Books I’d Love To See Be Turned Into Movies.

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I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of book to movie adaptations but I personally love them so today I thought  I’d talk about some of the books I’d like to see adapted.

1.Aristotle and Dante Discovers The Secretes of The Universe.

If this were to be a movie, it’d probably be one of the most aesthetically pleasing movie ever. Just imagine all the beautiful shots of the stars, it’d be amazing. I think I’ve heard that there’s a screenplay being writing so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

2.Everything Leads To You

This is another one that could be so aesthetically pleasing. I feel like it would be the perfect indie film  and  I feel the girl who plays Laura on Carmilla would be perfect for the love interest. It would legit would be the cutest gay romance.

3. Radio Silence.

Honestly if this would be turned into a movie I would die. I guess I just really love aesthetically pleasing indie films because Radio Silence would totally be another one of those movies. It’d be the perfect teen movie filled with great references and funny moments.

4.More Happy Than Not.

This is probably one of the saddest books I’ve ever read so if this was a movie I would cry so much. I’d love to see how it would translate into screen and I think it had a really interesting plot and I think a lot could be done with this movie.

5.Far From You

This would be an amazing gritty film filled with teenage angst and mystery. I feel it could be very easily messed up but if it were to be done right it would be so good.

So those are some books that I’d love to see be turned into a movie. What books would you like to see adapted?

All The Forever Things by Jolene Perry Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:“How many times have you saved me?” I ask Bree.

She grins. “Don’t you mean how many times have we saved each other?”

Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Plot:

All the Forever Things has one of the most unique settings I’ve ever seen in any Young Adult, and that is a funeral home. With a setting like that, it’d bound to be an interesting read. This book follows Gabe a girl whose parents have owned a funeral home her entire life and her best friend Bree. Bree is really the only friend that Gabe has but tensions start to grow when Bree starts dating this guy that Gabe really doesn’t like  and their friendship begins to feel threatened. At first I was a little apprehensive of the story and felt it was kind of juvenile and just overall really annoying but it began to shape up in the last 150 or so pages. All The Forever Things is something that I would’ve devoured 4-5 years ago but my tastes have grown so I didn’t appreciate it as much. While I did find it to be juvenile, I think that their was a lot of good discussion about death and grief which is really important in YA. The main thing that boosted my rating was the ending. It was really unexpected and got really dark,really fast and it made a book that was predictable into something that was not.

Characters:

While Bree’s and Gabe’s friendship was supposed to be one of the central focuses of the book, I feel like it could’ve been executed better. I loved what I saw, but I felt as though there could’ve been a little bit more of an expansion on their friendship. They shared a blog and while it was kind of briefly talked abut, it could’ve been a much larger aspect of the story. I felt very detached from the whole story and would’ve liked to have felt more sympathy for their broken friendship.

I really liked the love interest and thought the romance was really cute but I definitely think that it could’ve been a little better and a little less rushed. I very rarely say this but I think that it should’ve been the focus of the story just a little bit more

 

My Dream Panel

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While living in Canada has a lot of advantages there are some disadvantages as well, particularly pertaining to book events. If any authors go to Canada they only go to Toronto which is hella inconvenient for all the other provinces, and plus I don’t even think that there’s any  book festivals(though I could be wrong). So I’ve never had the actual chance to see a book panel of any sorts. Recently  Eventbrite inspired me  to create   an imaginary book panel,  so I thought it’d be a fun thing to do today. I’ve never used it before but I’ve heard that it’s a great site to host events so if you’re interested in stuff like that check it out

My Theme: Contemporary Literature in both Adult and Young Adult Fiction

I love contemporaries whether it be Adult or Ya and I think it’d be really interesting to see diffirent authors from these two age ranges interact and compare experiences

The Authors:

Jodi Picoult:

Picoult is one of my favorite authors and she writes great books that talk about a multitude of issues that really get you thinking about your morals and beliefs. She is the person I think of when Contemporary so this panel wouldn’t be complete without her.

Alice Oseman:

While I know this is a wide stretch from the previous author, I love seeing Oseman’s opinions  and I think she’s a very articulate person. Her books are raw and an accurate portrayal of teenagers, and I think that Picoult and Oseman would compliment each other

Markus Zusak:

My Dream Panel not containing my fave author would be blasphemous so I just had to include him. Though his most popular book is historical, his other four are contemporary so I think that it’d be interesting to see how it differs from writing contemporary to historical and just see his perspective on the contemporary genre. Also I feel as though Markus Zusak’s books really land in the middle of Adult and Young adult so it’s an interesting perspective as well

Khaled Hosseni

Hoseeni is a brilliant writer and I think that he could offer a really diffirent point of view coming from a non-western standpoints and seeing how all his books are set in Afghanistan.  I think it would be really interesting to see his opinion on how he views contemporaries.

So there are my four authors that I’d love to see be on a panel together. I know it’s highly unrealistic but a girl can dream right?

What is your dream panel?

 

 

The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Disclaimer:I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts

Plot: The Beast is An Animal is one of those books that you have no idea what to expect going into it, and when you finish reading it you still have no idea what you just read. While sometimes that can be a bad thing, it definitely wasn’t for this book. I don’t want to spoil anything and I feel as though the summary kind of misleads you but basically it follows this girl Alys who at a young age encounters these souleaters in the forest and these creatures basically change her life forever. This is honestly one of the most intriguing fantasy novels I’ve ever read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think it really discussed how fear can change you and what it can to people in an interesting and perceptive way. It was very reminiscent of witch trials. I did find that at times it was a little confusing and I do think that the summary was very misleading as the things that are mentioned only occur in the last 50 pages or so, so it definitely could’ve been longer.

Characters:

To be honest I wasn’t the hugest fan of Alys, she was a little boring and just kind of bland. I did enjoy to see her struggle with humanity  but other than that there wasn’t much to enjoy about her personality. I did enjoy the people that surrounded her and it was really interesting to see how morally corrupt the people in her village were.There were a lot of characters that I would’ve liked to seen more of as alys’ interraction with them was really basic and  could have been better because I really liked what I saw.Also the romance was kind of odd and not needed like at all. Stop unnecessary romances 2k17. One thing that kind of irked me was the way PoC were viewed, basically all Pocs were travelers similiar to Romanis and  they were viewed as dirty and gross and while obviously that reflected the views of the more close-minded people, these point of views were never corrected and it was just kind of annoying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Representation That Would Mean the Most To Me

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While obviously all representation is important, there are three specific things that are part of my identity and are really important to me and things I would like to read more about.

1.Jewish Characters.

I am half-jewish on my dad’s side so technically religious Jews wouldn’t call me Jewish but I still identify with this part of myself very much. I’m not religious at all, but I still identify with the culture a lot.Being Jewish or Muslim is very different from being Christain(at least that’s how I see it),if you don’t believe in god then you’re not christain but I’m not religious but I’m still Jewish. I’d love to see this aspect of Judaism explored and see characters who are like or just characters who have the Jewish faith. I know there are some out there but I’d really love to see characters my age.I don’t know,I’m thinking of making one of my characters in my next novel half-jewish but I’m still not 100% sure.

2.Characters with Social Anxiety.

I have hella bad anxiety and I know that there are books out there with characters that have anxiety but I’ve honestly not read very many of them. Also I’m not exactly sure if those books contain character with SOCIAL anxiety versus anxiety since  they can be mutually inclusive. Honestly I just feel really irrational a lot of the time, and I’d really like to see characters like me

3.Queer Aces

I identify as biromantic ace(idk this could change but that’s what I’m going with currently) and it’s not something that I talk about ever but I’d love to  see  more storylines containing ace characters which is why I wrote my Mc as having the same identity as myself.I think it’s really important to have such characters,to show that they can fall in love too.

What is the representation that means the most to you?

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Book Review

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Summary:When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

Rating:5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Plot:

Ever since I read More Happy Than Not last year, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book.Silvera is one of those authors that you read one book of theirs and you instantly know that they’re going to become a favorite. While History is All You Left Me wasn’t quite as good as his debut novel it was still amazing and gave me all the feels.

So this story is told from the perspective of Griffin who has just lost his ex-boyfriend,Theo, in a drowning accident. Griffin is confused and doesn’t really know what to do, and is trying to deal with all the grief he’s suffering from.Help comes in the most unexpected of forms from Jackson-Theo’s current boyfriend before he died. The story alternates between “History”-Griffin’s past with Theo- and “Today” as Griffin deals with the loss of the first love of his life.

This book was honestly so amazing and is such an important read that discusses important topics as grief,mental illness and sexuality, and the author handled each topic so extremely well.

I absolutely loved the way the grief was portrayed and how it was very raw and accurate, and he really showed all the mixed emotions that Griffin felt and there were times were Griffin made bad decisions but things like this are natural when people are grieving. We also saw how one oftentimes feels guilt in such situations and while it is something that is talked about a lot I still thinks it’s important.

One thing that I’ve seen some reviewers say is the fact that the OCD wasn’t developed enough and it didn’t as though griffin “actually had OCD” which is kind of gross considering the fact that Adam Silvera has OCD himself and Griffin is similar to himself. Just because the character doesn’t follow your idea of what the mental illness is like doesn’t mean it’s an accurate portrayal. I for one when the representation was very authentic and it was really well developed. Silvera did an excellent job in terms of the mental illness representation.

As with Silvera’s previous novel, he discussed the subject of sexuality with ease. I love how like basically all the characters were gay or bi which is just great. and it was also a very natural thing like “yo I’m gay” and it was kind of just not a big deal at all.I also thought it was so important how they talked about safe sex which is something I’ve never seen in a book featuring LGBT characters, it was really great.

Characters:

I absolutely loved Griffin and he was such a relatable character and I love his geekiness and really just everything about him was great and I felt as though he was such a realistic character who was really going through a rough patch so while we saw Griffin’s kind of darker side, we also saw  his past self before Theo died.

I also really liked Theo and while he’s dead we did get to see a lot of him in the “History” part which was really great. I think that Theo was a good character who made some mistakes like all teens do, but with an overall good heart.

One character that I feel like needed a lot more development was that of Wade. He’s the third wheel of Theo’s and Griffin’s friendship and while I did like what I saw, I felt like we could’ve seen a little bit more of him. I like how he appeared more at the end and how everything turned out in the end.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Jackson, and while I found his motivations interesting, I just didn’t really like him as person so it was more a personal thing but I do think that he was very important to the story.

 

 

 

 

The Reader by Traci Chee Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Sefia lives her life on the run. After her father is viciously murdered, she flees to the forest with her aunt Nin, the only person left she can trust. They survive in the wilderness together, hunting and stealing what they need, forever looking over their shoulders for new threats. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own, with no way to know who’s taken Nin or where she is. Her only clue is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father left behind, something she comes to realize is a book.

Though reading is unheard of in Sefia’s world, she slowly learns, unearthing the book’s closely guarded secrets, which may be the key to Nin’s disappearance and discovering what really happened the day her father was killed. With no time to lose, and the unexpected help of swashbuckling pirates and an enigmatic stranger, Sefia sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue her aunt, using the book as her guide. In the end, she discovers what the book had been trying to tell her all along: Nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.

My Rating:4/5 stars

Plot:

The reader has one of the most interesting fantasy novels I’ve ever read. It’s basically set in a world where very few people read and even know that reading is a thing, In mainstream society, there is no written word and they communicate through images. Our main character Sefia has been on the run her entire life and is possession of a book. She has no idea what it is or what to do it but she knows it’s somehow the connection to her parent’s death.

