Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and combines a love of lists with a love a books. Every week has a new top and this week's top is: Top Ten Books You'd Like To See Made Into A Movie. This one was surprisingly difficult for me. Every time I thought of a book I'd like to see as a movie, I remembered it had already been done. In the end I came up with ten books that I really would go see as a movie.
1) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I really love The Infernal Devices series. I know everyone loves Jace from The Mortal Instruments, but I'm a much bigger fan of Will and Jem and Tessa. I'd definitely see a movie with the three of them set in Victorian London.
2) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen - The book was great, had plenty of action, and some great characters. Who doesn't want to see a movie where the female lead kicks some ass?
3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver - This is a great love story set in a perfect dystopian world. YA doesn't get much better than this.
4) Matched by Ally Condie - I really liked the main trio and the uncovering of the society's secrets in this dystopian. I think the setting in this one could be beautiful.
5) Wonder by R.J. Palacio - The book was truly moving. And while the ending was unrealistic, in my opinion, it made for a great feel-good story. Plus the supporting characters are all wonderful. I'd love to see them come to life and teach us all a thing or two about being kinder than necessary.
6) Legend by Marie Lu - The book was not my favorite, but only because I wasn't a fan of the double POV. I felt the voices of June and Day were too similar. I don't think that would be a problem on-screen and, in fact, I think it could make a great movie.
7) Divergent by Veronica Roth - This is kind of a given. I wasn't nearly as enthralled with this book as most people seem to be but I still enjoyed it. I think given the right creative team, seeing this world on the big screen could be incredible. I'd love to see how they'd bring the Dauntless, and other factions, to life.
8) Hourglass by Myra McEntire - In all honesty, I've only read half of this so I could totally change my mind by the end. But so far I am intrigued. I'd love to see a good time travel movie.
9) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - I loved the first book in the Percy Jackson series. And then I saw the movie. It just wasn't good. I wish a movie could be made that could capture the awesomeness that was Percy and his world of Greek Mythology.
10) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows - While I'm not entirely sure this would make a great movie, I would love to see Heart come to life. And the dragons, Ana and Sam, and the Masquerade Ball are not far behind.
So those are the books I'd go see if they were made into movies, or better movies. What do you think? Did you make a Top Ten list this week? Leave your link so I can check it out!
Ok everyone, it's finally here. The day we've been waiting for. Insurgent is released tomorrow!
In less than 24 Insurgent will be in every book store and the competition between factions will be over. Being on Team Amity means that I want a win for Amity! To help us out, all you need to do is click on the two links below.
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As Veronica Roth said, "It’s not just about banjos and apple-picking. It’s about cultivating strong relationships and trying to understand each other.”
It was a crazy week here in the blogging world, wasn't it? I'm not going to comment on events because I really have nothing to add to the discussion, but I have decided that, for now, I will not be doing an In My Mailbox post. I don't know if this will change at some later point, I've just decided to take a little bit of a break and see what else is out there and if there might be a better fit for me.
For now, I've decided to do a simple weekly wrap-up post. I'll highlight a few posts I wrote last week and books I read as well as posts and books to look forward to in this upcoming week. I'm also going to showcase a few of the exciting books I received during the week here. So let's get started!
Top Ten Tuesday was all about our All-Time Favorite Characters. I chose Harry Potter as my number one, which not everyone agreed on. But without Harry there would be no Harry Potter and without Harry Potter my life would not be complete. So there could be no other choice.
On Wednesday I posted a list of Anticipated May Releases. There are quite a lot of good books to look forward to. I wish I didn't always feel so far behind.
Friday's Feature and Follow was all about characters that have disappointed you. It was a tough question but I finally came up with someone. Did you?
I also reviewed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which I loved. So go check it out!
I finished both Hallowed by Cynthia Hand and Wonder by R.J. Palacio last week as well as the extra scene from Divergent Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story by Veronica Roth. I recommend all of them!
Top Ten Tuesday this week is all about books we'd like to see made into movies. So stop by The Broke and The Bookish on Tuesday and see everyone's answers.
I'll have a guest post up from author Vanessa Morgan about vampire animals and her new vampire book A Good Man, so check back later this week for that.
I'll hopefully be posting reviews for both Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and Wonder by R.J. Palacio. If you haven't read Wonder yet, do it now!
