Top Ten TV Shows I Want to Read as Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s TTT topic was supposed to be Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch. But here’s the thing—I don’t watch movies. Seriously, I watch like four a year. And I don’t seek out book to movie adaptions.

So here’s my take on it: TV Shows I’d Want to Read as a Book. 

I love watching TV, and I love reading. But they are very different experiences, and sometimes, I wish that I got to be as connected to characters from TV shows as you are when you read books.

Spoiler alert, most of the TV I watch is old and on Netflix, so bear with me. :/

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  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from the POV of Buffy

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Because of course. I know they made comic books, but I want novels. I want some one-on-one time with Buffy’s brain. Just think about the fight scenes!

2. Buffy, from the POV of Willow

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Second to Buffy, Willow was one of the most badass characters in the show. And by the end of the show, she was magical AF. I would read any part of her story, because she was such a complex character from season one to season seven.

3. The West Wing, from the POV of Ainsely Hayes

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She was definitely the most interesting characters in the show, and her characters make me crack up—always. Her voice in a novel would be so much fun to read.

4. The West Wing, from the POV of Josh Lyman

josh lymanJosh is simultaneously the smartest and the ditziest character on the show, and being inside his head in a narrative form would be hilarious and informative.

5. Sherlock (BBC version), from the POV of Watson

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Because why not? Are you telling me that you don’t want to know the running commentary in his head whenever Sherlock goes crazy.

6. Firefly, from the POV of River

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Can you imagine how COOL this would be?!?! She was the character I was the most curious about, and with the show getting canceled so early (*mandatory rant and moment of silence*), I would definitely appreciate a chance to get to know more about her “I can kill you with my mind” promise.

7. Psych, YA version

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Are you telling me that you wouldn’t want to see Shawn be a psychic detective as a teenager? Because you’re probably lying. This book would be honestly laugh-out-loud funny.

8. Doctor Who, from every possible POV

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I want River Song. I want Rose Tyler. I want Donna Noble. I want the Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor and the sorely under-appreciated Ninth Doctor. I WANT IT ALL!

9. Merlin (BBC version), from the POV of Merlin

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Because the BROMANCE. Also the magic. And the talking to dragons. Pretty much everything.

10. Leverage, from Parker’s POV

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It would basically be a grown up Ally Carter novel–and I LOVE Ally Carter’s books. Count me in!

Summer Wrap Up

School is back.

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Hello, junior year of high school.

Goodbye, amazing summer.

I don’t hate school or anything–once I get into it, I actually enjoy it–but the sudden switch from laziness to forced productivity is a lot to handle. Acclimating to new teachers and new classes is also hard in the beginning, and I’m ready for everything to settle into the usual rhythm.

But less about school, more about summer. I set myself eight goals at the beginning of summer, and I met almost all of them. Here’s a look back at what I accomplished.

1. WRITE

I totally succeeded at this one. I added 30,500 words to my WIP over the course of nine weeks, bringing my total up to 83,800 words. I have to say, this is better than I ever expected from myself. I’m getting close to the end of my second draft, and I have everything left that I need to write plotted out. I am so ready to write THE END on the last page.

I didn’t write short stories, but that’s okay. I wrote a few poems, some of which I shared here.

Most of all, I’m proud that I kept writing, and that I wrote scenes that I actually enjoy. Of everything that I added this summer, I like most of it, and my self doubt has decreased from “crippling” to “mild.”

2. Read 20 books

I read 21!!! YAAAAY.

  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
  • Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt
  • The Thief (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Queen of Attolia (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The King of Attolia (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
  • A Conspiracy of Kings (Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner
  • When Lightning Strikes (1-800-WHERE-ARE-YOU #1) by Meg Cabot
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My favorite new read: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

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Most surprising read: The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Favorite reread: The King of Attolia (no competition, since it’s my favorite book ever)

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3. Keep blogging (at least three posts a week)

Yep, did this one too. I had a total of 37 posts! I can’t say much more on this one, besides that I maintained my goal of writing (in numerous different forms) and that summer laziness never took over.

4. Spend time with friends

CHECK. I hung out with friends a lot, more than I expected I would. Lots of trips to Coffee Bean, lots of lunch hang-outs, lots of good times were had.

