Another one of my ‘One Day I’ll do it’; I save articles, I save email, newsletters that I’ve subscribed to with all these amazing ‘Do this’ and must read and must see and create this and that… they are all saved, organised in their little email folders.
How many have I done? None.
So first one I’ll tackle is from one of my favourite blogs ‘Buzz Feed Books’. The challenge is fun because they’ve combined two of my favourite hobbies, reading and watching (they should have added ‘whilst demolishing a packet of M&M and Popcorn’).
The article that was saved: – 21 Books to Read before They Hit the Big Screen in 2015! This is perfect because it will help me reach my ‘GoodReads’ Goal of reading 50 books this year! (Follow me on GoodReads)
First to hit the bookstore – I love browsing bookstores, they are dangerous waters for me, because I go in to buy one that I really need and then walk away with too many others. I love second-hand bookstores as well, because you find the books with the front cover being the same as when you read it as a kid. One of my favourite things is going in and looking for copies of ‘The Outsiders’. It’s one of my favourite books and I re-read it at least once a year. Or shop online Booktopia has become my weakness with all their sales at the moment. I’ve just bought 7 new books, I think I’ll need to lock myself away for a week just go get through all the new ones!
More importantly, let’s look at some of the 21 books that Buzz Feed recommend I read before they hit the big screen (some have already hit the screens so bear with me).
- Love Rosie – aka Where Rainbows End. I’ve already read ‘Love Rosie’, I’m not sure if it was the way it was written; in forms of letters, but it was so easy to read that I had finished the book in two days whilst catching some rays. Then I found out that they were making a movie and couldn’t help but fantasies of those cute dimples on Sam Clalfin. Now I have seen the movie, and it was great, a beautiful simple rom-com more of a romance than a comedy and it was wonderful seeing Sam’s dimples. Even though the story remained the same, the ending was same but different, I know sounds confusing, basically they didn’t move away from the book’s story, but they ended the story earlier than it did in the book. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it but please read it first, you will not be disappointed.
- Still Alice – I’ve heard amazing reviews about this movie and starring Julianne Moore who I think is brilliant in her own right, has made me want to get through my book list fast just so I can read and see this film.
- 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy. I’ve got the Grey trilogy, but they’ve been sitting on the shelf for about 2 years now, still untouched and I don’t know if I really want to read it… I got sucked in on the hype way before the casting happened and then I lost interest because of bad reviews, the changes to the story and apparently that it’s badly written. I will get to it eventually, but if you see the stack of books I have that are currently unread it’s one trilogy I won’t be rushing to read.
- The Longest Ride – Nicholas Spark. Ok, so I know two things for a fact. No 1. Nicholas Spark books/movies make me cry. 2. Clint Eastwood is a great director and produce AND produces gorgeous offspring! I’ve added this one to the list, because I know what I’m in for, a romantic story, boy meets girl, there’s a drama but a happy ending…I hope!
- Far from the Madding Crowd – I love Carey Mulligan, since I saw her in ‘An Education’ I knew this girl was destined to be a star! Then starring alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in ‘The Great Gatsby’ (also on my list to read) her talent outshone Leo! The book however may need to sit on the sidelines for a while and I may break my rule, just this once where I’ll see it before I read it. Reason being it’s currently playing in the cinemas and I think the cinematography of this film deserves a cinema experience.
- Paper Towns – This one I’m giving a miss. I’m about to make a statement right here that will get right up some fans noses, but it’s my opinion and thoughts! When ‘Fault in our Stars’ was released, there was so many amazing reviews and people harped on about it. So I followed the sheep and I read the book I wanted to see what the hype was about and basically if I didn’t care about the carbon dioxide in our ozone layer, I would have used the book as kindle for a fire! I disliked it very much. I refused to even watch the movie, and every time it came up on the screen I purposely changed the channel. I have a fear that I’ve been scarred from reading any more of John Green’s work due to this book! I don’t doubt that Mr Green’s other books may be better, but I live in fear that I may not get back the hours I’ve already spent reading the “Fault in our Stars”. But then again, I am a fan of Cara Delevingne so I might just watch Paper Towns, just to see her in it!
- Frankenstein – I already own Frankenstein it was part of my literature course at University, but it’s been a while since I’ve read it…and I love this genre. I love the supernatural world (wink, wink). And am always curious how they adapt classic novels into film.
So without further a do let’s begin to action this list – I will start with Frankenstein since I already own it and don’t want to dumb down my brain with 50 Shades just yet…Oh and I can finally delete this email/post of 21 Reads, because now I’ve started to action it!
Have you seen/read any of the above books or any of the 21 Books that Buzz Feed recommend? What did you think?
P.S First reader who comments, shares and subscribes will get MY copy of ‘Fault in our Stars’.