Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is “books to read if you’re in the mood for X.” So I decided to take this in a bit of a weird direction, and pick ten books I think are just as engrossing as movies. Sometimes, I’m just in the mood for a movie, because I want to be sucked into a fantasy world quickly, and have a nice, fun, and vivid escape from the real world. Which is exactly what you get from these ten books:
- The Martian by Andy Weir. Yes, you could just watch the movie (which is really good and you should totally do that anyway). But the book is amazing! I’ve read it twice already, and loved it both times. I can’t get enough of The Martian – it completely deserves all of the hype.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This one kept me up all night because I couldn’t put it down! It’s almost like reading a really intense video game. I can’t get enough of it! I will definitely be rereading it before the movie – directed by Stephen Spielberg – comes out next year(ish).
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Fun fact: this is actually the only fiction book on Bill Gates’s (yes, you read that right) recommended reading list. And it’s a love story. It’s just that good. I read it in a single sitting. If you like The Big Bang Theory, you’ll love it!
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It helps that this book is a bit of an interactive sci-fi experience. It’s just about 600 pages, and I read it in a day and a half, if that tells you anything. It’s really creative and unique, and it’s definitely like a movie in that the story is told through documents, rather than a traditional narrative.
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. To-date, this is my favorite Gaiman book. The world-building is incredible, and, because the main character is thrown into the fantasy world along with the reader, you really feel like you’re a part of it. So good!
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I was completely sucked into this book from the first page. The writing is incredible and the world is amazingly vivid (even though it’s mostly black and white).
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. This book is good. Really good. It’s pretty much exactly what I’d imagine reading the movie would be like. I’m pretty sure I finished it in about a day, because it was so thrilling.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This book starts out a little more slowly than the others on this list, but it’s worth it, I promise! The world building is insane, and you won’t be able to put it down. (It’s been optioned for a movie, and is currently in the early stages of production. I’m so excited to see it on the screen!)
- You by Caroline Kepnes. When a book has you sympathizing with a murderer, you know it’s good. I read almost the entirety of this book in one sitting, and I’m still thinking about it. It’s completely crazy, but it works.
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. This one’s for you classic literature fans out there, because this one is gothic horror if I’ve ever seen (read?) it – think old-school, Dracula and Frankenstein. I don’t think I’ve ever been more sleep-deprived because of a book. I stayed up all night reading it, mostly because it’s amazing, and partly because I was literally too terrified to sleep (and walk down the dark hallway to the bathroom, but we just won’t talk about that).
If you’d like to see what everyone else put together for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, you can head on over to The Broke and the Bookish. I always love when the topics are a bit vague like this one, because it results in such a wide range of posts!
I hope you enjoyed this installment of Top Ten Tuesday, and stay tuned for next week, when I share the ten beloved characters that I just don’t like.