Oscar-worthy Reading

Some of the greatest movies of all time are based on books: Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, The Exorcist, and The Wizard of Oz to name a few. This past Sunday, March 4th, marked the 90th Academy Awards, and amidst the glamour and pageantry five more incredible movies based on books were nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Call Me by Your Name was awarded the Oscar, but all five movies are worth watching, and all five books they were inspired by worth reading.


Endurance by Scott Kelly

Happy 2018 dear Book Nook readers! The new year is the perfect time to re-evaluate old goals and pursue new dreams. Scott Kelly's Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery is an incredibly inspiring and fascinating read that shows readers that any dream is possible and that it is never too late to discover your true path in life.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A beautifully decorated tree, a bountiful Christmas-day meal, and a festive generosity of spirit are the hallmarks of the holiday season. But you might not know that these traditions of Christmas were largely influenced by Charles Dickens (creator of such classics as Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations) when he published A Christmas Carol in 1843.

The Inner Life of Animals by Peter Wohlleben

In my last post, I reviewed Peter Wohlleben's 2016 international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees and learned that trees care for their young, take care of others that are sick, and communicate with each other to warn about threats. In Wohlleben's latest book, The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion - Surprising Observations of a Hidden World, he turns his trademark blend of anecdotal evidence and scientific research from flora to fauna, giving readers a fascinating look into the lives of our fellow animals.

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Although we pass by trees every day and they make up a regular part of our environment, we know very little about what their lives are like and how they function. Do trees communicate with each other? Do they protect and nurture their young? Do they form friendships and help each other when they are sick? As it turns out, they do, and so much more. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World is written by Peter Wohlleben, manager and caretaker of an old growth forest in Germany, and gives readers a revelatory view into the little-known world of trees.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry was written for "all those who are too busy to read fat books, yet nonetheless seek a conduit to the cosmos." Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, and public personality (host of StarTalk and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey), blends scientific facts with his trademark fun and charisma in Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, resulting in a fascinating and enjoyable read.

Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte

Among the daily onslaught of international news about uprisings, revolutions, and political upheaval, we often forget about the individuals living through these changes and how their everyday lives are affected - the human stories. Live from Cairo, a debut novel from award-winning writer Ian Bassingthwaighte, takes a closer look at the lives of several individuals living through the 2011 Egyptian revolution and their shared experience in trying to help a single refugee...

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

The smallest creature can often have the biggest impact, and the preservation of the human race is inextricably linked with that of bees. Wholesale abandonment of the hive by worker bees is a phenomenon that has been increasing exponentially in the last decade, named colony collapse disorder in 2006, and has resulted in the loss of millions of bees and countless crops that were not pollinated. Norwegian author Maja Lunde uses colony collapse disorder as the backdrop for her internationally best-selling fiction novel, The History of Bees...