Bedside Reading: February 2016

Feb 17, 2016 | by Melanie Albert

Our Bedside Reading series features our monthly book recommendation to help you ramp up your literature game and sleep more soundly. Trust us—it’s better than one last Instagram scroll before bedtime.

2016 Oscar Contenders Based On Books

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Brooklyn is a 2009 novel by Colm Tóibín about an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York who falls for a tough Italian plumber, but faces temptation from another man when she returns to her homeland for a visit.

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian is a science-fiction movie starring Matt Damon. The story follows an American Astronaut who gets stranded on Mars, which forces him to improvise in order to survive.

Nominations include Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Visual Effects.

The Revenant

In 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass is left for dead by his hunting team following a brutal bear attack. Glass relies on his keen survival skills to survive the rugged terrain to find his way home.

The Revenant has 12 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography.


Room follows 5-year-old Jack, who lives with his mother in a secured single-room outbuilding until, one day, he discovers the world outside.

The movie has collected four nominations, all in the most important categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Adapted Screenplay.

The Price Of Salt/Carol by Claire Morgan

Carol tells the story of Therese, a young stage designer in a department-store, and her passionate affair with Carol, a housewife embroiled in a bitter divorce. It’s based on a famous 1952 romance novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt. It is perceived today as a pioneering work of lesbian romance.

Nominations include Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

The Danish Girl, written by David Ebershoff, portrays Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history, and the woman torn between loyalty to her marriage and her own ambitions and desires.

Nominations include Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This movie directed by Danny Boyle portraits Steve Jobs during the time of three iconic product launches. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin, and the major source of knowledge is a book by Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography.

Nominations include Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Adam McKay and Charles Randolph adapted to the big screen the book by Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, a brilliant, darkly humorous account of how the US economy was driven over the cliff.

Nominations include Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor.