1. Cloud Atlas: This is for serious readers who like oddly organized, but really well written books.
2. The Disaster Artist: All of you Tommy Wiseau fanatics can enjoy this book that stands on the same pedestal as The Room. It's hilarious, sad, and one of the weirdest books I have ever read.
3. A Walk in the Woods: The book is fantastic, just trust me on that. Actually this is one of my favorite books of all time and I refuse to watch the film in fear that it will ruin the book. So for that, I applaud Bill Bryson on his funny and charming writing.
4, Angels and Demons: With Inferno coming to theaters soon, I recommend Angels and Demons as a fun mystery with Robert Langdon. I honestly cannot get all the way through Inferno, but Angels and Demons was a breeze of a read.
5. Inherent Vice: Yep, it's just as hard to comprehend as the film was, but why not give it a shot?
6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: A unique writing format creates this lovely read for young adults and old adults alike. Basically, anyone can find something to enjoy in this book.
7. The Hobbit: I love this book and it is much easier to read than The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, if I were just starting to check out The Lord of the Rings universe, I would read The Hobbit and watch Peter Jackson's first three LOTR films.
8. As You Wish: I am currently reading this book, so I will get back to you when I finish it. So far it is a great companion to The Princess Bride!
And finally, the featured flick of the week:
9. Les Miserables: You may be required to read it in school, but I read it on my own and loved it. The book took me close to a year to finish (I'm a slow reader), but every bit of it was worth the time. For this one, the book beats the film by a long shot. Still, the film has some really good performances, even if Russell Crowe destroyed the best character. If you like the film, I also encourage you to see a good production of the musical on-stage. It's awesome to see such a spectacle right in front of you instead of on the big screen sometimes.