Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations

top ten tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie! Naturally, I chose top ten book to movie adaptations. Without further ado, let’s get to the books.

top ten tuesday

1. The Outsiders
The Outsiders book cover
The Outsiders movie posterThe Outsiders movie is so true to the book that it’s barely an adaptation and more of a book actually brought to life on screen. The book was essentially the script for the movie it was so accurate.


2. Catching Fire
Catching Fire book
Catching Fire movie posterThe Hunger Games was disappointing for me. It wasn’t a terrible adaptation, but it was really frustrating because there a few little things they could have changed to make it so much better. Since I wasn’t thrilled about Sam Claflin playing Finnick and I didn’t love the first movie, my expectations for Catching Fire weren’t great. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This movie was so much better than the first and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
the perks of being a wallflowerThe Perks of Being A Wallflower movie posterI love this book and movie. The only real flaw that I have with the movie adaptation is that Charlie isn’t quite awkward enough. In the book he was so painfully socially inept, and while he was definitely awkward in the movie it was to a much less extent. But I’m obsessed with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller in this movie — it was cast to perfection.

4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie PosterThis is one of the rare instances where I liked the movie more than the book. The book was good, but it was too long and had too many dull parts for me. The great thing about the movie was that it cut out all the boring parts! I really liked parts of the book and those were the only parts in the movie, so I loved this adaptation.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban bookHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie posterPrisoner of Azkaban is arguably the best in the Harry Potter series (only Goblet of Fire  can compete with it imho) and quite possibly the best adaptation. The first three movies are all really good adaptations — it’s much easier to make a good adaptation when the books are shorter. While I love the entire book and movie series, Prisoner of Azkaban is the best adaptation.

6. The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner bookThe Maze Runner movie posterI love this movie and book so much. All the changes in the adaptation made so much sense for the movie and worked extraordinarily well. I’m very hopeful for Scorch Trials except I don’t like how they cast/styled Brenda for the movie…so we’ll have to wait and see if the sequel can live up to the first one.

7. Labor Day
Labor Day BookLabor Day movie posterThe book was terrible and the movie was just as horrendous. Perfect adaptation, awful movie.



8. Gone Girl
Gone Girl book coverGone Girl movie posterDisappointingly accurate adaptation. This book was one of the best I’ve ever read…until I got to the end. I don’t think I’ve read anything with such a disappointing ending (and I’ve read Allegiant). The movie was the same way — thrilling, suspenseful, exciting but…ultimately disappointing. The movie was actually more disappointing because we were all led to believe the ending to the movie would be completely different, but it spot-on with the book.

9. The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault In Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars movie posterBoth the book and movie were heart-wrenching and sob-inducing. I’m convinced that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were born to play Hazel and Augustus. They were the perfect leads and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the part any better. There are obviously some differences but nothing that bothered me too much. The only issue I have is that Augustus is such an unrealistically book-perfect boyfriend that reads really well, but can come off a little cheesy in reality. But don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely in love with him, okay?

10. The Princess Bride
the princess bride book cover
The Princess Bride posterGreat book, great movie. When I first read the book I legitimately thought it was the abridged version and when I found out it was all part of the story I loved it so much more. I love how they incorporate that story into the movie as well, everything about it is just wonderful.

Reader Problems Book Tag

I went looking at various book tags and thought this one would be really fun. I owe this one to Casey @ inspiredbythepage (her blog is awesome), who found it at toddmedicii‘s page who found it on Katytastic‘s BookTube channel. On to the tag!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
I don’t have a system for picking what to read next. Sometimes it’s because I just found out a movie is coming out in the near future, it could be binge reading a series or just that a book on my shelf jumped out at me for no particular reason at all.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
This used to be much more of a problem for me. I’m pretty obsessive compulsive and used to have the hardest time finishing books I hated because I absolutely refused to abandon it. But after reading a few pretty crappy books in a row I had an epiphany. Forcing myself to sit down and read a book I hate was not how I was going to spend my time. I love reading, and if I have to force myself to finish a book then I’m wasting time I could be spending reading a book that I actually enjoy.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
Oh man do I hate losing. It’s especially terrible not meeting the Goodreads Reading Challenge because I literally (or literarily, hehe) set myself up for failure. Last year I tried to catch up by reading the 3 books from the Hogwarts library (which take no time) but still came up short. It’s devastating, but sadly I don’t have a surefire secret way to always meets the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
Curse the world. I hate when things do not match, I would probably try to accumulate the missing matches and gift or sell the mismatched books if it was a series I really love. If it has actors on the cover I would burn it. (Just kidding I would never ever do that to a book but just making a point. I detest actors/movie art on the cover of books)

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
The Internet, hopefully. Or one of my best friends likes to read almost as much as I do and we generally agree on books, so we bond often. Although he doesn’t read as much as I do so sometimes I have to turn to fellow bloggers until he catches up.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
I am definitely a crier. I have ugly cried reading books, thankfully not in public. While I’ve shed a few tears on the train or on a park bench, I haven’t full out lost it in a public place (yet). But I can’t stop reading, especially at such an important/emotional part. I have to power through and cry in public, haters gonna hate (hate hate hate hate).

