If you like these books, try these tv-series

The idea for this post came from the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and The Bookish. Today I am again going to talk about television, but this time the topic is TV series. I love to watch them! Sadly I do not have an infinite amount of time, and lots of TV series do have an (almost) infinite amount of seasons. Therefore I have not watched a lot of different TV series. But I always like those “if you like …, try …-lists”, so I decided to make one based on two of my favourite TV series:

If you like Eragon and Harry Potter, try The Adventures of Merlin

The Adventures of Merlin is of course about the wizard Merlin from the Arthur legends, but instead of old, both Merlin and Arthur are young adults. Just like Eragon from The Inheritance Cycle and Harry Potter, Merlin is still learning to use his magic in the right way. More similarities are dragons and prophecies. All three series are exciting, but also have some funny moments. Merlin has five seasons and a total of 65 episodes.

If you like The Passage, try The Last Ship

Similar to The Passage, an unknown virus killed a large part of the world population in The Last Ship. In the book series as well as in the TV series the military play an important role. The crew of the USS Nathan James a.k.a. the last ship, try to find a vaccine and save the world. The third season just started, and I hope to watch it very soon!

Other TV series I love to watch:

LostLost really is not comparable with any book I have read. In the first episode a plane crashes on a deserted island. A group of people survive and try too stay alive. But lots of strange things happen on the island. Lost has six seasons, and I still have to watch the last two seasons. I am very excited for the end!

Elementary

Elementary can be seen as an American version of Sherlock, although it does not exactly follow the story line. In this version Watson is a woman, and Sherlock works together with the New York City Police Department. But the most important parts of the story are still the same, such as Sherlock his personality and the role of Watson in solving the cases. The differences make the TV series very unique. I just found out the fifth season will be on television next October!

 

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The best and worst books made into movies

There are some movie adaptations I absolutely love and some I despise. I compiled a list of three movies I hope to never see again and three that were instant favourites.

The worst

The worst movie adaptations

They are the reason I am a little afraid when I read that one of my favourite books is going to become a movie. I have accepted that movies and books cannot be identical, but the producers of these movie adaptations made a little too much mistakes:

The Golden Compass (2007)
This movie was such a disappointment. It was not the fault of the actors, they did a good job. But the producers “forgot”the religious parts of the book, and that is NOT something you can just leave out. I am also really annoyed by the fact that Miss Coulter has blond instead of black hair. Why didn’t they give Nicole Kidman a wig?

A few months ago I heard that His Dark Materials will be adapted again, but this time as a tv-series by the BBC. I really hope they will do a better job!

Eragon (2006)
I think it is generally agreed that this movie was a big fail. Important parts of the book were left out and the actors weren’t that great. The positive thing is that they did not try to adapt the other parts of the book series.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
I must admit that the scenery in the movie was beautiful. But the idea to turn a book with a little more than 300 pages in three movies is just ridiculous. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on itself was not that bad, but so many unnecessary details were added in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I didn’t even bother to go to the last part.

The best

The best movie adaptations

The producers of these movies did an amazing job. This is how you make a movie from a book:

Matilda (1996)
One of the very few movies that I think is better than the book. Every time this movie is on television I watch it! Even though I have seen Matilda at least ten times (probably more).

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
The producers stayed close to the original story, acting was good and the movie was exciting to watch. I still haven’t watched Mockingjay part 1 en 2, but I have high expectations.

The Lord of The Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)
I really admire The Lord of the Rings. It is a wonderful story that inspired many other fantasy stories. Middle-Earth is high on my list of fictional words I would like to visit, and the producers did a great job of portraying it. The actors are also well-chosen. Nobody could play a better Gandalf than Ian McKellen!

Four things books have made me wish to do after reading them

The idea for this post came from the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and The Bookish. Today I have chosen a topic I missed a few weeks ago. Here are some books that inspired me to want to do certain things:

Four things books have made me wish to do after reading them

Going to a school of magic
Due to the types of books I often read, not all things I want are very realistic. By now I have accepted that I will never get my Hogwarts letter. But I still fantasize about going to a university of magic like in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss or in the Dutch book De erfenis van Richard Grenville by Natalie Koch.

