Book to Movie Adaptations

Hey bookies! Last week we talked about some of my favourite book to T.V. show adaptations so this week I thought it was only fair to discuss some of the best book to movie adaptations! I decided to omit classics because almost all of them have been made into a movie at one time or another and there are multiple versions of them. I’m strictly going to mention modern books today. Also, I didn’t realize this until I created the list but they are all series… Well, let’s get started.

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy  –  Suzanne Collins 

Hunger Games.jpgThe Hunger Games trilogy was the hottest series at the time of its release and in my opinion, is one of the best book to movie adaptations of the times. In case you have been living under a rock for the best 10 years, the hunger games is a dystopian young adult trilogy that focuses on a teenager named Katniss.

the hunger games.jpegYou guys remember what this is about right? Well just in case:
The world has been separated into 13 districts with each one being responsible for a different economic resource. Every year, the children between the age of 12-18 get their names put into a raffle and a boy and a girl from each district to play in the Hunger Games; a tournament of survival where the last person standing wins enough money to feed their family for the next generation.

They brought this book to life so well that I was as excited to watch the movies as I was reading the books. I have yet to watch an adaptation as good as this, especially Catching Fire.

2. Harry Potter Series  –  J.K. Rowling

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Harry-potter-films.pngI don’t think its possible that harry potter to not be on this list. This series has gotten to the point where it is so filled with nostalgic feelings that most people don’t even think about when adding it to their favourites list. While growing up, it was such a prominent part of my life and that includes the movies as well.

I really don’t need to give you a summary of the series, do I…? No? Phew, I was worried for a second there.

I think after the third movie, the films started to change a lot of more but that is probably due to the lengths of books increasing with each sequel. Even then, I think that these movies were very well done and left a lasting impression on anyone who watched them. As with The Hunger Games, my favourite movie and book are the same: Prisoner of Azkaban.

3. Twilight Series – Stephanie Meyer

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Twilight. Ah, remember those good old days? You were either a diehard fan and showed that off loud and proud or you were a fan who was kind of embarrassed for liking something so cheesy… either way, you were a fan right?

Twilight took the world by storm and really started the 21st-century craze for vampires. It paved the way for success for the shows that followed it like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood.

It follows a normal girl named Bella when she moves in with her dad in a small town which unbeknownst to its residents, is harbouring vampires. Edward and his family are trying to live as normal a life as possible, keeping low and out of sight until Bella attracts Edward’s attention. A love story ensues with drama and trauma. My favourite of the four books and five films is Eclipse.

4. Divergent – Veronica Roth

divergentDivergent was one of those series that had so much potential to be great. The books were riveting and the concept at the time was new and exciting. When they announced that they were going to make this series into a movie, I was really excited, I thought maybe this could be a new Hunger Games. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to it… except for the first movie.

Divergent follows a teenage girl in a futuristic dystopian type world where everyone is separated into factions based on the results of a simulation test when they turn sixteen. Of course, you are allowed divergent movieto choose a faction of your own if you believe the own chosen for you doesn’t match your persona, however, if you should fail the initiation tests, you will be exiled from all factions and live in poverty amongst the factionless. Our main character finds herself in Dauntless, the faction for the daring and brave at heart, and it’s there that she falls in love and learns that there might be something fishier going on than she thought.

I think the first movie was done really well and honoured the book. When Insurgent came out I was very disappointed, they changed so much from the second book and I’m not the only one who agrees. The third movie didn’t even make it to theatres! That being said, I still think the first movie was so good that I had to include it on the list.

5. The Maze Runner Trilogy – James Dashner

maze-runner-booksThis is the most recent series added to my list since the last movie, The Death Cure, just released earlier this year. I am, however, sad to say that I have only read the first book in the series and as a comparison, I can only fully judge The Maze Runner movie. 

The Maze Runner is a futuristic, post-Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 11.02.22 PM.pngapocalyptic dystopian type of book. We follow Thomas and his trials when he suddenly finds himself stuck in a maze with a bunch of other boys without their memory. The next day, a girl appears in the maze as well, something that has never happened before. Together, Thomas, Theresa and the other Gladers, learn that the only way to truly be free of the maze is to find a way through it, but what’s waiting on the other side may be worse than the maze itself. 

I think the first movie played homage to the book really well and I was excited to continue watching the movies to see how it all played out. I never continued with the series though so I’d love to know from someone who did if the second and third movie was any good in comparison! 

These are really the only movies that I wanted to share as a part of my list but I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my most anticipated book to movie adaptations releasing in 2018! 

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda I actually just watched recently and absolutely loved! Ready Player One comes out TODAY and I can’t wait to see it! We will have to wait a little longer for The Darkest Minds and The Crimes of Grindelwald though. Who else is excited about these movies?

Thank you so much for reading this far! I’ll see you next week, and to anyone who celebrates the ressurection of Christ, Happy Easter! 🐰🐇

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

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Author Dedication!

