8 Reasons Why Books Are Better Than Movie Adaptations

Book Vs Movie

What is your opinion? Which one is better? Some people would say that the movie is better than the book. Personally I would look at that person and say I don’t believe that you actually read the book. As an avid reader and lover of books I will always 100% say that the book was better than the movie. I honestly can’t think of one instance where I enjoyed the movie more than I enjoyed the book. Were there movies that I thought lived up to my expectations? Sure. But they have never done a movie so well that I thought it was better than the book. I will say that I am also one of those people that will not see a movie until I have read the book. For example, I have yet to read Wonder, yes it’s out in theaters and I want to see the movie so very badly….but I will not see it until I’ve read the book. I also will not put down the book I am currently reading to start reading it. I just can’t do it.

Okay enough rambling…here are my 8 reasons why the book is always better than the movie.

 

1. Books are portable and timeless.

Now you’re probably thinking well duh. But I’m one of those people that always has a book on them, like there’s a book in my purse right now. Do I always have time to read it? Nope. Actually I usually don’t have time to read it. But that’s okay. Think about it when you own a movie how many times do you watch it? Once or twice a year depending on what the movie is. It only takes you a few hours to actually watch the movie and then its done and over with. Eventually it could even become broken, scratched or just be outdated. With a book it can sit on your shelf and collect dust for years but it will never be broken. It will always be there. Personally I feel like I have more of an emotional connection to my books. I’m not the type of person that can throw away a book.

2. Movies Have Time Limits…Books Don’t Have Page Limits

Could you imagine if an author was told that they could only write a book if it was under 200 pages?? Imagine all of the amazing details that would be left out! When you hold a book in your hands your lucky enough to have the whole story in hundreds, sometimes even thousands of pages. That to me is amazing! Movies however have a limited time frame, usually about two hours (or just over that). With a two hour time limit there is absolutely no way to get every little tiny detail into it (unless they decide to make it a two part movie…but you can’t do that for every book to movie adaptation). Because of this, you are often left with important events or details of the book being left out in the movie in order to fit that time limit. In my opinion, if you just watch the movie you’re doing yourself a disservice because you’re not getting the full story….just the condensed version.

3. You Can Experience a Book at Your Own Pace

Have you ever been watching a movie and thought that it was too much to handle all at once? Too many emotions being thrown at you? Maybe you need some time to contemplate what’s happening, some time to process it. Well with a movie sure you could pause it (if you’re at home) and come back to it at a later time, but what’s the point in that? Now think about all of the times you’ve been reading a book and you’ve thought to yourself “I need a minute to process this”. I know personally I’ve done that several times, I can think of probably a dozen books that I’ve been reading and I needed to put it down. Sometimes I need to put it down for a day, sometimes I need to put it down for a week, it just depends on what is happening. With a movie you can’t do that, if you did, it just wouldn’t make sense. With a book it’s a lot easier to put it down and pick it back up and still have a sense of what’s going on in the story once you do.

4. You Get to Experience it as the Author Originally Intended

Now sure when you’re reading a book you can obviously have a different take on certain messages than the author might have intended, but for the most part when you’re reading a book you experience everything just as they would have wanted you to. There are no Hollywood agendas, no screenwriter changes being made. Sure maybe the publishing companies made a few changes here and there, but it’s still the majority of the authors work. Have you ever read a book and then heard it’s being turned into a movie and been so excited to see it for it only to be completely butchered and destroyed by Hollywood? Yeah…me too and that is one of the most disappointing feelings in the world. I’ve learned my lesson several times so honestly I try not to get my hopes up when it comes to movie adaptations.

5. You Get A One Way Ticket into the Characters Thoughts

When you’re reading a book you tend to get more character development and you often get to experience what the characters are actually thinking and feeling. When it comes to the movie there are certain things you have to rely on in order to experience this. The characters must actually tell you what they are thinking or feeling and you have to be able to pick up on the subtext from the performance of the actor or actress. If the actor or actress is actually decent in character then you can easily pick up on those hints but there have been plenty of times where I’ve seen actors or actresses that were not fit for a character and it’s disappointing when you know what you should be seeing or what kind of vibe you should be getting from these characters and you’re missing it because the acting isn’t all that great. You also have to remember that there are certain emotions that can’t be seen just by looking at someone and if the movie doesn’t have a narrator explaining every tiny little detail (personally that would annoy me) then you’re going to miss certain things.

