Challenge: Book to Movie 2016

Book to Movie Challenge 2016

Hello my fellow bookworms, if you read this blog regularly you will know I love my adaptations and so it is really a no-brainer that I should take part in The Book to Movie Challenge in 2016 – created and hosted by ebookclassics. The guidelines are:

  • You can join at any time.
  • Neither the book nor the movie has to be new in 2016.
  • TV shows and mini-series count.
  • Comic book and graphic novel adaptations count.
  • Active participation in the challenge is required to qualify for prizes.

I do monthly adaptation posts on the film, TV and theatre adaptations I have watched already; so I feel confident this ‘challenge’ will be a simple and fun event for me to take part in. To sign-up all you need to do is post an introduction post where you name 3 adaptations you are looking forward to. Here are the 2016 adaptations I am looking forward too:

  1. Inferno (2016) – I read Inferno by Dan Brown this year and loved it! I am looking forward to seeing the adventures of Professor Robert Langdon continue on the screen and I think Tom Hanks makes a great Langdon. I am particularly looking forward to the settings and history of Florence, Venice and Istanbul.
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) – I read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J K Rowling years ago! It is only a small accompaniment book to Rowling’s epic Harry Potter series, but I am just so excited about another story from this wonderful, magical world – plus they’ve cast Eddie Redmayne which I love!
  3. Allegiant (2016) – I have literally just finished reading Allegiant, the final instalment in Veronica Roth’s dystopian, young adult series; and what an ending! I can’t wait to see how it translates to the big screen. Shailene Woodley and Theo James will be reprising their roles, and Jeff Daniels will be joining them as a new character too.

I am really looking forward to taking part in this challenge and seeing what great adaptations I will watch next year.

What adaptations are you looking forward to seeing in 2016?

Challenge: What’s in a Name 2016

What's in a Name 2016

This is the ninth annual What’s In A Name challenge – hosted this coming year by Charlie at The Worm Hole. I haven’t taken part before but I have been tempted, and at last I decided that 2016 would finally be the year. The challenge runs from January to December next year. During this time I will need to read one book from each of the following categories (in brackets are the books I own that I’m considering reading for each category):

  • A country (The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson)
  • An item of clothing (The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas)
  • An item of furniture (The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit)
  • A profession (The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King)
  • A month of the year (??)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it (The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton)

‘Mask’ might be stretching it for an item of clothing, but Charlie did say creativity for matching the categories is encouraged! Books can be any format (print, audio, e-book); books cannot overlap categories; and it’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges. Although not a requirement, I am pleased to have found books that I want to read that are not already covered by any other challenges. Otherwise I can read what I want in what order I want.

Any suggestions for what book I could read which has a month in the title? Are you taking part in this challenge in 2016?

Meme: Tough Travelling – Tricksters

Tough Travelling

Nathan, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, runs this weekly meme Tough Travelling, where readers are encouraged to tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy. Using The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones for inspiration.

This week’s topic is TRICKSTERS

A great prank is always amusing.  Many an adventure starts with a well placed trick.  They are even more amusing when performed by those with god like powers.

Sadly I haven’t been able to take part in this fun meme for a couple of weeks. I am so pleased to be taking part again and this is, I think, the most fun list I’ve created to date. Here’s my choices for this week’s topic:

Loki from Norse Mythology –  perhaps the oldest trickster of them all. Loki is a mischievous and dangerous shape-shifter, who can help or trick the Norse gods on his mere whim.

Rumpelstiltskin from the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales – an imp-like creature who comes to help a young girl spin straw into gold, but be wary Rumpelstiltskin only offers help to trick something precious out of you.

Gandalf from The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – the wise grey wizard tricks an invitation, out of the flustered Bilbo Baggins, for him and the dwarfs. I can see him now chuckling to himself as he walks away after leaving a marker on Bilbo’s beautiful green door.

Faeries from The Unfinished Song by Tara Maya – their beautiful, elegant, fun and will call so sweetly to you to join them in their joyous, abandoned dancing; but be warned they will dance you to your death.

Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – a mischievous sprite and jester to the fairy king, Oberon. Puck plays a wicked trick upon lovers who wonder into the enchanted forest and a raucous farce ensues.

Petyr Baelish from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin – the cruellest trickster on this list. With his charming manner and calculating mind you’re never quite sure whose side he’s on; other than his own!

Fred and George from Harry Potter by J K Rowling – then I couldn’t create this list without adding the hilarious Weasley twins. From puking pastels, to stealing the marauder’s map, making a spectacular exit from Hogwarts and opening a whole shop of magical tricks, jokes and spells. These are two tricksters I’d love to know.

Can you think of some literary tricksters? Please let me know if you’re taking part in this week’s topic too.

Adaptations: November 2015

Adaptations #2

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adapted films and TV series I have watched so far this month:

The Four Musketeers (1974)          Read     Film     Television
Swashbuckling sequel to the 1973 film and based on the 2nd half of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. The famous musketeers must help their young friend D’Artagnan evade the vengeful plans of the deadly Lady de Winter. I grew up watching these wonderful films and this was a fun and colourful re-watch. I have a real soft spot for Athos and I think Oliver Reid is still my favourite. Great watch.

Lewis (S9 – 2015)          Not Read     TV Series     Television
Series 9 of ITV’s long-running detective drama and spin-off from the ever-popular Inspector Morse series, based on Colin Dexter’s crime novels. Detectives Lewis and Hathaway take on three more interesting cases: ‘One for Sorrow’, ‘Magnum Opus’ and ‘What Lies Tangled’, all in the beautiful setting of Oxford. I have grown up watching Morse and Lewis, and this was another comforting series and great chemistry between the main characters. Good watch.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2015)          Not Read     TV Film     Television
BBC costume drama, based on D H Lawrence’s novel, part of the BBC’s 20th-century literary adaptations series. Lady Chatterley’s husband comes back from war a different man. Now trapped in an unfulfilling marriage she begins an illicit affair. A beautiful series, a touching story and a strong ensemble cast. However, I haven’t read the book, a friend tells me they have changed the ending. Good watch.

