Book to TV adaptation.

I know, I know that adaptations cannot be exactly the same as the book for many many reasons.  BUT despite being slightly different from the book, I loved them so so much! Despite their flaws and differences I thoroughly enjoyed them.

1.Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Goodreads Summary –

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 The cast are AMAZING!!!!!!!! Shailene Woodley, Reece Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman and Adam Scott. That’s just naming a few. It is a fast pace, extremely dramatic and thoroughly enjoyable. 

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2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Goodreads Summary

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

I also loved this! There were some MAJOR differences but its okay because the show was still really good!

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3.A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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Goodreads Summary (first book)

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

A lot of people I know hated this adaptation of the books but I loved it. It reminded me of the tv show Pushing Daisies – LOVED THAT SHOW! I also think the show is more sarcastic and sinister than the film and more like the books.

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4. *UPCOMING* Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 

You guys know that I am obsessed with Gillian Flynn and her debut novel is being adapted into a tv series and AHHHHHHHHHH adkajsBFKLJVBDKJBRjfb I cannot comprehend that I am going to be able to visually love it. I am very skeptical  but hopefully it will be AMAZING.

 

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Goodreads Summary

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

What books/ series have you been enjoying? 

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me…

The books listed below are in no particular order, I just cannot wait to get my hands on them. 

1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – illustrated edition

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 This is the second book within the series that has been illustrated, last year I asked for the first one for christmas…so hopefully my family have used their initiative and got me the second one this year.

img_04112. Girl Online – Going Solo by Zoe Sugg 

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Penny’s life is back to normal.

As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy. Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey – struggling with stage fright and in need of support. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

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3. It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan 

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Most of us accept the way our heart flutters when we set eyes on the one we secretly admire, or the sweat on our brow as we start the presentation we do not want to give. But few of us are fully aware of how dramatic our body’s reactions to emotions can sometimes be.

Take Pauline, who first became ill when she was fifteen. What seemed at first to be a urinary infection became joint pain, then food intolerances, then life-threatening appendicitis. And then one day, after a routine operation, Pauline lost all the strength in her legs. Shortly after that her convulsions started. But Pauline’s tests are normal; her symptoms seem to have no physical cause whatsoever.

Pauline may be an extreme case, but she is by no means alone. As many as a third of men and women visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected and yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, this is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say.

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4. The Humans by Matt Haig 

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After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?

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5.  Girls by Emma Cline 

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Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever?

img_0411 6.  King’s Cage (Red Queen 3) by Victoria Aveyard  (Out Feb ’17)

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.

Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.
As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back.

img_0411 7.  Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis 

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This is the life of Bret Easton Ellis, the subject of this remarkable novel. Confounding one expectation after another, Lunar Park is equally hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking. It’s the most original novel of an extraordinary career – and best of all: it all happened, every word is true.

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8.   The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis 

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Lauren, who changes the man in her bed even more often than she changes course, is dating Victor but sleeping with Sean. Sean – cool, ambivalent and deeply cynical – might be in love with Lauren, but he’s not going to let that stop him from bedding Paul. Paul, as shrewd as he is passionate, is Lauren’s ex-lover and the final point in this curious triangle. This is a breathtaking tale of sex, expectation, desire and frustration.

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9.  Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard 

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

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10. The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store―for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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  • Have you read any of these?
  • Do you have any recommendation for me, based on the books above? (I know my books taste is quite diverse…I also LOVE historical books)
  • Do you also want these books?

 

 

Books, books, books…

                      I’ve moved house 🏡🏠 

 …and the best part (other than spending time with Jode, my flat mate again) is having FOUR, oh yeah FOUR bookshelves. 

This one is my series bookcase. The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child thing is the program from the play. Still not over how emotional and amazing it was. 

 

Next up is the ‘classics’ bookcase! (Sorry about the blurry picture). This bookshelf is full of most of my classic books. 

 
The next two are mixed, mostly young adult books and mystery thrillers like ‘Gone Girl’!!  

