(Bookish) Movie Recommendations: Part One

When two of your biggest interests are literature and cinema, it’s a mental tug-of-war battle trying to decide which of these interests to give in to. For this reason, I decided to cull together a list of films that either involve/relate to books, or for some reason strike me as “bookish.” This way, you sort of get a two-for-one deal of books and movies, even if you only did one of those things!


dead_poets_society1: Dead Poets Society (1989, Dir. Peter Weir)

I watched this film the summer before I took a course about poetry, solely for the reason of getting myself interested in the subject. In fact, it is John Keating (Robin Williams)’s job in the film to make his all-boys preparatory school class like poetry enough to take his course seriously. Besides being a film heavily invested in literary & poetic history, it’s a touching look at the impact a teacher can have on their students.

Related book recommendations: The Wasteland by T.S Eliot, any anthology of Modern Poetry. (Norton makes a great one.)



2. Stranger than Fiction (2006, Dir. Marc Forster)

This one has “fiction” in the title, so you can guess it involves books. Unfortunately for Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), it does. You see, Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson) is a bestselling author working on a novel about a character she devises named Harold Crick. The thing is, she has a major case of writers block, and she can’t figure out how to kill Harold. Harold, on the other hand, is a real person just trying to navigate his life. And so the comedy and drama ensue. I’m not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but this movie was a pleasant surprise.



3. Love in the Afternoon (1972, Dir. Éric Rohmer)

Any of Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales could be on this list, but I’ve chosen the final tale here, for its explicit references to books and literature. If you’re unfamiliar with the Moral Tales, Rohmer first wrote them all as short stories, and then adapted them into films many years later.

Love in the Afternoon begins with Frédéric (Bernard Verley) & his marriage with Hélène. However, as the movie cover shows you, Chloe (Zouzou) shows up. This is the basic set-up to all the moral tales, actually; a man is in one relationship or likes one person, and is then tempted by another. You see a lot of reading in the film, and Rohmer subtly places in references to art as well.

As this was originally a blog for teens, I suppose I am obligated to let you know that this film is probably rated “R” for nudity/sexual content.

A second Rohmer recommendation would be the short film The Bakery Girl of Monceau. It’s the first film in the Moral Tale series and has no nudity/sexual content.

Related book recommendations: Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales, which are available as short stories/novellas.


I’ll be doing a Part Two at some point in the future, but until then, what bookish films would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!




My 2016 Year in Books Survey

The 7th annual End-of-Year Book Survey is hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. (I love that blog name!) The questions made me curious, so I figured I would share my results with all of you. 2016 Reading Stats Number of … Continue reading

Books I want to Buy and a rant on Bookstores

You’ve heard me say it only a million times; I’m kind of a library fanatic. If I’m reading a book, I probably got it from the library.

However, being the breed of bookworm that I am merits people getting the idea that I must spent years of my time in my local Barnes and Noble. Hence, I tend to accrue several bookstore gift cards on just about every occasion there is. (My high school even gave me a small Barnes and Noble gift card as an award. I was grateful, but you know, do I really read THAT much?) Don’t get me wrong; Barnes and Noble is a glorious wonderland, and so are my favorite independent bookshops and comic stores, but if I’m going to spend money on a book, I better have reason.

I don’t reread books very often, which is why the library is always a great idea for me. Why buy something I’m going to read once? However, after reading Looking for Alaska by John Green at my library, I went out and got the collector’s edition from Barnes and Noble. I definitely plan to reread that book in the future, it’s that good. And maybe get a tattoo, move to Alaska, and name my firstborn HankJohn..

I’m totally kidding here.

About the tattoo.

OK. Fine, I’m bluffing about the first born. JohnHank is a far superior title for a 21st century human (*if you would like some FABULOUS name suggestions, I’m totally your girl! #sarcasm*)

So, here are a few books I want to buy/own at some point in the future:

1. S by JJ Abrams

Yes, you read that right. If you hadn’t already heard, THE JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Fringe, and a whole lot of other shows and films) created the concept for this book. I myself was pretty darn shocked, and excited, when I found out it was a thing a few days ago on Booktube.

I haven’t read this yet, so my desire to own it isn’t based on knowing I want to reread it. I want to own S because I know that inside it, along with the text, are lots of inserts. I think this is such a cool idea, and I don’t know that the experience of the book would be the same at a library. Mine does not own this book yet, so my question would be; are we going to lend it out sans inserts, or not own it at all?

