Top Ten Tuesday: Book-To-Movie Adaptations I Haven’t Seen

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I am SUCH a lazy movie-watcher. I don’t know why. Even when I’m excited about a movie, it may be years before I finally get around to it. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.

Haven’t seen yet…

The Martian – How in the holy hell have I not seen this movie yet??? I looooooved the book. And while I wasn’t enthusiastic about Matt Damon being the main character, by all accounts it’s still a damn good movie. It has so many of the things in my wheelhouse – space, and humor, and awesomeness. Hopefully I’ll see it soon. Hopefully.

Horns – Another fantastic book, probably my favorite Joe Hill novel. Again, don’t love the casting but I still really want to see it. It’s on Netflix, so maybe one of these nights.

The Great Gatsby – Alright, I’ll give myself a bit of a break on this one. I read Gatsby, but I’m not a super-fan. I really just want to see this movie eventually because reasons.

Lord of the Rings trilogy – I’ve seen most of these… maybe 10 years ago. And didn’t pay attention to them because I had no interest. But now I DO have an interest and want to see them, but damn, they’re SO long and there’s three of them. I can barely get myself to watch one regular length movie.

The Hobbit movies – I’ve heard they kind of suck and I’m irritated they split one tiny book into three big movies… but since I haven’t actually read The Hobbit yet, maybe I’ll get a kick out of em.

Will probably see when they come out…

Deadpool – Actually, I will see this on the day it comes out if time allows. And I can say this with confidence, because I know at least three other people that will want to see it just as much.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – I will probably play hooky with my sister and go see, because yay Harry Potter things.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – I wanted to like the book so much, but just could not get through it. But it’s probably PERFECT movie material. Will probably be one of those things that even if it’s bad, it’ll be great.

Suicide Squad – Will most likely see because again, I know people that will want to go. I am kinda-sorta looking forward to it. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of faith in DC movies. But I like Will Smith, and I like really crazy characters so Harley Quinn should be interesting.

Batman vs Superman – Kind of the same deal. I don’t think it’s going to be great… the trailers bore the hell out of me. And personally, I can’t stand Batman. But maybe it’ll be fun, who knows.

Any book or comic movies that you’re excited to see?



Coming to NYC in a couple weeks! And other stuff.

I really, really wish I was going to NYC this weekend for Book Riot Live. But I’m not, cause things didn’t work out that way. I AM however going to NYC in a couple weeks, to see my family. Woohoo! It’s only going to be for a couple days, but still. I’m looking forward to driving everyone crazy because I HAVE to go to The Strand, and at least one comic shop. And the fooooood, if anyone knows of delicious, semi-cheap places to eat then please tell me.

The major downside is that I was originally planning on binge-watching Jessica Jones when it comes out on the 20th, and now I probably won’t be able to watch it until after work that Monday. Damn damn damn damn. It looks so great.

In other news… nothing much. Wedding planning is going – finally got the invitations done, and we got our wedding bands which I looooove and cannot wait to wear. It’s only like 2 months away, but it also feels like that’s AGES away.

I haven’t read much so far this week, which is a bummer. I started Last God Standing but having a hard time sticking with it. I devoured volume 4 of Fables, and I’m trying to wait to start the next volume. Gotta pace myself.

Work has been relatively busy, but not like crazy working-a-billion-hours busy, which is nice. Honeyman started a new job that has him working some odd hours, but on the plus side it’s making it a leeeeetle bit easier for me to get my ass up early to hit the gym before work. Okay so it’s only been like 2 times, but still.

Soooo I guess that’s all the news I have? It’s not much, I know. This is probably why I’ve gotten away from doing Sarah Sunday posts. Ah well.


October Mini-Review Recap

Heeeyyyy there October, you were pretty nice to me.

I read 11 books in October! First time this year in the double-digits, I believe. Were some of those books ridiculously short? Yes, but so what. Also managed 57 issues of comics because I finally finished my damn The Walking Dead: Compendium One re-read.

Alright, so let’s see what I thought of the books.


Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – Heartbreaking and wonderful and I need my own copy. Audiobook was pretty enjoyable, but let to tearing up while driving sometimes.


When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – Ha! Fun romance that toyed with the “beauty and the beast” mythology with a little bit of Dr. House mixed in. Will read more of Eloisa James.


