Books to read BEFORE they hit the theaters

Books to read BEFORE they hit the theaters!

Tony and Susan by Austin McGiffert Wright

Movie titled: Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal – release date December 9, 2016.

By framing a crime story within a domestic novel, Wright, an English professor and author of three previous novels, dissolves the fragile civility that often conceals violence. He also scrutinizes the institution of marriage, considers the nature of memory, and documents the potential impact of one's choices, both large and small--all without sacrificing pace. At Edward Sheffield's request, Susan Morrow reads his first novel, Nocturnal Animals, in which an impulsive change of plan delivers Tony Hastings and his family into the hands of strangers who terrorize them. Passages from Sheffield's novel alternate between Susan's memories of Sheffield (her ex-husband), to details of her current marriage, to her speculations about the writer's and the reader's obligations. By counterpoising the eroding compromises of Susan's daily life with the sufferings of the Hastings family, Wright demonstrates that macho posturing, cruelty, and the refusal of individual responsibility infect both sexes and all classes.

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

**FUN FACT: Dennis Lehane is an alumnus from my undergrad Eckerd College and is a writer in residence at the College.**

 

Starring Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller – expected release January 13, 2017. During Prohibition in 1926, Joe Coughlin defies his strict upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba, where he encounters dangerous characters who are all fighting for their American dream. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver Starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and Jennifer Beals – expected release March 3, 2017 Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity and the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Before I Fallby Lauren Oliver Starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and Jennifer Beals – expected release March 3, 2017
Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity and the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

 

The Zookeeper's Wife : A War Story by Diane Ackerman

Starring Jessica Chastain – Expected release March 31, 2017 When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

**I have read this book and it is nothing short of AMAZING. Eye opening, and at times the content is very difficult to read. But I am so glad that I read it because I learned so much about WWII that I didn't know.**

Movie titled: Ashes in the Snow starring Martin Wallstrom, Bel Powley and Sophie Cookson – expected release 2017. In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.

HHhH by Laurent Binet Starring Rosamund Pike, Mia Wasikowska and Jack O’Connell – expected release 2017. HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." The most lethal man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich seemed indestructible―until two exiled operatives, a Slovak and a Czech, killed him and changed the course of history. In Laurent Binet's mesmerizing debut, we follow Jozef Gabcík and Jan Kubiš from their dramatic escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to their fatal attack on Heydrich and their own brutal deaths in the basement of a Prague church. A seamless blend of memory, actuality, and Binet's own remarkable imagination, HHhH is at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing―a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the debt we owe to history.

The Glass Castle : a memoir by Jeannette Walls Starring Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson – expected release 2017. The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Circle : a novel by Dave Eggers Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson – expected release April 2017. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

The Long Home by William Gay Directed by and starring James Franco – expected to release in 2017. In a literary voice that is both original and powerfully unsettling, William Gay tells the story of Nathan Winer, a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years ago to a human evil that is greater and closer at hand than any the boy can imagine - until he learns of it first-hand. Gay's remarkable debut novel, The Long Home, is also the story of Amber Rose, a beautiful young woman forced to live beneath that evil who recognizes even as a child that Nathan is her first and last chance at escape. And it is the story of William Tell Oliver, a solitary old man who watches the growing evil from the dark woods and adds to his own weathered guilt by failing to do anything about it. Set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s, The Long Home will bring to mind once again the greatest Southern novelists and will haunt the reader with its sense of solitude, longing, and the deliverance that is always just out of reach.

The Yellow Birds : a novel by Kevin Powers Starring Jennifer Anniston – expected release 2017. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

Which of these books have you read? Which do you think sounds like a good movie adaptation?

 

Roald Dahl Day 2016

Today Roald Dahl would be celebrating his 100th Birthday!!

The #TampaTrio LOVE LOVE LOVE all of his books and each of my children have a favorite book of his.

For Haley it is Matilda.

For Ella it is The Witches.

And for Ronin it is The BFG

 

 

So many fantastic quotes come from Roald Dahl and here are a few of my favorites:

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - The Twits

"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog." -Matilda

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray Go throw your TV set away And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall…" - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Do you have a favorite Roald Dahl quote or book? Share it with me, I'd love to hear which is your favorite!

