From the Page to the Screen – A Book List

Hello, my epic and awesome bookworms!

How’s hangin’?

I’m good. The weather has been up and down. Rainy and snowy (which sucks). It’s supposed to be spring! I’ve discovered that I’m really into the trend of cacti. Don’t know why. Well, actually, it may relate to me being as prickly as a cactus. Kidding!And I’m on my sixth bag of jelly beans, but I can’t help it! The Sweet Tart Jellies are sooooo good. They do that thing where they rub my tongue raw, though.

Anyway, I have the monthly book list! This time I went with one that could stir up debate: the best book turned movie. There are a lot of favorites out there. I took some time to get some and have compiled a list. You be the judge!

Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

“It really captured all of the creativity and imagination that the characters have.”

-Kat J.

Bridge to Terabithia

Harry Potter
Author: J.K. Rowling

HP

“It was pretty close to the books and created real magic.”

-Kya Y.

Harry Potter

Gone with the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell

Gone With the Wind

“I love historical fiction and this really did well in capturing Scarlet O’Hara. The length of the movie compared to the book was perfect.”

-Susan C.

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The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells

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“I love time travel sci-fi. The movie was really good in showing how the hero slowly turned into the villain with each time travel. It’s also gotten me into Dr. Who.”

-Jeff C.

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Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

“A truly magical story. Kept close to the book.”

-Delena T.

Water for Elephants

Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer

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“I loved how well the intensity of the emotions of the characters were captured. Edward was perfect.”

-Rae R.

Twilight

The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman

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“Just, yes. Definitely the best.”

-Becca B.

Princess Bride

Cat in the Hat
Author: Dr. Seuss

Cat in the Hat

-Bernard F.

Cat in the Hat

The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry

The Giver

“It wasn’t perfect, but they did a good job capturing the vibe.”

-Cierra M.

The Giver

Because of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie

“It did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Opal and her relationships.”

-Alice T.

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Have a book that you believe was made into a great movie? Tell me in the comments below!

More to come soon…

–K.

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Sundown Rundown

 

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Good twilight, my favorite book nerds! I hope you’ve had a good March!

The snow has finally let up. St. Patrick’s Day was very green and very lucky. Well, not super lucky, but it wasn’t a bad day. Easter is coming up soon. Hope everyone has a lovely holiday and that it is very sunny. May the Easter Bunny bless you with peeps!

peeps

Unless, you hate peeps, then I hope you are blessed with chocolate eggs. ME? I’m a BIIIIIG fan of the sour watermelon peeps. Sooooo I’m hoping for those.

Also, A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 premiered yesterday! WHO ELSE IS EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND ALREADY BINGED IT ALL NIGHT!?

*hand shoots up in the air.*

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I’m not giving any spoilers away, but this is the Easter Egg hunt of the year! Definitely go watch. Such a great series, inspired by fantastic books. (I need to reread them). Treachery. Tragedy. And tr–another tr-word.

And just remember….the world is quiet here. #VFD

Anywho…

So, it’s evening. You’ve had a long day and want to kick back. Here, I have a rundown of everything I’ve read this month. If there’s a review you’ve missed you’ll find it here. Maybe you’ll find the next book you want to read.

Here we go:

 

There's Someone Inside Your House

There’s Someone Inside Your Househere

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Blood, Gore, all in a small town. YESSSSSSS!!!!! And it was EPIC. This book is intense and really makes a person wonder. Anybody could go psycho and it could be in any small town. Even yours. A good read if you want some goosies with a side of sweet high school love.

 

Reborn

 

Shadow Falls: Rebornhere

Author: C.C. Hunter

Bring on the vampires…and private school. I never thought those two things would ever combine together, but here they are in one series. There are vampires, fae, shapeshifters and chameleons. All kinds of drama for the heart that craves angst. Resident badass with fangs, Della will certainly keep you rolling as she’s determined to solve a murder that happened on the grounds of Shadow Falls.

 

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment here

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

There’s crime. There’s punishment. There’s a man slowly driving himself in-freaking-sane. Guilt will eat you up and here’s a six part story to show just how much it’ll haunt you.

