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Top Ten Tuesday: The Movie Was Better

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This week, it’s a freebie for page to screen topics, and I considered a few options before settling on this one.

Let me just say that for about half of these, I liked (or loved) both the book and the movie. I just prefer the movie.

In no particular order…


It by Stephen King– I haven’t seen the new one, sorry, but I did (unfortunately) read the book, and I’ve seen the 1990 movie/miniseries/whatever more times than I can count.

The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick #1)

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike– I didn’t even make it through the book oh my gods. I just could not. I love the movie, though.

Practical Magic

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman– I liked the book, I guess, but I absolutely adore the movie ❤ I think I gave the book 3 stars, and found it underwhelming (I just don’t seem to get along with Hoffman’s writing 😦 ), but it got me into magical realism.

The Hobbit or There and Back Again

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien– Hold your fire! I love the book, okay, but I prefer the movies (slightly) because of Radagast 😛 And, because all the dwarves got their own personalities and were fleshed out more than in the book.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum– I think I saw the movie first, but I have read most of the books, and I still love the movie more. This was my first fandom, I guess, and it will always have very special place in my heart ❤

The Crow

The Crow by James O’Barr– I liked the graphic novel, but this is one of my all-time favorite movies oh my gosh. I love it, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve rewatched it.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote– This movie has some serious issues, too, but I still think it’s a little better than the book. The book didn’t really stick in my brain, and I’m not sure if that’s because it was so bad I wanted to forget it, or if the movie is just permanently etched into my brain, driving out any memories of the book :/

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice– I barely made it through this book, but I really enjoyed the next three Vampire Chronicles books. I just couldn’t stand Louis’s POV. Love the movie, though, despite not loving Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt.

V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (and David Lloyd, illustrator)– I enjoyed the graphic novel, but I felt like it dragged on and was kinda boring :/ I’ve probably seen the movie 15+ times, though.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride by William Goldman– I’m sorry, but I hated this book. It took several attempts for me to finish it, and I was sooo bored the whole time. I read this like 10 years ago and still can’t believe they made such a good movie out of it (which I point out every time I watch it with someone because I’m that person :/ ).

Are there any adaptations you liked better than the book?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Related To

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

The topic this week is about characters that remind us of ourselves. I really struggled with this one, because I usually only vaguely relate to characters when I relate to them at all. But, I consulted with husband about a few, and thought about myself from early childhood on, instead of just focusing on myself today, and I managed to find ten.

In no particular order…

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)

Murderbot from All Systems Red by Martha Wells– I think I made it pretty clear in my review that I relate a lot to Murderbot 😛 I would also like to just be left alone so I can figure myself out and not have to deal with people, and I’m sarcastic, but I would go kick the ass of something/someone if I needed to in order to protect the people I care about.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

Ginny from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– This was husband’s pick from this universe, and I kind of get why. I was only a popular kid in the first couple years of elementary school, but I could totally see myself acting the way she did around Harry at first, I would totally hex some assholes, and I wouldn’t stick around in the Room of Requirement during the battle.

The Accident Season

Bea from The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– The witchy vibes, the tarot, and the way she dressed (if I’m remembering correctly), as well as her general personality, really reminded me of myself when I read this. I still think about her a lot, and she might be the character I’ve related to the most, ever.

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

Nyx from 27 Hours by Tristina Wright– I think this book is still the only one I’ve read with a pansexual character, and I related so much to some of the things she went through in the book. I think I was actually in tears at one point, because it reminded me so much of an experience I went through when I was younger.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

Jack from Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire– I felt pretty much instantly connected to Jack when I read Every Heart a Doorway, but it only got more intense when I read this one. I think I talked about it in my review, but there were a lot of things with Jack that mirrored, or were at least kind of similar to, things I’ve experienced, and I definitely saw myself in her.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Agrajag from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams– What does it say about me that I relate the most to the character who keeps showing up and getting killed because of Arthur? I just feel like, if I were in that universe, I would be this guy. I have terrible luck, and genuinely wonder sometimes if the gods are using me for their entertainment :/


Lady Macbeth from Macbeth by William Shakespeare– Okay… I’m not sure how to explain this one, and I’m actually not sure if I really see myself in her, or if I kind of idolize her just a teensy bit and wish I was more like her. Minus, ya know, the losing it at the end and shouting about the imaginary bloodstains.

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Meggie from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke– It’s been a very, very long time since I read this, but I definitely remember thinking I had stuff in common with Meggie back in the day. From what I do remember, I think that’s still true. I need to re-read this soon and find out.

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien– I almost didn’t include Gandalf, but husband convinced me. My reasons for this one are because I always arrive when I mean to, I’m usually right about things and offer advice, and people just won’t listen to me. (I’ve heard “You were right,” or “I should have listened to you” a lot in my life.)


Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl– I’ve always related a lot to Matilda. While I wasn’t quite as young as her, I was left kind of alone a lot when I was a kid (but I was also responsible for a younger sibling) and had to fend for myself. Plus, the reading thing. I started reading pretty young, and was reading way above my age/grade level. And, I had a Ms. Honey, sort of, and I’m still so grateful to have had her.

Who are some characters that remind you of yourself?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes That Stuck With Me

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This week, the topic is about inspirational or thought-provoking quotes. I almost didn’t do this topic because it felt so overwhelming (I read a lot of books, and I really need to start keeping a quotes journal or something), but I decided to give it a shot and see if I could narrow it down to 10.

