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Should good books be adapted for the big screen?

The movie ‘ruined’ the book!

How many times have we heard these words uttered by nearly every book lover and avid reader after coming out of a movie theatre?

I probably would have said it a couple of times myself!

But, let’s be honest here, there are a lot of book-to-movie adaptations that are just outstanding and have got people admitting that the movie was much better than the book.

Not that it’s a competition, mind you!

It isn’t really a question of “ruining” the book. There is just the simple fact that the movie and book are now accessible because of their reliance on each other.

And no matter how big your imagination is, there will always be aspects of the book that your mind just cannot capture.

Take Hogwarts, from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowlings, for example. Were you really able to envision it as it was in the movies? I know I wasn’t able to.

Watching how the scene unraveled on screen for the first time just left me in awe. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have goosebumps.

What about The Da Vinci Code?

The Hunger Games?

How adorable were Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in our Stars?

I’m really just naming a few from the top of my head that I think were good adaptations.

I do make it a rule though, to always read the book before watching the movie, as I love to compare how my mind visualized the details of the characters and the scenery with how the screenwriters depicted all the information gathered from the book. It’s just one of the perks of reading.

But reading aside, watching the movie adaptation is an experience on its own. It’s a good opportunity to share this experience with different people throughout the years.

So, I’m all for adaptations! I’m a big fan of reading the book and watching its movie. I make it a habit to check out what books are coming to the big screen every year to make sure I am able to read it just in time!

Are you a fan of book-to movies? Or do you think books should be left for the enjoyment of readers only?

Read the full article from Khaleej Times here

Filed on January 12, 2018 on @bloggerheads

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ARC Review: Need To Know

Book Title : Need To Know
Book Author :
Karen Cleveland
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Expected Publication Date : January 25th 2018


I truly believe this is one of those books which would best be a movie.

As much as it was an enjoyable read, it still lacked that “OMG” and “I’m on the edge of my seat” kind of feeling when you usually come across Thrillers. And I’m blaming it on the characters.

Vivian Miller was good at her job, maybe even too good. As a CIA counterintelligence analyst, she uncovers this huge secret that will threaten her life and family, and she finds herself in a position where she has to make sure she is making the right choices but still stay true to herself. Was it easy? Of course not! Then there’s this issue of whom to trust which was the main idea of the book and whether things were actually as it seems.

It was a truly fast read and you would find yourself on the last page without even realizing it but still, it was a mellow read for me. I wasn’t as hyped up or excited. I wasn’t even contemplating who the bad guys were and who weren’t as I usually do with other thrillers. It was just an ok read for me.

Would I recommend reading it? I might if someone asked me specifically about it. But you won’t find me recommending it if someone is looking for a great thriller.

Thank you to Penguin UK books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review/.

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ARC Review : White Chrysanthemum

Book Title :White Chrysanthemums
Book Author
: Mary Lynn Bracht
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date: January 18th 2018

This book should come with a warning sign that says “stock up on tissue boxes before reading.”

I would definitely place White Chrysanthemum on a book list for tear-jerkers. It was just so sad. I had to pause a few times, take a breather because I just couldn’t endure the sufferings.

A historical fiction, set in Korea 1943 during the WW2, two sisters, Hana and Emi were separated when Hana was taken by the Japanese army. Told alternatively between the sisters, it was really hard for me to choose which sister’s story I enjoyed more. Both were heartbreakingly beautiful.

I had no idea about the war history between Korea and Japan, and the things Korean people had to deal with at those times. This was such an enlightenment for me and it was one of the things I have loved most about the book.

I would warn you though, some events in the book could be defined as quite horrific. As much as I have enjoyed most of it; it was a bit brutal for my taste. I don’t think I handled it well and I don’t think I could read it again and undergo through all those triggered emotions – not all splendid, mind you.

But recommend I would. It’s a really captivating story. The writing style is just impeccable and you can’t help but fall in love with the traditions of the Haenyeo women who make their living as divers in the Korean sea.

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My Top 2017 Thrillers

Since I’m obsessed and I have read quite a number of Thrillers this year, I have been asked a lot about my favorites.

It’s not an easy question to answer but I think I can mention the ones that had really left a big impact on me, were so memorable, and that I highly recommend.

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TheDevotion Of Suspect X

 

My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A Novel by Keigo Higashino, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hard to put down Japanese Thriller. It had kept me guessing and confused the whole time but I totally enjoyed it.

You can read my full review here.

 

 


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The Kind Worth Killing

 

My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This book is for sure The Kind Worth Reading. A psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of whatever it is you are currently sitting on!

You just won’t be able to guess anything and it will leave you with trust issues!

You can read my full review here.

 


 

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I Let You Go

 

 

 

My Rating :⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

You have to be really patient with this one. I almost gave up on it but Thank God I stuck to it. It was really worth it!

You can read my full review here.

 

 


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The One

 

My Rating :⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A Psychological Thriller and Romance that revolves around a DNA test that would find you your perfect match. This one was a great fun read and It was really literly hard to put down!

You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 


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Book Review: They Both Die at the End!

