I am going to ignore the rules for this one and pick 2 books because they both stick out in my mind when I think of this question. The two I choose are Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Eleanor & Park Synopsis: Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
The Fault in our Stars Synopsis: “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
These two books just took ahold of me and kept me reading non-stop until I finished them. The way both couples meet and the fact that they are all misfits just make me want sequels (even though you can’t really make a sequel out of these). Eleanor is a puzzle to Park and as the days go on, he keeps wanting more and more to figure her out. Hazel is a sick kid that doesn’t know if she will even get to experience a love worth fighting for until she meets Augustus. Young love is something to cherish and remember because everyone’s first love is definitely the deepest and will be with them forever. You don’t forget your first love. Both of these stories are beautifully written and worth picking up if you see them at a bookstore. They will give you so many feels.
Let me know what your favourite romance books are in the comments below. Even if romance isn’t your genre, see if you can come up with a book that made you feel some sort of love or warmth in your heart 😛
This one is pretty easy to answer for me. I’m not even sure if I talked about this book yet or not but I wouldn’t be surprised if I have. My favourite adaptation is The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. I saw the movie for this book first and had to read the book after to see how the characters were portrayed in written form. So I bought the book and read it on my trip to the Dominican Republic.
Synposis: Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!
This book was fantastic. The characters were somewhat difficult to follow and it was great because Pat and Tiffany were each dealing with their own mental issues so it gave you insight into what it was like to be inside the mind of someone suffering from mental illness. The book deals a lot with mental illness and addresses it in a way that is constructive. Pat had to work on himself and use the help of others to figure out that he needed to change his life and to stop wanting someone that wasn’t coming back. I really felt for Pat. Many times while reading this book, I would stop and think about my own life and how I had to change and struggled once I came out of a 3 year long relationship. In a way, this book was a form of therapy for me (reading generally is but this book especially).
I liked the ending of the book much better than the movie but it was still kept pretty accurate throughout the movie. All the actor/actress choices were phenomenal too. Tell me what your favourite book to movie adaptation is in the comments. Talk to you later bookworms!
There are not many books out there that disappoint me. I like to put a lot of faith into mostly everything that I read and they usually turn out pretty great. But if there was one book that I had very high expectations for and it disappointed me, it would be An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green.
Synopsis: Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.
Now the reason why I may have been disappointed is the fact that I read other John Green books and absolutely loved them. I like how he writes and brings out emotions I didn’t know I could feel. But this book just didn’t do it for me. There wasn’t enough of an exciting storyline or really any plot twists to keep me into it. There was too much put on chapter development for the main character and not enough time spent on the actual storyline. I finished it because once I start a book, I get kind of OCD where I have to finish it.
By all means, read John Green’s other books because I only have good things to say about them but if you do feel like skipping one of his books, this would be the one.
Let me know what book let you down in the comments! Lets chat bookworms 🙂
Well this will be a short and sweet post since I just have to say which quote I like. The quote I chose is from The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. You will hear more about this book from me, that I can promise. I really enjoyed this book and the fact that it is a true story about the author’s life growing up makes it even better because she went through a lot.
“Things usually work out in the end.”
“What if they don’t?”
“That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.”
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
This quote speaks true to me because I firmly believe that it does all work out in the end. When we encounter bumps in the road or feel like we are at a breaking point, it is all part of the journey that leads us to an ending worth getting to. But is the ending really worth it if you don’t have to fight to get there? The journey is full of ups and downs but they are challenges we go through and will shape us to be who we are.
Alright, that’s enough deep talk for me. Let me know what your favourite book quote is in the comments!
There were so many choices for this one. At first I wanted to say Katniss Everdeen because she’s a badass that leads a rebellion. Then I wanted to say Hermoine Granger because who doesn’t love her. But I decided on Tris from the Divergent series.
