The Oscars aired on television last Sunday night. Aside from the red carpet fashion and the musical numbers at the beginning of the show, one thing that really surprised me this year was the number of movie nominations that were based on books.

More often than not, the book is better than the movie (in my opinion). Books bettermoviecontain much more character development and detail plus they allow the reader to use his or her imagination.

So in honor of the 2013 Oscars and my theory that books are often better than the movie, consider reading one of these books if you are looking for your next great read.

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio Mendez
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel by Matthew Quick
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild by Doris Betts
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The James Bond Series by Ian Fleming
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Review written by Amanda B.