Book Title : They Both Die in the End
Book Author :
 Adam Silvera
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date : September 5th, 2017


I have a confession to make. The main reason I picked up this book was purely for its title.

I was really intrigued and was ‘dying’ to know if they both, would really die at the end. Ok ‘dying’ seems like a harsh word given the circumstances. But still, you know what I mean.

Well, after reading it, I wasn’t sure what rating I was to give. It took me a few days to make up my mind about it but I still think I gave it a fair rating. I didn’t love it as much but I didn’t hate it either.

One thing I know for sure is that I’m quite impressed with the concept of this book. An alternative world created. We have an organization called Death-cast who calls up people who are claimed to die about 24hrs from the time they get that call.

So the book’s point of view alternates between Mateo and Rufus, who have received this call. They are strangers to each other but get to meet through an app called the Last Friend. Together they get to experience their last day and they would do all those things they wanted to do but never got around to it.

Instead of wondering what will happen to Mateo and Rufus, I started instead thinking what I would do if it was my last day. What would my last meal be? Who are the people I’d hang out with and it also got me thinking what book I’d pick as my last one?

Overall, I’d say its a very likable book. I can’t say that I loved every part of it but still, I did enjoy it and it did leave some impact on me.

Did they both die at the end? *sneaky smile.

Now that’s for you to find out if you pick up the book!

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Buying Books Online (How To)

How do you buy your books?

Visiting the stores does have its perks but there’s something about being all comfortable at home or office, via your PC or mobile, comparing prices and ordering books online.

I’ve compiled a few sites below, giving some information which could help you if you plan to shop books (and bookish stuff as well!) online.

I am always exploring new sites, comparing prices here and there and I will be updating this post to add them!

*Please also note that when I speak of shipping and prices, I’m talking about UAE ones.


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Book Depository
  • Mostly find the lowest prices and just about any book.
  • Free shipping to UAE and Worldwide.
  • It takes about 3 weeks and over to reach.

Would I recommend?

I would probably.  You would definitely find the cheapest prices in there. This was one of the first sites I used to log into to get books online. It just frustrated me that they took quite a long time and sometimes my order gets lost in the mail which they need to resend again.


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Barnes and Noble
  • Shipping fee included.
  • It takes about 3 weeks and over to reach.

Would I recommend?

I guess I would. Something about their editions that just makes me want to get them. You might find that the book prices are cheaper, and they are, but if you include shipment prices (to UAE), it will probably be the same as the rest with a slight difference in prices.


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Amazon
  • Shipping fee included.
  • It takes about 3 weeks and over to reach.

Would I recommend?

Only if you can’t find what you are looking for. Sometimes I would love certain covers/editions and I can only find them on Amazon.


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Magrudy’s
  • Free shipping to UAE
  • It takes about 5-7 days to reach.
  • Cash on Delivery option available. (UAE)

Would I recommend?

That’s usually where I get my books from. When I can’t find what I’m looking for, they order on my behalf with exactly the same price. It takes away the hassle to look for the book myself.


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Virgin Megastore
  • Free shipping over 200 Dhs
  • It takes about 2-3 days to reach.
  • Cash on Delivery option available. (UAE)

Would I recommend?

I love ordering from here because they have one of the fastest delivery options. If you are ordering multiple books, that’s the one to go to. It’s only free shipping after 200 Dhs.


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Kinokuniya
  • Free shipping
  • It takes about 1-2 days to reach.

Would I recommend?

They have free shipping and they are the fastest when it comes to delivery. The only drawback is that you may not always find what you are looking for. And they do not have a “cash on delivery” option which sometimes I prefer to use.


There you go!

Hopefully, this could give you an insight on where to go to when you feel like book shopping online. *we always feel like book shopping! D-uh!

You can always drop me a comment below or email me and I’d be glad to be of more help! 🙂

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Book Review: Without Merit

Book Title : Without Merit
Book Author :
Colleen Hoover
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Date Published : October 3rd 2017


Collen Hoover is very well known for how her writing style grips at your heart, wrenches your soul and permanently leaves a mark on you after reading one of her books. I absolutely adore her books!

And as much as I enjoyed this one, it did have quite a few “buts” in my opinion.

But first, let me tell you what it’s about.

Merit Voss seems like your typical teenage girl who is obsessed with collecting trophies she hasn’t earned and for pretending she has that normal, perfect family. Nobody is really aware of what lies beneath the surface.

We follow her around as she deals with her family that includes her father, brother, twin sister, her sick mother and stepmother – a handful, right?

Along the story she meets/crushes on Sagan, then finds out that he’s her sister’s boyfriend so he’s off limits to her, though she can’t help but think about him, and meeting him have awakened a part of her that she never knew existed as he also helped her deal with stuff she wasn’t aware they existed.

I wouldn’t categorize this as romance. This book talked more about life issues, psychological matters and really much more.

My main “but” is that all those topics mentioned in the book were lightly discussed and resolved. We did not have much time to grasp about what went on or deal with it.

I’d rather we had just one main issue or two to focus on along with the romance of the book. But sadly it felt a bit all over the place.

I would still recommend it, urge you to pick it and enjoy it as much as I did. It was kind of a light read but with important issues.