10 Must See Book-to-Movie Adaptations in 2014

I am always curious to see book-to-movie adaptations. So many have been disappointments but there have been a few gems here and there so I have never really given up on viewing them even though nine times out of ten I prefer the book – but there is always the exception to the rule.


Here are the movies I am looking forward to seeing this year:

va movieVampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I have read the whole series and it is one of my all-time favourites. It is not out in the UK as yet but myself and one of my friends (who I introduced the series to a few years ago and has become even more hooked than I am!) plan to go and see it (then absolutely dissect it to pieces afterwards!). Reviews so far haven’t been too great but I am hoping I still enjoy it as it would be a disappointment to never get to see Adrian Ivashkov on the big screen (he isn’t introduced until the second book Frostbite).

divergentDivergent by Veronica Roth

I haven’t read this series yet (it’s on my to-do list!) but I have heard a lot of good things about the books and I love dystopian settings. The trailer for the movie looks really good as well. Shailene Woodley seems to be the go-to girl for YA book-to-movie adaptations this year.

faultThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This movie looks like a real tearjerker (starring Shailene Woodley again!) and the book has so many positive reviews that I just had to buy it! I have not read it as yet but it is in my TBR pile and I hope to get to it before the movie comes out. If it lives up to the hype I expect I will be a sobbing mess by the time I get to the end.

mazeThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

This is another series of books I need to get round to ASAP. Honestly I call myself a reader! This series looks interesting (another dystopian – yay!). The books get somewhat mixed reviews but the film has a very promising cast: Dylan O’Brien (of Teen Wolf fame) , Kaya Scodelario (Skins), and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones). I have enjoyed all these actors in other projects so I am hoping that this film will be good.

book thiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This came out in the USA in 2013 but the UK release date isn’t until 26th February so I am totally counting it as a 2014 release! I have the book and I intend to read it soon. I may not get the chance before the film is out but ideally I would prefer to read it first. This looks like a really heart-breaking story and I love historical dramas so it is definitely right up my street. I am preparing myself mentally for this one.

DarkPlacesDark Places by Gillian Flynn

Another book I am desperate to read and film I really want to see! I think this has the potential to be a really amazing thriller so I am looking forward to seeing the film in the Autumn when it is released. It also has a pretty nifty cast (I really like Nicholas Hoult!).

there and backThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit: There and Back Again is the third part in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy. Although I might disagree with splitting the material over three films, I am still excited to see the final part – being a complete Tolkien nerd! I also really enjoy the cast. Martin Freeman is perfect as Bilbo and Richard Armitage is a dashing Thorin (though not at all what I pictured from reading the book!). The first suffered a little from being a little over-long but I thought the second film really picked up the pace. Hopefully There and Back Again will be a fitting conclusion to the series.

SerenaSerena by Ron Rash

The movie (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) looks really interesting. It has also inspired me to seek out the book which I actually hadn’t heard of prior to hearing about the film. I like Jennifer Lawrence a lot so it will be interesting to see her take on the role of Serena. She has really good chemistry with Bradley Cooper so I am hoping that it will work for this film.


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Well, the first part is out this year anyway. I love this series. I have read all the books and seen the first film umpteen times. I have also seen Catching Fire twice (and cannot wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again!). Mockingjay was actually my favourite book (I am strange that way!) so I am really looking forward to this. I think it might be the film I am most looking forward to seeing this year.

giverThe Giver by Lois Lowry

Anothe dystopian the book the film is based on is considered a YA classic. To my shame, I have never read it (though I intend to rectify this oversight soon!). It looks really interesting and has a fantastic cast, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, and is directed by David Yates. I am looking forward to both seeing the film and reading the book.


I am really looking forward to these 2014 movie releases (and the books if I haven’t already read them!). I intend to write reviews for the books but I also hope to do a comparison piece for each film listed above detailing differences between the book to film, what I felt worked, what I felt didn’t work etc.


What book-to-movie adaptations are you looking forward to this year?


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Monthly Round-Up – January


What I got up to in the month of January:

Well aside from the obvious of getting over Christmas, dealing with being back at work with no holiday in sight until the summer, and trying to cope with the cold weather – January has actually been an OK month (well compared to previous years anyway!). My mum is doing a little bit better so that was a bit of good news for a change.

January seemed to be equal parts slow and quick. I can’t believe it is already February but I am very glad to get January out of the way – bringing us that much closer to the spring (roll on the lighter nights – I get so fed up of going to work in the dark and then coming home also in the dark!).

January was a slow month in the book-reading department for me. I usually would have gotten through much more in a month but I have had a lot of other things to concentrate on so it is not entirely surprising that my list of books read this month is quite low.


Here are the books I read in the month of January:

  • World After by Susan Ee
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Every Time I Think of You by Jim Provenzano
  • P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin
  • Out of Hiding by Mia Kerick (bought in January)
  • Something Like Spring by Jay Bell (bought in January)


Here are the books I purchased but have not yet read:

  • Heavyweight by M.B. Mulhall
  • Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
  • Play it Safe by Kristen Ashley
  • Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley
  • At Somerton: Secrets & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed


January was quite a good month posting-wise for me. After a bit of a hiatus, I feel I managed to get more on track with blogging. I updated the challenges I am taking part in this year, finally wrote a few features posts, and also joined a few memes which has been a lot of fun. I also finally set up a twitter account – been a long time coming!! Now I could just catch up on my reading and my actual reviewing…

My most popular topics this month have been my ‘which character are you’ quizzes (especially the Harry Potter and Frozen quizzes – from Quibblo). My post on 80s and 90s YA Fiction has also been quite popular. I had a lot of fun with that post and I had been considering doing a topic on teen fiction from the 80s and 90s for quite some time so I am glad it was well-received!


Outside of book-reading and blogging, I have also spent quite a bit of time catching up on my other passions – namely watching movies and TV shows.

What movies I watched this month:

  • Brave
  • Stone Roses – Made of Stone
  • This is the End
  • Frozen (finally!)

What television shows I watched this month:

  • Sherlock
  • Sherlock

All in all January has been quite a busy blogging month for me. I feel like I am finally starting to really get the hang of blogging (through trial and error of course – some posts work, others…not so much!) I am looking forward to seeing what February brings. I hope to get caught up on reading and reviewing while still updating on a regular basis.

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Stacking the Shelves: Week 1

stacking the shelvesStacking The Shelves – a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

This is the very first time I have taken part in this meme so although many folks across the blogosphere have been taking part since it was first introduced in May 2012, to keep things a little easier for myself I have decided to number this weekly round-up as Week 1, next week’s as Week 2 and so on.

Here are the rules:

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

  • Participants are to create their own Stacking the Shelves post and link bank to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!
  • Posts can be laid out any way you want.
  • The host site posts updates on a Saturday but bloggers taking part can post any day they choose.
  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on a Saturday and add your link.
  • Visit other participants sites to find out what they have added!

The rules are simple and it seems like a really fun way to showcase your books and see what other bloggers are excited about this week! Not to mention the fact that it is a good way to interact with and get to know other bloggers!


Here are the books I have purchased this week:

book haul week 1From left to right:

Heavyweight by M.B. Mulhall, Secret by Brigid Kemmerer, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd, Something Like Spring by Jay Bell

Books borrowed from Amazon Prime Kindle Library:

arthurSearching For Arthur by Donna Hosie


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