Book Adaptation wish list

I did a post similar to this when I first started my blog, I still would love to see adaptations off all the books on that list, but now that it’s been over two years I feel it’s time to revisit the topic. Even though there’s always a book being adapted, there usually books I haven’t read and don’t care to read, therefore it’s been a while since I’ve gotten really excited about a book to screen adaptation. Here’s five books I would be thrilled to see a good adaptation of.

Anything by Morgan Maston

I’ve read three of Morgan Matson’s books, I’ve enjoyed all of them. She has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary authors, I would love to see any of her books turned into a movie. They all have to potential to be a perfect summer movie.

Geekerella/ Starfield

I loved Geekerella and it would be great for it to get a movie, however I really want Starfield the fictional TV show the main character Elle is obsessed with to become a movie. Or a book, or well anything, the author did such a good job creating this fictional TV show and I want to see it get a story of its own. A Geekerella movie really would be great though, it could be so cute!

The Night Circus

This is on every list of books that should be movies and now that I’ve read it I understand why, it’s fantastical, and different then anything else I’ve read. The setting is so well done and detailed that you feel like your there, I would love to see The Night Circus come to life on screen.

The Selection

Even though this was optioned forever ago for a movie, and there’s still no news about it, I’m still holding out hope for a Selection movie. I really love the aesthetic of this series, the beautiful gowns and grand palace setting, I think that would translate wonderfully to screen. I would love to see my favorite moments on the big screen, and relive all the wonderful drama and romance.

Six of Crows

It’s time for the Grisha verse to get adapted to screen. I would be exited for a Shadow and Bone movie, but I would rather Six of Crows get turned into a TV show. It has the potential to make a wonderful TV show, if done well. I want it to be extremely accurate to the books, and have all the best scenes.

What books would you like to see get adapted into movies or TV shows? Do you agree with my choices?

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So many books to read!

Summer has already begun so this summer tbr is definitely late, and I doubt I’ll even get to all these books. We are over halfway through the year and there’s still so many books I want to get to before it’s over. I would like to do a lot of reading in July and get to books that I should have read a while ago. I’m trying to read as much as possible before I go off to college in August. I have been feeling very motivated to read so hopefully I’ll continue to be in a reading mood. There’s eight books on this list so I guess well just have to see how many I end up getting to.

Classics:
  • Jane Eyre: I think it’s time I try and read some classics I’ve read hardly any this is a favorite book for many and I think I might really enjoy it.
  • Anne of Green Gables: I’m am pretty positive I’m going to like this one, it just sounds lovely and like something I’ll enjoy.
  • Little Women: I really doubt I’ll get to this one anytime soon, but it is a classic I feel I should read so hopefully I’ll at least get to it before the end of the year
Contemporary:
  • Speak the graphic novel: I read Speak a few years ago and when I saw the gorgeous graphic novel I knew I had to read it again in it’s new format. This book is as old as me it came out the year I was born, and has been a pivotal YA book that I’m really exited to revisit. I just odored this ans it should be coming in the mail very soon!
  • Moxie: I love the concept of this it sounds like it will be a really empowering read about girls uniting together. I’m always exited to read books about girls supporting girls, there’s not enough of them.
  • Eliza and her Monsters: This like Moxie sounds like something I’m going to love. I always enjoy books about fandom, so a book featuring a main character who is the creator of a popular online web comic sounds right up my ally.
Historical fiction:
  • The Book Thief: I know I should have read this forever ago, but I have been intimidated by its length, and all the hype, but I’m finally going to read it. This is like the third time I’ve put The Book Thief on a tbr I’m really hoping it’s also the last.
  • Under a Painted Sky: I bought this one a few months ago, when I decided I wanted to start reading more historical fiction, it’s another one that’s been on my tbr forever and that it’s past time I get to.

I’m thinking about having a self hosted readathon, like dedicate a day to nothing but reading. Or maybe a whole weekend, I want o read all the books , so I want to set aside some time to get a lot of reading done.