On my list of books to finish this week are Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, and Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig. Hopefully I can finish them all because they are all due back this week.
It was a big week at the library for me, one of those times when all of your reserves come in at the same time! I picked up Eve by Anna Carey, East by Edith Pattou, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, and Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross.
I also got Timepiece by Myra McEntire from Netgalley, thanks to Egmont!
That's all for now. I hope you all had a wonderful week and have fun things to look forward to in the upcoming one. If you posted a mailbox post or a wrap-up post on your own blog, leave me a link so I can come check it out!
Feature and Follow is hosted every week by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read as a way to find new blogs and gain new followers. Every week there are two new featured blogs. This week's blogs are Little Read Riding Hood and Book that Thing.
Today's FF question is: Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then "broke up" with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.
This is a really tough question. One of the characters that I felt betrayed by recently was John from Scarlet. In the beginning of the book he's the big, strong right-hand man to Robin Hood who looks out for Scarlet and their band of merry men. He's also charming and a bit of a playboy. As the book progresses though, he falls for Scarlet and has some very sweet, quiet moments with her. He seems to be a good guy, the happy side-kick that's always up for a fight who has also fallen in love with the girl. I liked him. But when it becomes more clear that Scarlet does not feel quite the same way he does, he becomes possessive of her and kisses her whenever he wants. He gets angry and jealous and mean. I won't give away what happened in the end that really made me want to "break up" with him for good, but I just really wish hadn't strayed so far from who he seemed to be in the beginning of the book.
Let me know what character has disappointed you and why. And don't forget to leave a link to your own Feature and Follow post!
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
By: Seth Grahame-Smith
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."
"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter starts off with an introduction by the author during which he explains how he came to have journals written by Abraham Lincoln. These personal journals start when Abraham is just a young boy and continue right up until his death. They contain entries about all of the important events of Abraham Lincoln's life, the same events you might find on a Wikipedia page about him. But they also contain all of his experiences with vampires.
After the introduction, the book is divided into three sections: Boy, Vampire Hunter, and President. Vampires played a large role in Abraham Lincoln's entire life. After a few brief encounters with vampires as a boy, he makes the decision to devote his life to hunting and killing all of the vampires in America. He goes on to become one of Americas most successful vampire hunters, with the help of a vampire friend named Henry. As everyone knows, though, Abraham Lincoln also suffered many personal tragedies and losses in his life that he never fully recovered from. When Mary gives birth to their son Robert, Abraham decides he must quit hunting vampires to stay home with his family. With America inching closer and closer to war though, it is decided that Abraham Lincoln must become the next president and save America from the vampires that wish to take it for their own.
Now, if we're going to be honest here, we need to acknowledge that the premise for this book is just plain absurd. It's practically the entire reason I picked it up. In the end, I couldn't pass up the chance to read about one of our most beloved presidents hunting and killing vampires. I thought the entire book would be ridiculously over-the-top and the writing goofy. I haven't read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I wasn't familiar with Seth Grahame-Smith's writing before this. To say that I was shocked by this book would be an understatement. The book reads almost like a real biography, with excerpts from Lincoln's journals and quotes from actual speeches, and takes nothing away from the sorrows, difficulties, or joys that Lincoln experienced in his own life. Grahame-Smith simply adds vampires. And it works.
I loved this book, but there are a couple of things that annoyed me about the writing. In the beginning of the book, we get an introduction from Grahame-Smith about the lost Lincoln journals and the writing of the book, but in the end there is no epilogue, no conclusion to that part of the book. I would have liked an explanation for some of the things mentioned in the beginning. And secondly, I wish Wikipedia hadn't been such a big part of Grahame-Smith's research. It's just a personal preference, really, but after reading the Wikipedia page on Abraham Lincoln, the book felt different to me. Still creative and brilliant, but just a little different. Otherwise, I very much enjoyed this book.
From beginning to end, Seth Grahame-Smith does an incredible job of weaving fictional vampires and actual historical facts into one seamless story. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter isn't a young adult vampire book. It isn't full of romance or campy vampire stories. It's violent and tragic and full of historical truth. With fictional vampires thrown in. I recommend Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, Abraham Lincoln, or vampires. 4 Stars