Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#39): The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Book

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships.

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I took forever to actually get on this bandwagon for no particular reason. It wasn’t until I signed up for  buddy read that I ordered the book and actually read the book. It was a lot bigger than I thought it’d be but I was up for the challenge. I was hooked from the first page and although it was more ‘adult’ than I imagined, it was an amazing read. I felt crushed and this book really tore at my heartstrings. It had one of those bittersweet endings that I wish ended more happy than not.

The Movie

Image result for the time traveler's wifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film based on Audrey Niffenegger‘s 2003 novel of the same name.[2]Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film stars Eric BanaRachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston. The story follows Henry DeTamble (Bana), a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time travel as he tries to build a romantic relationship with Clare Abshire (McAdams), who would become his wife.[3]

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The only reason I found out about this story as a whole was because I saw the trailer for the movie on TV back when it first came out. I was intrigued but not intrigued enough to actually watch it…so yes, I waited almost a decade to share in this adventure. I don’t particularly ‘do’ romance but the time travel part got me interested. The movie is not much different than the book and I think the adaptation was done very well. Rachel McAdams is an amazing actress and I feel like she’s perfect for these movies you know. The Notebook, The Vow, The Time Traveler’s Wife…she’s amazing in all of them.

The Decision

What I imagined in my head does not compare to what the movie brought to life so for this one I’m going with the movie. I had to hold back tears near the end. The emotions were so clearly portrayed that many a time I almost forgot I was only watching a movie. Both the book and the movie were fantastic and I think the movie definitely did the book justice.

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Comic Book Review: Damage #1 by Robert Venditti

Damage (2017-) #1Goodreads Synopsis

Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster!

Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.


I’m trying to get more into the DC scheme of things and I’m glad I haven’t been steered wrong as yet.

For a first issue, this was very good. There wasn’t too much dialogue but just enough forScreen Shot 2018-01-25 at 6.12.44 PMit to explain a bit of what we could expect from this series. The artwork is exceptional. I could stare at it all day. The illustrators really did a wonderful job.

Ethan as a human is certain of who and what he is, but when Damage comes out, it’s then that he has difficulty with keeping the monster in check. The thing is that Ethan remains the choice of reason even when Damage away from area where people could get hurt.

 

I think that it’s interesting that Damage comes out once every 24 hours and for one hour only so honestly, depending on what he does and where he goes, this series as whole too, could go almost anywhere. The concept is really great andScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 12.27.29 PM I think the writing, artwork and plot made up for a brilliant read. I can’t wait for the next issue.

At the end of this issue we’re given a sneak peak of a new comic called Sideways and from the looks of it, I think it’s going to be amazing. I won’t lie, he does remind me a little bit of Spider-Man with some Deadpool vibes thrown in but the excitement is still out there. I’m hoping to read that issue when it comes out and possibly review it as well, so keep a look out for this.

This is where I pray to the DC gods and hope that my continuation in this universe remains well and good because I don’t think I can take any more disappointment where comics are concerned.

Read: 25 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 17 January 2018
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Illustrators: Danny Miki | Tony S. Daniel

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RST: Reading A LOT Less Than I Used To

Imagine going from reading approximately 14 books per month to barely finishing one. I’m telling you, the struggle is too real. It’s time to face the facts; I’m simply not reading as much as I used to.

My love for reading is definitely still there but where I used to put books above all, I’m now putting other things first. Priorities and all that. Apparently life outside the blogosphere is a thing. Who knew?

Currently I’m reading like a million books and I can barely remember the page numbers I left off on. I’m getting into that mood where I’ll just put books on hold and come back to it when I know for sure that I can finish it. I’d rather do that than enter a reading slump because all readers know how uncool that is. You want to read but at the same time you can’t bring yourself to actually read anything and you just end up hating the story which is totally unfair.

My Read pile is bigger than my Unread but I’m starting to worry because with the way things are going, I’m going to have more of the latter than the former. Maybe I should just stop buying books in general…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA as if that’s ever going to happen.

I wouldn’t mind reading less if it wasn’t for the fact that I want a functioning blog. My blog is not something for me to stress about, in fact it’s where I release my stress but the longer I take to read, the less reviews I can schedule beforehand. And that’s what the main issue is. This is why audiobooks are a gift. Listening to them in the car instead of the radio, chilling with it at night with all the lights off as you’re going to sleep, taking a morning jog and have the story play out in your ear.

These days when I finish a book that’s more than 200 pages I get so excited because it feels as if I completed a marathon. It has gotten to that point where reading a big book causes me to forget how to English. It might be a problem but I’m not going to make it one.

I like to get lost in the book I’m currently reading so with all the movement going on around me, it gets difficult to concentrate. Also, I look like a couch potato that has nothing worthwhile to do and that’s a no no in my house. These are the struggles of our lives hey. I have this grand idea of reading so much that I’m so far ahead with all my posts and I finally end up taking down that TBR but I have to be realistic and face the facts. That’s not going to happen any time soon. It’s a thing.

Anyway, another random post on another random day. Cheers and adios.

Thanks for stopping by
Caron xx

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#38): Mockingjay

The Book

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Mockingjay is a 2010 science fiction novel by American author Suzanne Collins. It is the last installment of The Hunger Games, following 2008’s The Hunger Games and 2009’s Catching Fire. The book continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, who agrees to unify the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol.

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Mockingjay was by far my favourite book in this trilogy and I’ve reread it over and over again. I was in love with The Hunger Games but what I felt about Mockingjay trumped it’s prior instalments. It was everything I hoped it’d be and sure sacrifices were made but I think it ended the best way it could. As much as I love this book, I’d still refuse to live in this world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Suzanne Collins wrote an exceptional series.