Wild (2014)          Not Read     Film     Television
Powerful, true-life drama based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Since the death of her mother Cheryl’s life has gone off the rails so she sets off on an epic and harrowing 1,000 mile walk to find herself, along the Pacific Crest Trail. I thought this was a really moving and inspiring film, with stunning visuals, and excellent performances from Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Great watch.

Spectre (2015)          Not Read     Film     Cinema
The 24th James Bond thriller, starring Daniel Craig, based on Ian Fleming’s Bond characters. Agent 007 is forced to go rogue to take down Spectre, a dangerous international organisation, who are always watching and listening. The leader of which is an old nemesis. Amazing drama, special effects, fight sequences and cast. Great watch.

November has been a brilliant month for old classics and exciting new releases, and the month’s not even over yet! I am very close to finishing Sky’s new series Zoo (James Patterson) and I am well into the BBC’s amazing new series The Last Kingdom (Bernard Cornwell).

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Goodbye October, Hello November 2015

October 2015

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? October has been cold and has just flown by for me; I think I blinked and missed it! Work has continued to go well however I have also been suffering with sinus problems, a rotten cold and cough. When I am under the weather I often find myself watching more TV and films as I find them easier on my mind. So I have watched plenty of good adaptations this month but sadly I had read a lot less.

Fiction: 3     Non-Fiction: 2     Poetry: 0

I started the month off with Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson off my Classics Club list. A sweeping historical adventure that was a little slow but a comforting read. October has also seen the R.I.P X event continue for me so first up was modern classic The Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart. A nostalgic suspense set in the beautiful Austrian mountains which was a perfect read for this event and my tired mind. Then I finished the event off with, the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. My full thoughts still to be posted.

Alongside these fictions I also read two non-fictions. First historical non-fiction The Rise of Thomas Cromwell by Michael Everett. A really interesting look into the back story and day-to-day life of the notorious Thomas Cromwell. Then at the end of the month I finished off Christian non-fiction Better Relationships, Better Life by Pam Ovwigho. My full thoughts still to be posted.

Pick of the Month: The Hound of the Baskervilles

The beginning of the month was slow for me but my reading improved near the end and I did really enjoy all that I read. Near the end of the month I also started reading the mysterious Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston.

In November I am looking forward to Bonfire night and more nights snuggled up with a good book.

What did you do and read in October? Any plans for November?

Challenge: R.I.P X Wrap Up

R.I.P X Image

(Image used with permission, property of Abigail Larson)

Hello my fellow bookworms, I think I could have blinked and missed the last two months. Scarily the 31st October is already upon us and that means the end of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X, hosted by Andi and Heather of The Estella Society. I signed up for Peril the First level, which means I was aiming to read 4 books for the event. Here’s what I managed to read:

  1. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle – a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. A fascinating and comforting read which I just flew through.
  2. The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland – a dark and atmospheric historical tale with a supernatural twist. A little too dark for me I was hoping my next read would be a little lighter.
  3. Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart – a nostalgic suspense set in the beautiful Austrian mountains, just the lighter mystery I was hoping for.
  4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – another classic, and perhaps the most famous, Sherlock Holmes mystery. My full thoughts still to be posted.

I am really pleased to have finished the 4 books I hoped to read. I have also started reading mysterious Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston. Although I didn’t sign up for the Peril on the Screen level I did watch Midwinter of the Spirit (2015) a new supernatural-drama which was perfect for this event.

Did you take part in R.I.P X? What did you read? Did you have a favourite read?

Meme: Tough Travelling – Fairy Tales

Tough Travelling

Nathan, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, runs this weekly meme Tough Travelling, where readers are encouraged to tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy. Using The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones for inspiration.


Fairy tales are real in fantasy land.  They may seem like stories told to kids, but in fantasyland they are very, very real.

I have enjoyed delving into the stories within stories. Here’s my picks for this week:

Harry Potter by J K Rowling – ‘The Deathly Hallows’, originally told by Beedle the Bard, has passed down from wizard family to family as a fairy tale to be told to children at bedtime. Later in the books we find out that the powerful artefacts from the tale are in fact real, and are used to end the battle for once and all.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – Bilbo Baggins has grown up listening to the wonderful tales of the young Took boys and girls that Gandalf the Grey has whisked off on marvellous adventures. There is even a rumour that a Took ancestor married a fairy, which may explain their oddly adventurous nature. With them just being tales though Bilbo little imagined he would be whisked off on a real adventure!

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King – Roland, the last gunslinger, recalls legends and his own past adventures to his ka-tet around the campfire. Including ‘The Wind Through the Keyhole’ the legend of a young boy who journeys through a dark wood where he risks death, danger and dragons to find a cure for his blind mother. These tales help Roland strengthen his ka-tet and pass on history, wisdom and knowledge.

Prince Caspian by C S Lewis – Over 200 years the Narnians have passed on to their children the tales of Narnia’s golden age, when it was ruled by the kings and queens of old. The tales have even reached young Caspian, a Telmarine prince, who blows a legendary horn which brings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy back to Narnia.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Sadly I didn’t enjoy the book as much as the film, however I did love how old fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’, came to life when Tristan journeyed into the magical land of Faerie on the other side of the wall.

Can you think of some fairy tales that aren’t just stories? Please let me know if you’re taking part in this week’s topic too.