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Five books to read if you loved ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

Five books to read if you loved 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

I’ve loved Pride and Prejudice for years. I love books and movies with zombies. So obviously, when I found Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I fell in love! If you’ve already read the book and saw the movie this weekend, and are now looking for other titles in a similar vein, here are five of my picks you might enjoy:

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, by Amanda Grange. What if Elizabeth Bennett’s beloved wasn’t quite the dashing gentleman she imagined him to be?

Phoenix Rising (The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1), by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. Corsets, check. Feisty heroines, check. Unabashed fun, check.

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Not gonna lie, the ending wasn’t as tear-jerking as I hoped. But this was still an awesome book about (get ready) rage zombies in outer space.

The Zombie Survival Guide, by Max Brooks. You didn’t think this would not be on the list, did you?

Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James. Not of the undead kind, unfortunately—just regular murder—but this is still a fun re-imagining of life with the Darcys. Also a PBS miniseries, if you’d rather watch it than read it.

Have you read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, or seen the movie? What did you think? Any similar titles you’d recommend to me? (If you haven’t read the book yet, make sure to enter my giveaway over here!)

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.

Giveaway: ‘The Martian’ by Andy Weir (paperback)

The MartianHappy Friday readers! One of the biggest sci-fi flicks to hit theaters this year is The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s wildly popular novel of the same name. Since the movie is hitting theaters this week, I’m giving away a paperback copy to one lucky reader–all you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter widget below!

The novel is told from the point of view of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first humans to set foot on the surface of Mars–and now, perhaps the first human to die there. Stranded after a freak accident separates him from his crew, Watney is believed dead by everyone back on Earth, and with only a few emergency supplies his chances of survival are slim to none. But he has some MacGyver-style tricks up the sleeves of his spacesuit, which he puts to good use as he fights to get home.

The giveaway is open internationally through October 11; everyone can earn a freebie entry, but you can also earn additional entries by leaving a comment or following on my social media channels (I especially recommend following on Bloglovin’, so you don’t miss out on future posts and giveaways!). Good luck!

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Giveaway: Bill Bryson’s ‘A Walk in the Woods’ (paperback)

A Walk in the WoodsHappy Friday everyone! I’ve talked a few times on the blog about how Bill Bryson is one of my favorite authors–hilarious, informative, and more than a little snarky. His books blend travel writing, science and history with wit and humor that leaves me doubled over laughing!

A Walk in the Woods is the story of his attempt to hike the Appalachian trail, and this week the movie version is hitting theaters, so I thought it was the perfect time to do a book giveaway! Once you’ve had a chance to see the movie, you can read the book and see how they compare.

Entry is simple; just use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open internationally through September 13; everyone can earn a freebie entry, but you can also earn additional entries by leaving a comment or following on my social media channels (I especially recommend following on Bloglovin’, so you don’t miss out on future posts and giveaways!). Good luck!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books which feature characters who look NOTHING like I imagined in their TV/movie adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday

This week on Top Ten Tuesday we’ve got a bit of a freebie: top ten books with characters who _____ (fill in the blank). I decided to go for “characters who look nothing like I imagined in their TV/movie adaptations”, though actually I have nine who don’t and one who does. (Close enough!) If you want to get in on the fun, check out The Broke and the Bookish and link up your own post!

1. Damon and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries: I’ve started reading the books to go along with the show, and I’m still scratching my head over Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley playing these two. I’m not trying to impugn their attractiveness, but seriously, these guys are in their thirties. They don’t look like teenagers at all! It’s pretty obvious the actors are the same age as the guy who plays the high school history teacher.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley as Damon and Stefan in 'The Vampire Diaries'

2. Four in Divergent: I’m not saying that Theo James doesn’t play the role well, but he looks nothing like the Four I imagined while reading the books. I was picturing more of a broody Shiloh Hernandez type, not an ex-Marine lookalike. (And again…Theo does not look like a teenager! It’s pretty obvious he’s older!)

