8 Books To Read Before They Hit the Big Screen!

I love books. But I also love seeing film adaptations of books that I’ve enjoyed reading. There are a lot of great books being made into movies and I thought I’d share some of the ones that are being released in the next few months.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Why You Should Read It: If you enjoyed the Hunger Games and haven’t got around to the sequel yet – I highly recommend it. It’s got all the drama of the first book but more. More tributes, more arena and more twists and turns that you probably aren’t expecting. I know I wasn’t This trilogy is very quick to read with engaging characters and more of what I loved about the first book.

Australian Release Date: 21st November 2013

Staring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hucherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Why You Should Read It: In preparation of the return of evil aliens, young children are sent to an intense military like academy to train. Family drama and zero gravity – this book may be almost thirty years old but it stands the test of time.

Australian Release Date: 5th December 2013

Staring:  Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug by JRR Tolkien

Why You Should Read It: Okay – so I haven’t actually read the Hobbit yet. But I recently bought myself a copy (and a copy of the Lord of the Rings books too!) and plan on reading them soon. This book has been loved by children and adults for decades and has influenced literature for just as long. I have to admit I’m rather excited about this second film too – the cast is amazing!

Australian Release Date: 26th December 2013

Staring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Why You Should Read It: This is a beautiful book that tugged on my heartstrings when I read it. Set in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief follows a young girl who steals books. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about love and war with one of the most unusual narrators I’ve ever read. And plus – it’s written by an Aussie!

Australian Release Date: 9th January 2014

Staring: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Why You Should Read It: Once a month a new boy is deposited into the maze knowing nothing but his name. It’s creepy, full of monsters and only a matter of time before escape isn’t an option any more.

Australian Release Date: 13th February 2014

Staring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Patricia Clarkson

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters by Richelle Mead

Why You Should Read It: You may think the world has had enough of YA vampire novels. But don’t write Vampire Academy off just yet. These are vampires with some bite. Rose Hathaway is a kick-arse heroine who isn’t like any sparkly vampires you may have met before. Warrior types protecting other vampires who rule their own with magical powers. And trust me – the book isn’t quite as Fanged Gossip Girl as the trailer makes it look.

Australian Release Date: 13th March 2014

Staring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Sarah Hyland

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Why You Should Read It: Set in a dystopian society where the population is segregated based on their talents, Divergent is one I’d recommend for lovers of the Hunger Games. With a main character who is engaging and brave, Tris is faces danger as she is different. Having traits belonging to more than one category or faction, she’s in danger of being found out. Her life is in danger as she tries to fit in or be found out. There’s a lot more going on that just that but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone!

Australian Release Date: 20th March 2014

Staring: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, and Theo James

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Why You Should Read It: It’s a beautiful story about life and death. Teenagers Hazel and Augustus meet at a support group for teenagers fighting cancer and the novel follows them as they both muddle their way though. Young yet wise beyond their years, terminally ill Hazel falls in love and has to deal with the consequences relating to that. I’d not read a John Green book before this one and I enjoyed the journey he took me on despite needing to read for the box of tissues a few times along the way!

Australian Release Date: June 2014

Staring:  Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

That is my list of eight books that I recommend you read before the films come out! Let me know in the comments which of these you’ve read or want to read – or which movies you’re excited about!

Challenge Update!

I can’t believe we’re heading into June and are practically half way though the year!

I thought it’d be a good thing for me to get up to date on how I’m going with the challenges I signed up for.

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013


I decided to sign up for the level of Miles – read 6 – review at least 4.

Reviews so far:

How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington

The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

Blood Storm by Rhiannon Hart

Status: 3/6
On track. Am currently reading two books written by Aussie women – Shadows by Paula Weston and Feeling Sorry of Ceila by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Eclectic Reader Challenge

For the Eclectic Reader 2012 Challenge (hosted by ShelleyRae @ book’d out), the aim is to read one book from each of the twelve categories.

