FRIDAY FAVOURITES: book covers

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Today for Friday Favourites, I thought that I’d do something a little bit different and talk about book covers rather than the actual story or synopsis. I know that I tend to judge books by their covers – honestly if I’m scanning the shelves at the book store, I am less likely to pick up books with boring covers. It’s terrible, I know, but I think everyone does it. So here are some of my favourite covers!

 

The Isle of the Lost – Melissa De La Cruz

The Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #1)

I own the hard back to this book, which probably makes me love it even more. The green, red and gold all go really well together, but what I love most is the apple with the bite in it. SO PRETTY and I love the font!

 

Whisper to Me – Nick lake

Whisper to Me

Beautiful cover or not, this book is incredible and the cover definitely does it justice. Can we talk about the colours and how they all fade into each other. And the simple black sketches in the background and the massive font just tops it off.

 

Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead

I haven’t read this book yet, but the cover definitely dragged me in to purchase it in the first place. I mean, the clouds blend into the night sky and it looks like she’s sitting on the title writing. The colours on this one are also amazing.

 

The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I love the covers to all four of these books, and even the novellas. With this one we get a preview of the characters featured in each book – the shoe for Cinder, the red cape for Scarlett, the long hair for Cress, and the apple for Winter. I also love how the blue and red go together for each book.

 

Girl in Pieces – Kathleen Gasglow

Girl in Pieces

This is the Australian paperback edition, and I actually prefer it to the original cover. It is simple, but when you look at the writing and see the stitches, it symbolises such an important part of the book. The colour of the cover is also gorgeous and the texture of the cover and title is so cool!

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I own this cover and I love it so much! Even though the original green cover is nice because it’s so simple, I really love how this one is set out. With the crazy writing in the background, the photo booth pictures in the corner, and the black font of the title, this cover is just so much fun and suits the book perfectly.

 

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

I think it’s obvious why I love this cover so much. I loved the one for Everything, Everything as well, and it almost made it to the list, but I decided to go with this one instead. The yellow, orange, pink, blue and purple colours work so well together and the pattern that they are scattered with across the page is just gorgeous. And I love the block letters in the centre.

 

The Winner’s Trilogy – Marie Rutkowski

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

The covers to all three of these books are incredible. Firstly, the actual cover is a matte black (which is my favourite) and the way that the pink, red and green tie in with the black in the three different covers looks amazing. Plus the dresses that the model is wearing… (insert heart eye emoji).

 

The Selection Series – Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Another series of covers with amazing dresses. This one is my favourite dress and colour (because I love teal) but all six of them are beautiful. I’m not really a dress person, but if I was going to some extravagant ball, I would wear this! Plus I love the crown shape over the font, and the spines are also amazing.

 

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks

This is another really simple cover, but it’s perfect for the book. Flora writes notes on pieces of paper that she carries in her bag, and that is symbolised on the cover. Also the colour of the cover (teal again!) is beautiful!

 

And that’s it for today! Comment below what your favourite book cover is and I’ll see you on Sunday for another book review!

FRIDAY FAVOURITES: diverse books I want to read

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Looking back at the books I read in 2016 and the books that sit on my bookshelf, I can say that I definitely expanded on the amount of diverse books that I read and that I now own. However, in 2017, one of my reading resolutions is to not only read more diversely, but to be more aware of the representation of minorities and diverse characters in the books that I read. So today I have come up with just a few books that are on my diverse TBR.

Be sure to comment below what diverse books are on your TBR and let me know if you’ve read any of the books that I mention!

 

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

This is probably one of the most popular books on this list, and I think a majority of the people on the online book community have either read the book or heard of it. This sounds like such a fun and adorable read, and I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about it. Plus there’s a movie coming out soon staring Nick Robinson (😍) so I’ll have to read it before watching the movie.

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Everything Leads To You – Nina LaCour

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

The part about this book that intrigues me the most is that it looks like there is more to the book than just romance. Although I do love a good romance, I’m exciting to dive into Emi’s family life and learnt more about her life in the film industry.

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Every Day – David Levithan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. 

I’ve read David Levithan’s ‘Will Grayson, will grayson’ with John Green and I really enjoyed his writing, so I know that I will love the writing in Every Day. I also understand that this is part of a series, and contemporary series are rare, so I would love to also read more of them.

