Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read (May21st, Late People Edition)

To quote The Doctor, “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually … viewpoint — it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly… timey-wimey… stuff.” And so, I’m going to go back and do the TTT (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) I missed a while back.

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read

*some include reasons, the rest just… don’t

1. My Sister’s Keeper / Jodi Picoult – I have a mixture of movie cover, regular book cover version. Normally I would HATE IT BECAUSE DEAR LORD I HATE THAT FILM if you couldn’t tell from my last TTT post, but this one is just oddly hilarious. It has… illustrated images of the actors and their names. It’s just… weird. Look!

my-sisters-keeper2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Box Set / Douglas Adams – I can’t find a proper picture of this. The books each have two half circles of something and you can lay them out next to eachother and they form all kinds of images. The spines each have a letter A-D-A-M-S. Here’s an image from the side.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Book-to-Film Movies I Hate (Freebie, May 28th)

So, I’ve been gone. I know. It’s been a tough month. High school here starts in 10th grade, so I’m soon done with my first year of it! Only two more years after that! Anyhow, I’ve been trying to still post but I do admit I haven’t had much time to read and I have been skipping weekly memes. I did however write a post about book tattoos, if you wanna check that out (Bookish Ink – Hypothetical Ideas for Theoretical Tattoos (Brought to You By a 16 Year Old With Underdeveloped Decision Making Skills and An Extreme Fear of Needles). I’m also late on this meme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) one but we’re gonna pretend I’m not.

So, it’s finally here. FREEBIE DAY. And of course I have no ideas. Let’s go browsing!

Okay, so I browsed. And then I thought of my own topic – yay!

I’ll probably end up writing a whole post about this subject one day because it’s one of my biggest… passions? Not sure that’s the right word, but I really do have a very strong hate  dislike for these movies. They usually completely butcher a wonderful book and I spend the rest of my life hating them. So this is going to be a list of book based films I hate / don’t plan on watching ever because I’ll probably hate them.

Book Based Films I Hate

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HAPPY TOWEL DAY, HUMANS

HAPPY TOWEL DAY, HUMANS

It’s May 25th, Towel Day 2013! I read the H2G2 Series last year and I’ve been an Adams worshipper ever since! So go on, sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon, wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course, if you’re stuck at home studying for exams, you can always just dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

I AM STILL ALIVE

Hello, fellow Earthlings! I know, I know, you’re probably wondering if this is actually my ghost because I’ve been gone for so long I’m probably dead. I really am so sorry for my absence, I am going through the toughest period of exams I’ve experienced in my 10 years as a member of… school-ness? I don’t have much time to read, and when I do find time I spend it writing or watching Taylor Mali videos on Youtube and dreaming about the fictional day in which I’ll recite my own poetry in front of him. Point is, I am busy. And living a fantasy life, but never mind that now.

I’m still reading A Casual Vacancy. I think one of the reasons it’s taking so long is because I’m not particularly liking it. Depsite my liking of creey, depressing books I still want to be able to LIKE characters, and some hope in plots is always pleasant This book, however, is full of unlikable characters and it honeslty doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I’m about a third in (I KNOW I KNOW I STARTED IT LIKE A MONTH AGO). So, despite the great writing quality, Rowling is sorta losin’ me here. I also skipped Tuesday’s Top Ten post because I had a huge physics exam on Wednesday and I have another LIFE-AFFECTING exam on Sunday. I’m probably going to cheat yet again and post it sometime that is not when it was supposed to be – time travel anyone? – even more likely not on a Tuesday either. I hope to be back to my normalness soon. My last exam is in the middle of June, and then one week and school is FINALLY OVER FOR SOME TIME. 

Wow, this turned out WAY longer than I’d planned. So, hang on in there. I still owe you guys reviews. I hope I still remember my opinions… 

HOW ARE YOU GUYS? WRITING? READING? SLEEPING? EATING?

Lemme know!

Ciao.

Bookish Ink – Hypothetical Ideas for Theoretical Tattoos (Brought to You By a 16 Year Old With Underdeveloped Decision Making Skills and An Extreme Fear of Needles)

I’ve always found the concept of tattoos fascinating. The idea that someone can decide to just… print something on their skin, knowing it’s going to stay there forever and ever is astonishing.

