Who watched the Oscars on Sunday night? It was quite the year in movies, and many great films took home awards. But since the Oscars come just once a year, what to do now? Read of course! We’ve got some book suggestions for you based on the Oscar Winners. So read on to find your next great TBR!
“Green Book” tells the true story of Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist, who embarks on a concert tour in 1962 in the Deep South with a tough-talking bouncer from the Bronx as his driver. While confronting racism during an era of segregation, the two men develop an unexpected bond. If you liked this movie, you should read Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly next. It’s the untold true story of the African-American female mathematicians at NASA who provided the calculations that helped some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Set against the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the book is told through the personal accounts of four women known as the “colored computers.” The movie adaptation of Hidden Figures was up for three Oscars in 2017!
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”/Foreign Language Film: “Roma” & The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
If you loved Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma”, an emotional portrait of two domestic workers taking care of a young family in 1970s Mexico City, you’ll love The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin. This beautiful intimate novel follows an imperfect family devoted to loving and supporting each other. This sweeping story follows the four Skinner siblings as love, tragedy, and time force them to grow together and apart. If you were a fan of Commonwealth by Ann Patchett or Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, this is definitely the next book for you!
Actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” & The Dirt by Motley Crue
Did you love watching Rami Malek embody Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”? Who doesn’t love a musical biopic? You should check out The Dirt by Motley Crue! It’s the OG musical memoir, and some say it’s the most debaucherous, wildest rock book ever. Band members Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Vince Neil teamed up with music journalist Neil Strauss to capture all the grit, grime, grease, and hairspray that went into creating Motley Crue’s legendary music. The Dirt is coming to Netflix soon as an original movie starring Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber, Douglas Booth, and Iwan Rheon. Watch the preview now:
Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” & 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
“The Favourite” is a quirky and charming dark comedy set in early 18th-century England, as two young women will stop at nothing to be the court favourites of Queen Anne. If you loved “The Favourite”, we think you should read 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. From the author of the wildly entertaining novel The Hating Game comes a new laugh-out-loud rom-com. In 99 Percent Mine Darcy and Jamie Barratt are fraternal twins battling it out over their inheritance, and vying for the sexy best friend who is stuck in the middle. It’s hilarious, heartfelt and filled with wit, much like Yorgos Lanthimos’ Oscar-winning film.
Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” & To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“If Beale Street Could Talk” is the beautiful follow up from Barry Jenkins, the director of “Moonlight”. Based on the book If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, the movie follows Tish and Fonny, a young couple in 1970s Harlem who dream of a future together but have to put their plans on hold when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. We recommend reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One of the most beloved and cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird is a heart-wrenching and gripping coming-of-age tale about injustice in the deep South. One local lawyer, Atticus Finch, risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
Animated Feature: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” & The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is such a fun take on the super hero movie. It follows teen Miles Morales as he becomes Spider-Man of his reality and ends up crossing paths with five counterparts from another dimensions. This movie has action, laughs, and most of all, heart. If you’re looking for something to read next, pick up The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe. It’s the story of Norris Kaplan, a cynical Black French Canadian teen who moves from Montreal to Austin, Texas. The problem is that everything he knows about American high school he’s learned from TV shows and movies. The book follows Norris as he experiences the joys, clichés, and awkward humiliations of the American high school experience—including falling in love.
What Oscar movies did you see this year, Savvy Readers? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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