There are so so so many books that I have been keeping on my TBR (to-be-read) list for way too long, and I’m constantly adding new ones. Who isn’t a victim of this problem? This summer I made a plan to check off some of those titles, and while I haven’t quite made a dent in the list, I have put some of those books on the read list. Here are some that are next up on my summer reading list:
Today I am beginning my participation in the meme create by Book Badger called 5 Friday Favorites. Basically, she has posted a topic for every Friday and the participants create their top 5 list of the topic provided. Simple right? And fun! This week’s topic is favorite summer reads. Here is my list:
This is for sure my favorite book I’ve read so far this summer. I say that because this is the first book published by Angie Sandro and I love the book and her. She is such a nice person.
2. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress
I LOVED this book, and the series. I listed all three books together because it wouldn’t be fair to the other books to list them otherwise.
This is by far the funnest book I’ve read all summer. It broke a pretty dry spell for me.
OK, so technically it wasn’t summer yet when I finished this one, but it takes place in the South during the Summer so it seemed fitting. The people in the book feel my pain.
This book was a fun book to read, I love re-vamped fairy tales.
What are your favorite reads this summer?
I’ve already covered annoying things book nerds tend to do, now I’m turning the tables. Here are 5 things that non-readers will just never understand.
1. The need to keep reading, especially when the book is getting good.
Yes the whole book is good. No, I can’t stop reading. Sorry, not sorry.
2. Movies will never be better than the book.
It just isn’t humanly possible. It’s just not.
3. Yes, I need all of these bookshelves.
It’s either that or piles of books. Or both. You’ve seen Hoarders right?
4. I will always need another book.
Books are like toilet paper for readers. I can survive without it, but it won’t be pretty.
5. I cannot pay attention to a person talking and a book at the same time.
Huh? Did you say something? I’m reading, the choices are to be ignored or get the stink eye, I mean…it’s up to you.
In the month of June I had a few books on my list that I, sadly, didn’t get to read. Mostly because I am still on the waiting list for them at my library. I don’t normally purchase books because I choose to support my local library instead. One of those books will make it on to July’s list because I should get it any time not, but the other will probably have to wait until August. Bummer.
Anyway, let us get on with my July reading list.
In June I had the pleasure and honor of reviewing a few ARCs and also started the spectacular Lunar series. Here are the books I read in June.
Hopefully I can read these books, maybe not. A girl can hope…What are your July goals? What were your favorite June reads?
There are so many great books out there that it seems like they are all being made into a movie or a TV show. Every time I find a great book it seems like I find out that it is being adapted for the screen and I don’t know how I feel about that. I like my books as books, and not all books should be movies or TV shows.
Lets take a look at some of the books that have been adapted to the big or little screen that you can watch from the comfort of your own home, with or without pants, on Netflix.
Orange is The New Black – Lets start with the obvious shall we? This is an amazing book and show. The creators of this show also created Weeds and so it makes since that this too would be a crowd pleaser. I’ve read the book and loved it, I watch the show and love it. Either way, you really can’t go wrong. The second season just became available on 6/8 and I’m wondering how many people binged on it and are now regretting their decision because they have to wait another year for the next season. Thus, the main con of Netflix producing its own shows. I have only watched the first episode, but I am trying to contain myself and practice restraint so I don’t over indulge.
The Vampire Diaries – Also pretty well known. This is a CW show as well as a Canadian show. Did you know that most of the really awesome shows these days come from Canada? Well, at least the CW shows do and, lets face it, most of them are great. I do not recommend the books though, they were kind of way out there in the terms of reality. I know that vampires, werewolves, and hybrids (oh my!) are not real, but there is still a thin line of realism that I need maintained in order to really enjoy a book, and this crossed it over and over. The book series was written by LJ Smith. Did you know it was originally published in 1991? It’s amazing what some new cover art will do.
The Secret Circle – This one was killed before its time. I LOVED following Cassie and her mismatched band of witches run around on goose chases while they tried not to fall in love with their best-friends’ boyfriends and what not. It was actually a pretty good show, one that I have watched through about two times and have been thinking about rewatching it again. This one is also a CW show and based on a book series by L.J. Smith and was originally published in 1992. I have read this series, and while it is very much written for teens, it was still a pretty good fun, easy read to pass some time. Not the next Divergent series, but it will do for a lazy weekend.
American Psycho – I’ve not read this book, but I have watched the movie. It is a good one that stars Christian Bale as a hot businessman who tries to maintain his “yuppie” life style while indulging himself in his homicidal urges. What a novel that would make right? I need to read this one.
The Silence of the Lambs – Another one I haven’t read, but I did just pick it up at my local used bookstore. I don’t know if I am looking forward to reading this book or not. I guess it depends on who’s point of view it is from. I don’t know if I want to be in Hannibal Lecter’s head.
Bag of Bones – I have not read or seen this, I want to though. It is on my Netflix list. The ghost of a blues singer haunts a writer as he retreats into his quiet place in the woods. Even though I haven’t seen or read it, it is Stephen King, it deserves to be on my list.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – I loved the movies, but unfortunately haven’t read the books. Although I’ve read that it is like Harry Potter without the magic and with more bills and a mortgage. I’m not sure if I get that, but it does have good reviews so maybe one day I will pick it up.
