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Booking Through Thursday: Nightmare Cast

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading!

This Week’s Question: And, the reverse–which actors have been particularly badly cast in roles of characters you first met in the pages of a book? Do you blame the actors or the writers and other film-people for the failure? Who would you have cast instead?

My Answer: Okay, this is probably the most unpopular opinion of all time and I *can’t* believe I’m going to admit it buutttt… Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. ::Flamesuit ON::

Breathe, folks, and let me explain.

I can’t imagine a different actor playing Harry (or is that just because he was the one cast..? HM!?) and on the whole, Mr. Radcliffe did a fantastic job. He looked the part (minus the eyes – such a huge deal in the books!), he portrayed all the complexity perfectly, etc.

My biggest problem? Book Harry Potter is SASSY and funny. Movie Potter? Not as much…

Now, I understand this has little to do with Daniel and more to do with the script, writers, the director but I’m going to be honest, I missed Sassy Potter. Every summer I re-read the series (creature of habit) and always remember how much I prefer Book Potter over Movie Potter.

Don’t get me wrong: Daniel Radcliffe IS Harry Potter and I can’t think of a re-cast but I so wish that Daniel/the writers made Harry the Sassy Harry that us book fans all came to love.

So, have I been disowned, blogging world? 😉


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Oh Monday. You’re back. UGH.

I *finally* finished The Night Circus (cue the Hallelujah singing cherubs) and posted my review yesterday.

This week I decided to try another Kristin Cashore book!

Graceling was good (see review here) but I was a little underwhelmed and mentioned that I wanted more Bitterblue and Leck… well, my friends, ask and you shall receive! Kinda.

At the suggestion of one of my GoodReads friends, I picked up Bitterblue at the library and am already digging it. SO much better than Graceling! And, I get my Bitterblue along with some Leck, Po, and Katsa tied in. NICE. So far, so good. I hope it keeps up the momentum, mystery, and overall goodness.

In other book related news, I got tickets to see NEIL GAIMAN! Woohoo!! Hubby and I (along with some of my internet book club friends) will be off to be enchanted by NG himself in June. Just stare at his wonderfulness until my post tomorrow, go ahead:


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This week’s list is the “Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most.”

Wow, what a loaded list. It is really difficult for me to choose my top ten all time favorite books, because isn’t that what this list is really asking for? Eek! I’ll do my best. All top tens are subject to change, friends, so don’t hold me to it!

1. The Harry Potter series. You aren’t going to make me just pick one, right? I’d pick Azkaban if I really had to.
2. The Hunger Games series.
3. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
5. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
7. Switched by Amanda Hocking
8. The Other Bolyen Girl by Philippa Gregory
9. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol. 1 by Diana Wynne Jones
10. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey that helps readers stay on top of their reading week!

It’s Spring Break! Woohoo! I’m getting lots of quality time with my books. Right now I’m finishing up Torn by Amanda Hocking and plan on starting The Night Circus Tuesday or Wednesday! I’ve heard wonderful things about the Night Circus and I can’t wait to pick it up. I am a little nervous though… the circus terrifies me. I hope there are minimal/not scary circus elements!

I picked up 3 other books from the library and am so grateful for the time off to be able to enjoy reading!

Have a great Monday!


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Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading!

This week’s question: Happy Spring Equinox, everyone! What book are YOU choosing to celebrate with?

My answer: Ahh, Spring. A time for flowers, prom, young love, and … allergies. My allergy meds and sinus rinse are out and ready. Let’s do this.

Most years in Florida we breeze right over spring and go straight to summer. This year the weather is still cool-ish, which is lovely, but I am more than ready for the flip flops, shorts, bikinis, and 2 months off that the summer brings! So, Spring? Hurry up. 😉

To get to the point, I’m reading Torn by Amanda Hocking.

Torn is #2 in the Trylle trilogy and I am DIGGIN’ it! I’m not super far into it but I love the twist, I still love Hocking’s writing, and I’m feeling massive amounts of troll love. Hocking is too good of a writer.. I can’t put her books down and just love how fresh the Trylle series feels. Hopefully I’ll still be gushing about it when I finish the trilogy.

So, what are you reading?


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Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading!

This week’s question: Does your current mood affect your reading? Affect your choices? I know there are plenty of books I enjoy, but only if I’m in a particular kind of mood–or books that can lift me out of a bad mood without fail. Surely I’m not alone?

My response: Sorta. I don’t typically read any type of sad, realistic, or depressing book. EVER. (Unless we’re talking dystopian and then I’m all in.)It’s just not my style and I’m NEVER in the mood to read those genres or titles that feature a lot of those elements. I’m always reading fantasy-type books because real-world settings just irritate me- I have enough drama and reality in my own life, thank you very much!

I will admit: every once in awhile I will read a sad book if I need a good cry. It happens very rarely.

On the whole, I have to be in a mood to read certain books but I have completely cut out various types of books from my reading diet because I’m never in the mood to read them. 😉