Archive | May, 2011

Book Blogger Hop: Book-to-Movie

27 May

Book Blogger Hop

 

“What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked?
Which have you disliked?”

I almost didn’t answer this week’s question because it’s so much like the list I just made.  Then I realized that this was an  opportunity to expand on my list.  Since posting, I’ve had a number of conversations that pointed out some possibly overlooked movies.  This way, I can add them 🙂

Gone with the Wind is a movie that I absolutely adore!  The book, however, was a tough one.  I hated it.  I think that Scarlett is endearing in the movie, but was horrible in the book.  I’m so glad they made that movie!

So that falls under most liked (movie) and disliked (book).

I promise, I’ll put this topic to rest for a while!

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Five Best Books Made into a Movie

25 May
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I’m very excited to participate in this meme created by Cassandra at Indie Reader Houston.  Each week, there is a new topic, and I’ll be making a Top Five list.  This week’s list: Five Best Books Made into a Movie

1) Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding I wanted to start things out with a movie that I absolutely loved!  I actually wasn’t a huge fan of the book; it seemed a little strange to me.  Of course, I read the book after falling in love with the movie and I know that makes a big difference.  Still, great for the Top Five.  A decent book and an awesome movie!

2) Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson My first ever favorite book, I’ve read this more times than I can count.  The movie was cute, but misses the point completely.  Paterson is so good at describing the way the characters feel, and creating world that feels magical amidst a child’s lonely background.  It’s on the list because of the book, not because of the movie.

3) The Green Mile, by Stephen King I have to include Steve King on my list.  I’m a huge fan of all of his writing, and he has a ton of movies out!  To stay true to the list, I chose one that was based on his book (versus a novella) and was excellent in its own right. 

4)The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Yes, this isn’t actually a movie yet.  Still, I’m looking forward to this movie and have been following the casting since it was announced.  The things that make the books so great can’t be translated to the big screen, but I’m hoping to see my favorite characters and the vivid settings illustrated beautifully!

5) The Princess Bride, by William Goldman  Who doesn’t love this cult classic movie?  And this is a book that is just as lovable for different reasons.  I feel like this is a great ending to the top five because the book and the movie share the spotlight together so well! 

Honorable Mentions
I would like to make a shoutout to two books that don’t qualify for this list.

  • The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King I’ve been closely following the proposed movie/series adaptation of these books.  I love this series, and would love to see it in a movie (if done correctly).  However,I have my doubts that it will actually happen, especially with news like this
  • Why won’t anyone make a movie about The Amber Chronicles, by Roger Zelzany?  I fell in love with this world when I was in college, and there is so much potential for making a movie.  There isn’t even a Sci Fi mini series.  I wish someone would make this happen!

Book Blogger Hop

21 May

Book Blogger Hop

“If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?”

Well, I have to give a shout-out to Stars Hallow, Connecticut, of Gilmore Girls fame.  This fictional town is 100% the place I would like to be.  Small, friendly town where everyone knows everyone else and you can even laugh at the people who take themselves too seriously.  I’d move there in a heartbeat.  Admittedly, that’s cheating.

As a book blogger, there are many places I’ve envisioned myself living.  The two that I would love to visit for a day are The Fading Lands, from CL Wilson’s Tairen Soul Series, or Melissa Mayhue’s world from Daughters of the Glen, where Mortals, Faeries, and Highlanders collide.  Basically, I feel like our world could use a little more magic–and soul mates!

Look What I just got!

18 May
Ice Song Book Cover
Ice Song, by Kirsten Imani Kasai

I just bought this book yesterday from a used book store!  I probably won’t get to it for a while, but was wondering if anyone else has read it?  What did you think?

From Amazon:
“Kasai’s strikingly original but uneven debut posits a world where DNA has gone wild, producing Traders with amazing abilities and somatics with a mix of animal and human genes. Sorykah Minuit, a gender-switching Trader, arrives in the dirty, dangerous polar town of Ostara to meet her twin children and their nursemaid. She encounters an octopus-woman who tells her the children have been abducted by the Trader-torturing Collector. Passages of stunning imagery veer abruptly into purple prose as Sorykah heads into the perilous, icy wilderness, only to pause her maternal quest for an extended romp at an isolated pleasure-house. After a brush with death, she abruptly becomes a man with no memory of female life. Kasai’s imaginative reach exceeds her grasp, and she squeezes in numerous intriguing ideas that languish only partially explored. (May)  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.”

The Darkest Night, by Gena Showalter

11 May

“Always before, Maddox had wished to fade into nothing when the fire overcame him, never to return to hell or to earth.  He’d wished to end his miserable existence and finally stop the pain.  Always before—but not tonight.  Not this time.  Tonight, pain was eclipsed by desire.”

The Darkest Night Mouthwatering cover
How can you resist this cover?

I don’t know why I haven’t read more of Gena Showalter’s novels.  I’ve read her Atlantis series and loved them.  Her book covers are mouthwatering.  There are so many Lords of the Underworld books that I wanted to be sure to start from the beginning.  So at a used bookstore recently, I bought the first two.  I just completed The Darkest Night, a truly decadent treat!

Maddox is an immortal warrior bonded with Violence and cursed to die a painful death every night.  Most of his days are spent struggling to control the violent urges, until the day Ashlyn smiled at him.  Ashlyn has her own struggles to face, so when Maddox brings much-needed peace to her life, not even the threat of Violence can sever her loyalty.  Together, Maddox and Ashlyn face the beginnings of war.  They forge an impossible passion to create their own fairytale! 

There are currently eight Lords of the Underworld novels, another on its way, and a few smaller stories in between.  This means I have a lot to read!  This book was clearly Maddox and Ashlyn’s story, but it also served to set up the series and introduce us to more than one upcoming adventure in store for us.  There are many players in the search for Pandora’s box, and I’m so glad that these heroes will all get their own love stories as the larger plot continues.

Remember how I said that the cover was mouthwatering?  Well, the passion within the novel doesn’t disappoint!  There were times when I was embarrassed to be reading this book in public.  I love how hot and sexy this book was without losing its story or ending up over the top.  I very much loved The Darkest Night, and can’t wait to continue with The Darkest Kiss!  Five Stars, easy.

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld

8 May

When I found Scott Westerfeld’s novel Uglies at a used book sale, I jumped at the chance to finally start this series.  I don’t intentionally seek out Young Adult novels, but I love how engrossing they can be, and they’re often such fast reads.

Uglies book cover

“But it’s a trick, Tally.  You’ve only seen pretty faces your whole life.  Your parents, your teachers, everyone over sixteen.  But you weren’t born expecting that kind of beauty in everyone, all the time.  You just got programmed into thinking anything else is ugly.”

“It’s not programming, it’s just a natural reaction.  And more important than that, it’s fair.  In the old days it was all random—some people kind of pretty, most people ugly all their lives.  Now everyone’s ugly…until they’re pretty.  No losers.”

The idea behind this novel is very interesting, and hits close to home.  On every person’s sixteenth birthday, they are given a surgery to transform from an ugly, into a pretty.  The pretties get to have big parties and don’t have a care in the world.  Children are taught from a very early age that making everyone pretty fixes the problems and inequality that the old “Rusties” faced in the past.

It took several chapters to get hooked on this story, though I’m glad I got past it.  My initial turn off came from the “preachy” feeling that I got from the narration.  There was an obvious message to readers about how we view beauty.  Also, I was more aware that the book was written for a younger audience than I was, for example, when I read The Hunger Games.

While the narration started with a very young feel, it improved exponentially as the novel moved forward.  Actually, Tally, the main character, matured throughout the novel, and her voice evolved with her.   Kudos to the author for accomplishing this so subtly.   I also loved the other characters that we met along the way.

Of course, Uglies ended with a huge cliffhanger, and I’m already desperate to read the next in the series, Pretties.  I can’t wait to learn more about this world.  It’s been a while since I’ve read a five star book, but even with its slow start, this is a highly recommended read!

Book Blogger Hop

6 May

This is my second weekend since discovering the Book Blogger Hop Book Party hosted by Crazy for Books. I’m especially pleased to answer this week’s question:

Book Blogger Hop

“Which Book Blogger would you most like to meet in real life?

This question appeals to me because I’m pretty new to the blogging community.  I blog mostly to help me with my own memory, but I love books and would love discussing them further with fellow readers and bloggers!  So I guess my answer is I’d like to meet others. Period.  If you are stopping by, please take a moment to introduce yourself.

And thanks!

My First Book Blogger Hop

1 May

Book Blogger Hop

I‘m joining the hundreds of others for a weekly blogging party hosted by Jennifer, a book lover who is Crazy for Books. I’m pretty darn excited to find new blogs to follow. I also get to answer a fun, book-related question every weekend.  Here is this week’s question:

“Summer is coming quickly – what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?”

Dead Reckoning cover

I know it’s a bit short-sighted, but right now all I can think about is the fact that Dead Reckoning, the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel byCharlaine Harris, comes out this week.  May 2nd, to be exact.

Just Like Heaven book cover

I’m also a big fan of Julia Quinn’s cute romance novels.  Her latest paperback, Just Like Heaven, will be released May 31st.  In the meantime, I’m behind on my reading and need to get to my copy of Ten Things I Love About You!