How do you stay motivated to read? Do readathons help you to read more? Have you read any of these books?

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Maston

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?


This is a story about mostly typical teenage girl life happenings, that’s told in a relatable, charming way. That features dogs, dogs and even more dogs. Andie becomes a dog walker after her summer plans go astray, she starts out doing it reluctantly then discovers that it’s fulfilling. She also meets a cuts guy, awkward and very nerdy guy, romance obviously follows. Their initial interactions are so awkward that I literally had to put the book down at one point. It was also really amusing and cute, especially when he first met her dad, this book had me laughing our loud a few times, that was one of them.

I definitely don’t love this as much as Since You’re Been Gone, the romance wasn’t as cute to me, and it wasn’t as relatable. Though it does feel for the most part realistic, and the parent relationship was much better. I did enjoy the friendship, I liked all of Andie’s friends, and how authentic the friendships felt. There’s a really good balance between the romance, friendship, and family relationship, nothing is overshadowed. The story is predictable, but that didn’t really lessen my enjoyment of it.

This is a long book it’s five hundred plus pages and it is a slow read, but it’s not often you find a long captivating YA contemporary. You could argue that some of the scenes are unnecessary, but I enjoyed all the conversations between friends, and even them simply hanging out by the pool. It depicted many mundane, happy moments and I really enjoyed that. This is mostly a light happy book about happiness. Finding what makes you happy, who makes you happy, and strengthening relationships.

The mid year book freak out tag

Best book you’ve read so far?

This is a hard question to answer my initial choice was Children of Blood and Bone, but there’s also Sightwitch, there both standout fantasy novels. Sightwitch is illustrated and told in a unique format, and I actually rated it higher on Goodreads then Children of Blood and Bone, so I’ll go with it. But it is a really close call, the only thing keeping Children of Blood and Bone from being my favorite is the lackluster romance.

Best sequel you’ve read so far?

I have read like no sequels this year I think Radio and Siren, the last two books in the Vinyl trilogy are the only two I’ve read. I enjoyed them both the same amount and really can’t choose between them.

New release you haven’t read but want to?

Save the Date by Morgan Maston, Stay Sweet, and Heart of Iron are all ones I’ve been looking forward to, but haven’t gotten to yet. I can’t believe I haven’t read Heart of Iron, it was one of my top most anticipated releases.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I don’t know of that many most of my anticipated releases have already been published. I am looking forward to Toil and Trouble, it’s an anthology about Witches, and The Spy with the Red Balloon. And then there’s A Kingdom of Ash, I was a bit disappointed by Empire of Storms and now I’m worried that this one won’t be satisfying.

Biggest disappointment

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, I have been a long time fan of Shannon Hale, I also enjoyed another book she wrote with her husband. I liked this one but not as much as I wanted to, the story was cute, what threw me off was the art. I wasn’t a fan of the style, and didn’t think it was well suited to the story.

Biggest surprise

I think most of the books I’ve read have lived up to my expectations. The only thing I can think of is Sky in the Deep it wasn’t quite what I expected, not sure what I thought it would be, but luckily it turned out to be more up my ally then I thought it would. And I ended up really enjoying it.

Favorite new author (deput or new to your)

Nearly all the books I’ve read have been by new to me authors so this is pretty much impossible to answer. I feel like this year reading is about discovering new authors and starting new series. And then next year will be about finishing those series.

Newest fictional crush

I don’t tend to get bookish crushes or have Book boyfriends, but I guess I’ll go with Levi from The Color Project. He was such a sweetheart, and the romance in that one is pretty cute.

Newsest favorite character

Princess Amari from Children of Blood and Bone, I have somehow not gotten tired of reading and watching things about princesses and doubt I ever will. I’m definitely a fan of rebellious princess characters, and Amari was no exception I loved her and her character arc.

