Books to Film 2018

Here is a selection of books due for release as movie adaptations in 2018. Reserve a copy through our online catalogue, or ask staff for assistance.

 

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Originally published 2009.

One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.

The film will star  Domhnall GleesonRuth Wilson & Will Poulter and is due for release in the U.S. in August 2018.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Originally published 1962.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.                           “Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

The film will star Reese WitherspoonChris Pine & Gugu Mbatha-Raw and is due for release in the U.S. in March 2018.

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Originally published 2012.

Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

The film will star Arielle KebbelLuke GrimesDakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan and is due for release in the U.S. in March 2018.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Original published 2011.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 4.5 stars on Goodreads.

The film will star Tye SheridanOlivia Cooke & Hannah John-Kamen and is due for release in the U.S. in September 2018.

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Originally published in 2014.

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

The film will star Natalie PortmanTessa Thompson & Oscar Isaac and is due for release in the U.S. in February 2018.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Originally published 2015.

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time.

Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder. Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for his son’s well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story – and it is a terrifying one. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder’s world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker.

It seems that Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters – and a violent criminal conspiracy that will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.

The film will star Claire FoyCameron BrittonSylvia Hoeks and is due for release in the U.S. in October 2018.

Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett

Originally published 2001

The poignant — and at times very funny — new novel from the author of THE MAGICIAN’S ASSISTANT, shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Latin terrorists storm an international gathering hosted by an underprivileged country to promote foreign interest and trade, only to find that their intended target, the President, has stayed home to watch his favourite soap opera on TV. Among the hostages are a world class opera singer and her biggest fan, a Japanese tycoon who has been persuaded to attend the party on the understanding that she will perform half a dozen arias after dinner. The tycoon’s engaging and sympathetic translator plays a vital role in the subsequent relationships between so many different nationalities closeted together, interpreting not only the terrorists’ negotiations but also the language of love between lovers who cannot understand what the other is saying. Ultimately, it is the terrorist strike that does more to promote foreign relations than anyone could have hoped to achieve with the party.

The film will star  Julianne MooreChristopher Lambert & Ken Watanabe  and is due for release in the U.S. in late 2018.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Originally published 2009

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.  Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

The film will star   Matthew GoodeLily JamesJessica Brown Findlay and is due for release in the U.S. in April 2018.

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eBook of the Month – January 2018

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Saga land is also available from the library in print as a talking book, as well as eAudio through Borrowbox.

Find our eBooks & eAudio on BorrowBox. Information on how to sign up can be found on the library website, or ask staff for details.

 

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The Best of Non Fiction

Are you a dedicated non fiction reader? The internet is awash with “best ever” reading lists for fiction, but the The Guardian newspaper has recently published a list of the 100 best non fiction books of all time, selected by Robert McCrum. They are listed chronologically, from the King James Bible (1611), “as universal and influential as Shakespeare”, to The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014), “An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind”.

Head to The Guardian for the full list, or to the Blue Mountains Library catalogue to see the new additions to our own non fiction collection. The new titles lists are a great way to keep up with the latest offerings from the library.

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Good Reading Magazine – December/January

The December/January issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to enjoy!

 

This month, Australian writer and cartoonist Kaz Cooke heads into the world of fiction with her debut novel, Ada, following on from a long, successful career in journalism and self-help writing.

Grahame Bond, actor and writer, tells Good Reading about the inspirations behind his new book, The Great Pink Hunter, and what his most famous TV character, Aunty Jack, would most like to read.

Dive into an extract from the new book by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki about the junk we have flung out into space, and read Kate Forsyth’s discussion of her anthology of alternative fairytales featuring young, strong, independent women.

You can borrow Good Reading from the library or access it right here, right now, with your library card.

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What Library Staff are Reading – December/January

 Find some holiday inspiration in what Library staff have been reading recently.

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe – Pascoe details many ways in which agricultural methods, such as land management and domestication of plants, were employed by indigenous Australians long before the arrival of Europeans. 4/5 stars

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins – whilst enjoyable, I found this book was a bit more Midsomer Murders than psychological, gripping thriller. 3/5 stars

American gods by Neil Gaiman – excellent writing style that kept me captivated, however, the book is quite quirky and ‘out there’. I’d rate it 3/5 stars

I started watching the TV series (History channel) DVD 930.1 ANC  Ancient impossible – it’s a fascinating documentary series reviewing the amazing achievements of the early civilisations like the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, demonstrating very advanced technical and engineering skills. I’d rate this series so far as 4.5/5 Stars

Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover –  I really liked it / One of the best books I’ve read this year / I’m glad I read it. Almost made my family look normal. But only almost. 4/5 stars

And I’ve just started Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage. I’m really enjoying the return to his Dark Materials world, but it’s still early days. Big book and I’m only a few chapters in so too soon to have a real opinion on it.