Books to get you ready for the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016

It's coming, it's coming!! Tampa Bay Comic Con is coming back to the Tampa Convention Center August 5-7. Click HERE to get your tickets. 

I am so excited to be able to go this year and it falls on my birthday weekend too!!! 

 Of course, I had to share some of the books available in the Tampa library system to help you get your geek on!! This list was curated by a colleague and I added a few of my faves. Happy Reading!
Fellside by M.R. Carey 

Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it's a murder she can't remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fueled night when a blaze set in her apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands Jess a child killer, she starts to believe it herself. Now she's on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women's prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors. But Jess won't be alone in her prison cell. Lurking in the shadows is an unexpected visitor . . . the ghost of the ten-year-old boy she killed. He says he needs her help - and he won't take no for an answer.
The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who by Simon Guerrier & Dr. Marek Kukula 

With commentary that explores the possibilities of time travel, life on other planets, artificial intelligence, parallel universes and more, Simon Guerrier and Dr. Marek Kukula show how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling—and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries. This book is your chance to be the Doctor's companion and explore what's out there. It will make you laugh, and think, and see the world around you differently.
The Doctors Are In by Graeme Burk & Robert Smith 

From his beginnings as a crotchety, anti-heroic scientist in 1963 to his current place in British pop culture as the mad and dangerous monster-fighting savior of the universe, the titular character of Doctor Who has metamorphosed in his 50 years on television. And yet the questions about him remain the same: Who is he? Why does he act the way he does? What motivates him to fight evil across space and time? This is a guide to the Doctor himself who he is in his myriad forms, how he came to be, how he has changed (within the program itself and behind the scenes)... and why he’s a hero to millions.
Cosplay World by Brian Ashcraft & Luke Plunkett 

Filled with striking images of costume play from around the world, this definitive look at the global phenomenon known as "cosplay" examines its evolution from the fringes of society to the spotlight of modern culture. Cosplay World features over 200 compelling photographs, showcasing everything from campy 1970s costumes to cutting-edge suits engineered in workshops and built using space-age materials. The result is both a celebration of and an informed look at a popular means of self-expression that continues to fascinate.
Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide by David S. J. Hodgson & Nick von Esmarch 

This staggeringly complete guide is stuffed with all the information you'll need to survive and thrive in Fallout 4. Your ultimate Wasteland companion: walkthroughs and detailed maps give you all the strategies, locations, items, and loot. Specs and reference data for all the perks, armor, weapons, items, and creatures you'll encounter. Complete crafting and workshop references detail the thousands of items you can collect, upgrade, and build. Free Mobile-Friendly eGuide— Unlock the enhanced eGuide for access to updated content, all optimized for a second-screen experience.
The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs 

A feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom shows females how to do such geeky things as make nerdy friends, rock awesome cosplay, defeat Internet trolls, and attend their first con.
Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen by Abby Denson 

This graphic travel guidebook offers an exploration of Japanese culture from the perspective of a cartoonist, including overviews of Japanese food, geek culture, including a manga market, unique shopping experiences, zen gardens, bullet trains and cosplay festivals.
The Wild World of Gaming Culture by Arie Kaplan 

Young gamers who wonder what's inside their Xbox or how those dramatic graphics are created will come away from these satisfying volumes with plenty of facts. This book introduces information about software, game engines, famous gaming developers, and careers. The history of video games and gaming's physical and educational benefits are also covered.
Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-el, Maleficent, and the Mcflys Teach Us About Raising a Family by Stephen H. Segal, Valya Dudycz Lupescu & Greg Christman 

From Batman to Charlie Bucket, from Meg Murry to the Venture Brothers, every hero of science fiction, heroic fantasy, or speculative literature is the product of parental influences. This collection of pithy mini essays and charming illustrations offers short, sweet, and deep thoughts about parenting as exemplified by the most memorable parent-child pairings: Vader and Luke, Spock and Sarek, Peter Parker and Aunt May, even Pinocchio and Gepetto. Earth’s Mightiest Parents reveals the profound child-rearing advice (and mistakes) hidden in geek pop culture. What would Vader do? Now geek parents of all stripes can find out, using these life lessons to raise a next generation of their own.
The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us by Rosanna Pansino 

