2016 Adaptations to look forward to

Heya,

I wanted to do another 2016 post today because I feel like this is one of the important ones- book to movie adaptations. If you did not know, I love watching films and I especially love book-to-movie adaptations! Some of my favourite films are actually books that have been turned to films like Mockingjay Part 2 and The Hobbit.

Therefore I thought I do little, you know, a sneaky post to see what films there to look out for (please be aware that this is  not all of the book-to-movie adaptations that come out this year, I only chose the ones that I am personally interested in)

Currently in cinema is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This book/film follows a girl named Cassie where in her world the human race is invaded by aliens. She has to find her brother who had been taken and she encounters a few people on the way. I really loved this book so I cannot wait to see the film and see if it lives up to the book.

In February Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes out. This is an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice with a zombie take on it. When I first heard about this film I thought it was quite funny because, you know, zombies in a Jane Austen book! I haven`t read this book so I`m not sure whether I will watch the film.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth comes out in February. This is the last book in the Divergent trilogy, although I`m not sure why they split the book into two for the films. I saw the trailer and I`m not that impressed with it because it doesn`t really look like the book.

Then Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass comes out. I really enjoyed the first adaptation and this one looks equally as good. I also need to read the book before I see the film!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes comes out at some point in 2016. I haven`t read the book but I am looking forward to reading it because I know that it is loved by many people and the sequel recently came out. 

I was really surprised to hear that the BFG by Roald Dahl was adapted in to a film! I can`t remember if I have read the book before because I know that I`ve read many of Roald Dahl`s works, Matilda being my favourite. Nevertheless I think that this film will be a great one for the family.Read More »

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Lobsters by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison Review

Publisher: Chicken House (5 Jun. 2014)

Format: Paperback (336 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

Sam and Hannah are in their last summer before university. They are both trying to do knew things before they leave. They are also trying to find their “lobster” whilst having the trouble of waiting for their A-level results.

Review:

I was in a big contemporary mood after reading some heavy fantasy books so I thought it would be time to read something light. I went into Lobsters quite blind so I did not know what to expect and what the story was about.

Due to going into the book with no knowledge of the book beforehand I thought this would be a good thing because it would mean that my hopes wouldn`t be high. However when I was half way into the book nothing exiting was happening and I felt quite let down. I thought there was going to be something significant about the book that would have pulled me right away, but there was not.

Sam and Hannah are typical 18 year olds who are worrying about their love life and are most likely feeling the pressure to get a girlfriend and boyfriend. In addition they also have their A level results day coming up and both of them are anxious about getting into the university they want.

One of the biggest let down for me is the characters. I couldn`t relate with any of the characters. The characters were just not real enough for me, I think the reason for this is because of the writing.Read More »

Books I want to re-read in 2016

Hello fellow bookworms,

Today I thought I tell you all the books I want to reread this year because I have been meaning and wanting to reread some books that are on my bookshelf. Although because I am a mood reader (I only read book when I am in the mood) I haven`t reread any books yet, so I though during the year 2016 I should reread some books. 

Meanwhile I do know that rereading books is such a hot-topic in the blogging community and some bloggers will prefer not to read books that have already read again because they have a massive TBR (to-be-read) pile. However my TBR pile is not that big, it only contains about 14 books, I think, therefore I have the time and my reading schedule is a little bit stressful. 


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The first book (or books I should say) is the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. With the recent TV series that aired I thought it was time that I reread the series to relive my love for the characters. This series especially is on my number one list because I read this series (the first three books) 4 years ago and I have been wanting to read them again but I keep holding of reading. I wanted to read them in winter because it`s a fantasy series and winter speaks fantasy to me, although when winter came along I wasn`t in the mood. 

