March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017

March has been quite a successful reading month for me. In fact, I think this may be the most books I have ever read within one month. Wooohooo! Achievement accomplished. This is brilliant, especially following of the lull that occurred in February, where I only read one book – which I will feature down below.

Over all, March has been a successful month. Despite my two week hiatus from blogging, this month has allowed me to consider the direction I wish to take with this blog. Although books will remain my primary focus, I will also be creating posts that will discuss diversity in life and literature and the advice that I have collected over the years – things I wish I knew years ago. This month has allowed me to plot new posts, as well as conjuring up the confidence to talk more about what I wish to discuss and represent.

So, let’s get on with my reading wrap-up for February and March, and A Very ARC-ish Readathon TBR. Continue reading “March Wrap up/April TBR (Arc-ish Readathon) | 2017”

Bout of Books 17 | Wrap Up

Oh failure, my all but too familiar friend. Maybe it is time you take up permanent residence in my life?

The Bout of Books Readathon has come to a close and I find myself deflated and disappointed in the reading I did this week. I wish I could conjure up some excuse as to why I only read Rainbow Rowell’s short, Kindred Spirits, and 74 pages of Clockwork Angel. Alas, I cannot even do that.

I would like to say that I was being so productive doing other things, that reading was my lowest priority, however that was not the case. Aside, from the constant panic clouding my mind regarding University, there has not been any activity that has stopped me from reading – or does Netflix count as an activity?

Again, I must reintroduce Septa Unella, the Game of Thrones’ lady with the bell.

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I most likely will not take part in another Readathon for quite a while. I was scheduled to partake in October’s Fright Fall Readathon, however it takes place during one of my first weeks at University, which will be quite a hectic period.

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Bout of Books 17 | Day 4 + Kindred Spirits Review

It is day 4 of the Bout of Books 17 Readathon! How is everyone’s progress?

My progress has been quite slow so far…

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I read Rainbow Rowell’s short, Kindred Spirits, on Monday. This book wasn’t on my TBR, however, I read it late at night as a way of redeeming myself for not reading anything during the day. You can find my Goodreads review of Kindred Spirits down below.

On Tuesday, I did not read anything; however, on Wednesday, I finally began reading Clockwork Angel, which is on my TBR. I most likely will not complete this read this week as I think I may be in a bit of a reading slump and I have spent a lot of time planning, and even writing, future blog posts for when I’m in University. So I have not been sat doing nothing, just not doing the one thing I should be doing, which is reading.


Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 2/5 stars

Kindred Spirits

I wasn’t blown away by this novella. In fact, I feel as if it was kind of a pointless read.
It feels as if it is a recount of a real life Star Wars event. Which, I guess is great in a sense, as some stories fail to convey a realism where it is needed. However, I was hoping for a little more from this short.
I have read shorter stories that have generated stronger emotions, however, this failed to make me feel anything.

The main character is quite whiny and rude for no a reason, and the reasons that are provided are immature for an 18 year-old protagonist.
I could not relate to the main character and cannot even remember her name…

The writing was not bad, although it was not anything to brag about. Sadly, I feel as if this read will be easily forgotten in a few weeks.


What have you read so far? Leave a comment down below!

Bout of Books 17 | Challenge 1

The first challenge of the Bout of Books Readathon is underway. Participants are tasked with sharing their favourite and least favourite book to movie adaptions, as well as giving the reasons for these choices.

I once wrote an entire blog post regarding the issues surrounding book to movie adaptations; however, I never posted it. Maybe I will one day, although it will need rewriting as my style has significantly changed since I wrote it.


My Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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I saw the movie before I read the book. In fact, I only read this book back in October of last year, when I saw the movie back in 2012.

Logan Lerman does an excellent job at portraying Charlie, the main protagonist. His performance is perfect as he manages to reflect Charlie’s awkward personality, alongside the inner struggle he feels when dealing with unfamiliar situations.

Although, there are some differences and book scenes that were lost in translation, this movie holds true to the themes of the source material. Also, the tunnel song – which is not named in the novel – is David Bowie’s Heroes. This song is perfect as the tunnel song, and works brilliantly within the narrative and the movie and the idea of feeling infinite.

You can check out my review of the novel here.


My Least Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation:

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (aka James Frey)

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Like with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I watched the movie before reading the book. And I enjoyed the movie, so much so that I read the source material.

However, upon completion of the novel, I released how unfaithful this movie adaptation was. The characters had the wrong abilities, the finale happened incorrectly, the relationship building was disappointing and none of the characters seemed to develop like they did in the books.

The movie adaptation was rated so badly, that the plan to adapt the sequels was sacked. Which, after thinking about it, is a good thing. The books become so crazy that they would not translate to the movies without looking like a corny, low budget 60s Sci-fi or a over the top CGI fest.

What are your favourite/least favourite book to movie adaptations? Leave a comment down below!

 

Bout of Books 17 | Day 1

The Bout of Books Readathon begins today! 

As voted on the Books Amino app, I will be kicking off the Readathon with Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare.

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I will be updating my progress on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads, so make sure to check out the links down below!

Are you taking part? What book have you began the Readathon with? Leave a comment down below!

Bout of Books 17 Readathon

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I recently took part in the High Summer Readathon and had an amazing week reading, hosting a challenge and talking to other participants. With the Bout of Books Readathon around the corner, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get some more reading done. Throughout the week I will be sharing my progress on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads, so make sure to check out my links in the footer of this page.

For those who want to know more about this Readathon:

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Winner Announcement: The High Summer Readathon Challenge

Congratulations to Laura from Books Snob blog! You are the winner of the £10 Amazon E-Voucher.

You may read Laura’s fabulous letter, addressed to Don Quixote, on her blog, here.

I had a lovely time hosting a challenge for the High Summer Readathon and I cannot wait till the Autumn Readathon – #FrightFall on October 3rd-9th.

 

The High Summer Readathon Wrap-up

The High Summer Readathon is over! I hope everyone had a wonderful week of reading.

Here is my reading wrap-up for the week:

  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters – 113 pages (Continued from previous week)
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – 310 pages
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – 30 pages (I stopped reading due to a lack of engagement with the writing)
  • We Were Liars – 138 pages (Yet to be finished)

Total Page Count: 591 pages

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