Thankful for Books (and Movies)

Thanksgiving is  a wonderful opportunity to be with family, cozy up with a good book, and watch a bunch of movies. This past Sunday, The Washington Post came out with a list of must-see film adaptations of books, some of which are in theaters now and some of which are available streaming on Netflix or showing on cable. Here is a sample of the mix, in no particular order:

“Crazy Rich Asians,” from the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. (In theaters)

“The Hate U Give,” a topical adaptation from the YA book by Angie Thomas. (In theaters)

“Paddington 2,”  a sequel movie based on the children’s books by Michael Bond. (In theaters)

“The Wife,” from the novel by Meg Wolitzer that stars Glenn Close in what is predicted to be an Oscar-winning performance. (In theaters)

“Sharp Objects,” from the psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. (A limited series on HBO)

And from AceReader’s blog editor come these recommendations:

“The Hunger Games” films, based on the series by Suzanne Collins. The first and the best of the YA dystopian series rage. (Films available on Netflix or to buy on Amazon)

“The Lathe of Heaven,” the 1980 PBS adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s mind-bending novel. (Available on YouTube)

“Don’t Look Now,” a psychological thriller based on the Daphne du Maurier short story. (Film available on Netflix or to buy on Amazon)

“Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s visionary take on the Philip K. Dick novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (Film available on Netflix or to buy on Amazon)

“The Shawshank Redemption,” based on Stephen King’s novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.” (Film available on Netflix or to buy on Amazon)

“The Raven,” the 2002 film adaptation inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem. (Film available on Netflix or to buy on Amazon)

So, what are you reading/watching this Thanksgiving? Give us a shout out in the comments section below. And have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Next week: The Olmecs, the next installment in our History of Writing and Reading series


Author: AceReader Blogger

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