so books as a whole have always been my happy places, just being able to read about other people in other places leading other lives has always made me feel better and taken me away.
today i thought i'd talk about some of the books that have always been the biggest happy places for me.
here we go!
1) the wizarding world shocking i know. i don't know that many people my age who didn't grow up reading harry potter but no matter what the wizarding world has always been my ultimate happy place.
2) twilight listen i know all of the issues with twilight, i know it's trash and terribly written and problematic as hell – but i still love it. it's still able to take me away faster than 99% of other books. it's just easy and quick and familiar.
3) blue is for nightmares LISTEN if you like witches, hate witches, witches are you fave thing ever – this book is fantastic. i love it so much, and it's always so easy to fall back into and escape the real world for a bit.
Audiobooks are a great thing. They can help you reach your monthly goal easily by being able to listen to them at any point in the day. Here’s a list of ways to listen to audiobooks more.
Listen while driving or riding in the car. I love listening to audiobooks in the car. It’s a great way to relax after a long day.
Listen while in class. If your teacher allows you to listen to music while you work on homework, put on an audiobook instead of listening to music. I usually switch off between music and audiobooks while at school depending on my mood.
Listen while surfing the internet. While you surf the internet, you might as well listen to an audiobook. I do this all the time and I definitely helps me finish audiobooks.
There’s three tips on how to listen to audiobooks more! Honestly, audiobooks are amazing.
Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share my top four recommendations for books when you need something happy and uplifting to read! Let’s get started.
#1: Queens of Geek
I truly cannot express how happy and feel-good of a book Queens of Geek is. I promise you if you want a smile, pick up this book! It follows three geeky friends as they go to their first convention, and is filled with happiness and cuteness.
#2: The Upside of Unrequited
A lot of people recommend Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda as a fun happy book, but I believe Upside is Becky Albertalli’s happiest book. It’s about family, friendships, and love, and is sure to make you heart feel warm and fuzzy.
#3: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Following an asexual teen film maker, Tash Hearts Tolstoy is an awesomely fun book filled with happiness. Of course there’s always conflict in books, but I promise the resolution is worth it in this one! Tash and her friends make a web tv show adaptation of Anna Karenina, and one day a popular vlogger gives them a shoutout and they gain tons of subscribers. The friendship dynamic is awesome, and this is a wonderful comfort book.
#4: The Names They Gave Us
This is one of the more emotional, pull-at-your heart strings type of books on this list, but the overall feel of the book is so heartwarming. Lucy starts summer as a camp counselor just after her boyfriend breaks up with her. We follow Lucy as she makes new friends at the camp, and makes new memories. I loved this so much and it mad me feel so happy.
Trigger warnings for cancer and panic attacks.
Thank you so much for reading! If you read these books I hope you enjoy.
Starting this book I didn’t have a lot of expectations. But as I was a few pages in, I started to really enjoy it.
I think the best way to describe this book is smut meets Grand Theft Auto. (Which I was really excited about because GTA is one of my guilty pleasures)
This was easily a 4.5-5 star book for me- until the halfway point.
This book got SO FREAKING BORING after the first half. It seemed like nothing was happening and the character development wasn’t going ANYWHERE.
Another thing I didn’t like about this book is that there was pretty much sex and no plot. From the synopsis it seems like this book would be very fast paced and have lots of things going on- but literally nothing happened besides sex.
While I don’t mind sex in books, I HAVE to have a story to go alongside with it, if I wanted just a book of just sex, I would have bought a porn book. (is that a thing? idk. You get my point).
ANYWAYS, while I did have some problems with the second half of the book, I really loved the action and the characters in the first part, I just wish that would have stayed consistent throughout the rest of the novel.
today i thought i'd talk about my top 5 book to movie/tv adaptations. the only thing i could possibly love more than books are movies!
so here we go! (these are in no order what so ever)
1) Harry Potter oooh starting out controversial!! i know all of the problems with the hp movies, they infuriate me more than anything, they could have been done 1000000 times better – but i love them. i really really do. everything about them makes me happy because it makes me remember the excitement i had when each one was released as i was growing up.
2) Shadowhunters now i'm gonna admit something big here – i haven't watched any of season two yet. i know i know i'm an awful person but i'm just waiting to have a day where i can binge watch all of it. either way i adore this show. the characters are so much better thought out than they were in the film adaptation, and everything just seems more like the books.
3) Misery this is possibly my all time favourite movie adaptation. is part of that because i love the book so much? possibly. is it because kathy bates is perfect in it? possibly. is it because it's just a bloody good film? definitely. now i love every stephen king adaptation i've seen but this one is just so so so great that it has to be seen as the best one?!
4) Peter Pan (2003) if you know even one thing about me it should be that i love peter pan more than almost everything else. i love the films, the ride at disney, and the book especially. getting to see my favourite book realised in such a beautiful film makes me so happy, and i could watch it all the time and not get bored.
5) The Help how can you watch the help and not love it? it's funny, sad, incredible. i loved everything about the help tbh and it's just SO GOOD. i can't even think about how to describe how much i loved the help that would give it justice but just know that i love it so so so so much.
there we go, my favourite adaptations. there are so so so so many more and maybe i'll talk about some more another time, but for now let me know what your favourites are!
This weekend, Dylan is hosting a 48 hour readathon this weekend and he’s making me do it so here’s my TBR.
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland – This graphic novel looks really interesting. I’ve read Uglies by Westerfeld and I liked it okay. I’m hoping to enjoy this better.
Zatana by Paul Dini and a bunch of other people – I know nothing about this graphic novel other than it looks to be a magic/magician book? Anyways, I picked it up from the library because I’ve been in the mood for graphic novels.
The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray – I’m currently on page 106 of this novel which is slightly less than half way. I’d really love to finish this since I’ve been reading it since June. It’s not that I’m not enjoying it, I just keep forgetting to pick it back up.
Are you guys participating? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll probably try to read one more book, but we’ll see…