This is my first ever Top Ten Tuesday and I’m so excited to get the ball rolling! Thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for this amazing meme; this was super fun to do and I can tell I’m going to do more and more in the future. 🙂
1) All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom.
It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
All The Bright Places is one of my best reads this year, and I’m super excited to hear that they’ve purchased the rights to make it a movie! It’ll star Elle Fanning and will probably release late next year or even in 2017.
2) The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. But she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
It’s no secret that I love all alien invasion-related stuff, so this one’s right up my alley. Chloe Grace Moretz is going to be amazing in this, I know it.
3) Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor: Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…
Park: He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises….
I think they’re still writing the script, but Eleanor and Park was such a breath of fresh air when I read it several years back. It’s cute, it’s sweet, and it’s not too heavy—perfect for a YA movie, methinks!
4) The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff
Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: What do you do when the person you love has to change?
Uniting fact and fiction into an original romantic vision, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.
My best friend gave me this book and I haven’t actually read it yet, but the trailer is so, so gorgeous. It has Eddie Redmayne and Ben Whishaw and it’s bound to be emotional!
5) Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
Lou is about to burst into Will’s world in a riot of colour. And they’re going to change the other for all time.
This book was so not what I expected, but it has all the elements that I like: drama, romance, some heart-wrenching, tear-jerking stuff. I’m going to rope the boyfriend into watching this with me, too, and I’m super excited for that!
6) Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.
I didn’t actually like Thirteen Reasons Why as a book, but I respect Asher’s idea and the bitter taste it left: that not everything is going to have a happy ending. I think this one’s under development to be a mini-series.
7) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J. K. Rowling
A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Comic Relief, which means that the pounds and Galleons you exchange for it will do magic beyond the powers of any wizard.
This is the second Eddie Redmayne movie on this list—the man’s going places!—and another title under the Harry Potter franchise. Who’s excited? I AM!
8) Maze Runner: The Death Cure – James Dashner
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.
I like the Maze Runner books but I actually love the movies more! There are things that are way more suspenseful and powerful on screen, and I think this series are one of them. Plus I think I have some sort of a crush on Dylan O’Brien… 😳
9) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – everyone except Katniss.
And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay—the symbol of rebellion—no matter what the personal cost.
I stand by my opinion that The Hunger Games series is better as movies than as books, and while Mockingjay Part 1 let me down (I found it dull and unexciting), I’m eager to finish the story for once and for all!
10) A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
The book is incredibly sad, and I think it’s the illustrations (rather than the writing) that actually take the cake. It’d be interesting, especially with Liam Neeson as the monster and Sigourney Weaver as the grandmother.
What book-to-movie adaptations are you guys looking forward to? Link me to your Top Ten Tuesday post so I can check it out!