Book Adaptation Wishlist Tag

This book tag was created by Booktuber She Might Be Moncia. Click here to check out her video!

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Source: Source: movie-memories.net

1. Movie: Without Tess by Marcelle Pixley could be really interesting.

2. TV Show: Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga.

3. Cartoon: Sarah Scribbles by Sarah Anderson is an online comic but I think it would be adorable as a cartoon series. So relatable and funny.

4. Graphic Novel or Comic: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve only read the first two but I think it would be very cool to see illustrations of the characters and story.

5. Play: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

6. Musical: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. OK, while the MC can’t actually sing, I still think she could do so internally and it would be really interesting when she has to find other ways to sing along with the cast without actually singing (dancing, gestures, looks, etc). If that makes any sense.

I TAG: Ari @ thequirkybooknerd, Mariella @ mariellahunt.com, Hollie Ohs @ hollieohsbookreviews (who just joined WordPress so go check her out!) & anyone else who would like to do it!

What do you think of my choices? And if you decide to do this tag, leave a link or comments down below so I can see your choices!

 

jnc

Poke’mon GO Book Tag

While I haven’t gotten addicted to this app like most people (probably due to where I live), I’ve been a huge Poke’mon fan since I was younger. I first saw this video on SuperSpaceChick’s Booktube channel. The original creator is credited on her video.

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1. STARTERS: The book(s) that started your love for reading:

I’ve loved books since I could read so it’s hard to say which book for sure started it all, but the Goosebumps series really amped up my love for reading.

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2. PIKACHU: An iconic classic that you’ll always love:

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, even though age has made me not enjoy the sequel as much as I used to.

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3. ZUBAT: A book you lost interest in because it’s literally everywhere!:

I cannot think of anything off the top of my head (seeing a book everywhere doesn’t make me dislike it now)  but back when I was on inkpop.com, I did not want to read Paranormalcy because it was always being advertised in annoying ways on the site. A pity because when I finally gave it a chance, it was pretty good!

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4. DITTO: A book that reminds you of other books (tropes) but you still love anyway:

I don’t tend to like books that remind me too much of another, but Under the Dome by Stephen King felt similar to the Gone series by Michael Grant (though they are really completely different as the book(s) go on). But I feel that the two were different enough overall and the authors seem like they are fans of one another so maybe that helps.

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5. SNORLAX: A book/series you have not started because of sheer size:

Either the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson or Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read a few intimidating looking books this year so maybe I’ll get over it (Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, etc). I’m not sure how anything can intimidate me after Stephen King’s The Stand and Under the Dome, though!

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6. GENGAR: A book that kept you up at night:

Fear by Michael Grant.

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7. NIDOKING/QUEEN: Your bookish OTP (One True Pairing):

Definitely Heaven Casteel & Troy Tatterton from the Casteel series.

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8. RAPIDASH: A fire-hot, fast-paced read:

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

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9. EEVEE: A series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for:

Harry Potter. There’s just so much material and characters to work with.

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10. MAGIKARP: A book/series that was surprisingly awesome:

Vampire Academy series. I hesitated a while before trying them because it seemed so many vampire books were trying to be the new Twilight. This series was actually more like Buffy, if she’d been half-vampire!

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11. LEGENDARY: An overhyped series you’re still excited to read:

Throne of Glass OR A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

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12. MEW & MEWTWO: A collector’s edition you wish you owned:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and Illustrated by Vincent Chong. Seriously, if you loved this one, go check out the illustrations!

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13. POKE-EGG: A debut novel you’re very excited for:

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude.

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14. LURE MODULE: An auto-buy author:

Stephen King.

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15. SERVER’S DOWN: A book release you’ve been waiting on forever:

Okay, not a book per say, but a new YA from Laurie Halse Anderson. I miss her books!

 

This was a pretty fun tag and if you’d like to do it, I TAG you! Please leave a link in the comments because I’d love to see your answers! Also, who’s your favorite poke’mon? Mine is Charmander!

 

jnc

The Book vs the Movie: The Fifth Wave

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Book written by Rick Yancey, 2013
Movie directed by J Blakeson, 2016

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Character development, plot, creepier atmosphere, believable romance.

Things the Movie Did Better:  It was well cast–Chloe especially did a great job. The only casting I wasn’t thrilled with was Ringer, who was supposed to be Asian.

