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20 Amazing Novels You Should Read Before You Watch The Movies Based on Them

20 Amazing Novels You Should Read Before You Watch The Movies Based on Them

There’s nothing better than sinking into your comfy chair with a wonderful book and being drifted off into a whole new world. A world that isn’t yours. Many will agree that reading books is different than watching the movie version, since you grow attached to the characters as their feelings and story progresses. It’s not uncommon for a reader to actually get caught up into the book to such a level that they cry, laugh, blush or scream while their favorite character goes through different life episodes. That being said, there are 20 amazing novels that you must read before you watch the movie! Not only to know what to expect before it happens, but also to compare your vision of the character to the movie’s portrayal.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s dystopian story comes to life as it takes a spot on the big screen. It’s a story that we’ve all fallen in love with, and it’s now time to connect with each character on a whole new level. A community without war, suffering, differences or free will is shaken up as a young boy, named Jonas, is given the opportunity to learn about emotions and past events from an elderly man. Will Jonas be able to take what he’s learning and change the community? With Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, and Alexander Skarsgard. Release date: August 15th, 2014

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    2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

    John Green’s book has made many weep and smile as they read about Hazel and Gus’ story. This amazing story has shined a new light on relationships and true love and the time has finally come to bring the characters to life! Two teenagers, named Gus and Hazel, fall in love while they’re both being treated at the hospital. Their wits and weirdness brings them closer together as the story moves forward and keep each other strong throughout the struggles that their illnesses put them through. Will it be a happy ending? With Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe.

    3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

    We’ve fallen in love with Suzanne Collins’ characters, Katniss and Peeta, during the first two movies that were inspired by the Hunger Games trilogy. Hollywood finishes the trilogy by dividing the third book’s story into two parts. Katniss unintentionally becomes the face of rebellion as she teams up with her mentors and hunger games teammates to bring President Snow down. It’s way more than just a rebellion though as she is also forced to choose between her two loves, Peeta and Gale. With Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland.

    4. If I Stay by Gale Foreman

    For those of you who like the supernatural and have a soft side in your heart, you will love Gale Foreman’s book, If I Stay. Not only do you connect with the characters, but you also start viewing life in a whole different way… in a supernatural way. Time to let the dreams begin. Mia’s life changes drastically as she is put in a coma after a tragic car accident. While in a coma, she has an out-of-body experience where she meets various individuals. As her story moves forward, she has to decide whether or not she will stay in a coma, since she is not yet ready to let go of the people she met while in her out-of-body experience. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Liana Liberato, and Stacy Keach. Release date: August 22nd, 2014

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      5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

      Gillian Flynn’s mystery and thriller book Dark Places keeps us on the edge of our seat as the characters get themselves in various situations. The suspense of knowing whether or not the characters will reach their goal is what makes this book a must-read! Libby’s life is turned upside down when her mother and two sisters are murdered by her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben. After testifying against her brother, she thought she was done and ready to move on… but she was wrong. Twenty-five years later, a secret society pumps her for details about what happened to her mother and sisters in order to free Ben from prison, forcing Libby to reconnect with the tragic event. Will she survive her run from the killer? With Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, and Corey Stoll. Release date: November 14th, 2014

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        6. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

        Jonathan Tropper’s book makes us laugh and nod our heads as we realize the funny truths about our own families. An easy-read that needs to be shared with everybody! All grown and somewhat responsible, four siblings are shaken up as their father passes away. Although the passing upsets them, it’s what comes after that really hits them. Their father’s last wish, to ground all his children for one week, has been written in his will and forces all four siblings to return back home and face each other’s drama-filled lives. Will they survive the week? With Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, and Corey Stoll

        7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

        This story will most definitely hook you from beginning to end, as the characters go through a hard journey to keep their identity. Get your running shoes ready, because you will live this story at full speed. Thomas’ life is changed dramatically as his memory is erased and he’s dumped with 60 other teenage boys in a closed space. With the other boys, Thomas tries to escape by going through a maze that surrounds their living environment. Little did they know that they must run to keep themselves from being trapped there forever. With Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, an Will Poulter.

