Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d like to see made into movies

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.

It is so rare that a movie based on a book lives up to my expectations that I’m hesitant to even do this top 10.   I’ve included my ideas for casting in a few of them.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna – I really saw a young Anna Paquin when reading this (so much so that I wondered if the main character was named after her), but I think she’s a bit too old to play Anna so my next thought would be Hailee Steinfeld.

St. Clair – I see Zac Efron. I know he’s a little too tall and well known, but that’s who I see.

 

 

 

2. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connolly

I loved “The Lincoln Lawyer”.  It was one of the few movies that lived up to the book to me.  Matthew McConaughey was Mickey Haller.   Unfortunately I don’t think  “The Lincoln Lawyer” did well enough in theatres for the sequel to get made.

 

3. All American Girl by Meg Cabot

4. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 

Lincoln – John Krasinski  (This one was tough because no one fits the exact description of Lincoln, but I think John could do a really good job playing Lincoln)

Beth – Minka Kelly – she’s probably a little too pretty but I find her sooo appealing in everything (WHY did she have to leave Parenthood for Charlie’s Angels?)                                                                 

Jennifer – Tina Majorino 

5. The Passage by Justin Cronin

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Tris – Saoirse Ronan would be so great, but has probably been in too many big titles to do this now

Four – Chris Pine is too old, DAMN.  And no one else is quite right for me.

 7.One False Move by Harlan Coben (Myron Molitar Series)

8. The Scarecrow by Michael Connolly

9. No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola – Lucy Hale

Cricket – No one is as perfect as Cricket.  Plus tall actors are rare (as are short ones – I swear 90% of them are between 5’9 and 6’0″).   Best I could come up with is Alexander Ludwig.  He doesn’t fit the exact look of Cricket but he’s tall and has the right combo of cute but goofy looking IMO.

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door
Stephanie Perkins
2011, 338 pgs
Purchased Kindle

Book Summary from Goodreads

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Belltwins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Summary

Lola Nolan has a pretty awesome life.  Two Dad’s who love her (even if they are a little strict), a great boyfriend (even if he is a little old for her) and an outrageous style that gives her a creative outlet.  But things start to go downhill when the Bell twins return to the house next door.  Calliope is a little snotty, but nothing Lola can’t handle – Cricket on the other hand brings up all kinds of confusing emotions for Lola and threatens the balance of her life.

I LOVED is book and Lola!  I’m going to gush and it will be embarrassing.  I loved that Lola’s dads were very important in her life and in the story.  It’s a refreshing change of pace from the YA trend of missing parents.  Lola’s boyfriend, Max, seems great – he puts up with the restrictions her father’s put on their relationship (Lola has to check in frequently and Max is required to attend weekly brunches with her fathers who aren’t always very friendly).

But even with really liking Max I fell in love with Cricket.  Cricket is tall, a little gawky, but owns it and has a sense of style.  He’s an inventor, but not confident in his abilities and totally supportive of Lola’s fashion and creations.

Here’s the main thing – I read this for the first time on March 22.  I have now (1 month later) read it three times.  I just can’t get enough of Lola and Cricket.

9 out of 10 stars

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten all time favorite book characters

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.

AHHHHH……How do I choose?  Seriously out of hundreds (at least) books and thousands of characters there are so many that I love.  I’m going to cheat just a little.

Top 10 Top Ten all time favorite book characters 

Peekay from “The Power of One”

Ahh Peekay, he starts the book getting picked on my older, much bigger boys and turns into someone who fights for himself and underdogs.   He has just about every characteristic I love in fiction.

Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind”

Scarlett is awesome!  Seriously the things she does to survive during the war and after seem selfish and bitchy, but if the character was male he’d be assertive and independant.   

Myron Bolitar from “One False Move”  (and about 10 other books)

I’ve said before Myron is my biggest fictional crush.   Pretty much my ideal man, plus he solves mysteries.

Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games”

Doesn’t need much explaination… Katniss is independent, sufficient, caring, and kickass.

Lisbeth Salander from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

Very similar to Katniss except add wicked smart and possibly drop caring.  I love that Lisbeth is emotionally damaged but finds ways to compensate for it thru intellect.   I LOVE smart.  Seriously it might be my favorite characteristic.  I will forgive a lot for smart.

Lincoln from Attachments

Again from my list of fictional crushes.  Lincoln is smart, but also almost impossibly sweet and has some slightly nerdy hobbies that just make him more lovable.