The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by JK Rowling (ahem Robert Galbraith, stupid alias…) – Such a fun and interesting series and I’m annoyed now because the third book is out and I’m number 60 on the waiting list at the library. And it’s not even available for me on Overdrive. The wait it driving me nuts.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – Delightfully fun and ridiculous; I flew through the 500+ pages. Excited to read the sequel soon.


Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Good novel, sad since it’s about an abusive dad. I didn’t love the ending though.


Under the Skin by Michel Faber – This is my second Faber, and if it had been my first I don’t think I would’ve sought out anything else by him. The more I reflect on it the more I appreciate it, but for a good chunk of the book I had no idea what the hell was going on. Creepy.


Cybersexism by Laurie Penny – Lots of head-nodding in agreement, but would’ve liked it to be longer and more in-depth.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – LOVED this sci-fi novella. Go read it.

Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri – A short story really, but it was good. I don’t know why I haven’t read more Lahiri.

A Leaf on the Wind of All-Hallows by Diana Gabaldon – This is an Outlander novella that I’ve read before, but re-read via audio thanks to Scribd. As you can guess, good for Halloween time. I can’t wait to re-read the whole series soon, I miss it.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez – My “book translated to English” for the Book Riot “Read Harder” challenge. Kind of disturbing, but maybe a good intro to his work? Sadly, I haven’t read any others yet. I read this in about a day and forgot to take a picture of it before getting to back to the library. Whoops.

Stats time!


Books read: 11

Female authors: 8 (73%)

Non-white authors: 5 (45%)

Format breakdown: 3 print, 6 e-book, 2 audiobook

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 57

Female authors/illustrators: 0 (OUCH)

Non-white authors/illustrators: 6

Format breakdown: 8 print, 49 e-book

Comics stats are not great this month. No ladies! And that’s an awful lot of digital, but again, that damn TWD Compendium. I had it on my Kindle Fire thanks to an old Humble Bundle purchase. I don’t think I could’ve read that giant thing if it hadn’t been in digital form.

Lots of good books this month! Have you read any of them?



November Monthly TBR

I joined in on Andi’s #15in31 challenge for October, and while I didn’t succeed I did better than I expected – I read 11 books in October. Were some of them pretty short? Yeah, but who cares. I also managed 57 issues of comics, so October was pretty decent. My only regret is that I didn’t get to some books that I was looking forward to, but eh – I’ll get to them eventually. I might make December a “catch-up” month, in which I just aim to read books that were on previous TBRs but I still haven’t read.

Anyways, let’s see what’s on the table for November!


From top to bottom:

  • Last God Standing by Michael Boatman – Actually, I’ve had this on my shelf for a while and I really do want to read it now. It’s about God skipping out to be a stand-up comedian, I mean come on.
  • US(a.) by Saul Williams – NEW SAUL WILLIAMS POETRY. And apparently written after he traveled abroad and then came back to the US. I happened to see this on an endcap at Barnes and Noble yesterday and instantly bought it.
  • Doughnut by Tom Holt – I have no idea how I stumbled upon Tom Holt, but he appears to write humor fiction and that’s a thing I love. This one is about a guy whose hit a bit of a rough patch in life after blowing up the Very Very Large Hadron Collider, and then his physicist friend dies and leaves him a safety deposit box. I’m not 100% sure, but I think what happens involves quantum physics and a doughnut. So weird, so in my wheelhouse.
  • On Immunity by Eula Biss – I’m not that interested in the to vaccinate or not to vaccinate debate, but I have the audiobook too and it was on Book Riot’s list for “published by an indie press” for the Read Harder challenge, so what the hell. It’s short.

On the Kindle:

  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – Got this on SUCH a good deal last month, super excited to read it. She writes really great sci-fi.
  • 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James – Honestly, I read the first chapter and I don’t know if I can make it all the way through. I need a “guilty pleasure” book for the Read Harder challenge, so I got this on Overdrive… I figured it’s a book that I would feel kind of awkward reading, and I’ll get pleasure out of hate-reading it. On the plus side, these books were a huge phenomenon in the book world, so I’ll have the experience of reading the first book to back up any discussion on it.


