The Cliché Book Tag

Hey, everyone!

This week has been stressful yet invigorating. I haven’t had any time to be around much since my Mom and I have been staying over at the hospital. She’s finally finished chemo (woo!), so I’ve been dead to the blogging world.

I didn’t want to ease back into my posts with anything too difficult. So when I saw this tag on Rachel Tea Reads, I knew it’d be a good start. If you haven’t checked out Rachel’s original post or even Rachel’s blog, take some time and do it!

I hope you like the post. Have fun!

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Most Loved Book Adaptations

Happy Tuesday!

I truly believe nature forgot it’s supposed to be Spring right now. But I can’t complain. I’d rather be warm underneath a blanket instead of dying in my sweaty meat suit.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is all about the page-to-screen freebie. And I want to talk about TV shows and movies I adore, but I haven’t read the books that inspired them. Ugh, how can I possibly call myself a book blogger if I haven’t read the books?! Hear me out though.

But more importantly, enjoy my fan-filled post.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Characters I’d Like to Switch Places with

Morning, everyone!

A new month, a new start. I’ve been waiting for the latter for awhile now. I can see Spring on the way, even though it snowed yesterday. So who else is excited for the new month?

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The first prompt is characters I’d love to switch places with. Sara from A Gingerly Review, who submitted this topic, has stumped me. And I didn’t know how to start my post. Most of the characters I’ve read have suffered, and I’m not sure if I’m down for suffering with them, if you understand what I mean.

But I can’t skip out on March’s first topic. So here are my top picks! I hope you love my choices.

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The Television Tag

Morning, book lovers,

This week is the last one of the month, and I cannot wait for a new month. Since reading is my number one pastime, watching TV shows is definitely my second. And I am loving all the non-book-related tags! Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable tagged me. And I want to thank her for thinking of me.

I hope you all enjoy the quick read! Have fun, everyone.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Bingeworthy TV Shows

Hey, everyone!

I can’t believe it’s the first week of September. August flew past far too quickly for me. Don’t you agree? And I’m still trying to catch up on liking and commenting on other posts since I was too busy to do so. I feel so neglectful!

For this week’s topic, we get to discuss our favourite binge-worthy TV shows and/or movies we watch when we aren’t busy reading. Surprisingly, I rather enjoyed this topic. So for my picks, I wanted to have a good blend of book-related and non-book-related shows. Not every adaptation will be great. However, some have surpassed its original source. So my choices below are my top eight favourite shows.

I hope you enjoy!

Outlander

I’ve basically given up on the books. I don’t have time to read 700+ books anymore. However, my love for the show hasn’t changed at all. Both Sam and Caitriona are one of the best up-and-coming actors. And I love how they explore the world the author has built. They both bring their own take of the characters and make them their own.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Clearly, this show is an add-on to my list (thank you, Sara, for reminding me 😂). But how can this list be complete without Buffy?! It can’t. This show made me who I am today. It is one of the reasons why I love fantasy and why I keep going back to that genre.

 

Supernatural

How could I forget my favourite show?! We’re currently coming up to season 14, and I still don’t know how long this show has lasted. I’ve seen my four smol cinnamon rolls (Sam, Dean, Cas, and Crowley) die, and I’m not sure if the new season may give me heart palpitations or not. Supernatural is a show that continues to surprise me even if it’s showed its fans everything.

 

The Strain

I haven’t loved a vampire show in such a long time. By the end, The Vampire Diaries disappointed me. And don’t get me started on The Originals, which had the worst ending I’ve seen in years. But the Strain has stayed consistent throughout its entire three-series run. And it hasn’t lost its gore either. I still get shivers when I see the vampire’s tongue sucker.

 

The Magicians

Probably one of my favourite series is the Magicians. I haven’t read the series yet, and I don’t plan to. However, I’ve never thought I’d love the show this much. The reviews for the series made me hesitant until I binge-watched the first season. Snark, sass, sarcasm, and huge doses of magic will wheel you in from the first episode. I cannot recommend this show enough. I would die for Julia, Margo, and Eliot.

 

9-1-1

In one sitting, I binge-watched half this series. I couldn’t get enough of watching this action-packed show. Each character brings a new arc that’s interesting. And they come together as a family so they can save lives.

 

How to Get Away with Murder

I don’t know how I still watch this show even when it confuses the hell out of me. And yet, I still come back, screaming for more. I’m a sucker for a great mystery. And the show constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for the next season.

 

The Gifted

Did I have any, ANY, faith in a new Marvel show? No. Nuh huh. So I had zero expectations coming into this series. And I hate every second I doubted the show. The first season was short. However, it sucks you in so quickly that you don’t have time to question anything else. I didn’t realize I loved watching The Gifted until the finale came. I will always love the X-Men. But this show may top most of the X-Men movies.

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’m Not Interested in Reading Anymore

 

Here’s to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Don’t you just hate getting so excited for a book, then you find reviews that simply change your mind of ever reading it? There are a few books that suffered through bad reviews, and some books that didn’t deserve the bad press. So here’s my list of books I don’t feel completely sold on reading anymore:

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I love the TV show so much that I fear I may actually not love this ragtag gang on paper, and I saw that complaint quite a bit on Goodreads. And I heard the book doesn’t live up to the show (you don’t hear that much, do you?). So as much as I would love to read this series just to see how Q and the rest of the magically obsessed casters live up to my high expectations, I won’t chance my luck. I’ll just keep loving the show and ignoring the books (highly unlikely of me).

 

Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

I’ve been wanting to branch out more into sci-fi books, and I truly thought Zenith may be the book that started me on that path. But quite a few reviews somewhat persuaded me into not reading it. Several readers felt the book suffered from slow writing that dragged on for many chapters to disappointing characters who had little personality or were dubbed vicious, yet were the exact opposite. I was hoping for a Dark Matter-type story, but it sounds anything but. So I might just skip this altogether.

 

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

I had high hopes for this book. I first heard about it last summer when Goodreads was brimming with comments about it. And just look at the cover. You don’t always see coloured characters on there. It is a gorgeous book, and the synopsis sealed the deal for many readers. But then the reviews started coming in, and I questioned if I should read The Belles. I won’t go into a huge rant about the fact that LGBTQ+ needs more representation. You’ve heard it all before. While some authors excelled with doing so, some have failed, and others did represent these characters, only to ruin the book by doing something drastic to these characters. So I don’t know what to think.

 

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Do you know how long I’ve wanted to read this book? Probably several years. But I haven’t taken the plunge. I wasn’t sure if the subject matter would be too much. But I watched the show and saw how the story has such depth to it. But I question if the book itself glorifies depression and suicide. Perhaps it does (to some readers), but it also shows how easily sexual assault, and depression, is often covered up, and we don’t bother to see how people struggle with their past. A part of me still wants to read it, but unfortunately, the online rumours hit GR, and I wonder if I should bother anymore.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I’ll admit: I love the cover, and I wanted to read this book once it was published. And I’m wondering if I want to put it on this list. Controversy has followed this series though. Some reviewers questioned how Jay problematically represented a racial group in his story. And while reading the reviews and the way he approached this issue on Twitter just turned me off the books. But I want to judge for myself, so I might read it eventually.