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Books to Put on Your Radar


Sept. 6 is National Read a Book Day so I thought I'd share some of my favorite reads with you (that I haven't already shared on the Muse), and some books that are on my to-read list. Take a look at these books you should put on your radar starting tomorrow, and get lost in a great story. That means--lay off the Internet for a while.

Books That Have Been Turned Into TV Shows/Movies
There are other books that are now movies (Gone Girl, OITNB, etc.), but here are a few more you should try.
The Maze Runner - Thomas wakes up at the Glade, surrounded by boys his age and not having any memory of how he got there. The only way out is through the dangerous maze. And when a girl arrives one day--the only girl--she brings a message that changes everything. The movie comes out Sept. 19.

The Leftovers - A percent of the population vanishes in the Sudden Departure and no one knows why. Some believe it to be the Rapture, others take a vow of silence and form the Guilty Remnant cult. Everyone deals with sudden loss in unique ways. Sundays on HBO.

The Giver - Jonas lives in a world where everything is perfect because no one feels any emotions. He becomes tasked with becoming the new Giver--the only person who has the memories of true emotions, both good and bad. But once Jonas gets these memories for himself, he realizes he can't go back to nothingness. The Giver deserves credit for putting together the framework for all the dystopian novels that came after it (Legend, The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc). The movie was released Aug. 15.

Other Books Worth a Read
Moloka'i - One day Rachel discovers these marks on her skin and she is sent to live in a quarantined leprosy settlement. But just when she thought her life was ending, it truly begins.

The Devil in the White City - Half of the book is about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, while the other half is about a man named Holmes--a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. I hear they're turning this into a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio playing Holmes. Leo is always good at playing crazed charmer.

Dinner At the Homesick Restaurant - A mother is left to raise her three children alone. When the mother and kids are older, they talk about their experience from years ago--and all remember things quite differently. I read this as a teen and loved it. Honestly, not sure why, but I do. Should read The Accidental Tourist as well.

On My To-Read List
The Night Circus - The circus comes out of nowhere and only performs at night. But what you don't see is what's happening behind the curtains--full of high stakes, duels and danger.

Prodigy - The second book in the Legend trilogy. It picks up where the first book left off, following June--the prodigy--on the run with Day--the country's most wanted 15-year-old criminal.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - The once opinionated Bernadette is now agoraphobic and missing. Her daughter, Bee, uses secret correspondence to get her back. It's a satire, I hear.

Will also add A Midsummer Night's Dream to my to-read list because my new tattoo will be based on that play.

Have you read any of these? What books are on your radar this month?

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