RAMBLINGS: Book To Film Adaptation’s I’d Love To See

RAMBLINGS: Book To Film Adaptation’s I’d Love To See

Hello, lovelies!

I am very behind on writing up my book reviews so here’s a post on some books I’d love to see made into films instead!

Now I know that book to film adaptations can be a controversial topic, but we have to admit that they can be an amazing and magical thing.

I personally love when a book I’ve read is made into a film as it means I get to experience that story from a new perspective. When I’ve finished a really good book I always get that sad feeling that it’s over so having it made into a film means that I get to revisit the story.

(I also really enjoy seeing fictional characters come to life, especially ones I’ve fallen in love with *Peeta Mellark*)

Let’s get started…

 

  1. If We Were Villains by M.L Rio 

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I haven’t stopped raving about this book and I don’t think I ever will. It would be such a dramatic and unique film and I think it could be done in such an interesting way.

 

  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

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I would love to see this brought to life. I think it would be quite different to the YA book to film adaptations that are already out, and I’d also love to see who would be cast as Izzy O’Neill. I think my vote would go to Joey King!

 

  1. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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This is the perfect story for a film and we’d finally get a YA book to film adaptation that wasn’t a coming of age story or some complicated romance!

 

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I love a good fantasy film but I don’t think there are that many stand-out fantasy films with female leads so Uprooted could fill that gap!

 

  1. We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

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This is such a beautiful story. If you haven’t already read this book I would definitely recommend picking it up. I think it would be really interesting to see how it would translate into film and the direction someone would take with it.

 

  1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel 

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I’m always in the mood for a good sci-fi film and Sleeping Giants was such a unique and interesting story so I know that if it was done right, it would definitely make a good film.

 

  1. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

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This would make one crazy, hilarious and heart-breaking film. I could have easily picked any of Backman’s books as they’re all brilliant, but I think this is the one that I’d be the most excited to see.

 

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

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I was unsure about whether to include this one or not as I don’t know if any film could ever do this book justice, but I would love to see the night circus come to life. Throughout the whole book I genuinely felt sad that this was a fictional place and that I wouldn’t get to experience the circus for real so at least seeing it on the screen would be another way to experience this magical world.

 

  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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Rom-coms are one of my least favourite genre of films but I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t enjoy seeing this on the big screen. This book reminds me of Me Before You and Love, Rosie as they are all quite quirkly/non-stereotypical romance story and I loved the film adaptations of both of those, so I think it would make a really lovely film.

 

  1. Under the Skin (remade but true to the book)

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I don’t think I will ever stop being annoyed that they made Under the Skin into a film the way they did. I would love to see this remade but true to the book as it is such an interesting and powerful story.

 

Thanks for reading! What are some books you’d like to see made into a film?

 

T5T: Top 5 Villains That Are More Interesting Than The Hero

T5T: Top 5 Villains That Are More Interesting Than The Hero

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesdays. I haven’t taken part in a while as the topics haven’t suited me the past few weeks but I’m so excited about this week’s topic!

If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Tuesday, it is a group here on WordPress now currently run by Shanah over at BionicBookWorm, where each week you are given a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. This week’s topic is top 5 villains that are more interesting than the hero.

When I first read that this was going to be this week’s topic I was extremely happy so Thanks Shanah for picking such a great topic! I will admit I have a weakness for villains. They’re sassy, evil and always well dressed. What’s not to love? Let’s get started…

 

  1. Amy Dunne – Gone Girl

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Boss ass b*tch and #goals. Husband not behaving himself? Frame him for your murder. Genius.

 

  1. Count Olaf – A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Iconic. Visionary. He deserved at least a percentage of the Baudelaire fortune for all the effort he put into trying to kidnap/murder them.

 

  1. The Grinch – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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He stole Christmas and the show. 10/10 Villain. Way more interesting than Cindy Lou and her little who family.

 

  1. The White Witch – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Endless amounts of Turkish Delight. Badass wand thingy. Rides around in an awesome carriage with her minions all day. Slays.

