Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdayIn the famous words of Snow White, “I’m wishing (I’m wishing) for the one I love, to find me (to find me) today.” In this case (actually in most cases) the one that I love is a book.

I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.

This week while browsing Goodreads I stumbled upon A Case of Need by Michael Crichton.

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30 Day Book Challenge Day 19

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 19: Favorite Book Turned Into a Movie

This question was a bit difficult as I found that I had already talked about several options that comes to mind. Then I remembered a favorite movie of mine, soon to one of my favorite novels.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

I saw the movie when I was six years old and my obsession for dinosaurs was born. I learned everything I could about them and watched anything dinosaur related to feed my need. (The Land Before Time series thenceforth became one of my favorites of all time). My secret desire was to see a dinosaur (not a raptor of course, as they were my biggest fear).

Thirteen years later it came to my knowledge that the movie Jurassic Park was actually based on a novel penned by Michael Crichton. If you love books like I do, which a good many of you do, you could just imagine the scene that took place when I discovered this amazing fact.

I hurriedly obtained a copy of this novel and read it within a day. I LOVED it. I loved the way Michael Crichton not only made the science believable but interesting as well. As somebody that doodled their way through biology I can honestly say Crichton does an excellent job of mixing scientific information into the novel. After reading it I watched the movie again ready to look at it with a different perspective and I am happy to say that my opinion of the movie did not change, I was still just as wide-eyed about dinosaurs as I was before the novel.

Steven Spielberg did a fantastic job of translating the story from paper to film and it will always remain as one of my favorite movie adaptations.

What is your favorite book turned into a movie? What is one that is your least favorite? Share it below and happy reading!

Sidetracked

tracksSo if you don’t already know, I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which by the way has been keeping me laughing (can we all have a child narrate our lives?) but I must say that today I got sidetracked and then sidetracked some more. This is how my day went.

I woke up and did the usual, fumbled for a bowl, spoon and cereal. Waited until my sister was finished pouring a glass of milk, fixed up my cereal and sat at the table staring mindlessly while spooning myself substance.

My mind started wandering, I began thinking how awful it is that I have to get my own cereal (mornings are not my best moments) and how great it would be if I had a maid…and how I would make a HORRIBLE maid. Which led me to think of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It sounded so good at the moment but I was conflicted because I was already duty bound to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee…but would it hurt to read The Help if I did it fast? I decided to make a mental note dig up that novel later.

After breakfast I join the rest of the family in the living room still trying to wake up enough to decide what I’m going to do for the rest of the day. A couple of hours passed in this manner. Finally I realize I’m watching a commercial for The Ringley Brothers which suddenly gave me a hankering for Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. But then I think I really shouldn’t, I need to read To Kill a Mockingbird which I am enjoying! I’ll just get through Night Circus really fast and nobody will know the difference. With a nod at no one in particular (which some family members found odd) I set off to my room.

I make straight for my book shelf (which holds more than just books) and take out Night Circus. But now there’s the matter of where I’m going to read it, I look around my room and think I found a spot, when my eyes stop on my mickey mouse ears I got from Disneyland last year. I smile and put the book back as I make my way over to the ears as if touching them will bring back that day. It reminds me of my love for amusement parks.

What’s better than an amusement park? Why, a park full of dinosaurs that’s what.

Immediately I scour my room for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton when I remember it’s not in my room, I leant it to my sister Hayley. Well, now she’s done with it I decided.

Are you still keeping up?

I head to Hayley’s room, trying not to glance at anything for fear of getting further sidetracked, when I walk in and Hayley has Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone playing.

Well, flip!

I tell Hayley I’ll be right back (who didn’t even realize I had entered the room) head back to my room (because I lend my Harry Potter books to no one) and come to a full stop. My dad is standing in front of me holding my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird saying I left it in the living room.

Then I remember the part I left off at; it was the part where it snows in Maycomb for the first time in years and Scout thinks the world is ending. I smile and realize I want nothing more than to read To Kill a Mockingbird.

So I came in full circle, but I guess that’s why they call it “the circle of life” oh wait, I don’t think that means the same thing.

Have you ever had any days like this? Where multiple books are tugging at your hearts strings and you’re cursing the fact you were born with only one set of eyes? Let me know and in the meantime happy reading!

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist WednesdaySo this is me…hopping on the bandwagon. (Stop your smirking). Memes are ever so popular and fun but I had yet to find one that really appealed to me, that is until I came upon Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf. Really you’re suppose to just pick one but I can’t pick just one (I know I’m a rebel), so I have chosen three novels that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

brontesThe Bronte Sisters are among the most beloved writers of all time, best known for their classic nineteenth-century novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily), and Agnes Grey (Anne). In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Bronte fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and-white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the mind.

Is it wrong that I want to read this when I haven’t read a single novel by any of the Bronte sisters? I’ve heard a great deal about their work and many of their novels are on my get-to-eventually list (which seems to grow every day) but I really want to read The Bronte Sisters before anything else. I think its extraordinary that all three grew up to be authors especially in the times they lived in; can’t wait to get my hands on this novel!

preyIn the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles– micro-robots– has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

Ever since I read Jurassic Park I’ve been obsessed with the way Michael Crichton can shove all this science at you (not a subject that I even pretend to understand) and not only have it make sense, but also make it incredibly interesting. I know I will probably have nightmares after reading Prey , but with Michael Crichton’s novels it’s always worth it. Can’t wait to make this wish a reality.

fortuneIn 1866, tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many loves… From the exclusive men’s club and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London’s upper classes to the dozing ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, Ken Follett conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust, bound by a shared legacy… men and women swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy’s death, must be stopped, or not just one man’s dreams, but those of a nation, will die…

I have yet to read a Ken Follett novel that I didn’t love, he is a brilliant author that can truly make a story surround you. All of his novels that I have yet to read are on my wish list but A Dangerous Fortune is the highest because it sounds like something Follett has not written before, a conspiracy novel. A conspiracy novel that is told well can make for an excellent weekend. So my wish for the wishing fairy is to receive A Dangerous Fortune (preferably with some chocolate).

That’s what I’m wishing for on this Wednesday, three excellent novels that promise a good time. What’s on your wish list?

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