TTT | Books to Read If You Love Red (Taylor’s Version) Album

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Have I been listening to Red on repeat since Friday? Maybe, but you can’t prove anything. Either way, here are books to read if you love X song from that album.

I have to pair Daisy Jones & the Six with Sad Beautiful Tragic. Not only does the story match with the song but the feel of the song matches it as well.

For The Very First Night, Malice by Heather Walter will leave with all the feels that this song does.

If you like Babe, then you should definitely read Malibu Rising! This song specifically makes me think of Nina and her husband’s (soon to be ex) relationship.

My mind immediately went to Call Me By Your Name for Red!

For Holy Ground, I actually went with Mrs. Dalloway because I think the story in the song matches really well with the time and reminiscing that Mrs. Dalloway (both book and character) goes through.

Yes, Jane Eyre does end up with Mr. Rochester but that doesn’t me I wanted her to end up with him. I still think this song applies for the book and relationship.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour just gives all the same feelings that I had when listening to Message in a Bottle. I know it’s probably about wanting someone back, but I think it also fits with first loves.

The feel of the song definitely doesn’t fit Pride and Prejudice but the song itself goes hand and hand with it. Especially the first 3/4 before Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth get together.

I legitimately could here Ari saying the words from Treacherous, which is why I paired it with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Probably not the relationship(s) per se, but the roller coaster of emotions this song goes through definitely fits with The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Books to Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Reading a book for the first time is so special and hits you differently then when you re-read something. So, here are the books I’d love to read again for the first time.

This book will never not break my heart! I wish I could read it again and just absorb every line and action into my being.

Dig is a non-linear story that digs (pun not intended) into a family that used to be potato farmers. It’s about how do we reconcile our past with our future and what is the responsibility of white people in America. Just a beautiful novel with lots of questions to discuss.

I just want to spend more time with this family, and see what happens in the future for them.

In our age of Covid, reading about the AIDS crisis seems fitting. A crisis that no one wanted and one that people didn’t seem to care much about. I’d love to read June’s journey for the first time and her relationship with her uncle, the only person who seems to understand June. To be able to go on the journey of grief with her again and just fully immerse myself in her story.

I first read this in a graduate poetry class, so it was speed read through to finish it in time for class. To get the chance to read it again for the first time and really soak up the poems that Eavan Boland writes would be such a pleasure.

While I love a good mystery/horror book, I sometimes feel like I never really enjoy the story enough cause I’m just wanting to know whodunit or what’s going on. I’m so focused on getting to the end that I miss really getting to know the journey and characters.

Again another mystery book that I rushed through to see what happened. I’d especially love to read this again cause I’m always a sucker for anything Holmes & Watson related.

Another book that raises so many questions about family and what we pass down to the next generation.

I absolutely love retellings, especially if the retelling changes things up like making Jane Eyre a killer. Yes, please! I’d absolutely love to get to read this again for the first time just for the funness of the novel.

I think about this book about once a week, if not more. It ruined me! I’d love to be able to read Verity and Mattie’s friendship anew and get to experience all the many emotions that come with it.

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic are books that someone recommended to me that are read or will be read.

Books Recommended by Friends

Books Recommended by My Grandma

Books Recommended by My Dad

#FridayFavorites | International Locations

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic covers books that take place in a location other than where I live. I decided to exclude everything with the United States to make it a bit more fun.

Location: India

Summary: Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India’s independence, and found himself mysteriously “handcuffed to history” by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent—and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times.

Locations: United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Algeria

Summary: Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it.

Location: Italy

Summary: The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera.

Location: East Prussia

Summary: Four fictionalized but historically accurate voices to convey the real-life tragedy of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army.

Location: France and Germany

Summary: The interweaving stories of two children who grow up during Hitler’s reign, one who is blind and lives in a sea-side town in France and one who lives in Germany and joins Hitler Youth. Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

#FridayFavorites | LGBTQ+ Books

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out.

Because LGBTQ+ people exist outside of June, here are some books that feature someone from the community.

I absolutely love this book. Not only for the transgender representation, but the focus is on the transgender feelings of a young child, as well as how a family navigates this new normal for them. So well-told and beautiful and real!!

Yes, it’s a young adult romance, but that’s the reason I love it. There is no coming out story, Emi’s family all know and it doesn’t mater, there’s no trauma or homophobia present in this book. It’s a love story, the love story just happens to be between two girls. It’s completely adorable!

This book is a mix of Charles Dickens but with lesbians! There’s mystery, thieves, romance, betrayal. Oh, Sarah Waters is not only an amazing writer, but the detail of research in her books is above and beyond.

