small book haul.

When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was check my phone. I checked my emails to see that the books I’d ordered from Amazon, that were estimated to be delivered on tuesday, would be delivered today! 

The two books I ordered were the Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K. Rowling illustrated by Jim Kay and The Amazing Book is not on Fire by Dan and Phil.

I was super excited to get these so I just had to write a post about it:)

Photo is mine.

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Book to movie adaptions.

We all have that one book that we love and wish would be adapted into a movie. There’s certain books that we love that have been turned in to a movie but you wish they hadn’t.
For me I will always choose to read a book before watching a movie, this way I get to imagine characters, buildings and objects in my head and have my own perception of it, when I see the movie I want all of that to come to life. There’s always a 50/50 chance of the movie going off the rails.
One of my favourite book to movie adaptions is of course the Harry Potter Series, I love the world in the books and I love it just as much on the screen. Granted, a few characters are missing, lines may have changed and your favourite bits may not shown, but you have to admit they didn’t do a bad job.
Then we have the hunger games, I loved the books and I fell in love with the characters, the movies were not what I expected but they were equally as great and I enjoy watching them every time.
Divergent. I’m not proud of this but I actually watched the movie prior (ha) to the book (please don’t hate me). I then read the book and learnt my lesson. They missed out quite a lot, although some characters and chapters may not be necessary to the plot, I loved knowing more than the just the plot of the movie. When I watched the movie again I found myself turning into a stereotypical book nerd by talking through the the movie about what happened in the book; who really said that line, what they were supposed to say, in the book they really… Etc. I read the rest of the series and found it amazing, so obviously when Insurgent came out on DVD I went out and brought it, although it had been some time since reading the book, I didn’t recognise most of what was going on so I didn’t enjoy it as much.
Another one of my personal favourites is To Kill A Mockingbird, I had wanted to read this book for the longest time, when I finally got it I could not put in down. I then got the movie and it was just as amazing if not better.
One of my favourite stand alone novels, and one of the first books that got be back into reading was John Green’s Paper Towns. I loved this book and I still do, I love the characters, the adventures and the quirky things people say and do. So naturally when the movie can out in cinemas I was there. I loved it, of course it wouldn’t be a book to movie adaption if there weren’t bits missing or modified but over all I really enjoyed it.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to turn every book into a to series. One chapter equals one episode and one book equals one season? Then maybe it will be perfect. Of course there are more books that have been turned into movies or tv shoes than what I have mentioned that I am yet to discover. What are some of your favourites? What adaptions do you hate and what book do you hope makes it to the big screen?

Happy October everybody. (Sorry it’s late) 
-C 

August Wrap up.

I know that this is very belated but i thought I would show you what books I read in August!  

 I surprised myself this month, I was able to read 10 books. Some of them I liked, some of them I disliked and 1 or 2 I just didn’t get the message or understand.

As I said in a previous blog post, I’ve rediscovered the world of the library so quite a few of these book I have Checked out and returned to the Library, which explains why not all of the titles listed are in the image above.

Starting with the books I own;

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins [4.5/5 Stars]

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins[4/5 Stars]

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare[5/5 Stars]

The Books I got from the Library;

Luck by Alison Prince [3/5 Stars] (I also did a blog post about this book, check it out if you haven’t already)

Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover [4.5/5 Stars]

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay and Siobhan Dowd [4/5 Stars]

Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover [4.5/5 Stars] (When I finished this book I completed by good reads goal of reading 50 books, so yay)

The Humans by Matt Haig [3/5 Stars]

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman [4.5/5 Stars]

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman [2/5 Stars]

So these are all the books I managed to get through this month:)

Book Review #6

The Shining by Stephen King
Danny is only five years old but in words of the old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedge shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel- and that too is beginning to shine…
I read this book way back in January, so my memory of this book won’t be crystal clear about every tiny detail, but the one thing I can definitely tell you is that this book was not my cup of tea.
I just didn’t enjoy this book but I really wanted to. I’ve always wanted to read this book, so when I finally got back into reading this is one of the first books I was dying to get my hands on. I heard that the film was terrifying so I just assumed that the book would be too, if not scarier. I wanted this book to scare me. As a person I am the type that gets scared over anything abnormal or just a little weird, I expected so much from the 497 pages but I was massively disappointed.
I’m not sure if its the language, writing style or the story all together that I disliked, maybe all of them. I tried so hard to like this book, I tried thinking of all the parts I enjoyed, there’s very few but if I were to choose my favourite part it would have to be where Mr Hallorann and Danny connect and speak to each other telepathically.
This book took me 17 days to start and complete, normally a nearly 500 pages book would take me around 3-5 days. I just wasn’t in the mood or interested. Finishing the last 200 or so pages was down to one thing and one thing only, music. I’ve you’ve read my last blog post about reading music you may understand a lot more, I needed more than the Arctic Monkeys to finish this book.
Regardless of the disappointment of this book, I still went on to read the sequel, Doctor Sleep, that and the fact that I owned it and i knew that if I didn’t read it then, I probably never will. I enjoyed it a little more than The Shining but it still didn’t impress in the slightest. I’m starting to think that Stephen King isn’t my type of author. Although I haven’t read any more Stephen King books since these two, i’m considering checking out some others from the library, but i’m in no hurry. These book still remain a part of my book collection as i’m hoping that I may be feel the need to reread them in years to come.
I gave The Shining 1/5 Stars.

