Thanksgiving Reading: Some Novel Ideas to Inspire Your Book List

We know Thanksgiving is all about family time food, but it it also marks our last few days of freedom before finals come rolling through (eeeek!). What will you do with your time on these precious days? Well, chances are you probably haven’t been able to read or watch something for yourself since the semester started, so you can’t pass up on the opportunity to veg out with a good book or movie. But which to do? Read a book? Watch a movie? We have the perfect compromise! Here’s a list of some quick reads that are being adapted into films in 2012! While you’re traveling home or maybe while you’re nursing that turkeystuffingpumpkinpie-induced food baby, dig into one of these movies-t0-be.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A badass teenage girl named Katniss fights to the death with a bow and arrow. Drama, violence, a love triangle and a man-made killer (literally) arena are all televised to the nation of Panem, the tattered remains of what was once North America.  The Hunger Games is the first in a series of three, so you can keep up with Katniss’ adventures during winter break! If you haven’t already watched the trailer, please do. The movie is set to be released March 23, 2011, and while we can’t make any promises on how good it will be, the book is an awesome, quick read — definitely something to be thankful for!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

We know you know the story: mysterious Jay Gatsby tries to win over Daisy Buchanan (already married, mind you) with his wealth. It’s a classic tragic love story set in the roaring 1920s, narrated by Yale graduate and aspiring writer Nick Carraway. If you haven’t read it yet, shame on you, but if you have, chances are it was at some point in high school and you kind of used Spark Notes and don’t totally remember why the green light is so effing special. So basically the newest movie adaptation is a perfect reason to (re)read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet), the film hopes to capture the books’s narrative beauty better than past adaptations floating around, with Leonoardo Di Caprio playing Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy. The release is set for Chrstimas 2012, but you’ll be ready for the trailer and all those movie-set pictures ahead of time after re-acquainting yourself with the novel this Thanksgiving.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

If you’ve been stalking keeping up with Emma Watson’s career since she transferred(?) from Brown, you’ll have heard about this movie adaptation of Chbosky’s novel. The book unfolds as a series of letters written by protagonist Charlie to an anonymous person. Charlie is an endearing introvert, a freshman in high school who gets taken under the wings of two upperclassmen girls. At its heart, the book is a coming-of-age story, both sweet and melancholy, with a ton of great music, film and literary references. Emma Watson will play Sam, one of the older girls who helps Charlie and also becomes his first love. It’s a short, powerful story, and we’re excited for the film, which is set to be released sometime in early 2012.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

This sci-fi classic takes place in the future, following Ender Wiggin, a boy genius who has been chosen by the international military forces to train to be a leader against alien invasion. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this one, but I know people who totally loved it. Plus, a friend of mine who read it middle school was totally traumatized and wept while writing the book report. Thrilling, no? The movie adaptation is a ways away, set to be released March 15, 2013, but it’s never too soon to read the book! Nothing like baby geniuses and some alien invasion with which to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

If you don’t have time for any of the above, at least try to get your hands on this 45-pager. It’s a children’s book that’s probably even more relevant now than when I first read it as a kid, about the dangers that industrialized society can pose to nature, told via Dr. Seuss’ creatures. I’m an Environmental Studies concentrator, so this is the kind of thing that I’m a total sucker for, but it’s seriously worth reading. The movie is by the same creators as Despicable Me, and is set to come out March 2, 2012. Check out the trailer here!

Happy reading and a merry Thanksgiving to all!

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