Our March recommendations are a little late (blame Kendyl), but the Adaptation staff has a few ideas about what you should check out now that it’s April!
I finished reading Edward Rutherford’s New York and I recommend checking out that or another of his historical city titles. He takes a city—New York, Dublin, London—and follows its history through the fictional accounts of several generational families. It was fascinating to me both as an English major and a history minor!
I am reading Me Before You at the moment and I just cannot put it down. Soon to be a movie, the book follows Louisa Clark, who takes a job looking after the wheelchair-bound Will Trainor. Before his accident, Will was big on adventure, while Louisa’s life was fairly ordinary and they influence each other’s outlook on life.
I just recently rewatched all of the episodes of Wishbone, which was a major nostalgia moment for me. For those who don’t know what it is, Wishbone was a TV series that aired on PBS in the 1990s, about a dog—a Jack Russell Terrier—who would tell the stories of classic literature, like Oliver Twist and Pride and Prejudice, relating it to what was happening to his master and his friends during the episode. Of course, Wishbone would also happen to picture himself as part of the classic tale (usually as the main character). As I mentioned, it brought back major memories for me since I used to watch this show religiously as a kid. In fact, I would equate Wishbone with igniting my original love for reading, particularly classic literature.
Okay, it has a crap title, but stay with me for a bit. The other night I was in the mood for a stupid, fun teen romance and I came across Geek Charming on Netflix. Dylan is a popular girl that’s desperate to win Blossom Queen to stay connected to her mother that has passed away. Josh is a film geek who plans to win a film festival with a gritty expose on high school popularity. They make a deal to help the other out and then break down each other’s walls and expectations.
I’m a total sucker for Can’t Buy Me Love-style movies where the geek and the popular kid fall in love, and this was just that. I really enjoyed it and would watch it again. When something has been done a million ways, it’s the way that each story differs that becomes important and that, I think, it what made this movie for me.
I don’t normally do romance but I really, really liked this book. It’s a light, VERY funny romantic read about a woman who moves into a new apartment only to find that her new neighbor has frequent, load, late-night sexcapades on the other side of the too-thin apartment walls. Eventually, the frustration becomes too much for our heroine, so she goes to confront this neighbor she’s never seen and…I think you know where this is going. Tension mixed with exasperation!
That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!