Most Anticipated YA Adaptations 2019

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There aren’t many YA adaptations being released this year but nevertheless, I’m excited about all the ones on this list and even when researching I’ve discovered a few which I had forgotten about! When adapting books to movies there’s always the worry that the writers and directors are going to change everything and miss important and much-loved parts from the films but I’m quietly optimistic for this year’s releases. Most of the book to movie adaptations I’ve seen recently have all been really good and the elements they’ve changed and added I felt have been beneficial, my favorite of last year is still To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. If you haven’t seen it yet then you are seriously missing out!

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (May 2019) – This book was such a powerful and impactful read for me so I’m really hoping that they don’t mess this one up and that the book’s message comes through in the film. I was really disappointed by the adaptation of Everything, Everything so I’ve got all my fingers crossed for this film! The film is about two teens, Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, the daughter of undocumented Jamaican immigrants who cross paths in New York City and slowly fall in love.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Dec 2019) – The cast for this film is literally out of this world and the fact that Greta Gerwig is directing it makes this film one of my most anticipated films of the year, the only downside is that we’ve got to wait till December to see it! Starring Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, and many many others, this film is guaranteed to be a perfect watch! I really enjoyed Ladybird directed by Greta Gerwig so I’ve got high expectations for this adaptation!

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I totally forgot about this film and I can’t think why because it has such a good cast! Starring Tom Holland AND Daisy Ridley this film already looks epic and we haven’t even got a trailer yet! I will admit I haven’t read these books yet but it’s definitely on my TBR list (along with lots of other series! Todd Hewitt has been raised to believe that a viral germ has killed all women and unleashed Noise, the special ability to read people’s and animals’ minds through a stream of images, words, and sounds. After discovering a patch of silence, free of Noise, Todd is forced to flee his town. Alone, he must face a planet erupting in war—that is, until he meets Viola, the source of the silence.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Netflix is seriously killing it at some of its YA adaptations so I’m quietly confident that they’re going to do a good job at adapting this powerful read!

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott – I hadn’t heard of this book until I watched the trailer and now I’m fully invested in this story and its characters! Starring Cole Sprouse, this film tells the story of two people who meet whilst receiving treatment for Cystic Fibrosis where physical contact could transmit fatal disease.

 

 

Series I Want to Start in 2019

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There are so many series that I want to start this year and I feel like I’m missing out as I keep hearing good things about all of these books! I’ve been really slacking on my reading and for once I want to reach my Goodreads goal, so hopefully by making a list of series I want to start will give me a clear indication of what to read! Most of these books I’ve either had in my Amazon basket for a while or are books I keep seeing across the book blogging community. I’m always looking for a new book series so if you’ve got any recommendations then please let me know in the comments!

And I Darken by Kristen White – I’ve been meaning to read this series for a while now as I’m a real sucker for a complex and powerful fantasy read! From reading the synopsis I already know that this is going to be an intense and memorable read which is perfect as I’m always looking for some more fantasy worlds to explore!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – After putting this on my Christmas Book Haul I’ve heard nothing but praise for this book and I’m beyond excited to finally start reading this!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I have to thank Piera over on Booktube for recommending this series to me! She’s constantly going on about these books and its characters so I finally gave the synopsis a read and now I’m fully invested! I’ve already got the ebook on my phone and read the first couple of pages all of which I’ve really enjoyed so I look forward to reading this very soon!

The Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab – Years ago I tried to read The Archived by V.E Schwab and I just didn’t click with the writing or the story however I really want to give her another go with this series! Not only are these covers stunning but its storyline sounds something that I know I’m going to fall in love with! Plus I keep hearing so many amazing things about these books and I want to get involved.

His Fair Assassin Trilogy by Robin Lafevers – This series isn’t particularly high on my TBR list after hearing a lot of mixed reviews but nevertheless I’m really intrigued by the whole concept and premise of this series! The first book in the series follows Ismae who after escaping an arranged marriage is trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. That sounds pretty kickass, doesn’t it?

The Arc of the Scythe by Neal Shusterman – This is another book that I keep seeing around and hearing good things about so I might as well find out for myself what all the hype is about. The world in which the book is set sounds fascinating and I look forward to exploring it more soon.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This book has been sitting in my Amazon basket for such a long time and I’ve only ever heard good things! I really love all things sci-fi but I haven’t read anything from that genre in a while, so maybe its time to take a break from all my fantasy worlds and dive into something different. The books unique format is also something that I really intrigued by!

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang – I’ve heard a lot of people call this ‘the best fantasy read of 2018’ so its only right that I see what all the hype is about! I’m already getting serious Ember in the Ashes vibes from the synopsis as it involves a military school and a rich world based on Chinese history. I’m terrible at reading books that focus on different cultures so this year I want to broaden my reading with more world literature.

Series I Want to Finish in 2019

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The majority of my TBR pile are unfinished book series and one of my goals this year was to make a big dent in my TBR pile, to make room for more anticipated reads! A lot of these series I started reading last year and I’ve just fallen in love with them but others on this list, however, have sadly been forgotten about!

Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – I wish I’d started this series sooner as I’m obsessed with these characters and this storyline, Sabaa Tahir is very good at keeping readers on the edge of their seat throughout the entire novel! I have the second book ready and waiting on my shelf I just need to find time now to start reading it!

Eragon by Christopher Paolini – I love dragons and despite what people say I really enjoy the film. I know its completely different from the books but I want to start reading the books and seeing where the story goes after the events of the film. Plus I’m a little bit in love with Garrett Hedlund who plays Murtagh in the films and a lot of people praise his casting so I look forward to exploring more of his character.

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I have to thank Emma Watson for recommending this series to me and although the world building and politics are quite intense it is a good fantasy read! I picked the series up again this summer and realized how much I’d missed this world and its characters!

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – My favourite book of 2019 and I can’t wait to continue the series in the New Year! I’m in love with Sanderson writing so I’m looking forward to delving into more of his series, any recommendations would be wonderful!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – What I loved about this book was the magic and mystery that dominated the storyline and I loved being transported into its wonderful world! The only reason I haven’t started reading this book is because I want it in paperback which isn’t released until late February!

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I don’t remember loving the first book in this series but since then I’ve heard a lot of really good things about this series, which gives me the hope that it gets better! I really loved the concept and I think it was the writing style that I didn’t really click with nevertheless I want to give this series another go.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I remember absolutely adoring these books and I can’t for the life of me figure out why I stopped reading them? I think this is going to be one of those series that I’ll just have to read again as I can only remember little bits and hopefully I’ll love them as much as I did the first time around.

Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

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Before writing this posts I only had a couple of books on my most anticipated list so I jumped onto to Goodreads to see what else was coming out in 2019 and now that list has tripled in size! 2019 sounds like an amazing year for any YA fantasy and contemporary lover so I for one am buzzing with excitement! Let me know in the comments what books you’re looking forward to the most!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – My most anticipated book of 2019, because not only am I in love with Leigh Bardugo and the wonderful world she has created but I’m also in love with the young and mysterious Nikolai Lantsov who is one of my bookish husbands! loved him in the Shadow and Bone trilogy so the fact that he’s got an entire book dedicated to him is a dream come true!

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – What instantly drew me to this book was the cover and then after the synopsis, it made its way on to my evergrowing TBR list!

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light! 

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio – I’ve been watching Christine on Booktube for a couple of years now I always get excited when a Booktuber I follow fulfills their dream of writing a book! I love the concept of this story and I look forward to seeing if it lives up to expectations!

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – Another cover and synopsis that has me eagerly awaiting this books release date! After reading the reviews on Goodreads I’m positive that I’m going to love this book and that it’s going to be one heck of an adventure.

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I’ve seen this book everywhere and 2019 is seriously killing it at the cover game as all the books I’ve mentioned so far are stunning, but this one is easily my favourite and I need it on my shelves asap! By the sounds of it, this is going to be an epic fantasy that I’m guaranteed to love!

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons – I was instantly drawn to this book after it was said to have the world building of Brandon Sanderson, an author I discovered this year and who I’m absolutely in love with, so no pressure Jenn! After reading the synopsis and a few Goodreads reviews its clear that this book has a lot of action and interesting characters so now I’m intrigued to see if it lives up to the hype.

Uniting the worldbuilding of a Brandon Sanderson with the storytelling verve of a Patrick Rothfuss, debut author Jenn Lyons delivers an entirely new and captivating fantasy epic. Prepare to meet the genre’s next star.

January 2019 TBR

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year, I know I did! One of my blogging goals for 2019 is to have a better schedule so hopefully by completing monthly TBR’s and reading reviews will improve this and give my blog some much-needed structure! Most of the books I plan to read this month are heavily university-based but another reading resolution was to make time to read books for my own enjoyment so I’m currently in the process of finding that balance! I want to start the year off with some success so I’m trying to make this TBR realistic and achievable!

The Handmaids Tale by Margret Attwood – The nice thing about this book is although I have to read it for university its one of those books that I’ve been dying to read for a while now. I’ve also purposely put off the TV show as I want to binge it after I’ve read the book and compare both of them. I’m honestly really excited not only to read this but to also analyze all the clothes and gender roles!

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – A classic that everyone but me has read! I really enjoyed Orlando so I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll enjoy this one too!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I wasn’t expecting to receive this book for Christmas but its managed to make its way to the top of my TBR after hearing so many good things about it! I’m really craving a new fantasy series and after reading this book’s synopsis I know for a fact that I’m going to love it!

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – What a better way to start the new year than by reading a book all about love and romance! Like many, I’m a sucker for a good romance and so far I’ve loved all the books on my Fashioning Fiction module so I have high expectations!

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer – This is a book I have to read for my South African literature module and I’m really enjoying learning more about the history and people of South Africa so I already know this is going to be a quick read.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – I want to read something a little different this month and again this is another book I know I’m going to fly through as I’ll want to solve the mystery asap!

