Archive for Top Ten Tuesday
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We all have those books we wish we could see on the big screen. I’m always a little bit worried when they say they’re coming out with another of my favorites, because there are so many things they can do wrong. And I honestly think we need to get back to more original works – the majority of films out recently are either sequels or based on something else, like books movies or video games. BUT, if made to chose, these are the 10 I’d love to see in no particular order. [links go to my reviews, or a GoodReads page where you can find more information on the books listed]
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I know they recently did Hunger Games and this is very similar, but I think it could be done so very differently and still be an amazing movie.
2. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – Okay so technically they already did this one once, but they did such a poor job I’d like to see them do it again and do it RIGHT this time!
3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I love the Studio Ghibli version, but I really REALLY want them to do a live action version. I even cast it for them back when I reviewed it a year ago!
4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier – I loved this book so much! More of this book is ALWAYS a good thing. Plus, if they got the right costumers and set builders it would make just about the prettiest movie I’ve ever seen.
5. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett – All of the Terry Pratchett adaptations haven’t quite worked because they tried too hard to put too much of the great one-liners and ironic moments. For that reason I almost think this one would be better as a TV show, but with the right director (Joss Whedon maybe?) I think it could be pulled off.
6. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh – I can’t say enough times how much I love this book, but I think it would also make an amazing movie. It really feeds on the darker trends in film recently. I can picture the scenes, especially in Poe’s world, so vividly that I wish someone would just pluck it out of my brain and make it real!
7. Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley – This is one that I haven’t talked too much about on my blog, as I discovered it pre-blog, but I think the premise and unique twists make it great for film. That said, I’d be really picky about who directed it and who was cast cause it has the potential to be really cheesy too. (Sunshine by Robin McKinley was a candidate for this spot as well, but I decided it would end up too much like True Blood and all those other vampire TV shows already out there)
8. Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey – I love this Beauty and the Beast retelling and it has such potential as a period piece! With the resurgence of fairy tales I sincerely hope someone has thought to bring this one back to light.
9. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende – Again, this one has been done already, but let’s face it, it was the 80’s. Let’s do it again and make it better, k? (At least this one has an excuse for being awful *glares at Percy Jackson writers/directors*)
10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson – I have a shameful confession to make: I’m a sucker for cutesy teen rom-coms. This one is serious enough, at least I wouldn’t feel guilty for watching it!
That’s my list for this week. Did you pick any of these?
For this week it’s top ten books to read in a day. I’m a fast reader, so this actually happens fairly often – any time the page count goes under 300 or so, I can easily be expected to finish in a day if the plot is good. That said, it is possible (as in I’ve actually done it) for me to finish close to 500 pgs in a day! Here are some of the ones that did it for me (and maybe could do it for you!) [links go to my reviews, or a GoodReads page where you can find more information on the books listed]
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth – 500+ pages and I couldn’t put it down. I definitely read instead of sleeping that night!
2. Cinderby Marissa Meyer – Well, ok, a cheat since I had like a BILLION things to do that day so I didn’t technically finish it in a day. But I would have!
3. Memento Nora by Angie Smibert – It helped that this was a fairly short book with a very easily readable style, but I felt just as hungover as if I’d read other longer books.
4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins – Both this one and her second were one-day reads for me. The second I even managed to read in a single day DURING NaNoWriMo – I hated myself the next day for all the catch-up I had to play, but was so happy all the same!
5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – Honestly, I don’t know how anybody could stop reading this one once they’d started!
6. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh – One-day read, easily, even though it’s several inches thick! Of course, I may have been fighting a cold at the time… but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have done it in a day anyway!
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – The later books didn’t hook me so much, but book 1 is good enough that it was a one-day read TWICE! I recently reread it in anticipation of the movie, and planned to spread it out over the whole week. Yeah. SO didn’t happen!
8. Die for Me by Amy Plum – I was having a really downer day and I went and picked this book up because I just felt like everything was going wrong and I couldn’t stand to think about it anymore. Not only did this book fix the problem, but I was up half the night reading because I couldn’t bring myself to put it down!
9. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – This one surprised me, actually. Not my usual one-day read, but a good one nonetheless.
10. Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr – I love fairies and dark urban fantasy – I knew I’d met my match!
And since I’ve been featuring a lot of old books recently, how about a half list of books that I hope I’ll read in a day?
1. Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
2. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers
3. Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
5. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top 10 books we’d play hooky with. I’m not entirely sure what they mean by this, but I’m going to interpret it as books I would have skipped school to read (and I LOVED school – I never skipped a day, EVER). I have, for once, done the list in order, so counting down from 10: [all links to the GoodReads page for the books]
10. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – I love steampunk, I love kickass girls, and I love plotlines that keep me guessing! I bought this one on a whim and was unable to put it down for two days straight.
