Books and Movies

As you might know, the Covey Film Festival is a tradition which began here in Thomasville four years ago this month (Maybe you've seen the banners around town?). What you might not know is that the film festival serves a purpose other than entertaining the community: All of the proceeds from the festival are allocated to the Thomasville Community Resource Center, which provides over 360 children in the region with after school/summer enrichment programs and support. A fun event with a good purpose; sounds like Thomasville to me! 

This upcoming weekend, the Covey Film Festival (which actually began October 13th) will be showing The Fundamentals of Caring, a drama all about tragedy, hope, and friendship. This movie is actually based on the 2012 book The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, which we highly recommend for readers (copies will be available at our pop-up store at each viewing of the movie). In lieu of this movie showing, I've included some other recent books and their film adaptations below (although the book is always better than the movie, right?). 

Miss Peregrine's Home for the Peculiars: We recently featured this book in the store – it's the first of a series by the way – and it's recent movie release should be exciting for those YA readers who have loved the books. 

The BFG: If it wasn't obvious from the title, this family friendly movie is based on Roald Dahl's classic – a movie both young and old can enjoy. 

The Girl on the Train: As a novel, it debuted at number one on the NY Times Fiction Best Sellers list in 2015. The movie adaptation has stimulated a lot of hype in the literary community, we can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of it. 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: A sci-fi take on a memorable classic, this movie seems a little silly – but it is a refreshing take on the drama that is Austen. (I have seen this one, and it is worth watching if just for the amusing thought of Mr. Darcy hunting zombies.) 

While we encourage reading here at the bookstore (hopefully that was obvious by now), if you're gonna see the movie then you might as well read the book first. There's just a special feeling having already consumed the book and knowing what should happen, and having something to compare the film adaptation to afterwards. It can be a little upsetting (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, anyone?), but it's always an interesting experience to compare the two. That being said, come out and see The Fundamentals of Caring at the Covey Film Festival this Friday or Saturday, to share in a community experience and benefit the Thomasville Community Resource Center. If you haven't read the original book yet, or would like to after viewing the film adaptation, we will have a pop-up store at the showing or you can stop by The Bookshelf to check it out along with other books similar to film adaptations being shown throughout the festival! Hope to see you there!

You can also find us this weekend at the Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site, hosting a similar pop-up shop featuring works by Edgar Allen Poe and other seasonal readings for all ages! We're still featuring our FALL SHELF SELECTION through the end of this month, and it is available both online and in-store. Another cool feature we'd like you guys to participate in is our Book-a-Month Club (yes, you can sign up online right now!) - in which both adults and children may receive our monthly book choices in either paper or hardback. Don't forget to support The Bookshelf in the 6th annual Indie Awards by voting for us at the link below from now until November 13th - we greatly appreciate the community's support!

Have a happy & safe Halloween guys,