        8. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

        A forbidden love affair always makes everything more interesting for the lovers and the public who’s watching. Who’s to say that love can’t happen between two people? Certainly not Mark Helprin. Set in the 19th century, in Manhattan, a middle-aged burglar and a young heiress fall in love without meaning to. As their journey moves forward and their love for each other grows, a turn of events shakes up their relationship. As the burglar is left alone after the heiress dies, he realizes that he has a magic power that could help him bring back his beloved: the power of reincarnation. The burglar then goes on a journey to help the heiress and bring her back into his life. With Colin Farrell, Matt Bomer, Lucy Griffiths, Michael Patrick Crane, Brian Hutchison, Kevin Corrigan, and Alan Doyle.

        9. Hector and the Search For Happiness by Francois Lelord

        ‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ is the question Francois Lelord wants to answer in his new book. Tears will fall down your cheeks from laughter and sadness, as you connect with the character through his journey to happiness. We always thought that psychiatrists had the answer to everything, but Hector is shaken up as he realizes that he doesn’t understand what true happiness is. He decides to quit his job as a shrink and go around the world to find what makes people happy and in turn find happiness for himself. With Simon Pegg, Jordan Schartner, Rosamund Pike, Tracy Ann Oberman, Veronica Ferres, Jakob Davies, and Chris Gauthier.

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        10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

        Gillian Flynn does it again! This book will submerge you in the story as you connect with the characters and look at the situations through their eyes. Nick’s wife has disappeared and instead of searching the town for the killer, the media bombards Nick with questions, blaming him for the disappearance. Under a lot of pressure from the police and the media, Nick concocts lies to keep them away as long as he can. He’s playing the role of the innocent, but is he really? With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Carrie Coon, and Patrick Fugit.

        11. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

        Nicholas Sparks’s books have touched our heart many times as we grew attached to the characters in his stories and felt the emotions they were going through. The Best of Me is no exception; an easy read that will bring you on a wonderful emotional journey. Amanda and Dawson fell in love in 1984, when they were both in High School, but their relationship never made it until the end. They both went their own way after they graduated 12th grade, almost forgetting about one another, until they are forced to come back together twenty-five years later and face the painful memories that brought them to that point in their lives. Will their love for each other be enough to surpass the pain? With Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato, James Marsden, and Luke Bracey.

        12. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

        Cecelia Ahern’s book tells about something that a lot people are struggling with nowadays: the Friendzone. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you laugh and connect with the characters’ struggles to find love for each other while not jeopardizing their friendship. Alex and Rosie has been best friends since they were five years-old. Since they grew up together, they learned to see each other like siblings, oblivious to all the signs showing them that they should actually be in a relationship. Follow their hilarious journey as they try to be together but just keep missing their chance! The movie is titled Love, Rosie.  With Lily Collins, Sam Claffin, Christian Cooke, and Art Parkinson.

        13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

        It’s so easy to connect with the main character in this books, as we’ve all felt like running away from everything at least once in our lives. Cheryl Strayed uses the perfect words to bring the story to life and make us feel like we’re on the journey as well. After having her life turned upside down by her mother’s death and family destroyed, Cheryl decides to go on a journey to find herself and be at peace. With nothing more than a backpack and ambition, she hikes more than a thousand miles from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon all the way to Washington State. Alone with her thoughts, she hopes to heal her heart from all the drama that’s recently filled her life. Will she succeed, or will the journey be too much for her to handle alone? With Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Charles Baker, Michiel Huisman, and W. Earl Brown.

        14. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

        There is absolutely no way to not fall in love with The Hobbit! J.R.R. Tolkien describes Bilbo’s journey like no other, with details that make the magic come to life from within. Goosebumps are guaranteed to occur when you follow the hard, yet hilarious, journey of The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins’s journey continues as he tries to reclaim Erebor from the enemies and take back the treasure that was once rightfully his and the Dwarves’s. Will Bilbo be able to claim what is his? With Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, and Luke Evans.