Plus, it just sounds freaking awesome.

2. Armada by Ernest Cline
Again, haven’t read this book yet, but I do have high hopes for it. I already stand behind Cline’s work because of the pure amazingness that was/is Ready Player One. I know Armada isn’t RPO, and you shouldn’t expect it to be RPO, but I know I will enjoy it. Plus, instead of a gazillion 80’s pop culture references I don’t understand, Armada is all about video games, which I can totally be thrilled about.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I just reviewed this one last night, and in my review I mentioned the collector’s edition. I like the idea of reliving Fangirl all over again, because of all the emotions that went on while I read it. I actually had a bunch of overdue fines on this one from not wanting to let it go.

(Oh god, I spent all afternoon with my Frozen-loving cousin and does that song ever end??)

And of course, comics.

Now, I’m not going to list all the comics and graphic novels I want to read in the future. I’ve already spammed my Goodreads friends with Green Lantern volumes. However, I adore some ongoing series like Ms. Marvel, and I’d love to start picking up more of the individual issues. Waiting for trades is an absolute PAIN, especially when some series you are interested in are not even in Trade form yet. *cough* Spider Gwen *cough* I also want to continue on with Saga; Volume 1 had me hooked.

That’s it for today, friends! What books are you looking forward to purchasing/receiving from your super nice pals in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

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Summer 2015 To-Read List!

One of my annual summer traditions is to hop onto my Goodreads account an start making a shelf of all the books I want to read that summer. I don’t usually get to every one of them- I usually add about 15-20 to my list- but I try my best to get as close to the finish line as possible. This year, my list mainly consists of things that I feel I should have read by now but haven’t, as well as some fun new things I’ve just came across.

#1- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Somehow, I have managed to graduate High School without having read this novel. Strangely enough, I took all the advanced literature and English classes at my school, yet it was the “regular” classes who read Gatsby, not my classes. The Great Gatsby is a short novel, so I figure it’s a good way to start off my summer reading.

#2- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another book I didn’t read in High School, for the same reason as Gatsby. Amidst news of a sequel coming soon, I figure I might as well read this acclaimed classic too!

#3- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling

I can feel all of your eyes glaring down on me for this one. No, I have never read a single Harry Potter book. I know, I know! What was my childhood? Did I even have one? Was I abducted by aliens? Aliens who also didn’t read Harry Potter? It’s alright, guys, because I will finally read it, I promise, and it’s better late than never, right? Don’t get all Incredible Hulk on me.

To be fair, I did see the movies…

…and I loved them?

Not helping, OK, I’ll move on to the next book.

#4- The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

I’m a big “I can’t watch the movie unless I’ve read the book” person. *Says the girl who watched Harry Potter and didn’t read it!* I’ve made a few exceptions, including Life of Pi and yes, Harry Potter, but otherwise I try my best to stick to this rule. I’ve never watched any of the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings movies, (I saw the beginning of one but that was a long time ago) and now I can finally start, once I read this book of course.

#5- Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones

One of my best friends to this day cannot get over the fact that I have not read or watched Howl’s Moving Castle. It is one of her all time favorite books and movies, aside from Harry Potter and Star Wars of course. To be honest, I hadn’t even heard of it before I met her. It has such a good rating, I can’t not give it a whirl.

#6- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The last book on my list that’s something I should’ve read a LONG time ago, especially for someone who adores YA sci-fi and fantasy novels. I even tried playing the H.G.G game, which I believe is hosted online by BBC, but it was perplexing after a while. Anyway, I’ve already started this book and I love it.

#7- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

I’m super excited about this one. As you all know, I am a huge Ready Player One fan. I think I’m actually going to re-read it this summer, actually. In my literature class, we had a Hamlet To Be or Not to Be project, and I re-wrote the soliloquy from the perspective of Wade Watts. Anyway, the synopsis of Wolf in White Van sounds like something gaming fans and nerds alike will enjoy, and I’m hella (yes I said hella) excited to try it out.

#8- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The thing that most drew me to this book when I first heard news of its publication was the fact that it is a YA fantasy without magic in the world. I have nothing against the use of magic in YA novels, but this really sets it apart from others on the market. Assuming it’s as good as I’ve heard, this one might be a real winner.