To me a world without books is unfathomable, and I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of you. I really loved how the author incorporated the concept of reading in such an unique and interesting fashion.It was interesting to see  a world that doesn’t rely on the written word, where reading has a kind of mystery surrounding it. While it was a little hard for me to get into at first-but thats just a personal  issue because I don’t read that much fantasy-once I did, I was so enraptured. I especially enjoyed the little side stories alongside it, and found it interesting to get other perspectives. I also really loved the pirate aspect which was surprising since I’m not the hugest fan of pirates but I really liked the way it was incorporated. One thing that I loved so much about the book was the cool things that were added throughout the book,pages that appeared to have fingerprints smudges,blacked out sentences,blood stains, really making it a cool interactive experience making me feel as though I was in the world as well.

Characters:

One of the things I loved about this book is that the main character Sefia is a PoC which is just so wonderful to see in Fantasy and really needs to occur more frequently.Sefia is a really great and strong character and while she does have a very rough exterior and kind of cold at first, she also has a great heart and I just really loved her.I also loved her resourceful and how quickly and easily she was able to grasp the written word.Some of my other favorite characters were Archer and basically all the pirates. Archer is this boy that Sefia rescues and while he doesn’t talk for most of the book, I really loved his character and seeing his backstory and I’m really looking forward to see his personality develop in the later novels. Finally the pirates were so great and I loved all of them and they were just really great characters and I really hope they show up in the next book because I loved to see the friendship between Sefia,Archer and them develop.

 

 

March Wrap-up

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Note:All diverse books are marked with an asteriks

1.Meg and Linus*Gay and Lesbian characters

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My Rating:5/5 stars

What I liked:This was honestly just a really cute book about two friends who were both gay and just their high school life. It was adorable and I loved every minute of it

What I disliked:Honestly nothing, it was great.

2.Get it Together Delilah by Erin Gough*Lesbian Mc

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My Rating:3.5/5 stars

What I liked:It was an interesting read with lots of potential and  was a quick fluffy contemporary

What I disliked:The story was really underdeveloped and just everything needed a lot of work. I liked the idea of it but it was really badly executed

3.The September of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer*Set in Iran and Mcs are Jewish

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My Rating:4/5

What I liked: It was an interesting read about the aftermath of the iranian revolution and I learnt a lot of things and I’m always up for a non-western setting. Plus I love when there’s Jewish characters

What I disliked:I felt as though there wasn’t a point to the the whole book. While I did enjoy it, I felt it lacked purpose and some of the Povs were uneeded.

4.Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee* Chinese American and African American Mcs

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My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: It was a great historical fiction novel with diverse and amazing characters.

What I disliked:Not a huge fan of the whole girls dressing up as guys so that threw me off at first but I actually really ended up liking the trope in the end!

5.The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Helig* biracial and Persian Mcs

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My Rating:4.5/5 stars

What I liked: The awesome time travel concept paired with a great cast of characters and excellent writing

What I disliked:  I really would’ve liked it if the author talked more about the treatment of natives because it was barely addressed and it’s something that I feel should’ve been talked about more.

6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy*Set in India

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My Rating:2.5/5 stars

What I liked:I liked the mystery behind it and was intrigued enough to continue on.

What I disliked:While it wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t great either. It was really boring and the writing style was weird and just the entire plot was weird. And while I did like the mystery I also found it to be a little bit of a let down tho. I guess literary fiction just isn’t my thing.It took me a long time to read it which is why I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to

7.Brick Lane by Monica Ali*Characters are bangladeshi

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My Rating:3/5

What I liked:I liked seeing the perspective of a muslim woman moving to england and adapting. I also liked the commentary of Islamaphobia and how muslims were affected after 9/11

What I disliked: It was kind of a slow book and I wasn’t a fan of the romance or the other perspective which was told in letter format. Also the husband was hella annoying and I just wanted him to stop talking.

