Just a mild-mannered girl trying to find the time to read her very large pile of books.
This happens to me all the time.
Last week we presented you 20 book adaptations hitting the theaters in the first part of the year (2014 Book Adaptations Calendar, Part One). Now it's time for the second part. Let's see 15 more books to read before watching in 2014 autumn-winter season. That's a whole year reading plan :)
The Hundred-Foot Journey - Movie release date: August 8
A story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.
The Giver - Movie release date: August 15
Lanaia @ The Temporary Escape: I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves the concept of dystopian fiction. Lowry made this world very believable, the society frightening and dehumanized. There’s no romance, so it’s not like other YA dystopias coming out lately. It deserves being tagged as a dystopian classic.
Read more: The Giver.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - Movie release date: August 22
Gypsy Librarian on Books: One thing I found interesting is how characters like Marv from the previous volume reappear, showing how the tales in the series intertwine. Overall, I am liking this series and will keep on reading it.
Read more: Sin City Volume 2: A Dame to Kill For.
If I Stay - Movie release date: August 22
Reading Junkie: It's so good! The characters really draw you in and the plot is really good. Mia is a realistic teenage girl, vulnerable without being annoying or a complete doormat. Her friends and family are great, funny, but not perfect, people.
Read more: Wow - so good!
Dark Places - Movie release date: September 5
Hadeer's Rantting: The plot/mystery is solid, I got a lot of "aha moment". I like the flashback style the author adapt in the book, However the best part of the book for me was Libby Day. she isn't your typical heroine, she is the opposite. Read more Dark Places.
This Is Where I Leave You - Movie release date: September 12
Sad Books Say So Much: Ah, yes...families. They DO drive us crazy. Entrancing. Funny. Insanely authentic.
Read more: Read in 2011.
The Maze Runner - Movie release date: September 19
The Fake Librarian: I enjoyed the novel as a whole. I learned some Glader slang, felt disappointed when characters seemed to lose hope, and clung to hope that the mystery of the maze could be solved.
Read more: Like a rat in a maze..
Gone Girl - Movie release date: October 3
Lazy Reading Nook: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a thrilling story. This would be a great comparison to The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn. They both have great themes, and not predictable.
Read more: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Movie release date: October 10
Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and things just get worse as his day progresses.
Dracula Untold - Movie release date: October 17
Vampire mythology combined with the true history of Prince Vlad tell the origin of Dracula.
Grumpy Guy's Musings: Sparkling lovesick tormented emo type, monster killing machines type, and everything in between - this is the book which is solely responsible for most of them. It is loosely based on the characters of Vlad the Impaler, who is now much better known as Dracula the Vampire.
Mockingjay - Movie release date: November 21
ashwednesday: 4.5 stars which I'm rounding up to 5 because once this book got its claws in me, it dug really deep.Mockingjay is one of the most polarizing books in my TBR shelf, friends who usually agree on book preferences take opposite sides of the poles on this one.
Read more: Mockingjay.
big>The Hobbit: There and Back Again - Movie release date: December 17
Based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
As the Curmudgeon Grumbles: Sure it was a delightful book, written in fairytale style with a more adult audience in mind, and I love it every time I read it for that, but, I love the Hobbit more because of the memories that come with it.
Read more: The Hobbit - A Warm Blanket of Memories.
Unbroken - Movie release date: December 25
Portable Magic: It gave me a new connection with that history and the WWII vets that I’ve known as I’ve read and studied very little about the war in the Pacific or the experiences of our servicemen there.
Read more: Unbroken ★★★★☆.
Far From the Madding Crowd - Movie release date not set: 2014, in post-production
Unabridged Chick: I was pretty head-over-heels for this book after the first page but by the time our heroine Bathsheba Everdene appeared, my love was sealed.
Read more: Far from the Madding Crowd.
Fallen - Movie release date not set: 2014, in pre-production
Books With Bite: The book was darkenly dangerous from the beginning. It was well written and the plot... OMG! The plots that lead to the ending were, well...lets just say I didn't see that one coming! I was hook on Daniel and Luce with their love story. Forget vampires! If you want to read a different kind of paranormal read this.
Read more: Fallen (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #1).
Remember: Read before watching :)
What are book adaptations that you love or can't wait to see?
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An updated list of sites that offer free public domain books in electronic and audio format.
Every year new publications enter public domain. That means their intellectual property rights have expired or are not applicable any longer.
1. Aliens are not going to look like us. They're just not. Aliens as the new YA romance creature isn't a great idea, it's silly, because they're not going to look like us.
2. Technology. This is especially important if you're writing near future sci fi. You're going to look like a fool if you're writing a book set 50 years in the future and people don't yet have technology that exists or is under development right now, so be aware of what modern technology is and where it's going.
3. Research. A lot of it. Don't take the word of a single source on anything. Find more than one expert. Find more than one book. Find more than one article. Make sure everything you use is well-sourced, be careful how much you trust Wikipedia, and do not Dan Brown everything you learn.
Extra Tip: If you want your sci fi to be accessible to people other than hardcore sci fi nerds, take all that work you did and build it into the foundation, but don't infodump science details that mean nothing to the plot. It's science fiction, not a science text book.
Extra Extra Tip: Making everything into a homogeneous Western society is not the same thing as making it post-racial. You're not progressive simply because you named your character Jenny Li. Okay? Okay.
This is so cool!
I came across the article which describes the origins of names used by Susan Collins in Hunger Games Trilogy (great read as well, link to the article below) and at the same time discovered another site where you can pick your own Hunger Games name!
And since I've read them all I played! :)
Here's how it happened. There are several rules:
1. Write down the second syllable of your middle name.
I don't have a middle name, and my first full name in Polish is Katarzyna, so the second syllable is ta.
2. Write down the name of a plant.
Ivy (I'm not always a good girl and this plant makes me think of something evil ;-) )
3. If you are a female above the age of 30, write down the word "less." If you are a female under the age of 30, write down the word "met." If you are a man of any age, write down the word "petra."
Female, under 30 (not long though, oh dear...) so met.
4. Write down the first initial of the last name of your favorite English teacher from school..
5. Write down one simple action verb.
Read it is.
And now let's mix:
- Combine the answer from #1 with the answer from #3. That is your first name.
-Your middle initial is the answer to #4.
- Your last name is your answer to #5 with your answer to #2 added to the end.
My Hunger Name is Tamet L. Readivy :D
Here's Cool article about Hunger Games Names (click).
Source for picking new name: Find Your Hunger Games Name! (click)
I'm going to make this brief. I so wanted to like this book, but in the end it just didn't live up to the hype for me. I felt like Alina's primary concern was Mal and not the fate of her country, who were depending on her. I would have like to see her deal with being the hope for her country and having that pressure on her. But, nooooo, we get to see her moon over Mal.