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You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

This is another diverse book that I see talked about in the book community a lot. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the story line is really intriguing to me. It doesn’t suggest anything about diversity in the description, so I’m excited to see what the story holds.

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If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.
And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

I’ve never read a book about a transgender person before, but it is definitely something that I would like to expand on. I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about this book, and I first discovered it when Zoella talked about it in her book club picks.

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Great – Sara Benincasa

Everyone loves a good scandal.
Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother in East Hampton. This year is no different. She sticks out like a sore thumb among the teenagers who have been summering (a verb only the very rich use) together for years. But Naomi finds herself captivated by her mysterious next-door neighbor, Jacinta. Jacinta has her own reason for drawing close to Naomi-to meet the beautiful and untouchable Delilah Fairweather. But Jacinta’s carefully constructed world is hiding something huge, a secret that could undo everything. And Naomi must decide how far she is willing to be pulled into this web of lies and deception before she is unable to escape

The Great Gatsby is my favourite classic of all time and I could read it and watch the movie over and over again. When I heard that this book is a contemporary lesbian retelling of TGG, I knew straight away that I wanted to read it.

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More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

I have heard nothing but amazing books about this book and Adam Silvera. I’ve watched his booktube videos and he seems so sweet, and I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, along with his new release. As soon as my local book stores get a copy in I’m going to pick it up.

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There are so many more diverse books that I would love to read. Comment below some of your favourites or ones on your TBR so I can check them out!

 

FRIDAY FAVOURITES: summer contemporaries

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Since summer has arrived, I thought it was be a good time for me to share my favourite contemporary books to read in the summer. I just sat down to write out books that I want to talk about, but I realised that I haven’t read many books set around a summer romance. If you have any that you can recommend to me, that would be great because a lot of the books I mention here are from the same author.

The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy – Jenny Han

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

This is my favourite summer romance story. Although it includes a love triangle which I usually hate, the romance in this story is so fun to read about. Each of the characters have their flaws, but they develop so much over the series of three books. There’s romance, drama, emotion, and fun and I just think that this series is beautiful.

Just One Day – Gayle Forman

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

What I love about this book is that it’s set over one single day, and so much happens in this day. I also love that it’s set in Paris which is my favourite city in the world and it just makes the book that much more romantic. The characters in the book are written so beautifully and uniquely, and it was fun to discover even more about them in the sequel ‘Just One Year’.

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

This is probably one of the funnest contemporaries, yet it still talks about some serious issues too. There’s romance, friendships, family relationships, and finding yourself. My favourite part of the book is Andie’s friendship group and how they all get along so well, even though a lot of drama between them occurs in the book. And Clark is just the perfect YA contemporary guy.

Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

This was the first Morgan Matson book I read, and despite what a lot of people say about it, I really loved it. This one is extremely emotional and it’s unlikely for me to cry whilst reading a book, but I definitely did when reading SCS. There were a few parts in the book that I found a bit “meh” but overall it made me in the mood for summer even though I read it in the middle of winter.

Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back? Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.. Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um… Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

I loved the whole idea of this book and how it included more aspects than just romance – I feel that Morgan Matson always does a good job at that. Emily’s closest friend is gone and she has to learn to be her own person, and I feel like this is an important thing for a lot of readers to learn about. Her friendship with Frank and how it blossoms was so cute to read about, and I’m always left wanting to read more of Matson’s characters.

My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

The thing that I loved most about this book is the comparison between the two families and how the Garretts (and Jase) really help bring Samantha to life. There are so many secrets in this book, and as they are being discovered it’s just like our own little mystery. But my favourite part was definitely reading about Jase and Samantha together. Not only is it a summer romance, but also a boy next door romance.

What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

I only read this books recently, and although I didn’t love it as much as I loved ‘My Life Next Door’, I still really enjoyed this one. The theme of summer is more obvious and it put me in a big summer mood. The romance between Cassidy and Gwen is adorable and I loved seeing it develop slowly over time. There are other aspects of family and friendships in this book which also added to the beautiful and touching story line.

