Top Ten Tuesday: From Page to Screen…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Page to Screen Freebie


Every so often I’ll read a great book and it strikes me that it would be perfect for either a big screen or tv series adaptation. Here are just a few of the books I would like to see become a movie/tv show:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This one has to be top of my list. I think it would make such a great adaptation, with the mystery, the atmosphere, the body-swapping, time-travel awesomeness. It must be a year now since I first read this. Time for a re-read?

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – Eight huge books demand a very long tv adaptation I think.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I remember this being very visual and thinking at the time it would make a fantastic looking movie.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I’d love to see this adapted for tv. It could take over the spot that will be left when a certain other show featuring dragons and a great mix of characters ends.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell – I loved the tension and the general eerie air of this book. Imagine that on the big screen and all those silent companion figures coming to life in that great old house. It gives me a shiver just thinking about it.

The Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden – A movie trilogy, maybe? Vasya and Morozko and their wonderful world of magic is definitely something I’d love to watch.

The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan – These books would make such a great tv series. I can just picture the historical-looking settings, the military uniforms and the powers of the mages brought to life. If you’ve not read these books, what are you waiting for?!

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – They gave The Girl With All the Gifts the big-screen treatment, didn’t they, so I think the prequel would make a good watch too.

And to conclude, a book that has been given the adaptation treatment that I’m looking forward to seeing, and an open space for any of your suggestions:

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – I’ve yet to read this book, but it is on my TBR pile, and the series trailer makes me want to get started on it very soon.

? – What have I missed when it comes to books that should definitely make it to the big screen?


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

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The Spring Cleaning Book Tag

It’s time for another Book Tag.
Thanks to Kelsey of There’s Something About KM for tagging me for this one.

It’s taken me a while to write my answers, and I wanted to get this posted before Spring departs for another year, so here we go…

THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE

The most recent read that comes to mind is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Anyone who’s read my blog recently may have noted my amazement when I collected this book from the library. I had no idea how huge it was when I ordered it, and it was so heavy that I knew it would have to be good to warrant carrying it around for as long as it would take to read. I’m so very glad that I didn’t hesitate too long, because once I started I was totally hooked. Such a brilliant story.

CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL

Unhaul? Get rid of books unread? I really need to master the art of this, especially when it comes to library books because my pile is absolutely massive.

OPENING WINDOWS AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I still can’t believe that twist! I won’t say too much more for fear of spoiling anything for someone who has yet to read the book, because once you know, I think it’s one you’ll always remember, and that’s definitely refreshing.

WASHING OUT THE SHEETS: A BOOK WITH A SCENE YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE

Without giving anything away, I remember thinking I maybe would have switched the order of the final two chapters of Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey, so not rewritten, just re-placed.

THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICKKNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS NECESSARY

This is a tough one. I don’t actually think I’ve read enough complete series to offer an answer. I’m reading A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, and I’ve enjoyed everything so far, and the same goes for The Dark Tower series by Stephen King.

POLISHING DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH

I’ll say The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, as it was a whole one-volume epic fantasy tale of fierce ladies and talking dragons. That’s not to say I’m happy with just the one volume – I would absolutely love a return to that world and those characters.

REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE

I’m honestly not sure. I must admit if I see a number of reviews that mention this sort of thing it may be enough to put me off picking up the book in the first place, it depends on my mood at the time.

THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH OF SPRING CLEANING: A BOOK SERIES THAT WAS TIRING BUT SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It was tiring in that it literally kept me up because I just HAD to read one more chapter (of course!), and also tiring emotionally because over a long series of long books you can’t help but become attached to the characters and when things don’t go well for them it’s just not good. I really must re-read this series sometime.


So concludes the Spring Cleaning Book Tag.
As always, if you fancy having a go, or in this case can’t face the thought of any actual real life s
pring cleaning, consider yourself tagged – spending time amongst your books is much more fun anyway!

Booking Ahead: May 2019

Booking Ahead is a feature on Pages and Tea where I glance through my never-ending TBR list/pile and select a few potential reads for the coming month. If I’m not reading books I love talking about books I’d like to read, so this post is a perfect excuse to do just that.

Welcome to another wander through my TBR pile. Here’s a rare thing though – I have countless books and no idea what I’d like to read next, so compiling this post for the coming month is a little tricky as I’ll probably just go wherever the reading mood takes me, which is a unique thing. I usually have at least some clue what I want to start next. Anyway, here are at least a couple of (almost) certainties!

New Books

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher – This sounds like a quite different take on the Post-Apocalyptic scenario that I usually enjoy reading so much. I’ve seen many good reviews for it already, and am really looking forward to starting it.

Books from the Backlist

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie – I’m still enjoying discovering the stories of Agatha Christie, and I’ve already started reading this one. I like the character who has apparently become the new Hastings in assisting Poirot in the investigation, and I am enjoying the mystery of who murdered poor Roger Ackroyd.


