I’m changing things up a little bit this week! Instead of the top books that I really want to read but don’t own, I’ve decided to showcase my top ten books that I’ve read before but for some reason just haven’t gotten my hands on either a physical OR eBook copy (yet). In no particular order…
1. The Selection by Kiera Cass
2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
3. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
4. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
5. Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
7. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
8. Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
EXTRA: Bought after reading and loving the library eBook – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
What books have you read but haven’t actually purchased a copy for your collection?
Book to movie adaptations have become a hugely talked about topic among the world of YA readers. So, I thought it only right to share my thoughts on what’s happening now, what’s happening soon, and what will probably never happen, but I’d love it if it did!
In theaters now / in the near future
I read the book when I was in elementary school, and while I haven’t reread it since, this trailer is a very poor depiction of the book I remember reading. In my opinion of course. I was happy to hear that they decided to edit it in black and white, but the choice of actors I wasn’t very happy with. Brenton Thwaites is like 25, who is playing an (aged up) 12-year-old character. Oh, and Taylor Swift is in this. While I’m a Swiftie, I’m also a hardcore book person (obviously), and the two just don’t mix. When she appears on screen I’ll immediately start singing one of her songs in my head and asking myself why her lips aren’t red and she’s not with her cats. I still plan to see the movie, but I don’t expect much.
If I Stay
I haven’t read this book, and I’m not sure I plan to. I mentioned before in a different post my disapproval of Chloë Grace Moretz, but also I’m just not sure what to feel about the movie. Seeing as I haven’t read the book this isn’t surprising, but I haven’t rushed out and read the book in order to go see the movie like I did with The Maze Runner, which I’ll talk about next. So, yeah, just meh feelings on this one. Will I see it? Probably not.
The Maze Runner
It’s not often that a movie trailer made me want to read a book. It’s also very unlikely that I want to read a book for the sole reason that there is an actor I especially like in the movie. Except for this one. Dylan O’brien, I owe you one. I recently read the book (REVIEW HERE) in order to prepare myself for the movie. My excitement just keeps growing, and it’s not because I’ll get to see 2 hours straight of Dylan’s perfect face. Okay, well, maybe a little. Anyway… This trailer was freaking awesome, and it was the sole reason I read this book when I did.
Mockingjay, Pt. 1
I’m still a little iffy on why they decided to split this one into two parts, but I must admit, the trailer looks great! I’m really excited to see this one. Although I didn’t like the book, I do want to see how the movie is.
In production / optioned
The 5th Wave
I really enjoyed this book (although I thought it was overhyped), but I don’t know about it being a movie. And I’m not a fan of the cast so far at all. Ugh. Chloë Grace Moretz again. She’s becoming the next Shailene Woodley, but Shailene is awesome and I love her.
In short: why is this even happening? This was a book that I read a long time ago and I loved it at the time. And looking back now I don’t even like to admit that I loved it. What was my problem? There’s not a single reviewer that I know that has read and enjoyed this book, and I totally get why. What I don’t get is why this is being made into a movie…?
I haven’t read this book yet, but I know that if it’s anywhere as popular as TFiOS, this movie will be a hit with me, and everyone else!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
As the book is already so visual, I think this movie will be a huge success. I read this one recently and I cannot wait to learn more about the movie and it’s cast. I think Tim Burton is directing so if that’s indicating the level of amazing for this movie at all, I don’t know what is!
The Night Circus
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I think that with the right people this book will make a masterpiece on the big screen and will be absolutely magical.
In my dreams
I really loved this book when I read it earlier this summer and I could totally see this as being a lifetime movie or something of the sorts.
I know what happened. I read that hideous god-awful script of the pilot that was to air on The CW. I was horrified. BUT I do still this that this would make an amazing TV show if the right people did it and kept it to the book. But, with so many failed attempts I don’t think it will ever get a chance.
So, let’s discuss! I want to hear your thoughts on book to movie adaptations. What books do you think would make good movies?
Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: May 6, 2014 Pages: 323 Format: Hardcover Source: Bought Series: The Selection, #3 Genre(s): Dystopian, Romance Synopsis from Goodreads:
The highly anticipated third book in Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is perfect for the fans who have followed America’s whirlwind romance since it began—and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Ally Condie’s Matched, or Lauren Oliver’s Delirium.
The Selection changed America Singer’s life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she’s made her choice . . . and she’s prepared to fight for the future she wants.
Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!
After much anticipation for the finale to The Selection series, I am happy to say that The One was a satisfying conclusion.
It started off a little slower than I was expecting, but it soon picks up, politics and rebellions being a larger part of the storyline than in the previous two books. There’s definitely more action and excitement surrounding events other than The Selection itself, which I really liked.
Of course romance remains the main aspect of the story. I was very happy to find that the America in The One is much more decisive than the America of The Selection and The Elite. She finally made her choice (took her long enough!) but I was glad to see that she came to her conclusion quickly.
Although this did lead to a predictable ending, BUT I was okay with that. The fact that America finally made a decision made me SO happy as a reader. I was so glad she finally figured out what was right for her.
I wasn’t really partial to either Maxon or Aspen (I spent my fair share of time loving them both!), but I can honestly say that all readers, whether Team Maxon or Team Aspen will be satisfied with America’s choice. The One had a very “happily ever after” ending, so I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed.
Overall, The One was a cute, fun, and happy ending to a series that I’ve really enjoyed! Those of you who are wary to start reading straight dystopian would be perfect for these books, or even those well-read in the genre. The Selection series makes for a fun and light story that everyone is sure to enjoy!
Lately in YA there aren’t a ton of books focusing on just friendships. I think there should definitely be more out there. Romance is slipped into almost every place possible so I found this week’s topic to be a challenge. I changed it a little to fit my needs.