5 Things on Sunday – Songs


5 Things on Sunday

Hosted by Reads and Treats

Five Favorite Songs


My taste in music is all over the place, so I’m going to keep this limited to music from movies based on books!

1. The Misty Mountains Cold by the cast of Dwarves from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It was exactly how I imagined it in the book!



2. Earned It by The Weeknd from the Fifty Shades of Gray soundtrack. Not a huge fan of the book or the movie, but I love this song and I think it fits well. 



3. Elastic Heart by Sia from Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Ok, this is sort of cheating because I actually just love th song and happened to find out it is on this soundtrack. I don’t even remember hearing it in the movie or anything. But I chose it because it’s one of my favorite songs anyway. 



4. Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray from The Great Gatsby soundtrack. There seriously couldn’t be a more perfect song for this story. 



5. Literally every song from the Into the Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. He captured the essence of the story so well. And it’s even more haunting because it’s a true story. 


Feature and Follow Friday – Book To Movie


Feature and Follow Friday

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

This week’s prompt:

Books you want to see as a film or tv show:

You by Caroline Kepnes would make a great movie.


The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin would be an awesome TV series.

Illuminae would be an epic movie, it’s already slightly in the right format. It would be so perfect!


I chose these three because I feel like it wouldn’t be super far fetched to make a GOOD adaptation out of them. There are some awesome series I’d love to see, but just can’t imagine it would work the way I’d like (like the Shatter Me series or Throne of Glass, which unfortunately ARE becoming TV shows)


Feature and Follow Friday – Book to Movie Excitement


Feature and Follow Friday

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

This week’s prompt

What Movie from Book coming out in 2017 are you most excited about?


Before I Fall 


Based on the book Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I love the book so much. 


Top Ten Tuesday – Movies


Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Nine Movies I Like That Are Based On Books And Are Equal To or Better Than The Book


1. Stardust (Stardust by Neil Gaiman)

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)

3. The Fault in Our Stars (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

4. John Carter (The Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs)

5. I Am Legend (I Am Legend by Richard Mathewson)

6. Children of Men (The Children of Men by PD James)

7. White Oleander (White Oleander by Janet Fitch

8. The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis)

9. Paper Towns (Paper Towns by John Green)


Review – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

SummaryA mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Source: I purchased a movie tie-in paperback

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**** I read this book a few years ago and I remember not liking it. But I couldn’t remember why and I think I was expecting a horror novel and that’s not really what the book is. With the movie coming out, I decided to reread. I went back and read my earlier review and it turns out I read it the week I quit smoking 4 years ago… And that’s probably why I didn’t like it. I didn’t like anything that week! ****

I am so glad I decided to reread this book. The movie previews captured my attention and it motivated me to reread, though it’s been something I wanted to do for the past couple of years. 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a unique book that combined the vintage creepy photographs we all look at and wonder about and the supernatural. The author was able to weave a fantastic tale using those creepy photographs without turning them into a haunted freak show and I have to give the author credit for that. Maybe that’s what I originally wanted when I read the book years ago, but this time around I admired the author for not going the predictable route with the story. 

I’m still a little underwhelmed by the lack of focus on the abilities of the peculiar children. It still feels like they could’ve been perfectly normal and the plot still would have worked for Jacob’s character growth. They could have been ghosts or regular children who were just forgotten, and instead were peculiar to fit into the vintage photograph idea. However, this is book one and I think the rest of the series will likely be more action packed and perhaps rely more on the peculiar nature of the children. 

Still, the book was creative and intriguing and I did enjoy the story now that I’m in the right frame of mind and knew that it wasn’t a horror novel.

I still don’t know that I’ll read the sequel, but I enjoyed the book and I’m glad I reread it. I will definitely see the movie. 

Star 4


Previous Review from 2011:

“I think it was last year when I first heard of this book and saw the cover. Since that moment, I’ve been wanting to read this book. It just looked like my kind of weird! I requested it from the library and have been on the waiting list for what seemed like ages, but I thought it was fitting that I’d get this at the beginning of October.

I’m not quite sure what I expected from this book, but it started out a little slow for me and I was surprised by how normal it was up until I was about 30% through. I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed by the story and wasn’t really sure where it was going. It picked up from that point onward and ended up being really weird like I originally expected. 

I don’t think I cared much for the narrator, Jacob, and I felt as if I would have rather read a story written from his grandfather’s point of view instead. Even though the book did end up being more like what I expected towards the middle, I felt like it kept escalating exponentially and got a little unbelievable. My reactions while reading went from “Hmm, this seems rather normal” to “This is definitely getting good” to “Wait, what? This seems kind of ridiculous, now.” 

I do like the fact that this story was written around real photographs and it was a well written and page turning novel. There was definitely an element of weirdness and creepiness that I enjoyed, especially with the additions of the pictures in the text. I just felt like the plot kind of got out of hand towards the end and I didn’t care much for the narrator. I would definitely recommend this book to others because it was worth the read. I rated it low because I guess I expected something more, despite how creative it was. Perhaps I’m being a little unfair because it’s day #5 of me not smoking and it has some impact on my judgment at the moment. I’m not sure.”

