Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag

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So, Analee @Book Snacks tagged me for the Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag and it’s definitely going to be a challenge to do this one. For clarification, none of us are really for book burning, it’s just the rules of the game. Speaking of that!

The Instructions

  • Randomly choose 3 books. (Like Analee, I used the random option on Goodreads)
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (A lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill.)
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds!

Round 1

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Burn: I am so sorry, but out of the three I have to pick Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I like the way it looks and the idea of the story, but reading it wasn’t all that much fun for me. The thing is, that I can’t really put my finger on what exactly it is that I don’t like, so if I didn’t think that the next book had a lot of potential, I maybe would have rewritten this one.

Rewrite: Wide Awake has so much potential to be really, really inspiring. I am not sure I am the right person to rewrite the book, but maybe with some tinkering it can become a real gem in its genre.

Reread: Clockwork Angel! I love the Infernal Devices as a series and even though I am not big on rereading, this is the only one that I can imagine

Round 2

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Burn: As much as I like and even love some of Markus Zusak‘s books, Getting the Girl is not one of them. I couldn’t have cared less about that book to be honest, which is a real shame.

Rewrite: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is basically a teen classic, but somehow I didn’t find the way it was written very engaging. So, that is the reason why I chose for that one to be rewritten. I would probably keep the epistolary style, but I would try and make it more … I don’t know teen-language-ish?

Reread: The Bad Beginning is the beginning of one of my favourite childhood series. I’ve been thinking about whether I should try and re-experience this story again, so that would be my chance to do so!

Round 3

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Burn: This is by far the most difficult trio for me. In the end I chose The Last Unicorn because I would always have the movie, even if the book was gone. I don’t want it gone, but I don’t want any of those books gone …

Rewrite: Maybe The Lovely Bones? I loved that book, I can’t remember anything I didn’t really like, so it’s a bit difficult to say why I would choose it. Maybe I would try and make it more happy? That would totally ruin the spirit of the story, but I want everyone happy in the end …

Reread: I was in love with The Fault In Our Stars and it’s a book with some of my favourite quotes. I wouldn’t change it, no matter how tragic and sad it is. Despite it being far from a happy ending, this book just gives you such a positive feeling, you equally laugh and cry (at least I did). I don’t want to mess with that and therefore I’d rather read it again.

I Tag Thee!

I have no idea who has done this tag and who hasn’t! So, if you feel like this is something you would enjoy. CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!

The Fandom Book Tag!

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Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions has once again done me the honour and tagged me for a Book Tag. I am especially happy that it is The Fandom Book Tag (originally created by Fangirlfashionista) because I am part of so many of those fandoms myself. I’m geeking out just thinking about it! Prepare for awesomeness because this is going to be a loooong post!

DOCTOR WHO: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) BLUE COVER

It’s not TARDIS-blue but Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier

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MARVEL: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) RED COVER

The Elite (The Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass.

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THE SIMPSONS: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) YELLOW COVER

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord (note to self: should finally watch the movie!)

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Read This? Watch This! Tag

So, the Read This? Watch This! tag was first created by Sydney over at Books & Stuff and since I’ve talked a lot about books but have neglected TV shows for a bit, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to combine the two. I wasn’t personally tagged by anyone, but she said everyone who wanted to do it could, so here I am!

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The rules are very simple:

  1. Create 5 Book-TV-pairs.
  2. Tag your book blogger/booktuber faves.

If you read THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS (or more specifically City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls), watch BEING HUMAN.
They may not seem like the most obvious pairing, but think about it (and I am sorry but this does contain Spoilers for the TMI series if you haven’t read it yet): Although it is not the main plot, in TMI Simon, a vampire, lives with Jordan, a werewolf. You have the same set up with Being Human, you just need to add a ghost to the mix.

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I think that’s just such an interesting dynamic in both the book and the movie, because the “creatures” usually wouldn’t get along, but somehow it works.

I watched both, the UK and the US version of Being Human and I ultimately can’t say which one I like better. They start out very similar but then diverge in terms of storyline as they go on. The UK version doesn’t have as much of a closed end though as the US one.

 

If you read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, watch RED BAND SOCIETY.
While not all the children in Red Band Society have cancer, it is about a band of teenagers with serious illnesses, just like The Fault in Our Stars. I think both deal with the topic in an emotional way, but also with a certain sense of humour. Red Band Society got cancelled after one Season, but despite the fans fears, they actually gave it a proper ending. The show managed to make me want to laugh and cry in equal measure, so I think it could really be interesting for fans of TFIOS. I kind of miss the show now …

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If you read DREAM FACTORY, watch HAPPYLAND.
I read Dream Factory close to when the show came out and when I watched the trailer for the first time I was just baffled. All I could think about was, “Didn’t I just read that?”. Both, the book and the show, are about teenagers working in an amusement park. After really watching the show though, I started to realise that they are quite different, but I still like the concept of it being in a theme park a lot and think it’s a fun show. Unfortunately, the show ends with a cliffhanger since it didn’t get renewed. Still, if you are ever bored and just want something light and fun to watch, this is a pretty decent show!

