Friday, July 13, 2012

5 Books to Read Before Seeing the Movie by Heather Smith

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It seems that today is a guest-post-day! Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Heather Smith!

5 Books to Read Before Seeing the Movie

by Heather Smith

If you are a movie buff and book worm, then you most likely are the first person to grab a book when you hear a screen adaptation is being filmed from the best seller list. Here is a list of 5 books you should read before they hit the big screen:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy : A love story that follows woman named Anna, through your marriage struggles and her lust for her lover. This movie is set to be released November 2012 but most likely limited theaters, stars Keira Knightly and Jude Law. The director Joe Wright also directed the award winning film ‘Atonement’ that also starred Keira Knightley.

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins: The first movie has been released and proved to be a huge hit among the young and the older. This is your chance to read the second installment Catching Fire before the movie is released in 2013. The books are easy to read and great for all ages. The movie depicted the first book pretty well and hopes the second will follow suit.

Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell: This bestselling novel tells a story of a younger man named Harley set to take care over his younger sisters when their mother is in jail. In the meantime there are secrets to be hidden and Harley falls for the mother of one of his sister’s friends. This movie has yet announced a release date but will star Andrew Garfield as Harley and Jennifer Garner as his love interest.

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst: A man’s world turns upside down when he finds that his wife has died and the only witness was their dog which leads to an interesting campaign to teach the dog to speak. Lovable and funny man Steve Carell has been cast the lead and set to be released in 2013.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: A classic book that most students across America were forced read in school so grab this paperback out, dust it off and re-read. A 1920’s tale that follows the mysterious ways of Jay Gatsby and the lavish socialites he surrounds himself with. The movie is directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars greats like Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio and ….. This film is to be released Christmas Day 2012 and is already getting big buzz.

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at]

Thank you Heather for writing a guest post!

I have read 3 of these books and seen 3 of the movies. What about you?

Happy reading!


  1. I agree with the Hunger Games. there's so many subtle hints in the movie that only makes sense to those who read it..

    I think I would add The Host by Stephanie Meyer in this list :D

    1. Hi Arianne,

      As for Hunger Games, I think it is an advantage that you have read the book before seeing the movie. I personally liked book better.

      I have read The Host. Are they making movie out of it? :D

  2. Great, comprehensive list. I'd add the Hobbit, although it hasn't come out yet. I still want everyone to read that book, though.

    Totally agree with the Hunger Games, some of my friends had not read the book and they HATED the movie. In that vein, I'd probably add Divergent, when it comes out.

    1. Hi Isabelle,
      It's weird, but I did not like Hobbit as a book, but for some reason believe, that I will love the movie.

  3. I missed HG in the cinemas as I wanted to read the books first!
    So I'm hoping to read The Great Gatesby and The Hobbit before December.
    However with Anna Karenina I'm thinking of watching the film first as I'm unsure about it- I sometimes do this as the book always ends up better than the film!

    1. Hi Lettie!
      I have seen a very old version of The Great Gatesby movie, so looking forward to a newer version. The book was great!

      I think Anna Karenina has been made into a movie by several different countries and directrs and producers. I know, that I have seen Russian version, Brittish and I think French. It's a classic book and the story never gets old. If you haven't read Anna Karenina yet, do it before you see any movies!


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