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        15. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

        Laura Hillenbrand’s words grab you and draw you into the story, leaving you feeling slightly like a better person for being part of the character’s journey. This is not a book that you read and put down every half hour, so prepare the time to read it in one sitting because you will not want to stop. Louis Zamperini was born to run. Not because he wanted to, but because there was a delinquent side of him that could only be tamed through running. Through running, he was able to go to the Berlin Olympics and compete at a young age. When World War II started though, he had to join the army and fight for his country. Little did he know that his journey was going to take a drastic turn and bring him right in the Japanese’s hands. A prisoner of the enemy clan, will he survive to see the day? With Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jack O’Connell, Luke Treadaway, and Alex Russell.

        16. True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

        Someone’s memoir is always interesting as it captures the author’s true feelings about a situation but Michael Finkel takes it to the next level by sharing the truth about why his feelings became what they did. This book will leave you frustrated on so many levels, while still wanting to know more. A must-read for anyone looking to know the truth about business and society. New York Times writer Michael Finkel received a troubling note one day that changed everything. A wanted convict had taken his identity by using his name while captured in Mexico. The story could stop there, but after losing his job under the claims of falsifying an investigation, Finkel goes out of his way to find the truth. This emotional journey brings together Finkel and the convict as they try to uncover what really happened in the investigation. Movie is titled True Story. With James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones.

        17. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

        E.L. James brings the erotic books to a whole new level by describing the passionate love between the two main characters. Not only do you connect with the characters as they find a way to love each other, but the story also makes you think about the passion in your own love life. Certain to make you blush and while raising a few hairs off your back! Anastasia was just a normal University student; her life lacked passion as she focused all her attention on work and studies. Everything changes though, when she meets the handsome billionaire Mr.Grey. Their erotic and somewhat bizarre love for each other brings new adventures as secrets are revealed on the tormented billionaire. Will Anastasia find out the true reason why Mr.Grey is the way he is, or will she remain blind to the truth? With Jamie Doman, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden, and Max Martini.

        18. Fallen by Lauren Kate

        The fantasy world portrayed in Fallen will surely make you look at your life a little differently. The feelings between the two characters are described so vividly that it may bring back memories of your own love life, both good and bad. Mostly good. You can’t go wrong with true love, even if it’s in a fantasy world! Lucinda is a teenager living a pretty ordinary life until she’s falsely accused of a crime. Now at a reform school for the delinquent teenagers of the city, she finds herself being attracted to two mysterious students. As her journey moves forward in the reform school, many secrets of her past unravel and make her realize the truth about those two mysterious students, who are actually angels battling for her love. Will she choose the right boy to love? With Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, and Harrison Gilbertson.

        19. A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney

        Joseph Delaney shows off his talent at suspense in his book A New Darkness. Get ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime that will bring fantasy creatures to life and give danger a whole new meaning. John Gregory is the local spook and seventh son of his generation. His job is to protect the country from evil creatures, but he now needs to pass on his knowledge and power to a younger individual: Thomas Ward. The young man has to survive countless challenges that many have failed before him in order to take over the local spook’s job. Will he succeed and protect the country from the evil beings? The movie is titled Seventh Son. With Julianne Moore, Kit Harrington, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, and Antje Traue.

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        20. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

        A hilarious detective story with unforgettable characters that will take you on an amazing trip back to the sixties. The story will capture every moment and detail without fault and leave you eagerly guessing about the next chapter in the characters’ lives. Doc Sportello hasn’t seen his ex-girlfriend in a long time, and he didn’t mind. One day though, she shows up at his doorstep with a crazy plan to kidnap a billionaire land developer, whom she loves. Why does she want to do that and will Doc join in on her madness? With Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, and Joanna Newson

        Which ones are you going to read and watch?

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        Last Updated on September 16, 2019

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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