My 2018 Favourites

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Every year I say this, but seriously where has this year gone? I made a promise to myself at the beginning of the year that 2018 was going to be my year and I mistakenly put a lot of pressure and high expectations into that promise. The beginning of the year started off that way, I had managed to secure and complete work experience at Penguin Publishing (belated blog post coming soon!) and I was really happy with my health and fitness! Things really started going downhill in late August when my entire world fell apart after the unexpected death of a family member. I had so much to juggle and I reached the point where I wasn’t catching anything no matter how hard I tried. Now however I’m in a much better place and ready to start the new year with a happy and healthy mindset! Anyway, enough about my personal life lets focus on all the wonderful things that I read/watched this year! As I’ve already mentioned my reading total this year is pathetic but I did watch a lot of films and TV shows instead, so without further ado here are my book, film and TV show favorites of 2018!

Books

  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – Easily my favourite book of the entire year! This book captured and broke my heart with its incredible storyline and bundle of characters, it included everything I wanted for a fantasy novel! I’ll leave my glistening review here!
  • The Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola – I think this has to be one of my favourite books I’ve read during my entire degree, everything about it was wonderful and they’ve even adapted it into a TV show which is an added bonus! The story itself is set in and around a department store in Paris and follows the journey of Denise who must adapt to the inner workings of such a new and influential model of retail.
  • Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Sabaa Tahir has created a story and characters that will make your heart pound as every page is full of gripping action and intense emotion. The characters are so varied and well developed plus I loved that Laia wasn’t your typical kick-ass heroine but a scared and determined girl who is willing to give everything to save her brother.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – After reading Caraval at the end of last year I was seriously craving some circus magic and this book had been on my TBR for a while! This book has everything you’d want, a whirlwind romance, a beguiling mystery and peculiar characters that drive the story. This truly captivating adventure is proof that magic does exist.
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – I adore these characters so much and although this was only a novella I loved witnessing all the celebrations of the Winter Solstice. Maas gives us a hint of where this story could be going and even fuels our hopes for possible relationships within the group!

Films

  • The Greatest Showman – I’m sure I won’t be the only person who has this film on their favourites list as it is just one of those films you can watch over and over again and not get bored of! According to Spotify, the soundtrack was also one of my most played albums of this year because those songs are just so catchy!
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout – I love all the Mission Impossible’s and this film didn’t disappoint as it pulled out all the stops and took actions films to an entirely new level! All the fight scenes were incredible and I will admit that bathroom scene had me swooning over Henry Cavil!
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – This is how a book to movie adaptation is done! Thank you, Netflix for caring about this story and bringing these adorable characters to life! I love the fact that the entire world has fallen in love with this story and I am super excited for the sequel which was announced last week!
  • Avengers: Infinity War – I don’t think anyone was prepared for this film and I’m definitely not ready for Avengers: Endgame…

TV Shows

  • Big Little Lies – I totally forgot that this show came out this year and has now got me even more excited for season two! If you’re looking for a TV show to binge over the next couple of weeks then pick this one! The show is full of drama, mystery and has a star-studded cast!
  • Vikings – I’ve only watched the first season (so no spoilers please) but I’m already fully invested in these characters. I’m guessing however that it’s going to be like Game of Thrones where no one is safe and that my favourite characters will be the next ones to die!
  • The Bold Type – A friend at University recommended this show to me and I am now in love! The Bold Type is easily one of my all-time favourite TV shows because its everything that I aspire to be and I’d give my left arm to be one of these characters! The show provides us with a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine and their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart broken, all while wearing the perfect jeans to flatter any body type.

Christmas Book Haul 2019

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Father Christmas has been very generous this year and has spoiled me with some very lovely books which I’m sure to enjoy in the New Year! I hope all everyone had a wonderful Christmas, mine was filled with lots of eating, drinking and competitive game-playing! I am by no means bragging, it is purely for those of you who are curious and to perhaps have a preview of future reviews!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I wasn’t expecting this book at all but its perfect as it’s on my list of series I want to start in 2019! My sister did admit the only reason she bought it was because she read the synopsis and that she wants to read it too and I don’t blame her as after reading it myself, I too am pretty excited to start reading it!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – It feels so good to finally get my hands on this book and the entire series looks stunning on my bookshelves. I didn’t realize how big it actually was and I’m very much looking forward to starting this very soon!

The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K Rowling – If you’ve read my film review for the Crimes of Grindelwald then you’ll know that I really didn’t like it! However, I needed the screenplay because of its stunning turquoise cover which is embellished with beautiful gold detailing. Both of the screenplays look very fancy on my bookshelf and I can’t wait to have the whole collection!

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – This has been described to me as ‘an exaggerated Agatha Christie thingy’ – those words exactly! I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie and a good old fashioned murder mystery so I look forward to reading something that isn’t fantasy!

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve – After watching the film I’ve been dying to dive into this series and to explore these wonderful characters more. The whole concept of this world is just so unique and clever and its a good watch if you’re looking for a bit of fun!

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – FINALLY! I read the first book in this series in the summer and fell head over heels for Sanderson’s characters, writing, and excellent world building! I’m excited to see how this journey continues and I’m more than ready to delve back into this world! If you haven’t read this series yet then I highly suggest you add this to your 2019 TBR and I’ll leave a link to my glowing review here!