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If you read IF I STAY, watch SAVING HOPE.
If I Stay has this magical love that conquers all and a character that has an out-of-body experience while being in a coma – guess what? Saving Hope has the same ingredients. While Saving Hope certainly can’t be classified as YA, since it’s more of a medical drama with a twist, I still think the pairing works. After a car accident (ring a bell?), surgeon Charlie finds himself in a coma. His fiancée, whose also a surgeon at the same hospital, has to somehow live on while Charlie has to find a way to wake up again.
I don’t even know how many seasons into the show they are right now, but it’s starting to get a little ridiculous. Nonetheless, I need to know how it all ends. It’s addicting!

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If you read THE LYING GAME, watch RINGER.
I was almost going to suggest, if you read the Lying Game, watch the Lying Game … or Pretty Little Liars, but that’s like cheating since they are from the same author and producer. Good shows though! However, my suggestion is to watch Ringer! It’s also about twins “swapping” places and Ringer is even more similar to the Lying Game book than it is to the show. I always feel so sorry for the one sister that just gets dumped into the situation and doesn’t have a clue about anything. Also, I feel like I should apologize, because it’s another show that got cancelled and didn’t end so well … I guess I never gave up hope that they’d somehow continue it (just like I wish the same for the The Lying Game show …)

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So yeah, those were my recommendations, I hope you liked them! Now, I cannot wait to hear what my nominees for the tag will suggest:

  • My Tiny Obsessions
  • Geekritique
  • Vinnieh
  • FlickThrough
  • I am also going to suggest it to some BookTubers, such as Christine from polandbananasBOOKS, Raeleen from padfootandprongs07, Natasha from Tashapolis and Liz from Elizziebooks but I don’t know if they’ll even see it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishI’ve never participated so far, but since this week’s motto is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From, I thought it’d be the perfect time to join in the meme-craziness. Let’s do this!

There are actually a couple of authors of whom I have several books, just because I have a 3-strike-rule with authors. After reading one of their books and liking it, they have two more chances to prove to me that they are not just a one-hit-wonder. That way I end up knowing if their future books are an insta-buy or not. Still, 3 is not that big a number and we’ll see how many people actually made it on the list with more than that!

  1. Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (16 books)
    I devoured the Series of Unfortunate Events books (13 books in total) when I was younger and couldn’t resist additionally buying a collection of poems called Horseradish, The Beatrice Letters and The Unauthorized Autobiography.
  2. Charlaine Harris (13 books)
    I don’t know how many books she’s written in total, but I barely made it through the entire Sookie Stackhouse Series, so I decided not to read another series of hers. It’s not that the Sookie Stackhouse books are bad, but they do tend to get repetitive after a while.
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  3. Cassandra Clare (9 books)
    I’ve read the entire Mortal Instruments Series as well as the Infernal Devices Series and I loved them. I intend to get to the companion novellas and short stories at some point as well!
  4. Nicholas Sparks (7 books)
    I like cheesy romance … SO WHAT? I read The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John and A Walk to Remember. This pretty much means that I read most of the movie adaptations. I also own a copy of the Notebook, Message in a Bottle and Three Weeks with my Brother, but I haven’t gotten to those yet.
  5. David Levithan (6 books)
    Okay, so three of the books were co-written with Rachel Cohn, but nonetheless, I really like his books. The co-written ones were more fun to be honest and consist of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. The books I’ve read that were written by Levithan alone were still good books, but didn’t excite me as much: Every Day, The Realm of Possibility and Wide Awake.
  6. Cornelia Funke (5 books)
    I adored her books! I will never get over the awesomeness that is the Thief Lord and the Inkheart Trilogy was basically a book series about fictional characters coming to life. (Dustfinger will always be my hero!) I also read Potilla, but that book was rather forgettable.
  7. Stephenie Meyer (5 books)
    Read the Twilight Series as well as The Host. I liked the books at the time, but I am not sure how I feel about them now. I remember that it took me forever to get into The Host, but I actually remember more about it than I do about the Twilight books. There are supposed to sequels to the Host, but I’m not sure I’d read them now. I think it’s been too long.
  8. Tahereh Mafi (4 books)
    I very much enjoyed the Shatter Me series, so I also read the companion novella Unite Me.
  9. John Green (4 books)
    I have read pretty much the standard books: The Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines.
  10. Eden Maguire (4 books)
    Eden Maguire’s series the Beautiful Dead is rather unknown as far as I know and I think the ratings aren’t that high from what I can remember. Still, I loved reading it at the time and like thinking back to it. Click here to read the Goodreads synopsis!