5. Catch up on TV shows

I sort of succeeded? I caught up on Doctor Who (season 8), but I didn’t watch the most recent season of Once Upon a Time. On Netflix, I finished up How I Met Your Mother (the ending was whatever…I cried but felt like the last season was completely unnecessary for that pre-planned ending), and started watching White Collar. I’m a few seasons in, and while it isn’t amazingly well written or intense, it is fun to watch.

6. Learn ballet

Well, I had to do this one. I had a ballet summer school class for PE credit, and it was a great experience. I remain loyal to my first love, fencing, but I can definitely see myself taking another class if It fit in my schedule.

7. Finally get my drivers permit

WHOOPS. Nope. That didn’t happen. SSSHHHH

8. Enjoy myself

SUCCESS. I had a really great summer. Lots of new experiences, lots of fun times with friends, lots of relaxation.

Also, my sister made us both amazing steampunk fairy costumes for San Diego Comic Con. Check out her blog here!

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How was your summer? Did you accomplish your goals?

The Fandom Book Tag!!!

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I found this tag over at the Fangirl Fastionista and I knew I had to take part. She just created this tag to combine two of her favorite things: fandoms and books. In her original post, she has a slew of fandoms matched with book themes, but I’m only including fandoms that I’m a part of, or that I have a book that perfectly matches the tagline she created.


Fandoms I’m In

Doctor Who: a book with a mostly blue cover — Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

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I’m always talking about this book, but I can’t get over the adorable love story, the whimsical dystopian setting, and its commentary on the role of civilization in modern life.

Sherlock: A book featuring a a psychopath/sociopath — Bitterblue (Graceling #2, or #3, depending on Fire) by Kristen Cashore

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Though Leck plays a part in all three of the Graceling books, Bitterblue gives the reader an in-depth look at the monster that is King Leck. My skin was crawling the entire time I was reading it, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to reread it, despite the amazing story it contains.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a book featuring a bad ass heroine

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE?

Vin from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Vin is once described as a combination of a noble woman and a cat, and it is so true. She is the ultimate bad ass character who stays in the shadows but can fight with the best of them. In the spirit of Buffy, Vin’s Mistborn abilities give her a supernatural edge and make her fight scenes all the more dramatic.

Once Upon a Time: a book inspired by fairytales — Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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Though it isn’t exactly a fairy tale retelling, Uprooted is inspired by the Grimm fairy tales, and there is a definite mood of bedtime stories that have been turned on their heads. Dark and thrilling, this book takes a fairy tale setting and throws out happily ever after.

Harry Potter: a book featuring magic — Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I haven’t talked about this book in a while, but the breathtakingly beautiful magic in Night Circus reminds me of an adult Harry Potter. I loved the romance that wove its way through this book, and the writing was simply gorgeous. If you haven’t read this book–go get it and read it!


Other Fandoms

Supernatural: a book where the main character comes back to life — The Revenants series by Amy Plum

These are some of my favorite paranormal books. I haven’t reread them in a while because they are on my never-used Kindle, but I remember falling head-over-heels for the romantic and dark story of people whose job it is to die themselves to save other people’s lives.

Game of Thrones: a book featuring dragons — Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey

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This was one of my favorite books when I was a preteen. The classic boy raised by wolves story twisted so that a girl ends up living with dragons on a secluded island. A beautiful story that made me cry my eyes out.

Star Trek: a book featuring aliens or takes place in space — Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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I read this book in sixth grade because my English teacher recommended it–and loved it. I haven’t reread it sense, but I keep meaning to go back and see if I love the sci-fi world as much as I did the first time. I bet I will.

Pretty Little Liars: a book in which people get blackmailed — Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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You want to talk about having your heart ripped out and stomped on? This book does that. But it does it so well that you’ll just want to reread it the second you stop crying (which will probably be a few hours after you finish reading it). The confession of an English (sorry, Scottish) prisoner in Nazi-occupied France, this historical fiction is one of the most powerful stories I’ve ever read.


Fandoms I’m Adding

Because we can’t talk about fandoms without Firefly!

Merlin: a book or series that you wish had gone on longer — The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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I loved that this story was told so simply and well in stand-alone form, but I would die to get to spend more time on that crazy island with Puck and Sean–and the sky and the sand and the sea and Corr.

Firefly: a book that not many people know about, but that you LOVE — The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

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I can’t fangirl about these books hard enough. These books are my life. They’ve got thieves and court intrigue and just enough magical elements–and the sweetest, most heartbreaking romance ever. Gen is my hero.


I want to thank Fangirlfashionista for coming up with this tag! For the rest of the fandom’s, you can check out the original post.

