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Adaptations: Movies

A series I'm doing about my favorite media adaptations of books. The first part is the best TV adaptations.  There are a lot of adaptations out there, so of course if one doesn't make the list that doesn't mean it's unworthy (I've been reading a lot of Thor comics lately...). These aren't reviews so much as recs. Like, if you enjoy the book you might like this movie.

-The Painted Veil based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Set in the 1920's in China in the middle of a cholera epidemic. It has an amazing cast, beautiful costumes, and gorgeous scenery. It's exciting, romantic, tragic, and complicated.

-Lord of the Rings trilogy based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien: The bar was very high here. Tolkien is my favorite author. I wrote my senior thesis in college on Fellowship of the Ring. I think Peter Jackson did an amazing job with a seemingly impossible task. Of course there are things I would change, but overall these are still my favorite movies. I …

Adaptations: TV Shows

I've decided to do a series on my favorite book adaptations. I plan to have three different posts (possibly more if I have to split them up): TV shows, movies, and characters.

This first post is a list of my favorite book to TV show (or mini-series) adaptations. They're in no specific order.

-Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin). This is an amazing show on it's own, not to mention how well they adapted the characters and material.

-Outlander (Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon). This is along the same lines as Game of Thrones. An amazing book series filled with amazing characters that they turned into an awesome TV show.

-And Then There Were None (2017) (And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie). This mini-series is what inspired me to do this series of posts. I love the novel and it was just such an amazing adaptation.

-The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood). This show is just so unsettling due to the event…

Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Books I'm Looking Forward To

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Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2018 These aren't necessarily 2018 releases, just ones I plan to read at some point. 
-Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: I got this one as a Christmas gift from my boyfriend. We had seen Murder on the Orient Express (which was awesome) because I was a big fan of the novel and Agatha Christie. I mentioned I hadn't read Death on the Nile so he got me a copy (a really nice copy).  
-Iron Gold by Pierce Brown: This is the 4th book in the Red Rising series. It comes out Jan. 16th and I'm really excited. 
-The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash: I really enjoyed his other two novels and have had the chance to meet him briefly at en event. I'm looking forward to  checking out his newest work. 
-The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: I've made it my goal to read more of her novels because the ones have read so far have been awesome. This is next on my list.  
-Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon: I'm looking forward…

My Halloween Things to Read and Watch

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Here are some of my favorite things to read (and watch) around Halloween!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley- I try to read at least part of it each Halloween. This is probably my favorite horror novel. It's haunting and beautiful.

Dracula by Bram Stoker- This one is obvious. The original cool vampire novel. 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving- I've enjoyed this since I was young. It's not super long and it's awesomely spooky.  Also Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton. It's a good adaptation and I'm a big Johnny Depp fan.

Hawkeye vs. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan- This comic is ridiculous and awesome. Hawkeye is my favorite superhero, and I love Deadpool so it's fun to see the two forced to work together. The comic is set on Halloween.

Shaun of the Dead- My favorite zombie movie ever. A classic.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown- This is my childhood. No Halloween is complete without watching it.

"Secret Window, Secret Garden" by Stephen King and Se…

Top Ten Tuesday 9/19

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
So there's a lot I want to read. Here's a list of books in my Fall TBR pile right now. A lot are series I've started and need to finish.

1. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

I love the Outlander series thus far. I've also managed to stay ahead of the show in reading the books. So I need to get moving and finish this book. I also just really want to finish the series. However, it's a big time investment since the books are so long. I'll finish them one day though.

2. Re-read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

It's been a long time since I've read this. I really want to re-read it before the series comes out.

3. To Kill A Kettle Witch by Barb Hendee

I've really enjoyed the Mist-Torn Witches series thus far and look forward to reading the fourth novel in the series.

4. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

The second novel in the Diviners series. I want to read this because the t…

Book Blogger Hop: 8/25/17

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Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
Have you ever read a book written in a foreign language you might be fluent in, and then read the same book in English?
I'm not fluent in any other languages other than English, so I haven't read a full book in another language. I did take a couple of semesters of German in college so I've read some of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's writings in German. I like side-by-side translations, like this one for The Erlking/Erlk├Ânig. I've read a lot of novels translated into English from other languages. 

Top Ten Tuesday 8/15

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Like Tragic Romance.
This week was a free topic so I decided to explore the genre of tragic romance. I had a discussion with someone recently about how I like this genre and I'm not sure why. Probably because I'm a bitter asshole. But there are some really amazing novels within this category that I'd like to give a shoutout to: 
1. Atonement by Ian McEwan: This novel (and movie) is amazing but will absolutely crush you. However, it's worth it.  
2. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert: This novel was always interesting to me because it shows the dangers of having fantasies about life and romance to the point where you can't enjoy your actual life and relationships. 
3. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham: Set in the middle of a cholera epidemic you know it's not going to end well, but you're still not prepared. The movie adaptation is really amazing…