 This one is organised into authors and genres mostly. 

 

How do you organise your bookcases?📗📕📒📙📘📚 (once again sorry for the blurry pictures but you get the idea)

NY Times By the Book Tag

I saw this tag on Amy’s blog over at Inkyspells and she welcomed anyone to take this tag on, so I thought hey, why not. It’s not like I have any other Saturday night plans, other than reading Cinder and picking up another book. I will also probably just binge Reign again (cannot get enough of Queen Mary and Francis and I want them to be happy again) If you don’t already follow her, go and check out Amy’s blog.

What book is on your nightstand right now?

Cinder, it is still Cinder. I feel like Cinder has been my answer for a while now. I just keep getting distracted by Netflix instead of reading it, BUT I do hope to finish it after I publish this post.

What was the last truly great book you read?

It has to be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I read this back in February and it has just stuck with me. I have heard a lot of negative press surrounding the release of this film – shaming it for misrepresenting disable people and every time an article like that pops up I just want to scream. I am sure it never meant to cause offense and it means soo much to me that it is really annoying me. I don’t want to go on a massive rant because 1) I don’t want to bore you all and 2) I don’t want to ruin the book for you. I know that this book is not part of the literary canon and it is not considered ‘great’ but to me and my heart – it was an excellent book.

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? And what would you want to know?

Oh boy, this is a difficult question…AHHH how can I only pick one? (I am going cheat here )  1. Shakespeare – because I would like to ask him a few questions and give him some credit/appreciation. Although I am not a massive fan of Shakespeare when I first read it, I love to pull his work apart and analysis it like crazy.  2.Charles Dickens- I just love Charles Dickens’s work, maybe this is because of my childhood love for Oliver Twist or maybe it is because of my fondness for Victorian Literature. There are a few contemporary ones as well like – Stephenie Meyer (13 year old me would craaazzy)  John Green (I would probably just shout at him in my head for breaking my heart with The Fault in Our Stars)  and how awesome would it be to meet him! Cassandra Clare because I am currently obsessed with her and finally, Rainbow Rowell because I love her novels.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

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Umm, maybe because recently all I have been reading is contemporary books you would be shocked to learn that I love historical books. Anything by Philippa Gregory, can I meet her as well?  The Other Boleyn Girl, The Virgin’s Lover and The Red Queen are my top three of hers but I own and have read many many more.

How do you organize your personal library?

This one makes me a little bit sad because I think of my wonderfully organised bookcase at home and then I think of my University one. Good News here, though because my stepdad is buying me a new bookcase for my new University house in July…eeeepppp!!! That will mean, no longer have three/four piles of books near my bookcase and have a row of books in front of other on one shelf. I will be in organisation heaven.

But at the moment it looks like this…

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What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

  Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t?

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I know, I know as an English Literature student I should absolutely adore Hardy. I just could not get into Tess, I will not let this one novel put me off Hardy. If you love Hardy, please motivate me to read more of his work.

What stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of?    

I am drawn to fantasy/dystopian/young adult etc.  I also love thriller books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. As mentioned above, I also like historical fiction. I like to try every genre, so I don’t like to rule out books and I cannot think of any genre that I outright hate.

 If you could require the president Prime Minister to read one book, what would it be?

Umm -maybe 1984 by George Orwell- I would like to watch him read it and see if he thinks he is adding to the paranoia that many people feel because of the government.

What do you plan to read next?

Might start the book on my Contemporary American Narrative module for next year –  (list below – have you read any of them?)

Tim O’Brien – The Things They Carried

Alice Walker- Meridian

Don DeLilo- Falling Man

Bret Easton Ellis- American Psycho 

Cormac McCarthy- Child of God 

Cormac McCarthy-No Country for Old Men 

Dorothy Allison- Bastard Out of Carolina 

Sherman Alexie- The Lone-Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven 

Annie Proulx- Close Range 

I nominate – anyone that wants to do this tag. Just tag me in your post and let me know you have done it so I can check it out.

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