Top Ten: GN I’ve Added to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was the last ten books I added to my TBR, but since I cover new TBR additions in my monthly wrap-up posts, I decided to focus on the last ten GN I added to my TBR!

Bloom by Kevin Panetta // Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jonny Sun // Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk // March: Book One by John Lewis // The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Patience by Daniel Clowes // Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler by Shigeru Mizuki // Someone Please Have Sex with Me by Gina Wynbrandt // We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughn // The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by Maximilian Uriarte

Top Ten: Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was my top ten fourteen favorite book quotes. [Note: I did a Five Favorite post on quotes two years ago and three of those five show up here. LOLOL. #sorrynotsorry]

[Bran] looked up. Wrapped in his furs and leathers, mounted on his great warhorse, his lord father loomed over him like a giant. “Robb says the man died bravely, but Jon says he was afraid.”
“What do you think?” his father asked.
Bran thought about it.“Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?”
“That is the only time a man can be brave,” his father told him.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Perhaps some unbelievable guest would arrive, a person infinitely rare and to be marvelled at, some authentically radiant young girl who with one fresh glance at Gatsby, one moment of magical encounter, would blot out those five years of unwavering devotion.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I watched her for a long time, memorizing her shoulders, her long-legged gait. This was how girls left. They packed up their suitcases and walked away in high heels. They pretended they weren’t crying, that it wasn’t the worst day of their lives. That they didn’t want their mothers to come running after them, begging their forgiveness, that they wouldn’t have gone down on their knees and thanked God if they could stay.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

I wrote her college application essays, and she did my phone interviews. I called her immediately prior to taking my SATs, flying across the Atlantic, and losing my virginity. I have called from the post office, the grocery story, the DMV, the parkway toll plaza, elevators, cabs, the bathroom of the boy with the smallest penis I’ve ever seen. I do not know how to need her any less than I do.

Smart Girls like Me by Diane Vadino

If I was telling this story to the girls from back home, I would have to explain to them how it was possible to be drowning in a river of people and also to feel so very, very alone. But truly, I do not think I would have the words.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

“Tell me, then,” she said, unbuckling her seat belt and putting her arm around his waist. “Tell me now, won’t you ever wonder what it would have been like to be with someone else?”
“First, buckle up,” he said. She did. “I won’t wonder that because I already know what it would be like to be with someone else.”
“How do you know?” she said.
“I just do.”
“Then, what would it be like?”
“It would be less,” he said.
“Less?”
He looked over at her, just for a second, sitting sideways in her bucket seat, and squeezed the steering wheel. “It would have to be. I already love you so much. I already feel like something in my chest is going to pop when I see you. I couldn’t love anyone more than I do you, it would kill me. And I couldn’t love anyone less because it would always feel like less. Even if I loved some other girl, that’s all I would ever think about, the difference between loving her and loving you.”

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

To calm this girl down, to get her to listen, I tell her the story about my fish. This is fish number six hundred and forty-one in a lifetime of goldfish. My parents bought me the first one to teach me about loving and caring for another living, breathing creature of God. Six hundred and forty fish later, the only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet that someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

It wasn’t a small thing, to love a person. That was the gift she had offered him, had always offered him. And yet he had refused.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Sara waited a respectful time, knowing there was nothing she could do to ease the woman’s pain. Grief was a place, Sara understood, where a person went alone. It was like a room without doors, and what happened in that room, all the anger and the pain you felt, was meant to stay there, nobody’s business but yours.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

This morning, I had parents. This morning, they ate breakfast.
I fall to my knees, right there on the back stoop, howling into splayed hands.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

“So drive, Layla. I love you.” It’s a heavy load for those three words. Because what she means is I’m sorry. I’m sorry I was busy and I’m sorry I have to go inside and I might not see you again and I didn’t tell you enough that I’m proud of you, even though you do stupid shit, because it comes from the right place and that’s rare and precious, and you’ll grow up to be a good woman, and you won’t make the same dumb mistakes I did, you’ll make your own, but hopefully only to get you on course, and the world is greater and richer with you in it, sugarbean.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

“You justify anarchy,” Tyler says. “You figure it out.”

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Words have a longevity I do not. I had thought I could leave her a series of letters – but what would they say? I don’t know what this girl will be like when she is fifteen; I don’t even know if she’ll take to the nickname we’ve given her. There is perhaps only one thing to say to this infant, who is all future, overlapping briefly with me, whose life, barring the improbable, is all but past.
That message is simple:
When you come to one of the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself… do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Five Favorite: TV I Want to Be Books

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

I already did a top ten Tuesday post on books I want to see as a TV series or film, but there are sooo many shows I watch (and with which I am OBSESSED) that would work really well as a stand-alone or multi-book series. Here are my five favorite!

12monkeys

12 Monkeys: This series has quickly become one of my favorite shows, and it makes me think of a trilogy filled with time travel and romance and time travel and a high-stakes end-of-the-world plot and, oh yeah, TIME TRAVEL. (Inspiration: The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin)

agentcarterAgent Cater: I know that Peggy Carter is part of the MCU, but even ignoring her connection to Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D., I envision a visually muted series of comic issues highlighting her intelligence amid the sexism and misogyny of post-World War II New York. (Inspiration: Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones)

Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters, Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 3, Key Art) - Photo: Liz Von Hoene/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: MastersofSex_S3_KeyArt_300Masters of Sex: The life of William Masters and Virginia Johnson was technically adapted from their biography of the same name, but I want a lush work of literary fiction filled to the brim with both criticism of and nostalgia for the mid twentieth century. (Inspiration: I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale & The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides )

mrrobotMr. Robot: This show just begs for a stand-alone atmospheric thriller filled with tech jargon, an unreliable narrator, and the Hack Of The Century – which only happens half way through so you read into the middle of the night because WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PAGES LEFT??? (Inspiration: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk)

orphanblackOrphan Black: Even good things have to end, so this would be a well-plotted, multi-arc series with kick-ass lady protagonists; multiple, intersecting plots; and an ever-widening conspiracy you just HAVE to figure out. (Inspiration: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown)

Have your own five favorite TV shows you want as books? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Five Favorite: Films Better than Their Books

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

More often than not, the book is better than the film that’s adapted from it, due to its ability to offer WAY more room for intricate plots, characterization, and world-building, details that just don’t fit in a format which has time constraints and focuses on visual story-telling. Sometimes, though, a movie does its source material justice, by faithfully adapting the book into a screenplay without losing too much of what makes the book so good.

Then there are the times when a film is actually better than the source from which it came. Here are my five favorite.

Fight Club, based on Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Moneyball, based on Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Pride & Prejudice, based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Have your own five favorite adaptations better than their source material? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!