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads?
Definitely not skip the sequel. It depends how much I liked the first one and how quickly I read it. If I loved it and/or it was a quick read I would likely read it again. But if I only liked it or it took a long time, I would try to find a synopsis online or ask a friend who read it. Maybe read my blog if it was a book I reviewed.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I do let my friends borrow my books…but they know I love my books more than I love them so they know to handle them with great care. When anyone asks to borrow I book I feel two emotions simultaneously, immediately and intensely: 1. YAY! BOOKS! SOMEONE WANTS TO READ BOOKS! IT’S SO GOOD, YOU SHOULD READ IT! WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT AND IT WILL BE GREAT; 2. THIS IS MY BABY YOU CAN’T TAKE MY BABY! WHAT IF YOU HARM MY BABY?!

9. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I wish I knew the answer. I think just takes a really good book, but there’s no way of knowing what book will do it for me until I start reading it. Generally, I don’t like to be reading two books at the same time, so if I’m in a reading slump with a book it can take me a while to finish. If it’s a bad book I’ll put it away and start a new one, but if it’s a good book and I’m just in a slump…I don’t have a cure.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
It depends on the cost tbh. I love owning books and want to have Belle-sized library one day so I’ve stopped borrowing library books, but as a twentysomething drowning in debt I can’t really afford it. So, I always turn to one of my favorite book sites Thriftbooks to buy my books. It’s a brilliant way to buy used, cheap books (with free shipping!). But the books I want aren’t always available or still too expensive for me. I almost always wait until the price is a single digit before I buy it. Unless it’s a series and I really can’t wait to read it, then I’ll splurge.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
There is no one answer, sometimes a book comes in and I start reading right away. But there are some books on my shelf that I probably bought over a year ago that I still haven’t read. It depends on if it’s in a series, if the movie is coming out, on my mood…pretty much the same answer as the first question.

This was a fun one! Here’s who I tag:
Summer @ xingsings
Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts
Emily @ Books and Cleverness
Poulami @ Daydreaming Books
Katie @ Bookish Tendencies

Liebster Award!

First and foremost I’d like to thank Poulami AKA Nerdybirdy at Daydreaming Books for the nomination! I was so excited to see this notification pop up on my phone. For anyone who hasn’t heard about the Liebster Award, it’s just a fun little award for bloggers by bloggers to help find new blogs and help your blog be found. So thank again to Nerdybirdy, and her blog is awesome and everyone should go check her out.

Liebster Award


Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

  • Link back to the person that nominated you
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions for the nominees
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

1. How long have you been a reader?
I’ve been a reader pretty much my whole life. I’ve loved reading since elementary school and throughout middle school and high school I always had a book with me. There have been periods where I’ve unintentionally taken a break from being a bookworm, but never for long.

2. Suppose you have a wide list of choice, how are you gonna pick which book to read?
There is no method to my madness when deciding what to read next. It depends on if I’m in the middle of a series, if there’s a movie adaption coming out, how long it’s been on my shelf, my mood…it could be anything.

3. Any recent favorite adorkable character?
The most recent addition to my adorkable loves is probably Neil Perry from Dead Poets Society. *cries in a corner*

4. Where do you like to buy books?
I always buy my books from Thriftbooks, they usually have the books I want for really cheap. It’s the perfect way to build a library without breaking the bank.

5. What is your worst bookish habit?
Sometimes I judge a book by its cover…

6. Do you wait for the paperback or grab the hardcover?
Depends on how badly I want to read it and how much it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

7. What’s your hobby beside reading?
Is Netflix a hobby? Or a lifestyle?

8. Do you watch any tv shows? If yes, what are your favourite ships?
I love Captain Swan (Once Upon A Time) and all my favorite Game of Thrones ships are at least half dead so… But for series that are over, my favorite couples are Cory & Topanga, Chandler & Monica, Jim & Pam, Marshall & Lily and Chandler & Joey (OTP♥).

9. What gift did you get on your last birthday?
Since my last birthday was the same day as my college graduation sometimes I mix up what was a graduation gift and what was a birthday gift…but two things I know were for sure birthday were the Funko POP! Ghost action figure (to go with the Jon Snow I already had) I got from my roommate and a big framed photo of Jackie Robinson (my personal hero) stealing home plate on a game that happened on a May 18 (my birthday) from my parents.

10. Which flavour do you love the most?
Which flavor of…what? In my mind this was about ice cream (in my mind, everything is about ice cream) so that’s what I’m going with. My favorite ice cream Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked of chocolate chip cookie dough.