  • Fables (volumes 4 and 5) by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – I just got volumes 4 through 7 from my comic shop – I’m going to read these two this month, and save the other two for December. I have been itching to get back to the Fables world, so hella excited about these. The only reason I haven’t started them yet is because I wanted to finish TWD Compendium 1 first.
  • a bunch of new Marvel titles – November is when all of the All-New, All-Different titles I’m psyched for are coming out (Ultimates, Vision, ANAD Avengers, new Thor, new Hulk, new Ms. Marvel, etc…)

November is going to be busy – trying to go to NYC one weekend to see my family, then there’s Thanksgiving, and wedding planning stuff… but here’s hoping I can read all of these and more!

What’s on your radar this month?


Top Ten Tuesday: A Reader’s Wishes

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Ohhhh man, wishing is always fun. This week’s topic is 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me. Let the high hopes begin!

  1. A credit card just for books and comics that I never have to pay on.
  2. A library room in my house with an infinite amount of room – kind of like Hermione’s magic purse.
  3. More hours in the day for more reading.
  4. A much better memory so I can remember all of the things I read.
  5. For the Outlander series to never end.
  6. For J.K. Rowling to write more books set in the Harry Potter universe.
  7. To have my own moderately successful bookstore/comic store.
  8. For publishing to become more diverse and more equal, at every possible level.
  9. For book awards to be aired on TV like a big red-carpet event.
  10. To find more like-minded female readers in my area so we can have an awesome book/comic club, or to move to a city with a more active book and comic culture.
  11. To go on an international literary trip to see fancy libraries, classic author’s houses and graves, visit blogging buddies, shop at famous bookstores, etc.
  12. For reading to burn as many calories as running.
  13. For people in the literary world to be better paid – especially authors, librarians, and booksellers.
  14. A national reading holiday, that everyone gets off of work.
  15. For everyone to experience the reading of a really great book, and then another, and then another…



Mini-books = Mini-reviews


I read a lot of short little things for the readathon this past weekend, so I figured they’d all add up to one post at least.

Cybersexism: Sex, Gender, and Power on the Internet by Laurie Penny – I mainly know Laurie Penny from Twitter, and haven’t gotten around yet to reading one of her full-length books. This short ebook was interesting, all important points on how men attempt to silence women in the internet – but probably too short to do the subject matter much service.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – What a great novella! The main character comes from a culture of people who live in the dessert and rarely leave, so when she is the first of her kind invited to go to an intergalactic university to study, her parents won’t here any of it. She leaves home to follow her passion, but on her journey encounters a terrible danger – and her uniqueness might be the very key to her survival. SUCH a good read, and has me even more excited to read Okorafor’s new novel, Lagoon (which is currently $1.99 on Kindle, BTW, so perfect time to check out her work if you haven’t yet.)

Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri – This is actually a short story in one of Lahiri’s collections, Unaccustomed Earth, but I bought this for 99 cents because I thought it might be good readathon material and I was right. It’s the story of the narrator’s mom, and how she falls in love with a man that isn’t her husband. Unrequited love to the max, I tell ya, but it was beautiful and intriguing. I really really need to read more Lahiri.

Total cost for these was $6. Totally worth it. Do you have any short stories or novellas to recommend? I think I’m going to need to stock up again before the next readathon.


#READATHON wrap-up


Still reading on the left, books and comics finished on the right

Closing Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you? Too many of them! I was not well-rested enough for it this time around.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Binti and Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus are really good novellas – though PDNTTO is a part of the Newsflesh trilogy by that author.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? A hour-long Twitter chat, maybe at the half-way point, would be REALLY fun I think. And give me an extra energy boost.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The challenges were very awesome!
How many books did you read? 3 novellas / short stories and 3 comics. And I’m about halfway through Purple Hibiscus, and 20% into PDNTTO. I wish I’d read more… or that I was already in the middle of a good book when the readathon started.
What were the names of the books you read? Just look at the stuff on the right in the picture above, I’m too lazy to type all that.
Which book did you enjoy most? Binti.
Which did you enjoy least? Martian Manhunter #1. Ugh, DC.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not, but hopefully I will be the next time around.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Well of course I’m gonna participate during the next readathon – probably as a Cheerleader actually, I haven’t done that in a long while.

Alright – I’m going to through chicken in the crockpot for tacos later and go finish my books. And maybe sneak in some video game time, because my brain might need a break from words on a page.


