This year marks my third year participating in the Goodreads reading challenge. My friend Joy introduced me to Goodreads, the Facebook for bookworms, and we challenged each other to read 50 books in 2014. If you’re a reader and you haven’t signed up for Goodreads, DO IT! I don’t know how I functioned before I got an account. Goodreads helps you keep track of new releases, allows you to shelf books that you want to remember to read later and tracks how many books you’ve read.
Every January, Goodreads asks their users to set a goal number of books to read for the year. The past two years have come down to the homestretch, but I was able to complete 50 books in 2014 and 40 books in 2015. I’ve pledged to read 40 books again this year, and I’m looking forward to updating the blog with reviews along the way!
I mainly read bestsellers, YA novels, murder mystery/thrillers and nonfiction books about exercise and healthy living. But my number one motivator when choosing which books to read is whether they’ve been optioned for a television or film adaptation. I scour Hollywood press sites to see which books have been optioned by which companies and immediately add them to my to-read list. Sometimes they are busts (“The Secret In Their Eyes”) and sometimes the adaptation gets nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (“The Martian”).
Here are the adaptations I’m most looking forward to in 2016:
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Big Little Lies, written by Liane Moriarty, was published in 2014 and has been optioned by HBO as a limited series. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley have been cast as the three kindergarten mothers whose lives unravel to the point of murder. A release date hasn’t been published yet, but it is expected to air this year.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You was published in 2012 and the movie comes out this June! Game of Thrones’ mother of dragons, Emilia Clarke, snagged the lead role of Louisa, an ordinary girl who takes a job as a caretaker/companion to a wheelchair-bound man named Will Traynor (played by Hunger Games alum Sam Claflin).
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Okay, so I hated this book. I’m so curious about the movie because I think it could blow the book out of the water. The movie debuts in October and stars Emily Blunt as Rachel, a mentally unstable woman who becomes obsessed with a couple in her old neighborhood and gets wrapped up in a murder case.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by JK Rowling
Harry. Potter. Universe. Returns. That is all.
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in this adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel, which tells the story of a young woman who takes a job at a Google/Facebook/Apple-esque company and learns the dangerous side effects of social media. This book is infuriating and will haunt you. Praying that the movie captures the same feelings!
What adaptations are you looking forward to this year?