 

Love and Gelato

Love + Gelatohere

Author: Jennifer Evans Welsh

Discovery, first loves, and most importantly, gelato. Go to Italy for the art and adventure. Stay for the love and gelato. Snd let me tell you, I LOVED this book. It was so sweet and tender. Definitely on my reread list.

 

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Wicked Gamehere

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

Wild. Sexy. Annnnnd, vampires. These ones don’t sparkle. They’re feisty and love blood. They run a radio station to keep with the times. Ciara works as a marketing rep to keep them in business. And of course, she can’t help but be attracted to one of them. Fun and wicked, this was a fun read.

 

Bad to the Bone

Bad to the Bonehere

Author: Jeri Smith-Ready

More bloody fun. A cult. A vampire dog. Sure, let’s get more interesting. Ciara faces new and old problems, including taking the next step with her vamper boy-toy. This book will whip you around just the way you like it. It’s okay to have a little fun sometimes. Read a pointless book.

 

Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willowshere

Author: Kenneth Grahame

Whimsical and just beautiful. This book is one everyone should read. It’s short and filled with adventure and a troublesome toad that has an addiction to driving motor cars. Iff you love Winnie the Pooh then read this.

 

Bound to You

Bound to You – here

Author: Christopher Pike

A two for one deal here. Two stories in one book. Spellbound and See You Later are two stories that will envelope you in magic, love and certain danger. One thing I gathered from this book, you never really know a person.

 

Light of Ives

The Light of Ives: Memories Remain – here

Author: Kristen Traganas

Imaginative and intriguing. This aches for freedom away from home. With heartache and tragedy there is healing. There’s a lot of emotions rolling in this fantasy YA.

 

It was a full month. Some classics. A couple YA romances. Mass market fun.

My favorite book this month: There’s Someone Inside Your House.

I’m such a fan of horror…if it’s done right. And this was done SOOOO right. I’m a fan of Wes Craven’s Scream series (the movies not the TV, though the show is decent). Slashers can make you not only jumpy, but also wary. Such an eerie feeling to have, and invigorating. , leaving you on the edge of your seat. I loved it! Now, I have my mom reading it.

My least favorite book this month: Bound to You

I just couldn’t get into this book for life of me. The plot were very interesting, but it was how jumpy it felt. There was no magic or wonder in it. Everything felt so planned out and expected, leaving me deflated. Never fun.

 

So, March is over and April is coming up next. A LOT more books to come and I believe V.C. Andrews is among them.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – February, 2018

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Good twilight, my precious book clan! Hope February has been good to you.

Right now, the sun is setting behind that beautiful horizon, you are currently relaxing with some good food or a glass of wine (or pop if you’re below the legal age *wink*) and you’re checking around social media because it rules our ever-loving brains. This is the Sundown Rundown. The place where I recap all I’ve read this month and you get a chance to check out a book review you might’ve missed. I also do this rant thing where I talk about my month.

I hope the month has gone well for you. It has been a decent month, even with Valentine’s Day. I’m not a major fan of the holiday. I believe that it can get overdone and is a little ridiculous because there are 365 days to woo and spoil your special human and I feel like it’s ridiculous to focus on one day for it. Seriously. 365 days in a year, guys.

Jumping off of Valentine’s Day. I know it’s really important to some people so I don’t want to entirely crap on it. I just have that small thought on it. I wholeheartedly believe that it’s special to have somebody you love deeply and that you want to spoil them. I can’t wait to have that person in my life. I will put in that sometimes I’m crazy, I make pterodactyl noises sometimes, I’m a total klutz, and socially awkward. REALLY socially awkward. I flipped off a guy who gave me chocolate once. *facepalm* I know. I’m an asshole. BUT, I’m not good at the whole receiving gifts part. I’m not used to it and never know how to react because I’m overwhelmed. That voice in my brain that is supposed to help just flies out of my brain. Doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the gesture. I just don’t react appropriately. Again, I’m awkward. That’s life.

I do have to say though, I love the day after Valentine’s Day. 50% off on chocolate. I got a massive Hershey’s Kiss for $2. Pretty happy about that. I’m a chocolate fiend.

