Fantasy books that were _______ than the movies

fantasy books better than movies

The above linked article talks about fantasy books that were made into movies.  Some of the movies actually were better than the book, but some did the books a great disservice.  I loved the movie, The Princess Bride, for example.  The book was not as good.  The book seemed to drag along and never really get anywhere.

Some of these, I saw the movie, but didn’t read the book.  The Wizard of Oz.  The Lord of the Rings.

The article explains each of the movies vs books better, but I agree with the ones that I know.












Authors recommend books of summer

Books of summer is another list of summer books.  I love the way this one is written.  Authors recommend other authors’ books.  The above linked article tells more about each book and author.

‘Daisy Jones & the Six’ author Taylor Jenkins Reid recommends ‘The Bride Test’ by Helen Hoang

‘We Hunt the Flame’ author Hafsah Faizal recommends ‘Sorcery of Thorns’ by Margaret Rogerson

‘When We Left Cuba’ author Chanel Cleeton recommends ‘Park Avenue Summer’ by Renée Rosen

‘Let Me Hear a Rhyme’ author Tiffany D. Jackson recommends ‘With the Fire on High’ by Elizabeth Acevedo

‘Gods of Jade and Shadow’ author Silvia Moreno-Garcia recommends ‘The Summer of Ellen’ by Agnete Friis

‘Hope & Other Punchlines’ author Julie Buxbaum recommends ‘Field Notes on Love’ by Jennifer E. Smith

‘Necessary People’ author Anna Pitoniak recommends ‘The Dreamers’ by Karen Thompson Walker

‘Internment’ author Samira Ahmed recommends ‘Girl Gone Viral’ by Arvin Ahmadi

‘Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune’ author Roselle Lim recommends ‘The Chai Factor’ by Farah Heron

‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ author Casey McQuiston recommends ‘Wilder Girls’ by Rory Power

‘Searching for Sylvie Lee’ author Jean Kwok recommends ‘Miracle Creek’ by Angie Kim

‘Love From A to Z’ author S.K. Ali recommends ‘The Candle and the Flame’ by Nafiza Azad

‘Sabrina & Corina’ author Kali Fajardo-Anstine recommends ‘Good Talk’ by Mira Jacob

‘If It Makes You Happy’ author Claire Kann recommends ‘Belly Up’ by Eva Darrows

‘Home Remedies’ author Xuan Juliana Wang recommends ‘Where Reasons End’ by Yiyun Li

‘The Liars of Mariposa Island’ author Jennifer Mathieu recommends ‘Like a Love Story’ by Abdi Nazemian

‘Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls’ author T Kira Madden recommends ‘Black Light’ by Kimberly King Parsons

‘The Revolution of Birdie Randolph’ author Brandy Colbert recommends ‘Color Me In’ by Natasha Díaz

‘I Miss You When I Blink’ author Mary Laura Philpott recommends ‘City of Girls’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

‘Dealing in Dreams’ author Lilliam Rivera recommends ‘Five Midnights’ by Ann Dávila Cardinal

33 Summer books

Summer Reading

Here’s another list, Summer Reading, New York Times, from the List of lists.

It seems there are a lot of worthwhile books to read this summer.


  • Cari Mora by Thomas Harris
  • Beyond All Reasonable Doubt by Malin Persson Giolito
  • A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
  • All the Lost Things by Michelle Sacks
  • Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik
  • The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora
  • Temper by Layne Fargo


  • Seven at Sea by Erik Orton and Emily Orton
  • The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace
  • In Putin’s Footsteps by Nina Khruscheva and Jeffrey Tayler
  • Lotharingia by Simon Winder
  • Ottoman Odyssey by Alev Scott
  • Volcanoes, Palm Trees and Privilege by Liz Prato
  • Pagan Light by Jamie James
  • See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes
  • Off the Rails by Beppe Severgnini
  • Monsieur Mediocre by John von Sothen
  • A Year in Paris by John Baxter


