year. Have you read any of these? 

The Memory Keepers Daughter | Kim Edwards | 4 Stars
On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century - in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.

My thoughts: Such a heartbreaking story- one with a lot of sadness, human emotion and hurt. I loved reading about Caroline's strength and doing the right thing no matter the cost. Really enjoyed this one. 

Life After Life | Kate Atkinson | 4.5 Stars
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

My thoughts: I really took a long time to read this book.....I couldn't really get into it at first because I couldn't follow along with the birth, death and rebirth....but then I started to see where it was leading and of course all of the WWII history really intrigued me. At the end, I was so sad that this one ended....and I want to know what happens next!! This is a very unique story line. It is a lot like "Edge of Tomorrow" with Tom Cruise :) Stick with it because it's amazing!

The History of Love | Nicole Krauss | currently reading
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he s still alive. But it wasn't always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family.

My thoughts: This one has also taken me some time to get going with! But now that I have gotten to the part where all stories combine, I am very much into it and hoping to finish on our upcoming Germany trip! I love any story to do with WWII and this one is just drawing me in more and more!

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End of Summer Reads + $90 JCrew Gift Card Giveaway

Are you doing a Goodreads Challenge this year? I am. And unfortunately I have had to reduce my number of books to read this year. But seriously, what was I thinking, thinking that I would read 50 books this year??  So I reduced it to 25 books and hopefully I will reach this, more attainable, goal. Oh well, at least I was ambitious in my thinking :)

So here are a few books I have been reading lately that have brought me through the end of summer....


The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died...
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
My rating: 3.5 Stars
So I really had a hard time getting into this one at first. I had just finished The Goldfinch, which was a pretty heavy book, and I just couldn't switch gears to get into this type of story. I think it would be categorized as 'chick lit'.But once I did, it turned into a fairly good read. I figured out what the secret was and I thought, 'wow, I have a long way to go for already figuring this out' but it turned out that there was a lot more to happen. I would recommend it for a fun read....nothing thought provoking or life changing for me.

Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
My Rating: 4 Stars
I read this book in a day! It is very simply written and easy to read. It really taught me a lot, well, it made me research, about Stalin and the Soviets. I suggest this book for anyone who wants to learn about the suffering of the Baltic people during WWII. It really makes me want to travel to Lithuania and experience the sights and culture. While this read is heartbreaking, I admired Lina for her refusal to give up and her dertermination to survive.

The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...
My Rating: 4 Stars
I am just totally digging this new series by J.K. Rowling! I still feel a little bit of Harry Potter through her new books for some reason. I imagine Robin, Strike's assisaant, as Hermoine grown up! Anyone else doing that? Anyway, I just love her style of writing and with the series based in London, I just can't get enough of it! The Silkworm is a little more gruesome than the Cuckoo's Calling and very interesting. Such an easy read. I can't wait for the next installment!

Next up on my reading list....


-I want to reread The Giver. I read it in 5th or 6th grade and I remember reading it several times. I loved it. And now that the movie is out, I have to reread it to brush up on all of the details before I can criticize the movie :)

-The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, been on my "to read" list for awhile

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Summer Travel Reads

I am sooooo far behind on my travel reads reviews! I have been so thankful to run across a string of enjoyable books! Currently I am reading a couple of books "Life is Swede" which is a cool book, especially since it is about an expat blogger! And also "The Husbands Secret". I have been reading quite a bit over the past month, having many train rides down to London and up to Leeds for Zeal for Life parties! 

Today I am giving you my opinion on the last three books I've read. I know, I know. They aren't the newest of titles but nevertheless, all were great reads!

The Rosie Project
★    

"Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance."

While this book is a nice easy read, I think it is predictable. I mean, the title kinda gives it away! In a lot of reviews that I have read about the book, a lot of readers compare Don to Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. I am not a Big Bang theory fan so I really didn't connect the two. There were a lot of funny parts and I enjoyed the read overall.

Beautiful Ruins
★    


"The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying."