I tag:

Jess @ Princessia of Books

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Nicole @ Nymphadora Winterfell

And anyone else who wants to take part. Have fun!

Top Ten Books I’d Love To See as Movies/TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I remember what day it is.

This week’s topic left me conflicted. First off, I don’t really watch movies–doesn’t matter if they are based on a book or not. Additionally, the idea of making a book into a TV show bothers me because at some point the TV show will need more episodes and it will stray from the original book that I loved so much. TV and books occupy very different parts of my life, and I look for different things in each, so it is hard to say that my favorite books would actually be good TV/movies in the first place.

But we’re not here to have a philosophical discussion about book adaptations into movies/TV shows. So I’m releasing my inhibitions and choosing books whose settings/characters/whatever I think would be amazing to see “in person” (AKA with my real eyes and not my mind’s eye). I’m assuming that graphics would be good, casting would be great, and the book would not be completely abandoned five minutes in (I’m looking at you, that Percy Jackson movie monstrosity). Here goes.

1. The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

I can’t talk about these books enough, it seems. They’ve made most of my Top Ten lists, and every time I say the same thing: the magic in these books is the most unique and complex thing I’ve ever read, and I want it to be real so badly I can’t even describe it. People talk about wanting to get a Hogwarts letter–I want a Mistcloak. I would love to see how this world and it’s magic would be depicted in a movie, and I think watching a Mistborn fly through the air would get me as close as the real world can get me to my personal fantasies.

2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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Beauty queens stranded on a deserted island–it’s a wonder it isn’t a TV show already. I can’t imagine how hilarious this book would be, and I think the character dynamics would work really well on-screen with real people acting them out.

3. The Shadow Falls series by CC Hunter

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These books were not amazing, but they were pretty hilarious, and I think their summer-camp-for-paranormal-creatures setting would really work on screen. Also, the love triangle elements might be more manageable if the books were drawn out into TV show episodes (or maybe I’m just more willing to watch a TV show whose humor is driven by a slightly cheesy premise than read a book with the same factors).

4. The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

This book reads like an action movie. It has all the intrigue, fight scenes, and heart-stopping moments a movie-goer could want, and its cliff-hanger tendencies make it perfect for a TV series that wants to cause its fandom pain between seasons. I would be interested to see how Noise would be depicted, as well as what the spackle would look like. And getting to see Todd and Viola’s relationship develop between “real” people would make their OTP-ness even stronger.

5. The Heist Society series by Ally Carter

Teenage thieves, daring missions, and hilarious dialogue? It would be like YA Chuck meets Leverage. Ally Carter’s books are all so light and humorous, with the perfect dash of ridiculousness that would transition over to the land of TV/movies really well.

6. The Diviners by Libba Bray

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The first time I read this book, I could tell that I was reading a good story–it’s Libba Bray, it’s not like the story will be bad–but the pacing was just a bit too slow for me, and the book was just too long and complex to keep track of as a reader. Being able to see the faces of all of the characters would probably make it easier to remember who is who, and the converging plot lines would be more dramatic than it was when I was reading it, struggling to connect names across hundreds of pages.

7. Angel Burn trilogy by LA Weatherly

The impressive combination of action, romance, and paranormal drama in these books would transition over to TV really well. The premise (evil angels have created a cult of believers to feed on, killing humanity) is unique enough that it wouldn’t just be lost in the slew of paranormal TV shows out there, and the three books have enough plot that I think they could actually stretch out into a viable TV show. I would love to see what the angels looked like, as well as angel burn.

8. Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

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Since this book already reads like a Chick Flick, I would love to see it as a movie. It has the right amount of humor and awkward moments, set in the iconic city of Rome. Also, the protagonist, Bec, is a hacker thrown into the fashion industry who inadvertently gets herself in trouble everywhere she goes. This book turned into a movie would have so much personality.

9. More Than This by Patrick Ness

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This book relies heavily on the unexpected setting. In book form, it was a lot to try to visualize and keep track of, and it slowed down the actual plot. However, the story is really great, and if the setting were physically depicted, I think this would make a really impressive and thought-provoking movie.

10. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black

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Once again, this book is heavily setting-based. However, this book’s setting is vibrant, dramatic, and creepy. It would look amazing on screen, and the good vs evil conflicts of the book would make for dramatic moments in a movie. Also, the characters (with each of their strange personalities) would come alive on screen.