As any voracious reader knows, there are so many books out there, it can be hard to choose just what to read next. So what could be better than a hand-picked recommendation from someone in the know? Every Wednesday the XOXOAD team likes to find out what some of its favorite authors are reading; today we’ve asked Victoria Van Tiem, author of the oh-so-funny and delightfully sexy Love Like the Movies to tell us!


Reading is a part of writing, even when I’m under a tight deadline, I carve out some time. I love dissecting how stories are structured, and for me, that also means movies. Yes, I’m one of those people who will watch the movie first, unless I’ve read it, then read the book, and finally I’ll dig into the script.

Scripts are an amazing way to read a story, they’re almost all dialogue, and the successful blockbusters always follow the basic mechanics of story, no exception.

The last two I read this way were both from Nicolas Sparks, Safe Haven and the Notebook. I of course saw the movies first and more than once. Ryan Gosling and Josh Duhamel? Oh yeah, I’ve watched these several times. Then I read the books to see how certain scenes were handled, then finally the scripts.











In the Notebook, the movie shows James Garner flashing back and forth from the present with his wife to the story he reads from the notebook. But in the actual book, Nicolas Sparks handles it differently, the present bookends the past without any interruptions. I believe both work perfectly for their delivery. For the movie, we can easily flow back and forth because we have the dynamic visual, but in the written word, the story has much more impact without the disruptions.

The last few books I’ve read that don’t have a movie:
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, and Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding. Although there’s talk of a movie for that one. Yay!

On my TBR pile? Free Agent, a debut from JC Nelson, and anything by Lucy Diamond.

Happy reading and watching!

Victoria x