18 Best Book Deals for 1/13/20: The Princess Diarist, The Alex & Eliza trilogy, Year of Yes, and more

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Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey by Betty DeGeneres

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz

All for One by Melissa de la Cruz

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Disasters by M.K. England

The Fever King by Victoria Lee

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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24 Best Book Deals for 6/13/19: Neverwhere, The Princess Bride, If I Was Your Girl, and more

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School for Spirits by Aron Lewes

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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11 Best Book Deals for 3/2/19: The Vacationers; Alex, Approximately; Seabiscuit; and more

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Reign of Queens by Melissa Wright

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DISCUSSION: When the Movie Departs from the Book

Hello wonderful readers! It’s been a while since I’ve had a discussion post, but something happened today that sparked this post idea.

Today my sister texted me, frustrated at some of the decisions about the new Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie. She had been looking at the photos that were released a few days ago and she was specifically dismayed that Emma appeared to have the floating peculiarity (on the right, wearing iron shoes) and that Bronwyn seems to be younger than she is in the book (second from the left, sailor outfit).download

In addition, it looks like the twins will be getting more play (I don’t remember them doing much of anything in the book), and the girl on the left with the gloves is Olive. Does anyone else remember an Olive from the book? Granted, I haven’t read the third one yet, but I don’t recognize this character. Another change that I’ve noticed is that Dr. Golan is a woman and Miss Peregrine is MUCH younger than I pictured her (but that might just be a me thing).

Honestly, the two “issues” that my sister brought up don’t bother me. First, I didn’t even remember what Emma’s real power was, I had to look it up (controlling fire by the way). Second, I actually kind of like Bronwyn as a younger girl. I think it creates a better and more interesting contrast between her appearance and her peculiarity. This did get me thinking, however, what is okay for the movie to change and what isn’t?

First I would pose this question: Do the changes made alter the story/plot? As is the case with Bronwyn, I don’t think it does. For Emma, it might. I’m remembering a section from the second book especially that makes me wonder…but I won’t say any more than that. Then we get to our second question: If the change does alter the story/plot, does it even matter? Do we care? This question is trickier to answer. Mostly I think about my experience with Austenland the book vs Austenland the movie. The movie made quite a few changes from the book, some that change the story a bit and some that don’t. In the end, tumblr_nt04uynwf21r2a4kfo1_1280however, I love both the book and the movie! I don’t care that there are differing subplots.

The last thing I want to touch on is the author’s involvement. I know that Shannon Hale was very active in the creation of the movie Austenland. I also assume that Ransom Riggs is similarly involved judging by this picture of him with Director Tim Burton. Does knowing that the author is involved with and participating in these changes make things more acceptable?


What do you guys think? Should movies stick 100% to the book or are some changes okay? What are some examples of changes from books/movies that you did or did not like?


Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases That I Missed


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 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

I couldn’t pick just 10…so here are 17 books that I really, REALLY meant to get to in 2015, but just didn’t.

1) The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall – Released 1/13
2) The Prey by Tom Isbell – Released 1/20
3) Shutter by Courtney Alameda – Released 2/3
4) The Distance Between Lost & Found by Kathryn Holmes – Released 2/17
5) A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas – Released 2/24
6) The Start of Me & You by Emery Lord – Released 3/31
7) City Love by Susane Colasanti – Released 4/21
8) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Released 4/28
9) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Released 5/5
10) The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – Released 5/5
11) The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – Released 5/12
12) Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – Released 6/25
13) Armada by Ernest Cline – Released 7/14
14) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Released 7/28
15) Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs – Released 9/22
16) The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – Released 9/22
17) A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – Released 10/6

Did any of you read these books? How did you like them? Which ones should be at the top of my list for 2016?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Jacob Portman’s grandfather is crazy. He tells all these stories about when he was growing up in a home for orphaned children during World War II that can’t possibly be true. Stories about a boy with bees living inside of him, a girl who can heft boulders like they’re nothing, an invisible boy, and a girl who would float away if she didn’t wear weighted shoes. Jacob may have believed these tales when he was younger, but he’s older now and doesn’t believe in fairy tales. After his grandfather has passed away, Jacob and his father travel to the island of Abraham Portman’s childhood. As Jacob explores the island he starts to suspect that those stories may have been true after all and that those children may still be alive.lo-resMissPPeculiarChildren

I did not want to read these books. The summary on Amazon kind of creeped me out and the pictures DEFINITELY creeped me out. But I read a review one day really praising them so I figured that it’s about time I sucked it up and read these books. And I’m glad that I did. These books are great! A little creepy at times (I would be scared out of my mind to encounter a Wight or Hollowgast in real life). But an interesting story with good characters. At the end of the book (at least the Kindle version) there’s an interview with the author. He explains how he writes these books. Sometimes the story comes first and he has to go find a picture to match, but sometimes he just has a very intriguing picture that he wants to weave into the story. I think that’s such interesting way to write a book! And he makes it work. None of the pictures felt out of place and the story always made sense. It never felt like he was stretching the story just to fit in a picture.

There were just a couple of things I didn’t like about these books. First, there were times when I felt like the kids weren’t acting in an authentic way (especially Jacob). The characters are young–at least at heart. Most of them have technically lived for over 100 years, but they still have the mindset of children and teenagers. Jacob is 16 and I just felt like the author wrote him older than he was supposed to be sometimes. The second thing is that the second book starts out feeling really hopeless and that feeling doesn’t quite go away for the whole book. I want to feel like these kids are going to be okay! It didn’t really make me want to keep reading when I felt like there was no way these children were going to make it out alive.

Overall both books were great and I felt that they were equally great (which isn’t always the case with sequels). Tim Burton is turning the first book into a movie with Asa Butterfield playing Jacob. I think this is a great match up. I loved Butterfield in Ender’s Game and I think he’ll do a great job with the role of Jacob too. The third book is supposed to be coming out this September and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it!

Overall Rating: 4
Violence: Moderate. Lots of fighting and some moderately detailed gore.
Sexual Content: None
Language: Mild (if that).
Smoking/Drinking: Mild