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10 Books I liked better than the movie

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I love to read, but after having children my time without them around is more and more precious. So more often than not, I choose sewing or other crafting activities over reading. Well, I still listen to audiobooks, and those totally count.

10 books is my idea for a weekly series to run this summer that recommends what I’m reading. Or what I’ve read in the past. Or what I’m reading to Mackay. Friends are always coming to me for book recommendations, and so this is my way of preempting, and of having a place to send people so I don’t have to make similar lists for several people.

And hopefully it will motivate me to start reading new books.

You know, right after I finish reading the Harry Potter series for the zillionth time.

Without further digressions, I will now present my first 10 books!

Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet)

This book was amazing. I mean, the movie was alright, but so much happens in the book that simply can’t be translated into the movie. Like how young Ender was when he was recruited, and how much time he spent training. His growth and discovery of his game. And that surprise ending. So much better when you’ve spent a few hundred pages with Ender.

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy)

Nothing against Brendan Fraiser, but this movie was terrible. Awesome book series though. So give it a couple more years to fade into oblivion and I’d really love to see someone take another whack at making this series into a movie.

Ella Enchanted

I bought this movie without seeing it. I mean, this is one of my all-time favorite books. But nowhere in the book are there wooden escalators, and Ella doesn’t sing a Queen song. I am so disappointed by the movie. They made a giant joke of a really amazing book. So read the book and just pretend the movie doesn’t exist.

The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain)

I honestly don’t know what Disney was thinking with this one. Combining a smidge of the first book with the second one and then getting rid of a ton of important plot points and characters. Poor Gurgi! I mean, he doesn’t climb into the cauldron in the book. This series is a favorite of mine, and way to unknown! Start with The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain Book 1)
and please read the whole series, because the story is really great.

The City of Ember

We went and saw this movie in the cheap theater. So forgive me if I didn’t feel terrible about zoning out partway through the movie. A monstrous mole? Seriously. The book was fantastic and didn’t need any monsters or gimmicks. If they were going to add stupid stuff like that they needn’t have bothered making the movie.

A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet)

From an interview with the author.

Newsweek: So you’ve seen the movie?
Madeleine L’Engle: I’ve glimpsed it.
N: And did it meet expectations?
ML: Oh, yes. I expected it to be bad, and it is.

Do I even need to give my opinion?

The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1)

Maybe they were scared of making 13 movies, but they never ever should have tried to put 3 books into one movie. But Lemony Snicket would really recommend you don’t read these books, since they’ll just make you miserable.


In the case of this book I actually watched the movie and was compelled to read the book. Neil Gaiman is basically brilliant. So if you liked Coraline or his episodes of Doctor Who (1, 2), this book is really fantastic.

Howl’s Moving Castle

Don’t get me wrong. I adore Hayao Miyazaki’s film. But I feel like something of the story is lost in translations. Book-> Japanese film -> English translation… Anyway, I really love this story, and it’s one I recommend a lot, because it seems like it doesn’t get enough attention. It’s really a great take on traditional fairy tale elements.

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

The movies are great. They do everything you can do with a movie. But they had to leave out sooooooo much! So if you haven’t read them yet, maybe one more little nudge from me will get you to do it.

And a bonus book!

The Fault in Our Stars

You’ve probably seen the previews. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there dying to see the movie, but I’m here to implore:  Please read this before you see the film! This book was marvelous. I spent the first half of the book trying to share the funny excerpts with my husband, and the second half of the book curled up on the couch bawling my eyes out.



6 Responses to “10 Books I liked better than the movie”

  1. Oh, love it! I love book lists and I love YA fiction. Does that make me weird? The only movies I’ve seen from this list are the HP ones, ha. Loved Ender.. Now I have some new books to check out for the next time I can find a few minutes to read!

  2. Polly @ Pieces by Polly says:

    I have yet to see the movie that REALLY does justice to the book. The first Anne of Green Gables come close…but then that movie is really long. I loved the Ender’s Game Books as well as the Shadow series (I’m totally in if Ender’s Game ends up being a CraftingCon theme)…and the movie was fun…but no where near as awesome as the books are.


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