Books I want turned into Movies

I’ve been thinking about it for awhile and I really want a lot of books to be made into movies. Really, I think movie producers and writers should get a bunch of books lovers together to get them to brainstorm ‘best books to be made into movies’!

I know that 90% of the time books that are made into movies are usually butchered, but lets just pretend that these ‘movies’ will stay true to the original.

Anyways, here are some of the books that I’m really excited about!

Yes, most of these books are ‘adventure’ style novels, but I enjoy movies like that. Not a fan of drama or romance. Ridley Pearson is actually a screen writer, and please, please make Kingdom Keepers: The Movie, a reality! I actually want to re-read the whole series again.

Let me know if you guys have any books that you’re dying to see on the big screen. Mind you this is not one of those butchered movies, but rather a very well made movie that sticks to the original!

Top 5: Series that got Better

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is actually pretty difficult to narrow down. All the books that I’m thinking about didn’t get better, they were just ok. Good, but not better than the first.

Hmmmm…

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Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

I’ve been trying not to use this series too much on my Top 5, but really you have to admit, this series just got better and better as Harry and his friends grew up. The character development and world building were phenomenal and Rowling made the world grander in each book she released.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs

I’m not totally in love with this series by the end of it, but I do think the story line gets better by the second book. In the first, I feel that the author tried to create the story around pictures that he has accumulated, rather than let the story tell itself. By the second book, his use of pictures enhanced the story, rather than the other way around.

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I never hid the fact that I wasn’t fan of the first book. Cinder and Kai, even now, is not my favorite couple, but I do give props to Meyer because her books got better and better as each book is released. When I finished Winter, I was totally hooked with all the characters and even went as far as reading the short stories and graphic novel companion.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

I definitely wasn’t a fan of the first book when I read it, but I eventually grew fond of the protagonist and his friends. I love reading their quests and Riordan became one of my favorite children’s author. I love reading all his novels. My favorite book in the series is The Battle of the Labyrinth.

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The Book of Ivy Duology by Amy Engel

The first book was an average read for me, but if we’re talking about series that got better, then this will definitely be in my top 5. I really enjoyed the second book a lot better than the first. I felt that Engel’s writing evolved with the final book and enjoyed the character development of the protagonist.

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So that’s it for me and my Top 5!

 

Book Date #10

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Last Week I Finished:

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I have finally started and finished this book! I’m super proud of myself since everyone, and their mother, has already read and finished the WHOLE series. Anyways, I’m just glad that I finally got around to picking it up. I actually enjoyed it, I wasn’t as blown away as everyone, but I did enjoy it a lot more than Throne of Glass. I definitely enjoyed Feyre more than Celaena.

Currently Read:

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After reading high fantasy, I had a hankering for a good mystery. Since I enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware last year, I thought it was fitting for me to grab her latest book. I’m really not that far into the story, so I have no thoughts on it yet.

Upcoming Read:

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I’ve been mood reading lately, so I haven’t really decided what I want to read after The Woman in Cabin 10. If I have enough time this month I might pick up Power Play. If I get into August then I will probably pick-up a different book. I’m also thinking about entering Tome Topple next month, but I’ll have to see.

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So that’s for this week, I know I’ve been slacking on my post lately, but I will try to be more pro-active in August. Summer has been such a lazy type of month!

 

TBR Challenge #7: Series Catch-up

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A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett

Rating: 3/5

Why? I’ve been reading this series for a few years now and I’m not really sure if I want to continue it. I really enjoy the setting and the minor characters, but the story is starting to get tedious and repetitive. Anyways, this is the latest book in the series and I grabbed the chance to read this as soon as possible since I want to be caught up with the books. This author usually release one book a year within this series.

Review: As I’ve stated before I’m not really sure if I want to continue reading these books since it’s starting to become repetitive. I still enjoy reading about the lives of the minor characters and their progression throughout the series. I’m not really a fan of Tricia, but she’s starting to step-up as a protagonist in this book. It’s a bit awkward that the Miles sisters are undergoing personal transformations at their age, but we’ll see where the author is going with this story.

As for the mystery, this is an open and shut case. Once you get used to Lorna Barrett’s writing and her choice of villains, you tend to instinctively know who the perpetrator is going to be. I still enjoy the mindless reading, since it’s pretty easy to immerse myself in the world that I’m so familiar with. Now that I read a lot more thrillers, I’m starting to loose some of my interest in cozies, but its still a comfort read for me. Maybe my mood will change when it gets colder. Cozies tend to be easier to read in colder months.

I think only time will tell if I will continue with this series. I’m still interested in finding out what happens to the Miles Family and all the other lovely characters I’ve gotten attached to, but I do wish something different would eventually happen in the next few books, either that or it’s time for Barrett to wrap up Tricia Miles’ story.

