Movies I Wish Had Been Books

Hi Guys

The Oscars were last night (yay Moonlight!) and to celebrate the end of award season I thought I would talk about movies, specifically, movies (and TV shows) that I would love to be have been books first. 

There’s no denying I love books more than movies. While I’ve definitely been getting more into movies recently there’s nothing that can replace the beauty of words on a page. While watching these movies and TV shows I couldn’t help thinking that they would’ve made books. 

Midnight In Paris – This is the perfect movie for book lovers, not only does it follow a writer in Paris it also has appearances of two of the most loved writers in history, F.Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

The Breakfast Club – This is such a fantastic movie with some great messages. To be honest, if they just published the script I would probably buy it. Some great things are said in this movie. 

Limitless – I love Bradley Cooper but the plot follows a man who takes a pill that allows him to use 100% of his brain. Give me that book and give it to me now.

You’ve Got Mail – Another movie for book lovers that would also make a great book. It’s great to see the characters love for stories and I don’t see that enough in actual books.

Stranger Things – You have no idea the amount of times I googled ‘is stranger things a book’ while watching it because it just felt to much like an amazing classic sci-fi story to not have been a book first. But it isn’t, and that’s a problem.

Broadchurch – I love reading mystery novels but I can never find any good recommendations. Basically, I want broadchurches story and characters in a book.

The Missing – The same with broadchurch, but even more so. The plot to this would’ve made a bestselling novel.

How To Get Away With Murder – This is one of those shows you can’t stop watching, it’s addictive and if this was a book you can bet I would not sleep until I read every single page.

About Time – This would basically be another The Time Travellers Wife but with a slightly happier ending and better plot.

Black Mirror – Every episode is a new story altogether, and each episode would make a great book. I think the problem with Black Mirror is sometimes the characters and stories are too big to fit the hour slot it has, so a lot of the time your’re left wanting more. That would’ve been solved if it were a book.

Are there any movies/TV shows you would love have been a book first?

Thanks for reading

Jess X

My Favourite Book.

Hi Guys

I have talked about this book in quite a few blog posts before and recommended it at every possible opportunity, but I have realised that I have never given it it’s own post for me to gush about it. So, here I am today, doing everything in my power to try and persuade you to read this beautiful book.

This blog post will be spoiler free but I will be talking about themes and quotes, so if you want to go into this book knowing nothing, here are a few reasons why you should read it.

  • It’s a banned book. Rebel.
  • The friendship.
  • The acceptance.
  • The growth.
  • The writing, it’s beautiful.
  • It’s relatability (you will connect with at least one character.)
  • So you can watch the movie after, which is just as good and has Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson.

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When I first read this book I had borrowed it from a German foreign exchange student when I was 16 and I’ll admit, I didn’t completely get it. However this happens with most of my most loved ‘things.’ I start of thinking it’s ‘meh’ but there’s something about it that makes me want to give it another go and when I do something happens that didn’t happen the first time, I connect with it.

Charlie is such a special main character. He is wallflower, he notices everything and being a teenager surrounded by difficult and complex situations that can be very overwhelming. He’s an overthinker, and the only person he confesses his thoughts to is his friend (the reader.)

I love his love for books. All of use love a main character who shares our interests, and I think it’s safe to say we all have a shared interest in books. Reading is a big  part of Charlies growth:

“I have finished To Kill a Mockingbird. It is now my favourite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.”

The Music. This is the perfect moment to mention the movie (which I also love with all my heart.) Perks features ‘old’ music (pre 1990’s) which I never listened to before Perks. The movies soundtrack opened me up to a whole new era of music I never thought I could love. Now I listen to The Smiths, David Bowie and Fleetwood Mac. The Samples are even my alarm song to wake me up in the morning.

“And I thought how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through bad times because of those songs. And how many people have enjoyed good times with these songs. And how much these songs really mean.”

Here’s my Perks playlist: Spotify

The sub-plots are gifts. This book explores a lot of issues a teenager could experience through not just the main character Charlie but through the secondary characters as well. None of the characters are straight-forward, one dimensional, or perfect. Each of their stories needed to be told.

I love the entirety of this book, but there are small quotes in this book that give it moments of genius. Quotes that I have to read twice to let soak in, quotes that I love so much I have them hanging on my wall in my bedroom. So I will leave you with some of my favourites:

“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life”

“Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent”

“We accept the love we think we deserve”

“And all those little kids are going to do the same things we do. And they will kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be nice if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t.”

“Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from here.”

And the most famous of the book:

.“And in that moment, I swear…”

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Thanks for reading

Jess X

First Book Haul of the Year!

Hello Guys

I am happy to say that even though it is almost the third month of the year I only have five books to haul. 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – This is a non-fiction, which is a genre I have never really gotten on with. But I recently enjoyed a non-fiction and I have amazing things about this one. It’s a memoir following Walls’s childhood where, dealing with a drunk father, she had to learn how to look after herself. 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – This is by far her most popular and well loved book. I decided to buy it because this is the one I really wanted to start with. I did actually start this during the Diverseathon but if I’m honest I struggled with it, so for now it’s DNF’ed.

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys – I have wanted to read this for the longest time, like since doing booktube. But for some reason I never got around to reading or even buying it. Last Saturday I saw it in a charity shop for 20p and immediately bought it and immediately started reading it. Holy cow that was a hard book to read.

Ready Player One by Earnest Cline – I once tried reading this from the library and I did actually DNF it because I couldn’t get into it but, it was a pound, and everyone loves it, so I should love it, right? Hehe, I’m going to give this another try. 