Ramona Quimby from “Ramona and her Father” (and several others)

I’ve loved Ramona from the moment she took one bite from all the apples because “the first bite always tastes the best”.  Ramona could make anything fun through imagination – a great attribute to encourage in children.

Skeeter from “The Help”

I didn’t love Skeeter all the way thru the book.  I like her a lot at the beginning, but what was impressive was how the character grew into herself over the course of the book.

Hermoine from “Harry Potter”

Again, I love smart.  I also enjoyed her growth over the course of the series

Fudge from “Superfudge”

Ramona’s male counterpart.  Seriously if Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary wanted to colaborate on a book where those two meet I think it would be epic.  Just think how much trouble they could get into together. 

And here is my cheat

Bonus Favorite secondary characters

  1. Grandma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum series
  2. WindsorHorne Lockwood III (Win) from the Myron Bolitar Series
  3. Hoppie/Doc/Morey from “The Power of One”
  4. Miranda Priestly from “The Devil wears Prada”
  5. Fred and George from “Harry Potter”

Thoughts on “Shades of Grey”

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E. L. James

This is going to fall somewhere between a review and just random thoughts/comparisons to Twilight.

For those who don’t know “Fifty Shades of Grey” started as “Twilight” fan fiction.   The characters names have been changed, but the story is the same. 

As I’ve said many times, I really enjoyed reading Twilight.  It wasn’t until I started analyzing it after reading all the books that certain elements started to bother me like Edward’s controlling nature, Bella’s constant need of rescue, and the absolute co-dependency of their relationship in general.  The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy parallel’s Twilight very closely, but without anything supernatural and adding a whole lot of sex (seriously if you cut half the sex scenes my guess is that each book would have lost 100 pgs – HALF).  And Oh. My. God. When you take out the supernatural distraction the main relationship is so beyond creepy that I don’t know how to read it without constant eye rolling.  Christian is a control freak and somehow that’s suppose to be sexy?  And he (and Ana) fall apart when they break up (for a week).  Christian has a breakdown at one point when he’s just afraid she’s going to leave him – how suffocating would that relationship be if your partner’s happiness was totally dependant on you?  But all of these questions are true of Twilight.  I really think that the lack of Vampires (and werewolves) and putting the whole thing in a semi-normal setting highlights how unhealthy the inspirational relationship between Edward and Bella was.

I have no idea how to rate this book.  Which is why this is not an actual review.  It’s an easy read (otherwise there is no way I would have read all three), but I think I was more entertained by the parallels to Twilight then the actual story.

Read-a-thon – COMPLETE!!!!

Read-a-thon Complete (I little early but with 15 min left I’m not starting another book – I’m sleeping)

Title of book(s) read since last update:  The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal (finished!) and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I’ve been in the middle of it FOREVER)

Number of books read since you started: 5

Pages read since last update:  267

Running total of pages read since you started: 1642

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 3ish hours (I haven’t taken any big planned breaks but I’ve had to close my eyes a few times)

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 19.75 hours 

Mini-challenges completed: 0

Other participants you’ve visited: 9

Prize you’ve won: 0

Running list of books read

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal (In progress)

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter

More like Her by Liza Palmer

 

Read-a-thon – Hour 21 update

My hour 21 brief update – I’m slowing down quite a bit

Title of book(s) read since last update:  The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal (another author who’s books speak to me – I definitely saved the right books for the end)

Number of books read since you started: 4.5

Pages read since last update:  211

Running total of pages read since you started: 1375

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 3ish hours (I haven’t taken any big planned breaks but I’ve had to close my eyes a few times)

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 16.75 hours 

Mini-challenges completed: 0

Other participants you’ve visited: 9

Prize you’ve won: 0

Running list of books read

The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal (In progress)

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter

More like Her by Liza Palmer

 

Read-a-thon – Hour 17 update

My hour 17 brief update – Yeah I’m a little tired….Where’s my Mtn Dew?

Title of book(s) read since last update:  Everneath by Brodi Ashton (definitely lived up to the hype)

Number of books read since you started: 4

Pages read since last update:  398

Running total of pages read since you started: 1164

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 3.75 hours (That was a gripping book)

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 13.75 hours 

Mini-challenges completed: 0

Other participants you’ve visited: 9

Prize you’ve won: 0

Running list of books read

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover by Ally Carter

More like Her by Liza Palmer