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2017’s Best: Our Favorite Books Turned into Major Motion Pictures

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Every year, we patiently await the arrival of film adaptations derived from some of our favorite novels and every year Hollywood does not disappoint! This year, our favorites include a piece of little known history, scary clowns, steamy romance, and a murder mystery classic.  If they aren’t on your must-read list already, mark them down for 2018!   January 2017: Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly Of course we have to jumpstart this list with our pick for January, the New York Times Bestseller, Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of the black female mathematicians that changed the way we see NASA today. Without their achievements in the calculations they made every day, we wouldn’t see some of the greatest breakthroughs we’ve…

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Everything, Everything Adaptation Puts Spotlight on Young Adult Novels

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With blockbuster series like Twilight or The Hunger Games on bookshelves, it’s easy to assume that most young adult novels need a sexy vampire or a dystopian future in order to succeed. Sure, we’re not ever going to turn down a sexy vampire—we’re not crazy, after all. But there’s also something intriguing about contemporary novels involving issues that could affect any teenager in our society. The success of realistic YA novels like The Fault in our Stars or 13 Reasons Why show us that people crave relatable, human stories just as much as they crave paranormal or fantasy. Even if those “relatable stories” make us cry buckets of tears, such as Everything, Everything. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon, is the…

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Movie ‘New Life’ Brings on the Tears — and So Do These 5 Novels

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Sometimes I want to read joyful books or uplifting ones or tales of true love and happy endings. But other times I just want to bawl my eyes out, soaking the pages with my tears and reveling in the way the story makes my heart ache. It sounds strange, but it’s true: there’s something undeniably cathartic about giving yourself over to a true tearjerker. Which is why I can’t wait for the release of New Life, a new film releasing in theaters on October 28. Watch the trailer and you’ll see what I mean:   Not only does is James Marsters in it (Hellllooo, Spike!), it looks like one of those movies that’s bound to completely rip you apart emotionally; in…

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Mighty Girls: 3 Young Adult Heroines to Cheer For

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Ask any teen girl—being an adolescent blows. Your body is changing, your world is changing, your friends are changing and adult independence is banging on your door. It’s hard enough when you fit in with the people around you, but coming of age with unique challenges is really tough. This week Katie Orphan, manager of Los Angeles’ The Last Bookstore, recommends three terrific Young Adult novels about mighty girls who conquer the world on their own terms. The Last Bookstore began in a small loft and has swelled to their current 20,000 sq. ft. space and yes, the name is an intentional message; independent bookstores continue to struggle against big chains and e-books. But The Last Bookstore is flourishing with…

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