Top 5 Tuesday Books I have liked the books and the adaption

Meeghan’s topic for this week was books like better then the adaption. I have gone a bit of piste with books like both the book and the adaption.

1. One Day by David Nicholas.

Love this book and the film adaption was good too. I want more of the characters so tried as blog posts to write sequalae.

https://wonderwall360blog.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/jasmines-blogs-july-august-summaries/

2. Geurnsey Potato Pie

https://wonderwall360blog.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/the-guernsey-potato-peel-film-contains-spoilers/

3. James Herriot books and both original and new versions of the tv series.

4. The Martian 👽 by Andy Wier.

https://wonderwall360blog.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/the-martian-the-second-space-book-i-have-ever-read/

5. The Witches 🧙‍♀️ by Roald Dahl and 1990 film. Not watched the 2020 film version.

Book Challenge Update

This challenge involves reading books to cover the following prompts.

Originally I was content to count a book as fulfilling more than one category but as I found I was close to having an individual book for each category I sought another book with a body part in and found a book called Heartless. I just have to finish Heartless and Arabian nights but that one is taking a while!

Photos of the books on Instragram Wonderwall360

A book with a preposition in the title (e.g. in, on, through, under)

The seven husbands OF Evelyn Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This a story about a movie star Evelyn and her seven husbands from the late 1950s onwards . Themes include; changing position of women, LGBT and race. Evelyn is telling her story to a reporter that she has specifically chosen; one strand of the novel is leading to why this specific reporter was chosen. I enjoyed reading and would like to read another of Taylor Jenkins Read’s books.

It never happens IN the movies 🎥 🍿 by Holly Bourne. A YA book of trauma of teenage love and the realisation love is not like the films portray it!

A book set in Africa

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Centred around charatcters from Nigeria who immigrate to the US and the UK before returning to Nigeria. Discusses different perceptions of people according to their race in different places.

A book with a colour in the title

The BLACK Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

Cambridge BLUES by Alison Bruce.

I think could also fit Midnight Library by Matt Haig under here As midnight is a shade of blue.

A book with a family member (e.g. brother)in the title

The seven HUSBANDS of Evelyn Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

A book with the name of a town or city in the title

CAMBRIDGE blues by Alison Bruce. A book about police investigating a murder in Cambridge UK (I believe there is also an area of Boston Mass that is called Cambridge?). In particular a young eager detective not necessarily always wanting to stick by rules to solve the murder.

A book with a school subject in the title (e.g. English, History…)

The GEOGRAPHY of Friendship by Sally Piper. This was about three women repeating a trek they had done about 20 years earlier . Gradually as they walk there are flashbacks revealing traumatic events of their previous trek. Given on later walk the women are walking all day together it is unbelievable how little conversation they seem to have. There is suspense of waiting to know what happened on the earlier walk albeit know how that all three survived therefore it was a pleasant enough read just not particularly rich layers.

A book about a journey

The Salt Path. A walking journey of 630miles! I put more detail about it in this Post

A book with a girl’s name in the title

The seven husbands of EVELYN Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

The Black Eyed SUSAN’s by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

A book by a local author

I have read two books by Sheffield born Matt Haig: How to Stop Time and the Midnight Library.

A book with a beautiful cover

A book with a type of plant in the title

The BLACK EYED SUSAN’s which are flowers. by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

A book with a body part in the title

The Black EYEd Susan’s by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.

Top 5 Tuesday on a Thursday – Adaption better than book

Bit late to this prompt from Meeghanand also not necessarily read the books that I’m dissing in favour of the adaption!

1. Bridget Jones films are funnier then the books by Helen Fielding I think based upon reading one. The book are diary entries and have dry bits like her weight, alcohol 🍷 🍹 🍸 intake etc…

2. Possibly Normal People tv series better than the book. I definitely loved the tv series last year. Not read the book but just read Conversation with Friends which like Normal people is by Sally Rooney and it has similar locations and characters so could picture the characters better from the great characters in the Normal People tv series.

3. I’m going to try reading a Dexter book but don’t think I will like as much as the tv series. As don’t think will be able to imagine / want to imagine the gory scenes!

4. Shakespeare language can be hard so think good adaptions can bring it to life. Meeghan included Romeo and Juliet film by Baz Lurhman; I do like that adaptionbut would like more if had mixed standard language between the Shakespearen language. But 20 years later – that fish tank scene!

5. Jersey Potato Pie think film and book are quite different but enjoy both!My book and film spoiler free review

First lines Friday the FINAL VERDICT – Don’t judge a Book by it’s cover? “My mother killed my father when I was seven years old…

“My mother killed my father when I was seven years old. Now thirty-nine years later she is dead too and I am an orphan”

First line from Queenie Malone’s Paradise hotel.

I was impressed by the first line unfortunately that was the most exciting line in the book, I found the rest a little dull.

My first thoughts (in case you missed them)

I came to this book blind just knowing the title and I had heard people had enjoyed author Ruth Hogan’s first book The Keeper if Lost Things. I did not expect such an impactful first line from the cover of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan. The cover is pale blue with lots of flowers 💐 The blurb on the back does not lead you to expect that first line.

The use of the word orphan is emotive. I’m not too sure of the quality of the writing from lack of capital letter for Mother and Father and no apostrophe in I’am.

