MOVIE TRAILER: The Sun is Also a Star

A lot of you may have already seen this, but the trailer for The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon dropped yesterday. You’ll have to tell me what you think since I haven’t actually read the book myself yet…

So….what do you guys think? Does it look like it’s going to be as good as the book (which I’ve only heard good things about)? Do you think they chose the right people to play the main characters? I, personally, love an Asian actor as the romantic male lead–I know that wasn’t really a casting decision since I think the character was written as Asian, but still.

And this is probably your last chance to purchase the book before the movie tie-in version is everywhere.

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Let me know what your reaction is in the comments!

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6 Books Coming to a Screen Near You

On-screen adaptations of books have been doing really well lately and I think studios and streaming platforms are all excited to get their hands on the next big thing. There are a number of books being turned into movies or TV shows as we speak, but here are the 6 I’m most excited for. Titles link to their IMDB page.

1) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2020)

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I liked the book quite a bit, but I don’t plan on continuing with the series for various reasons. It’ll be interesting to see how this movie comes across as so much of the book is in the main character’s head. And also, the movie is going to be called “Chaos Walking” instead of “The Knife of Never Letting Go” so does that mean the movie is covering the whole series? Looks like a great cast though.

Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas

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2) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (May 17, 2019)

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This is one I haven’t read yet, but I’ve only heard good things and I think it’s amazing that Yoon has come out with two books and gotten two movies deals (that actually came to fruition). She is rocking it!

Starring: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton

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3) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (August 9, 2019)

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I loved Artemis Fowl as a kid! Was I the only one who was obsessed with decoding the symbols on every page? Even though it was a repeating message, I did the whole thing because I was sure there might be a difference or something new later haha. Anyway, I think it’s interesting that they’re finally coming out with the movie now. I have almost no recollection of the storyline, so I might have to pick this back up as a refresher before the movie comes out.

Starring: Ferdia Shaw, Judi Dench, Josh Gad

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4) The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (October 4, 2019)

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This book has made quite a splash and especially with this article coming out about the author, I’m a little more wary of supporting this author (he kind of creeps me out now, and that transfers over to his book). But, it’s got a great cast and I’d be interested to see if they follow the book exactly or if they throw in some new twists.

Starring: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie

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5) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (2019)

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Another one of my childhood favorites! I’ve reread “Stargirl” a few times over the years and it’s always so good. It’s magical and emotional and I hope, hope, HOPE that they don’t ruin it with the movie!

Starring: Grace VanderWaal

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6) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (TV Series, 2019)

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Another one that I haven’t read yet, but I love Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and David Tennant seems like the PERFECT person for them to team up with. This book has definitely moved a few places up my TBR so I can be ready for this show. Honestly though…Pratchett and Gaiman…what a pairing.

Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen

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If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books and are anything like me, you should consider making that purchase now before the only cover that exists are the dumb movie tie-in covers.

Which of these movies are you most excited about? What other books are you excited to see on the big screen soon?
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6 Best Book Deals for 1/17/19: Everything, Everything, (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and more

Some of the deals that I listed previously are still active, so go check out the deals from Jan 4th and Jan 11th as well!

Less than $2

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen – I’ve heard talk about this book through one of the podcasts I listen to and it sounds like a really great and timely book. Some of the contributors include: Libba Bray, Kristen Bell, Adam Silvera, Victoria Schwab, Emery Lord, and so many more (28 others to be exact).

Less than $3

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor – I love Laini Taylor and I love this trilogy! If you’ve only read the Strange the Dreamer duology, you need to get on this series.

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington – This sounds like such a fun summer romance!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – If you loved the movie, you have to read the book! I really enjoyed this book the first time I read it and I think Yoon has proven that she’s here to stay!

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – This book is on my eternal TBR. Someday…

Less than $4

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – This is book #3 in the series. I, personally, haven’t read this series, but I know it’s super popular. If you’re looking to catch up with the series or complete your ebook collection, this is the deal for you.

TRAILER: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’m sure most have you have already seen the trailer, but I just watched it for the first time. The casting looks pretty perfect and it seems like things stay pretty true to the book. Maddy is such a spunky character and I hope that comes across in the movie (I LOVED her book reviews). Check out my review for the ARC of Everything, Everything here. And here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it at this point:

What do you guys think? Is the movie going to live up to the book/reader expectations? Or is that impossible? How do you feel about the casting?