Which leads me to my next point…really I could’ve connected the two but I liked having 8 reasons instead of 7 and I couldn’t think of another reason to replace it with so there ya go!

6. You Get to Know the Character Better

Just like I mentioned above, a book allows you to experience so much more with each character. The character development and background story in a book vs. a movie is much more detailed. You’re spending so much more time with them in the book than you are in the movie. There have been times I’ve read a book and there have been several chapters dedicated to one particular character. Could you imagine if they added that kind of detail into a movie? Depending on the details and the length of the chapters that could easily become half of the movie. One of my favorite part of reading a book is learning the backstory of a character and experiencing every little detail of their development.

7. You Get to Imagine the Characters for Yourself

I love picturing what a character would look like in real life. Of course when you’re done reading the book and you see the final casting list you can often times be disappointed (when they casted Kristen Stewart as Bella in Twilight I was heart broken) but on occasion they get it right and I am over the moon (when they casted Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in Hunger Games)! Now don’t get me wrong I think Kristen Stewart looked the part….but her acting skills in the first movie just drove me nuts, but that’s beside the point! As you read, you keep your imagination fresh and alive. I love when I can sit with a book in my lap and just get lost in the story, it’s like I’ve been transported from my room into this new world. It’s the most magical thing ever to be able to imagine the story and watch it unfold inside your head. This is why I love reading so much.

8. A Book Stays With You Forever

I’m sure if you’re an avid reader like I am then you can probably remember the book that made you fall in love with reading right? I know I can. To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it in 7th grade with my language arts teacher and it was immediately my favorite book. I’ve loved it ever since and it will forever be my favorite classic. I honestly believe that it is a book that will never get old. I’m 25 years old now and I still love that book just as much if not more than I did the first time I read it. I also believe that everyone should read it at least once. It’s just that good of a book. If that doesn’t sum up what I mean about “a book stays with you forever” then I don’t know what will. I mean to be completely honest if you ask me about any of the 80+ books I’ve read in my lifetime then I could probably give you a pretty good summary of it and tell you what I liked or maybe didn’t like about it. Let me tell you, 80 books is a lot of books. But when you read something it sticks with you longer.

Okay so I may or may not have a bonus reason for you! The only reason I even thought of it is because I happened to be talking to a colleague about the show Gilmore Girls and if you’ve ever seen that show then you know that Rory Gilmore loves her books. There’s one episode in particular where Rory is showing someone around her college and she takes her into the library and tells her to “smell the books”. I honestly never would’ve thought about it until I heard her say it but books have a very distinct smell and let me tell you it’s a glorious one. If you live in Columbus Ohio and you’ve ever visited The Book Loft in German Village then you know what I’m talking about…or maybe you don’t and I think I’m nuts! But I feel like The Book Loft has that amazing “book” smell and I love it. There’s a comforting feeling when it comes to the smell of a book and if you add a cup of coffee or hot tea to go along with it, I’m in heaven.

 

Are you a book or a movie person?? Do you love the smell of books as much as I do or do you think I’m insane?!? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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My thoughts on The Glass Castle…

The Glass Castle

Well, to start off I would like to say that this book took me longer to read than I would’ve liked it to. It’s not a very long book so normally I would’ve had it done in a day or two…maybe a week tops if I had a busy week. But it took me months to get through this book. No that’s not me saying that I didn’t like the book, to be honest I loved it! But there were parts that would just….anger me and I would have to put it down and walk away from it for a while.

 

The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeanette Walls, which details her unconventional childhood. She grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. Walls began her memoir by why she felt the need to write about her family. She has finally “made it”, a successful writer in New York City. One day as she’s strolling down the street she comes across her mother…picking out of the dumpster, and out of shame, she sinks down into the seat of her taxi and pretends that she didn’t notice her. Later she will confront her mother, asking her what she is supposed to tell people about her parents. Her mother replies by telling her to tell the truth….simple as that. If you think about it, it’s really not that simple.

