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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Book Tag

Tag time! Hello, welcome to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks, where I post every Monday! In this post I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Emily Rose @ Rose Reads, and I am super excited to do this tag!!!

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Round 1

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I felt really sorry for the Seekers series, but the main reason why I read the three books in the series years ago was because my dad just randomly bought the first book for me and I was quite interested. Now that I’m older I realized that it’s not a very good book. Also I’d love to reread Jane Eyre, it’s been years since I read it!

Round 2

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I didn’t remember much from A Journey to the Center of the Earth but I don’t think it was one of my favourite classics. I wouldn’t change TSOA for anything in the world, its writing is so beautiful, but compared to The Raven Boys, I’d reread the whole Raven Cycle again and again if I could.

Round 3

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Again, another book my dad bought me, which was A Single Shard. I remember quite liking it when I was younger, but I absolutely do not remember much. All I remember was that it was set in Korea, and it was very interesting to learn about the culture surrounding pottery and all that stuff. I really wanna reread it right now.

Round 4

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Again, another unfair choice because I wouldn’t want to change anything from The Bell Jar – sure the writing sometimes got sort of boring, but it was still super good – but because it was compared to Harry friggin Potter, of course I had to choose Harry Potter to be reread.

Round 5

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I felt super sad about this choice, but I just couldn’t help it. I really liked The Girl on the Train, which I only read recently. I adored Lord of the Flies though, it’s such an amazing book that gave me chills while reading it. Buuuut I had to choose Narnia above them to be reread, cause I absolutely remember nothing from the last two books of the series. It seems like I have a lot of books to reread!!

Phew, that was a fun tag! I really liked the difficult choices, it really made me sad to sacrifice some books. Anyways, I won’t tag anyone, but if you really wanna do this tag, consider yourselves tagged! See you on another post, bye!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations

Yay another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is about most anticipated Book to Movie Adaptations, but I figured so many people would probably say the same movies: Fantastic Beasts most definitely will come into the list. It’s not that I’m excited for those book to movie adaptations, I really am, but I think I’d mention some of my favourite book to movie (or TV show) adaptations that I have watched.

#10. Game of Thrones series (2011-now)

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Aw yeah, I put this series into my top ten list. I know some people disagree and say the fifth season turned terrible and that it was soooo different from the books. As a deep lover for the A Song of Fire series by George RR Martin, I do agree. The TV show is super duper different from the book. Some of the plots were changed so much, but I think that it is a very solid show, with excellent dialogues, gorgeous cinematography, beautiful songs and gorgeous sceneries, and most of all, perfect casting. This is why I love the TV show, although not as much as the books: because of the amazing cast and actors playing the characters.

#9. Life of Pi (2012)

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I don’t remember when the first time I read Life of Pi by Yann Martell – it was probably around 4 years ago or something, I remember that I read it when I was in middle school and absolutely loving it. Then a year passed and the movie was made. I loved the movie so so much. It captured the book perfectly. Sure, some parts were missing from the movie, but all movies never put all parts of the book into the movie. For me the colors and the whole feeling of the movie was perfect, exactly the way I imagined it would be when reading the novel.

#8. Jane Eyre (2011)

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Mia Wasikowska is one of my favourite actresses. And I first fell in love with her when I watched Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre. This movie was amazingly accurate and it was super duper creepy. I love the dialogues, the music was perfect, and so was the setting and the colors incorporated to the movie. I love Wasikowska and I love Michael Fassbender – everything was just perfect. I love the original book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, which I read before watching the movie and immediately became one of my favourite novels ever. And the movie did the book justice.