These are all quotes that, in some way or other, inspired me, gave me hope, made me feel like cheering, or made me really think (about the subject, the world, whatever).

In no particular order, as usual…

“Some people stay broken. Some pick up the pieces and put them back together with all the sharp edges showing.”
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

“I change the world; the world changes me.”
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

“Your beauty is not a tax you are required to pay to take up space in this world…”
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

“I would be the master of my own fate. Me and the goddess Morrigan. No one else—and certainly no man.”
The Valiant by Lesley Livingstong

“Why doesn’t everyone understand that the very idea of virginity is a hetero-patriarchal concept invented to make women feel bad about sex?…As if a woman is somehow worth more when she hasn’t had penetrative intercourse, because of course there’s a double standard when it comes to men, and anyway who the hell gets to decide what the cutoff point for virginity is?”
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

“You must make time for that which matters, for that which defines you: your passion, your progress, your pen. Take it up, and write your own story.”
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Na razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. E’ya razrushost. I am ruination.”
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

“Keep your dreams, you never know when you might need them.”
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Books I Reviewed

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

I did not feel like digging through Goodreads and Amazon to find reviews, so I went with the first 10 books I reviewed on my first bookish blog, over on tumblr.

I’m not linking to my reviews because these are all from like 5 years ago, and I honestly had forgotten I’d read several of them, and I doubt I’d feel the same way about most of them if I read them now :/

In order from the first to the tenth…

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Easy by Tammara Webber– I vaguely remember this. I know it’s NA romance, possibly set on a college campus? Apparently I liked it back then, though.

The Quick

The Quick by Lauren Owen– I remember enjoying this one a lot more than most people, apparently. I’ve forgotten a lot of the plot, now, but I still recommend it.

The Horror Zine Magazine Spring 2014

The Horror Zine Magazine: Spring 2014 edited by Jeani Rector– I remember nothing about this one, except the cover…kind of… :/

Sleeping Beauty and the Demon (The Cursed Princes, #3)

Sleeping Beauty and the Demon by Marina Myles– I have no memory of reading this one, and actually said, “WTF is that?” when I came across it on my tumblr.

Velvet Trap: The Awakening (Book 1)

Velvet Trap: The Awakening by Mael d’Armor– This one I do vaguely remember, and I remember liking it. But, I don’t really remember much about it beyond that, and it being erotica.

Too Much (All or Nothing, #1)

Too Much by Lea Griffith– It’s erotica, and that’s all I know. I don’t remember reading this one at all :/

Through the Door (The Thin Veil, #1)

Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac– Hey, I remember this one! Something about a portal and Celtic mythology, and I think there was a romance.

If I Were You (Inside Out, #1)

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones– Ugh. I remember this series, because it’s what turned me off romantic-suspense. I think every book ended with a massive, irritating cliffhanger (I don’t remember the last one), and I still refuse to read anything else by Lisa Renee Jones :/ I did like the first one, though.

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell– I only kind of remember this book now, and I honestly don’t know what I’d think of it if I read it now. I liked it back then, though.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell– As far as I know, I still like this one. It has been a couple of years since I re-read it, though.

What was the first book you reviewed?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Saving for Rainy Days

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This week’s topic is supposed to just be “rainy day reads,” but…there’s a Top 5 Wednesday topic with the same name coming up, so I decided to switch this one (because I was struggling to come up with 5 I’ve already read 😛 ).

These are books I’m kinda-sorta saving for the right background atmosphere, which (potentially, at least) includes rain. Something about these just give me the feeling that rain (and/or a storm) would make a great soundtrack to reading them.

In no particular order, as usual…

Mrs. Poe

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen– I keep eyeing this book, which has been on my shelf a shamefully long time, so I think I might finally get to it soon. Maybe. I feel like this one would be a nice read for a drizzling rain kind of day.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind– This is another one I keep itching to pick up ASAP, because it’s been on my TBR for so long I can’t even remember when I first heard about it. It feels like it would pair nicely with a rainy day.

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys– Maybe it’s because it’s a novella, maybe it’s because it’s because it’s kind of a Jane Eyre prequel. I don’t know why I feel like this would be a good book to curl up with on a rainy day, but that’s the vibe I get from it.

Vengeful (Villains, #2)

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab– This one, I really want to read during a storm. I probably won’t actually save it for the perfect weather, but I feel like rain, thunder, and lightning would just go so well with the Villains books.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett– This will be a re-read for me (finally!), but I think it would be a great choice for a cozy read on a day when it’s lightly raining.

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood– This book. Ugh. It’s been on my shelf for so damn long, and I’m about 75,% sure I’m going to like it, but I just keep putting it off. Something about the description makes me think it would also make a nice rainy day, snuggled in a blanket with a hot drink kind of read.

My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies, #2)

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton– I just realized I have two Jane Eyre related books on here :/ I really associate that book with rain, I guess? Anyway… I’m so excited to get to this ASAP because I’ve been dying to read it since before it came out.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid– I’ve heard this is a fantastic and engrossing read, which sounds like the perfect choice for a lazy, rainy day.

Daughters of the Lake

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb– This one is apparently a kind of Gothic mystery, which (for me) screams, “Read this when the weather is dreary and/or spooky!”

New World Fairy Tales

New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin– Hello, creepy porcelain doll on the cover. Please give me the heebie jeebies while it’s dark and rainy outside. Seriously though, I feel like this collection of Grimm’s fairy tales retellings would be perfect to read when it’s dark and stormy.