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I’m sure this one will go on everyone’s list, especially since the movie just came out. I reread it recently, and even though I knew the story, I ended up skipping a few chores just to finish it that same night (oops!)
8. Beastly by Alex Flinn – I knew we’d get around to the fairy tales eventually. I borrowed this one from the library originally, just before the film came out. I pined over the book so bad after returning it to the library that I had to buy it, and went through a desperate search to find a paperback copy that wasn’t the movie cover (I think the original is just so much prettier!)
7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – This one is a little embarrassing, because all I remember about the book is staying up far later than I should have to finish it because I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down and go to sleep. It has been several years now and I really should re-read it, just to see why I loved it so much!
6. The Faerie Wars series by Herbie Brennan – I know I sound like a broken record, but I seem to be the only one who knows about these books! For me, they were company through the long months between Harry Potter releases, and I enjoyed them just about as much!
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I think this one has been in almost every TTT I’ve done since reading it, but it belongs on just about EVERY top ten list I make. It is SO GOOD!
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – The concept of being able to read your favorite characters out of a book fascinated me from the very beginning, and with the release of each of the books in this series, I’m pretty sure I holed up in my room and wouldn’t come out until I finished. This is another I’d like to get to re-reading this year.
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I read this one in a SINGLE DAY, foregoing chores, homework and even sleep until I’d finished. I was extremely (book) hung over the next morning as I stayed up until 3 am to finish it, but it was totally worth it!
2. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende – This has been and always will be my go-to comfort book. My copy is so battered that I will not be surprised if it falls apart in my hands one day. The problem, of course, is that once I’ve started rereading I have a hard time stopping for anything…
And of course, number 1:
ANYTHING from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I happily went to midnight release parties (luckily all in the summer) and started reading immediately after, even though I am such a morning person that a typical bedtime for me is around 10 if not earlier. As I remember I finished book 7 less that 18 hours from the release, because I WOULD NOT stop for anything. I only ate because my mother forced me, and when I slept it was because it was freakin’ 5 am and I was still up reading. If they had released these books during the school year, I most definitely would have played hooky until I finished reading them – nothing could be more important than my Harry Potter fix!
There you have it! My top ten books to play hooky with. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do =)
What’s on your list this week?
Today, I decided to try something new. I’ll be participating in Top Ten Tuesdays at least for the rest of the year. I’m really excited to get to know all of you! As I often work on Tuesdays I will probably not return visits until Wednesdays, but leave a comment and I can guarantee I’ll come visit your blog by the end of the week (I’m curious like that). TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (love the blog name by the way, totally true of me too!) Hop on by to see the rest of the entries.
This week’s list is top ten sequels you can’t wait to read. Here’s mine:
1) Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter – WANT NOW! I’m soooooo excited for this one! =)
2) Insurgent by Veronica Roth – So um, this one too. I don’t care that there’s not a summary up, I’m willing to go over to Amazon and preorder it now.
3) The Torn Wing by Kiki Hamilton – Yes, I am aware that the first one isn’t even out yet. But considering The Faerie Ring was one of my absolute FAVORITE books of 2011, I kind of have to have this, like yesterday! (Also, look out for my review of The Faerie Ring, coming out as part of a tour in the next couple weeks.)
4) The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross – Another absolute FAVORITE of 2011, I had to put this one on there!
5) Goliath by Scott Westerfeld – Technically this is the third in the series not the sequel, but I don’t care. I love steampunk, I love the Clankers versus Beasties, and I want to know what happens to Deryn and Alek! ONLY 14 MORE DAYS! =D
6) Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh – Ok, that cliff hanger? NOT COOL! Oh and that release date? ALSO NOT COOL! How can I possibly wait ANOTHER year for more Varen?
7) Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – Slightly different than the rest of the list, but I’m still looking forward to this one. Heroes of Olympus is possibly my favorite Riordan series so far, and I am seriously looking forward to finding out what happens! (Now if only he’d write a series on Norse myth after this one…)
8) Supernaturally by Kiersten White -Technically out already this summer, but I still haven’t got a copy, so it counts, right?
9) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare -TMI may not be my favorite series ever (it’s good, just not a favorite) but ID definitely is! I guess I just prefer my vamps and other shadow creatures with a flavor of steampunk. I cannot wait for this next installment!
10) Red Glove by Holly Black – Already out for a while, I know, but I haven’t gotten to it yet, and I really REALLY want to!
I’m sure I could find more I’m looking forward to, but those are the first 10 that come to mind. What are yours?