As Walls tries to come to terms with her upbringing throughout this memoir you begin to realize that The Glass Castle is anything but simple. We begin by learning of her young childhood on the west coast, her parents living as nomads. They moved so often between desert towns, always looking for the next big “adventure”. This chapter of Walls’ life we mainly get a look at her mother. She’s an artist and a writer, living in her own world. She doesn’t particularly show any concern in raising her children. She’s always looking for the next adventure…the next struggle. The family soon gives up their residence in Phoenix that her mother had inherited to move to her father’s home town of West Virginia…a small depressed coal town.

Once in West Virginia, the story begins to take a turn down a dark road. In this small town of West Virginia, the family begins to drift apart. Their father has taken a very dark turn, and up until this point he has always been the light of his daughters eye…..not so much anymore. Like their mother, their father has a big imagination. He takes small odd jobs that never seem to last long, and he is always chasing after this long lost dream to strike it rich with one of his crazy inventions. He continues to promise over and over again that once he strikes it rich he will build his family a “glass castle” – the most special project….a great big house for his family to settle down in. As their time in West Virginia goes on, things continue to get worse. However, Walls and her brother do their best to make the most of it. Feeding off of their father’s promise of the glass castle, they thought they would help him out by starting a hole in the backyard for the foundation of the new house. After it had been finished for a while, the family began to realize that there were certain things that they just couldn’t afford. One of them being trash pickup…which meant that the hole in the yard that was supposed to be used for the new house…would now be used for trash.

This is one of the situations that really angered me. These parents are just deliberately not taking care of their children. Making them empty promises and not caring how it could effect them later on in life. It really frustrated me that these parents…grown adults, could let their children go hungry, cold and without proper clothes or showers. These were the points where I had to put the book down for a while and breathe. The fact that I know there are still kids out there today that go through situations just like this one…makes me so angry. I feel for these children, I feel for the author, knowing that she lived this life.

Anyways…rant over. Determined not to end up like her parents, Walls moved herself to New York. She will go to college, graduate, gain employment as a writer, marry a rich husband, and settle down in her Park Avenue apartment. Walls tries to get her parents to visit her new apartment, to get a sneak peek into her new lifestyle. Her father of course refuses, her mother visits, but questions her values. Tells her that she raised her differently and that she shouldn’t be living the way that she is.

Umm values?? No offense but I didn’t realize that not feeding your children and basically living on the street were values that you wanted your children to pick up. I thought that parents were always supposed to want more for their kids. That they were supposed to want their kids to have more than they did, have better jobs, go to better schools. Just an overall better life. Instead, Walls has done just that and she is getting criticized for it….so unfair.

Now, I understand that there is probably more to this than meets the eye. Sure her parents were a drunk father and a somewhat lazy mother, but after reading and really reflecting on this memoir I feel like there are other lessons to be learned here. It reminds me of the quote….

money cant buy happiness

I mean if you think about it, as Walls grew up she never really seemed unhappy until she was really old enough to understand what was going on. Each time they moved she really did see it as an adventure. Did her parents always provide her and her siblings with the food, clothes and other things that they needed? No. But what they did provide them with was love and happiness. All of their kids grew up believing in themselves, with an appreciation for the things that most of us take for granted today but most importantly they were loved, unconditionally.

Though they struggled to get through this crazy thing called life, they did it. They all made it. Did they all make it big? No they didn’t but they made it. We all grow up with struggles, they’re all different. But our struggles are what make us beautiful.

 

Have you read The Glass Castle or maybe seen the movie?? If you have please let me know what you thought in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!!

XoXo Shelby

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The Hunger Games Trilogy

 

To say that I loved these books would be an understatement. I read these three books in 3 days, that’s one book a day. I stayed up way too late reading some of these books and loved them so much that I had a few dreams that I was in the Hunger Games! Kind of crazy if you think about it! But that’s really how much I enjoyed these books! Before I go into my review on these let me give you a brief description of these books!

(Summaries are from Goodreads)

The Hunger Games (#1)

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s younger sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Catching Fire (#2)

Against aall odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s curel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

Mockingjay (#3)

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – except Katniss

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. TO do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.