The Movies

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins‘ novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence, with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the fourth and final installment in The Hunger Games film series, and the second of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

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I watched Part 1 in the cinema when it came out and I loved it. I was hoping that it’d live up to my opinion of Catching Fire since I feel they nailed that adaptation perfectly.. I wasn’t disappointed and I found myself anxiously waiting for Part 2. I only managed to watch it recently and my opinion is the same as the first movie. I loved it and I think the job was done pretty well. I did notice a few changes here and there but they were easy to push aside. Watching the movies consecutively really made for a long and enjoyable experience.

The Decision

There is no doubt in my mind about which direction I’m going on this. I choose the book for sure. Reading Mockingjay makes me want to reread the entire series and I love that feeling. I love getting the urge to experience the whole thing from the beginning again.

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Comic Book Review: Lumberjanes Vol.1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyGoodreads Synopsis

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.


I was procrastinating studying for my finals so I decided to read the first issue of this comic and I actually had to force myself not to read the next. This comic drew me in from the first page and there’s enough adventure and mystery in the first issue that makes youIMG_1979.PNG eager to come back for more.

I was quite intrigued by the all-female comic characters as I’ve never read something like it before. The second and third issues of Lumberjanes were amazing. Although we aren’t told directly what each character’s personality is, we’re given insight by the way they react to different things and situations. I personally adore Mal and Ripley.

I’m all for the adventures of this weird summer and I think I’m already in love with this comic series.

The artwork is unique and amazing and I find myself takingIMG_1980.PNG in the details as well instead of just reading the dialogue and moving on. The writing style is fresh as well as entertaining and it’s the combination of all these things: amazing  artwork, awesome writing style and fun characters that make for an addicting read.

After finishing this volume I’m convinced that this is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s easily high up in my Top 5. I can’t wait to start and finish volume 2.

 

 

Read: 10 December 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 7 April 2015
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Writer: Noelle Stevenson | Grace Ellis | Faith Hicks
Illustrator: Brooke A. Allen | Shannon Watters | Kat Leyh | Brooke Allen | Carolyn Nowak | Various | Carey Pietsch

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RST: Started from the Bottom…Again

Back when I first started my book collection I didn’t have many, probably around 5. I do remember that my first ‘complete’ series was A Song of Ice and Fire but those books are nothing to the amount I own now. Because of the small amount of books I had, I didn’t have a proper bookshelf so I used what I could find around the house i.e. a shoe rack. Yes, you read that right. A shoe rack used to be my bookshelf. I decorated it really nicely and had my meagre amount of books out on display. I was quite impressed even if I do say so myself.

It was less than a year later when my dad bought me the display cabinet that’s been featured here on the blog but I decided recently to do away with that so once again…I’m without a bookshelf.

A little while ago my gran gave me a plastic crate because I needed something to store my newly bought books. I didn’t have many so it wasn’t a problem. I didn’t mind the drastic change because 1. I still had all my other books even though they weren’t in my immediate vicinity and 2. I love seeing a collection grow.

I understand the struggle of moving so many books and that just because I want them with me, doesn’t mean that’s the way it’s going to be. I can’t have my cake and eat it too no matter how much I want to. I’ve relented to keeping my books at the storage facility but I am not happy about it. I paid constant attention to them, always dusted them off and recounted and reorganised them even though I knew how many their were and would end up sorting them the exact same way again. Books = My Happy Place.

One thing that I used to do that I can’t do now- or I can do it, it’s just less impressive now- is show off my ‘massive’ book collection. Think about showing people 300+ books versus 10. Yea, that’s a bit of an anti-climax. I’ve barely increased my collection because books are so friggin’ expensive and I’m shocked every time I walk into a bookstore. I’ve yet to become a ‘regular’ at the bookshop, so I’ve got to work on that too.

I haven’t really been out on the town looking for secondhand bookstores and the like because I’ve been constantly studying but I hope I get to do that soon. For now, I’ll sit with the books currently at my disposal (I’ve already read almost all of them) and try to be content with this situation. No, I lie. I will not be content but I can seethe silently.

For now, let’s see a pic or three of this makeshift bookshelf of mine.

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As you can see, I wasn’t joking. I’ve recently added Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela to my collection (ahem, ‘stole’ it from my dad) since I figured I rarely read about South Africa and it’s history.

I’m actually quite excited about growing my collection once again because now I have a chance to go out and search for new titles and discover different authors. Let the journey begin!

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Greek HeroesGoodreads Synopsis\

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.


I felt like I was entering a reading slump so I turn to one of my favourite authors because he’s helped me before. I’d started having flashbacks of The Sword of Summer from the beginning of the book already and of that I wasn’t a fan. At all.

I love Percy Jackson’s narrating style. It will always be one of my favourites. I definitely got that familiar feel, like this is a legit Rick Riordan book that I can get behind. Percy has a way of making the story a lot more interesting and that’s always a plus.

I really enjoyed the second story, especially because I read a Destiel fanfic a while ago that I was based on it. The third story was shorter and thank goodness for that because it wasn’t all that. Otrera’s story was great because yes to women empowerment and taking a stand. I did wonder why she was included since she isn’t a goddess or anything like that but her feats alone were worthy.

Daedalus’ story did contradict Percy’s adventures with the inventor but as he said, he was going with the original myth. Theseus’ story was definitely my favourite out of them all. I laughed the most during this one and it was as if each word was soaked in humour. This was where I felt Percy’s presence the most.

I absolutely loved this book. I took a mere 3 days to finish it and that makes me so happy. I’m glad I read this book now because it certainly helped where the reading slump was concerned. Percy’s POV of it all really added a lot more to the book. It made what could’ve been boring stories a lot more interesting.

I now feel like I can conquer 10 more books.

Read: 31 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 7 August 2015
Publisher: Puffin Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Rick Riordan

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