Friday, December 9, 2011

TGIF! Feature, and Follow Friday (17)

It's Friday, Pretties! 
And, you know what that means: Friday meme time!
As usual, those memes are: Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read,   and TGIF is hosted by Ginger, from GReads!
Are you participating this week? We'd love to hear your answers!

Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

Jesse: If I had to choose a single book that everyone should read, I don't think I'd be able to. There are just so many to choose from. No matter what I chose I'd always feel as though I were forgetting an even better book. So I'm not going to choose a book. I'm going to choose an author instead. And that author is: Jennifer Echols.

I truly think that everyone should read ALL of Jennifer Echols' books. They're incredibly moving, but at the same time will have you practically peeing yourself. Especially if your reading any of her romantic comedies. She writes about important subjects, but in such a funny way that I try not to read her books in public. I can't help but bust out laughing and then people stare and it gets awkward. But they're just so good I usually end up not caring! So if you haven't read any of Jennifer Echols' books, seriously? What are you waiting for? And if you have, pick up another. They're all great.

Speaking of, I just remembered, her newest novel, The One That I Want, so needs to be added to my Christmas List!
Review: Love Story
Kira: Can I just throw a whole library at people? That. Would. Be. Awesome!

Seriously, though, without using all the cliches out there that people say should be read (though, honestly, there is a reason people keep saying that, for the most part), it was hard to think of just one single book that I thought everyone should read. Especially since I know everyone's taste in books differs. And then, of course, there's always that elusive "something better" around the corner.

That being said, here are a few that I think make the cut, but that I don't think have been overly publicized (even it was well deserved. *cough*HungerGames!*couch* -- hehe...had to do that.):

Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

Jesse: Hands down, the best book-to-movie adaptation I've ever seen is Flipped. I first read the book, by Wendelin Van Draanen, last summer. It was just the cutest story of first love, obsessive crushes, and learning to deal with the opposite sex. Then when I found out they were already making it into a movie, I could hardly stand it. I was jumping out of my skin in anticipation. I watched the trailer about a hundred times, worrying all the while about how theyhad chosen to adapt it. See, the book takes place in the 90's, but they changed the setting to the 50's for the movie. Which totally scared me because how can a more modern story take place in the 1950's and still have the same effect?! Worst of all was the fact that they didn't play it in any theaters around me since it was a limited screening! So I had to wait even longer to see it.

I started stalking it on iTunes. Waiting for it to go up for sale. When that day finally came, I dropped everything to watch it immediately. And to my sheer amazement, they did it perfectly. The setting, the actors, the writing. Everything was working together to make it one of the best adaptations I have ever seen. Seriously, read the book then watch the movie. You'll see what I'm talking about!

The worst adaptation I have ever, EVER seen is Avalon High. The book, by Meg Cabot, was a really cute re-telling of the King Arthur legend. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. So when I found out that the Disney Channel had made a movie out of it I was psyched.

I know, I know. That was my first mistake. Thinking today's version of Disney Channel Original Movies could do justice to any story. But I trusted they'd stick to the story in the book. I mean, really?! How can you screw something like that up? It seemed like a home run to me.

But then I watched it. Oh god. It was the worst.

I mean, the first half was okay. It wasn't exactly like the book, but it wasn't terrible, so I kept watching. And then in the last, like, 15 or so minutes, they sucker punched me. They took a perfectly well-written ending and twisted it beyond recognition. It was the worst 15 minutes of crap I've ever seen. I don't know what the writers were smoking but whatever it was, don't watch Avalon High without smoking some of it first. Or better yet, don't watch it at all. Just read the book. You'll thank me later.

Perfect Harry-hair. Just saying.
Kira: I think it's a lot easier to find the bad adaptations than it is to find the good ones. Part of the reason, admittedly being that there are some awesome movies out there that I have not read the books for, which kind of limits my choices. Still, I'm fairly confident in my answers.

The Best: The first three Harry Potter films. More specifically the first two, for following the story line, but I liked the changes they did add to the third. Plus, Prisoner of Azkaban was the only movie they had the perfect Harry-hair. Sometimes it's the little things that matter.

The Worst: Back when I was in high school, I was very into crime thrillers, and the like. I borrowed this one book from Jesse and her mom called Night Sins by a-'til-then-unheard-of-by-me author, Tami Hoag. I was so drawn into her writing that there was a time period where the only books I was reading (excluding the mandatory school ones) were her books. I actually still own a good portion of her collection.

Anyway, one night during this phase I happened to see this one made-for-tv movie by the same name was coming on. I was like: uh-uh, no way. It can't be the same thing. I checked the description, and it was. So, eagerly, I flipped the channel, watched the film, then went to bed angry. I was not at all happy with what they had done with the screen play. It irked me.

Not too much going on this week. We're all trying to catch up on our reading ;)

* We helped reveal the cover for Onyx, by Jennifer Armentrout.
* Our Book Boyfriend this week was the very lovely Will Herondale, from Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series.


  1. I SOOOOO agree about Jennifer Echols!! She's by far my favorite author and I can't wait to read her book when it comes out in paperback in February! I'm rereading one of her books right now :) Great pick!

    Here's my FF!

  2. i need to read jen echols sometime!!!

    Following you here!! Will you stop by my post?! I have a giveaway going on as well! :)

  3. YA author and new follower from Follow Friday!

  4. Great choices and I absolutely love your layout.

    Just hopping through. :)
    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

  5. The Lying Game is so much fun, I still haven't read the sequel but I love the series already!

    New follower! :)

    Du Livre

  6. Thanks for stopping by! Following back :)

    -Pepa @ Anonymous Reads

  7. The One That I Want looks super cute! I LOVED Delirium! It is a must read that I included!

    New Follower!
    Visit My FF Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal

  8. I promised a couple of fellow book bloggers I wouldn’t “machine gun” my Follow Friday posts on the blogs I visit but this week’s Follow Friday has inspired me to make an important exception.

    The book I think everyone should read is a work of non-fiction called The Four Hour Workweek. The thing is, the book is very well written and entertaining so it reads like a work of fiction. What the book can do to enhance your life and change the way you live day by day seems unbelievable on its face which might mark it a legitimate work of fiction for the skeptics out there.

    If you read this work of non-fiction and really follow the advice it gives and apply the insights you’ll gain, your life will read like a modern tale fairytale.

    I encourage, implore and even insist you follow me back to my book blog so you can find out why I think EVERYONE should read The Four Hour Workweek –


    Howard Sherman

  9. I haven't read any Jennifer Echols but I hope too. I also loved Delirium!

    My Follow Friday!

  10. I haven't read any books by Jennifer Echols but I'll have to give her a try. I'm a new follower.

  11. Wow, that's interesting that they took the book that was set on the 90's but changed it to the 50's for the movie ! I'd be totally scared if that was a book I loved too. I haven't heard of it before, I'll have to check it out , I'm really curious how they make that work.

    I'm so happy with most of the HP's they've done(of the ones I've seen, I have some catching up to do :D )

    Have a great weekend!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  12. Wow, great gifting picks. Delirium has been on a few FF posts. New follower.
    My Follow Friday


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