How to be Bad – E. Lockhart, Lauren Myrace, Sarah Mlynowski 

Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn’t be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who’s as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she’s furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She’s already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends.
But for all their differences, the girls discover they’ve got one thing in common – they’re desperate to escape. One ‘borrowed’ car later, it’s time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything

I really loved this book, just like I love every E. Lockhart book, and it was good to discover the other two authors also. All three characters were so different yet they were so much fun to read about, and I loved how each author wrote their own characers’ chapters which made them even more different. Personally, my favourite character was Mel and I feel like I can relate to her most. The road trip theme was so much fun and the book was filled with drama that kept me really intrigued with the story line.

Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.
That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

Although all three of the books in this companion trilogy are perfect, I feel like Lola felt more summery when reading it. I can’t remember if it is actually set in summer, but it definitely gave me those summer feelings. There’s a lot of drama going on in this book, and I love how it covers a wide range of diversity. But of course, just like the rest of this series, the romance is the best part and I just want to read it over and over again.

Summer Days and Summer Nights – Stephanie Perkins

Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith

I read this book when it came out during Northern Hemisphere summer, therefore the middle of winter for me, and it made me want it to be summer so badly. Although a few of the short stories I didn’t love as much, the ones that I did like I really loved them and wanted them to be full length stories. I feel like short story collections like this also help you discover more authors to see if you want to check their books out.

 

So those are a few of my favourite summer contemporaries. Like I said at the beginning, please recommend some more to me because I haven’t read as many as I thought!

FRIDAY FAVOURITES: books i want to reread

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Today I’m going to talk about some of the books that I plan on rereading, but I’ll probably never get around to doing so…
I like rereading my favourite books or revisiting the story line, but I just never have time! Let me know down below if you have the same problem as me.
But without further ado, here are the books that I will hopefully eventually read again.

The Selection series – Kierra Cass
I read this series in December last year and absoultely loved the first three books. I think I can speak for most people when I say that there’s just something about this series that is so addicting. There’s a dystopian style that doesn’t override the romance, we have royalty and even a bit of humor. I always used to say it’s Cinderalla meets The Bachelor and I don’t care if it’s trash, because I love it!

The Hunger Games – Suzzanne Collins
I read these three books after watching Catching Fire at the movies, so I was pretty late to the game. I have rewatched the movies a few times, but I would love to experience the stories of the books over again. I like how in the books we get a better perspective of Katniss’ thoughts and feelings when she’s in the games.

Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
I read this series in primary school I think after the Twilight movie came out. This is the series that got me into reading, and specifically YA and the fantasy genre. Once again, I have seen all of the movies a million times, but the books are so long which I think have put me off reading them again. I did read the ‘Life and Death’ edition of Twilight last year, but hopefully eventually I’ll get around to it.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
I read this books and the sequel (Where She Went) a couple of years ago before the movie came out. I saw the first released trailor but I didn’t want to wait half a year to see the movie, so I thought I’d check the book out. I loved the book and I love that it’s a short a quick read too which would make it a lot easier to read. I feel like watching the movie again now…

Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
I discovered this book when looking for If I Stay because it came up as a similar suggestion on Goodreads. So I read it, and despite what a lot of people say about it, I really enjoyed it. There’s a movie coming out next year and I saw the trailor for it the other day and it looks AMAZING so hopefully I can read it again before the movie is released.

Anna and the French Kiss trilogy – Stephanie Perkins
I read all three books over the course of last year, and they are adorable! They are the perfect “pick me up” books, and since it’s summer I think it would be perfect to read over the next couple of months. What I love most about these books is the romantic relationships between the main characters (Anna, Lola and Isla) and their respective boys.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
One of my favourite contemporary books of all time by one of my favourite authors. Fangirl has so many different aspects to it; there’s romance, coming of age, mental health, going into college, friendships and family relationships and they all add to the overall story. I really want to read Cath’s story again and I just want to read about her and Levi forever!

Georgia Nicholson series – Louise Renninson
I read this series when I was in late primary school and early highshool after seeing the ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ movie. Even though there are quite a lot of books in this series, each book is quick and you can read them in one sitting. Since this is such a fun series for me and is so close to my heart, I would love to revisit Georgia’s story.

To all the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
Another one of my favourite contemporaries that includes my all time book boyfriend (Peter Kavinsky). I only read this book and the sequel this year, but I loved them so much that I want to read them again (specifically the first one). The third book is coming out next year so I would love to refresh my mind and fall in love with Peter all over again.