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan – Fun, fun, fun read.  How to step back in time and weave a story into the present day – done very well.  Plus great characters.  3/5 stars

http://katekerrigan.ie/?portfolio=the-dress-2

The Anti-Cool Girl by Rosie Waterland – I loved Rosie’s “Bachelor” Recaps.  I thought she was hilarious.  Little did I know that she had come from such a dark place.  If you enjoy reading biographies of lives that are nowhere close to yours then this is the book for you.  My broad minded view of the world was challenged.  I could not put this book down but it is not for everyone.  4/5 stars

https://rosiewaterland.com/books/

Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman – A compelling debut from WA Indigenous writer, the story draws you in along familiar lines, but not quite familiar somehow…? Very thought provoking, horrifying and hopeful. 4/5 stars

Third Witch by Jackie French – I’ve been enjoying checking out these Shakespeare inspired books for young people by Jackie French. This is Macbeth from the point of view of a young Lady-in-waiting to Lady Macbeth, a fascinating flight of historically researched alternative trajectory to Shakespeare’s tale. 3/5 stars

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I’ve always liked the look of the covers of these books and haven’t got around to reading them until now. It was worth getting around to it. Aaronovitch creates a believable cast of characters, and comedy, in present day London – with a twist. I found the ending unnecessarily over the top but am currently enjoying the second book of the series perhaps even a little more. 3/5 stars

What do our scores mean?

1 star – I hated it / Don’t bother / It felt more like homework than reading for pleasure
2 stars – I didn’t like it / Not for me but worth trying / This book needed something different to make me like it
3 stars – I liked it / Recommended / This book was good. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad.
4 stars – I really liked it / One of the best books I’ve read this year / I’m glad I read it
5 stars – I loved it / One of the best books I’ve ever read / I will probably read it again

 

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Librarian’s Choice – December/January

1. Hangman by Jack Heath

Meet Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He’s also a psychopath with a dark secret, and the FBI’s last resort.

A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a terrifying ransom call. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads. Hangman is a mesmerising dissection of the criminal mind and a bulletproof thriller.

and the runners up are:

2. The Sisters’ song by Louise Allan
3. Cake at midnight by Jessie L. Star
4. When in Rome by CJ Duggan
5. Anatomy of a scandal by Sarah Vaughan
6. The Chalk man by C.J. Tudor
7. If I die before I wake by Emily Koch
8. White chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
9. The woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
10. Year One by Nora Roberts

source: Librarian’s Choice

 

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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – December/January

Best Read: Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence.

Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism.

But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol’s housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the two-hundred-foot drop of the Gorge come under threat.

Diner believes that Lizzie’s independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him: law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants.

In a tense drama of public and private violence, resistance and terror, Diner’s passion for Lizzie darkens until she finds herself dangerously alone.

Crime: Little Deaths by Emma Flint

It’s the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare. But Ruth Malone is not like other mothers.

Australian Author: Stars Across the Ocean  by Kimberly Freeman

 1874: Only days before she is to leave the foundling home where she grew up, Agnes Resolute discovers that, as a baby, she had been abandoned with a small token of her mother: a unicorn button.

General: Congo Dawn by Katherine Scholes

Anna Emerson’s life is turned upside down when a stranger hands her a plane ticket to the Congo. The newly independent country is in turmoil, Simba rebels are on the move – but the invitation holds a precious clue to the whereabouts of her estranged father.

Thriller: You Will Know Me  by Megan Abbott

The audacious new novel from bestselling author Megan Abbott, “one of the best living mystery writers” (Grantland).Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful.

Thriller: Strangers by Paul Finch

As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there’s no other option, and these murders are as brutal as they come.Lucy must step into the line of fire, a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

Saga/Romance: The Dressmaker’s Secret by Charlotte Betts

Italy, 1819. Emilia and her mother Sarah live a nomadic existence, travelling from town to town as dressmakers. When they settle in the coastal town of Pesaro, Emilia hopes that, this time, they have found a permanent home. But when Sarah is brutally attacked by an unknown assailant, a deathbed confession turns Emilia’s world upside down.

 

Everything You Told Me

eAudio Book: Everything You told Me  by Lucy Dawson

You went to bed at home, just like every other night.
You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away.
You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours.
You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing.
You know you weren’t planning to kill yourself.
Your family and friends think you are lying.

Someone knows exactly what happened to you.
But they’re not telling …

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