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Next I would love to reread/read the Harry Potter series. I have already explained this, but the read why I have not read the whole entire series is because the size of the books scared me. Being a little child I was not prepared to read them, however I am a little older so I think it is the time. The time to finally finish the series.Read More »

T5W | Favourite Buzz Words

Good Evening fellow bookworms and readers,

It`s Wednesday and this means that it is time for another Top Ten Five Wednesday and today I will be telling the words on the back of books that draw me straight away.   This weekly meme is created by gingerreadslainey and here is the goodreads group.

The first word is Plot Twists. 

The thing I love about plot twists are how unexpected they are. They are always placed in the most unexpected place and time and they just make you jump out of your seat. I love plot twists. I especially love them when they make the book more interesting after a few pages/chapters of boredom.

Next is Assassin. 

Hello how could I not pick up a book when it has the word assassin? Most of the best books that I have ever read include assassin like the Throne of Glass series. I just think that assassins give an excitement to a book because I personally don`t know what their world is like and so I would like to find out more!

Another eye-catching word is Retellings.

This word especially makes me want to grab the book and read it! Retelling are such interesting reads because they are essentially your favourite books that are told in a different way. One of my favourite retelling is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

The Hunger Games series by Lions Gate Entertainment

Then we have now a motion picture.

If you didn`t know, most of my favourite films are actually book adaptations. I always read the book before I see the film and so this means that I am able to compare the books to the film and see which one if better.Read More »

Book Haul

Hey guys,

I thought I might do something different today, because it`s 2016 and I should probably change my blog up a bit more, so I`m going to do a book haul post today and tell you all the books I have gotten recently.

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First of lets start of with the books I got for Christmas! Last year I asked for the whole Harry Potter box set because I wanted to read/reread this series as I think Hermione will motivate me to study for my exams and I will be reading something I love.

The spines and covers of these books are also so pretty and (in a weird way) they make the series more magical.

 

Next I got the Percy Jackson series because I wanted to read the whole series in 2016 and my friend says that it is her favourite series. I have already seen the film adaptions but we all know that the books are better than the films.

In addition I loved the concept of the series and I would love to know more about Camp Half-blood.  

Then I got a surprise book from my mum: Since you`ve been gone by a Morgan Matson. I have been meaning to read a Morgan Matson book for the longest time ever and at the moment I am in a contemporary mood so I think this will be a great read for the start of 2016. 
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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Review

Publisher: David Fickling Books (7 Jan. 2016)

Format: Paperback (360 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

This book is a story about a boy who feels like a girl and a boy who has had a troubled past. Together they meet and their lives have changed before they know it. For good or for the better only they will know.

 

Review:

This book was such a lovely book to read because it explore a controversial topic that doesn`t appear in YA as much as it should. When I began the book I was sure that this book would be very much heavy on the LGBT topic, but I was surprised when it wasn`t. Williamson writes in a way that the theme is the main topic of the book but it doesn`t take all the plot away. The book itself read like a contemporary book.

When I read the book I felt as though the characters were so real because of the way Williamson portrayed them. The author writes in a way that the teenage voice is the main aspect of the book. I enjoyed David`s character, although at times I was a bit confused because I didn`t know his choices for his actions. However I did like Leo because he is like a book, you see him but you don`t know who he truly is. The fact that this book is based on the transgender topic many people won`t be able to relate to the characters personally but Williamson makes sure that it is able to relate to the characters by writing them so that they resemble actual teenagers.

The plot of this book was just like a normal contemporary book (at first glance) then during somewhat in the middle of the book there was a plot twist. Now being a good book reviewer I won`t spoil you but what I can say is the plot twist was much unexpected for me. I didn`t expect what was going to happen, in a good way, and I enjoyed the plot twist as it gave another element to the book that was a bit drowsy. Overall the plot had a great purpose and it makes you read another side of this genre and it definitely makes you think but also you gain another insight that may affect you actions in the future.Read More »

Dragon`s Loyalty Blog Award

Hi guys,

Today I`m back with a very exiting post! I was nominated by the wonderful Kiwi from Kiwireads who also has a amazing blog, so you should definitely check it out!