A reference for bakers of all experience levels shares a variety of fun, photographed projects that draw their inspiration from video games, science fiction, math, comics and other nerdy things, including such recipes as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, Volcano Cake, Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macaroons and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes.
The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates by Christopher Hart, Anzu, Ero-Pinku, Inma R. & Tina Francisco 

Nothing brings anime artists more satisfaction than creating original characters to use in a comic strip or graphic novel. Bestselling how-to-draw author Christopher Hart helps them reach this goal by providing insight into the six most popular anime types: schoolgirls, schoolboys, preteens, vengeful bad guys, humorous personalities, and fantasy figures. He supplies templates for each; an extensive array of “menus” of head and body types, outfits, and accessories; and detailed, accessible, step-by-step demonstrations and drawing exercises.
How to Draw Fantasy Manga by Marc Powell and David Neal 

Wizards, monsters, and dragons are common sights in the pages of fantasy manga. Readers will be able to draw these fantasy creatures and many more by following clear instructions designed for young artists of all skill levels. Basic manga drawing techniques are taught in accessible ways and accompanied by bright illustrations of popular fantasy manga characters. Step-by-step instructions guide readers as they draw, and each step is paired with a detailed drawing to aid visual learners. Additional drawing tips help readers add to their artwork through details such as unique special effects.
Ten Billion Tomorrows: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality and Shapes the Future by Brian Clegg 

Ten Billion Tomorrows brings to life a whole host of science fiction topics, from the virtual environment of The Matrix and the intelligent computer HAL in 2001, to force fields, ray guns and cyborgs. We discover how science fiction has excited us with possibilities, whether it is Star Trek's holodeck inspiring makers of iconic video games Doom and Quake to create the virtual interactive worlds that transformed gaming, or the strange physics that has made real cloaking devices possible. Mixing remarkable science with the imagination of our greatest science fiction writers, Ten Billion Tomorrows will delight science fiction lovers and popular science devotees alike.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew 

Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye, the greatest comic book artist you've probably never heard of. When he started making comics in Singapore as a boy of 16 in 1954, Chan expected fame and fortune to quickly follow. But just as Singapore's road to independence would be full of twists and turns, so too would Chan's own journey as an artist. Splicing together a dizzying array of art styles, genres and forms, Sonny Liew's multilayered graphic novel is a celebration of life, comics and storytelling. The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a witty and innovative work that challenges the possibilities of the comics medium, creating a double-edged history, pulsing with the tensions and wonders of lived experience, its friendships, first loves and heartaches.
The Amazing Spider-Man / Inhuman / All-New Captain America: Inhuman Error by Jeff Loveness, Alec Morgan, Luca Pizzari & Ryan Lee 

A blockbuster three-part story spanning Amazing Spider-Man, Inhuman and All-New Captain America starts here! Something BIG wants to destroy New Attilan. The fact that New Attilan is in the Hudson River puts Manhattan and Spider-Man right in its crosshairs! Jeff Loveness (The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Death of Wolverine: Logan’s Legacy) pens all three chapters with tremendous artists!
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film by Peter E. Aperlo & Geoff Johns 

This official companion takes an in-depth look at the artwork and design of 2016’s most anticipated movie, including the earliest concept sketches of the Batcave, all the way through the set-building process, to the final version seen on screen. It explores Metropolis and Gotham City from the streets to the skies and showcases the costumes, weaponry, vehicles, allies and enemies of our two heroes. Packed with stunning concept art, Zack Snyder’s storyboards, blueprints, costume detail and behind-the-scenes shots from the set, this book is an invaluable insight into the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice Tech Manual by Adam Newell, Sharon Gosling & Patrick Tatopoulos 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Tech Manual is a definitive guide to the weaponry and props created for the movie. It closely examines the Utility Belt, the Batwing, grappling hook and batarang. Everything in the Batcave is explored down to the construction of the set and the graphics from Bruce Wayne’s mainframe. This official volume also goes deeper in to the world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, showcasing Superman’s Kryptonian suit and Wonder Woman’s iconic weaponry.
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon 

