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Top Ten Tuesday

A much-belated post for Top Ten Tuesday from August 18: Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies (submitted by Nushu @ Not A Prima Donna Girl)

My picks for this Top Ten are also some of my favorite reads. You know, the books that stay with you even years after you’ve put them down.

While I only picked five titles, there are SO many more books that I would love to see on the big (or little) screen, lol.


The Library of Lost Things by Matthew Bright is such an interesting and creepy environment. I think it could very easily be turned into a short animated or stop-motion film.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Magic by F.T. Lukens would make a sweet, humorous romantic comedy film for the whole family. As the title suggests, it has magic (but not the way you’d expect) and teenage romance (the DRAMA!) and will give you so many warm fuzzy feelings you won’t know what to do with them!

Semiosis (and it’s sequel, Interference) by Sue Burke is a thought-provoking take on a different kind of first contact situation than people usually think about. Science fiction without a ton of technology, but dabbling in space travel and colonizing new worlds, the duology would translates best into a mini-series (think The Queen’s Gambit), but in order to do it justice, I think it would need a minimum of three seasons.

Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward would make for a super creepy, stays with you longer than you think it will, kind of Halloween horror film. The absolutely unsettling atmosphere that Ward was able to create would be so much fun to watch on the big screen!

It is my firm belief that God Engines by John Scalza deserves a feature length film (with a spin off series) directed by some of the biggest names there are… come on Hollywood, where’s my movie adaptation?!?! HBO, Netflix, either of you want in on this? Because I would pay out the nose to watch it.


What are some titles YOU would like to see made into a movie or television show?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for October 27: Halloween Freebie

I’ve got to be entirely honest, here, and say that I had NO idea what my freebie was going to be! I considered books with orange covers, horror titles, books with pumpkins, or titles that started with O or H (for October or Halloween), but nothing really fell into place.

Lol, apparently I own very few orange books and even fewer that you could consider horror!

So, instead, I went through my “To Read” list and found ten nonfiction books that I want to read or think people should consider reading…


Always a Soldier: Service, Sacrifice, and Coming Out as America’s Favorite Black, Gay Republican by Rob Smith. On my list because it was suggested to me by the wife of a serviceman.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven. Ever since I saw his speech at the University of Texas, I’ve been interested in what Admiral McRaven has to say. He’s got a good head on his shoulders and solid advice for how to take responsibility for your life by starting with the small things.

Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students by Andrew Pollack. School shootings are one of the hottest topics in America and, if the description and title are to believed, this book digs into the reasons why these tragedies occur.

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson. While I have no interest in joining the medical field myself, I enjoy reading biographies of those in said field. This was such a good read and one of the more inspirational auto-biographies I’ve read.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Have not been able to get my hands on a copy of this book, but if it is as well-thought out and articulated as his speeches or debates, it is sure to satisfy. The first time I saw Jordan Peterson on YouTube, I was absolutely shocked. Never before had I seen someone so calm and capable of putting thoughts into spoken words. While I don’t always agree with his positions, I am more than willing to allow his voice at the table (as it were).


Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms by Nicholas Johnson. This is a topic I don’t know much about, to be entirely honest, but when it was suggested to me by a co-worker that gave me all the more reason to add it to the list!

The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense by Gad Saad. Probably the next non-fiction title on my to be read list, The Parasitic Mind discusses the very relevant topic of just how dangerous ‘infectious ideas’ are to critical thinking.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. All I can say is if you read no other book on this list, read this one.

The Power of the Positive Woman by Phyllis Schlafly. Suggested to me by a friend. I had never before heard of Phyllis Schlafly, but it appears that she was one of the conservative voices against feminism. As I enjoy learning about differing points of view from all walks of life, this should be an interesting read indeed (look I rhymed!).

Heroes and Heroines of Memphis: Or Reminiscences of the Yellow Fever Epidemics That Afflicted the City of Memphis During the Autumn Months of 1873, 1878, and 1879 by D.A. Quinn. As a Memphis transplantee, I enjoy learning about the history of the area and city. A dear friend of mine enjoyed this title enough to rate it 5/5 stars, so it gets an instant “add” to my list. ;D


Is there a non-fiction title
you think everyone should read?
If so, what is it?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for September 29: Favorite Book Quotes (these could be quotes from books you love, or bookish quotes in general)

I spent an awful lot of time thinking about these quotes… I knew I wanted to share the ones that have particular meaning and which have stuck with me through the years, in addition to some newer ones. Hopefully, you enjoy these quotes as much as I have and, perhaps, they inspire you to read some of these titles (if you haven’t done already, lol).