11. What are you passionate about?
My books, my TV shows, my movies, baseball, children, traveling, writing and food.

I’m going to try and not just nominate book bloggers and branch out…here are my nominations:

Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books
Liam’s Library
Literally Courtney
S. Lynn
For A Lucky Girl
Bookish Tendencies
Elena Square Eyes
Dear World… Sincerely, A Socially Awkward Bookworm

I didn’t check to see if any of you have been nominated before, if you have feel free if ignore the nomination or you can play along again for fun!

Here are my 11 questions:
1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
2. What would you sing at karaoke night?
3. If you could have dinner with any celebrity (dead or alive) who would you dine with?
4. What is your top played song on iTunes?
5. If you had to pick your last meal on Earth what would it be?
6. If you could live in the world of any movie/book/TV show, what story would you live in?
7. How do you eat your Oreos?
8. If you could be anyone in the world  (besides yourself) would you do it? Who would you be?
9. What’s the best compliment you’ve received?
10. If you came with a warning label what would it say?
11. Do you watch Star Wars in chronological order (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3) or in numeric order?


The Ultimate Book Tag

First, I’d like to thank Summer at xingsings for tagging me in The Ultimate Book Tag. While I don’t truly see this as the actual ultimate book tag…I decided to play along anyway. Without further ado, let’s get to the tag.

The Ultimate Book Tag

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
I’m not sure…I used to all the time when I was younger, but I haven’t tried in a long time in fear of getting sick.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
First one that came to mind was Tahereh Mafi (author of Shatter Me) because she crosses out so much of the narrative and then says something different. At least in the beginning, her main character would say/think a whole paragraph that would be crossed out and replaced by a single sentence. It happens less frequently as the story goes on and as she gains more power/confidence, but I thought it was really unique.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter. Obviously.

  • The story is better
  • The writing is better
  • Everything is better

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
I hate holding things so I don’t usually have a bag, I try to put anything I need in my pockets. But if I do need a bag for whatever reason I usually have either the book I’m currently reading or The Outsiders, pens, a crossword puzzle book, chapstick, a small notebook, lotion, nail clippers and there’s usually receipts/ticket stubs/etc.

5. Do you smell your books?
When I get new book or one comes in the mail I usually give a good sniff in excitement.

6. Books with or without little illustrations.
I just like little illustrations at the beginning of chapters, like in Harry Potter.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Twilight and Shatter Me.

I read Twilight when I was in high school before anyone knew what it was and I loved it. I was totally obsessed with the series, I had a t-shirt and everything. Then after I saw the first movie I realized that it’s actually terrible.

The first time I read Shatter Me I absolutely loved it, I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t wait for the next book to come out. I made my best friend read it and when he finished he said he knew why I liked it so much, Juliette (the main character) is so dramatic and he felt like he was reading what goes on in my head. So I read it again keeping what he said in mind and found it to be absolutely true. Juliette’s stream of thoughts are so over-the-top in a way that is hilarious and annoying (which I often find true about myself). She spits out the most dramatic things about the most casual situations, such as: “My heart is a water balloon about to explode. My lungs are swinging from my ribcage. I feel as though every fist in the world decided to punch me in the stomach.” I have also been known to say dramatic things, so it didn’t surprise me that I didn’t notice how dramatic Juliette was in my first reading. Even though the writing is really cheesy, I still love this series.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I don’t think so? I used to get in trouble for staying up too late reading but I think that’s true for a lot of bookworms out there.

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?
Probably The Outsiders.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
I’m not at home and I’d have to check that one.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I only write for my blogs. The only book I could see myself writing is an autobiography (not that I honestly believe I’ll ever be known well enough that it will ever be a book I need to write). I do love writing, but I don’t think I’m an author.

12. When did you get into reading?
I’ve loved reading since I was a little kid, throughout middle school and high school I always I had a book with me. Freshman year of college I took a break from being a bookworm, I don’t know how or why. But sophomore year when I read The Hunger Games I remembered how much I love reading and haven’t stopped reading since.

13. What is your favourite classic book?
I haven’t read that many, but my favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird.

14. In school what was your best subject Language Arts/English?
Mr & Mrs Smith

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I’d accept it and be grateful, then probably sell it online or regift it.

16. (Apparently Question 16 was supposed to be here, but now it’s disappeared?)

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Not posting regularly.

18. What is your favorite word?
Serendipity. I love how it looks, sounds and what it means.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I’m not sure if my associations with these words align with everyone else’s, but I consider myself more of a dork. A little bit of nerd. Not at all a dweeb.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Uhm…vampires? I haven’t read any fairy books.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapesifters because of Animorphs. (I haven’t read any angels books either)

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
I don’t really care for either?

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires, I don’t love either but I’m really not into zombies at all.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Neither? But if I had to pick I would probably pick forbidden love because I’ve read way too many love triangles.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Definitely action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in.

Here’s who I tagged:

Katie @ Bookish Tendencies
Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm
James @ Book Guy Reviews
CK @ CK’s Reading Corner
Poulami @ Daydreaming Books
Casey @ Inspired By The Page
Todd @ ToddMedicii
Becca @ Becca and Books

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