Movies I Liked Better Than the Book…

You know, sometimes the movie is better than the books…I know, I know that is an awful thing to say but it’s true! Usually when I enjoy a movie over its book, it is all because of pacing. Most movies do a generally good job at making sure their plots are fast paced but sometimes books lack that. Anyways, here are the movies that I prefer over their original book:

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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I barley even remember opening up The Maze Runner book because I just found it so slow and dull that I blocked it out of my mind. I didn’t connect to the characters at all, but when I saw them portrayed on the screen I loved it! However, I did happen to enjoy the first book more than the second, The Scorch Trials. The Scorch Trials was very bland, and they traveled through a desert for the ENTIRE book without much happening and it was hard for me to picture what the setting was like, because all I could see was sand, sand and sand. I didn’t love the movie either, but again, I enjoyed it a LOT more than the book. Sorry James Dashner!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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This book is a very long book and in my opinion, it didn’t really need to be that long! It was over 400 pages and it dragged on…a lot. Again, this wasn’t a case where I absolutely adored the movie, but I did enjoy it and have watched it a few times. Like I mentioned in my opening, movies are generally faster paced than most books and this was definitely the case with this book. I don’t think I would re read this book, but I am glad that I did read it before watching the movie!

The 100 by Kass Morgan

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I didn’t even read all of the first book, but I did read about 50 pages and didn’t really like what I read. I read it after I watched the first season of The 100, which is absolutely amazing, and liked how the show portrayed the plot line more…The show just keeps getting better and better and I don’t see myself continuing on with the series in the future. But if you haven’t watched the TV show then definitely check it out!

Those are a few movies (or TV shows) that I enjoyed more than their original book and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Literary Magazines!

March 2017 Wrap Up!

March was a good reading month which was great, because I plan on reading a lot of books this year. Anyways, here are the books I managed to read this month!

p-s-i-still-love-you-jenny-han-coverP.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – Since the new and final book is coming out in May, I decided I should re read the first two books in preparation, but also because I just love this series. The first book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, follows sixteen year old Lara Jean, who’s secret love letters have been sent out to all the boys she has loved before, and she finds herself digging a hole of lies to prevent her current crush from knowing the truth. This is a very quirky and relatable book that you can’t help but enjoy! 5/5 stars

Lola-and-the-Boy-Next-Door_PBLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – I had no real reason to re read this book other than the fact that I just wanted to. Lola and the Boy Next Door is about an expressive and unique girl named Lola who has a great life. She loves her parents, has a great best friend, a great boyfriend and is in her final year of high school, but when her first love who crushed her heart moves back next door, things get flipped upside down. This is such a feel-good book that leaves you all warm and fuzzy, and I definitely recommend it if you are in search for a good contemporary! 5/5 stars

before-i-fall1Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Since the movie came out this month, I thought it would be a good idea to go read the book before I watched the movie so I did and I really enjoyed it! Before I Fall is about a girl named Sam who has it all. She is popular, has a great group of friends named Lindsay, Elody and Ally, and is dating one of the most popular guys in school. But when her and her friends are driving back from a party one night, they get into and accident and Sam suddenly finds herself reliving that day over and over again. I thought this book really made you think about and cherish the life you have, and while it had a lot of darker and more serious elements, it was also filled with light and fluffy moments that I really appreciated. 3/5 stars

ruby-red-trilogy-by-kerstin-gierRuby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier – I always forget how much I really do love the Ruby Red trilogy until I read it, and I am so happy that I decided to pick it up again. Ruby Red follows a girl named Gwenyth who comes from a family of time travellers, but it is believed that the time travelling gene has skipped her, and instead possessed by her cousin, Charlotte. But when Gwen is thrust back in time, completely unprepared, she finds herself living the life her cousin was meant to but not necessarily the life she wanted to. I really recommend this if you want an easy, fun book with a great romance in it! 4.5/5 stars for all three

Those are all the books I managed to read in the month of March and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

 

 

March 2017 Haul!