Aslan? Besides the fact that he is a lion there is not much else going for him.

 

  1. Mr. Hyde – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Way more interesting than Dr Jekyll. If you overlook the whole murder/crazy side of him he is definitely a catch.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Please take everything I have written here with a pinch of salt as I obviously don’t condone murder (unless your Amy Dunne and then I say go ahead girl, you do you). Let me know your favourite Villains in the comments below!

 

ARC REVIEW: The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hard Castle by Stuart Turton

ARC REVIEW: The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hard Castle by Stuart Turton

Hey, lovelies!

I would like to start by saying thanks to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is only my second ARC review so I’m still getting the hang of things but luckily my first 2 reads have been great!

Synopsis:

Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once.

Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…

 

My Thoughts:

Wow. This book is one wild ride. I think this is one of the only (or very few) books that I can honestly say I had no idea how it was going to end.

For the first few chapters, I had no idea what was going on as I didn’t re-read the synopsis before starting the book as I like to be surprised and Turton definitely surprised me.

This murder mystery is truly unique which is a rare thing in this day and age. All the twist is and turns left me guessing. As I’m sure you can tell from the synopsis, this book is extremely interesting. It reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel but slightly crazier and more out-there.

My favourite thing about this novel was the setting. Blackheath was like something straight out of a gothic novel. Turton’s descriptions are so vivid and detailed that I can picture the dusty, decrepit building and all of its inhabitants. His characters are all so different and watching Aiden navigate his way through each of them really added to the strength of the novel. I would have loved if Aiden went into some of the female characters such as Lucy or Grace to give the narrative more depth, but I did still enjoy it as it is.

I would love to go into detail about all of the twists and turns to really do this book justice, but I can’t bring myself to spoil it for anyone! You will have to just trust me that this book is worth the read!

Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

The Mystery Blogger Awards

The Mystery Blogger Awards

Hi, lovelies! I would like to start by thanking the lovely Shaz @ Shaz Reads for nominating me and for providing such great questions!

The Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself and answer the questions given by the person who tagged you
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

 

3 facts about me:

I completed a tandem skydive and went on the worlds largest swing in Queenstown (New Zealand) early this year.

I am terrified of all insects (even ladybirds). I have had hypnotherapy twice to try and stop my fear but unfortunately, I’m still scared!

I was a Twilight fangirl in my early teens. I had lots of posters and merchandise and even a ‘Team Jacob’ T-shirt. I know, I’m sorry. I was young.

 

Shaz’s Questions:

  1. What’s your favourite and least favourite book-to-movie adaptation, and why?

I really had to think about this one and as cliché, as it is, my favourite book-to-movie adaptation has to be the Harry Potter saga and if I have to pick just one then it would be The Prisoner of Azkaban.

  1. Would you rather be a hero or villain for a day, and what would your superpower be?

Definitely a villain. Is it bad that I didn’t even have to think about this? I think I’d like my superpower to be invisibility as then I could sneak around undiscovered and get up to devious things.

  1. Would you rather spend the day with your favourite author to your favourite character?

This is such a difficult question! I would have to say character because I think that’s always a big dream for readers. My favourite character at the moment is Izzy from The Exact Opposite Okay by Laura Stevens and I’d love to spend the day with her as I think she’d be hilarious!

  1. What’s your favourite Disney movie?

Beauty and the Beast followed by Hercules as a VERY close second. I grew up with these films and I still love watching them even now. I loved Belle because she loved reading and when I was younger I desperately wanted to be her. Hercules has some of the best Disney songs and Meg is one of my favourite Disney characters of all time.

  1. What’s the first sentence from the book you’re currently reading?

‘I shouldn’t have come to this party.’ – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite book series?
  2. Who is your ride-or-die author? (As in which author would you pick up the book of just because they wrote it?
  3. What is the most surprising (good or bad) book you’ve ever read?
  4. Do you like Hawaiian Pizza? (This is obviously the silly one)
  5. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, which book would you choose?