What are you hoping to read this month? Have you read of my picks, and if so what did you think?
See you again next month for another Booking Ahead.

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Rainy Day Reads


There’s a real pleasure in having the opportunity to sit and read on a rainy day. It’s quiet and cosy, and every so often it’s great to pause and watch the rain trailing down the windows. Give me a mug of tea and a great book and I’ll be a happy reader. So, what would I possibly pick up on one of these occasions? Glad you asked…

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield – My current read, and it’s an engrossing, meandering tale built upon the power of storytelling and the way stories draw people together. I’m really enjoying discovering all these characters and I keep wondering who the young girl at the heart of the tale will turn out to be.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Why not try a classic on a rainy day? It’s been a long time since I last read Jane Eyre, but I remember enjoying it and I think an hour or two in Jane and Rochester’s company would be the perfect choice for a rainy afternoon of reading.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – You never know, if it’s cold enough the rain could turn to snow, and then where better than a snow-bound luxury train out in the wilderness in the company of Hercule Poirot and a whole load of suspects?

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Or, in the spirit of escapism, you could read yourself away from your rainy afternoon and into the heat of Egypt for a trip on the Nile with Poirot. I haven’t read this one yet, but hopefully this summer I’ll finally get around to it.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – Rediscovering an enjoyable book from one of your favourite authors is another great way to spend a rainy day reading, and this book is certainly long enough to keep you occupied for a whole day and more. Time travel, romance, thriller, this book has a bit of everything.

Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan – I love finding a new series to get hooked on, and the Powder Mage books by Brian McClellan certainly held my attention. These books were so good I would love to go back and start from the beginning again.

The Passage by Justin Cronin – I still want to re-read this one, and then carry on with the rest of the books. I haven’t managed to get to it yet, mostly due to the vast amount of library books I end up with, so a rainy afternoon might give me the perfect excuse to finally pick up my own book and make a start.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – A book from my TBR list that l am really looking forward to starting. The cover alone, all blue and dark and mysterious looks really suited to a rainy day.

Book Blogs – Sometimes I can be found whiling away a rainy day adding to my already-endless TBR list/pile by reading reviews from other bloggers.

? – Last one this week is open for suggestions. What would you recommend picking up as a Rainy Day Read?


So, have you read any of the books that made my list this week?  If so, what did you think of them? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:  Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book


A striking cover – We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it happens. You’re wandering around the bookstore, not quite sure what you’re looking for, then suddenly, you see that cover and you can’t look away. Before you know it you’re checking out the story.

Something very different from my usual reads, or what I’ve been reading lately – Massive brick of a book wearing out your wrists/fingers/hands? Chances are my next read will be a much physically smaller book.
Heavy themes? Next time I may opt for some a little more light-hearted. I like variety in my reading.

A Post-Apocalyptic theme, especially if zombies/other supernatural elements are involved. I love a good post-apocalyptic story. I don’t know why really, but something draws me in to these types of tale.

Certain authors – To name but one, I have been a Stephen King fan for years now, and I’ll always check out his latest offerings. There are so many books from his back catalogue that I need to read too.

Good reviews from bloggers – Although my TBR list/pile extends beyond anything normal sized I do love reading blogs to discover new books, especially fantasy and sci-fi (which I still haven’t read enough of yet).

Library request lists – I get so many of my latest reads from the library that I can’t not mention it here. Sometimes I have to check to see what’s in demand then prioritise that book to avoid returning it late or unread.

Next book in the series – If I’ve enjoyed the previous volume then I always look forward to the release of the next one.

A recommendation from someone in real life – Doesn’t actually happen that often these days for some reason, so if someone pushes a book on me I’ll tend to listen to what they have to say.

A debut author with a fascinating sounding book – I’m always looking out for new and interesting reads.

TV/Movie Adaptations – If something has been adapted and I’ve watched the series/movie, I usually end up checking out the book to see what they changed/kept the same.


So, what makes you pick up a certain book? See you again next time for another Top Ten Tuesday.

Booking Ahead: April 2019

Booking Ahead is a feature on Pages and Tea where I glance through my never-ending TBR list/pile and select a few potential reads for the coming month. If I’m not reading books I love talking about books I’d like to read, so this post is a perfect excuse to do just that.

Off I go through the TBR archives once more! Time to pick some potential reads for the month. Given that last month was mostly taken up with my reading of The Priory of the Orange Tree, I have a feeling that some of the other books I mentioned last time may well make a return appearance here.
Here are a few of the books I hope to read over the coming month…

New Books

Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff – I cannot keep away from a new post-apocalyptic novel, and this one is receiving such positive reviews and feedback that I’m really looking forward to cracking open the book.

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker – People are succumbing to an endless sleep in which they experience life-altering dreams. Sounds intriguing to me!