Hi everyone! How’s your week been going so far? Get any good reading done this week? I’m currently reading Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings; showing some support for our fellow book lovers. I hope I enjoy it!

Anyways, today I’m here to talk about a certain author that has become an instant buy for me in the last few years. I am dedicating my post to the one and only Kasie West! In honour of International Women’s Day, I’ve decided to share my thoughts on one of my favourite female authors and rate her books from my least to my most favourite! 

Kasie West is an American young adult author of mostly (but not limited to) contemporary novels. She was born in California and enjoys Junior Mints. If you’re interested in learning more about Kasie West, I’ve linked her Goodreads profile here and her website, here. The awesome thing about her, (well awesome for us readers but maybe not our wallets haha) is that she writes really quickly; releasing a new book every year, sometimes even two! 

Without further ado, here are all of Kasie West’s books and my order of preference. (Reminder: this list is my own personal opinion and is not meant to offend the readers or the author. I thoroughly enjoy all of her books and with that, this is a very difficult decision). 

📚 Number 6: On The Fence
Release Date: July 1st, 2014

On the fenceOn The Fence is about a girl named Charlotte who grew up with three brothers and raised by her father. In all sense of the word, she is a true tomboy. She loves to play with all the boys at their favourite sports and usually wins at their own game. When she gets caught for speeding, she finds herself working in a little chic boutique in order to pay off the ticket. There she becomes the girly girl she never knew how to be and starts hanging around a boy who doesn’t know the real her. She finds solace in her best friend Braden when they share midnight talks through their backyard fence, however, Charlotte’s heart is betraying her and she begins to fall for the boy she can’t be with.
First of all, I will answer the question that I know is burning in your minds right now… Yes, all of her books have really cute covers 😝 I think this was the second book I ever read by her and I enjoyed reading someone who was very different than me. I wouldn’t call myself a girly girl but I am definitely not a tomboy so it was a lot of fun reading from Charlie’s POV. 

📚 Number 5: Lucky in Love
Release Date: July 25th, 2017

lucky in love Maddie is the typical super smart girl who always works hard for her grades and dreams of going to university even though she knows she can’t afford it. She doesn’t believe in luck, however, when she wins the lottery the first time she ever she plays it, she can’t say that it isn’t lucky. Now, Maddie has gone from the girl no one ever sees to the one everyone wants to know and while the attention is fun at first, when random people she’s never met start asking her for loans, she starts to think that the money might be more of a burden than a gift. The only place she can truly be herself is at her job; the local zoo and with a friend who doesn’t know her secret.
This is the most recent book of West’s that I read, just finishing it up in January of this year. With most of her books I find that they get better and better everytime she releases one, however, this one wasn’t my favourite. I am not sure why, but I can’t seem to love books that have to do with winning the lottery. For some reason, I get really anxious about how careless the characters are with the money and can’t just enjoy the story. This has nothing to do with West and it’s not to say that the book isn’t good, it’s just a personal thing I suppose. 

📚 Number 4: The Distance Between Us
Release Date: July 23nd, 2013

the distance between us Caymen has been warned against boys with money. Good looking teenage boys with so much money they don’t know what to do with it and ultimately spend it on things they don’t need and will never use. So, when Xander walks into her mom’s small porcelain doll shop, she thinks he’s just the same as all the rest, but Xander keeps coming around. Just when she starts to open herself up to loving him, he surprises her and she realizes that money was a bigger part of their relationship than she first knew and that she should have been asking her mother more questions about why she never trusted anyone with money to their name and why Caymen shouldn’t either.
This story was super fun and really easy to get through. I found Caymen enjoyable to read from and Xander was charming as all rich boys are I’m sure. I especially loved it because I actually didn’t put 2 and 2 together when I first read it because I was so enthralled by the characters. I love when books can surprise me. Just one thing… a porcelain doll shop? I mean talk about CREEPY. 😖

📚 Number 3: P.S. I Like You
Release Date:
July 26th, 2016

ps i like you This book follows Lily, a typical high school girl who has a hand full of close friends and a crazy family. While dozing off during a chemistry lecture, she scrawls some of her favourite lyrics on her desk, sure that no one would even know what the words were, but when she comes into class the next day, she finds that the lyrics have been continued and there’s a message. Lily and her new pen-pal become close as she juggles the struggles that come with high school. But who really is this guy? And is he actually the kind of person Lily can fall for?
This book was SO cute! Lily’s struggles felt like my own even though our lives are very different. The characters in this story have a lot of heart and their issues are real-life issues. I had a really good time reading this one and Lily’s counterpart is complex and pretty mysterious. 