 

I won’t link to my blog posts as I’m still a relatively new blogger so I’m still just getting started but do check out some of my other posts if you’re interested!

I tag anyone who wants to answer my questions! I had a lot of fun answering Shaz’s questions so thanks’ again for nominating me!

 

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you thought of my answers in the comments below! 

Top 10 Tuesday’s: Top 10 Books You’d Mash Together

Top 10 Tuesday’s: Top 10 Books You’d Mash Together

Hi, lovelies! Welcome to my first ever Top 10 Tuesday post!

This meme was originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different book related topic each week and this week weeks topic is the top ten books you’d mash together.

I love this topic and I had a great time thinking about which books to pick so thanks Jana for such an interesting topic! Let’s get started…

 

  1. Harry Potter and Mean Girls

 

I know this isn’t two books, but this is the mash-up of my dreams. Just imagine it, Draco, Crabbe and Goyle as the plastics. Harry is definitely Kady and Draco Regina. Ron and Hermione are obviously Janice and Damien. I’m getting carried away with myself here, but you get the picture.

 

  1. Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I would love a Crazy Rich Asians spin-off with younger members of the families so like a YA romance type like To All the Boys I’ve Loved before. I imagine it going back to when Nick was younger and all the characters in the novel hung around to together as teenagers and Nick has some girl drama. Maybe Nick could be Lara Jean? Or Astrid! Again, you get the picture.

 

  1. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All and My Name Is Ove

These two authors have such a similar approach to their writing. They both write crazy stories with quirky characters and storylines and I’d love nothing more than to see Hitman Anders meet Ove. I think that would be one interesting journey!

 

  1. I Am Pilgrim and Shantaram

Imagine Pilgrim going after Gregory. I know Shantaram is supposed to be the ‘real’ story of Gregory’s life in India after escaping from an Australian prison, but I would love a work of fiction where his crimes grow even bigger and Pilgrim is sent after him. Think of the drama!

 

  1. One of Us is Lying and The Perfectionists

I think this would be a crazy but brilliant mashup. They already are sort of similar but put them together and you’ve got one wild plotline!

 

  1. Boy Meets Boy and The Gender Games

I would love to see this LGBTQ and dystopian mashup! I think The Gender Games would be a good one as there would be a lot to be explored in the idea of ‘traditional relationships’ and breaking down those stigmas.

 

  1. The Exact Opposite of Okay and The Handmaids Tale

I would love to see Izzy O’Neil tackle Gilead. That is all.

 

  1. The Great Gatsby and any Agatha Christie novel

I’d love to see Gatsby but as a whodunnit from the perspective of each of the characters, so the novel would start with the crime and flashbacks in an interrogation room would reveal the story. I’ve given this way too much thought. Brb, just going to rewrite a classic.

 

  1. An abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns

My two least favourite John Green novels that I think if mashed together, would massively improve the storyline. (No offence John, I still love you!)

 

  1. The Rosie Project and Me Before You (or maybe Me After You because I love Will)

Imagine Louisa and Don together. I think it works. The End.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know what book’s you’d mash together in the comments below! 

 

REVIEW: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray

REVIEW: The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray

Hey, lovelies! I hope you’re all having a lovely, lazy Sunday. I thought this would be the perfect day to post this review whilst some of you may be nursing some sore heads and hangovers from last night’s partying!

 

GoodReads Synopsis

Ever sworn off alcohol for a month and found yourself drinking by the 7th? Think there’s ‘no point’ in just one drink? Welcome! There are millions of us. 64% of Brits want to drink less.

Catherine Gray was stuck in a hellish whirligig of Drink, Make horrible decisions, Hangover, Repeat. She had her fair share of ‘drunk tank’ jail cells and topless-in-a-hot-tub misadventures. But this book goes beyond the binges and blackouts to deep-dive into uncharted territory: What happens after you quit drinking? This gripping, heart-breaking and witty book takes us down the rabbit-hole of an alternative reality. A life with zero hangovers, through sober weddings, sex, Christmases and breakups.