#7. Ender’s Game (2013)

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I clearly remember finding out about the movie Ender’s Game when its production was first announced just because I was so obsessed with Asa Butterfield. Then I found out that it was a book adaptation and I immediately searched for the ebook to read the book. I loved it. I was already in love with the book even before reading it, when I was still reading the introduction written by Orson Scott Card himself. But the book itself was exciting, full of adventure, touching, and mindblowing. And I watched the movie at the cinema with my friends (one of whom is a huge fan of Asa Butterfield as well). We were fangirling all the way through the movie – not only because of the gorgeous blue-eyed actor, but also because the story was so similar to the book’s. It was exciting, and even my friends who didn’t read the book loved it. It was annoying that the movie didn’t get that many attention from other people.

#6. Never Let Me Go (2010)

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Another movie I watched right after reading the book. I bought Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro secondhand while visiting Bali. I loved it, because it was touching and the writing style was really unique. The novel became one of my favourite stand alones until now. And I was excited to watch the movie, because Andre Garfield was in it! And Keira Knightley! And while watching the movie I did find it not to be as good as the books. It was great, I love the color tones of the scenery and the acting was great, but it wasn’t as good as the book. But I still really liked it.

#5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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I adored the movie as a child. And I really loved the books as well, the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, which I read around the age of 10-12. But when I was around 13 and reread the series, that was when I really truly appreciated the movie. I compared it to the book and I saw how similar it was, and how everything was just perfect. The casting was wonderful, the music, the setting. The audience could really feel the sense of magic in the movies, and I loved it, particularly the first movie. The second and third were alright, but the first movie was marvellous.

#4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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I am ashamed to say that I watched this movie quite late. I first watched it on 2014, and I absolutely loved it. Of course I have heard of the character Hannibal, and found out later on that we both have the same personality type (INTJ wow!). I really enjoyed this movie, and I only read the books, Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris later on. I actually thought the experience of watching the movie was better than reading the book. The actors were super talented and amazing, the story was pretty much the same, and the movie had this mysterious, eerie, suspenseful vibe in it that I unfortunately didn’t really get from reading the book.

#3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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Yeahhhh a David Fincher movie! I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson only recently, probably last year or several months ago. I loved the first book but I thought it was a little too boring and some parts lagged on. But the movie was excellent! I loved most of Fincher’s movies, he’s such a fantastic director. And this movie didn’t disappoint at all. Firstly, the cast were perfect. I loved Rooney Mara and it was probably the first time I saw Daniel Craig play in a movie and really really liking it. The music was perfection, and the whole cinematography left me wanting more.

#2. The Martian (2015)

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The most recent movie and probably one of my favourite movies released this year, based on the book The Martian by Andy Weir. It’s a shame that I only read halfway through the book before watching the movie, I probably would’ve liked the book more and the movie less if I had read the whole book first. But, I found that watching the movie was a better experience than reading the book. Not saying that I disliked the book, I really do like it. But the movie changed some things and made the story better. Check out my further thoughts on the book (and movie!) on my review.

#1. Harry Potter (2001-2011)

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And finally, we come to the last and definitely not least book to movie adaptation. And of course, it is obvious that I would choose the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. One of my favourite books in the world ever, the movies were almost as good as the books. My favourite movie of all is probably the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), because the director made the movie so unique and so beautiful. But I think what made the movies as good a success as the books is of course the cast. I love how the trio stuck to the movie for 10 years, and you can really see them grow and develop and you feel like you’re growing up with them as well. So yes, I love this series and I love the movies. Sure there were some changes that could’ve been made to the movies, but overall it was amazing.

What about you guys? What are you favourite book to movie adaptations?

Top Ten Tuesday: Gothic/Thriller Books I Have (or Want to) Read

Oh gosh it’s been forever since I’ve had a Top Ten Tuesday. This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s meme is about the top 10 Halloween reads! Now I don’t read that much horror or scary books but gothic books are really interesting. According to Wikipedia, Gothic fiction, which is largely known by the subgenre of Gothic horror, is a genre or mode of literature that combines fiction, horror, death and Romanticism. And I haven’t read that many gothic novels either, but here are my top ten gothic and also thriller books I have read, or want to read soon.