Talk about an Italian romance! This is a great book for anyone longing for the romantic Italian coast, I mean just look at the cover! Having never been, I was able to imagine what it would be like. A very easy read and perfect for a travel read! I find that I am drawn to books with European storylines now. And this one is perfect.

The Goldfinch
★     



"It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art."

So, it seems that you either love or hate this book. And I am in the love category. With it's intimidating 850+ pages, it runs the risk of losing readers with its length. But like I said, with a couple of 6 hour round trip train rides to Leeds I was able to make major progress on this book. I really connected with book for some reason and got totally wrapped up in the story. And I have several pages marked with passages that I have gone back and reread. The author really captured human suffering in some of those passages.

After reading so many pages, I almost felt like the story would never end and I would be following Theo's life forever, which was fine by me. This book definitely is placed on my list of books that I didn't want to end...like The Book Thief and Me Before You.  I was somewhat satisfied with the ending but overall I really thought it was a wonderfully written book. And perfect for long train rides :)

What are you reading this summer? I am always looking for my next good read!!


Travel Reads [The Shock of the Fall]


Stars: ☆1/2
Loved this book. Loved everything about it. Maybe because I like to read about mental illness, I'm not sure (I do have a Psychology degree). But I love how the story unfolds, I loved how the author chose to differentiate the schizophrenic voices and I really felt the pain and suffering that the main character and his family were experiencing. The story is a very sad one but I think the topics that the author explores are important to bring to light.

I recently read another book about an author's own mental illness and was a little annoyed by it because it almost just sounded whiny. But this mental illness story is far from that. The Shock of the Fall is about a person who is unable to live a "normal" life because of his illness and about his family who struggles to deal with the problems that his mental illness brings to every day life. It is a true struggle. The child is schizophrenic and his mother just tries to protect him. But all of her energy spent just makes her exhausted and therefore reliant on anxiety meds. The father just struggles to keep his family together. Add a death of a child into the mix and you have a family who is going through some serious stuff. But that's just the secondary story. The main character, Matt, brings you through his mental illness, literally. The author narrates the story through different aspects of Matt's schizophrenia and it is such an eye opener to experience his illness.

But I will say this again, the way the story is written and delivered is very clever and I really fell into it. I almost read the whole thing on my flight from London to Dallas a couple of weeks ago.....and let me tell you, flying 9 hours during the day is nerve racking and I needed something to keep my mind off of my imminent death (I'm very dramatic about flying). The Shock of the Fall did the trick!!

Have you read The Shock of the Fall?? Please tell me what you thought! I am a terrible book reviewer but I love to talk to people about books :)

-Jamie

Travel Reads | The Fault in our Stars

Stars: 

It's funny how things work put sometimes. I ordered this book a few days before our trip not knowing what sort of state I would be in for our Spain trip. After losing my cat to a liver tumor a day before the Spain trip, I wasn't really in the mood to read a book about kids with terminal cancers...however, I think this book was just what I needed.....

The story is told from Hazel's persepctive and details her life living with cancer as a teenager. She falls fast for a handsome boy in her cancer support group named Augustus. 18 months cancer free, he is smart and witty just like she is. They become friends and quickly discover that they speak the same life language. They seem perfect together and seem to live in their own world. Hazel is obsessed with a certain novel and through Augustus' wish foundation she is able to meet the author in Amsterdam. Their travels bring them closer together and they fall deeply in love. 

I finished this book while flying back and forth from Spain and I really enjoyed it. While the story is a sad one, I didn't cry like I thought I would but I definitely felt the sadness. While I really enjoyed the book, I didn't really feel a strong emotional connection to it, hence the 4 stars. But it is a great little read...perfect for a plane ride!! I do recommend!

It looks as though this book is set to be relased as a movie and I do hope they keep the storyline the same. It is a touching story and I really did find the characters to be wonderful. I think that many viewers will feel the same way. 

Have you read The Fault in Our Stars??


Travel Reads Special | A Night with Jojo Moyes

Today I give you a Travel Reads Special :)


Yep...that's Jojo Moyes, author of famous works such as The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You and The One Plus One. But let's back up a bit before I get into the how and why of this picture....

