Books That Should Be Movies

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} We all know on our shelf there are books we wish were movies. Obviously in a perfect world, they would represent the book exactly right. And even though this mostly doesn’t happen, we all still crave our favourite book to be made into a movie. I’ve compiled a list of books I loved reading and therefore think would make excellent films. Thank god Every Day by David Levithan is being made – it needed to be so badly!

The Shiver Triology by Maggie Stiefvater

I know, I know, I go on about this series way too much – but there’s a reason! It was the best fantasy series I’ve ever read and I think the whole wolf/forbidden relationship thing would make the perfect movie.

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Come on guys; it would be the gayest, happiest movie out there with Tiny Cooper running the show. I still need to read the Tiny Cooper Hold Me Closer book but I stand by my opinion that it should be a movie.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

This is one of the first LGBT books I read and I’ve never looked back since; all I read are gay romance novels. David turned me into an LGBT fanatic. No joke. It would be such a cute film about love and lust and acceptance.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella was such a cute retelling of Cinderella with geeky twists and nerdy happy ever afters. I think it would be the perfect film to go watch with that nerd who loves Disney movies.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

This book had me in floods of tears and gave me too many shivers to count. I can imagine it to be something like the Notebook and such a wonderfully sad film. This needs to happen. Anyone want to start a petition with me?!

What are some of your books that you wish could be movies? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, Vee x

How To Get Over Reading Slumps

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about reading slumps and how I deal with them, as well as how others overcome it.

Reading slumps can make you feel sad, depressed and even lonely. But the important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel guilty about not reaching your reading goal this month. Take your time, breathe and come back to it when you can.

We know that most people, including me, are sometimes too busy to read because of working or studying full time. It must be especially hard to read when studying full time as you’re already diving into textbooks all day! Although reading is important to me, I am guilty of just streaming Netflix because I’m so tired from work.

One way I try to combat reader’s block is simply by not reading! I figure, that when my brain is ready to come back to Earth and read, it will. I need to give myself time to think and while reading, I can’t concentrate on my problems; this can be a blessing to help me forget my surroundings or it can be a burden as I sometimes read the same paragraph over again and again.

Another way I try to overcome reader’s block is by picking up a short story; recently I was reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and because it’s such a heavy subject and it takes me a while to take in his stories, I decided to pick up Because You Love to Hate Me which is compiled of 13 short stories. I have been slowly making my way through these stories while taking a break from Turtles All the Way Down.

I asked members of The Fiction Cafe – Book Club to give examples of how they overcome reader slumps.

Krista said she “Will turn to YA fiction. Something that’s an easy read.” Sometimes changing genre really does help a reader slump!

Ulrike said his way of overcoming slumps is to “Watch a lot of Netflix/Amazon Prime/iPlayer until my brain starts craving books again. It allows me to catch up with all the TV I like so I embrace the odd reader’s block.” I also do this and enjoy watching all the shows I’m binge watching.

Brenda said: “I usually change genres or read graphic novels and manga books to get over my reading slump.”

Lynda said: “It always helps me to re-read a favourite book.” I think we all have a go-to book that we love and it can help to re-read it every now and then!

Megan said that “Sometimes I re-read something I really loved to return the spark. Even something I liked from my childhood can bring back a bit of magic. I do occasionally have a read through a few very dog-eared Enid Blyton novels!” My childhood favourites were Jacqueline Wilson books and are the only ones that I have re-read!

What are some of your ways of coping with reader slumps? I’d love to know so comment down below! Until next time, love Vee x

Book OTPs

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! In this week’s blog I want to talk about my book OTPs (One True Pairings) and I’d love to hear yours too. Mine may be a bit unusual so I apologize if you don’t know what book I’m talking about!

Simon and Baz (Snowbaz)

Simon and Baz are from Rainbow Rowell’s book “Carry On” and I absolutely love Snowbaz! They are adorable. Simon hasn’t figured out he’s gay yet and Baz is Simon’s nemesis. It’s very much a love/hate relationship. Very unconventional but I ship it so much. If you enjoy fantasy, LGBT books and lovable bad boys, then this is the book you’ve been waiting for. But I definitely recommend reading Fangirl first as it might not make as much sense.

Sam and Grace 

Sam and Grace are from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy and it’s honestly the best series I’ve ever read (I know, I mention this a lot). Sam is a wolf and Grace is a human who is very confused by life and she doesn’t know what she wants to do; but what she does know is that she’s always been drawn to the wolves in her back garden. And that’s when Sam becomes human and the most whirlwind romance begins.
You can read my review of the Shiver trilogy here.

