As we inch towards May – and summer vacation – it seems like as good a time as any to start planning some fun. And by “fun,” we definitely mean “reading.”
Remember when we told you about the importance of reading over breaks? Well, we’re not just recommending “school” books. After all, no matter the subject, reading keeps your mind active and looking at a subject in new ways. So, if you’re searching for some books to look forward to over the summer, you’re in luck. And, since it’s summer, we’re recommending that you do a little fun “extra credit” and assign your own compare/contrast project to yourself by watching the movies too.
Here are just some of the movie/book titles you can enjoy:
For The Kids in All of Us:
- Captain Underpants – Need to pad your Goodreads book list for the year? You could easily finish one of these books by Dav Pilkey in an afternoon and remember your 90s childhood fondly. (June 2nd)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Are you ready to feel old? The first book appeared more than a decade ago in 2004 and now Alicia Silverstone is starring as the mom in this film. (May 19)
For History Fans:
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – This isn’t your childhood Sword in the Stone. There are plenty of King Arthur stories to read in preparation – even John Steinbeck wrote about this mythic leader! (May 12)
- Lady Macbeth – Want to read the entire novella (The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) that this film is based on? This Russian tale by Nikolai Leskov is available here. (June 2)
- My Cousin Rachel – While most people are exposed to Daphne Du Maurier through her famous book Rebecca, this imdb plot summary (below) seems intriguing as well. (June 9)
A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
- Tulip Fever – From the same British writer whose book These Foolish Things inspired the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes this tale that is sure to be artsy in both look and plot: “An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.” (August 25)
For Graphic Novel / Comics Fans:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – These funny characters are back and searching for Peter Quill’s father. And, as rumor has it, the next film is already in the works (so start doing your reading early!) (May 5).
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Everything I’ve heard about this film makes it clear that there are some devoted fans to this European comic book series, especially director Luc Besson. Perhaps it’s time to see why this time-traveling “space opera” is so popular.
For Fan Favorites:
- Everything Everything – This film continues the trend of adapting every YA novel I’ve ever read into a film. And, if you enjoy this book/film, you might try Nicola Yoon’s other book, The Sun is Also a Star. (May 19)
- The Dark Tower – I’ll let Fandango say it: “Stephen King’s best-selling fantasy Western series finally comes to the big screen with Idris Elba starring as the iconic Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the villainous Man in Black.” (August 4)
Happy Reading / Viewing!