Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Should be Made into Movies

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is movie freebie week. Recently, I’ve read a lot of books where I’ve said, “I could totally see this as a movie or Netflix series.” With so many children’s and young adult books being turned into movies, maybe we’ll see one of my choices on the big screen soon! Here are my choices for books that should be made into movies or Netflix series (any book with a review will be linked to the title):

1.) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

Since this book is frequently recommended for fans of The Princess Bride, I think it would be a successful movie because it would attract a larger audience than just the fans of the book. Plus, it’s a unique and fun story that would differentiate itself from many other movies in Hollywood!

2.) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

With a large fan base, unique plot, and exciting story, The Lunar Chronicle has all the perfect elements to be the next YA movie franchise. The story would appeal to a large audience and also work for a lot of different merchandise!

3.) Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Even though The Lightning Thief is already a movie, I think it would be the perfect Netflix series! I’ve never seen the movies, but I heard that they don’t do the book justice. A series on Netflix would help iron out the kinks from the movies, kind of like Netflix’s take on A Series of Unfortunate Events.

4.) The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

The Winner’s Curse has a lot of elements that would appeal to many different audiences. Romance? Check. Somewhat dystopian? Check. Battles and wits? Check.

5.) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

I can definitely see the Rebel Belle series as a Disney Channel movie. The plot is fun, contains characters with big personalities, and intertwines a legend. It reminds me of a combination between Avalon High by Meg Cabot (which Disney turned into a movie) and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.

6.) We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

After I read We Were Liars, I thought it would definitely be a better book than movie. Movies with similar plot twists as We Were Liars are extremely popular right now, so it definitely would do well in theaters.

7.) Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection

Jessica Darling’s It List was recently made into a movie, but I think it would be the perfect TV series! It reminds me of Ned’s Declassified, and more recently, 100 Things to do Before High School, so it definitely would be successful with fans of those shows.

8.) Secrets of My Hollywood Life series by Jen Calonita

Secrets of My Hollywood Life (Secrets of My Hollywood Life, #1)

Secrets of My Hollywood Life is a Hannah Montana-like story of a famous teen Soap Opera star who masquerades as a normal high school girl. I think this would either be a great Disney or Netflix series. There’s many books in this series which would give the writers a lot of material. Plus, it would really appeal to many Disney Channel viewers!

9.) Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys is another book that I think would make a great Disney Channel movie. Disney frequently releases shows and movies with large families and funny interactions between middle school and high school girls and boys. This book would be right up their alley!

10.) Airhead series by Meg Cabot

Airhead (Airhead, #1)

Airhead would also serve as a great Disney Channel or Netflix series. The plot has some serious elements or messages, but is fun and full of pop culture (typical Meg Cabot). I can imagine a lot of people who watch Disney Channel wanting to watch this series.

What book does you want to see turned into movies?

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Candy Book Tag

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Dressing up in a fun costume and posting a cute Instagram picture are great, but the real highlight of Halloween is all the free candy. I thought it would be a sweet idea to complete the Candy Book Tag for Day 4 of Blogoween. Here are my answers for the Candy Book Tag:

1.) Apples: Ah. Healthy food. It’s deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.

The Kite Runner

So many people that I know rave about The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was part of my summer reading for my senior year in high school and I struggled to get through it. I can see why some people would love the story and its message, but I could just never get into it.

2.) Black jellybeans: Why do these exist?

Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds (Captain Underpants, #3)

I’ve actually never read one of these books, so I can’t really judge the content. I do, however, remember in elementary school seeing all the boys in my class reading them and wondering, “Why?” 

3.) Chocolate kisses: Aww… this book had the best romance.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

I haven’t finished The Lunar Chronicles (yet), but Cress and Thorne are by far my favorite couple! The end of Cress was straight out of a movie.

4.) Gummy spiders: Eek! You make sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.

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I don’t really read scary books, but I do remember freaking out over the ghost at the beginning of the Scooby Doo movie. I cried until my parents turned the movie off! To be honest, looking at it now still freaks me out.