Turns out there are a lot more people of whom I’ve read 4 books, such as Georgia Byng, George R.R. Martin, Kiera Cass, L. J. Smith and many more. This list would go on for a while though if I continued like this. By clicking on the author’s pictures, you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page where you’ll be able to see their entire bibliography. What are some of your most read authors? Any recommendations?

Paper Towns Movie Review

Originally I planned to do one of my typical Book vs. Movie posts for Paper Towns, but it’s been so long that I’ve read the book that I couldn’t remember the details even if I wanted to. Instead you’re getting a simple movie review (with Spoiler-free and a Spoiler section)!

So, I got to watch the UK Preview Screening which did not just include the movie, but also footage from the Q&A that was done with John Green, Nat Wolff and Cara Delevigngne in June. They talked about their similarities with the characters, what the audience should take away from the movie and whether they ever did something as crazy as the road trip in the movie. It wasn’t very long, but it was the perfect way to start the movie.

Now, I don’t know how many of you read the book or watched the movie or just generally know the story, but this is like a little plot summary:

Ever since Margo Roth Spiegelman moved in next to Quentin, who everyone just calls Q, he’s been in love with her. But their lives developed differently and while Q made safe choices and led a fairly sheltered life, Margo threw herself into every possible adventure, becoming a myth herself in the progress.
We are in their Senior Year at High School and Q’s optimism for ever being part of Margo’s life again is low, until one night, when she enters through his bedroom window and makes him her revenge-plot-accomplice. The next day, Q has the feeling that everything has changed, but has to find out that Margo is gone. Now he has to decide whether he’ll continue his uneventful life or if he’ll go searching for her, following the little clues she’s left behind.

First, I want to say that Paper Towns is one of my favourite books of John Green. I know that a lot of people prefer Looking for Alaska, but in my opinion the books are very similar and I read Paper Towns first, so I have a feeling that that impacted my opinion. However, when I heard that the same people who adapted The Fault in Our Stars would do this movie, I was massively excited, because they did a great job with TFIOS. I wasn’t entirely sure about the casting, but ended up really liking everyone they picked! Cara is like a real-life Margo to me, Nat is perfect as Q and I never thought I cared that much about how the others looked but they were also a perfect fit! Especially Justice Smith and Austin Abrams had mad chemistry with their female counterparts as well as a strong bromance with Nat Wolff!

Another thing I absolutely loved was the Soundtrack! Again, the music (just like in TFIOS) was brilliant and I cannot stop listening to it. Whoever chooses the artists and songs, I applaud you!

Now, on to the not so great part. While I did really enjoy myself during the entire movie, it did not have the exact same vibe and emotional impact as the book. I get that they had to make changes and, as I mentioned above, I cannot remember it in that much detail anyway, so I don’t care about that. I liked the ending even though it’s supposedly different from the book, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I was really bothered by how quickly Q and the others figures out Margo’s clues. I do understand that the film might’ve been way too long if they showed the real struggle, but it seemed so easy. They found a clue and within a couple of minutes they knew what to do. From what I could remember those clues were so vague sometimes, Q racked his brain for days sometimes.

This is only a minor issue though and other than that I laughed a lot (who wouldn’t when Black Santas are involved) and generally enjoyed watching the friendship of everyone on screen evolve and grow. The road trip could’ve gone on forever if it were up to me!

SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOVIE

I don’t really want to talk so much about the plot in the Spoiler-section as I want to talk about some cameos!
So, it was announced that John Green would have a cameo in the movie, but I didn’t see him. The thing is, you wouldn’t either. He doesn’t actually physically appear in the movie, he just voices the father of Becca’s father. That was not the cameo that nearly stopped my heart though. I read on Twitter that Ansel Elgort stopped by on set and now it all makes sense, but I did not even think about him being in the movie. I seriously started grinning from one ear to the other, I was so happy to see him.

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All in all, I laughed, I almost cried and I really enjoyed the movie even though it has some flaws. People need to stop comparing it to TFIOS because of course those movies aren’t going to have the same emotional impact. One of them is about teenagers with a terminal illness, whereas the other movie is about not putting people on pedestals, taking risks and finding out who you are. What are your thoughts?

Taylor Swift Book Tag!

Since I don’t want to bore you with all my NaNoWriMo stuff and I have no idea what else to write about, I’ll do the Taylor Swift Book Tag for you! I  know I’m a little late to the party, but her album 1989 didn’t come out that long ago, so … deal with it!

So, let’s do this!