Yes I know this isn`t strictly a book post but I`m trying to incorporate some non book posts on my blog as well, and this will be one of them.

The rules of this award are:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Announce your win with a post link the blogger who awarded you
  • Present 6 deserving bloggers with the award
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
  • Write seven interesting things about you

Here is the award

The award is really pretty and it reminds me of fairy tales (ps: I got this photo from the internet so it is not mine). I also absolutely love dragons!!

Seven interesting things about me:

  1. I love fruit! I think that fruits are the only type of food that I can eat all the time. From mangoes to strawberries I love them all.
  2. Surprisingly my worse subject at school is English! I hate English with a passion and I cannot see myself studying another text!
  3. I am a huge fan of Marvel! 
  4. I would love to start reading comics but I don`t know which one, there are many and they are really expensive.
  5. I`m trying to understand twitter, but I really can`t. I don`t what to tweet and I just feel awkward when I tweet.
  6. I want to try to read more classics.
  7. I don`t know how to read manga. I find reading backwards really confusing.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (1 Sept. 2014)

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

Harry Potter has never known his parents and he has lived with his Uncle and Auntie for as long as he remembers. However what happened to his parents is a mystery. Living with his only relatives is not such a privilege as they despise him. Even his cousin Dudley tried to do everything to make his life as miserable as possible.

Review:

I have been meaning to read the Harry Potter series for a long time but I had only ever read up the 4th book (The Goblet of Fire). Therefore I thought it was the right time to finish the whole series and see and experience why this series is so well loved.

Harry Potter is a young boy at 11 when we first meet him and he has to go through living with his horrible family until Hagrid shows up. I admire Harry because I know that I wouldn`t be able to cope. What was significant about Harry is that, although he has to go through a lot of hatred, Harry isn`t a bad boy that wants his parents back and wants revenge for all the bad actions that his family did. In addition Harry has a sense of courage and he will do everything he can to makes things right. This is quite inspirational for younger readers and people will find themselves looking up at him.

Similarly I enjoyed Hermione`s character.

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things-friendship and bravery.”

Hermione is a clever witch who finds out that she a witch when she firsts gets her Hogwarts letter. She is book smart and tries very hard at school to try to get the top grade. Growing up, watching the films, I found her very inspirational and she encourages me to study try hard at school. I think that this is a good thing, like Harry, as she will inspire younger readers to try harder in their education.Read More »

2016 Resolutions

Before I say anything, I would like to say Happy New Year!!!

Oh my gosh, 2015 has gone by so quick! I have many fond memories of 2015 and I have made many friends with you guys aka my book friends. However it`s the new year so this means that there are new goals to make and new aspirations to fulfill. 

Now I`m not much of a new resolutions person because every year I always start making new resolutions but I never remember to keep them or I just give up.

Although 2016 just feels like the year for change and new beginnings, so this is the reason why I have decided to make some new resolutions that I will hopefully succeed. Also making a post for 2016 resolutions makes the challenge seem for real and serious as I am documenting it and you guys can see whether I can keep them.

First of my blog:

  • I would love to keep being more active on my blog. During 2015 I have a slow time trying to get into blogging and someones I was just too busy with school work. Therefore in 2016 I would like to at least post once a week.
  • I would also want to post a variety of posts. I want to post discussions or tags or some lifestyle posts. The reason for this is because I feel like my blog is boring and not unique. There isn`t something on my blog that makes it standout. 
  • Moreover I just want to make my blog represent me. I want it to represent my reading life and my personality.
  • In addition I think I need to take more book photography because this might make it more unique and I feel as though it will just lighten my blog a bit more.
  • Speaking about posts I want to write more book reviews because I like reflecting on the books I have read and when I write reviews my opinion on the book and plot stays in my memory for a longer time. Also the more reviews I write the better I will get at writing them.

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