Breathing Under Water – Sophie Hardcastle
I will be forever grateful for this book randomly showing up in the mail after being sent to me by Hachette (even though I never gave them my address so I don’t know how they got it). But I don’t care because if it wasn’t for them I probably never would have picked the book up. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year and it covers such a wide range of topics and it made me feel such a wide range of emotions. Sophie Hardcastle wrote such an incredible book and everyone needs to read it!

Comment below what book you really want to read again!!

FRIDAY FAVOURITES: book to movie adaptations

A lot of people talk about how they don’t like book to movie/TV show adaptations and wished that they didn’t happen. But I personally love movies just as much as books. So today for Friday Favourites I’m talking about ten of my favourite movies that were adapted from books.

Love, Rosie – Cecilia Ahern
I picked this book up when I saw the trailer for the movie. When I read the book I loved it – it was different and the format was completely unique. But when I saw the movie, I actually loved it more than the book. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin did an amazing job playing the characters and even some of the changes that they made for the movie was for the best.

The Fault in our Stars – John Green
I was a big fan of TFIOS when it was released and read it about five times before seeing the movie because I loved it so much. I was scared for what was going to happen with the movie, but when I saw it (three times in the cinema) it was amazing. There are a few differences from the book, but overall it was pretty accurate. Shailene and Ansel portrayed Hazel and Augustus beautifully. Plus the movie soundtrack is AMAZING!

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
I read the book when the first trailer was released because it looked incredibly emotional and I love a good cry when reading. I loved the book, and I can say that I also loved the movie (I also saw it three times in the cinema). The portrayal of the book is so accurate and I cried even more in the movie than I did in the book. Once again Sam Claflin did amazing as always, as did Emilia Clarke. The soundtrack to this movie is also amazing and I’m listening to it on Spotify  right now!

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
I saw the movie before I read the book. It was one of those movies where I thought the trailer looked good so I went and saw it with my brother, but I ended up really enjoying it. When I found out there was a book series I picked the two released books up and the later released final book. I love all of the books and the movie and I really hope they continue making the second and third movie.

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
I remember being in year 11 at school in Biology class when the girl I was sitting with showed me the first released trailer for If I Stay. When she told me it was a book I knew I needed to pick it up straight away. I binge read the first and second book and loved them, and the movie was just as amazing and emotional. I really wished they would make the movie for Where She Went just to get that closure, but since I read the book I know what happens anyway.

City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
This is one of those movies where big Shadow Hunters fans cannot stand and always talk about how bad it was. I watched the movie at the beginning of the year before reading the books and I fell in love with the characters and story line. I’ve since read The Mortal Instruments series but I think it was Jamie Campell Bower that made me fall in love with Jace’s character. Not only because he is HAWT but his wit and portrayal of Jace was hilarious.

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
I read this book for my year 12 English major to compare with The Book Thief, and I really enjoyed the thrill and emotion from the book. I watched the movie with my family and loved how it was portrayed. It definitely kept the emotion from the loss of a young girl and the other victims, the suspense of the family finding out her killer, and the touching story that was told.

Looking for Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta
Now I don’t know if I can count this on my list because I’ve never read the book, but I watched the movie the other day and it is incredible so I really want to pick up the book soon. The book and movie is one that Australian school students have complained about for years because they had to study it for high school English. Unfortunately for me, I never got given the chance in school to study it, but I know that I wouldn’t have complained about the humour of the movie and similarities that I shared with Josie.

The Carrie Diaries – Candice Bushnell
I know TCD was adapted to a TV series that counts as the prequel to Sex and the City,  but I really wanted to talk about it. I discovered the TV series through Austin Butler’s imdb so I decided to watch the two series and it is amazing. I have since re-watched it and loved it even more the second time. I was sad that the series had been canceled so I decided to read the books to re-live the memories. I was disappointed to find that the books are nothing close to the series and Austin’s character, Sebastian, is barely mentioned only in the first book. But oh well, because the TV series was amazing.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
I think I read this book after the movie was released but before I saw it. I read it quickly and loved the emotional aspect and the character of Charlie. When I saw the movie not long after, it was incredible. Logan Lerman portrayed Charlie beautifully, as did Emma Watson for her character. This books had so many amazing aspects about it and I’m so glad that the movie used all of it to it’s advantage.

