I’d Like to Thank the Academy: All 2019 Oscar Movies Based on Books

2019 oscar movies based on books

The 2019 Oscar movies are almost here! Every year I try and see all the nominees, but fail horribly. I still have quite the list of movies to get through, so I will most likely fail again with the ceremony a week away. Since the ceremony is going to completely weird without a host, you might want to occupy yourself with book during the tortuous scenes of actors muddling their way through “funny” bits. Here are all the Oscar movies based on books that you might want to pick up.

Black Panther

Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther's Rage (Jungle Action (1973-1976))

One of the most celebrated movies of the entire year is based  on Stan Lee’s iconic comic book series. You can dive into the very beginning of Black Panther’s history with Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther’s Rage (Jungle Action (1973-1976)). Continue reading “I’d Like to Thank the Academy: All 2019 Oscar Movies Based on Books”

12 Romantic Book Quotes

February 14 is full of pink, hearts, and, most importantly, romance. And if you want to whisper sweet words to your loved one, some beautiful turns of phrase can be found in books that may be on your shelf right now. Here are 12 romantic book quotes that you can recite to your beloved to make them swoon in your arms this Valentine’s Day.

"Somehow the silence seemed to connect us in a way like words never could." — Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped 

“Somehow the silence seemed to connect us in a way like words never could.” — Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped Continue reading “12 Romantic Book Quotes”

Books Like Harry Potter: 12 Books to Read if You Love the Boy Who Lived

If you’re like me growing up, Harry Potter took over your life. Another book in the Harry Potter saga coming out? I’m there at the midnight release party at the local book store. A new movie adaptation premiering? Once again, I’m there at midnight, maybe even in a costume.

Sadly, the series had to end. And while we have Pottermore and the Fantastic Beasts movies, it’s not the same as the original seven books. So a way to combat our wizard deficiencies is to find books like Harry Potter. And while the following 12 books aren’t exactly full of Hogwarts, Floo powder, and butterbeer, they each have their own merits and are quite enjoyable

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

a court of thorn and roses

A Court of Thorn and Roses is the first book in a really amazing series. There are magical creatures who live and rule in different courts, like Spring Court and Night Court. I personally feel like I belong in Night Court, but that’s besides the point. In the first book Feyre, the main character we follow throughout the series, is captured by Tamlin, a hot faerie, and brought to the Spring Court. There are curses, dangerous games, and a fight for love. I fell right into the series and anxiously awaited the release of each new book. Continue reading “Books Like Harry Potter: 12 Books to Read if You Love the Boy Who Lived”

Cat’s Cradle and Sadie: Episode 6

We discuss Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Sadie by Courtney Summers for this month’s podcast. Here’s the Saturday Night Live sketch we reference in the podcast:

What We Recommend:

For the next podcast we’re reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon and Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb.

The Best Books We Read in 2018

2018 was a crazy year, but we still got a ton of reading in! Even though we’re well in to 2019, we thought we would share the best books we read in 2018.

While there were a lot of great books that fell into our laps, these are the best 12 that we delved into over the past 12 months.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One is the very first book I read this year, and for our podcast, and I really enjoyed it. The book is set around Wade Watts and his hunt for the mysterious Easter Egg in OASIS that James Halliday left, and whoever finds it gets to inherit OASIS.

I enjoyed the 80s references and even turned on Pacman Fever at one point. It was fast paced and witty, and just a fun popcorn read. The movie is enjoyable (which we also talked about on our podcast), but I liked the book better.

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What We Read in October 2018

October has come and gone and we managed to cram in some good books between eating candy, buying new fall sweaters, and putting together my Christmas list. Here’s what we read and whether or not we recommend them!

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

I'll be gone in the dark

I’d be shocked if you hadn’t heard of this book. The book’s origins come from a fantastic LA Magazine article and the book is being made into a HBO miniseries. I remember hearing that Michelle, the author had died, and gasped. I felt like I knew her because I was a huge fan of Patton Oswalt’s and he often spoke of her in his stand up.

The book was critically acclaimed and was being talked about all over the book blogosphere so I eagerly picked it up.  To be totally honest, I was a little underwhelmed, but I think I’m to blame for it. I didn’t realize how much the book had to be stitched together post-Michelle’s death. The editors and Patton tried really hard to make it a cohesive story, but it’s rare that a book can come out as good as it should when the original author isn’t at the helm. Continue reading “What We Read in October 2018”

Boss and Going Clear: Episode 5

After another long break, the Book Hubbubing duo is back!

We start off talking about Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko, which is is especially timely here in Chicago with Rahm Emmanuel not seeking reelection as mayor.

We then moved on to Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. We both agree that it starts a little dry, but once it moves on to the celebrity stuff it gets really juicy and interesting!

What we recommend this month:

For next month we’re reading Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Sadie by Courtney Summers. Happy reading!

The Time Machine Did It and A Man Called Ove: Episode 4

We’re finally back! We talked about the The Time Machine Did It, which Kate found silly and she says that about ten times. Dan liked it and gives it A, Kate gives it a C, though Dan makes the argument that C+ is the best grade you can possibly give something.

They move on to A Man Called Ove, which they both thoroughly enjoyed. They both give it an A, but argued about whether they should watch the Swedish film based on the book. They then debate over who should be in the US version of the film they announced. Where do you think the movie should take place in the US?

What we recommend:

The next two books we are reading are Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. Kate and Dan live in Chicago, so Richard Daley looms large in their lives. Kate is obsessed with Scientology, so she wants to learn more about it.

If Kate can wrangle it they will do an Adapted! episode, but that is dependent on Dan.

Sorry for the sniffing! No one was doing coke, we promise you!

Happy reading and we will see you in August in the latest!

A River in Darkness and High Fidelity

Welcome to episode 3! We discuss A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea and High Fidelity.

For next month, we are reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and The Time Machine Did It by John Swartzwelder.

Be on the lookout for our bonus episode, Adapted!, where we will discuss the adaptations of the books we have read so far.