Being a journalist
I read the Millinnium trilogy by Stieg Larsson while applying for a master in journalism. The books made me want to be a journalist even more! I already saw myself doing detailed research and writing groundbreaking articles. But sadly I was not admitted to the master.

Making November Cakes
Puck Connolly eats delicious sounding cake in The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. After reading the book I really wanted to taste it. I even found the recipe for November Cakes. I still have to make them, so maybe this november.

Owning a dragon
When I was younger I read The Inheritance Cycle by Cristopher Paolini. While reading this series I fantasized about having my own friendly dragon. By now I would also be very happy with a cat, but a dragon would still be quite awesome.

A short journey through Europe in books

The idea for this post came from the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and The Bookish. The original challenge for today was to come up with books set outside the USA. Because I live in the Netherlands, another common setting of the books I read is somewhere in Europe. Therefore I want to take you on a(n) (incomplete) journey through Europe. I tried to choose books in which the setting is well described:

Ireland
We start in Ireland where the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer are set. The home of the young criminal mastermind Artemis is located on the outskirts of Dublin. Another important location in this book series is Haven City, a fairy city that can be found hundreds of miles under the ground.

France & Germany
In the Paris from the 1930s and 1940s lives Marie-Laure from All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. She is blind, but can find her way through the city because her father made a wooden miniature of Paris. Meanwhile in an orphanage in Germany, Werner develops a talent for fixing radios. This gives him the opportunity to join the Hitler Youth.

Spain
In Barcelona in 1945, Daniel from The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón finds a book on the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. On his quest for the writer he finds out that someone tries to burn all the copies of the book.

Italy
Elizabeth Gilbert has written about her search for “everything” in Eat, Pray, Love. She visits three countries: Italy, India and Indonesia. In Rome she discovers how to enjoy life to the fullest. After reading this part of the book, you will defitively going to want to Italy.

Sweden
The journalist Mikael Blomkvist from The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson tries to solve a mysterious disappearance in Sweden. Help comes from the genius, but misunderstood investigator, Lisbeth Salander

Czech Republic
In Prague lives a girl with blue hair, tattoos on the palms of her hands and sketchbook full of strange creatures that actually exist. Of course I talk about Karou from the a-ma-zing Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. By the way, (not entirely) accidentally I visited Prague after reading these books. It really is a beautiful city!

A to Z survey

I am back on WordPress! Today I am going to do the A to Z survey which is created a few years ago by Jamie on Perpetual Page-Turner. She is also the fabulous creator of The Broke and the Bookish. So let’s start!

Author you read the most books from
Probably the Dutch writer Francien Oomen. When I was younger I read at least 15 books written by her.

Best sequel ever
Usually I think the first book is the best. Harry Potter is the only exception, the Order of the Phoenix has always been my favourite book.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

 

Currently reading
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

 

Drink of choice while reading
Definitively tea! My favourites are mint tea and chamomile tea.

E-reader of psychical book?
In my opinion nothing can beat the psychical book. But I do think e-books are handy on vacation or when my boyfriend is already sleeping.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school
I liked to imagine I was friends with Will from His Dark Materials or with Harry (from Harry Potter of course).

Glad you gave this book a chance
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini.

Hidden gem book
A few months ago I wrote a post about six hidden gem ya books.

Important moment in your reading life
The moment I learned to read of course!Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Just finished
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A beautiful book about love, race, the United States, blogging, being an immigrant and Nigeria.

Kinds of book you won’t read
I try to be receptive for every genre, but I do not really like horror.

Longest book you’ve read
Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind, the Dutch edition has 876 pages. This book is also part of the longest series I have ever read, 11 books (or 12 if you include the prequel).

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

 

Major book hangover because of
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. A world with witches, vampires and daemons felt so real!

 

Number of bookcases you own
Just one, with still some room left for more books.

One book you have read multiple times
I have read the whole Harry Potter series lots of times.

Preferred place to read
It does not really matter for me, but a big couch with a purring cat and a cup of hot tea sounds really nice.

