Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations That I Don’t Actually Mind

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten book to movie adaptations. I don’t actually watch a lot of book to movie adaptations. I tend to think the book is better, but here are ten I don’t mind!

A Little Princess- A little different to the book, but good nonetheless! I adored this movie as a child.

Little Women- One of my favourite classics. I think Winona Ryder was a perfect Jo March!

Harry Potter- I don’t think the adaptations are flawless, but they’re so good!

Divergent- I enjoyed Divergent and was hoping I’d like the adaptation. I was pleased with it. Again, not flawless, but decent, in my opinion anyway!

The Hunger Games– An adaptation done very well indeed.

One Day- I know that not everyone likes this adaptation but I was pleasantly surprised by it.

The Help- I was nervous with this one as it’s one of my favourite books, but it’s so faithful to the wonderful book.

Gone Girl– Rosamund Pike was so well cast!

Marley and Me– This one got me good. I can’t help but cry to it!

A Walk To Remember– I know a lot of people roll their eyes at Nicholas Sparks, but I really enjoyed A Walk To Remember. Such a touching book and movie.

What have you added to your list? Are you as cautious of adaptations as I am? Feel free to leave a link to your blog and I’ll stop by!

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Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Mini Review)

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How did I get it?:
It was a gift!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
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Synopsis:

Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

Thoughts:

I am a fan of the Divergent series. I personally think that Four doesn’t overly add to much to the series, but it’s a nice add on if you’re a fan of Divergent. Four has several short novellas which document Four’s journey. The first story is a particular favourite of mine it explores Four’s transfer to Dauntless!

Like many other readers, I felt that Four’s point of view wasn’t particularly distinct in Allegiant. I couldn’t really distinguish between Tris and Four. I feel like in these novellas, Four’s voice is definitely better. Not all of the novellas are as good as each other, but it’s certainly interesting to see things from Four’s point of view.

I’d recommend this book to fans of the series, that are interested to see what life was like for Four before Tris. It doesn’t add much to the series, but it’s decent enough!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- for fans of the series!

This book may not add much to the series, but it’s a nice addition for Divergent fans!

This Week In Books #11

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book title to take you to Goodreads!

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NOW Flat Out MattJessica Park– I’m just about to start this novella. I really enjoyed Flat Out Love, I was surprised as New Adult isn’t a genre that I usually enjoy. I’ve been waiting to read this book for a while now, so I’m glad that I could slot it in!

THEN FourVeronica Roth– I wouldn’t recommend this book if you’re not really into the Divergent series. I enjoyed reading from Four’s point of view, but it doesn’t really add much to the series.

NEXTStar Cursed Jessica Spotswood– Ooh, I’m really looking forward to this book. Don’t be put off by its cover. The first book in this series was SO good.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to what you’ve been up to! 🙂 Happy Reading!

Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet. I’m quite shy, so I don’t know if I’d have the guts to meet these authors if the opportunity was there… we’ll see! I realised that when I compiled this list that they were British and American authors. I do read more widely than that, but this is a Top Ten list after all. I can’t include ALL my favourites.

The British

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Malorie Blackman- author of so many amazing books- my favourite being Noughts and Crosses.

James Dawson- Queen of Teen. I love his books and have had the opportunity to meet him before but have always been too shy. His recent book, Under My Skin is great and for some fantastic non fiction- This Book Is Gay.

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Siobhan Curham- Siobhan is a very talented writer. I loved her recent non fiction book True Face, but Shipwrecked is pretty great too!

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer. I loved The Girl Who Walked On Air.

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Last but by no means least for my British picks is Alison Rattle who I find it hard to find a favourite book that she’s written. Her latest… The Beloved is incredible.

The Americans

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Sarah J Maas is a fabulous writer. I may have only recently jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon but I’m glad that I did!

Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly trilogy is intriguing me so far! One more book to go. I love her writing! The second book A Darkness Strange and Lovely is my favourite.

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Heather Demetrios is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. I loved Something Real.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy blew me away!

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Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy messed with my mind! But I loved it! My favourite instalment was the first which set up the trilogy so well.

Which authors would you love to meet? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books. I have completed a list similar to this before with strong female leads, but I’ve added some new additions since then. So here is my revised list in no particular order…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Jo March- Little Women –

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She doesn’t conform to the ‘usual’ female roles. One of my favourite characters in literature!

Katniss- The Hunger Games-

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Strong in every possible way!

Tris- Divergent-

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Definitely her own person. Very headstrong.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

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She faces awful parents and a terrible headteacher. I love the little bookworm that is Matilda!

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

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I absolutely love these ladies from The Help. I especially admire Skeeter for trying to make a difference.

Juliette- Shatter Me trilogy

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Juliette’s strength as a person grows so much throughout the series!

*New additions*

Celaena Sardothien- Throne Of Glass-

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She’s a kick ass book loving character!

June- Legend-

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A fiesty and intelligent character!

Poppy Sinclair- Dead Jealous/Dead Silent-

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Likeable and real!

Rowan- Me Since You

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A heroine in different ways to others in this list. Strong despite terrible things happening to her.

Who are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your posts!