#READATHON mid-point update


Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Might take a break from it soon to read a short story or comics or something.
2. How many books have you read so far? I’ve read two novellas so far – really tiny really, like 96 and 42 pages each. I definitely did not get enough sleep last night so I dozed a lot in the morning.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Finishing Purple Hibiscus and… I don’t know what else. I might start Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. Oh and I have Nailbiter and Midnighter comics to read.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Zero interruptions, except for naps and running out to grab extra snacks to get through the night.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How extra awesome the challenges are! Or maybe I’m just checking in more often than I usually do. I’ve participated in at least 6 so far, which is practically unheard of for me.



Back to it then, shall we?


It’s #READATHON time!


Alright, I’m ready to get this party started! As always, thanks to the many folks who put the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon together every 6 months – y’all are the best. And fellow readathoners – looking forward to hanging out with you all day!

I’m going to attempt to stay up the full 24 hours, but let’s be real – I’ll probably take a nap or two. I have the apartment to myself and not a damn thing to do today, so I’m gonna be pretty relaxed  :)

The books in my pile:

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – Novella I’ve been REALLY excited to read.
  • Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri – Short story.
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – Got this from the library, I just wanted some horror in my pile.
  • Imitation by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Short story.
  • Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – I’ve also been super excited to read this, and it’s only $1.99 on Kindle right now, so if you’re looking for a good sci-fi/fantasy/magical realism read… I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be awesome.
  • Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus by Mira Grant – A kinda new Newsflesh novella.
  • The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan – I’ve had this on my Kindle for a while, and I want to read it while I’m still engaged (because I’m a dork).
  • Cybersexism by Laurie Penny – Feminist essay I guess? It’s non-fiction, and really short.
  • More Than Human by Ramez Naam – More non-fiction, because sometimes I need my brain to be exercising.
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina – Seriously I’ve been meaning to read this for like a year.
  • Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne – This month’s Vaginal Fantasy pick. I’ve been wanting to join this book club/group run by Felicia Day, but man I wish I wasn’t starting when the theme was Western romance. We’ll see how it goes…
  • Comics! Comics! Comics!

AND I have a ton of stuff on Scribd I can dive into. Alright, it’s less than 15 minutes till we start now, so I should probably wrap this up with the Intro meme questions:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Western NY
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Binti, I’ve been wanting to start it for days now but I’ve been saving it for the readathon.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Two-minute dip! (Cream cheese, turkey chili, and shredded cheese spread/layered on a plate and microwaved for two minutes. It’s not fancy but man it’s so good. Eat with tortilla chips.)
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m getting married in 83 days!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ve been joining in on the readathon for YEARS. Don’t know that I’ll be doing anything new this year, except maybe not setting book/page goals. This might been the first time I’ve had zero errands to run or chores to do.

I’ll have my laptop open all day and my phone right next to me, so feel free to chat! I’m @SarahSaysRead on pretty much everything. Let’s do this!!


It’s FRIDAY and I feel like doing a post



  • I’m tired and cold. Coffee is helping just a little bit.
  • Didn’t manage to get a post up this week… but that’s okay. I finished the second Cormoran Strike book (it was really good) but I probably won’t review it because reviewing sequels just isn’t really fun. Also finished Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and that was pretty good, so I’ll try to get around to reviewing it… we’ll see.
  • I’m trying to build an Access database from scratch for work. Fun! It actually really is, but also frustrating because I’m really teaching myself by screwing around with it and there are things I can’t figure out. My job has a training website with a bunch of Access lessons on it, but they’re only so-so.
  • We booked our venue/caterer! Woohoo! Hardest, most annoying hurdle cleared. Which is good because I get married in like 84 days.
  • It’s the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon tomorrow and I have literally nothing to do but read and eat all day. It’s gonna be glorious.
  • The Walking Dead is back on and the first episode was pretty good… would’ve preferred a bit more action. Fanboys at Large podcast had some pretty amusing commentary on it.
  • Wedding hashtag generators are pretty damn amusing. My favorite one was a variation of #TrelandPutARingOnIt but someone already used it, LOL. HILARIOUS. (On a sweet note, it bothers Treland that there’s no guy version of the engagement ring, which is adorbs. We’re both pretty excited to have wedding bands soon.)
  • The first Democratic debate was amusing but ultimately a letdown.
  • In a little over a month, Marvel’s Jessica Jones premiers on Netflix and there is a big chance I may take that day off work to just be home and binge-watch. I know it’s not going to be quite as good as Daredevil, but I bet it’ll be close.

Alright, I got stuff to do. Hope everyone has a good weekend! And I apologize in advance if I post a ton tomorrow, but you know… readathon. #noshame