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I didn’t do much of anything exciting aside from ordering my new laptop. It’s intimidating me too. Super techy. Mostly, it’s been a busy work month. I am rather happy about the books I’ve read. I’m still currently working on Crime and Punishment. Some books take longer than others. No shame with that. Below are the books I’ve read this month and the reviews with them.

This month has been exciting and adventurous in reading. It’s also been heartbreaking. Gotta love when a book completely destroys you. We all have that one book….

Without further ado:

Diary of a Sex Fiend

Diary of a Sex Fiendhere

Author: Abby Lee

Spunky, fun, intellectual and hell-a hot. This memoir is NSFW, but definitely addicting. I’ve enjoyed this, learned how to be more comfortable with myself, and thrown shame right out the window because that’s the way sex should be and I couldn’t be happier to have read this one woman’s year documenting it.

Entrance

Entrancehere

Author: JJ Sorel

An erotic fairytale. Guilty pleasures abound, friends.

Arcana Rising

Arcana Risinghere

Author: Kresley Cole

I can’t get enough of this series. Apocalypse. Young love. Strong possibility of dying from heartbreak? Torture me and crush me. I’ll lay down and let it happen.

The 100 Day 21

The 100: Day 21 – here

Author: Kass Morgan

Being ejected down to earth to figure out if it’s inhabitable sucks.  I liked getting a chance to see where the TV show stemmed from. There were so many differences.

The 100 rebellion

The 100: Rebellionhere

Author: Kass Morgan

The final installation of The 100. The colonists are trying to create a life for themselves now, but one last obstacle could threaten and destroy everything, including those they love. This book wasn’t that bad. Did wish I could’ve gotten more out of it, though.

Wither

Witherhere

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Vivid, haunting, and beautiful. This dystopian world that Rhine Ellery lives in really pulled me in and didn’t let go. The writing is so deep. I felt like I was there in this world where the people die young.

Fever

Feverhere

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Rhine’s story continues here and the world of this book is expanded threefold! So phenomenal. Just the way I got lost in the words…they’re enchanting on such an unnerving level. This delves deeper than before. Secrets and plot twists wrapped up around me like vines. Oh man, so good.  I need to get the final book.

Dark Calling

The Dark Callinghere

Author: Kresley Cole

The feels are real. Real freaking serious. I’d been waiting for this book to be released and read it on my day off. Curled up, on the edge, reality was nonexistent. This whole entire series has twisted me up and ripped me apart. There is one final book left and I can’t wait for it to come out…but I’m scared. I’m in the complete dark, with no predictions about how it will end.

Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lothere

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Not going to lie. I hurt my brain reading this one. It was really great, but there were times i had to go back to retrace some parts. Everything is deeply intertwined with clues. While that was tricky, the entire adventure was a blast. I laughed a lot.

There were a lot of reads this month and a great variety among them. Post-Modern Fiction, Supernatural YA, Memoir. I feel pretty darn accomplished.

I have to say, my favorite book this month was The Dark Calling. I’d been waiting a month for it to arrive. Just like the ones before it, I was pushed even farther and my emotions were completely rolled over. My heart didn’t quit pounding even after the last page. Kresley Cole just keeps amping up the emotions and the stakes with every book in this series.

My least favorite book this month? Entrance. I was really intrigued when I’d read about it, but when I finally got to read it I was disappointed. I couldn’t get attached to anything in the book. Not the characters, setting or even the plot. I was just thrown off by its entirety, which was terrible, because the story was interesting.

I want to say thank you to everyone who’s been tagging along for my reviews. I would love to hear from you. I certainly encourage it! I’m curious on what you think if you’ve read these books. I know my crazy talk can only go so far. Talk with me.

Moving into March, there’s more reading on the way. I’d like to say that my collection of books that need to be read is shrinking, but that would be a lie. No complaints. LOL. See you in March.

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – January, 2018

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Good evening, book clan! It is the inbetween and the end of the month! Pardon my excitement.

I hope you all have had a good month! Mine has been pretty productive and very snowy. There have been a couple days that I couldn’t get to work actually, but I did get some great reading and writing in. So, not a total loss. I am counting down the days to warmer weather.

