Books with TV/movie adaptions I want to read first

It is either the bane of a reader’s existence or one of the most fantastic ‘trends’ in Hollywood and TV right now: the seeming large number of adaptions of books that are being made into TV shows or Movies.  (I say ‘trend’ because it is a thing that has happened as long as TV and movies have existed but the current ‘trend’ is away from more literary type novels and towards more YA and/or fantasy novels, aka the stuff that I like!!)

Some readers love book adaptations, others don’t want to see their favourite novels anywhere but in their head.  Both are perfectly fine viewpoints to have.  As for me, I sit on the side of “I think this is great but now I need to read XYZ books before I can watch the adaptations because we all know that the book is better then the adaptation will be”.  

So here are a few upcoming or more recent adaptations that I really want to see, but have not yet read the source material, aka the XYZ books, and really should get on that.

1. The Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

3. Any of Brandon Sanderson’s works (just got signed on for 3 different novel to movie adaptions so there are a few to pick from)

4. The Martian by Andy Weir

5. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey (kinda mixed on whether I want to read this one since I don’t think it’s for me, but I do want to see the movie)

6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling

7. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

There are a few other rumours of books that’ll be made into something or other but since nothing too conclusive is out about them, I have left them off the list.  For now. 

A side note as I make this list I notice most/all of these authors are white males.  Perhaps a good topic to discuss in a later post.  If someone else has written or decides to write a blog on this topic, please link it to me!


Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Spooky Settings

topIf you don’t know what Top 5 Wednesday is yet, find more here.

I don’t read a lot of spooky stories, so if I actually make it to 5 on this list, be amazed.  

1. Aragog’s nest in the Forbidden Forest.  Bus sized spiders.  I don’t think I need to say more.

2. Dungeons in general.  Very few good things happen down in dungeons.  Plus I can only imagine the smell of them.

3. On a spaceship that has a rampant new plague happening and a Rogue AI system trying to kill you. I’m a microbiologist, new plagues are scary and the stuff of nightmares. 

4. Blackveil. Hummingbirds that stab you with their beaks and drink your blood.  No thanks. 

5. In the middle of a war.  Again, few good things come of war.

I notice now that it says favourite spooky settings…..I feel like I missed the point of this Top 5 topic and just listed scary settings not favourite spooky settings, BUT I DON’T CARE.  #I’mARebel. 

Books I want to read before the end of the year

Now that I have around 10 books left for my reading challenge for 2016 and there is only about 2 months left in the year, I though it would be a good idea to list out a few of the books I really want to read before next year.  I’m not one to make monthly want to read lists so this is a bit of a new thing.  I’m also not one to push myself to start something I’m not in the mood to read (though I will push myself to finish a thing so that I can move on from it…) therefore I won’t be sad if I don’t get to these books as that likely means I’m just not ready for them.  But these are a few of the books I want to attempt to strike off my to be read list before the start of 2017.  Slightly more then 10, but why not dream big and smash my challenge?

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson 

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine Mcgee

Re-reads I’d like to accomplish:

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

Fire by Kristin Cashore

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Others that I am hopeful to read but would need the library to step up it’s game:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Books I want to finally finish:

Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (this one is very unlikely, but I can dream, right?)

Wishfull thinking books (because they aren’t out yet, damnit!)

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder

Anything Tamora Pierce

Firebrand by Kristen Britain 


The Nintendo Book Tag

tagI’m not one to really play games on a game system mostly because I’m cheap and have weird taste in games.  Plus until recently I never really had to time to do so.  But I liked the questions on this one so I thought I’d do it.  As always, wasn’t tagged and not really going to tag people.  

NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read

The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  Been in a SciFi kick lately and I really want to read this one. 

SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the first (can be a second book in a series)

The third and the fourth books in the Protector of the Small series (Tamora Pierce) are some of my favourite books ever.  That’s not to say I disliked the first two books, there is just something about having more space and time to tell the event of the latter books that makes them so good.

Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

I can’t think of one that ‘revolutionize’ how I look at the world since there are many parts of many books that have done this, but recently I realized that The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Backer has stayed with me for a long time and I really do think that everyone should read it.  

Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you

There are lots here and if you look at any of my other tag posts, this question has a 90% chance of being answered there.  No need to beat a dead horse. 

Wii: A new favourite book

I haven’t had a favourite book in a while (meaning like a year or so) since most of the books I have read in the past year have fallen under the ‘meh’ category, though there are a few books on my TRB pile that I think will become favourites.  If you are talking just this year, 2016, my favourite so far is Epic by Conor Kostick.  If you are talking the most recent book to hit my favourite of all time, that would likely be Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 

Nintendo Power: Favourite graphic novel series or a series you want to start

I have not read any graphic novels, though I’m eagerly awaiting the Protector of the Small series being made into a graphic novel.  There are a manga I have read and liked, but I think to answer this question, I will go with the second part.  The series I really want to start but have yet to is Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, which I bought before all the hype (years ago) but just have not read yet.  

Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

The Nothing Man.    

Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic

Hmm hard one.  One could go with Harry Potter, but that is the obvious choice.  I could also do something Tamora Pierce but that is predictable of me and they are perhaps not known as well as a modern classic should be. Most of the fantasy I have read and loved recently has not had that special something that would be needed to be a classic. 

Samas-Aran: Favourite sci-fi novel or one you want to read

Favourite SciFi: Illuminae by Amie Kuafmann and Jay Kristoff

One I want to read (besides the one already mentioned): The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect

I’ve recently been collecting a few of the different editions of Tamora Pierce’s novels since they are going through an edition update.  Also there are so many Harry Potter editions that I want I can’t pick just one (I need to buy a set but I can’t pick so I have not yet).  Obviously the solution is to collect them all!

Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

Pick any of Tamora Pierce’s works since she does extended casts so well.

Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game

Likely Pokemon, but not Pokemon Go.  But also Harvest Moon. 


Spring Cleaning….In Autumn?

I just cut my Goodreads TBR list down by over 100 books.  AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!

I should note that I use the to read shelf as a list of books I’m interested in reading, most (less than 1%) of which I don’t actually own.  It’s a reference list.  I don’t typically buy books that I haven’t read (with a few exceptions).  

Its amazing the types of books that end up on your to read shelf. Now whenever I open my to read shelf I don’t the same 5 books that have been there since I started Goodreads staring at me and I can more easily find the next book I’m actually interested in reading.  Not all the books I cleared out were there for ages, many of them were from the time I had just learned about BookTube and was adding all the books! to my list that I was remotely interested in.  However, since I was in the middle of grad school having finished 4.5 years of undergrad where I banned myself from reading books, I was mostly just missing books.  Thus a pruning was very much needed.   

I thought I would hate removing all those books from my to read shelf but it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be.  Part of this is because I found a way to have shelves that are exclusive of the read, to read or currently reading lists.  Basically, if you have ever wanted a DNF shelf but couldn’t figure out how to make one without also having the book in the ‘read’ shelf….I learned how to do so!  And what I did with this power is make a ‘read someday’ shelf where I can put the books I do want to get to…..someday.  This allowed me to mentally delete the ones that I knew I wasn’t going to ever get to, move aside the ones I still wanted to keep track of for someday and leave my to-read shelf open to the books I’m interested in reading now or in the near future.  

You could argue that I just moved the bulk of the clutter to a new shelf; I’m not going to lie, that is the truth.  However, I also did delete a lot of books from my to read shelf.  I started with about 285 books on my to read shelf.  Now I have 153 books on that shelf and 62 books on my read someday shelf.  Meaning about half of the books I removed and half I shuffled to another shelf, but over all less clutter all around.  And more organization.  Most of the books now on my read someday shelf are ones I need to be in a certain mood for.  There is a handful and a half of more biography/sciency type non-fictiony books that I am very much interested in but you need to be in the right mood to read about the job of a medical examiner.  

Overall, instead of feeling sad about possibly deleting a really good book that I might want to read someday, I feel lighter, happy and free-er from the clutter and expectation that was dragging me down when I looked at that shelf that was supposed to be a happy reference but was really just weighting me down.  

October reads

thoughtsControversial position: I don’t read scary books in October and I really don’t understand those that wait to read a book they really want to read until October just because it has the creepy vibe and they feel the need to read it in a certain month.

There are two issues here: one being that I don’t understand people who read books during certain times of the year, but Halloween in particular.  Part of this could be that I never was big on Halloween.  Sure I like candy but I don’t care for dressing up and am pretty meh about creepy things.  I don’t read creepy books or watch horror movies.  The same thing goes with Christmas ‘reads’ or the summer time fluffy reads.  I don’t follow those trends and tend to never associate books with certain holidays or seasons.  The only books I really associate with a season are the Harry Potter books and Christmas because they are those comforting childhood books and they have really good Christmas scenes in them.  I re-read them in late spring this year, though, and didn’t wait until December.

I also just don’t understand why someone would avoid reading a book they want to read in that moment so that they can try and force themselves to read it in a month they may not want to read the book.  Doubly so for a reason such as ‘to read it during October because it’s a creepy read and you need to read creepy books during October’.  Shortly afterwards they might then talk about being in a reading slump.   

Despite this, I won’t stop someone from saving a book until the month they want to read it.  Everyone reads different and I need to respect that.  Yet, I get confused by that mentality and wondered if anyone felt the same as me or if you are one of those people that do save books for certain months.  If you are, have you ever come to that month and then not wanted to read that special book?