Month: November 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: book-to-movie adaptations I still need to watch

Top Ten TuesdayDo you read the book first, or watch the movie? I try to read the book first, but sometimes that means I put off watching the movie for a loooong time! Here are ten book-to-movie adaptations I have yet to watch, even though I’ve already read the books and should really just get on with it already! Link up your own list over at The Broke and the Bookish, and leave me your recommendations in the comments!

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green: The book was good, but I just don’t know if I liked it enough to also watch the movie. I’m just not that in love with love stories.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn: I loved the book and am afraid the movie won’t come close!

The Martian, by Andy Weir: The book had a lot of hardcore science-speak in it, so I’m hoping the movie will be easier to digest.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams: I just did not click with this book, but everyone else seems to love it, so I’m wondering if I’d enjoy the movie more?

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak: Another book I adored, so I’ve put off watching the movie.

The Double, by Jose Saramago: This book was good but also really weird, so I’m not sure if I’d enjoy the movie or not.

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman: Not sure there was enough of a story to support a full-length book, much less a movie, but curious to see how Gaiman looks on the big screen!

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro: I wonder if it’d as hard to follow the flashbacks in the film as it was in the book.

Bridget Jones’ Diary, by Helen Fielding: Laughed out loud at these! And they have Mr. Darcy Colin Firth in them.

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy: This was not a fun book, so I imagine the movie is not fun either, but it was still a great read and I’d like to see how it plays out on the screen.

What I read: October 2015

I was kind of surprised to look back and see how many books I read last month! I had a few good picks but for the most part it was a really “meh” month. Here’s what I loved, liked, and didn’t click with.

The great (four and five stars)

What I read: October 2015: four stars or more (more…)

Music Monday: Jimmy the Exploder

This is my current jogging song. Probably an odd pick, but it pumps me up, so there you go. So if you see someone in pink sneakers running down the street panting “Woo! Woo! Woo! Woo!” and dancing like so:

Dear reader, you’ve just seen me.

Thought Questions, #281-#287

Starry night sky via Unsplash (photo by Thomas Shellberg)(photo by Thomas Shellberg via Unsplash)

#281: How have you sabotaged yourself in the past five years? By not being confident enough to set a goal and chase after it.

#282: Other than money, what else have you gained from your current job? I got one of my cats from the parking lot. Does that count?

#283: Whom do you secretly envy? Why? People who are able to sit and meditate. My brain whirs around too much to make it an enjoyable experience.

#284: In twenty years, what do you want to remember? How excited I am every time I see my husband. I hope we’re still crazy in love in twenty years!

#285: What are you most excited about in your life right now—today? A big bowl of chili and Fritos. Don’t judge—it’s cold and damp out and I’m in an eating mood.

#286: What experience from this past year do you appreciate the most? It sounds weird, but struggling with depression for the majority of the year really gave me a better sense of what I value (or don’t), along with a new level of gratitude for the little things in life.

#287: What is the most enjoyable thing your family has done together in the last three years? The husband and I had a pretty kickass time at the Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars concert last September. And my parents and I have had some fun visits, even though we didn’t go anywhere super-special. Sometimes just hanging out together is enjoyable enough!


Quickie review: ‘The Grownup’, by Gillian Flynn

A quickie review of the short story 'The Grownup', by Gillian Flynn(Thank you to Blogging For Books for the review copy!)

It’s hard to not sit down and read Flynn’s short story The Grownup all in one sitting, for two reasons:

1. It’s awesome.

2. It’s short.

Thus, this story is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a great mystery/suspense story and I devoured it. On the other hand—ten freaking dollars for a sixty-page story?! No thank you!

The story centers around an unnamed protagonist, who earns her living posing as a psychic. She’s a little bit jaded from spending her whole life conning, in some way or another, but when she encounters a woman who believes her house may be haunted, her careful game of deceit and control begins to unravel. She’s forced to ask herself, the ultimate skeptic: are ghosts real? Or has the con artist now been sucked into the ultimate con?

I think if you can get ahold of this from your local library, you should, because it’s not only one of the tightest short stories I’ve read recently, it’s a great lesson in how to maintain tension and create clever plot twists in a story, for those of us who are writers and are learning as we read. However, I wouldn’t buy it. There’s just no way I can justify the cover price!

The Grownup, by Gillian Flynn (hardcover, 64 pages). Published November 2015 by Crown. Genre: mystery, suspense, horror. Four out of five stars.

OOTD: fall colors and falling leaves

Fall colors

I think this is my favorite time of the year. The autumn colors are gorgeous and I get to wear all of my favorite things: boots, cozy scarves, and lots of layers. It’s been a bit rainy here but I did get outside to take these quick OOTD pics. I’m loving my new boot socks and wear them everyday!

Fall colors

(T-shirt, sweater: Target; jeans: Walmart; jacket: Wet Seal; boots, boot socks: Payless; scarf: Kizuri; earrings: Pier 1)

Breaking up (with a book) is hard to do

How do you know when it’s time to quit a book? I keep thinking about that lately because I’m trying to chug my way through my loooooong NetGalley review list and to be honest, I end up feeling really “meh” about half of the books I read.

I know there are two trains of thought on this. A lot of  readers, particularly heavy reviewers, feel that you have to read the whole book before you can judge it, which is fair enough. (Though, I think there’s a big difference between writing a scathing review judging the whole book off the few chapters you read, and admitting you DNF’d and explaining why.)

And very rarely, I’ve read books that started out slow (hello, Game of Thrones) but ended up being epic. So I definitely see why you might not want to DNF too often. But what do you do when you realize you’re actively avoiding a book? Like, you’ve read 20% or so and you’re now picking up other titles to avoid returning to said book? Lately I’ve DNF’d a few because I set them down and realized I just honestly didn’t care about finding out how the story would end. The story is bland, the writing is poor, the characters are so two-dimensional that I forget their names as soon as I close the book…that sort of thing.

I would argue that at that point, it’s time to move on. After all, my TBR list is currently sitting at 1,127 titles and those books just ain’t gonna read themselves. With limited time and so many other books to choose from, why waste time reading a book if it’s not doing anything for me?

Well, bookworms? Do you DNF or not? Do you have personal “rules” for DNF’ing a book? Have you ever set a book aside, then come back to it later and liked it after all? Leave me a comment and let me know!