Reviews so far:

  1. Translated fiction
  2. Historical mystery
  3. Romantic suspense
  4. Made into a Movie – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  5. New Adult – True by Erin McCarthy
  6. Urban Fantasy – Paranormalcy by Kiersten White 
  7. Dystopian – Nameless by Lili St. Crow
  8. Memoir
  9. LGBT
  10. Action Adventure
  11. Humour
  12. Published in 2013 – Hooked by Liz Fichera (published February 2013)

Status: 5/12
Not too bad. On track – although I think I’ve tackled the easiest categories first. If anyone has any suggestions of what I should read for the remaining categories – I’d be grateful if you would leave me a comment!

Debut Author Challenge 2013

I signed up to read at least 12 novels published by debut authors in 2013.

Reviews so far:

  1.  Hooked by Liz Fichera
  2. The Collector by Victoria Scott
  3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  4. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

Status: 4/12
Not the best start… slightly behind but there are a few books I’m going to read soon by debut authors.

Young Adult Audiobook Challenge

2013 YA Audiobook Challenge

I’m well and truly behind on this one.

Reviews so far:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Status: 1/12
Embarrassingly behind. But I recently joined a new library with a fantastic selection of YA audiobooks so hopefully I’ll catch up a little in the next few months. 

TBR Pile Reading Challenge

The aim of those challenge is to read books published prior to 2013. I signed up for the Friendly Hug level – 12 books.

Reviews so far:

1. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout [review]. (published December 2012)

2. Model Spy by Shannon Greenland [review]. (published December 2007)

3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White [review]. (published October 2010)

4. A Fault in Our Stars by John Green [review]. (published January 2012)

5. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead [review]. (published August 2011)

6. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead [review]. (published June 2012)

7. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest [review]. (published December 2012)

8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl [review]. (published December 2009)

9. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor [review]. (published November 2012)

10. From Ashes by Molly McAdams [review]. (published December 2012)

11. Die for Me by Amy Plum [review]. (published May 2012)

12. Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein [review]. (published May 2012)

13. Until I Die by Amy Plum [review]. (published May 2012)

14. Blood Storm by Rhiannon Hart [review]. (published August 2012)

15. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins [review]. (published October 2011)

16. The Selection by Kiera Cass [review]. (published June 2012)

17. The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich [review]. (published November 2012)

Status: 17/12
I kicked that out of the park! I think perhaps I should aim a little higher and go for Love at First Sight (31 – 40 books)


So that’s how I’m going so far this year. With the exception of the YA Audiobook challenge I’m on track for all of them! If anyone has any recommendations for me in any of the challenges – please let me know! I love getting suggestions and recommendations from people.

Book Lover Gift Ideas…

I love Christmas – I start my shopping in January and now, just a week before Christmas, and I still have a few things to get. So whilst finishing up my shopping I’ve decided to share some ideas for gifts for book lovers in case anyone else is in the same boat and needing some inspiration for some last-minute gifts.

Book Hampers
The the best thing about book hampers you put together yourself is that you can personalize them. They can be as big or as small as you like. The most important thing is to only include items that the person you’re giving it to will appreciate considering that you are tailoring the hamper for that person.

You can theme them. Things like a recipe book and some cookie cutters; a book and a DVD of the movie. You could even make up your own special ideas for particular books – I may have given my sister a towel and a copy of one of my favourite books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

For a book hamper I made for a friend I included a copy of a book I thought she’d like, a coffee mug, some hot chocolate and a few chocolates that I know are her favourites. I put it all together in a handy tote that she could use as a library bag – or for anything really. Tote bags are fantastically handy.

Some other ideas of what to go into a book hamper – or could be gifted separately – are:

  • bookmarks
  • book lights
  • book ends
  • hollow book
  • book jewellery
  • reading journal
  • book clock
  • e-reader/tablet covers
  • gift cards – I think these are especially good to give if the recipient of your gift likes ebooks or audio books from audible or similar sites
  • literary quote t-shirts
  • tissues (if the book you’re gifting is a bit of a tear-jerker)
  • Literary inspired cookbooks for the culinary adept
  • magazine subscriptions,

This pretty much reads like a letter I would write to Santa – these are things I’d love to receive myself so they are things I would gift to others.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season 🙂