Book to Movie Review–Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Movie Summary (from IMDb): With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

Book Review:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Book to Movie Thoughts:

I went to the theater on opening night. I wanted to sit in a theater with people who had no idea what was going to happen next. I was afraid over time the plot would be spoiled and everyone would know the plot within a few weeks. Having watched the reactions of people reading the book, I expected the same sorts of shock and disbelief in the theater.

The movie was pretty good. The casting of Nick was perfect, as Ben Affleck played the likeable husband that you also can’t stand because he’s such a schmuck. I think every character was casted perfectly except for Amy. And she was only half bad because she played the other half of her role perfectly. I knew it would be hard to be satisfied with the chosen actress because her character was so complex. I thought the movie turned her into a colder, bitchier version of herself in her diary and it made the rest of her personality easy to predict. The book was so much better in this regard.
The movie captured so much of the twisted plot and characters of the book. In almost every way, it was well done. Only minor changes were made, mostly to the details of certain events, but the overall event was still much the same.

I only have two complaints. One, the biggest twist and most major moment was so predictable in the movie. Maybe I just knew it was coming. Maybe Amy’s diary had more of an impact on me in the book. But even the people I was with guessed the next part and that was such a disappointment. The twist in the book floored me absolutely and I wanted the movie to do the same. The movie did a better job in forming the final moments of Nick and Amy, but missed the mark with the beginning of the lives and the impression they gave to one another and to the audience.

My other complaint involves another aspect of the book that the movie didn’t quite hit. The writing was incredible. Nick hit the nail on the head with so many of his reflections on life, marriage, and today’s world. Amy’s cool girl passage was so spot on. And the movie tried to hit those moments in the narration, but I think it was hard to do it as well as the book. For that reason, I think skipping the book in favor of the movie would be a huge mistake. You just don’t get Nick or Amy without the book.

As I suspected, the internet is filled with Gone Girl spoilers and disgruntled people who were mad enough about the ending to spoil it for everyone else. I’m glad I saw it before any of that happened. I don’t understand what it is about twists that gets everyone so mad, but those same people complain about predictability. The movie audience is a lot harder to please sometimes than readers, but both seem to prefer endings and stories that follow a pattern instead of breaking the mold and that’s a shame. Gone Girl was awesome!


Book to Movie Review–The Giver

The Giver

Movie Summary (from IMDb): In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

Book: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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I don’t have a blog review of The Giver, unfortunately, but it’s one of my favorite books of all time. I read the book in 6th grade, again in high school (on my own), and a handful of times as an adult. I absolutely love it. It’s short, well written, and conveys such strong and deep themes in such a simple way.

Movie Thoughts:

When I first saw previews for The Giver, I was extremely skeptical. The book has been out for a very very long time and is a favorite book among many people I’ve met in my life. I think, like most people, I was afraid the movie would fall short, despite the all star cast. After all, YA dystopian books turned movies is like the thing now. I feel like they are releasing left and right.

I knew The Giver was releasing during a time when the technology we have for visual effects would work nicely, so I was looking forward to seeing a lot of the scenes come to life. But I was afraid that, among the handful of other dystopian movies, it would get lost in the muck, be forgetful, or be turned into some terribly action romance thing. I almost refused to see it. I was that concerned about it being completely awful.

I’m really glad my husband decided to take me to see it. He’s not a huge reader, but we share a lot of old favorites, and The Giver is one of those shared favorites. Many times during the movie, we looked at each other, surprised that a certain scene in the book was playing before our eyes. He leaned over once to say, “I always imagined their bikes would look just like that.”

Of course, like any movie, there were tons of changes. Jonas was older, some of the events were changed, and the ending was a bit different. Despite the changes, the movie stayed very true the book and the elements of the book. The movie gave readers a glimpse of what could have happened to Jonas. Readers will never forget the way the book ended, but the movie expands on that ending and gave us some pretty pivotal scenes. To me, it provided a kind of what-if closure that I never got with the book.

I was shocked by how much I was moved by the memories given to Jonas. When the Giver shared music and dancing and war and sledding… I loved every scene. It contrasted with the daily life of the community in such a way that played with the viewer’s emotions. I thought it was perfectly done. It’s rare that I am so moved by that kind of thing, but the way all the moments flashed and revealed themselves and the way human beings can be just moved me.

I’m not a huge fan of Jeff Bridges or Katie Holmes, but they both nailed their characters. I was worried about Jeff Bridges being the Giver because I always pictured someone more Dumbledore-ish, but he really did a wonderful job. All of the acting was amazing. In fact, most of my initial concerns about the movie were unfounded. It wasn’t turned into an action or romance movie, but stayed true the themes of the book.

Bottom Line: I definitely recommend seeing the movie. It wasn’t perfect or as good as the book, but it was good. Perhaps I loved it so much because I expected to hate it, but I didn’t find it disappointing at all. It probably won’t resonate with viewers the same way the book resonates with readers, but it’s not nearly as forgettable as I imagined it would be.