I gave Doctor Sleep 2/5 Stars.
Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on this book.ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Reading Music.

When I pick up a book and decide to read I like to be in control of the volume around me, so I tend to venture off to my room for some piece and quiet. 
If I were to read downstairs, where all of my family usually are, the volume and noise wont be under my control and I feel like I wont concentrate and fully appreciate the book.
I recently experimented to see if i would be able you read while listening to music, two of my favourite things in the whole word.
Music makes up the majority of my day, along with books, food and instagram.  
I discovered that I was able to listen to music, but only certain music. Some of my favourites that I can listen to are; Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac, Paramore, certain My Chemical Romance songs, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran and Mayday Parade. I listen to these bands on a daily basis so I was very pleases to know that I can enjoy them whilst reading. Unfortunately there are a lot of bands that I am unable to listen to whilst reading such as Pierce The Veil, Bring Me The Horizon, certain My Chemical Romance songs, and a lot more of my favourite bands and artists. I feel I can get too caught up in the music I’d have to read the same page 5 times and i’ll still have no idea what it says. 
Obviously everyone is different when it comes to reading. If I tend to dislike a book that i’m reading I tend to listen to a little music to keep me interested and help me get through the book. 
Just a few songs from my Reading Playlist; 
The Only Exception by Paramore

Lithium by Nirvana

Seven Wonders by Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
As Long As You Follow by Fleetwood Mac
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
No.1 Party Anthem by Arctic Monkeys
When You See My Friends by Mayday Parade 

Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys 
I Don’t Love You by My Chemical Romance 
Terrible Things by Mayday Parade 
Fake Your Death by My Chemical Romance 

Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys 
Knee Socks by Arctic Monkeys 
Stay by Mayday Parade
Decode by Paramore

Going To California by Led Zeppelin 
Take Me To Church by Hozier
Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

If you were to actually see my full Reading Playlist, there would be a lot more Fleetwood Mac, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Nirvana, a few Oasis songs here and there and a hell of a lot more Arctic Monkeys.
Not my photo, i just googled music and books.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Book Review #5

Luck by Alison Prince

As I have finally plucked up the courage to visit the library by myself, I went to pick up some books that I reserved, I had a good look around at all the books and decided that if a book caught my eye, I would check it out and read it. I looked around in the Teenage section for a while and I spotted this book. The cover and the blurb both intrigued me to read it. I didn’t really know what to expect while reading this book, after all it was only 53 pages but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and read it because I remembered that I found it interesting, not because I wanted another book to boostย my good reads goal.

I decided to read this book when I took a break from the book I was reading at the time (Slammed by Colleen Hoover). Luck took me not even 10 minutes to read and I was surprised that when I first opened the book the first line read “My mum is slag.”.ย  The way the pages and text is set out reminds me of the books I used to read in Primary School or further back and the reason for this is because the publishers, Barrington Stoke, is and independent publisher that edits and design books to help reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers, which I personally think is amazing.

I felt like Luck gave out a message though, not a powerful or life changing one but a message at least. I think it shows that if you make on good choice or do one good deed bigger and better things can follow.

Although its only 53 pages, even less is you remove the illustrations, the book contains robbery, gangs a car incident and some other topics like immigration and broken families/homes. I gave Luck 3/5 Stars ๐Ÿ™‚ DSC_1507

Book review #4

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare 

(May contain spoilers)

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray, has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street, and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magisterโ€™s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life.  

To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move, and that one of their own has betrayed them. 

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets, and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

As this is the second book in a trilogy, The Infernal Devices, you would asume that the second book would be better than the first, and it was. It’s been a few months and i’ve read alot of books since reading this one but as i’m now currently reading Clockwork Princess it all seems to be coming back to me.  I gave this book 4.5/5 stars ๐Ÿ˜€

The reason behind Will’s constant need to push everyone away is realved. When he was younger he opened a pyxis, releasing a demon which attacked him, his older sister fought it off, the demon put a curse on Will. A curse that meant that anyone who loves Will would die. Which Will belived was true when his older sister dies the next morning.  Will asks Magnus bane to help find the demon to get the curse lifted. When will finally finds the demon he finds out that the curse was fake. Little does he know that when he would go to confess his love to Tessa, he find find out that Jem has proposed to her and she said yes.

The love triangle has me on the edge of my seat constantly. 

I was shocked when reading this book when Jessamine became mysteriously disappearing at night. I always knew Nate (Nathaniel) had a secret though.

There is so much more to this book than what i have written i know but these parts for me are the bits i love. ๐Ÿ™‚