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I want my wanted children to have

During March Meeghan has got us thinking about children’s book. This week is a free week on this theme, my top 5 list is 5 books I want my children to have. I do not have children yet but would like some little bookworms. In preparation I have already bought a box set of books of Roald Dahl books for children as I loved (love) his children books. Also loved his autobiographies; Boy and Going Solo and his short stories for adults.

My list of books to share with younger children:

1. As I like flamingos 🦩 a flamingo book such as ‘That is not my flamingo’ or Felipe the flamingo.

2. Postman Pat by John Comcliffe as it features a special place to me of the Lake District.

3. Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. My Mum likes this children’s book. It has lovely rhymes and illustrations.

Each page gives a different glimpse of a baby’s day, as the adults in his world go about their obscure yet urgent tasks. The initial view of each full-page illustration is through a peep-hole in the centre of the page. A rhyming text describes the picture, and asks “what does he see?”

4. Santa is coming to Sheffield is a book I have already bought for two families as it features the city I live in.

5. The Very Hungry caterpillar 🐛 by Eric Carle. This book has beautiful illustrations. It is educational as lots of counting and it teaches about how caterpillars 🐛 turn into butterflies 🦋

What books do you like passing on to children or reading with them?

First lines Friday – Don’t judge a Book by it’s cover? “My mother killed my father when I was seven years old…

“My mother killed my father when I was seven years old. Now thirty-nine years later she is dead too and I am an orphan”

I came to this book blind just knowing the title and I had heard people had enjoyed author Ruth Hogan’s first book The Keeper if Lost Things. I did not expect such an impactful first line from the cover of Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan. The cover is pale blue with lots of flowers 💐 The blurb on the back does not lead you to expect that first line.

The use of the word orphan is emotive. I’m not too sure of the quality of the writing from lack of capital letter for Mother and Father and no apostrophe in I’am.

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 books that got me into reading

This month Meeghan has got us into thinking about children’s books. Here are the first books in that got me into reading and on 30th March my topic is the books I would give to my children.

1. The books that school had to start us reading were called The Village with Three Corners.

2. Roald Dahl George marvellous medicine

3. Charlie and Choc factory by Roald Dahl.

4. Enid Blyton books.

5. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy🧙‍♀️

The Worst Witch

6 for Sunday: Books Set in another Country.

‘A little bit a lot blog’ has set the prompt this Sunday of 6 books set in another country. See her list on her Blog

It is said you can virtually travel through books, that is handy as over last year since pandemic began, not been able to travel. Since pandemic restrictions started a year ago, what are some of the countries that books have virtually transported me to?

1. A woman is no Man by Etaf Rum features Palestine and the US.

2. The Geography of Friendship by Sally Piper. This was about three women repeating a trek in Australia; that they had done about 20 years earlier . Gradually as they walk there are flashbacks revealing traumatic events of their previous trek. Given on later walk the women are walking all day together it is unbelievable how little conversation they seem to have. There is suspense of waiting to know what happened on the earlier walk albeit know how that all three survived therefore it was a pleasant enough read just not particularly rich layers.

4. Over the Rooftops is about a young Jewish man being hidden in a Amsterdam attic during the Second World War.

3. The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Piccoult is mainly set in Egypt.

5. The Kite 🪁 Runner by Khaled Hosseini is set in Afghanistan.

6. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is decided into three sections around a country; Italy, India and Indonesia.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Discussion Post which contains SPOILERS

This book is very thought provoking and therefore an excellent book to discuss at book clubs. Also it as it centres around an attempted suicide it is important if affected by the book to seek appropriate help. As it can not be discussed without spoiling the book; I have also written a brief spolier free review.

I read it within just a few days.

SPOLIERS FOLLOW

My favourite quote from the book is:

“You can choose choices but not outcomes”

The book explores different choices Nora could have made and the impact those decisions could have had on her life. The book shows that different choices may not improve life way think. It is about not dwelling and regretting decisions. It brought to mind a quote I like from Oliva Joules and the overactive imagination by Helen Fielding who wrote the Bridget Jones books.

“Don’t regret anything. Remember there wasn’t anything else that could have happened, given who you are and the state of the world at that moment. The only thing you can change is the present, so learn from the past.”

I thought that the final life Nora experienced before returning to her ‘root’ life was a positive one; maybe because it is the type of life that I would like to have. I’m glad that Haig did not write the book with her switching to that life because that would have made the book unrealistic and into the realms of science fiction. As the book has been written then the midnight library can be interpreted as a figment of Nora’s imagination; a dream. I like to think that the final life is potentially Nora’s future; something to aspire to if she wishes.

By not writing that Nora died and retuning her to her former life Haig showed her life was not all bad and still had potential. I do not think it is good how simple he made Nora realising potential seem as for real people it would not be so easy. Nora’s estranged brother comes to see her because of the suicide attempt; I think it is potentially unwise to imply a suicide attempt can win back anyone’s love.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Brief Spoiler Free Review

I heard a lot of positive things about this book which prompted me to read. I agree that it is a thought provoking book. It has been pointed out to me that it should come with trigger warnings because 0f suicidal ideation and pre suicide thought patterns suicide planning.

The book is about someone who following attempts suicide ends up in the Midnight Library which is a space between life and death. She gets to see how life may have turned out if she had made different decisions.

My first impressions of the book was very positive as are my continued views of the book.

My favourite quote from the book is on p83 of my copy:

“You can choose choices but not outcomes’

If you have read and want to see more of my thoughts which reveal spoliers please see my discussion post.