Silver Linings Playbook Movie Review

  
Friday afternoon I had my last exam (YES) and I was so excited to come home after it because earlier this week I saw that The Silver Linings Playbook was on TV, so I recorded it because I had never seen it before but I had read the book (which I loved! Click here for my book review).  Anyway I just had to talk to you all about it and let all my fangirlness out!

IMDb Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Plot: Having read the book, I obviously noticed the differences and what the excluded from the movie but overall they kept the most important parts and didn’t add anything that changed the movie drastically, and hey, that’s all I ever want for a book to movie adaptations. I totally understand why they didn’t include some little things because movies can’t have every detail of the book. The only pretty big thing they left out was Pat’s father being such a big absence in him and his mothers life, even though he was still in the book, he was in the movie way, way more. But again, that wasn’t a make or break thing for me so I didn’t mind that it was taken out. Also, some of the scenes were straight out of the book and I love it so much when movies do that.

 The Acting: Jennifer Lawrence is sooooo talented it’s insane. She was the perfect Tiffany. Everything she did was perfect, perfect, perfect. No wonder she won an Oscar she was amazing. Bradley Cooper was also a really, really good Pat and I was very happy that Pat was portrayed properly and that nothing was taken away from his character. Jacki Weaver who played Pat’s mom was SO GOOD. She was excatly how I pictured her and ahhh I loved it. Robert De Niro was not how I pictured Pat’s dad but did a good job just the same. Honestly this movie just had such a good cast. 

What I Loved Most: Being a competitive dancer myself I really enjoyed the dance aspect of the film. I loved watching the dance at the end especially. My absolute favourite scene was when Pat and Tiffany were running and came to the diner and Pat said “Do you want to have dinner at this diner?” and Tiffany was like “Pick me up at 7:30.” and then she ran away. It was absolutely hilarious and just how I remembered it from the book. Overall I loved this movie so much and I definitely will be rewatching it soon! 

  
Have you guys seen this amazing movie!? Let me know in the comments what you thought! And I have tomorrow off (obviously because it’s Sunday) and then also Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off because it’s exam week but I had all my exams last week so yeah I’ll be on all week reading and writing posts! I hope you all are having a great weekend! 

  

January 2016 Book Haul

  

Hey guys! I’m coming to you today with my January 2016 book haul which I’m super excited about! I got lots of books this month, but I’m going to split it into two sections, books I got with gift cards/money from Christmas and then just other books I got! Now on with the haul!

 

Books I got with Christmas money/gift cards:

   

   
  
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (I’ve already read this, click here for my review)

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

   

  

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Other books that I got:

  

   

 Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (on iBooks)

Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson (ARC from Net Galley)

   
 

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul (ARC from Net Galley)

Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach (ARC from Net Galley)

 Those are all the books I got this month! I was super lucky and actually got Hopeless for free because it was on sale for a bit on iBooks and I’m so excited to read it, I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book but I’ve heard she’s an amazing author. Anyway, what are some books you guys bought/got this month? Let me know in the comments, maybe we got some of the same ones haha!

  

200 WordPress Followers!!!!

  

I just hit 200 WordPress followers, I can’t believe it!! I started this blog in September 2015 and I’m pretty sure for the first 2 months I only had like 20 followers and now I’m at over 200! I love talking with all of you about books and movies, participating in discussions and book tags, taking pictures of my books and making the thumbnail images for my posts soooooo much! I love reading so much and it’s amazing to have somewhere to go to write reviews, read other people’s opinions on books that I have read or want to read, it’s just overall so fun. Thank you all so much, and I can’t wait to write even more posts in the future!

I was thinking, now that I have over 200 people following me I would do a Q & A so you could get to know me more! So if you have anything you want to know about me, bookish or non-bookish related, leave it in the comments and if I get more than like 1 or 2 questions I’ll definitely do a Q & A post! Thanks again!