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Theo James as Four in 'Divergent'

3. Basically the entire cast of Eragon: Arya was the worst offender–she didn’t even have the right color of hair!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: basically the entire cast of 'Eragon'

4. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl: I don’t really have specific people pictured for them, but I feel like Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike just didn’t quite fit. She just looks English, if there is such a thing, and he looks way too Hollywood. Neither of them has that transplanted New York vibe I pictured while reading the books.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy from 'Gone Girl'

5. Queen Cersei from Game of Thrones: When I started reading these books, I immediately pictured Cersei as Charlize Theron’s evil queen from Snow White and the Huntsman. Lena Headey is okay but she seems kind of blah, IMO.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Lena Headey as Cersei from 'Game of Thrones'

6. Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones: Somehow in my head he wasn’t so young or so easy on the eyes. Not that I’m complaining.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in 'Game of Thrones'

7. Jamie from Outlander: Nothing against Sam Heughan, but he is not the Jamie I had in my head while reading this book series. He’s too pretty, and something about his eyes and hair is all wrong…ugh. I don’t know. I think sometimes books are better just because of imagination!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in 'Outlander'

8. Clary and Bane from The Mortal Instruments: Lily Collins is drop dead gorgeous, but she looks nothing like how Clary is described in the books, starting with the non-carroty hair. Casting fail. I also didn’t think they got Magnus Bane quite right–Godfrey Gao is way too young! (Which is a shame, because I think Magnus was my favorite character in the books!)

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Lily Collins and Godfrey Gao as Clary and Magnus in 'The Mortal Instruments'

9. Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice: I think it’s safe to say that most women of a certain age demographic have hopeless crushes on Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. I’m sure Matthew Macfadyen is a fine actor but he has no damn business trying to reinvent the character in a movie. How dare he.

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in 'Pride & Prejudice'

And one who got it right:

10. Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: I totally buy Jennifer Lawrence as the Girl on Fire. And I can’t wait to see her in Mockingjay Part Two later this year!

Top Ten characters who looked nothing like I pictured in their TV/movie adaptations: Jennifer Lawrence actually feels perfect as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games'!

Which book characters looked one way in your head as you ‘met’ them on a page, and totally different when they walked across a movie screen? Tell me about them! I tend to get very attached to a version of a character as I envision them and it can be really jarring to see someone who looks different than that image onscreen. (Someone please tell me I’m not alone!)

Random Thursday: TV/movie character I’d love to date

Is it weird that I don’t have a huge list? I think this is because I generally favor the bad guys in movies–they’re often much more interesting, in my opinion–and obviously they just wouldn’t make very good boyfriends. The other problem is that I can’t just like a character because they’re “hot”. They also have to be brave, smart, funny, etc., and that’s asking a lot. However, there are a few movie characters I could see being acceptable dates:

Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings. Does it even get much better? He’s a king in exile who’s just as adept fighting goblins as he is singing Elvish love poetry. Sigh. I blame J.R.R. Tolkien for ruining my expectations of men forever, for all time.

Possible date night complications: restaurant overrun by orcs; possibility of hobbits tagging along; bails out on date night because “the beacons of Gondor are lit”.

Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead) or Murphy McManus (The Boondock Saints)…either way, Norman Reedus seems to have no problem fighting off the bad guys. Also, he loves cats. He would have to take a shower before our date, though.

Shaun from Shaun of the Dead. Actually, it’s less about Shaun and more about Simon, who (I think) is hilarious. But Shaun’s not bad either. He does a great job of stepping up to protect his friends from the zombie apocalypse, which surely counts for something.

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Peter Bishop from Fringe. Brave, brainy and never batting an eye at the bizarre, he was also perfectly fine sharing butt-kicking duties with his girlfriend rather than insisting on always being in charge. This one comes with a wacky parent attached, but then so do about 50% of the potential mates out there, so that’s a small pitfall.

Jason Bourne (the Bourne movies). Basically an unstoppable badass; will go to any and all lengths to protect and avenge the woman he loves. Downside: you think your boyfriend has trouble remembering your anniversary…

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Thor (The Avengers). One of the very few times it’s acceptable for a dude to have long hair. Hope he buys his own shampoo, though.

Which TV or movie characters would you go on a date with? Tell me in the comments!

Random Thursday: Movies I hate to admit I loved

You know this is going to be a good one! There are a few movies that I suppose I should be embarrassed to admit I enjoy.

Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

I know this is kind of a lame Disney kiddie flick, but I love Steve Coogan. And it makes me laugh, so that’s worth something, right?

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The Lara Croft movies

These aren’t exactly highbrow entertainment, so it’s a little embarrassing to admit how many times I’ve watched them. But how can you not love Lara? She’s gutsy, fearless and always armed with a quick comeback. Girl power, y’all.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Go on, laugh. I like really over the top action scenes and this movie delivered. The mountain peak ninja sword fight? Totally never happening in real life, but very cool in a movie.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Vow

These are probably the two sappiest movies I’ve ever willingly watched. My goodness. In both movies the characters are deeply in love but are torn apart by horrible tragedies, and the amazing amount of love they still have for each other (and how hard they fight to save their relationships) is amazing. Just, uh, just don’t tell anyone I cried at the end.

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So what movies are you embarrassed to admit loving? Fair is fair, I told you mine so ‘fess up in the comments!