In The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober, Catherine Gray shines a light on society’s drink-pushing and talks to top neuroscientists and psychologists about why we drink, delving into the science behind what it does to our brains and bodies. Much more than a tale from the netherworld of addicted drinking, this book is about the escape, and why a sober life can be more intoxicating than you ever imagined. Whether you’re a hopelessly devoted drinker, merely sober-curious, or you’ve already ditched the drink, you will love this book.

 

My Thoughts

I recently decided to give up drinking and I saw this book advertised and thought it would be an interesting read and boy was I right!

I am trying to read more non-fiction, and this book has given me the non-fiction buzz. It was absolutely brilliant. I would definitely recommend it to all drinks and non-drinkers alike!

Grey is such a clever and witty writer. She combines the science and facts behind addiction and the damages of drinking with her own personal journey in becoming sober to create a uniquely compelling and interesting book.

This is not one of those preachy ‘drinking is bad for you’ books. Gray is so understanding and sympathetic in her writing as she has been there. She doesn’t judge anyone who drinks as has seen rock bottom more than her fair share of times and so she is not writing from a place of ‘holier than thou’. She frequently says that she doesn’t judge anyone who drinks because she can almost guarantee that she has done a lot worse than them.

I learned so much from this book that I had absolutely no idea about before and it really reassured me in the decision to stop drinking. For me, stopping drinking was more about just trying to be healthier and the only thing I was worried about was the reactions of the people around me. The Unexpected Joys of Being Sober has really helped me in dealing with that and has allowed me to be proud and confident in my decision.

If you’re even thinking about not drinking or just want to know more about being sober then I’d definitely recommend this book!

Thanks for reading! Are you a fan or non-fiction? Let me know in the comments below!

ARC REVIEW: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young

ARC REVIEW: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young

Synopsis:

‘The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world — the best friend in the whole world — has died of cancer. Raquel can’t imagine life without her. She’s overwhelmed and brokenhearted.

And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from the afterlife?

In fact, Sasha has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for Raquel, and when she follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha—and now Raquel—knows.

This boy, Elijah, might be just what Raquel needs to move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honouring her friend’s final wish?’

 

My Thoughts:

I would like to start by saying thanks to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was the first ARC I was accepted for on NetGalley and I will admit, I felt really pressured to like the book because I wanted my first review to be a positive one. That being said, I don’t think I could have picked a better book to start with as I absolutely loved The Last Wish of Sasha Cade.

YA is one of my go-to genres and this book is a perfect example of why. It was beautifully written and a heart-breaking but inspiring story. If you’re a YA fan like me then this is the book for you.

As I’m sure you can tell from the synopsis, this book deals with such a tough topic but Young writes about loss and grief so genuinely and beautifully. Sasha and Raquel’s friendship comes to life in these pages even after Sasha is gone and this book reads as a testament to the power and importance of true friendship.

I also loved Elijah and Raquel’s relationship. Watching them work through their grief together and find love in their loss was heart-warming and I couldn’t help but have a stupid big grin on my face every time they were together. (I am also definitely a little bit in love with Elijah now.)

I try not to mention specifics in my reviews as I don’t want to give too much away but there was one point in this novel that was so perfectly written that I couldn’t get through this review without talking about it. There is a magical moment when Elijah and Raquel have been sent on another adventure by Sasha that takes them to an old church to watch the sunrise. It was a truly magical moment and Young captured it beautifully that I felt like I was sat on the steps of the church with them.

The ending was really cheesy, but it was the ending I think all readers will want and I loved that Young gives her readers that. The trend in YA novels that are about growing up, loss and romance seems to be to end on ambiguous ‘it doesn’t matter what happens in the future’ note but The Last Wish of Sasha Cade gives the reader more than that.  Young gives Raquel a future and the reader gets to experience some of this as well which I think was an amazing way to end the book.

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade is out on the 2nd October and I definitely urge you to add this lovely book to your TBR lists!

 

Thanks for reading! Do you like the sound of this book? Let me know in the comments below!