  • Ballpark by Paul Goldberger
  • When the Crowd Didn’t Roar by Kevin Cowherd
  • The World’s Fastest Man by Michael Kranish
  • The Cost of These Dreams by Wright Thompson
  • The Great American Sports Page edited by John Schulian
  • Sprawlball by Kirk Goldsberry

True Crime

  • Murder by the Book by Claire Harman
  • Where Monsters Hide by M. William Phelps
  • City of Omens by Dan Werb
  • The Five by Hallie Rubenhold
  • The Belle of Bedford Avenue by Virginia A. McConnell
  • Norco ’80 by Peter Houlahan


  • William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock ‘N’ Roll by Casey Rae
  • This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else by Jon Savage
  • More Fun in the New World by John Doe with Tom DeSavia
  • CSNYby Peter Doggett
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by David Browne
  • Chamber Music by Will Ashon


  • The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  • Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
  • Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson
  • The Nestby Gregory A. Douglas
  • When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom
  • The Laws of the Skies by Grégoire Courtois
  • Inspectionby Josh Malerman
  • Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent

Historical Fiction

  • The Daughter’s Tale by Lucas Correa
  • Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin
  • The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan
  • A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum
  • The Red Daughter by John Burhham Schwartz
  • American Princess by Stephanie Marie Thornton
  • Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland


  • Zaitoun by Yasmin Khan
  • Black Sea by Caroline Eden
  • My Mexico City Kitchen by Gabriela Cámara
  • Indian(-ish) by Priya Krishna
  • Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen
  • The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones
  • Love & Lemons Every Day by Jeanine Donofrio
  • Franklin Steak by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay
  • Simple Cake by Odette Williams
  • Dappled by Nicole Rucker
  • Happiness is Baking by Maida Heatter
  • In Pursuit of Flavor by Edna Lewis with Mary Goodbody

The Great Outdoors

  • A Way to Garden by Margaret Roach
  • The Kitchen Garden by Alan Buckingham
  • Pruning Simplified by Steven Bradley
  • Beginner Gardening Step by Step
  • Wings in the Light by David Lee Myers
  • Blooms
  • The Tree Book by Michael A. Dirr and Keith S. Warren
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben
  • Sprout Lands by William Bryant Logan
  • How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

List of lists

Because I love lists…. Here is the list of lists.  I’ve written about some of them.  I will probably get to the rest at some point.

The full list of lists surveyed for the Summer preview reading list:

Thrillist’s “33 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer”; EW’s “Summer Books Preview”; The New York Times Book Review’s “Summer Reading”; Esquire’s “Escape the Heat With the Best Books of Summer 2019”; Vogue’s “10 New Books to Read This Summer”; TIME’s “32 Books You Need to Read This Summer”; Vulture’s “12 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer”; Refinery29’s “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019”; NYLON’s “35 Great Books to Read This Summer”; WIRED’s “14 Must-Read Books of Summer”; Elle’s “The 30 Best Books to Read This Summer”; The Los Angeles Times’ “7 Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading”; Good Housekeeping’s “The 25 Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List”; Publishers Weekly’s “Summer Reads 2019”; BuzzFeed News’ “29 Summer Books to Get Excited About”; the StarTribune’s “45 Books to Keep You Reading All Summer Long”; Alma’s “Favorite Books for Summer 2019”; The Week’s “The Best Summer Books of 2019”; She Reads’ “The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019”; the New York Post’s “The 25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-order Now”; Women’s Health’s “16 Best Beach Reads To Add To Your Summer 2019 Reading List Stat”; Newsday’s “Best Summer Books 2019”; BookRiot’s “50 of the Best Books to Read This Summer”; Southern Living’s “The Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2019”; The Washington Post’s “The 20 Books to Read This Summer”; Essence’s “10 Books We’re Dying to Toss Into Our Summer Totes”; Goodreads’ “The Hottest Books of Summer”; Newsweek’s “Summer Books 2019”; The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Big Summer Books for 2019”; and of course, Literary Hub’s very own “Most Anticipated Books of Summer.”