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
(pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with)

I’ll have to go with the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth … loved Divergent, liked Insurgent, hated Allegiant. In case you don’t know what happens, I don’t want to spoil you. Let’s just say I wasn’t pleased for several reasons.

2. Red
(pick a book with a RED cover)

This seriously made me wonder if I should organise my bookshelve, so that the books are colour coordinated. Turns out, I don’t have many red books and I didn’t want to use Allegiant twice. But I do own the movie tie in of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I remember reading this within two days or so and really enjoying it. Honestly, this is the only zombie book I own.

3. The Best Day
(pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic)

I’m going to go with A Good Year by Peter Mayle. Whenever I read this book, I feel like I’m in the South of France, in a small village with the sun warming my skin. Since I actually spent a couple of months in the South of France to work there, this definitely makes me feel nostalgic.

4. Love Story
(pick a book with forbidden love)

This is far more difficult than I imagined and the only book I can think of is How I Live Now by Meg Rossoff. If you want to know more about it, you should click here, because I already wrote a post for it!

5. I Knew You Were Trouble
(pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love)

Definitely Warner from the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi! Again, you can check the books out in my previous post!

6. Innocent
(pick a book that someone ruined the ending for)

This might disappoint you, but I can’t think of one single book where that happened. I’m just amazing at avoiding Spoilers it seems. Sorry.

7. Everything Has Changed
(pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development)

Another tough one. I’m choosing Cheryl from Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I really enjoyed that book and I think that you can see how she changed throughout her journey. It is somewhat of an autobiography, so it makes sense that her character goes through some sort of change. Still haven’t seen the movie though … need to do that soon because it features Reese Witherspoon and Thomas Sodaski!

8. You Belong With Me
(pick your most anticipated book release)

Okay, this is going to sound crazy, but I love to have movie tie ins for my books. So, the book I am waiting for has been out for years, but I want to have it with the actual film cover. That book would be The Duff by Kody Keplinger. Since I have no idea how the cover is going to look like, the picture above is the regular one.

9. Forever and Always
(pick your favorite book couple)

Anna and Etienne without a doubt! If you love romance as much as I do, there is no way you’re going to get around reading the Anna and the French Kiss Series by Stephanie Perkins. I love those books!

10. Come Back, Be Here
(pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I hope there is no need to explain, but I wrote about the book in a previous post as well.

 

And here are some bonus questions that were added during Katytastic‘s BookTube video for the tag!

11. Teardrops On My Guitar
(pick a book that made you cry a lot)

I cried so hard while reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. WWII is just a really emotional topic for me and I loved Zusak’s style of writing, which made it so much easier to understand and feel with the characters.

12. Shake It Off
(pick a book that you love so much, you just shake off the haters)

Are there haters for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? Somehow I can’t imagine it, but if there are haters out there, I’d shake them off. Love the book to bits and again wrote a post about it!

So, I hope you liked this. If so, leave a comment/like and feel free to do the tag yourself! In case you want more stuff like this, just let me know!

 

 

 

RED BAND SOCIETY Review

RED BAND SOCIETY (for the sake of this post, this will be the last time I am going to capitalise all letters) airs Wednesdays beginning September 17th on FOX and is a show I fell absolutely in love with. After the hype around movies like The Fault in Our Stars, which deals with teens having fatal diseases, I think it was obvious that some network would opt to explore this topic in a longer format. I highly doubt that Red Band Society will be one of the top Fall shows this seasons, but here are my thoughts on why I still really enjoy watching it.

Red Band Society is about a couple of teens who have to live in a hospital due to having various diseases (cancer, eating disorders, heart failure, …). You might think that it must be a terribly depressing format, but I think it is acutally life-afirming and has a certain feel-good quality to it – after all it is called a dramedy. Of course, there are sappy moments and tear-jerkers, but I don’t think the series would work if elements like these were missing.

The story is mostly narrated by a maybe 10-year-old boy who’s in a coma, but hears and knows everything that’s going on. I like the mix of characters we get, varrying from the bitchy cheerleader, to the troubled smart-girl, the stoner, the leader and so on. Although they are mainly very predictable, I think they made a good decission by casting them with fairly unknown talents. They each manage to pull your heart-strings with their individual stories and set up potenital conflicts for future episodes nicely.

The adults of the show (which here mostly means the staff of the hospital, except for an interesting rich hypochondriac) may just be a tad too heroic and understanding of their younger patients, but let’s face it, those kids need good people in their lives.

Just to drop some names at the end, the cast consists of: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Griffin Gluck, Nolan Sotillo, Charlie Rowe, Brian Bradley, Zoe Levin, Ciara Bravo, Rebecca Rittenhouse, …

Last but not least, I want to say that I really enjoy optimistic dramas and I can’t wait to see more episodes of this show. Check it out and tell me what you think in the comments below!