Of course, having considered getting a tattoo at some point in time, I always wonder what I’d get. Even if I somehow managed to overcome my extreme phobia of needles, I am such a bad decision maker that I’d probably end up dying before I made up my mind. I have decided though that if I were ever to get a tattoo, or even a few, they would most likely be book related. After I discovered Sir Douglas Adams’s brilliant mind, that idea changed to “most likely be Douglas Adams related.”

Now that we’ve covered that little intro I think I can begin with the actual point of this post, instead of just rambling on forever. I used to think if I ever got a tattoo it would be a quote, but recently the idea of images has appealed to me as well. Thing is, seeing as I am an avid book-to-film hater, many famous book icons or symbols come from their films. Also, I would want to get a tattoo that isn’t the biggest cliché ever, one that I won’t find on every single living being were I to attend a convention of some sorts discussing said book. These two criteria make it sort of hard to think up of ideas, but thankfully I have a creative mind and lots of time – infinite amounts actually, since this whole idea is hypothetical – so I can spend forever wondering how on Earth (and surrounding planets) I’ll achieve this goal!

There are only a handful of books I’ve ever read that I can definitely define as “life changers,” whatever that means. In most cases I can’t even explain why or how – which is why I’ll avoid reviewing these books, they are too important to me for that. I just… know. That’s it really. I can feel them. I know that makes no sense at all. I feel like they have become a part of my thought, whether I’m aware of their influence or not. The books I put in this category are Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series by Douglas Adams. I am not so sure whether Harry Potter deserves a place in that category or a whole unique category of his own called “My Childhood.” As for my favorite quote, the one I think describes me most from all of the sentences I’ve ever read, that award goes to Jodi Picoult in House Rules where she writes “Frankly, I wonder who Frank was, and why he has an adverb all to himself. I think I’ll keep this post focused on these novels because I really can’t cover all of the books I love and my ideas will multiply over time.

And now, for the ideas!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (May 14th)

So last week there was Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun which was hard for me, considering my choices for two weeks ago’s Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book. Well, this week should be much easier because of those choices, which were mostly dark and creepy..!

Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

*it is 1:54am YES I CHEATED BY A BIT BECAUSE IT’S WEDNESDAY OH WELL so I am not going to proceed with my usual “let me add a damn photo” battle against WordPress which takes place every Tuesday. I might add in photos tomorrow.

  1. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher – high school suicide, bullying, death.
  2. Flowers for Algernon / Daniel Keyes – a man with an IQ of 68 who undergoes experimental surgery that over time makes him brilliant, but his emotional abilities stay underdeveloped and he ends up suffering, and eventually the effects of the surgery begin to show signs of failure and he slowly loses his newfound abilities to read, write, etc. One of my favorites.
  3. The Pact / Jodi Picoult – a suicide pact between two childhood friends (now teens) goes wrong and one is accused in the murder of the other.
  4. November Blues / Sharon M. Draper – two months after November’s boyfriend dies in a hazing accident she discovers she’s pregnant.
  5. The Miseducation of Cameron Post / Emily M. Danforth – Cameron is 12 years old when she starts realizing she might be gay. Her parents die in a car accident and she is sent to live with her extremely conservative aunt, who discovers Cameron’s secret and sends her to a “de-gaying” camp.
  6. Unbearable Lightness / Portia DeRossi – a book Portia DeRossi wrote about her struggles with an eating disorder that nearly kill her and with being a gay woman in the entertainment business, where such secrets could destroy a career.
  7. Mysterious Skin / Scott Heim – story about two children who are sexually abused by their baseball coach. the story takes place when they’re already high school students and how this history affects their adult lives.
  8. Rent / Jonathan Larson – kind of cheating here because I’ve seen the film, but I do own the play in book form! Rent basically covers everything – death, poverty, homosexuality, aids, friendship… and all of it in song form!
  9. The Catcher in the Rye / JD Salinger – so I don’t know if this counts exactly, but the feeling I get when thinking of this book is… depression. The whole book has this air of despair (RHYME WAT.) So yeah, I’m including it here.
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky – here for the same reason as Salinger. It’s depressing. Wonderful, beautiful, magical. But yes, not exactly light and fun.

What books did you choose for this topic? Lemme know! I love this theme!