So that’s my march wrap-up!What books did you read in March?

 

 

You Need To Read Radio Silence!

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Summary:What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has

My Rating:5/5 Stars

So I read this about a year ago, but it’s just being released in the U.S/Canada today and I know some people don’t use book depository so therefore might not have had the chance to read this so this review is basically just to gush about the amazingness that is Radio Silence and maybe convince you to read this amazing book I’m going to be talking in bullet points just because it’s going to be simpler.

  • The Diversity!:This book is so diverse and wonderful,our Mc is bi-racial and bisexual,there’s a demisexual character,a korean character, basically all the characters are diverse and it’s wonderful. And I’m pretty sure it’s kind of OwnVoices?
  • The Characters:Frances and Aled are precious cinnamon rolls and I just love them so much. Literally all the characters are amazing, the development is A+
  • The Friendship:There’s no romance!!!!!It’s just a great friendship between two friends and I love it
  • Fandom:One thing I love about Alice Oseman’s books are the references to fandom. They give me life and just more books need to  make references. It just makes a book so much more funner.
  • School: I love how the book discusses how not everyone has to go to university and shows the negative aspects of school. It’s so refreshing and hella relatable.
  • Demisexuality: I know I already talked about it but it was so amazing to see ace-spectrum rep on the page,just having a character like that made me more happier than anything in the entire world
  • Discusses abuse:This book is really great because it shows that abuse is no less valid just because it’s not physical.
  • Perfect combo of serious and fluff:They’re some really heavy topics discussed but it’s also really cute and great.

I hope some of you guys pick this up, it’s so amazing. Highly recommend.

Harry Potter Tag

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So I haven’t really posted anything lately because the book I’m reading is taking forever to finish and I can’t think of any other posts to make(suggestions would be extremely welcome) and then I remembered that the lovely Maya  has tagged me in like 3 tags that I have still not done because I’m stupid so I thought it’d be fun to do one!

Flagrate:A  Book whose theme you found interesting but would like to rewrite.

Get it Together Delilah by Erin Gough.I recently read this book and it was good and I liked everything about it, the problem was that everything was super underdeveloped and a lot of issues need a lot of things to be expanded on, so I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked to.Here’s my review if you’re interested

Alohomora:A First Book That Got You Hooked

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I love this series with all my heart, and the first book was just stellar.  These books are so easy to fly through and just everything about them is amazing.I do feel kind of bad supporting because apparently there’s some pretty racist shit in the last book. I’m definitely going to  view it with a critical eye when I do get around to reading it, and while I do love Maggie Stiefvater I’m not going to support her upcoming book because it’s super harmful to the Latinx community.

Accio:A Book You Wish You Could Have Right Now

This is such a hard question, there are like a million new releases I want right now. I’m really excited for Girl out Of Water by Laura Silverman or Alice Oseman’s new release which is supposed to come out in like the summer. So yeah either of those.

Ava Kedavra:A Killer Book

The Red rising series by Pierce Brown is both a killer book and a book where a lot of people die so yeah. I absolutely love this series, it’s so great and intricate and amazing and the characters are A+. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a good sci-fi trilogy

Confundo:A Book You Find Confusing

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. That book is such a mess. It’s super gross and an inaccurate portrayal of Schizophrenia as well as it just being super confusing and making like no sense whatsoever. I hate this book with a burning passion.

Expecto Patronum:Your Spirt Animal Book(how about we don’t use that phrase since its cultural appropriation)

I guess my Patronus in book form would be  umm Harry Potter? Idk I don’t really know how to answer this question.

SectumSempa:A Dark Book

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. I mean her hands get chopped off, I’d call that pretty dark. It’s such a great book tho, highly recommend

Aparacium:A Book That You Surprised You in A great Way

Meg and Linus by Hanna Nowinski, I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did but I ended up giving it five stars. It was super gay and super cute.Here’s my review

Okay so I tag

Jess

Danielle

and

Lia