We have the most precious bookstore in Ely called Topping & Company Booksellers. It reminds me of Meg Ryan's bookstore from "You've Got Mail" for some reason, but with British character. I always love walking past their storefront and seeing the book titles and mentally adding to my "to-read" list. Well a few weeks ago, I noticed an announcement for special author nights and decided to research it when I came home. I suspected there would be local authors and maybe up-and-coming authors. Little did I expect to see Jojo Moyes, among other superstar author names on the list of authors coming to visit!!

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I had just recently ordered Me Before You by Moyes and was about to begin reading it. I was so excited and hoped that I would enjoy the book even more now because I most definitely would be attending Jojo Moyes book tour event! And I was not disappointed. The book drew me in quickly, and not because it was set around a castle town (yes, I know I'm obsessed with castles....just wait until next week's posts ha!), but because I related to the emotions of the main characters, Lou and Will. I related to the fact that Lou finally found her life meaningful once she put others before herself. I have lived that story line....I don't talk about it much on my blog, but my last job was that of a sexual assault victim advocate. I found myself in helping others, much like Lou did.

I really really really enjoyed this book, much like the rest of the world with the book having now sold over 3 million copies so far. I really loved the character of Will. He makes you take a step back from your own life and imagine how you would react to the sudden loss of your limbs and immediate dependence. I think that his situation causes us to look at life from many different angles. Life is precious, and I think a lot of readers who have lost someone tragically might have difficulties with the ending in this book. But to each their own, and overall I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that was Me Before You. And after reading the book, I couldn't wait to get started on The One Plus One and also for the book event in Ely with Jojo herself.

The night with Jojo Moyes was phenomenal. Lasting about an hour and the church full of mostly women,we sat and listened to Jojo give some background information on how The One Plus One came to be. And not only The One Plus One, but all of her novels. She says that whatever is on the forefront of your mind, that's what you should be writing about. So each of her stories come from things that continually play in her mind. With The One Plus One (which I am currently reading, and my book is now signed!) Jojo based the story line around three things....a recent experience that her own cleaner had faced, the haves and the have-nots, and the complexity that is a road trip. I am loving this story so far!


Me Before You has recently named a director for the film and hopefully production will begin soon. As always, I really do hope that they do the book justice. Most importantly, it has been written in the contract that the ending stays the same as written in the book, which I sincerely appreciate! What a wonderful night, getting to know a witty and down to earth, superstar author. She shared personal experience, her favorite authors and what she is currently reading (which is The Goldfinch btw) And..she even tweeted me back...yay!!
Ely is very quickly becoming my favorite town out of the many that I have lived in. I love that it is so sleepy yet I can have a night with famous people like Jojo Moyes and I can stalk celebrities when movies are being filmed at the cathedral. :) But it really is a special place and I feel so blessed to be here.



Happy Friday everyone and have a wonderful weekend! Ours will be filled with golf, castles.....and playing golf around a castle.....because what else would you expect in England?!

-Jamie

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Travel Reads [Staring at Lakes] and a little bit of life

Because this travel reads review is a terrible one, I figured I would throw in a little bit of what's been going on around the Gunter household to brighten up this post:)

  • I recently became a contributor for the Ely area on localsecrets.com! It is a local online guide, and being a contributor in my own town is fun and keeps me up to date on events! My Gam always said I should be a writer.....although I think she says it because she a little biased :)
  • Van and I have booked a birthday/anniversary trip to Spain!! It will be a trip filled with golf, beach and yummy food.....we both are counting down the days!
  • The weather has been INCREDIBLE here in England. Van's work schedule has been pretty slow lately and we have been spending days playing golf and wandering around town. It has been such a welcome change!
Our river friend
  • Van had his first Tea experience (I was not allowed to photo this) and he enjoyed it and didn't break anything.....I was so proud :)
  • And in other travel reads news, I tried to start reading The Luminaries and haven't made it past page 13. I gave up and started reading The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. I finished Me Before You by Moyes a few weeks ago and LOVED it and will be writing on that very soon!!
And now for this review......