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Books for Introverts

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Books Every X Should Read

I’m going to fill in the blank with “YA Introvert”. This also applies to those who are not traditionally classified as YA but enjoy reading it nonetheless. Not all of these books necessarily feature introverted characters, but they all feature people who are trying to come out of their shells.

  1. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
  2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  4. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  7. Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
  8. Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park
  9. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  10. So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti

Top Ten Tuesday: Best books of 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

I’m going to narrow the field to the top ten books that I read that were published in 2015. Links are to my reviews

1) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

“These were the names she whispered in the dark.
These were the pieces she brought back into place.
These were the wolves she rode to war.”

2) Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

“But it’s terrifying to realise how much of your world is wrapped up in loving another person”

3) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”

4) Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

“Believe me, I have looked this up, and the roots of fate and faith are not the same. Nonetheless, I picked up my wicker suitcase to follow Herman the German into the Old Faithful Inn.”

5) Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger

“What we find in a dog is what we bring to a dog.”

6) Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

“I didn’t go there looking for you. I went looking for me.” My voice is soft, low, and shaky. “But now, here you are, and somehow, in finding you, I think I’ve found myself.”

7) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

“In any moment, there were so many chances for paths to cross and people to clash, come together, or do any number of things in between. It was amazing we could live at all, knowing all that could occur purely by chance.”

8) A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

“To make the right decision you must understand both paths before you,” he said quietly. “You must know your demons before you know whether to follow them.”

9) A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

“I do fear him,” I said, which was close to the truth. “I fear him as I fear the desert sun and poisonous snakes. They are all part of the life I live. But the sun gives light, and snakes will feed a caravan if they are caught and cooked.”

10) The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

“Three more days. That’s what Sven always told me. When you think you’re at the end of your rope, give it three more days. And then another three. Sometimes you’ll find the rope is longer than you thought.”

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors That I’d Like to Read More From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is:  Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

I can’t think of too many of those off the top of my head, but I’ll also include some authors that I personally have only read one book from but would like to read more (links are to my reviews).

Debut Authors

1) Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything
2) TA Maclagan – They Call Me Alexandra Gastone
3) Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus


New to Me Authors

4) Ryan Graudin – Wolf by Wolf
5) Tamara Ireland Stone – Every Last Word
6) Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
7) Claudia Gray – A Thousand Pieces of You
8) Liz Czukas – Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless
9) Lindsey Leavitt – Going Vintage
10) Delilah S Dawson – Hit

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon [ARC]

Maddy has SCID also known as “bubble-boy syndrome”. If she leaves the house, she’ll get sick–she’s allergic to pretty much everything. This is a fact that Maddy has come to accept. She spends time with her doctor mother and her nurse Carla. She had never really wanted to go outside until the day Olly moves in next door. Olly is so full of life and Maddy can’t help but to wonder what it would be like to live life like Olly.

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I liked this book quite a bit because it’s so different from other YA books that I’ve read. Maddy is diverse in a lot of ways. She’s part black and part Asian, she has this awful disease, and she doesn’t have a typical family (her father and brother passed away in a car accident). I just loved how all of those elements came together to create a character who felt very real. I really liked the relationship between Maddy and her mom in the beginning of the book. Going into it, you might expect the teenage girl to be resentful of her parent and other caretakers, but Maddy is very respectful and mature. I was happy that there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of angst. Olly was an okay character to me. For some reason he didn’t feel very genuine.

I loved, loved, LOVED all of the variety with the chapters! It was so fun and made the book SUPER readable. In addition, there were some things (like the chats and emails) that helped to move the plot along without taking too much time. Then there were other things (like homework pages and Post-It notes) that showed characters’ personalities really well. It made the book seem more journal-ish and it made the characters more real to me.

The relationship between Maddy and Olly progressed a little too quickly for me and it had a maturity to it that I didn’t get from the characters individually. I know the author tried to use chat and emails to progress the relationship, but it just felt too quick to me. I wish they had spent more time as friends than in love. It almost seems like Maddy’s fallen in love with the first boy her age that she’s seen. At the same time, I’m not sure what Olly sees in Maddy. Don’t get me wrong, Maddy seems like an awesome girl, but the book mostly focuses on what Maddy’s getting out of the relationship. What does Olly get out of it? I’m not really sure.

Overall, I thought this book was great. This is Nicola Yoon’s first book and I’m excited to see what the future holds for her!

Overall Rating: 5
Language: Mild
Violence: Moderate. Some scenes with/talk of physical and verbal abuse.
Sexual Content: Moderate. One scene in particular, not explicit.
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate. Teenage character smokes, adult character drinks a lot.

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.