So that’s just ten of my favourite book to movie adaptations. Comment down below if you can recommend any more to me and I’ll be sure to check them out (I’m always looking for more movies and TV series to watch)!

 

FRIDAY FAVOURITES: australian young adult books (LOVE OZ YA)

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For the next instalment of Aussie Week this week on my blog, I am talking about some of my favourite YA books by Australian author. Love Oz YA is something that has developed a lot this year to help support Australian YA authors. So today I am going to recommend a few of my favourite Australian YA books and hopefully you can recommend a few to me in the comments below since I would love to expand my collection!

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
What I loved about this book is that it’s told through a series of messages, emails, files, interviews and transcripts and it’s something different to the usual YA sci-fi. I went to the launch of the second book in this trilogy and met the authors a few weeks ago, which you can check out here: https://alwaysandforeverreading.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/amie-kaufman-and-jay-kristoff-gemina-book-launch/

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Zac and Mia – A.J. Betts
Seventeen-year-old Zac Meier is experiencing a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.
I loved that this book was also set in Australia and it was so cool to read about places and cities that I knew about and could picture clearly. Although this isn’t one of the best books I’ve ever read, it certainly was an enjoyable read.

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Breathing Under Water – Sophie Hardcastle
Ben and Grace Walker are twins. Growing up in a sleepy coastal town it was inevitable they’d surf. Always close, they hung out more than most brothers and sisters, surfing together for hours as the sun melted into the sea. At seventeen, Ben is a rising surf star, the golden son and the boy all the girls fall in love with. Beside him, Grace feels like she is a mere reflection of his light. In their last year of school, the world beckons, full of possibility. Then, one day, the unthinkable. Suddenly everything that was safe and predictable is lost.
You’ve been reading my blog for a while, you would know how much I love this book because I mention it in almost every blog post. It is definitely my favourite book of the year and maybe all time. It made me laugh, cry and think about my position in the world.

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The Yearbook Committee – Sarah Ayoub
Five teenagers. Five lives. One final year. The school captain, the newcomer, the loner, the popular girl, and the politicians daughter. Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?
The concept of this book was really interesting to me and I felt a bit of “The Breakfast Club” vibe as we were introduced to the five high school stereotypes. The character development in this book was also really obvious and interesting to read about.

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When Michael Met Mina – Randa Abdel-Fattah
When Michael meets Mina, they are at a rally for refugees – standing on opposite sides. Mina fled Afghanistan with her mother via a refugee camp, a leaky boat and a detention centre. Michael’s parents have founded a new political party called Aussie Values. They want to stop the boats. Mina wants to stop the hate. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael’s private school, their lives crash together blindingly.
This book talks about a really serious issue that is occurring in Australia and other countries right now, and I feel like not enough books cover this topic, especially YA. In this book we hear both sides and perspectives in Asylum Seekers and it really opens your eyes to how the other half is living.

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The Pause – John Larkin
Declan seems to have it all: a family that loves him, friends he’s known for years, a beautiful girlfriend he would go to the ends of the earth for. But there’s something in Declan’s past that just won’t go away, that pokes and scratches at his thoughts when he’s at his most vulnerable. So he makes the only decision he thinks he has left: the decision to end it all. Or does he? As the train approaches and Declan teeters at the edge of the platform, two versions of his life are revealed. In one, Declan watches as his body is destroyed and the lives of those who loved him unravel. In the other, Declan pauses before he jumps. And this makes all the difference.
I had this book on my shelf for about a year before I decided to pick it up, and I really wished that I had read it sooner. This book talks about rough topics that isn’t talked about enough in YA, and it made me feel a whole range of emotions. It teaches young readers that no matter how hard your life may seem at the moment, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

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The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
I only just realised that Marcus Zusak is an Australian author – but if you haven’t heard of this book then I’m not sure where you’ve been! I read this book a few years ago, and even though I’m not a massive fan of big books, I loved this one. It focuses on a time in history that really interest me, and I loved that it was told from the perspective of death but focuses on a young girl who has no idea just how bad the world is.

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Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland
Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her.
I loved how this book focuses on a range of different topics including young love, mental health, family and friendship. There is also a sense of mystery in this book as the readers are set to discover who Grace really is.

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So those are eight amazing Australian YA books that you guys should check out. Let me know down below if you have read any of these books or you have any to recommend to me 🙂