Stars: 

I think I am being generous with the stars. Maybe I'm just not deep enough to like this book. It read like a man's version of Eat, Pray, Love, which I loved, but with no organization and therefore no emotional connection the story. It was all. over. the place. I found myself reading pages and making a grocery list in my head at the same time. I just could not focus. I really expected this book to teach me something about life, but all it really taught me about was a man's depression. I did find some brilliant excerpts from the book, but overall, I really disliked this book. The title is extremely deceiving...magical thinking?? More like boring thinking.

The book is a memoir of Arthur Frank, an Irish author. He became a priest at a young age and decided in his 30's that the priesthood wasn't for him and so he became an author. He is a really depressed individual for no apparent reason. I know depression doesn't need a huge reason, but I mean this was just a little over the top. He does take a few trips to India, and these are slightly interesting but like I said, it is all over the place and hard to follow because of the lack of organization.

I really wanted this to be a good read but it failed.....I would not recommend this to anyone.

What books are you currently reading? I love a good book and suggestions are always welcome!!

Have a wonderful Monday :)

-Jamie

Travel Reads [The Cuckoo's Calling]

Stars: ☆ 1/2
I just really love a mildly thrilling tale. The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling was just that for me. After coming down from the whirlwind and irritation of Gone Girl, I needed something a little more relaxed and The Cuckoo's Calling was the perfect choice. The Cuckoo's Calling was originally released under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith and while released with few sales, the book still received good reviews. However, just months after the release, the press discovered that it was actually Rowling who wrote the book and it immediately rose to the top of the best seller list. I have to admit, I probably would have never discovered and read the book had I not known who the author was.

The Cuckoo's Calling is about a private investigator, Cormoran Strike, and his assistant Robin, investigating the apparent suicide of one of London's most prominent models, Lula Landry. They have been hired by her adoptive brother John Bristow to investigate and once they begin peeling back the layers of his family history they discover some interesting details. Lula Landry was a happy girl, despite some of her mental illness issues. But seeing as the police determined it as a suicide, everyone put the case to rest. Except for John. He believed that someone murdered Lula and he became certain that the two figures captured on CCTV running from nearby her house just minutes after she fell from her balcony were the killers. [Side note: CCTV is a closed circuit TV system used all over England].

Rowling's character of Cormoran Strike is just one of those characters who you want to win. He's been through way too many troubles as a child, served in the military and sustained injuries, and has just broke up with his long term girlfriend, Charlotte. He's behind on his bills, and although he believes the Lula Landry case is a suicide, he needs the money and takes the case. He begins to unravel a mystery that quite frankly leads him back right to where it started. With Robin as his eager assistant, they are able to gain the knowledge and evidence to tell John Bristow whether it was a murder or a suicide.

While the book is laid out at a leisurely pace, it allows you to really develop a sense of each character. When reading it, it is very reminiscent of the writing style of Harry Potter. Rowling is great at giving her characters life. I also love little details that authors throw in and in this particular book, each part begins with a quote from an ancient philosopher, which really gets your mind thinking differently. I also adored all of the London details....what a perfect book to read while living in England! I was thrilled to hear the announcement last week that Rowling is continuing the story of Cormoran and Robin with a sequel. I think Cormoran may be the new Harry :)

The Cuckoo's Calling....travel read approved!!

What are you reading currently? What is on your upcoming read list? Let's discuss!!

Travel Reads [ Gone Girl ]


Stars: ☆ 1/2
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has been topping the bestseller charts for awhile now, so I figured I would pick it up at the airport for some light reading on the way to Chamonix. I didn't know much about the book other than that it was a crime thriller and apparently people couldn't put it down. And that's why I chose it...I always need a good distraction while flying!