“You need discipline most, when it’s hardest to muster.”
~ Nathaniel Fick, One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

“Cruelty isn’t a personality trait. Cruelty is a habit.”
~ Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.”
~ Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“If you want to get a good sense of a person’s character, work alongside ’em. A little boring, back-breaking work’ll show you exactly who they are.”
~ Jun Eishima, Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“If you’re as good as your word, words should be good enough.”
~ Rainbow Rowell, Carry On

“Kick off your shoes. Unburden yourself with song. Tell each other tales. Dance around the table. Leave the cleaning up for the morning. Then go outside and look at the stars.”
~ Noble Smith, The Wisdom of the Shire

“A life worth having is a life worth taking.”
~ V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

“…submitting to the will of another requires trust and humility.”
~ Ann Hood, Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

“Memories were short and history unkind. It was the way of the world.”
~ Deborah Harkness, Shadow of Night


Which of these quotes stood out the most for you?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Good morning to you all!

I was nominated by the wonderful Evelyn, of Evelyn Reads, for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Every time I see she’s posted something new, I have to hop right over and read it because she shares such great insights AND is great at convincing me to add books to my reading list, lol.

Evelyn always puts a big smile on my face. 😀


The Rules are simple:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award in your post/or on your blog.

Evelyn’s questions:

Do you ever feel second-hand embarrassment when reading? If yes, name a scene that really made you cringe?

I think this has happened a time or two, actually, yeah. I can’t think of a specific scene, but it’s usually when a male author is trying to write a teenage girl and, clearly, doesn’t know how they think or act, lol.

One example of this, and it’s still a REALLY good series, is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Such an amazing series, but there were moments you could tell it was a grown man, writing how he thought a teenage girl would behave/think/etc etc.

If you could have one item of clothing from a book, what would you pick? Be aware that any magical properties won’t transfer to our world.

Magical properties won’t transfer, huh? In that case, I think I’ll choose either a Silmaril (I know, bad choice) or a wand from Harry Potter. I know they won’t have magic, but they’d still be really cool conversation pieces!

What book would you love to see adapted?

Oh, I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see either Semiosis by Sue Burke or Down by Ally Blue adapted to the big screen!

What is your most recent book purchase?

Lol, actually I purchased three books for my mother’s birthday just last month! She’d been wanting to read some of the METRO books and I was really happy that I found them for her. 😀

What is your favorite bookish trope?

Magical libraries, I think. That, and probably soulmate stuff… LOVE soulmate stuff!

What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

Price tags and damaged spines. Hate them.

What would you like to see more of in books?

I’m a sucker for found families and would murder to have more books with this… for now, I’ll continue getting my fix from fan fiction, lol.

What is the first book you ever read by yourself?

Had to ask my mother, lol, but it was the picture book adaptation of Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion. I really should have guessed that one.

Recommend a book that you think does not get enough love!

The Cure by Sonia Levitin is one of those books that never really lets you go. It comes back to you at the strangest of times and the impact it’s had on my life is crazy. I suggest it to just about every person I meet.

Do you loan your books to friends/family?

Most certainly! I love to share my favorites with my friends and family… if I’m lucky, they’ll get hooked as well, lol.

What is a post you’re proud of? (link it!)

I’m really pleased with my Knittering posts, where I get to natter on about my experiences knitting. 🙂


My nominations:

My questions:

  1. What do you listen to on your commute?
  2. Do you have any hobbies besides reading?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  4. What’s the last book you read?
  5. Do you prefer hardcover or paperback?
  6. What is your Hogwarts House?
  7. Do you agree with the Sorting Hat’s decision?
  8. Capes or no capes? (did you get that reference?)
  9. Do you have a song you associate with a book or book series?
  10. Given the option, would you live in the city or in the country?
  11. What’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for June 23: Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do (the list of topics is below).

I waffled back and forth, changed my mind so many times about which of the nearly 500 past TTT topics I wanted to cover, and finally told myself to just stick with one! So, I decided to go with one from WAY back in 2011, from Tuesday, April 12, Top Ten Books You Want to See Made Into Movies.


The Library of Lost Things by Matthew Bright is such an interesting and creepy environment. I think it could very easily be turned into a short animated or stop-motion film.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Magic by F.T. Lukens would make a sweet, humorous romantic comedy film for the whole family. As the title suggests, it has magic (but not the way you’d expect) and teenage romance (the DRAMA!) and will give you so many warm fuzzy feelings you won’t know what to do with them!

Semiosis by Sue Burke would be such an amazing TV series. This two-part series has science fiction, intrigue, alien life, war and so much more! It’s a unique take on the old ‘humans colonize other worlds’ story and I would love to see it adapted for the screen.

All I will say about adapting Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward is that it would be an amazing horror for Valentine’s day. That’s all I will say.

If The God Engines by John Scalzi EVER became a movie, I would throw SO much money at it. No joke. This is such a short book, but it is so full of details and questions that leave you wanting more. I was actually angry when I discovered that it was a standalone novel and there wasn’t anything else written for this world… I couldn’t even find anything in fandom!

This list would be incomplete, if I didn’t include Ally Blue’s Down. It is such a great horror title, with elements of science fiction and romance that I could not put it down!