Top Ten Tuesday – When You Need Something Light & Fun (May 7th)

I’mma begin this Top Ten Tuesday entry (brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish) by pointing out that I am not really one to go for the “light and fun” books, as you can see by my last Top Ten Tuesday about topics make me pick up a book which… let’s just say weren’t exactly the lightest or fun… at all. In fact, most of them dealt with prison, law, death and other issues. BUT I AM A HAPPY PERSON, I SWEAR. Despite my obsession with dark stuff and gore and all that is creepy, I spend most of my time making jokes and listening to party music alone on my computer while I do homework. So, let’s do this! (and yes, I’ll be “borrowing” from other people this round as well because… well. BECAUSE I WANT TO.)

* I’m actually listening to Eleanor Rigby while making this list. Way to go, Hadas. Setting the happiness mood.

Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun

  1. Anna and the French Kiss / Stephanie Perkins – great book, great writing, great story. Lots of love and cliches and heartbreak and heart-put-back-together-again. Oh, and French-y stuff! Yay!
  2. m or f? / Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts – the book itself does cover some tough issuues such as the hardships of being gay and closeted, but the plot is a very… original idea and it does turn out quite funny in the end. Plus, the book is not even 300 pages.
  3. The Hobbit / JR Tolkein – okay, so yeah I know this isn’t exactly light or fun but I’m putting it here because it’s relatively short and it’s a typical adventure story so it’s perfect for anyone who’s just looking for the whole “go on a trip escape monsters meet dragon look for gold” type thing.
  4. The Con / Karri Justina Shea – girl goes to convention, meets famous wizard wrocker, love and other mushy stuff. Basically, every fangirl’s dream all crammed into less than 150 pages and lots of lovely fandom references.
  5. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ / Sue Townsend – this book is absolutely wonderful. Adrian Mole’s letters, which are meant of course to be serious and show the young man’s hardships in life, are just hilarious. His thoughts about life and the meaning of it all will bring a smile to any reader’s face. I loved this book.
  6. The Toilet of Doom / Michael Lawrence – I remember liking this but I have no idea what it’s about so here’s a blurb “When these tempting words appear on the computer screen, Jiggy McCue can’t resist. He hits “F for Flush” and…Oh dear. He really shouldn’t have done that. Because the life he gets in place of his own is a very embarrassing one–for a boy.”
  7. How I Created My Perfect Prom Date / Todd Strasser – again, don’t remember a thing. But I mean, popular girls, prom, dates, high school, boys and a HOT PINK cover? It’s probably something fun. Just picked it up from my desk. Yep folks, it’s light.
  8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard / JK Rowling – good for any Potter fan, full of short stories. All of them probably have some deep life meaning but I’m still gonna include it in this list.
  9. Roald Dahl stuff – brilliant man, great stories. All short, all with a point, all well written.
  10. Jaqueline Wilson stuff – colorful books, great characters, awesome ideas and plots.

Got kinda impatient near the end there. Sorry, people. I have an almost week long vacation coming up next week and I’ll try to get down a review for m or f? and 13 Reasons Why during that time.

Have a good rest of the week! Read books! Write reviews! Or not! Make lists! Share them with me!

Untitled / Hadas

whenlifegivesyouletters

When I was younger I was told we always got a second chance. I was told that mistakes can be corrected and that I can always change my mind.

That flower I tore from the ground and took home, the one I later found out was nearly extinct? I ran all the way back to the garden and tried planting it back. It didn’t work.

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WWW Wednesday – May 1st

First WWW Wednesday post of the month, hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

I began reading A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling yesterday afternoon. Putting aside the slight trauma I experienced when reading… not so PG13 themes written by the person who created my childhood, I’m actually enjoying the book. It has a like a million characters that are all related and I’m so confused but the writing is very good. I am pleasantly surprised because I was worried it would turn out that JK Rowling isn’t that great… I mean, part of my love for Potter stems from the childhood connection and not the actual literature aspect. Anyway, so far so good. Only problem is the pages are extremely thick and the book is humongous.

What did you recently finish reading?

Last week I read more than I have in YEARS. I read Helene Hanff’s 84, Charing Cross Road followed by m or f? by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts followed by 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not sure yet. I NEVER PLAN AHEAD GUYS, I’M SORRY. Maybe Neil Gaiman’s American Gods or 1984 by George Orwell. We’ll see. Probably something small, because Rowling is breaking my back right now.