Since his creation, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop-art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim and gritty ninja of the urban night. For more than three quarters of a century, he has cycled from a figure of darkness to one of lightness and back again; he’s a bat-shaped Rorschach inkblot who takes on the various meanings our changing culture projects onto him. How we perceive Batman’s character, whether he’s delivering dire threats in a raspy Christian Bale growl or trading blithely homoerotic double-entendres with partner Robin on the comics page, speaks to who we are and how we wish to be seen by the world. A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls throughout the ages—and what his story tells us about ourselves.
Doctor Who: 365 Days of Memorable Moments and Impossible Things by Justin Richards 

For more than half a century, Doctor Who has entertained and enthralled fans with the time-traveling adventures of the Doctor. From the first glimpse of a police telephone box in a Totter’s Lane junkyard to the fall of the Time Lords’ home planet, Gallifrey, Doctor Who has provided a near-inexhaustible list of indelible memories. Doctor Who: 365 Days of Memorable Moments and Impossible Things is a unique and captivating chronicle of those moments—flashes of drama or humor, terror or joy, for each and every day of the year.
Minecraft: An Unofficial Guide With New Facts and Commands by Concrafter 

An essential and entertaining users' guide to Minecraft by a wildly popular YouTube phenom! This full color, user-friendly guide to one of the most popular computer games in the world is written by THE Minecraft expert in Germany, 19-year-old ConCrafter, who has more than 1.1 million followers on YouTube. In this book – which is part guide and part gaming memoir – ConCrafter shares personal stories alongside new Minecraft tricks, awesome commands that gamers will love, and exclusive facts that will blow readers' minds.
The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Phil Szostak, Rick Carter & Lucasfilm Ltd 

Step inside the Lucasfilm art departments for the creation of fantastical worlds, unforgettable characters, and unimaginable creatures. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take you there, from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic—all with unprecedented access. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team impart fascinating insights in bringing director J.J. Abrams’s vision to life; unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled.

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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger 

College grad Bailey Chen has all of the usual new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend still around when she moves back home. But her demons become a lot more literal when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders. It turns out supernatural creatures are stalking the streets of Chicago, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy. But will these supernatural powers be enough for Bailey and a ragtag band of mixologists to halt a mysterious rash of gruesome deaths? Includes 13 cocktail recipes from an ancient book of cocktail lore.
Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older 

Two decades and two major elections after a powerful search engine monopoly pioneers the switch from warring nation-states to a global microdemocracy, three high-ranking political insiders struggle to advance their respective agendas in the face of increasingly corrupt adversaries. A first novel.
Admiral by Sean Danker 

He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire—a surprise as much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship’s records confirm he is their superior officer. Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship’s systems are failing one by one—and they are not alone.
Company Town by Madeline Ashby 

A bodyguard, self-defense expert and fighter living aboard a city-sized oil rig off the Canadian Maritimes is hired to train and protect the youngest child of a rich and powerful family from death threats coming from another timeline.
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan 

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and the those they thought were gods changes forever.
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang 

Stories of Your Life and Others presents characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—while striving to maintain some sense of normalcy. In the amazing and much-lauded title story, a grieving mother copes with divorce and the death of her daughter by drawing on her knowledge of alien languages and non-linear memory recollection. A clever pastiche of news reports and interviews chronicles a college's initiative to "turn off" the human ability to recognize beauty in "Liking What You See: A Documentary." With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty and constant change, and also by beauty and wonder.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Storybook Collection by Marvel 

Read the adventures of Marvel's greatest Super Heroes as they save the world and the universe!
Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library by Ellyssa Kroski 

Cosplay, comics, anime, and geek culture have exploded into the mainstream over recent years and have resulted in a thriving community of costume enthusiasts and pop culture fans. Libraries on the leading edge are already embracing cosplay by integrating this new worldwide sensation into their programming and events. Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library includes quotes and interviews with librarians who are incorporating cosplay into their programming as well as with cosplayers. You’ll also find 32 full-color photographs of cosplay in action to give you both ideas and inspiration for getting started.
1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas: A Showcase of Creative Characters from Anime, Manga, Video Games, Movies, Comics, and More! by Yaya Han, Allison Deblasio & Joey Marsocci 

Features one thousand costumes from anime, manga, television, comic books, and films from amateur costume designers and cosplayers from around the world.
World of Warcraft: Chronicle by Chris Metzen, Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Peter C. Lee & Joseph Lacroix 

World of Warcraft: Chronicle is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.
 

 

Have you been to a Comic Con? What should I expect??