Clicking of the book names will direct you to the book’s Amazon page.
1.The Curse Keepers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 1) by Denise Grover Swank.
2.Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family) by Melissa De La Cruz
3.City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Claire
4.Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia
5. Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Here’s what I read in May. You can click the book covers to be directed to the reviews of each book:
It seems like every time I pick up a book lately I find out that it is being made into a movie. This can be a little annoying to some because no book can be adapted perfectly to the big screen, and some books that should never been put to film. There are also T.V. shows that are adapted from books, surprisingly enough (or not so surprisingly), and, while some are well known, others are a not. I recently learned that one of my favorite new television shows was derived from a book series. I had not idea, and since I am an avid book reader, I am now obligated to read each and every one of them. I just have to.
So, after this startling realization I thought I would make a list of these T.V. shows that are based off books. This list is shows that are currently on TV, some may be surprising and others may not be. The pictures of the book covers are directly linked to Amazon.com, you can click on them for more information about the books.
1. Witches of East End (Lifetime) – I know! I didn’t know this either. I may or may not be the last one to know this great show is from a book series. This is the show I was talking about. The series is based on the Beauchamp Series written by Melissa De La Cruz and The Witches of East End is the first of the series. Oh, and it was instantly added to my never ending TBR list on Goodreads. The new season starts July 6th at 9/8c.
2. The Vampire Diaries (CW) – I know that everybody is well aware that this show is based on The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. The book series is nothing like the show, the show is much better. The books are way out there in terms of a believable story line. I know that vampires, werewolves, and demons
are aren’t real, but there is a line of reality that is blurred, crossed, and completely destroyed. The Awakening is the first in the series. This season’s final episode was a serious cliff hanger. Also, L.J. Smith’s Secret Circle series was a CW show, one I happened to love. Unfortunately it was canceled at the end of the first season.
3. The 100 (CW) – This show just wrapped up its first season and has been renewed for a second. It is based on Kass Morgan’s series The 100, which is also the name of the first book. I’ve not yet read the books but the show is pretty good. It lends a break to the mystic creatures that have taken over our screens as of late.
4. Bones (FOX) – The Temperance Brennan series is written by Kathy Reichs, who, like her main character, is a forensic anthropologist. Again, I’ve never read the books, but I love the show and have been watching it since the beginning. The first book of this series is titled Déjá Dead and there are currently 16 books in the series with the next one due out in September of this year.
5. Orange is the New Black (Netflix) – I have read this one, but I have yet to review it. It’s on my to do list. This is based on a true story, and I mean loosely. The characters are mostly the same but the show is way more dramatic than the book, but both are wonderfully entertaining. Orange is the New Black was written by Piper Kerman about her stay in a women’s prison and it is eye opening. You can even read the original blog her husband kept while she was serving her time. The second season will be available on Netflix on June 6th of this year.
6. Game of Thrones (HBO) – Everybody and their dog know about this book derived show unless they have been living under a rock for the past two or three years. A Song of Fire and Ice series is written by George R. R. Martin and there are two books yet to be finished and published and there are no dates available as to when the next one will be available. Game of Thrones is the first book in the series and I highly recommend that you and everyone you know read these books and watch the show. But make sure you know at least one person who also read or is reading the books because you will need someone to talk to…just saying.
7. Hemlock Grove (Netflix) – This show is dark, really dark. Definitely not kid friendly. Paranormal, supernatural, and dysfunctional family members. The book Hemlock Grove was written by Brian McGreevy and I have not read it but I just purchased it and plan to read it soon. The second season should be released on Netflix on July 11th.
8. Suburgatory (ABC) – Unfortunately this is one of the shows ABC cancelled and will not be returning for a new season in the Spring. However, you may be surprised to know that it is based off a book titled Suburgatory: Twisted Tales from Darkest Suburbia by Linda Erin Keean. This show is simple and funny with familiar faces and it is only a pleasant 30 minutes long. It is too bad there won’t be any more new episodes.
9. True Blood (HBO) – It is about to air it’s final season and I am sad to say I didn’t watch last season at all. I did read every single book that was released in the Sookie Stackhouse series which was written by Charlaine Harris. The first book titled Dead Until Dark. Read the books, watch the show, enjoy the hot vampires, a no-nonsense main character, and awesomeness that is southern living.
10. Justified (FX) – Although this show is AWESOME and the story line is action packed with great humor, let me be completely honest about the reason I watch this show. Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder. Pronto is the first installment in the Raylan Givens series written by Elmore Leonard. I will admit that I have only read the first book, but I plan to read more. Oh, and watch more Justified.
11. The Walking Dead (AMC) – The Walking Dead was originally a comic book series, or graphic novel series, created by Robert Kirkman and I can say from personal experience that it is one of the most brutal things I have ever witnessed. The show has certainly hit some people the wrong way, but the books are worse. And the worst part, it’s hard to put down no matter how disgusted or appauled you are. Let me say, I am a huge fan of the show but not so much of the books.