 

Graphic Novel Review: Heroes of Olympus

Author: Rick Riordan
Illustrated: First Book: Nate Powell Second Book: Orpheus Collar and Antoine Dode
Rating: 4/5

***This is a review of the graphic novel and not the storyline itself. If you want to read a review of the books, I have linked them at the end of this review. ***

Review: I’ll divide this review into two parts. They will be relatively short parts since I’m really just stating my thoughts on the graphic novel itself. The first part will be about the story, the second part will be about the graphics and an overall impression.

THE STORY

I’ve read the Heroes of Olympus Series fairly recent so my memory of the books is somewhat still fresh in my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each book in the series and I believe each one is as important to the story arc as the other. There are some series where I feel that one book is not as necessary or one character is not as important, but with these characters and these books I think they are all pertinent to the overall story. I am sad to say that there are some changes that Riordan made in these books and it was a bit sad to see the changes. I would have preferred for all of the facts to remain the same and I’m not really sure why the changes were made considering it didn’t really make the book longer or shorter. I would have understood if such changes made the story shorter, for graphic novel purposes, but it didn’t. Obviously there were also some parts of the books that were omitted, which took away from the overall story. I would have wished that Riordan decided to stick to his original story line and made the graphic novel in volumes.

THE GRAPHICS

As you can tell from the covers, the graphics are wonderful, not as amazing as some graphic novels I’ve read in the past, but still well drawn by the illustrator(s). The colors that were used matches the mood of each scenes, which greatly helped in conveying mood of the setting. The Illustrators for both books are different, I do prefer the first book compared to the other, but either way they are still great graphics. I would have wished that the illustrators taken a greater detail in creating their heroes, since they are suppose to be demigods, even the gods could have used a bit of tweaking. Really I’m not one to complain since I can barely draw stick figures, I’m just a tad, little tiny bit, disappointed on how our heroes were drawn. I would have expected a grander, looking characters

OVERALL

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, because I enjoyed re-reading the Heroes of Olympus allover again. My only problem are the changes that was made in each of the graphic novels. I would recommend these graphic novels to two types of readers, (1) those who are more of a graphic novel readers and (2) those who wants to re-read the series, but doesn’t really want to dive into the massive books. I won’t recommend them to readers who really want to read the actual books. I feel that if they read these graphic novels, rather than the books, they are missing out on a lot of details that is more easily conveyed in the written format.

Mind you the first and second books are the only ones that have been converted to graphic novels, just a warning, in case you want to dive into these thinking the whole series is finished.

 

Top 5: Children’s Books

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I’m a fan of children’s books since I am a preschool teacher. Of course I had to do this topic, but I’m actually going to focus on middle grade books. As requested I’m not going to include Harry Potter or any of the Percy Jackson books.

Here are my books:

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Pendragon: The Merchant of Death by D.J MacHale

This was one of my favorite series growing up and I loved every single one of the books. It’s actually one of those very few science fiction that is out there for middle grade readers.

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Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Amazingly enough this book is not as loved by Suzanne Collins fans, since is such an amazing read. When I read these books it literally takes me a day to finish because it’s so well written and I couldn’t put it down.

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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson

This is one of those series that I love growing up and I really want to re-read the books. I haven’t finished the series because apparently they came out with more books, which I wasn’t aware of.

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Sister’s Grimm: The Fairy-tale Detective by Michael Buckley

This series has been on my list previously and I can’t even imagine having a Children’s Favorite without this. I really love these books because it shows children fairy-tales are really not what it seems. I also love how tough the children are and they are such good role models for other kids.

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Lumberjanes

Although I can include more children’s books, this graphic novel definitely must be on the list. This is a recent read for me and I love everything about it and they are amazing books for children. Not only does it give you amazing adventures but it also includes different characters.

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That’s it for me this week. Hope you enjoyed the list and let me know some of the books you enjoyed as a child or even a recent read that was amazing.

Book Date #9

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It’s been awhile since I participated in Book Date Monday, so I should definitely remedy that!

Last Week I Finished:

I actually read the graphic novel of these two books and I really enjoyed them. I like getting into the story again and makes me want to re-read the series, but technically, I just recently finished reading the whole thing last year. So maybe next year, for now I’m content with the graphic novels. Hopefully, they’ll come out with A Mark of Athena soon.

Currently Reading:

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Yes, I’m finally getting into this series. I really hope I will enjoy it because I bought the whole trilogy. So if I don’t boo on me. However, I did here a lot of good things about these books, so I want to get into the band wagon also.

Upcoming Read:

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I’m being really ambitious in reading these two hefty books, but I really do want to get to them this year and I think doing it this summer is the way to go. So Keeping my fingers crossed!