5.) Jumbo lollipop: This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

Modelland

If I remember correctly, this book was around 700 pages (the original manuscript was over 1000!). I honestly don’t know how I did it–this book was an absolute mess! The world, the slang, the plot… none of it made sense. I did power through it because I needed to see how much crazier it got.

6.) Cotton candy: Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think: children’s or middle grade fiction.

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I absolutely LOVED the Babysitter’s Club when I was younger. I remember have stacks of these books that my grandma picked up at a yard sales. This series and the Pony Pals series were definitely by go-to books as a child.

Bookish Costume DIY: Katniss Everdeen

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One of my favorite costumes at the end of high school and the beginning of college was Katniss Everdeen. It’s easy, recognizable, and most of the items needed were already in my closet! Even though the movies may be over, the odds are still in your favor of having a great Halloween if you dress up as this dystopian heroine. Here’s how I created my Katniss area look:

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Makeup and Hair:

Since Katniss is more concerned about survival than the glitz and glam of the Capitol in the arena, I opted for wearing minimal and neutral makeup. In this look, I used foundation, concealer, and powder on my face. On my eyes, I used a neutral eye shadow quad from Too Faced and finished off the look with some mascara. For my hair, I had one of my sorority sister do the class Katniss braid. Another option for makeup is using brown paint to make smudges on the neck and face.

Costume: 

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My sister as Minnie and me as Katniss

For the costume, I started with a black tee shirt and black pants (in the movie, however, Katniss wears cargo pants). Then, I layered two jackets on the tee shirt. The inside jacket is a plain black jacket with red trim and the outside jacket is a plain black rain coat from Target.

In the past, I’ve used two different methods to create the trim on the inside jacket. One way to create the red trim is to buy a duct tape sheet and cut the sheet into equally wide strips and to stick them on the jacket. I’ve also used red construction paper to make equally wide strips and used masking tape to tape them on the jacket. Even though the second method is more time consuming, I found that the collar of the jacket stayed down better using the construction paper.

On the red jacket, I also attached my Mockingjay pin, which can be purchased online, on the collar. As an alternative, you can print off a picture of the Mockingjay online and back it with cardboard. Then, you can hot glue or tape a safety pin on the cardboard and then fasten in on the collar (I did this when I dressed up as Katniss in high school before movie merchandise came out and it worked perfectly!).

I completed the costume with black combat boots.

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In the past, I’ve also included a fake, plastic bow and arrow set. Since this is usually in the outdoor summer section, check out your local drugstores to find a set for super cheap (I got mine for only 20 cents!).

 

What costume will you be for Halloween?

 

Books I’m Taking to College

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Tomorrow, I head off for my senior year of college. In the past, I found it difficult to read between my assignments for class and events happening around campus. At the end of the day, all I wanted to do was snuggle up in my bed, watch Netflix, and take a nap. Last semester, I tried reading books throughout the semester, but ended up not finishing most of them.

This year, I’m determined to read books while I’m at college. For the first round of books I’m taking to college, I mostly chose picture books, early chapter books, and middle grade books. Since these books are shorter, I may be able to finish them quickly in one sitting. Whenever I’m reading a book over the span of a week or more, it drags on for me, so I think it is a good idea for me to start with shorter books. They also will take up less space in my already crowded dorm room, which is definitely a plus for how messy my room gets at college.

If I do end up running out of books or want to read some YA books, then I’m still good! At my college, there is a curriculum library for education majors. I can always pop into that library and have a great selection of books!

Here are the books that I’m taking to college:

  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

Mercy Watson to the Rescue (Mercy Watson #1)

I found this book at Goodwill and instantly fell in love with the cute and colorful illustrations (each page number is written on toast!). I was surprised that this was an early chapter book because it looks like a picture book, but I am also very excited to read it!

  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock

Red Thread Sisters

I picked this up during the $5 book bag sale at my library earlier this summer. I assumed it was a book about sewing, but I was wrong! This story is actually about a girl who is adopted out of a Chinese orphanage to a family who lives in Boston. She also tries to help her best friend who is still at the orphanage find a family. This sounds like a really interesting story and the cover looks very fall-ish, so it’s perfect for taking back to school.