Isabel and Cole St Clair

Isabel and Cole are also from the Shiver trilogy and even have their own spin off called Sinner. Much like Snowbaz, Isabel and Cole’s relationship is built on hate, envy and jealousy. Isabel’s brother has died and she’s looking for comfort away from her family and Cole moves to LA to be near her. From there, their relationship unravels and as it does, so does their feelings…
You can read my review on Sinner here.

Lucy and Gabe

Lucy and Gabe are from Jill Santopolo’s book “The Light We Lost.” This is one of the first adult books I’ve read since I always read YA and I can tell you there’s no better book to start with than this beauty. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. The story follows the ups and downs of relationships, break ups and getting back together. Their story might not be a happy one, but it’s theirs and that’s what makes it beautiful.
You can read my review of The Light We Lost here.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog and I’ll see you next time. Love, Vee x

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Hello Bibliophiles! I hope you are all having a great week!

I recently finished Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, the spin off from the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

Overview

In Sinner, Cole St Clair and Isabel Culpepper embark on their own journeys of self discovery. (Sam and Grace pop in to the book via telephone which is a nice touch, but it is very brief!) They are both selfish, heartless at times and totally in love with each other.

In the Mercy Falls trilogy, by the end we see them admit that they want each other after struggling to come to terms with their feelings throughout the series.

Review

Isabel wants to train to become a doctor while Cole came to Los Angeles to win her back and produce a new album. Throughout the book Cole struggles with his addictions to drugs and becoming the wolf.

On the other hand, Isabel struggles to be human as well, to feel emotion, to be kind. She is aware she’s mean which lets the reader know she does genuinely have a heart under the icy exterior.

I personally adore Maggie’s writing and the way she merges fantasy with reality. She has a way of making words flow easily and gripping the reader on; even though Cole and Isabel are very, very different from Sam and Grace, Maggie still has a way of making us care about such strange characters.

This book was more about the character’s coming to terms with who they are instead of the wolf parts that were previously in the books. It’s more about how Cole overcomes his urges; we all have a wild animal inside us but it’s up to you if you let it take control.

I’m gong to rate this 4/5 ☆ because I adored it, but I was a little concerned with how quickly the ending was wrapped up and the fact I felt Baby, Cole’s manager, was a little irrelevant at times.

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Book review #8: The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

Well hello there fellow book addicts! In this week’s blog I will be reviewing my favourite trilogy ever written…

About

In this week’s blog I have decided to write about my favourite book series which is The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater, the queen of fantasy writing. This series I hold close to my heart and I’m here to tell you all what you’re missing…

Here’s a blurb of the first book: “For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods. Especially the yellow-eyed beast whose chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Every winter she watches him, but every summer, he disappears… Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human, until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet, they realize they can’t bear to be apart. But can they find a way to stay together as the stakes grow higher and death comes closing in?”

As the books go on, Grace’s love for Sam increases despite her parents’ disapproval. Isabel and Cole St Clair also get mixed into the whirlwind that is Sam and Grace’s relationship and with the wolves of Mercy Falls.

I don’t want to spoil the books for you. So I won’t disclose any more.

Review

As you can probably tell, I loved this series and can’t recommend it enough. Especially to those who enjoy fantasy and romance novels.

Stiefvater transported me to Mercy Falls and I hadn’t read anything in ages that had consumed me as much as this trilogy did. Sam and Grace’s romance reminded me of my own and their unconditional love for each other was written with nothing but emotion and truth. They are my OTP (one true pairing for those of you who don’t know. And to remind me what it means before I forget and have to Google it again) and I have never read about a couple who are more suited to each other than these two. I love Cole and Isabel’s relationship but it’s built mostly on frustration with each other! (I can’t wait to read Sinner, the spin off about Cole St Clair and Isabel Culpepper.)

Aside from the well written romance, I enjoyed reading a fantasy novel and hadn’t read any in ages in fear they would be childish and filled with too many facts and myths to remember. However, The Wolves of Mercy Falls exceeded my expectations (alright for a £5 buy, eh?) and set a very high bar for other books. (Don’t worry, Maggie, nothing will beat it!)

The main reason this series hit me so hard was because I could understand Grace’s pain of not being able to be with Sam, not being able to live her life with him. I can understand how that feels and Sam and Grace’s relationship gave me hope that my partner and I will live together one day; I wasn’t alone and I’d like to thank Maggie for that.

Ultimately, if you’re looking for a series you can binge on, that you pray will be turned into a TV series, and that you can laugh and cry at, this is it. Have fun and don’t forget to tell me what you thought of the books! (By the way, aren’t the covers beautiful?!)

You can buy the series here.

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