Verdict?: The book. I was told ahead of time that the movie was terrible but I actually liked it. It stayed pretty true to the book, but as usual it had a lot cut and the atmosphere was less creepy, which I think hurt it.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

jnc

Books in July 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In July, I read nine books.

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Favorite: End of Watch by Stephen King
Classic: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Least Liked: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

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Everything else was good as well. I really liked Caravel, Scarlet, The Witches and Pretty Little Secrets.

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My favorite read for July 2016.

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My classic read for July 2016.

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I was also lucky enough to receive this ARC. It was pretty good!

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What did you read in July and what were your favorites?

 

jnc

July Writing & Reading Goals Check (August Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR JULY

✓ Read The Martian Chronicles for my classic book
✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Read End of Watch for my TBR
✓ Read The Witches for my TBR
✓ do book pictures for the month

 

I accomplished most of my goals for the month. It’s been a hectic month between work, a death in the family, and life in general so I haven’t gotten to edit as much as I want. I’m hoping to finish editing by the end of August. For once I actually have my book pictures done way ahead of time. I read nine books this month.

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

 

GOALS FOR AUGUST

✓ Read Lord of the Flies for my classic book
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper
✓ Start The Infernal Devices trilogy for my TBR
✓ Participate in Pitch Wars
do book pictures for the month

 

Wish me luck!

 

jnc

 

 

A-Z Bookish Survey

I saw this on Sarah Sunbeemz’s Booktube channel so I decided to do it! Here’s her video.

A — Author You’ve Read The Most Books From: R.L. Stine
B — Best Sequel Ever: Dark Angel by V.C. Andrews
C — Currently Reading: Sunburn by R.L. Stine
D — Drink of Choice While Reading: Coffee in the winter, something cold in the summer
E — E-Reader or Physical Book?: Physical Books
F — Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: If I’d been allowed to really date, probably Neville Longbottom
G — Glad You Gave this Book a Chance: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
H — Hidden Gem Book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I — Important Moment in Your Reading Life: Meeting R.L. Stine. One of the best days of my life
J — Just Finished: Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard
K– Kinds of Books You Won’t Read?: Westerns
L –Longest Book You’ve Read: The Stand by Stephen King
M — Major Book Hangover: Light by Michael Grant
N — Number of Bookshelves You Own: Four Actual Bookshelves but I put books wherever I can find room
O — One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
P — Preferred Place to Read: If the weather is nice (especially Fall), out on the patio; If it’s cold outside, in a hot bubble bath; or my bed.
Q — Quote that Inspires You and Gives You All the Feels: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” — Albus Dumbledore
R — Reading Regret: Not being able to find certain books in a series I loved growing up while I was reading them.
S — Series You’ve Started and Need to Finish: Too many, but I’m trying to get caught up on them all.
T — Three of Your All Time Favorite Books: So hard. I guess Dark Angel by V.C. Andrews, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, and Firestarter by Stephen King.
U –Unapologetic Fangirl/boy for: V.C. Andrews, Stephen King, the Gone series, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, whatever I’m currently obsessed with.
V — Very Excited for this Release More than Anything: The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
W — Worst Bookish Habit: Not finishing a series without having to re-read earlier books because I’ve forgotten them.
X — X Marks the Spot–Start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book off it: I’ll go with my Favorites shelf in my bedroom—Olivia by V.C. Andrews
Y — Your Latest Book Purchase: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Z — The Zzzzzzzzzzzzz Snatcher Book (Book That Kept You From Sleeping): Fear by Michael Grant

If you want to do this survey, please do and link (or leave your answers in the comments) below!

 

jnc

The Book vs the Movie: The DUFF

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Book written by Kody Keplinger, 2011
Movie directed by Ari Sandel, 2015

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend–of her crew.

But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, though the movie was pretty good (but a lot different).

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: This comparison is a little difficult because the book and the movie just felt like different stories to me. While the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a concept in both, the book seemed to be darker at times, more focused on Bianca’s relationship with Wes, and didn’t go into a lot into the whole DUFF thing like the movie did. But I believe the plot in the book worked better for that medium and I found it more interesting than the movie. I also felt more connected to the characters.

Things the Movie Did Better:  I like that the movie seems to be a little fluffier overall, despite the bullying aspect (which isn’t in the book). I felt the bullying was an interesting story change but it did make it a lot more different than the book. It kind of had a chick flick, Mean Girls kind of vibe, but that worked well for movie format. I did like the whole uplifting “DUFF” thing near the end, though.

Verdict?: The book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

jnc