Okay, so now that we have the background of all three books let’s talk about them and what I loved about each book.

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Technology Takeover and burning books…

Now I will say that it has been a while since I read this book….I want to say that I read it in sixth or seventh grade? I’m 25 years old now, BUT I remember really enjoying this book! Now this is not going to be a typical book review. Yes I loved this book but in order for me to review it properly I would have to re-read it and my “to-read” list is a mile long right now. Maybe at a later date I will pick this book back up and give it a proper review. Until then I just want to discuss how I think this book relates to the world around us today. The more technology seems to develop, the more I feel like books are becoming more irrelevant. Does that mean they’re being banned? No they’re not, but I see it day in and day out…kids (and adults) just don’t like to read…and that makes me sad!

I feel like this book has more relevance (for lack of a better word) now than it did when it was written, but I’ll talk a little bit more about that in a minute. Before I do, let’s talk about what the story is actually about.

Set in the 24th century, Farenheit 451 tells the story of Guy Montag. Montag is a fireman and loves his job, you could even say that he takes pride in it. But this job isn’t like any fireman you would see around your city today, these firemen burn illegally owned books and the homes of their owners. Could you even imagine?!? I would be devastated if my house was burned to the ground because I owned a book (or multiple books because let’s face it I love books so in this setting I would be a rebel lol)! As the story develops, Montag begins to question the value of his profession and ultimately….his life. Through this novel we follow his struggles with his existence and eventually we follow him as he flees the oppressive, censored society that he lives in and joins an underground network of intellectuals. With his newfound friends, he witnesses the atomic destruction of his former city and dedicates himself to rebuilding a literate and cultural society. (Now that sounds like somewhere I would want to live!)

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Mystery…Thriller…Suspense…

Okay so it’s been a minute since I’ve read this book but I do remember loving it so much that I couldn’t put it down, and frankly I didn’t want to!

Before I go into my review let’s do a little summary first.

From Goodreads:

Every day the same.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

Until today.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good??

 

Now if that alone doesn’t make you want to read this book I’m not sure what will!!

This is definitely one unsettling thriller. No one can be trusted in this story. If you had to choose between an alcoholic, a liar and a cheat who would you trust??? These are the three women who are at the center of this story: Rachel, Anna and Megan. Each girl has her own story, and in that story is nothing but secrets.

Have you ever sat in a public place and watched people as they went about their daily lives? As you did that did you imagine what their life story was? Maybe even make up some stories about them and their life? Do you imagine that they are living their perfect lives?

That is what Rachel does each day as she rides on the train to and from town. She uses the lives of others to distract her from the mess of her own life. She has grown particularly fond of the life of “Jess and Jason” (as she likes to call them) who live at the house just outside of her train window when the train stops at the same red signal each morning. However, one morning Rachel notices that things are not as they normally are. As Rachel is watching out her train window one morning she sees something that completely changes the life she has imagined for “Jess and Jason”. This event will pull her into their lives more than she already was, though she is unsure exactly what she has seen and what she has seen or what she might know, she feels the need to find out.

Rachel’s boozy behavior and alcohol habit leaves her as an unreliable sources when it comes to whatever happened between “Jess and Jason”. This behavior is also what got her fired from her job in London and her husband. Since their divorce, she has become obsessed with Tom (her ex husband), who left her for a blonde woman named Anna. Like any man who leaves his wife for another woman, Tom thought the grass was going to be greener on the other side…and unfortunately he was wrong. Anna’s personality has drastically changed now that they are married and have a young daughter. Rightfully so, Anna isn’t so fond of Rachel lurking around their house. But no matter what Tom says or does, Rachel lurks and pesters them and remembers none of it the next day.

Now let’s circle back to this Jess and Jason situation for a moment. One day as  Rachel is taking her daily commute to the city she sees Jess…kissing another man, or so she thinks that’s what she saw. Jess’ real name is actually Megan, and this life that is she lives is nothing like the one Rachel had imagined in her head. She is incredible restless with her husband Scott (better known to Rachel as Jason) and is having an affair with her therapist. Megan feels as if she doesn’t belong on this little suburban street in this life that she lives. She once worked at an art gallery, however when she lost that job…things changed. She is bored and restless and completely unhappy with her life. Then one day…she disappears…never to be seen again.