Yep, I bought a few books this month. Luckily not as many as previous months, but still a few so I hope you enjoy!

before-i-fall1Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – Since the movie came out this month and I had plans to see it, I decided to give the book a try. Before I Fall is about a girl named Sam who has it all. She has three great best friends, Lindsay, Ally and Elody, she is popular and has a boyfriend named Rob. But after coming home from a party one night, her friends and her get in a car crash and Sam suddenly finds herself reliving that day over and over again. This is a very unique concept for a book and I was really excited to read it. I recently finished it so stay tuned for my wrap up on my thoughts on it!

wewereliarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart – I have absolutely no idea what this book is about, and whenever I search a description it comes up with some confusing paragraph, so I decided to just figure out what it is about while reading it. I have heard a lot of good things about this book though and I heard there are lots of twists and turns. Hopefully I will get to this soon, because I am very intrigued by it!

pj3Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (Graphic Novel) – I finally bought my first graphic novel! I tried to read graphic novels when I was younger, but they aren’t really my thing, but when I say this Percy Jackson one I just had to get it because I love anything Percy Jackson related. This is the third book in the Percy Jackson series and follows our main character Percy Jackson who discovers his father is a Greek god. Now thrust into a crazy world of demigods, gods and monsters, he has to stay alive and also save the world. Cannot wait to flip through this.

themoonandmoreThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen – I have read a fair share of Sarah Dessen books, but there always seems to be more!  The Moon and More is about this girl named Emaline who has been dating her perfect boyfriend, Luke, all through high school. But now that college is approaching, she begins to wonder if they are the perfect match anymore. Especially after meeting an ambitious New Yorker named Theo, these questions are becoming something she can’t escape. As always I am excited to read another Sarah Dessen book and I can only hope it will not disappoint!

Those are all the books I purchased in March and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

before-i-fall1I have been reading Before I Fall for the past few days and while thlockandkeye beginning was a little slow, it definitely picked up the pace around page 250ish. I am really enjoying it now and it is a really good book in the way that it makes you cherish the world around you a little more! I wouldn’t say I absolutely love the book because the pacing is off in a lot of parts and the characters are quite flat in the beginning (in my opinion) but I do like it. I really enjoy how the main character, Sam, grows so much throughout the book and I think it is such an improvement from who she was before. After I finish this book, I am going to pick up Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen because I hoping it will be a little more happier compared to Before I Fall. I am not sure what the storyline is for this book, but it is a Sarah Dessen book so I am of course, excited!

And guess what!!! I actually wrote this week and it was SO nice to get back into my scene. I haven’t written anything I was proud out in soooo long, but managed to pump out a 2000 word story last night. I really like the concept of the story I wrote, and am planning on entering it in this local writing contest I found so wish me luck! I plan on writing a lot more from now on and never want to take a break that long again.

That was my reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Journal Writing Part 2!

2017 Book-to-Movie Releases!

2017 is going to be a fabulous year for book-to-movie releases and I am oh so excited! I made this blog post to share a few movies I am looking forward to seeing on the big screen and I hope you are excited too!

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – I recently saw this trailer but never realized it was based on the YA novel by Lauren Oliver which makes me want to see it 10x more! Before I Fall is about a popular teen who continuously relives her life, trying to make herself a better person. The trailer was fantastic and Zoey Deutch who starred as Rose Hathaway in the Vampire Academy movie is playing the lead so get even more excited for this movie which is coming to theatres on March 3rd!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – Everything Everything is an amazing book about a young girl named Maddy who hasn’t left her house in 17 years because she is allergic to everything. Because of this, she has formed a very tight relationship with her mother and her nurse, but when a boy named Ollie moves in next door that all changes as she begins to fall in love with a boy she can’t have. I love this book, and I think it will make a great movie! It stars Amanda Stenberg who played Rue in The Hunger Games and Nick Robinson who played Zach in Jurassic World and Ben Parish in The 5th Wave so we already have 2 well known actors starring in it! This movie is released on May 19th.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – This was already made into a movie in the 1970’s but now they are giving it another go and I am extremely pumped to see this one! Murder on the Orient Express is by THE Queen of Mystery and follows a Belgian detective who investigates the murder of a wealthy American on the Orient Express, the most famous train in the world. This new movie has Daisy Ridley who played Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Johnny Depp from too many movies to even list. I am intrigued to see how this movie goes and we can all see it on November 22!

Those were a few movies that I am personally excited for and I am sure some of you are too!