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters – I’m really interested in Sarah Waters, I like the sound of her books and I’ve heard some good things about them. Hopefully I get on with them. She writes historical fiction and I know this one features LGBT+ so that’s interesting.  

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Thanks for reading

Jess X

Disappointing Reads

Note: Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish.

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Hello Guys

For this weeks Top Ten Tuesday we have to pick the books that we were expecting to love but just didn’t. Most of the time if I find a book disappointing I won’t bother finishing it so I’ve split this list in two:

Finished:

  • Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman
  • Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johanson
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Not J.K Rowling aka it’s fanfiction.

DNF: May pick up again one day.

  • Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • Shadow in the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Let me know if you took part in this weeks TTT!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Couples

Note: Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Broke and Bookish.

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Hi Guys

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday happens to fall on Valentines (which I hate but moving on) so this weeks topic is all about the romance. I’ve decided to share with you my top ten favourite couples. Here’s they are:

  • Katniss and Peeta – The Hunger Games
  • Ari and Dante – Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Jane and Mr Rochester – Jane Eyre
  • Anna and Etienne – Anna and the French Kiss
  • Elend and Vin – Hero of Ages
  • Elizabeth and Mr Darcy – Pride and Prejudice
  • Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter
  • Percy and Annabeth – Percy Jackson
  • Westley and Buttercup – The Princess Bride
  • June and Day – Legend Trilogy

Do you see your favourite couple here? Let me know!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Unpopular Opinions: Book Tag

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I said last week in my ‘Rating Books’ post that I have become very opinionated. So today I thought I would put that to the test by doing the Unpopular Opinions tag, created by The Book Archer. Enjoy!

1. A Popular Book Or Series That You Didn’t Like.

So technically I didn’t finish this series, I hated it so much I barely made it through the second book. But Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I didn’t like the writing and I actually haven’t been able to get through anything else Scott Westerfeld’s wrote since.

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

Confession time, I don’t really read books I hear a lot of bad things about. But I really enjoyed A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler and since reading it I have seen so many negative reviews and it’s got a surprisingly low rating on goodreads.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don’t like.

I’m still not happy about who Lia ended up with in The Remnant Chronicles by Mary. E. Pearson. I won’t spoil you, but it annoys me.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

I haven’t read a lot of magical realism books. I think the only one I’ve read is The Night Circus and to be honest I didn’t really enjoy that aspect of it. Maybe it’s just not my thing?

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. I mean, I’m not entirely sure if he’s liked but I was expecting him to be similar to Mr Darcy and he isn’t. He’s an arse. A huge arse with a bad temper.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Jane Austen. I wasn’t a huge fan of P&P and I hate Emma and Mansfield Park seems boring. Sense and Sensibility is my last hope of linking her.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. 

17 year old’s being involved in love triangles. I can’t find one guy interested in me but you’re telling me she has three? Nah.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

The Captive Prince by C.S Pacot, it sounds completely not my thing. 

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The Hunger Games movies are brilliant and I very nearly prefer them more than the book, but I would say I have an equal amount of love for them. 

I tag…

Thanks for reading

Jess X

Review: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Hi Guys

It’s not very often I start and finish a trilogy within two months (my average is probably 2-3 years) but that is exactly what I have done with the Grisha Trilogy so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do a series review spoiler-free.IMG_3212.JPG

Length: 350-400 pages each

Publisher: Square Fish

Source: Kindle Book and Library

Avg Goodreads Rating:                                                              Shadow & Bone: 4.06   –  Siege & Storm: 4.09   –  Ruin & Rising: 4.18

My Rating:                                                                                                                                                             S&B: 38/100  –  S&S: 65/100  –  R&R: 47/100 (3 Stars Overall)

What it’s about:

This is set in a fantasy world that is divided by The Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee, Alina Stakov, who when entering The Fold reveals a dormant power that saves the life of her oldest friend.

After her powers are revealed she is whisked away to the royal palace where the other Grisha live, to learn how to control her new powers and serve the Darkling, the leader of the Grisha.

Review:

My feelings towards The Grisha trilogy are kind of mixed. 

I really enjoyed myself reading the second and third instalments. I sped through all of the books but I got really invested in the romance and story in the last two. For me, the first book lacked world building. I didn’t really understand The Fold or Ravka, I got confused and that made me loose interest.

I think what made me love the second book a lot more than the first was the introduction to new characters. The characters all got a lot more interesting in Siege and Storm, even the ones from the first book became more developed and more enjoyable to read about. Let me say this now, if you’ve read the first and one and thought it was meh, read the second. It’s worth it.

Each book took me two days to read and the writing definitely helped with that. It is very fast paced and flows nicely. It’s the type of writing that grips you and doesn’t let you go until you finish it. 

The love interests were fun to read about. While the love story does sometimes overwhelm the actual plot I personally didn’t mind. I love a bit of romance in my YA fantasy.

The characters lacked depth to me, I didn’t really get emotionally invested in them even though I enjoyed reading about them. This could’ve been because of the pace of the book and how quickly everything happens. 

Alina was a good main character, I will never get tired of reading about hidden underdogs rising to power and becoming the voice of a revolution. However I can’t help but see her as a poor mans version of Daenarys Targaryan. The other characters made a habit or hyping her up to be more than she was.

The ending, while satisfying, was a little underwhelming. Although that could just be because I’m not used to actually finishing series. 

For me this trilogy is everything I want in a YA fantasy. It has a lot of romance, intriguing villains, action packed scenes, and a kick ass female lead. Definitely worth the read.

Thanks for reading

Jess X