Book that made you cry

No books have made me cry yet this year. I’ve read some books that have made me emotional but not enough to shed tears. I don’t actually cry that often while reading, I will shed the occasional tear but it takes something really moving to make me truly cry.

Book that made you happy

Hellcat, I loved the art, the characters, the cat puns, it was all adorable. And of course Squirrel Girl, every time I read a vol of Squirrel Girl it has me smiling and laughing throughout the whole thing.

Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year

Infinity War, it’s actually the only one I’ve seen, but it would still be my favorite even if I had seen more. I did actually read the comic to prepare for the movie, so for the first time while watching a marvel movie I could notice the references to the comics.

Favorite review you’ve written so far this year

I haven’t posted a lot of reviews this year, I’ve reviewed only about half of the books I’ve read, maybe less. I didn’t give myself a lot of choices for this question. I’m sorry for talking about this book in practically every question, but I have to go with my review for Children of Blood in Bone.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought

I’ll go with Amulet the art is beautiful and that’s what drew me to it, and why I bought it when I was supposed to be on a book buying ban.  The story is also very good, and for some reason reminded me of The Spiderwick Chronicles which is an old favorite series of mine.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

All the books, there’s always so many books I want to read that it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Right now I want to continue with the comics and graphic novel series I’ve started, I want to get caught up with Ms Marvel and Squirrel Girl. And read vol 2 of Papergirls and Amulet. I also would really like to read Heart of Iron before the years over.

The perfect tea and book pairings

What’s better than curling up with a cup of tea and a book? If there’s a cat curled up with you then nothing is better. When ever I settle in to read, for a long time, I make myself a cup of tea, after years of trying out many tea blends, I have found that certain teas go better with certain books. Today I’ll be pairing up a few of my favorite teas with a few of my favorite books.

9c3c65d3-3074-429a-b2c9-08b043c4f374Berry Blossom White with a thought provoking novel like: Flygirl. This soothing, fruity, white tea is my new favorite and what I was drinking when I read Flygirl one of my best recent reads. And a compelling, well researched, historical fiction novel

Cucumber White with a imaginative read like: Girl on a Wire. I really didn’t think I would like this tea, and I had no idea that I would love Girl on a Wire. It was an unexpected delight, so I’m pairing it with this surprisingly tasty and refreshing tea.

Honey, Vanilla Camomile with a modern fairytale like: Geekerella. Camomile is such a calming tea and is definitely a great staple, I could choose just about any book to go with it. I chose Geekerella because it made me so dang happy. It’s one of the most adorable books.

Peach and Rose with a nice contemporary like: The Color Project. Bee the protagonist is an assistant florist witch makes a floral tea a suitable choice, and I feel like peach tea pairs well with light spring/summer reads. Any fruity blend that has floral notes would go great with this lovely novel.

Peppermint a staple tea with a staple book like: Pride and Peppermint Prejudice. Pride and cfc0caaf-503f-49d0-b06d-5c1ebddee775Prejudice is story I’ll never grow tired of. There both great classics you can never go wrong with, and that always bring me comfort.

Vanilla Bean macaron with a classic YA novel like: Anna and the French Kiss. I was unsure I would like this tea but it was surprisingly really good! And actually tastes oddly similar to a latte. Anna and the French Kiss is a sweet read, that would pair well with this unique tea.

What is your favorite tea to sip while reading? Or do you prefer coffee?

Reading update #3

It’s time for another reading update, this time around I have a wide range a books to talk about. I thought i would read mostly cute summer reads, but so far this summer I have been in the mood for all sorts of genre’s. I’ve read a lot of goods books so far this year.

