September is Movie/TV month, meaning we will read books that have inspired movies or TV shows. Listed below are the books I’ll be reading this month.
Sept. 1 – 7 – Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
- Ender’s Game is our first sci-fi selection, and the film adaptation will be coming to theaters this fall. I figured now’s the time to read this book, before it gets to theaters! The film looks like it’ll be great, but books are (usually) better. Read along with me so we can compare and contrast when the movie comes out! If you’re not a sci-fi fan, give Ender’s Game a shot – it might change your mind!
Sept. 8 – 14 – Serena – Ron Rash
- Serena is a historical fiction novel set in 1920s North Carolina (hey – that’s where I live!) The film adaptation will be hitting theaters Oct. 31, and will be staring the fabulous Jennifer Lawrence (of The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook fame). Oh yea, and Bradley Cooper. Join me in enjoying some lovely historical fiction.
Sept. 15 – 21 – The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- I’m sure we all read this book in high school, but how many of us have picked it up since then? The movie came out this summer – to very mixed reviews. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’d like a refresher on the book before I commit myself to the movie. The book is the first classic we will be reading. Sometimes it’s nice to see an old book through new eyes!
Sept. 22 – 28 – Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay
- This fall brings around the end of the “Dexter” TV series on Showtime (if you haven’t watched it, you NEED TO!) The series was actually inspired and adapted from Jeff Lindsay’s crime fiction Darkly Dreaming Dexter – the first of 5 in the Dexter series. I have been a fan of the show since it’s beginning (and am very sad to see it go), but I’d like to see the difference between the show and the books. This book will also help get us into the mood for our October theme – Halloween!
Our September to October Crossover will combine a book that has been made into a movie
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5 – Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
- Shelley’s classic horror novel has been adapted into dozens of different movies, and her monster has been played by everyone from Boris Karloff to Robert De Niro. In 2014, Aaron Eckhart will don the bolts in “I, Frankenstein” (the verdict is still out on that one…). What better way to start off our Halloween month than with the real story?!
So there you have it, folks. Our first five books are selected. I hope you have enough time to hit the library, head to the used book store, or order your ebooks. I hope you’ll choose one (or more) to read with me. Remember, the point of this challenge is to read books you’d never have read before, so try to get out of your literary comfort zone.