Hooray, the Oscars are almost here! But am I the only one who thinks that aside from the red carpet, the actual ceremony is kind of boring? Probably not. So for those who plan to skip the telecast and do something else (like reading for pleasure of course!), there’s still a way to participate in the festivities. Did you know that this year’s Best Picture-nominated films all come from book adaptations? This is great news for me since I rarely see any of the most buzzed-about movies until well after they’ve been released. I don’t seem to have that problem with books though. (In fact, thanks to my father who brought home a bunch yesterday afternoon, I now have two out of the six contenders below!)


Here’s a closer look at the book adaptations competing for Best Picture. Whether you’ve read or seen these captivating stories, let us know what you think by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page!



extremely-loudExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Safran Foer tries to make sense of one of this generation’s most tragic events through the voice of nine-year-old Oskar Schell. Oskar’s father died in the World Trade Center on September 11, leaving behind a mysterious key. Oskar has made it his mission to find the lock that matches it and discover more about his father’s death. His journey takes him through the five boroughs of New York, crossing paths with survivors of all sorts, each seeking closure.



moneyballMoneyball by Michael Lewis

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Billy Beane is the general manager of the Oakland A’s, a baseball team with the smallest budget in the Major Leagues. Unable to afford young pitchers with rocket arms or highly athletic hitters, Beane and his staff have to go with flawed players, but ones that can get on base and score runs based on statistics. Without an emphasis on money, we meet fascinating characters like overweight catcher Jeremy Brown and sidearm pitcher Chad Bradford, men who would otherwise be 15th round draft picks. But Beane commands the most attention, being that he was a bright prospect that was similarly overlooked in his prime.



the-descendantsThe Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

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Hilarious, yet heartbreaking, Hemmings’ debut novel introduces us to Matthew King and his family, land-rich descendants of Hawaiian royalty. As Matt agonizes over whether to sell his inheritance to a real estate developer, he must also decide his wife’s fate as she’s been in an irreversible coma for the last month after a boat-racing accident. Matt gives friends and family the chance to say their final goodbyes, but things become complicated when he learns that Joanie was having an affair with real estate broker Brian Speer. Matt sets out with his daughters, feisty 10-year-old Scottie and 17-year-old recovering drug addict Alex, to confront Brian, something which will ultimately help Matt decide what to do for his family.



the-helpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Kathryn Stockett brings to life three extraordinary women who are as different from one another as can be, yet together they start a movement which forever changes their small town and the way all the women in the community view one another. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just graduated college, but is considered a social failure since she’s not married. Aibileen is a black maid who’s always done as she’s told, but resentment after the loss of her son gradually changes that. Finally, there’s Minny, a sassy black maid who is constantly searching for work because she doesn’t bite her tongue. However, she’ll find herself having to do much more than that when her new employer has shocking secrets of her own.



the-invention-of-hugo-cabretThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

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Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. An orphan, clock keeper and thief, his world is surprisingly well-ordered until he meets an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station. Suddenly, his anonymous life and biggest secret could be revealed as this magical, though mysterious story unfolds, keeping readers spellbound.



war-horseWar Horse by Michael Morpurgo

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It’s 1914, and Joey is on the front lines of war-ravaged France. Despite the horrors he witnesses, his courage motivates his fellow soldiers and offers them hope in spite of their dismal circumstances. But the beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose yearns for the day he can reunite with Albert, the son of the farmer who sold Joey to the army. Will they ever meet again?




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Maria Miaoulis

Maria Miaoulis

Managing Editor at Reading For Pleasure
Passionate Bookworm; Blogger; Editor; Grammar Geek & Organizing Goddess. Can always be found with a book in my hands!
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