Books I’ve finished recently

  • Children of Blood and Bone: this is has to be one of my favorite books I’ve read this year, and one of the best fantasy’s I’ve ever read. I loved pretty much all of it, I was so impressed by the magic system and world building. Full review.
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 7: This is not the volume I’m on ,but I decided to buy and read it anyway. It stands on its own like most of the volumes so is was fine, this has a special zine issue that is amazing. It’s partly why I bought it.
  • Since You’ve been Gone: I finally read this after wanting to for years, and owning it over a year, and I loved it. It was the perfect first read of summer, it had everything I could want in a contemporary, friendship, romance, adventure and a girl figuring out who she is.
  • Love and Gelato: another cute summer contemporary that I adored. It made me want to go to Florence and eat all the gelato. The story was a bit predictable, but I did really enjoy it, I loved the descriptions of Florence and the heartwarming family moments.
  • Flygirl: I loved this, it might also end up on my list of 2018 favorites. It has an engaging thoughtful story, with good characters and writing. It’s well researched, and underrated, anyone looking for empowering stories with strong heroines should read this. 
  • Radio & Siren: the final two books in the wonderful Vinyl trilogy, these books are hidden gems. I have a review here for the entire trilogy, if you want to know my full thoughts.
  • Amulet book 1 The Stone Keeper: The art is this is absolutely beautiful, the story compelling and imaginative. I’m exited for the rest of the series.
  • Six of Crows audio book: It was high time I reread this, I really enjoyed listing to the audio book all the narrators did an amazing job and fit each character remarkably well. I will have a post up soon with all my thoughts, on my rereading experience.

Current reads

  • Crooked Kingdom: I’m only two hours in and of course loving it, this is my favorite book in the series and possibly my all time favorite fantasy book.
  • Labyrinth Lost: I started this to have something to read in between listing to my audio book, but I’m starting to favor it, and don’t think it will take me long to finish it. I really like the writing style, it’s engaging and keeps me flipping the pages. I’m thirty percent through, so I can definitely finish it this weekend.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of these books?

The Vinyl Trilogy by Sophia Elaine Hansen


Synopsis


All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression—especially real music—is strictly prohibited.

On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold. 


Review


This series could be classified into many different genres, so no matter what type of books you like most you can surely find an element of it in this trilogy. With the first book I got what I was expecting, a dystopian with steampunk elements and romance. With this final book it sometimes felt more like a epic fantasy novel. I have never read any dystopian like this one. It’s different from every other book I’ve read in the genre in all the best of ways.

With pretty much every other dystopian the answers you get don’t add up, in this case all the answers to my questions are satisfying. Throughout the entire trilogy everything makes sense, there’s no obvious plot holes, or stupid explanations about why the world is the way it is. The world building is great, layers are added with each book,t there is a whole world that gets explored rather than just one continent like in many other books.

I’m always a fan of books about groups of people, this one has a wonderful diverse cast of characters to root for. I liked literally all of them, and loved the banter between them, if you like books with squads of lovable sassy people you’ll like this. I was impressed by the beautiful writing, Sophia is a wonderful storyteller, she has a lovely, strong and distinctive writing style. This whole trilogy has been a delight to read, more so than I expected, each book is compelling and hard to put down. These books are vastly underrated they deserve a lot more attention

Since You’ve Been Gone // the perfect summer read

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Since You’ve Been Gone was the perfect first read of Summer! It’s everything you want from a summer contemporary. There’s romance, adventure, lists and ice cream. Now that I’ve read two Morgan Maston books I can safety say that I see what the hypes about, her books deserve tons of love and recognition. I loved everything about this one all of the  shenanigans that take place are charming and amusing.  
There are a few moments that gave me major second hand embarrassment, but I also admittedly found Emily’s awkwardness relatable. Emily has a great character arc she goes from living in the shadows of her best friend, to learning to take chances, and face her fears. She starts out doing Sloane’s list in the hopes that it will bring her back, then she does it more for herself. It becomes less about Slone and more of summer project for her and her friends. I liked all the characters, and really enjoyed how the romance was slow building and first started as a great friendship.
I was inspired by this wonderful story to create my own summer to do list. Many of them are directly inspired by the events of the book, all much easier to accomplish then Emily’s list.
  1. Be a tourist for a day
  2. Watch a movie at the drive in
  3. Treat yo self to the spa
  4. Make a summer playlist
  5. Have a girls night out 
  6. Eat lots of ice cream 
  7. Photograph everything 
  8. Thrift shop
  9. Bake something homemade
  10. Look up more
  11. Take a trip
  12. Read a series in a day
  13. Hug a Zac

What’s on your summer to do list? Are there any books you plan on reading? I definitely want to read the rest of Morgan Maston’s books this summer.