Quote that inspired you/give you all the feels from a book you’ve read
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Reading regret
The only thing I regret is that I did not spend more time reading. So many books and so little time!

Series you started and need to finish
Too many series, but especially The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

Three of your all-time favourite books
If I really have to choose (just pretend the series count as one book): the Daugher of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

Unapologetic fangirl for
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy of course!Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Very excited for this release more than all others
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, the prologue sounds so good!

Worst bookish habits
I really cannot think of any bad bookish habits.

Your latest book purchase
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I am really excited about it!

Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY too late)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I just needed to know the end!

Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

The idea for this post came from the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday, created by The Broke and The Bookish.

Most of the time I have this feeling that there are too many books and too little time to read them. I will probably never be able to read all the books I want to. So why would I take the time to re-read books? One good reason is the new things you can discover when reading a book again. It is also really nice to read a book you already know you will adore. Sometimes I like a book the second or third time even more. Here are three examples:

Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I remember vaguely reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. Only when I re-read the books some years later, I became a fan. Over the years I have read the Harry Potter books at least four times, some parts possibly more.  Also my opinions about some characters changes. I came to appreciate Ginny and Minerva McGonagall a lot more, and found out that Albus Dumbledore is not as good as I initially thought.

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The first time I read The Hobbit, it was an assignment for my English class. I liked the book, but nothing more than that. When I was older I read The Hobbit again by myself, and liked it a lot more.

3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Also Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was a book I  liked a lot more when I read it for myself than for my English class.

For today I cannot come up with more books, but I promise another post later this week!

Back to the Future Book tag

Although I am not tagged, I saw this nice tag on Drizzle & Hurricane Books. I am not such a big fan as Marie, but I do like the Back to the Future movies. By the way, did you know that the future Marty travels to in the second movie already “happened”? It was on October 21, 2015. Now back to the tag 😉

Name a book/movie/show that makes you want to go back in time when you were younger and enjoy it all over again.

Book: I am going to cheat here, and choose a bookish moment instead of a book. There used to be a library very close to where I lived. Almost every Saturday I went with my mother, and sometimes my brother, to this library. Every time we spent around an hour browsing books. Then we borrowed as much books as possible. I used to check out such an high pile of books, a boy once asked me if I really was going to read them all.
Movie: Definitively Mulan. I saw this movie so many times as child. I used to sing along with all the songs, and could mimic big parts of the movie.

What’s your favourite sci-fi or fantasy book/movie/show?

Book: I read a lot of awesome sci-fi and fantasy books! But my all-time favourite is (as you probably already know) the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor.
Movie: The Shrek movies are amazing! They never fail to make me laugh.
Show: I am going to interpret show as tv-series, and choose my latest favourite: The Last Ship. This is a exciting series set in the future in which the crew is searching for a cure to stop the virus that wiped out a big part of the human population.

Shrek 2

What’s a moment in a book that takes place in the past or future that you’d like to visit?

There are a lot of books set in the future I definitively do not want to visit. I am currently re-reading World War Z by Max Brooks, and I would do anything to avoid a visit! But to visit the steampunk past in Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and fly with the airship would be pretty cool.

What’s a fictional store, cafe, etc. in a book/movie/show you’d like to visit?

Without doubt, Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series. Of course I would like to visit the bookshops, especially Flourish an Blotts. I would also take a look in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, the joke shop from Fred and George.

Map of Diagon Alley
From Pottermore

Name an automobile or a way of travel in a book/movie/show that you’d like to take for a ride.

Flying a dragon like Eragon in the Inheritance Cycle books by Christopher Paolini would be incredibly cool!

Favourite fictional scientist?

Initially I thought I did not know any fictional scientist, but when I thought about it I came up with two. I like Temperance Brennan from Bones, because she is an forensic anthropologist and I have studied cultural anthropology. Abby Sciuto from NCIS is another favourite, because she is someone no one expects to be a forensic specialist.

Temperance Brennan and Abby Sciuto

I tag everyone who likes to do the Back to the Future Book tag!