  • Main Street #6: September Surprise by Ann M. Martin

September Surprises (Main Street, #6)

I read the first few books in the Main Street series when I was younger, so I was excited to find this book at a local thrift store. This book goes along perfectly with fall and going back to school, so I really wanted to bring this one with me to college.

  • Dork Diaries #2: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl (Dork Diaries, #2)

You’ll see in my post tomorrow (an update on my end of summer bucket list) that I had mixed feelings about the first Dork Diaries book. I couldn’t put the first book down because it was so ridiculous, but I really didn’t care for the book’s main character. I’m interested to see what I think of the series after reading this book!

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    • #1: The Bad Beginning
    • #2: The Reptile Room
    • #3: The Wide Window

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

I’m not sure when The Series of Unfortunate Events series will come out on Netflix, but I want start reading the series before it premieres! I only decided to bring the first three books because I know I won’t finish all the books this semester, I can’t marathon a series, and I have so many other books that I want to read!

  • Fancy Nancy: Halloween… or Bust! based on the creation of Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy Halloween... or Bust!

I’m currently planning a series of posts before Halloween, so I wanted to read some picture books to review for that series. I love Fancy Nancy, so I thought a Halloween book about her would be a fabulous and fancy addition to the series that I’m planning.

  • Happy Halloween, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Happy Halloween, Biscuit!

Like with Fancy Nancy, I was looking for another children’s book to review for the Halloween posts I’m planning for October. I always talk about how much I love the Biscuit books, but I never have reviewed one on my blog! There are so many Biscuit holiday themed books and this one seemed like a good fit for the series that I’m planning.

 

What books do you plan on reading in the next few months?

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts About Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is ten facts about me! So, here are some facts that you may not know about me:

1.) I have a fraternal twin sister.

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Her name is Breanna and she runs a beauty and lifestyle blog, The Queen Bre. I’m older by seven minutes. Also, I’m left handed and she’s right handed.

2.) I’m only 4’11”!

My shortness combined with my baby face means a lot of people think I’m only 12 or 13 when I’m actually almost 22!

3.) I have a dog named Bolt.

Showing off his Mardi Gras spirit

I named my dog after the Disney movie of the same name starring Miley Cyrus and John Travolta. In the movie, Bolt has a lightning bolt on his side, but my Bolt has a heart on his side. Bolt doesn’t act like the Bolt in the movie though, he acts more like Stitch from Lilo and Stitch.

4.) I am a Christian. 

5.) My current favorite Disney princess is Tiana. When I was younger, my favorites were Ariel and Jasmine. 

When I went to Disney World for my 18th birthday, I made sure I was the first person in line to see Tiana. I swear I was more excited than the children!

6.) At my college, I am the Chaplain of my sorority and the Fall President of one of the education honoraries. 

7.) I am not a fan of roller coasters.

Trying to take a cute picture after getting soaked on water rides

Recently, I went to Cedar Point. Even though it is the roller coaster capital of the world, I only rode three roller coasters (and one was in kiddie land!). I absolutely refuse to ride anything that goes upside down. To see more about my trip to Cedar Point, check out this post on my sister’s blog!

8.) My favorite place to go on vacation is Disney World or the beach.

At the Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head. I’m on the left and Breanna is on the right.

When I went to Disney for my 18th birthday, I even got to eat in Cinderella’s Castle on my actual birthday. I felt like a princess! My favorite beach would have to be the Outer Banks because it is really laid back, but there is also so much to do.

9.) I collect three things: key chains, postcards, and rubber ducks. 

Every time I go on vacation or anywhere special on a day trip, I try to get a key chain and postcard. When I went to the Outer Banks, I found a key chain, postcard, and rubber duck from Duck Donuts.

10.)My favorite sport is hockey.

Even thought I was a cheerleader for football and basketball, hockey holds a special place in my heart. I was so excited when my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, won the Stanley Cup! I was also lucky enough to score tickets to the draft a few years ago.