As you can imagine, the disappearance of Megan became a huge story and as it does Rachel feels that it is her duty to go to the police with what she saw from the train. Of course, no one is willing to take Rachel seriously; a random drunken witness just waltzes in off the street declaring she knows what happened to this missing woman??? I wouldn’t trust her either. As if this story line isn’t crazy enough already, remember how I mentioned earlier that Anna can’t stand the fact that Rachel tends to lurk around their house?? Well it’s about to get even worse because Megan used to be Anna and Tom’s babysitter for a hot minute (and was terrible at it), which of course connects Megan, Scott and Anna….which connects Rachel and Anna…making them potential victims to whomever took/hurt/killed Megan.

Will they find out who took/hurt/killed Megan? Was is her husband. the therapist, Anna or some random stranger? Did she run away from home? You’re going to have to pick this book up and read it for yourself to find out!!

The story continues to unravel with more lies, more back-stabbing and more secrets. I don’t want to give too much away, so I will leave you with what I have written.

Have you read Girl on the Train?? What did you think of it?? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

XoXo Shelby

Looking for an exciting thriller to read?? Check out this one!

Could you imagine waking up every single morning not knowing who you are or who the person is that is laying next to you or anything about your life?? I mean if you think about it, our memories define us and make us who we are. I couldn’t imagine not being able to remember who I was or anything about my life. Welcome to Christine’s life.

In my opinion this debut book by S.J. Watson was written wonderfully. It’s a fast-paced psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I would definitely describe this book as one that you won’t be able to put down!

Before I Go to Sleep is about a woman named Christine who wakes up each morning with no memory of who she is. With the help of her husband and some labeled pictures, every day she put the pieces of her life back together just to forget it all again when she falls asleep. Each day she is reminded of the accident that put her where she is. However, after a visit from a mysterious doctor she is lead to a private journal that she has been writing to herself. This journal leads her to believe that her life might not be all that it seems and that the one person that she should be able to trust….might not be so trustworthy after all.

As she begins working each day with this Doctor (Dr. Nash) she begins to uncover more leads that are helping her to really piece her life back together. But with every memory that she unfolds, she is greeted with greater confusion and more questions. There are things that she remembers that her husband tends to leave out or not want to discuss. She remembers having a child and she suspects that at one point she was an author.

Are these new memories true or false?? Who is being truthful with her? Who is hiding things from her and why are they hiding those things?

As you read through this book you get sucked into the story line. Getting a small taste of what it would be like to live without your memories. As the story line develops you begin to notice things (along with Christine), that make you really think. Let me tell you, as the story developed I had two people on my list of “the one”….and I was right about one of them and I cried when the book ended.

I could really talk about this book forever. But I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to go pick it up and read it for themselves…which I highly recommend that you do, so I’ll end my review here.

Have you already ready Before I Go to Sleep? What did you think of it? Have you seen the movie? If you have would you recommend it? (I personally haven’t seen it yet!) Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

XoXo Shelby

The Book That Made Me Fall in Love With Reading!

 

Now that I think about it I feel like I should have wrote my review to this book a long time ago. Harper Lee is one of my all time favorite authors and the fact that it took me this long to realize that I hadn’t reviewed her books yet makes me sad!!

Before I get to the book review I think it’s only appropriate that I talk about the amazing Harper Lee herself!

Harper Lee is best known for writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) and Go Set a Watchman (2015). Lee was born April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She is the youngest of four children, grew up a tomboy in a small town where her father was a lawyer, a member of the Alabama state legislature and owned a portion of the local news paper…hmm does that sound familiar to anyone?!? For most of her life however, her mother was said to have suffered from a mental illness (supposedly bipolar disorder) and she rarely left the house.

She grew up with Truman Capote (who would later also become a writer). During their childhood, Lee who was tougher than most of the boys she knew, often stepped up to protect Truman who was often picked on for being sensitive and not sharing many interests (if at all any) that other boys his age had. Though Truman and Lee were very different, they had one major similarity; they had touch home lives.