 

Soundtrack Of My Life Book Tag

 Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week! This week has been pretty busy for me, I have exams next week so I’ve had projects and tests, but now the semester is coming to an end and we’ve been just reviewing during class. Anyway! Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions was so kind and tagged me to do this  ‘Soundtrack to my Life’ tag (thanks!!) so that’s what today’s post is! Opening Credits: Favourite childhood book. 

 

I read Harry Potter when I was little so I’m going to use it for this. It was my favourite series and it still is, I love Harry Potter so much haha.

Waking Up: A book that got you out of a reading slump. 

The Selection Series definitely got me out of a loooooong reading slump that I was in. I picked up the first book in the series and read it and the next three books in less than 4 days. 

School: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving.

  

In grade 8 we read The Outsiders in English class and as soon as my teacher told us that we were going to be reading it I went out to the bookstore, bought it and read it and then when we started reading it in class I reread it. S. E. Hinton is also very inspirational knowing she write that book at 14 years old.

Falling in Love: An author you love so much that you want to read all of their books.

   

 

Becky Albertalli 100%. If she had more than one book out I’d definitely be reading all of her books but sadly she only has  one out (Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda) but on goodreads it says she has a book set to come out in 2017 and I CN’T WAIT TO READ IT!!!

Fight: A book with the best action sequences.

  

I don’t tend to read many books with a lot of action but I’ve read 11+ Rick Riordan books and that all have some pretty good and interesting action scenes that I’m always excited for when picking up another one of his books.

Break Up: A book or series you didn’t finish and don’t intend to finish

The Maze Runner to be honest. I read the first book and it was okayish but I could never get into the second one and someone told me how it ends and I don’t like the ending so I will probably never finish this series. 

Hanging Out With Friends: A book you think everyone should read. 

I know I already used this as one of my answers but Harry Potter needs to be read by everyone. Most people have seen the movies but the books are just so much more detailed, everyone needs to experience the magic.

Breakdown: A book that seriously affected you/had you crying your eyes out.

  

I’ve read a lot of sad books but I’m going to go with The Fault in our Stars. I wouldn’t have even started reading contemporaries if it wasn’t for this books and I am so happy I read because contemporary is now my favourite genre and even though The Fault in our Stars is such a sad book, I love rereading it and knowing John Green helped me find my current favourite genre that contains some of my favourite books.

Road Trip: Your favourite series.

Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter! (How many time is Harry Potter going to be mentioned in this post haha??)

Getting Back Together: A book you can not stop reading.

Again, The Fault in our Stars, in the past two and a half years I’ve read it 35 times (and counting. I literally reread that book over and over for a good half a year, I’m not even joking). It isn’t even my favourite contemporary but I just fell so deeply in love with it when I first read it, I can always count on it to get me put of a reading slump, or make me laugh (and cry), I just love it so much.

Wedding: A book that is special to you.

I’m pretty sure this post is all repeating the same few books over an over again oops.😂 I’ll just list a few:

Harry Potter

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda 

The Fault in our Stars

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Moment of Triumph: The longest book you’ve ever read.

  

I am pretty sure the longest book I’ve ever read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix at 870 pages but I am planning on reading the Outlander series some time in the future (I just feel like that series is a big commitment) and those are GINORMOUS.

Death Scene: A book or series you wish had ended differently.

There are a lot of books and series where characters that I love died but I can’t really think of a book or series where I seriously hated the ending.

Funeral: The book with the best epilogue.

HARRY POTTER!

End Credits: Who do you tag?

TheOrangutanLibrarian

 Ellie @ BelleInfini

And YOU!

So that was The Soundtrack To My Life book tag! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know down below, are there any endings to books that you hated? I’d love to know! 

My Favourite Book Couples!

  
Whether you read any books containing romance or not there are always book couples that you undoubtedly love. Today I am going to share with you some of my favourite book couples! 