In December I said I was going to begin posting an end of the month round-up of everything I’ve read and here I am! True to my word. I found it tricky to figure out a fun and lovely way to post it. Then I thought about it. My favorite time of day is dusk. Twilight. The end of the day when the breeze is cool and the sun is on the horizon, painting the sky in splashes of orange, purple, blue, pink and so many other colors. It’s a moment when I’m wispy and daydreamy. The fireflies start blinking at each other and the wind smells like the trees. It’s when all the day’s stress drain from my body. Aaaaand I’ve totally distracted you. Sorry! Anyway, here we are. The Sundown Rundown. Where you can relax and catch up on what you might’ve missed this month on my blog. Hell, start a conversation at the bottom. Tell me about what you’ve read. What have you watch on TV this month? A favorite movie? Just kick back and relax. This is painless (hopefully) and short.

Over the month I’ve continued on with a series that I’ve been obsessed with, working a few classics, got updated on a recent series, and even got to read an ARC that was transformative for me.

And like I said, if you’ve missed a review or two then you can definitely catch up here.

Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixiereview here

Author: Kate Dicamillo

Certainly one the greatest flashback to my own childhood when I reread this one.

F-D-JH

Draculareview here

Author: Bram Stoker

The one that started it all, Dracula. He’s no Spike or Edward, but the vampire still seduce the best of them and he’s unforgiving.

Girls in the Picture

The Girls in the Picturereview here

Author: Melanie Benjamin

My love for film was magnified threefold when I read this historical story on two of Hollywood’s most magnificent women in film.

HIdden Oracle

The Hidden Oraclereview here

Author: Rick Riordan

The god, Apollo, having issues being human? I’m here for it! That way I can also make fun of him and watch him stumble around and complain.

Dark Prophecy

The Dark Prophecyreview here

Author: Rick Riordan

The adventure continues! And I’m surprised Apollo made it to the next book alive. LOL. Just kidding. I was deeply impressed with how far the god has come and I can’t wait for the third book.

Dead of Winter - SR

Dead of Winterreview here

Author: Kresley Cole

Continuing this gut-wrenching series. I’m so sucked in that I’m dismissing real like right now.  I may be a tad obsessed. Maybe. Can I hashtag #TeamJack? I’m hanging by a thread with this story.

Day Zero

Day Zeroreview here

Author: Kresley Cole

I really enjoyed the information this addition to The Arcana Chronicles. Really updates you on the deathly playing that all of the powerful characters are on. It was also tragic see how their lives were changed the night of the Flash, the great apocalypse.

F-D-JH

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydereview here

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

There’s nothing like a creepy stalker around town to stir up the neighbors and an experiment gone wrong to bring out the dark side of man.

The Thing About Jellyfish

the thing about jellyfishreview here

Author: Ali Benjamin

Want your heart to explode with too many feelings? READ THIS! It’s so sweet, sad, and will make you weep both happily and sadly. Such a great story.

So it’s been quite the productive month!

My favorite book this month was Dead of Winter hands down. It’s a part of The Arcana Chronicles series. I haven’t been so invested in a series in a very long time. When I start one of the books I’m not even in the world anymore. You can’t tell me that’s not one of the best feelings ever. It is. Admit it.

My least favorite book this month was Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It was a hard choice because I really enjoyed all of the reads, but if there’s one that fell short, even in the slightest, it’s this one. I love horror. I love a good classic, though it takes me longer to read one compared to other books. It didn’t strike me as much of a horror and I found it hard to keep track of the characters at some parts.

I also want to say thank you to everyone keeping up with me on here. I would love to hear from you. You’re fantastic and I’m glad you’re along for my adventures (AKA incessant rambling). I know I’m really excitable about books, but I’m also honest. Sometimes they’re amazing and abduct me from the planet, like a UFO other times they slowly murder me, like the worst horror movie ever. LOL.

I ultimately enjoy that I can talk about books as well as get some recommendations from you folks. Definitely keep up. It’s only the beginning of 2018. It may be the end of January, but here comes February.

More to come soon…

-K.

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