Fast forwarding to her college years; in her junior year at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, she was accepted into the university’s law school. The demands of her law studies however, forced her to give up things that she loved, such as writing for the Rammer Jammer and being it’s editor. After one year in the program Lee expressed that writing was her true passion.

Lee went to Oxford University in England as an exchange student, after returning to her law studies that fall, Lee dropped out after the first semester and moved north to follow her dreams of becoming a writer.

For several years she struggled in New York City, working as a ticket agent. However while she was there she was reunited with her old friend Capote who was one of literatures rising stars of the time and also befriended the Broadway composer and lyricist Michael Martin Brown, who later that year would offer her the best present an aspiring writer could ever receive; Brown and his wife offered to support Lee for a year so that she could begin writing full time. The Browns were also kind enough to help her find an agent who would later get a publisher (J.B. Lippincott Company) interested in her work. While working with the editor, Lee was able to write the manuscript, set in a small Alabama town, which would later become her novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird is the book of Lee’s that I am going to be reviewing first (a review of Go Set a Watchman will be coming later!). I read this book for the first time when I was in seventh grade and I loved it. I enjoyed reading before I read this book, but I can honestly say that this book made me fall in love with reading!

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#Millennials #GenerationY

Before we get started with this book review….yes I said book review (did the title throw you off?? #sorrynotsorry), let me start off with a little bit of background information for those of you who might not know what/who a millennial is.

Millennials, also referred to as generation Y, applies to individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century. The term is credited to the authors of the book Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069; Neil Howe and William Strauss. They specifically defined the term as related to any individual that was born between 1982 and 2004.

Millennials grew up in an electronic-filled and increasingly developing online world filled with social-networking and caring about how many likes your statuses and photos get. Though most like to associate negative thoughts and ideas with millennials I feel that often times there are other aspects of this group of people that are often overlooked (also don’t forget you can’t just assume that someone born between ’82 and ’04 has every trait that a millennial is supposed to have…I don’t think I do and I was born in ;92!). Anyways, this generation is generally the most ethnically diverse generation and were raised in a time where they could be very tolerant to differences instead of lashing out or critical of people/things for their difference.

The biggest thing associated with millennials is technology. Unlike some generations, millennials grew up with computers and the internet. I remember being in middle school and rushing home to get my homework done so that I could spend hours making my AIM (AOL instant messager) away message was perfect…and then once it was I would sit there and wait for someone I wanted to talk to, to come on and I would suddenly come back from being “away”…yeah that was a thing. Oh, and please don’t even get me started on Myspace…..the top friends list….that was stressful…and the profile pictures….nope don’t even want to talk about it!  That leads me perfectly into what this book is about….

 

First of all the book is called Startup and is written by a writer for Buzzfeed, Doree Shafrir. This book is fittingly all about tech culture in New York City. But it is honestly much more than just a book about millennials and their life in tech culture in the city. It focuses on what it is like for journalists to chase a story down and get it up and running; it looks at how we use apps to navigate us through our daily lives…sometimes the simplest of tasks…there’s an app for that! But what I love the most about this book is how it focuses on how things have evolved throughout this digital age.

This workplace drama filled with Snapchats and anonymous Twitter accounts centers around a modern yet also timeless issue….love affairs in the workplace! It is also a story of youth, ambition, relationships and their fallouts, ethics in journalism, bromances, sexting, and so much more! The subtle twists and turns in this book are what really made it an enjoyable read for me.

I would really like to see another book in the future….after reading the book and pondering on it for a while I realize now that I have a lot of questions that I need answered. Which I will not share because if you are going to go get the book then well…it would spoil it for you and I don’t want to do that! But even with some unanswered questions, this was a good read and I hope some of you will check it out too!

Have you read Startup? What did you think??
Are you technically considered a Millennial? Do you agree or disagree with the definition of a Millennial?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Xoxo, Shelby

 

Sons of Anarchy Meets 50 Shades of Grey?!?!

How many people can say that they got the chance to interview an author of a book that they read and loved?!?! I am more than excited to announce that I had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Blakeman, the author of If the Key Fits. If you haven’t read this book yet….you need to, it was so incredibly good!

