October Books and Films

BOOKS:

Another month has passed, and a good reading month it was for me. I’ve posted reviews for most of the books I read in September, excepting the last two which are coming soon, but here’s a list of all of them in order and what rating I gave them:

I finished off Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, which was a reread that I started the month before. (5/5)

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson (4/5)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (4/5)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (4/5)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (5/5)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (4/5)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (5/5)

The Judas Deer by Sue Hampton (Soon to be rated)

Yes, that’s right, eight books, and nine if you’re counting The Maze Runner by James Dashner, which I started on the last day of the month, but only read about 50 pages of. Because it’s new I’m going to introduce my rating system. 1 star means I HATED it. One of my least favourite books. 2 stars means I quite disliked it and had to struggle to get through it. 3 stars means it was reasonably entertaining and I enjoyed it. 4 stars means there was something special about it, but I wouldn’t call it a favourite. 5 stars is quite rare, a book that blew my mind and could be one of my favourites. As you can see I had a fantastic reading month. It’s rare for me to have nothing below 4 stars (if you don’t count The. Judas Deer which I haven’t decided on a rating for yet, but it will definitely be at least 3 stars). Even better is that there are two 5 stars books, two books that I could add to my favourites list, and these were The Book Thief and Gone Girl (not counting Harry Potter as it’s a reread and quite obviously one of my favourites).

So I’ve decided I’m going to pick a favourite book of the month each month, which is going to be especially hard for September. I’m not going to choose the Deathly Hallows, because as I said before, it’s a reread and I knew I would love it. That just leaves my two 5 star books, The Book Thief and Gone Girl.

If you’ve read my Gone Girl review you’ll know how much that book blew me away. If you haven’t read it just know that I absolutely adored this book and would recommend it to anyone. The twist was amazing and the ending just so perfect. The characters were so good and twisted and flawed, but still weirdly likeable. Easily my favourite thriller and one of my favourite books.

I haven’t released my review for The Book Thief yet, but I’ll give you a short summary of my opinion now. This book took me around two weeks to finish (although it was 500 pages long). To be fair, part of the reason for this was that I had to stop reading for a few days to finish The Judas Deer, but I don’t think it was a problem that I didn’t speed through this book. It’s a slow burner, and over that time I grew to love that characters as I followed them through several years. The best thing though was the writing style. I’m pretty sure Markus Zusak is a genius. The narrator of this book was Death to start with, and his voice was just perfect. He used the craziest metaphors that somehow worked and he wrote some of the most beautiful passages I’ve ever read. And that ending… Well, you’ll just have to read it for yourself.

This is going to be extremely difficult, and I know these two books will always hold a place in my favourites list, and they’re both so different and equally great in their own ways, but my gut instinct is telling me to go for Gone Girl, just because of the massive impact it made on me, and because I still haven’t stopped thinking about it weeks later. So that’s my answer, Gone Girl.

It was recently my birthday, so I’ll just tell you about some of the books I’ve aquired that you may be seeing reviews of pretty soon.

Firstly, I received an amazing gift of the whole Mortal Instruments series, which I’ve been dying to read (in fact, it’s really quite shameful that I haven’t already). I’m hoping to read them before the end of the year, so hopefully that won’t prove too much handle, with all the other books I need to read. I’m going to mention all my other birthday books in my next books and films post for November, but I couldn’t resist putting these in here.

I wanted to mention those first, but there were also some books I bought myself. Firstly we have The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell. A new release nominated for the Man Booker prize. I’ve wanted to read a David Mitchell for a while now, and I’ll probably start with Cloud Atlas, but the cover on this book was just so beautiful, I couldn’t not buy it. It was really cheap for a new release hardcover and the back quote was so intriguing. Here it is:

‘What is born must one day die. So says the contract of life, yes? I am here to tell you, however, that in some cases this iron clause may be… Rewritten.’

I also discovered something amazing: Asda. The books there are SO cheap, you wouldn’t believe it. I managed to pick up 5 books, one of them a new release hardcover, for only £20 of leftover last years birthday and christmas money. These are the books I bought:

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black (Hardcover!)

Serena by Ron Rash (Movie cover. Excited to read it and see the film)

Paper Towns by John Green

Gone by Michael Grant

Thirteen by Tom Hoyle

I hope to read Paper Towns before the year ends (especially since the movie comes out next summer!). I might be buddy reading it with a friend, but we’ll see. I’ll also definitely be reading the Iron Trial this month, as it was my TBR jar pick of the month.

This is also a new thing I’m introducing. I’ve put the names of all my unread books in a jar and each month I’ll pick out three and pick which one I want to read that month. This month I picked out Solitaire by Alice Oseman (so excited to read this as well), The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and The Iron Trial, and although it was very hard to pick between these three, I obviously chose the latter. So with that on mind, here are the books I plan to read this month, in a vague order:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (I’ve almost finished this one and will be seeing the movie on the weekend).

The Shack by Wm. Paul Young (sounds like an intriguing read, and I’ve borrowed it so I’ll have to give it back before the end of the month).

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (just because I’m desperate to read it and find out the twist).

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (I’m going to read this book, watch the first two movies, and then I’ll be ready to see the last one in the cinema).

I’m not sure whether I’ll read the Hobbit really slowly or speed through it, but if I have time at the end of the month I might read Where She Went by Gayle Forman, if I have even more time, who knows?

The final section of the part is books being released in October. It’s a big month for Percy Jackson fans, and a sad one too, as the final book to ever to feature Percy and co. is being released, ‘The Blood of Olympus’. We’ve also got the third book in the Raven Quartet, ‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ by Maggie Stiefvater. Finally there’s the final book in the Mara Dyer series, ‘The Retribution of Mara Dyer’. I want to read all these series, although the only one I’ve actually read is the Heroes of Olympus series. I really need to get up to date!

 

MOVIES:

The movies I’ll be seeing this month are vaguely as follows:

Dracula Untold (I’ve already seen this and the review will be up soon, but overall I’ll say don’t waste your time on it, it was pretty terrible).

The Maze Runner

The Judge

And the plans for the rest of the month are pretty sketchy, although the film I may be seeing at home include ‘Lost in Translation’ and you may be seeing some reviews for ‘Gran Torino’ and ‘The Green Mile’, which was so fantastic that it’s quickly becoming one of my favourites of all time. I’m also hoping to finish the Ouran High School Host Club anime series and review that too.

Some other films being released this month include:

The Best of Me

Love, Rosie

Horns

Mr. Turner (which I am possibly seeing but not in October).

Finally I’d like to vent some energy. I am so dissapointed not to be seeing the ‘Gone Girl’ movie. It was quickly becoming my most anticipated film of the year, the trailers looking outstanding, David Fincher is great, and the shots that I’d seen so far were beautiful. The casting was perfect and I was incredibly excited. And then it was rated 18. No! So I suppose I’m explaining why I won’t be seeing that movie, because no cinema worker in their right mind could mistake me for 18. Just a few more years… I will probably review it when it comes out on DVD, but until then I’ll just endure some physical pain every time I see the poster.

BOOKS AND MOVIES:

So here’s where I talk about book to movie adaptation news. First up, the Paper Towns movie has finally got some more cast! Cara Delavigne will be playing Margo alongside Nat Wolff as the main character.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a book I am dying to read, has a cast, nine of which are very high profile, but we have director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who has in his career directed American Horror Story and Glee, so positives all round.

Thats about it for now, but look out for my Book Thief, Judas Deer and Dracula reviews, and everything else I’ve mentioned here. Have a good month!