#9- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

This book is the sequel to Throne of Glass. I wasn’t as floored by Throne of Glass as I would’ve liked to have been, but I have high hopes for its sequel. (Although I did name by Skyrim character after Celaena- I love that name!) In fact, C.O.M. has a 4.2/5 star review based on over 60,000 ratings, which is pretty remarkable.

#10- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

One of the things I do in my job is recommend books to patrons that come in. A lot of the times, though, the books that first come to mind are checked out, so I’m forced to look through the shelves for anything I know anything about. I know what’s popular, what goes out a lot, what people seem to like, and of course things I’ve read in the past. I recommended Seraphina to someone recently, because it’s something that I know I’ve wanted to read but haven’t, and I gave it to the patron despite knowing only this about it. I knew it involved dragons, which is automatically a selling point for me. She came back and LOVED it, and was enthralled when I told her there was a sequel. Now I can finally read this one for myself, knowing it is apparently pretty fantastic. You know I’ll be reading the sequel too if I love it.

#11- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

It’s summer, which is when I tend to begin reading more lighthearted books and taking them to read by the water. A couple months ago I read Jandy Nelson’s other book, The Sky is Everywhere. I really enjoyed it, possibly because I felt I related to the main character in some ways, and was thrilled to hear the author had come out with another book. Plus, the cover is beautiful, so why not?

#12- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Goodreads really wants me to read this book based on the fact that I’ve read some John Green books and Eleanor and Park. I’ve read both good and iffy things about this one, but again, it’s summer, why not try it?

#13- Ms. Marvel comics

The new Ms. Marvel comics are really the only comics I follow. I read the collected editions, which means having to wait, but since I’ve now finished Volume 2, I think I may just have to venture to a comic store and get some individual issues.

Speaking of which, what comics do you guys recommend? I’ve been to a few comic book stores recently and get way too excited about the Marvel, DC Comics and Image Comics sections, but I don’t know where to start. I have favorite superheroes *cough* Captain America, Black Widow, Spiderman… *cough* and I’ve read some of the classic Frank Miller Batman comics, for example, but I haven’t really delved into this realm further. I’ve watched the movies, if that counts. But with Spidey alone there’s several different lines, like Amazing Spiderman or Ultimate, and yikes it’s overwhelming. What’s good? What’s not? Help!

#14- Bone Volume 2 by Jeff Smith

I’ve been shelving these graphic novels for years and somehow I never thought to actually read them in my childhood. The other day, though, someone returned the first Volume, and remembering a friend’s recommendation, I sat down and read it. It’s super adorable and fun, and I’m quite disappointed I didn’t read them as a kid. I’m not going to BookCon this year, but if I were I would totally get Jeff Smith to autograph a copy!

#15- Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Seconds is a graphic novel by the same guy who wrote the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels. Those are awesome, so I just have to try this one out.


That’s it for this year’s list! Of course, I never want to limit myself to just this list, so I will most likely venture off of it slightly, but lists like this set a nice track to begin my selections off of.

What books are on YOUR summer reading lists? Let me know in the comments down below!

Biggest Let Downs of 2014?

As you know, there are two big categories of books; overhyped and underhyped. And then, there are the books that somehow fall into the radar. With all these hyped and not hyped it’s hard to tell what you are really going to think of a book to you actually read it. This means there’s likely to be at least a few let downs along your reading journey. As much as I loved a lot of what I read this past year, I was disappointed a few times.

My first disappointment was In Real Life by Cory Doctorow. You can read my full review here. Why was I so disappointed? This graphic novel had so much potential; an awesome writer and illustrator team, a unique premise of RPG gaming mixed with real life, but that didn’t really come through. At some point in the middle it became like a train changing tracks; it was on one really cool track, then decided it would rather teach me things than entertain me. I felt like screaming at the book, honestly, because I really wanted to love it. It’s nice to get something out of what you read, but this felt too forceful.

Next was John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. Now, I love the Greens. Crash course has gotten me through biology, US history, you name it. But I felt this book lacked the amount of entertainment I was expecting from a so-called hilarious and amazing book. The main thing that was funny here was the fact that Colin managed to find 19 girls named Katherine, all of whom had interest in him, within a reasonable mileage radius. For more of my thoughts on the book, click here.

Lastly, there was Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas. Now, I feel bad putting this one down at all since it is a little out of my element. I generally don’t read the fluffy contemporary romances and what not. I have read a few, and there are a couple I really loved (this and this.) but TTCYC just didn’t make my list. But since it might make yours, you should read about it here: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

What were your loves and let downs of 2014? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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