What do you do when you have troubles figuring out your identity? When you find yourself falling in love with a girl? Well, Astrid Jones sends her questions and concerns up to the planes that fly overhead. They become her confidant. Yet, when things become more complicated and in trenched, can she keep her secrets to the people high above.

“Call me by your name, and I’ll call you by mine.” Gosh, I’m sure everyone knows about this book, but I don’t care! I absolutely love this book and the ending breaks my heart each time.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!

TTT Turns 10!| Best/Worst Book to Movie/TV Adaptation

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week TTT turns 10! In honor of it’s birthday, the topic is to either revisit a TTT topic you’ve done in the past and redo/update it or pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done but didn’t get a change to do. Since, I only just started doing this I am obviously going to chose option 2.

The past topic I chose (I mean you could’ve figured it out by the title) is Top Ten Best/Worst Book to Movie Adaptation. I’m going to split this in half: five of the best and five of the worst.

Worst Adaptations

5.

To start off, I did love The Haunting of Hill House series on Netflix; however, to say it was based on Shirley Jackson’s novel is taking things a bit far. The names of the characters are there and of course, the house, but after that nothing is really the same. I will say the decision to take a singular family instead of four random strangers did work well. The storyline was well thought out and written, and the cast did a phenomenal job. On it’s own, it is wonderful, which is why it’s at the bottom of the list; but as an adaptation of a book, it’s not faithful to the source material.

4.

The longest book in the series, and it’s the shortest movie. I just don’t understand. The movie removed all the important information and changed it to a more teen angst movie. This is by far my favorite of the books, as the characters start to realize that the stakes are high. There are so many important topics covered in the book upcoming war, discrimination, mental health (Harry has PTSD, fight me), government not paying attention. But no lets focus on Ron’s relationship with Lavender. The one redeeming scene of this movie is this:

3.

What even was that movie? I was confused the whole time I watched. Completely cliched and unbelievable from the start. I’m also not a huge fan of the series either.

2.

WHY? WHY? Whhhhyyyyy?? I just am so confused about why they changed the entire ending. There was a point for it to end that way.

Spoiler Alert

Anna had to die. If Kate actually died, her mother never would have forgiven Anna for not helping her sister. Anna needed to die for the family to realize how important Anna was to the family. I just don’t get the idea of changing an entire book’s ending.

I can’t even with this movie! Saying it’s horrible crap is an insult to crap! Why are there 20-something year olds playing 12 year olds? Why did they change the ages from 12 to 17? Was every blonde busy at the time? Did the screenwriters, directors, ANYONE WHO WORKED ON THIS MOVIE actually read the damn book? I’m guessing not!! This adaptation was a train wreck from the beginning and didn’t get any better.

Best Adaptations:

5.

I know I’m in the minority in this, but I absolutely love the Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley! I think this movie stays true to the spirit of the book. I know that the BBC Pride and Prejudice is word for word from the book, but honestly, I fell asleep through the first one and could never try to watch it again. Also, the chemistry between Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen is spot on. The one part that I would change is to have it end with the Mr. Bennet laughing after giving Lizzie his blessing.

4.

Does Elijah Wood age? Has he found the fountain of youth and is keeping it from us? Same goes to Cate Blanchett! This first one is my favorite of the trilogy. They make a wonderful movie while keeping faithful to the book.

3.

This is one of the few times I will say this statement, so pay attention: The movie was better than the book. There I said it. They keep to the book but do such a great job in adding and expanding on the universe. The scene when Katniss and Peeta are on tour and the little girl tells Katniss that she wants to be like her when she grows up. The look on Jennifer Lawrence’s face at that point is pure perfection. Adding in the scene with President Snow’s daughter wearing her hair like Katniss is so poignant in showing how much inspiration she has garnered from the public, including the Capital. It’s just so amazing! I absolutely love this movie.

2.

This is the way to make an adaptation. This is also the way to make a movie your own while still having your own ending. I think Andre Aciman says it best, “What I do is chisel a statue down to its finest, most elusive details. What a film director does is make the statue move.” Later on, when he saw the movie at the Berlin International Film Festival he states “I was stunned. The ending captured the very spirit of the novel I had written in ways that I could never have imagined or anticipated.” No, we didn’t get the scene where Elio and Oliver meet up 20 years later, but the subtle way of showing the pain and sadness through Elio staring into a fire and crying with the music in the background, I can’t help but cry as well. Timothée Chalamet deserves all the awards.

There is no complaints when it comes to this movie! The only major difference between the book and movie was the fact that Stanley wasn’t overweight. I heard across multiple social media sites that this was due to the director not wanting Shia LaBeouf to gain weight then loose it all super quickly, as it would be unhealthy. Again, not sure if this is true, but either way, I can get over the weight aspect since the entire movie was perfect from the book but still it’s own original creation.

Happy Reading, Lovelies!