So the book lived up to it's promise and hooked me in pretty quickly. It kept me entertained on the flight from London to Geneva. Without giving too much away, the plot goes a little something like this. The first chapter begins with the husband, Nick Dunne, discovering that his wife of 5 years, Amy, is missing. The house is in disarray and it looks as though their was a struggle. The chapter is told from Nick's perspective as he is going through the emotions of discovering his wife is missing. The second chapter begins with a entry from Amy's diary from the night the two met 7ish years prior and the book continues in this fashion, back and forth between present day Nick to Amy's diary.

Amy is the daughter of wealthy psychologist-turned-author parents and has never wanted for anything in her life. She was a writer in New York when she met Nick. Nick is from a middle class family in midwestern Missouri and was also a writer in New York when he met Amy. They both lose their jobs within close timing of each other and decide it best to retun to Missouri to help take care of Nick's mother who is dying of cancer. Nick and his sister Margo purchase a bar and Amy continues to search for something to do in the small midwest town.

As the chapters unfold, Nick becomes the prime suspect in the case and can't seem to win over the public opinion. I have to say at first, I was really intrigued with the book...who could have kidnapped/killed Amy? But, for me, the book became a little predictable about halfway in. Once the twist becomes apparent, the rest seems predicatable. Of course, I continued to read at a ridiculous rate just to see what happened, but towards the end, I just wanted it to be over. And when I got the the end, I was really irritated with the ending! Can't there always just be a perfect ending?!

Well, at any rate, if you like crime thrillers this one is definitely an easy read and will keep you turning the pages. Did I walk away from this book with any real emotions from it? No....except irritation at the ending. Would I recommend it to others? Yes and no- I think it depends on the person! Definitely not one that I would gush about :)

Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think?

Travel Reads [The Book Thief]

Stars: 
I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season. It will be wrapping up in a few days and I'm sure many friends are still traveling or catching up on some much needed downtime. The Christmas/New Years holidays at the Gunter household included A LOT of laziness, giving me ample time to read a good book. I recently purchased "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, from the glowing ratings and seeing that they were making a movie from the book. I love reading books before they come out as a movie. I don't know why I do this because the movies usually turn out to be a disappointment....maybe its just the hope that the movie will capture the book's spirit. Movies just don't capture the whole backstory of the characters and it leaves you feeling like there is so much missing.

"The Book Thief" was such a great read. I believe it is actually listed in the Young Adult category, but we all know that those can be the best books sometimes!! (i.e. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games) The book is set in 1930's Germany. I have a serious obsession with learning about the horrors of Jewish persecution during Nazi Germany. I think I am in just complete disbelief about how the holocaust came to be. How did so many people in this world allow for 6 million Jews to be murdered?! It just baffles me every time I think about it. Hopefully a trip to Poland is in our near future and I will be able to pay my respects to the lives that were lost in such a horrific way.

So anyway, back to the book. The book is told from the perspective of Death which I think is perfect for the time period of the book. It sounds a little depressing to think of Death of the narrator, but he actually has a heart. And does not walk around in a black robe with a scythe :) It enables the reader to really become attached to each character individually. The characters really captured my heart and I knew I would probably be in for an emotional ride through this story.

"The Book Thief" is a book that will stay with you days after you finish the last page. It is a very moving book and helps us to imagine life in small town Germany during the Nazi reign. Don't be intimidated by the 550+ pages, you will not be able to put it down. I would most definitely recommend this book, especially if you are travelling!

Now, I have read the reviews on the movie. It still has yet to be released in the UK and the reviews are not the greatest. Most of them complain that the director sugar coats the horrors of the time period which I think is sad. I think its important to remember what happened and not to downplay it to future generations. But, the final verdict will have to wait until I see it myself!

Here is a little list of books-to-movies that I have read. MOST of the books were better than the movie, but there are a select few where I think the movie DID do the book justice (I have bolded them).

  • The Hunger Games
  • Water for Elephants
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • The Notebook
  • The Help
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Harry Potter (read about my HP studio tour here)
  • Matilda
  • The Witches
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • The Davinci Code
  • Angels and Demons
  • The Client
  • My Sister's Keeper
  • Bridget Jones Diary
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Angela's Ashes

Do you have any favorite books that were brought to life in the movies?

-Jamie