Books in Colour

This survey was inspired by the lovely Kayla’s feature Saturated Reads. Kayla’s feature is about how she connects emotions with colours. On her feature, she will pick a book and describe what colours that she associates with the book or characters. It’s so interesting. I’ve read books about synaesthesia and it fascinates me. I personally think colours represent a feeling, so I decided to pick an emotion I felt when I thought about a colour and then tried to fit it with a book or character! Please feel free to join in with this little survey!

  • Look at the colours and see if you can fit the emotions (either mine or your own) with a book or a character!

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Red- passion/anger- A book/character that displays a lot of passion

The first book that came to mind when I read the description was Divergent by Veronica Roth. A lot of the characters are determined and ambitious. You can also feel the passion and anger within the story. You can’t deny that the first book is completely action packed!

Orange- optimism- A book/character that you believe demonstrates optimism or your favourite optimistic character

Wonder by R.J Palacio is one of the most optimistic books that I’ve read. Our main character Augustus may face some challenges in his life, but he doesn’t let it hold him back. I was impatient with some of humanity whilst reading this book. The way that some act! Urgh. I also really liked that this book showed the adults in Augustus’ life as supportive. All too often in literature adults are missing. This book gave me hope despite the fact it did feature some awful, cowardly human beings!

Yellow- cheerfulness/happiness- A book/character that makes you feel happy

Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Chick-lit reads are just so easy to read! Comfort reading for me, for sure!

Green – growth. A character that grows so much throughout the book

A book that I’ve read recently which displayed an enormous amount of growth was Stronger Than You Know by Jolene Parry. The main character develops so much and begins to overcome a lot of demons within the story.

Blue- peace. A book/character that takes you away from everything else going on around you.

Something Real by Heather Demetrios. Whilst it isn’t a ‘peaceful’ story, I was completely immersed in the story and nothing else around me mattered!

Purple- creativity. A book that stands out to you as a really creative, unusual read.

That has to be Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs mainly because of the vintage photographs.

Pink- romantic. A book that you loved the romance or that you yourself are totally in love with!

For me, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Urgh, that relationship ❤

Black- the mysterious, deep and the unknown. A book/character that completely messed with your head. 

I have two for this one. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas because that book completely screwed up my head! It’s brilliant. I also am completely blown away by the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin so far. I can’t work out what’s real and it’s frustrating but so good!

Ten Authors I Own (or have owned!) The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From. I had to add or have owned into my list this week, because since I’ve started blogging, I’ve become a lot more ruthless with the books I keep.

I’ve mentioned a particular favourite of the author and one I’m looking forward to…because, I can basically!

In no particular order (links go to Goodreads, if there is a page available for the book!):

Cecelia Ahern

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This is one of my favourite chick-lit books. What I like about Cecelia Ahern is that her books always have an element of magic/fairy-tale. If You Could See Me Now is about a lonely woman with an imaginary friend. I can’t find the book cover for Cecelia Ahern’s next release but it’s called The Year I Met You and it’s out in October this year. Despite not liking Cecelia’s recent books as much as her earlier books, she’s still an author I check out whenever she has a new book!

Sophie Kinsella

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My favourite book by Sophie Kinsella is Can You Keep A Secret? I find it laugh out loud funny and just very easy to read. I have gone off Sophie Kinsella’s books as well recently, but she’s still an author I’ll try due to enjoying her books in the past! I’m looking forward to the next Shopaholic book (Shopaholic to the Stars), even though I’m not sure how much further the series can go!

J.K Rowling

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I had to include the first book Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone as it’s what started my Harry Potter love. I’m looking forward to getting around to The Cuckoo’s Calling I know it’s not necessarily the name of J.K Rowling but we all know it’s her.

Dorothy Koomson

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It was hard to pick a favourite for Dorothy Koomson, as I’ve loved so many of her books. The Ice Cream Girls is one of my favourites though.

Philippa Gregory

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I absolutely love reading all things Tudor, so I lapped up Philippa’s Tudor series, starting with The Constant Princess with one of my favourite Queens. I’m yet to start The Order of Darkness series, but I’m hoping to enjoy Changeling!

Veronica Roth

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Divergent is such an amazing book. I couldn’t get over how much I enjoyed it. I really want to read Four soon. I love the character Four, so I’m intrigued to read his tale…

Leigh Bardugo

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Oh, Shadow and Bone, I do love you! I love the whole Grisha trilogy. I can’t wait to see what Leigh does next! In the meantime, I do intend to read the novellas that I never knew existed, starting with The Witch of Duva.

Patrick Ness

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I absolutely adored The Knife of Never Letting Go, I can’t wait to continue with the series. I’m also so tempted to push A Monster Calls up my TBR list. It’s such a beautiful looking book.

Alex Bell

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I am a tad bit biased when I speak about this author, because she is one of my best friends. However, Jasmyn is one of my favourite fantasy reads and it has a GORGEOUS cover. Alex’s next book Frozen Charlotte is her first step into YA fiction… it’s horror! I don’t read a lot of horror, but I can tell you I’ll definitely be reading this one!

Malorie Blackman

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I adored Noughts and Crosses and can’t wait to continue with the series with Knife Edge.

Who are your top read authors on your shelves? Please feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!