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz was a bit disappointing to read, but I think it’s mainly because I had a hard time picturing the world and relating to the main character. A film adaptation could do wonders for this title, I think.

Now, I know that most young adult adaptations make it onto the “worst adaptations ever!” list, but Veronica Rossi’s Riders could be amazing as a mini-series. I really loved the characters, the world building was interesting and kept me wanting more, and the romance didn’t feel as forced as the novel’s contemporaries oftentimes are.

I will take an animated series for Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan, please and thank you!

The Chronicles of Nick is the young adult introduction to a much larger series, The Dark-Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s got action and intrigue, great characters and relationships and heartbreak. I keep wondering why this series (or the main one) hasn’t been made into movie or television show, because it could very EASILY be a major hit.

Alrighty then, I’m going a little over my list of ten, but that’s because these next four books are amazing and deserve to be recognized on the big screen!

In the time of Covid-19, I think Orleans would be a gentle reminder of what could happen when the government has too much control during and after an outbreak of unimaginable magnitude. I was, at times, horrified by that the government had chosen to abandon an entire portion of it’s population and in awe of the human spirit and desire to survive.

Carry On would be such a great movie! I love the characters and the story and the world and would love love love to be able to watch it.

Yeah, I picked what is possibly one of the saddest stories in the entire Valdemar universe, but Brightly Burning is also one of the most inspiring ones. This is a story about overcoming bullying and abuse, finding family and acceptance, and sacrificing everything to protect those you love.

The Adrien English books would make such a cute, quirky mystery series! I love how Josh Lanyon writes characters and creates the world they live in and can easily imagine this being adapted for television. 😀


What are some titles YOU would like to see
made into a movie or television show?

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday for May 26: Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)


In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

The great fish moved silently through the night water.

Jaws, Peter Benchley

From where I sit, the story of Arthur Less is not so bad.

Less, Andrew Sean Greer

It was a pleasure to burn.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.

The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:1 (KJV)

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Marley was dead: to begin with.

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
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The Dreamy Book Cover Book Tag

Today is a day to celebrate! I was tagged by name for the very first time for a book tag! Whoohoo!

Thank you SO much to Evelyn over @Evelyn Reads! I’m so excited to participate. 😀

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Link back to the original creator @The book raven
  • Use the original tag image in your post (you can add to it, if you’d like)
  • Tag at least 1 other blogger to join in the fun

Tagging:


Questions:

“No Ideas But in Things”
A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

The cover of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is exactly how fangirls are in real life…

We have this amazing ability to completely forget about the world around us all while being utterly focused on the imaginary places and people we are head-over-heels fannish for. 😀

Fangirls FTW!


“Dark and Lovely”
A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

The Gardener be S.A. Bodeen has such an amazingly creepy cover that, years later, I still want to re-read it! I’ve got chills and they are multiplying.


“Sugary Sweet”
A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

How could you NOT want to cuddle up with the two characters on the cover of Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp?

He just looks so calm and fluffy and Madeline is absolutely comfortable with him! Ach, my heart! The feels!


“The Simple Aesthetic”
A book cover that stuns with the most minimalist of design

Yeah, I knew that Morte by Robert Repino was going to be perfect for the minimalist cover.

Honestly, the cover is a little deceiving in that it’s almost too simple for what the novel actually contains… which is an amazing story about an intelligent race of ants (yes, I said “ants”) looking to destroy mankind for good and the four-leggers who are trying to stop them.


“Cover Envy”
A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

The cover for Dark Eden by Chris Beckett is so entrancing! I love the forest and the colors and what looks like snow and I really, truly cannot wait to see this on my bookshelves.


“Traveling Abroad”
A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera is such a magical, heart-wrenching story about a young Maori girl who is trying to prove her worth to her family, to her friends, and to herself.

Kahu is such a great character and her story is one I believe everyone should read.


“The Color Wheel”
A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors

So, if you weren’t aware, I’ve consistently been sorted into Slytherin house since sorting quizzes became a thing… which is nice, because I love all things green.

Verdi by Janell Cannon is one of my favorite picture books both because the story is great AND that the art is amazing! From the cover to the last page, you will be absolutely entranced!


“Switching Gears”
A cover change you absolutely adore

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card so desperately needed an update and what better time than when the movie was set to be released? I enjoyed both the book and the movie, but I have to say that the movie cover is MUCH better than the original. 😛


“Oldie but Goodie”
A favorite cover of your favorite classic

Walter Farley’s The Black Stallion is probably my most favorite classic ever.

The story is one that my young, horse-loving heart couldn’t get enough of as a kid. Both the cover art and the illustrations within created in me a lifelong love of not only Arabian horses in particular, but of all horse breeds!


“And the Winner is…”
Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?

For sheer creep-factor, The Gardener wins my favorite cover (of this post ;P)