 Hermione and Ron (from the Harry Potter series)

  

 
Okay, a lot of people ship Hermione with many different people like Harry, Draco and I’ve even seen some people on Instagram who ship her with Fred (and LOTS of other characters too) but I just loooooooove her and Ron together. The subtle hints of their future more-than-just-friends relationship throughout the Harry Potter series was something I definitely loved and Emma Watson and Rupert Grint portrayed their relationship perfectly in the movies, ahhhh they are just perfect and come on look at the way he’s looking at her in that picture^!!

Baz and Simon (from Carry On (and Fangirl kind of))

  

When I read Fangirl by Rainbow my love for Simon and Baz was definitely not as strong as it is now because Fangirl revolves around Cath and all but OH MY GOODNESS while I read Carry On everything changed. Simon and Baz are adorable I can’t even. The hate-to-love was just so good you can’t help but love them (well I can’t, I don’t know about you). I just want an epilogue where they get married and everyone from the book goes like Penelope and maybe even Agatha (although she wasn’t my favourite) but GAHHH I love them.

Simon and ‘Blue’ (From Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

  

Okay so if you haven’t read Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, it’s about a boy (Simon) who has been emailing this other guy who goes by ‘Blue’ and all he knows about him is that they both go to the same school. Simon and ‘Blue’ are literally SO CUTE and when you find out who ‘Blue” really is and everything unravels ITS SO PERFECT. (Also I didn’t put any fanart of them above^^ because I didn’t want to spoil or anything but I put an adorable quote from it and YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY read Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda!)  

  There you have it! Some of my favourite book couples, and of course there are lots more that I looooove like Harry and Ginny, Katniss and Peeta, Cath and Levi and Audrey and Linus but these three are the ones I could talk for days about how much I love them haha. Let me know in the comments some of your favourite book couples and I hope you had/have a good day!

Alan Rickman

  
I was so sad to hear this morning that Alan Rickman had passed away due to cancer. 

Snape was one of my favourite characters in Harry Potter and when you have a favourite character, watching the book-to-movies adaptations can be scary at first because you just hope that the actor will do a good job as that character but Alan portrayed Severus Snape perfectly,  exceeded all my expectationsand made me love the character Snape even more. From the first Harry Potter to the last, making you loath him to love him, Alan was Snape. He was such an amazing actor and added so much to the Harry Potter movies and all the other movies he was in like Love Actually, Die Hard, Sweeny Todd, Alice in Wonderland and many, many more. He will be missed by everyone. 

“When I’m 80 years old and sitting in my rocking chair, I’ll be reading Harry Potter. And my family will say to me, “After all this time?” And I will say, “Always.” – Alan Rickman

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Book Review

  

Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Low-Fantasy

Pages: 224

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Spoiler Free Thoughts: AH THIS BOOK. I was at school yesterday and thought I want to read A Monster Calls right now. So since I didn’t own the book and it was lunch time, I quickly stopped by my schools library after eating and took out A Monster Calls. Sadly they didn’t have the gorgeous edition with illustrations by Jim Kay but I took the book out anyway and began to read it as me and my friends sat by our lockers. The bell rand and I had to go to class being only 40ish pages in but as soon as I got home I sat down and finished it and let me just say, it’s like my heart got stabbed… but in a good way. This book is heart wrenchingly amazing. Patrick’s writing is just so beautiful, and I have read The Rest of Us Just Live Here (for my review click here) also by Patrick and one of the few thing I loved about that book was his writing. It was seemed so effortless but thoughtful as well. As for the story line it was short but not too short that you didn’t get everything you wanted from the story. The characters weren’t anything special in particular but I still felt connected to them. Conor, the main character, is dealing with his mom having cancer and even if you personally haven’t dealt with cancer or terminal illness that closely in your life, I still felt as though some things Conor did can be relatable to anybody dealing with something sad. The recurring dream Corner kept having was haunting but the message behind it was so true. This book is definitely one of my new favourites, I can’t stop thinking about it, and I will be going out to buy it as soon as possible.