Bout of Books 17 {Day 1}

Bout of Books

Participant 228~ Ner @A Cup of Coffee & a Book

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 1 of Bout of Books 17!!!

Day 1: Monday – 22/08


Reading: Labyrinth Lost – 82% done – page 281 (PDF), 269 (book);
Pages Read: 114 pages;
Books Read: 0/4;
Total Pages Read: 114 pages;

Started counting as soon as it was midnight (it was around 1am actually) and I’ve got to admit I’m feeling pretty accomplished.

And I also have to say that tomorrow (day 2) and Wednesday (day 3) might be a little bit slow since I have to run some errands and might not be able to read that much. But I’m determined to finish Labyrinth Lost today and start The Bone Witch so there’s that 😉


Book to Movie Adaptation – Writing My Own Fairy Tale

So, I said I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate in any challenge this time but today’s challenge is so easy I just had to do it. 

In this challenge you have to share your favourite and least favourite book-to-movie adaptation. You can share the reasons why or simply leave the names here. Pretty easy, right? So, here we go:

Favourite book-to-movie adaptation:

Stardust (Neil Gaiman) | Stardust (Matthew Vaughn – 2007)


I might be cheating on this one since I first saw the movie and then read the book but it’s one of my ultimate favourite fantasy books and movies. They’re different, that’s so sure; there are things in the book that don’t appear in the movie and vice-versa. But I think Matthew Vaughn managed to transport into the big screen the wonderful story that Neil Gaiman created, remaining faithful to the source material, but also adding a few new things to make it even more interesting (yes, Captain Shakespeare for instance). In a whole, I think book and movie complete each other 🙂

Least favourite/most hated book-to-movie adaptation:

Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl) | Beautiful Creatures (Richard LaGravenese 2013)

Beautiful Creatures

Oh man!! You guys have no idea how hyped I was for this movie. It movie had the perfect cast (Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson AND Viola Davis… really, simply perfect!) and I really loved the book so it had an amazing story to be a perfect movie! But they had to ruin everything! And when I say everything… I mean it! They changed the whole plot, there were things that didn’t make any sense and the ending… the ending!!! I left the cinema so upset, angry and sad… Why do they have this urge to pick up a book and change the whole story? It reminded me that time I went to see Eragon and left the cinema wanting to punch the director! 

Even though Stardust is different from the book, the main plot, the main characters, the essence of the Neil Gaiman’s amazing book is there. As for Beautiful Creatures (and Eragon now that I’ve mentioned it), lost everything in their poor executed movie that had everything to be a blockbuster and the next Twilight/Harry Potter. 

What about you guys? What is your favourite book-to-movie adaptation? And your least favourite?


Top 5 Soundtracks to Listen When Reading

One of the things I love the must when I’m at the café reading is to have a great soundtrack accompanying me. The noises of conversations are drowned by simply putting on my headphones and allow the music to become the background symphony playing alongside my reading. 

Sometimes the soundtrack fits perfectly with what you’re reading you can’t help but pretend that you’re inside the book as if it were a movie. It makes the experience so much intense and deeper. 

Of course that not everyone like to read with music. At home I prefer to read without any kind of music but when you’re in a crowded place with so much noise and strange sounds, there’s nothing better than to deafen then with a good music.

Therefore, I decided to create a top 5 (it’s more like a list of five instead of a top… I can never rank my soundtracks) of soundtrack to listen while reading in public. Remember that this is my personal taste and we might differ when it comes to individual musical tastes 🙂

1. Pride & Prejudice – Dario Marianelli (2005 – get album here)

2. Harry Potter – John Williams (2001/2002/2004 – get album(s) here) and Alexandre Desplat (2010/2011 – get album(s) here)

3. TRON: Legacy – Daft Punk (2010 – get album here)

4. The Last Airbender – James Newton Howard (2010 – get album here)

5. The Last Samurai – Hans Zimmer (2004 – get album here)

Some soundtracks worth mentioning (might do another post with some more soundtracks – including these below:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Howard Shore (2002);
  • Cinderella – Patrick Doyle (2015);
  • Batman Begins – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard (2005);
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Harry Gregson-Williams (2005);
  • Angels & Demons – Hans Zimmer (2009);
  • Stardust – Ilan Eshkeri (2007);

Do you listen to music when you read in public? If so, what are you favourite artists?


Monthly Wrap-Up | January

Wrap-Up | January

Books read:

Hocus Pocus Spellweaver Freak of Nature Stardust From the Ashes Incite The 'Naturals

And that’s a wrap!!!