Books in October 2016

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

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I read the three Goosebumps books for my first read-a-thon which was called the Goosebumps-along by Richard from Books and Bullshit. Check him out on Booktube (Youtube)!

Since I decided to go as Dexter for Halloween, I decided to do my book theme based around that. I also read a Dexter book so I feel it was a perfect one to go with. I love how the setup and my costume turned out!

Favorite: The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine
Least Liked: Kiss by Ted Dekker
Classic: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I also really enjoyed the rest of the books, though The Murmurings had a really slow first half. The second half made the book worth it, though!

 

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My favorite read for October 2016.

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My classic read for October 2016

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Double Dexter ended up being my second favorite in the series
and a runner up for my favorite read for October 2016.

What did you read in October and what were your favorites? Also, did you dress up for Halloween? If so, what did you dress up as? If you have pictures, feel free to link me to them!

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The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Book written by J.K. Rowling, 2003
Movie directed by David Yates, 2007

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both.

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: More details regarding the plot and back story, more scenes involving Dobby.Liked how the prophecy was revealed better. Ron’s character also seemed to grow more than in the movie.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Liked how it started at the playground, loved who they cast for Luna, scene with the department of ministries seemed more powerful, as well as the scene with Bellatrix and Sirius. Scenes with Umbridge also were more entertaining and the actress made her an even more annoying character.

Verdict?: Book, although the movie was pretty good.

Why?: I love both for different reasons, though I feel the movie was more entertaining overall. The newly casted characters and the special effects make the original idea shine.

Should the movie be re-made?: No.

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

 

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Book Review–A Mango-shaped Space by Wendy Mass

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This is the 10th book from my 115 in 2015 Reading Challenge.

 

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A Mango-shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Published January 1st, 2005 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Mia Winchell has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes. Forced to reveal her condition, she must look to herself to develop an understanding and appreciation of her gift in this coming-of-age novel.

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 As a creative person, I am fascinated by synesthesia. Have been ever since I read R.J. Anderson’s Ultraviolet and learned that it was a real thing. <–I also highly recommend that book if you are at all interested in synesthesia and if you liked this book.

Plot:

The plot is a coming-of-age one, which I love. While I suspected Mango’s later fate, for the most part the plot kept me on my toes. There really wasn’t much to the plot, but there also didn’t need to be.

Setting:

I could relate to the setting, which is out in the country. I grew up in a similar sounding place, so in a way I felt like I was back home. It was very accurate.

Characters:

I like that the characters in this actually felt like a real people. They all had flaws.

Mia, the main character, has synesthesia. The author did a great job showing how it benefited and made life harder for her. She felt like a real 13-year-old, too–kind of silly, creative, intro personal but not super quiet. I liked her and felt I could relate to her well.

I liked her entire family, actually, especially Mango the cat.

I also enjoyed Roger, one of Mia’s classmates, and Billy, a small boy who touches Mia’s life.

Relationships:

The relationships between the family members and Mia, as well as with one another, are realistic. I particularly like the one between Mia and her little brother.

Mia also has an interesting relationship with her friend, Jenna. Jenna was hard for me to warm up to, but ended up being likable.

Roger and Mia’s relationship was pretty cute. I would have liked to see how that evolved over the next few years.

Writing/Voice:

The writing and voice definitely sound like a young girl who is Mia’s age. The descriptions were all very well done, almost to the point to where I could see what Mia was.

Ending:

When I read the title and tied it in to the character, I suspected how things might eventually end. What I didn’t suspect was how hard it would come at me. Maybe it’s because of my own loss last year with my own furbabies, but the end just tore me apart. Very emotional.

Overall:

Overall this was a pretty good read and I would recommend it, especially for the target audience.

 

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The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Book written by J.K. Rowling, 2000
Movie directed by Mike Newell, 2005

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvelous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller

 

 

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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: 4.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: The Qudditch World Cup, Dumbledore handled the goblet of fire incident better, Rita Skeeter’s “secret” (left out in the movie), More details concerning Barty Crouch, Dobby is featured, final confrontation scene was stronger.

Things the Movie Did Better: The twins fighting after failing to fool the goblet addition, the ferret scene is even funnier, Harry/Hermione relationship seems stronger, Neville playing a more active role, Barty Crouch Sr is more likable, Moaning Myrtle’s scene was hilarious.

Verdict?: Book, although the movie was pretty good.

Why?: Even though I enjoyed the movie, I liked the book better because there was more details about certain things, such as the Quidditch World Cup. I also felt the last confrontation between Harry and Voldemort was stronger in the book. I enjoyed a lot of the movie’s additions, though.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

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

 

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The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Book written by J.K. Rowling, 1999
Movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón, 2004

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both, honestly.

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: The scene with Snape ranting to Harry about his father, which didn’t make it to the movie. The friendship between Sirius and Crookshanks, which I always enjoyed, is also cut. I also felt that the dangerous vibe concerning Sirius Black was stronger in the book.

Things the Movie Did Better: Hogmeade sounded pretty awesome in the books, but when it was shown in the movies, it was even better. I also like the snowball scene better than the original book scene that involved mud, Hermione and Ron’s budding relationship (not shown in the book). Loved the shrunken head on the bus, which wasn’t in the books.

Verdict?: Both.

Why?: Like the first two, I feel the books adapted well to the big screen, as well as additions that almost make me want to like the movie just a little bit better.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

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

 

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The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Book written by J.K. Rowling, 1998
Movie directed by Chris Columbus, 2002

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself.

 

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both, honestly.

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: More details and scenes not shown in the movie (Lucius and Arthur getting into it, Harry overhearing Lucius and Draco, etc)

Things the Movie Did Better: Like the original movie, it brought the book “to life” for me. The old cast continued to do a great job and the new cast were awesome as well.

Verdict?: Both.

Why?: It’s impossible to choose between either for this one as well. Don’t worry–this won’t always be the case with the Harry Potter series.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

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

 

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The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Book written by J.K. Rowling, 1997
Movie directed by Chris Columbus, 2001

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both, honestly.

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: More details concerning Harry’s life with the Dursley’s and at school.

Things the Movie Did Better: Extra scenes such as Hermoine’s famous expelled line/Prof. McGonagall transforming into a cat/Neville-Draco-Harry Quidditch scene/etc, Hermione and Neville have more of a role in the movie/character is stronger, brought the original story “to life” for me.

Verdict?: Both.

Why?: It’s impossible to choose between either for the first film. Reading the book and watching the movie for the first time were both magical experiences. The book does some things better. The movie does some things better. Both are always fun to revisit. The cast in the movie was perfect, as was the setting. The book started it all but I feel the movie really brought certain aspects to life.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

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

 

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