Summer preview books – on many lists

summer preview

The following books show up on many summer reading recommendation lists, as noted in the above linked article.  I have several of these books already, but haven’t read any yet.  I am sure I’ll get to some of them.

21 lists:

Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (July 16)

18 lists:

Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls (June 4)


17 lists:

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (June 4)


14 lists:

Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleishman Is in Trouble (June 18)

Lisa Taddeo, Three Women (July 9)


13 lists:

Téa Obreht, Inland (August 13)


12 lists:

Jean Kwok, Searching for Sylvie Lee (June 4)


11 lists:

Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy (June 4)


10 lists:

Jennifer Weiner, Mrs. Everything (June 11)



9 lists:

Kristen Arnett, Mostly Dead Things (June 4)

Blake Crouch, Recursion (June 11)



8 lists:

Mona Awad, Bunny (June 11)

Jasmine Guillory, The Wedding Party (July 16)

Lauren Mechling, How Could She (June 25)

Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror (August 6)

De’Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills (June 4)



7 lists:

Catherine Chung, The Tenth Muse (June 18)

Edwidge Danticat, Everything Inside (August 27)

Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake (July 23)



6 lists:

Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House (August 13)

Kalisha Buckhanon, Speaking of Summer (July 30)

Helen Phillips, The Need (July 9)

Ruth Ware, The Turn of the Key (August 6)


5 lists:

Chanelle Benz, The Gone Dead (June 25)

Sarah Gailey, Magic for Liars (June 4)

Emily Nussbaum, I Like to Watch (June 25)

Yoko Ogawa, tr. Stephen Snyder, The Memory Police (August 13)

Regina Porter, The Travelers (June 18)

Rion Amilcar Scott, The World Doesn’t Require You (August 20)


4 lists:

Lauren Acampora, The Paper Wasp (June 11)

Margaret Atwood, The Testaments (September 10)

Rachel Cusk, Coventry: Essays (August 20)

Tan France, Naturally Tan (June 4)

Grant Ginder, Honestly, We Meant Well (June 11)

Mark Haddon, The Porpoise (June 18)

Helen Hoang, The Bride Test (May 7)

Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had (June 25)

Courtney Maum, Costalegre (July 16)

Beatriz Williams, The Golden Hour (July 9)


3 lists:

Kate Atkinson, Big Sky (June 25)
Chandler Baker, Whisper Network (June 25)
Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the City? (August 6)
Katherine Center, Things You Save in a Fire (August 13)
Marcy Dermansky, Very Nice (July 2)
Erica Ferencik, Into the Jungle (May 28)
Tope Folarin, A Particular Kind of Black Man (August 6)
Tanisha C. Ford, Dressed in Dreams (June 25)
Natalia Ginzburg, tr. Frances Frenaye, The Dry Heart (June 25)
Thomas Harris, Cari Mora (May 21)
Rajia Hassib, A Pure Heart (August 6)
Malin Persson Giolito, Beyond All Reasonable Doubt (June 4)
Joshilyn Jackson, Never Have I Ever (July 30)
Uzma Jalaluddin, Ayesha at Last (June 4)
Marjan Kamali, The Stationery Shop (June 18)
Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered (May 28)
Amanda Lee Koe, Delayed Rays of a Star (July 9)
R. F. Kuang, The Dragon Republic (July 22)
Roselle Lim, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune (June 11)
Gretchen McCulloch, Because Internet (July 23)
Denise Mina, Conviction (June 18)
Rachel Monroe, Savage Appetites (August 20)
Ariana Reines, A Sand Book (June 18)
Sally Rooney, Normal People (April 16)
Karen Russell, Orange World (May 14)
Richard Russo, Chances Are . . . (July 30)
Riley Sager, Lock Every Door (July 2)
Julie Satow, The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel (June 4)
Neal Stephenson, Fall; or, Dodge In Hell (June 4)
J. Ryan Stradal, The Lager Queen of Minnesota (July 23)
Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough (June 11)
Elvia Wilk, Oval (June 4)
Nell Zink, Doxology (August 19)