Books from the Backlist

I seem to have unintentionally neglected my Beat the Backlist challenge lately. I blame the library for sending through so many of the new books I’ve requested all at the same time! This month I’ll try to add at least a couple more to my (small) total.

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie writing as Mary Westmacott – After my latest epic fantasy read of 800+ pages I feel like I would like something shorter in the coming weeks, before I move on to another long novel, and it’s been a while since I indulged my newfound enjoyment of Agatha Christie. This is a change from her usual crime novels though, so I’m going into it with an open mind.

The Passage by Justin Cronin – I just finished watching the new tv series, so now I want to pick this up for a re-read even more because there is so much that I cannot remember about it. I want to see how it compares to the show, and I also want to carry on with the rest of the books.


What are you hoping to read this month? Have you read of my picks, and if so what did you think?
See you again next month for another Booking Ahead.

The Spring Has Sprung Book Tag – 2019 Edition

It’s Book Tag time!
Spring has arrived, so, you guessed it – it’s time for me to bring out the Spring Has Sprung Book Tag for a 2019 update!…
I know I was tagged for this one a couple of years back, and from that point it has become something of a little tradition to update my answers each year. On to the books…

1. FLOWERS: LOOK ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES. WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK BOTH INSIDE AND OUT?

   

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Have you SEEN that cover?! It’s embossed, and it has the most fierce looking dragon, and the colours are gorgeous. You may get the impression that I like it, and you’d be right.
And the story? Well, the book is so huge that I said when it arrived at the library it had better be good or it would be going back, because I couldn’t see myself lugging something so massive around if it wasn’t great.
I couldn’t put it down!

I also have to mention The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Loved the story, loved the cover, loved the whole series!

2. GRASS: WHAT IS A BOOK THAT YOU FIND THAT OTHERS LIKE WAY MORE THAN YOU DO?

Tough question – I don’t seem to encounter many people who read the same sort of books that I like. I’ll have to give this one some thought…

3. RAIN: WHAT’S A GREAT BOOK THAT LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS WHEN YOU’RE DOWN?

P. G. Wodehouse novels are usually good for a moment of humour.

4. DEW: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FEEL ALIVE?

I loved Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan. All the Powder Mage books have been really good, and this latest addition to that world continued in the same way. I think there’s another book out later this year, so that’s something to look out for.

5. STORMS: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU FOUND UNPREDICTABLE?

Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey. It was such a different read, and such a strange situation for some of the characters that I had no idea which way the story would go, and that made it exciting.

6. RAINBOW: WHAT WAS A BOOK THAT YOU STRUGGLED WITH, ONLY TO BE HAPPY THAT YOU READ IT IN THE END?

I sat here and gave this some thought, but then realised it’s going to have to be a similar answer to last year. My TBR pile is almost as tall as me so I don’t really like to sit struggling through a book I’m not enjoying. I’m even trying to get a little bit better at DNF-ing quicker these days, although I do still find it hard to put a book aside once I’ve started reading it.

7. CHILLY WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU COULDN’T FINISH OR DIDN’T ENJOY?

The Binding by Bridget Collins. I just couldn’t seem to get into it, but passed it on to someone else and she loved it, so maybe it was just me at the time?

8. WARM WEATHER: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED AND WANTED MORE OF?

         

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, or actually, the whole Winternight trilogy! Yes, there are three whole books, but I feel like I could read about Vasya and Morozko for at least another three books.

9. GREEN: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT REALLY WANT TO?

Circe by Madeline Miller. Scrolling online the other day I came across a quote from the book, and it was so lyrical. If the rest of the book is written in the same way then I really do need to give it a place at the top of my TBR pile.

10. PINK: WHAT’S A BOOK IN WHICH YOU FELT A STRONG CONNECTION TO THE CHARACTERS?

I love the three main characters in The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. They’re all very different, but all have their strengths and their trials. Sometimes I find myself longing to get back to a certain character’s perspective when I‘m reading a long novel, but in this I found I enjoyed them all equally.

11. PURPLE: WHAT’S A BOOK THAT WHEN YOU READ IT, YOU FEEL SAFE?

Last year I mentioned my Harry Potter series re-read, and it’s something that I really want to carry on with, because I still think there’s something comforting about reading a well-loved and well-known series for the second time, even when you know what lies in store for some of the characters, because you now how it turns out in the end.

12. ORANGE: WHAT BOOK DO YOU FEEL IS INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN?

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. That book must have been so intricately planned because there are so many threads going back and forth that you really have to pay attention to keep up. It was probably my favourite read of last year, and I would love to read it again in the future.

13. YELLOW: WHAT BOOK PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

       

I am really enjoying Agatha Christie at the moment. I love the Poirot novels, and the ones with Hastings narrating usually have something a little comic in the way he relates events.


So, there’s my latest edition of Spring Has Sprung.
As always, if you want to have a go at the tag then consider yourself tagged. Enjoy!