📚 Number 2: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Release Date: May 5th, 2015

the fill-in boyfriend.jpg When Gia’s boyfriend dumps her right before her prom, she’s in trouble. She’s been boasting about Brayden to her friends all semester and this was her shot to prove to them that he’s real and not pretend like they think he is. When she spots a cute boy waiting for his sister in the parking lot of the rec. centre, she knows he’s her only hope. So, she recruits him to be her fill-in boyfriend for the night to convince her friends that he is Brayden. After the night, she finds herself thinking about the fill-in Brayden rather than the real one. As they start to hang out, she learns that he has secrets of his own and the real Brayden isn’t completely finished with her yet.
This was my first book by Kasie West that I ever read and it definitely holds a special place in my heart. This is the book that made me fall in love with her books so I can’t thank it enough. This one is super easy to get through, could probably read it in one sitting. The characters are all fun and the plot is just so funny! This book has a little more humour because of Gia’s personality but also some family aspects that are very interesting. 

📚Number 1: By Your Side
Release Date:
January 31st, 2017

by your side Autumn Collins is getting some last minute studying done at her public library before her and her friends head off for a fun camping weekend when she finds herself locked in the library with no way to escape. She thinks her friends will come back for her once they realize she isn’t with them but they never do. How can she survive an entire weekend in a library and how is she going to eat? Matters are made worse when she discovers that she isn’t alone and has to share the space with the bad boy at school Dax. He’s known for his bad reputation but Autumn and Dax have an unexplainable connection. Will that be enough once the weekend is over and they go back to their normal lives?
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I mean, it’s cute, happy, sad, emotions ring true and they’re trapped in a LIBRARY! Wouldnt that be amazing!? I mean maybe not the “I-can’t-escape-” part… but everything else. I loved Autumn and Dax’s relationship and I think it is one of West’s strongest pairing. The main character also has a mental illness which I can relate to on some level and I loved how the relationships with her friends and with Dax progress once they leave the library. 

Now, I will mention that there are three books by Kasie West that I have not read:

While I own Love, Life and the List and plan to read it this year, I probably won’t read the other two. Also, another one of her books is releasing this year so I can’t wait to read that one as well and figure out where it fits on my list! 

For now, that is all I’ve got. Remember that today is International Women’s Day so make sure you’re letting those lovely ladies in your life know that you appreciate them and that they are great. A unified world is a strong one! 

Thank you so much for reading this far and let me know if you’ve read anything by Kasie West! 

Sincerely,

B ❤

  

 

 

My Top 5 Books of 2017!

Hey everybody! Wow, it has been a very long time. I know, I know… BUT I’m going to try really hard to post on here once a week even if it’s something short.

Today I’ve created a list of my top 5 favourite books that I read in 2017. ( This list is not limited to books that were released in 2017 but ALL books that I read throughout the entire year). Let’s get started!

I read a total of 35 books in 2017. (28 novels, 1 compilation of short stories and 6 graphic  novels). A little shy of my target but I’ve been going through a serious reading slump that I just can’t seem to shake.

Without further ado, let’s get onto my list! >>>>

No. 5 : P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

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This book is all about first impressions and how people aren’t always what they appear to be. It’s a cute love story between two teenagers who really learn to be themselves and find each other through a common interest.

 

 

No. 4 : Midnight Jewel – Richelle Mead 

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This book is interesting because of its format. Yes, it’s the second book but it’s not a sequel. It tells the story of Mira and her experiences in the Glittering Court so while it does overlap the events that take place in the first book, this one is entirely its own. Three words: love, politics, pirates. If any of those intrigues you, then pick this up! 

 

 

No. 3 : The Cinder Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

(I know this isn’t one book but shh I’m not cheating!)

The Lunar Chronicles  This series is GOLD! Sci-fi is one of my favourite genres and this series did not disappoint. It deals with the ever present idea of technology replacing humans and the creation of true AI. We follow a 16 year old cyborg who tries to find her place in a society where she isn’t wanted, however, her greatest secret may just save the people who hate her. Each book brings new characters and new fairytale retellings that tie into Cinder’s overall story. 

(Alright fine, if I had to pick one my favourite was probably Winter)

No. 2 : Geekerella – Ashley Poston

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What can I tell you about this book? It’s amazing! This book is for every fangirl or boy out there who has ever felt that their likes/interests have separated them in any way from the rest of society. It’s a modern day retelling of Cinderella and it is done so wonderfully that you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face. Definitely my favourite contemporary of the year.  

 

 

And finally, rolling in at number 1. My favourite book of 2017 was………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No. 1 : Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows

I don’t even know why this is supposed to be a surprise. I’m sure this book is many people’s number one read of 2017, but holy guacamole! (That’s still a saying, right?) This book was a roller coaster of emotions in all the good ways that Cassandra Clare makes me feel. As usual, I was crying, laughing, gasping and overall thrilled with Lord of Shadows. I don’t know how she does it but with every shadowhunters book, she manages to make it better and better. 

 

 

And that’s it for my top 5 books that I read in 2017! I hope you enjoyed this little wrap up and I would love to know what your favourite books of last year were! 

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Sincerely,

B ❤