Before I get into the interview questions let me give you a little synopsis of the book!

Casey Calvert is living the life that she has always dreamed of after surviving a too close for comfort brush with death. She up and moved to a small town where she has managed to not only find her dream job, but the perfect fiancé, life seriously couldn’t get any better!! The best part? No one has any idea that she came from anything short of a respectable New York upbringing. Her not so perfect, perfect life, gets shaken up when she is confronted by Gavin, or Blaze as she once knew him.

Blaze was the only man that Casey had ever loved and was the one person that she trusted to get her out of trouble. However, when she was supposed to meet him to run away, she was instead greeted by her at the time boyfriend (and the head of the MC) Slayer….you could say that he was anything less than happy and this is where Casey found herself deep in trouble with the MC.

Gavin Matthews… broke the number one rule of going undercover…..don’t get personal. He is still struggling to put the time he spent with Sinner’s Breed MC (motorcycle club) behind him, even after being released from protective custody. Instead of moving on, he spends his days trying to figure out the ways that he could have saved the girl that he accidentally fell in love with.

When their connection is released from prison, once again Gavin is sent in to protect Casey. This time however is a little different. Underneath the person that she is trying to be, Casey is even more broken and damaged than she was before and Gavin knows that unfortunately he is the main source of her pain. While protecting her Gavin has a huge task ahead of him, he needs to convince her that he is still the same person that she knew before while also proving to her that he will do anything to make things right, no matter what that means.

They say that it takes a saint to save a sinner….sometimes, it takes a sinner to save a saint.

 

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This book was literally Everything, Everything!

I hope at least one person got the title of this post….if you did please tell me in the comments below!!!

In case you didn’t….I’m reviewing the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Yes I know it is also a movie, but I haven’t seen the movie. I’m the type of person that must read the book before I see the movie it was made into. Most of the time the movie disappoints me anyways because they always chose to leave out important things from the book that should really be included from the book but I’m not a director or a screen writer so that’s just my opinion!

Enough about that, let’s get on with the review! Just in case you have no idea what this book/movie is about let me tell you just a little bit…

Maddy has a rare and famous disease, she’s basically allergic to the outside world and is forced to be confined to her house. She has been stuck inside her house, with her mother and her nurse and occasionally a few other guests. However these guests have to go through extensive health checks before they can come into the house. This poor girl hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.

One day as she’s sitting in her house, she hears a moving truck pull up next door. She looks out her window and she sees a boy. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black – a black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that completely covered his hair. As she’s looking through her window, he catches her looking at him and stares at her. She stares back. She later finds out his name is Olly, and she knew from that very moment that she would certainly fall in love with boy. But she also knew that I would end in a complete and utter disaster.


To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I read exactly half of it in one night….staying up way too late might I add! But I didn’t care! I didn’t want to put the book down.

The writing style with all of the different drawings and notes and the emails and messages back and forth between Olly and Maddy were some of my favorite touches of this book. I also really enjoyed how it had a similar feel to The Fault in Our Stars (another amazing book I may just have to do a review on…and that one I did see the movie….and loved it just as much as I loved the book…shocker!!).

The book began beautifully with diverse and interesting characters, who are falling in love but cannot act upon their feelings. Their relationship builds rapidly though all they can do is mime through the window and chat online with one another. I’m a sucker for a love story and I loved how much Olly and Maddy truly loved each other.

Now…I won’t spoil it completely but I will say that the ending had me both shocked and a little disappointed. In my own personal opinion it took away from the whole premise of the book. At the same time I can appreciate this special twist but I could’ve been happy with a different ending. I promise you that if you read this book (or maybe even if you see the movie because I’m sure they didn’t leave this particular detail out), you will be shocked by the ending too. My jaw literally dropped! I’m not going to lie part of me (the romantic side of me that always wants a happy ending for the couples in books or movies because I believe that everyone deserves happiness!) was happy that the book ended the way that it did!

Want to know how it ended?? Check it out for yourself! Have you read the book or seen the movie?? If so which one did you like better? Have you read any of Yoon’s books? If so which ones? I’ve also read The Sun Is Also a Star (and did a review on it already…go check it out!!) Happy Reading!

Xo’s Shelby