DIVERGENT, US poster art, from left: Theo James, Shailene Woodley, 2014. ©Summit Entertainment/courtesy Everett Collection
Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I chose Tris because throughout this series, she grows so much as a character. You kind of know she has the badass in her from the beginning but as the series goes on she just keeps getting more and more awesome. The leadership and initiative she shows is incredible and she always put those she loves before herself. She truly sacrifices everything to protect those that she loves and that in my eyes is a very strong character. Plus she makes good decisions and can figure people out before they get to her.
Let me know who you favourite female character is in the comments! Also Sara Mac Taylor won the hardy boys mystery novel giveaway but stay tuned because I will be holding more in the future.
Alright guys, we are back on track with the book challenge. There are so many characters that come to mind when I think of this question. I would have to say my favourite is Thomas from the Maze Runner series.
Synopsis: If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
I absolutely love this series and Thomas makes it even better. He is just the protagonist that does everything right and makes all the right choices that you are thinking they should do while you read. The way he treats his friends is very genuine and he is like the leader of a family of brothers. That being said, he does get betrayed and comes upon hard times so the book isn’t just all good stuff. It is definitely a thrill ride of a series from start to finish.
If you get a chance to read this series, I would strongly suggest it. They are very good and will keep you up at night to finish them (worked on me). Let me know who your favourite male character is in the comments!
There are a lot of movies that were adapted from books that I am not a big fan of but this one takes the cake. Drumroll……. it is If I Stay by Gayle Forman.
Synopsis: Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
This book was really good in my opinion and I was drawn in very quickly. I loved it and how she was constantly battling with the decision to go with her family into the afterlife or stay with Adam and live. There was one part with her grandfather that actually got me teary eyed. But when it came to the movie, they skipped so many huge parts of the book that I just couldn’t be happy with it. I hate when books are adapted to movies and they skip huge parts or just erase characters all together. So for me this was the book that I couldn’t handle being turned into a movie. However if you were to see the movie without reading the book, I think it would be very good. I just knew what was being taken away from the plot so it ate at me the entire time I was watching it.
Let me know which book to movie adaptation bothers you in the comments. I feel like some of you will have the same opinion on a lot them. Talk to you later book worms 🙂
My favourite writer would have to be Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising series. I know I talk about this series a lot but it is because I love love love the writing style and I am pretty sure I would like anything that he writes.
Sci-fi is his main topic that he writes about but it works for me because I love that genre. I could read this series over and over again and never get tired of it. I really hope they adapt it to a movie but they better not f**k it up! He has an addition to the series called Iron Gold coming out in 2018 which I can’t wait for.
He even had the series adapted into comic books which is the key to my heart (besides food). Yea I don’t have much else to say. I am much better at talking about the books than the authors.
Tell me who your favourite writer is in the comments! I would love to know who everyone is fond of reading. Talk to you later bookworms!
This is a tough one because there are not a lot of books that I love and hate but if I had to choose one then I would say that the book that I love and hate at the same time would be Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.
Synopsis: For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.
However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
I love this book for the fact that it plays with time in a loop and the main character keeps repeating the same day over and over again until she can figure out how to fix it. Pretty much anything involving time-travel or time looping with cause and effect scenarios will have me hooked. I hate it because of how long it takes her to figure out what is wrong and how to fix it (and the fact that it came to this whole looping of time for her to realize how brutal she was to people and what she didn’t notice before). The ending was acceptable though so I do come back to liking it there.
I will give you a break if you can’t think of a book you both love and hate but if you do, make sure to comment so we can talk about it 🙂
Well it is already day eleven of the book challenge and I knew we would eventually get to a topic about disliking a book. I don’t like to speak negatively about books because they are my escape but alas I have to choose one. I feel like I might get some backlash for my choice, but in all honesty, I really did not enjoy All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.
In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.
I found this book to be very long and drawn out with nothing to keep me captivated. It was telling the story from the two different perspectives and they were equally as boring. You would think that one would have a somewhat interesting life but nope can’t have that. The way they ended it was also really bad and made me feel awful for wasting time to finish it. I thought it would be good from all the hype about it but in the end I was just let down. I know others might like it so just remember that it is just my opinion.
If you had to choose one book that you hate, what would it be? Let me know in the comments! Later book worms 🙂