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cover1#1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Surely everyone knows this book, and you all must know how much I love this book. Jane Eyre is probably my most favourite classic novel ever and if you look to its Goodreads page its main genres are classics and romance, but it is also a gothic book. This piece of literature is probably sorted into gothic because of the setting of the place and how scary it is at night, and the mystery shrouding the house where Jane Eyre lives. I love how this novel really describes some of the scenes creepily, but some scenes sweetly. I would also like to recommend the 2011 movie starring Mia Waskiowska, it’s quite creepy. Not exactly horror, but it does have some parts where you’re just covering your eyes with suspense and fear.

#2. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Another popular classics, and this book that can be classified as a gothic slash horror slash thriller! I don’t remember when was the last time I read this book, but I’m pretty sure it was a long time ago. And I’ve quite forgotten about the whole story. But I remember feeling quite scared about the story and the premise itself. A very thrilling read.

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cover2#3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This series is so popular among book reviewers lately and I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. The series is actually more of a paranormal young adult and it’s not scary at all. Well, some parts of some books might be a little mysterious and some might give you goosebumps and all, but it’s mostly a harmless young adult series. But while you’re reading this book you’ll really feel the tone of mystery and anticipation. It’s not a horror book and it doesn’t involve scary monsters or anything, but it’s still a great read during this time of the month.

#4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I read the first book of the series sometime this year because of all the hype and fame surrounding it. Everyone kept saying how creepy it is and I do admit, the cover looks terrifying. And I was so intrigued by the cover, I didn’t even read the synopsis and just started reading it. And well, I disliked it. It wasn’t creepy or scary or gothic at all. It was far from that. It has terrible characters – none of whom I really liked or really stuck to me, the plot was awful and weird, and in the end I almost just skimmed through the last pages just to get it overwith.
I have no offence for anyone who likes the series and all, but it’s just not for me. It’s not like what I expected – it doesn’t have any parts that will give you goosebumps or scary things that will keep you up at night. This book feels like a good example of luring people to buy the book through their cover. And if you like the series, fine. I’m glad you found something you liked about it. But I’m sure I won’t be continuing with the series, and for me, although this was shelved as a gothic book, I disagree and I think this is not a scary or gothic book at all.

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cover4#5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
Another horror classic! Dracula is a super famous character that you can see practically everywhere. It’s amazing how a novel can really affect the next generation’s literature. From movies to books to tv shows, so many kinds of entertainment have incorporated this vampire figure into their ideas. This is a book that I have never read before but I am definitely planning on reading this soon, I even listed it in my October TBR. Sadly, I didn’t get to read it this month 😦

#6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I read the short version this book in middle school and I regret not reading it in the original version. I’m pretty sure I will try to read it soon. This is another super famous classics, and I’m sure you all know the story. It’s also another novel that has elements of romance in it but also some scary stuff inside as well. I would love to read this soon.

 

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#7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Another novel by the Bronte sisters! I’ve never read anything by Emily Bronte, but I’m planning to change that, and since this is her only novel, I’m so excited to read it! The novel is quite famous and there are many movie adaptations that have been made, but I have never really known the story of this novel.

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This book is a mystery and thriller novel which I don’t really know about. All I know is that many people have been recommending it and it seems thrilling and will make you shiver with how scary it is, which I really like.

#9. The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
As I mentioned in one of my “book hauls”, I bought a copy of this book secondhand and at first I didn’t know anything about the story, but after further research I found out that this is a gothic/thriller fiction and it sounds so interesting, I just can’t help but buy it! The story is about a man whose identity was stolen by his doppelganger, and it’s a gothic mystery thriller.

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#10. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
This novel is a mystery/crime, adult literary fiction, which I don’t read that much but is a very interesting genre that I want to read about more. I’m not really sure what it’s about, but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I feel like I won’t be disappointed. I’m actually really interested to buy this book soon!

Well that is my list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What do you think of the books mentioned above? Have you read any of them? Did you like any of them or want to read some? Tell me what you think down below! See you later on the next TTT!