Children of Blood and Bone

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.


There’s so much to say about this book that I don’t know where to begin or how to properly summarize everything I’m feeling. I’m going to do things a bit differently and separate my thoughts on the characters plot etc.

The characters

Usually in fantasy series the characters are my favorite part, that is surprisingly not the case here. That however in no way means the characters aren’t great, they are. Everything about this book is good and it definitely deserves all the hype it’s been receiving. At first I didn’t care much for Zellie the protagonist but now I don’t know why, by the middle of the book I had grown to love her. My favorite character was Amari, I liked her from the beginning and enjoyed her arc and how much she grew throughout the book.

I liked the Prince at first but by the end I didn’t know how to feel about him and I still don’t. He made some choices I didn’t entirely understand that made his storyline go in a direction I didn’t expect. I’m curious to see what the author will do with him in the next book, it was interesting to read from the antagonists point of view and that made me really enjoy his chapters.

The story

At first glance the story seams simple, a familiar battle against good and evil and a quest to restore magic. This book features many classics fantasy elements, there’s a chosen one, a rebellious princess, hate to love romance. This book has all these things I love to see in a fantasy novel, and it has things I’ve never seen done before. It feels refreshing and new in many ways. This book is a nonstop adventure, you will not want to stop reading, you also won’t want the book to end. It ends with a bang, that has me eager to read the next one.

The magic and world

The magic system and world building is absolutely spectacular. Normally I don’t care about how complicated or cool the magic system is, I just care that it works within the story without being too confusing. In this case magic plays such a key role in the story that’s it’s something I paid attention to and, was impressed by. It first I thought I was never going to remember what all the different types of Maji are called, but I caught on easily. The magic is truly very awesome and made for some fantastic fight scenes.

The writing

I could tell from just a few chapters in that this was a solid fantasy novel, that deserves to become the next big thing in YA. I am impressed by everything in this novel including the writing. Despite being huge and a little daunting, I found it extremely easy to read. The chapters are short, which I always like, and the end of each one makes you want to read the next one. This is one of those books where reading just one more chapter before bed quickly turns into five. I am so satisfied by this and exited to see where the story will go after that epic ending.

The Changeling’s Journey

Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend. 

They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive. 

Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom. 

One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever


This book took a while to get into, but I’m glad I kept reading because it dose have many good qualities. It’s told in three points of view and that element was done well. You follow Morven and Glen on their adventure to the fairy realm, to get answers about changelings. Then you have Princess Freya who is separated from her lover by her cruel father, and finally Queen Euna whose chapters are mostly flashbacks. They each have individual stories that connect in the end. Their all interesting characters, but they could have been flushed out more and been even better.

This book is about a long Journey and it felt long, there isn’t much dialogue, and it was slowly paced. The story is character driven normally I’m all for that, unfortunately, I didn’t like the characters enough. The side characters especially needed more development, I felt like many of them hardly had a personality. Even Glen who is Morven’s best friend wasn’t developed enough for me to care about. I think Fraya was the most interesting and likable, but her love interest was boring, and that detracted from Fraya’s arc.

I’ve never been to Scotland, and I don’t know much about Scotland, but I could tell that everything about this book is very Scottish. The descriptions of the landscapes they traveled through are beautiful and detailed, it was easy to visualize them, and to wish I was there. I adore how many different fairies are featured, there’s Changelings, Will-oh-the-wisps, fea and more. All the folklore was integrated into the book so wonderfully, the world is fantastical and charming. The writing is lovely as well, however the story sadly wasn’t as compelling as the word.