Book Connections

Book to Screen

I am not a huge viewer, I mostly read, but I do see the occasional movie and TV series. I love some adaptations of some books, Anne of Green Gables comes to mind – all versions of viewing  I would happily sit down and watch every so often. Here are five books I’ve read with their screen version thoughts.

book cover I have read all the Outlander books and will read another if or when it publishes. I have the first two DVD’s of the screen version and its on TV too at the moment. And…  so far I  haven’t been able to be a fan of the screen version. I know of many who love it on screen, I know Diana Gabaldon is closely linked to the screen version, but I just prefer the book world.

book cover I am in process of reading Pride and Prejudice but have previously viewed a couple of on screen versions. I have really enjoyed both and would watch again. I think a screen version done really well can lead me to a book and in this case that’s how it worked.

book coverVirgin River series is another set of books I’ve enjoyed and followed through as they were written. I’ve watched most of Season 1 of the onscreen version but fell by the wayside. I know Season 2 is due out soon. I may give it a go, just to see.

book coverThis is a middle grade book I read to my class when I was teaching and we all loved it. Well I gave it five stars anyway! So when I heard there was a movie out for it I wanted to see it. But I never got to the movie theatre for it. However one day it was on TV and I was there for sure. I thought it was done well, held to the spirit and theme of the book and I’d watch it again and re-read the book – I did leave my copy behind in the classroom when I left but can always get another!

book coverLastly one book I read a while back that I don’t remember that well, set around WW2 and  in letter form. I didn’t fall for it as much as many other readers have, but when the movie was on TV I thought I’ll give this a go. I haven’t yet viewed it but have it recorded.  I am anticipating that it will be good and will help me visualise how this all worked out and I suspect and hope it may lead me to re read the book.

So how about you. Is there a screen version that has led you to a book or a book that has led you to the screen version?

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The Way Back Home

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Published: 1st October 2020

Source: The author.

The Way Back Home is the second in the trilogy by Emilie Richards – Homecoming. In the first book we met Krista looking for her sister Rosie, a runaway. Krista felt really ashamed that in the moment Rosie needed her she let her down.

Now in The Way Back Home we meet the lovely Anna Fitzgerald, a staff member at First Day, a place that takes in runaways and offers them the chance of taking a new start in life, and even if they don’t take up that offer, a roof and a bed in the meantime. The runaways are tough, yet Anna is tough herself. Having been on the streets for a number of years, she knows the tricks of the trade. Not much gets past her. She has a wonderful four year old – Ryan and they live in a very small apartment.

And so of course we come to Rosie’s story. I don’t think it takes much deduction for the reader to work out who Anna was in her past. We learned in book one why Anna left home and now we learn of her heartbreaking years on the street. We see her partially back together but not fully healed.

As the story progresses there are a number of twists and turns. Anna is going to find the going challenging, the invitation to take more steps right there. Of course there is a love interest. This is a romance, with taste of women’s fiction and some suspense.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to the final in the trilogy. In this book I met characters I loved and cheered for and a story I wanted to keep on reading. While this is a republication of a book written back some time ago, I think readers will find it stands up well to 2020 reading.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well our elections are over, culminating on Saturday night where I sat glued to the TV and my iPad until I was bug eyed. However pretty early on it was obvious from early on our Labour government was returned with a large majority and won’t  need another party to make a coalition to govern with. But it is expected that Jacinda Ardern our prime minister will include the Greens (environmental sort of party) in some form of it.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

This seems to be a follow up to The Printed Letter Bookshop, set in the same street with a few old and some new characters.

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Still listening to Seabreeze Inn.

Up next:

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Return to Virgin River.  Robyn Carr

Australian Authors I Favour

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Australian Authors I Favour

There are some Australian authors who have become authors I like to pick up anything that is published that they write. I recognise USA readers may not be able to access these books, but because Australia is my country’s nearest neighbour they are sold here.

The authors I choose of course are because of my particular reading bent, but there are many, many more very gifted Australian authors.

book coverI have just finished this book by Fiona Palmer.  I first came across her when I read her novel Brothers and Sisters. In Tiny White Lies she writes a very compassionate story of two families facing a number of issues. It engaged me, its well written and well worth reading. I am still thinking of her two women characters. 

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Rachael Johns is another Australian author I’ve been reading in recent years. She often writes rural romance although she writes very good women’s fiction as well and Flying the Nest is her most recent. My review will be published soon, but in a nutshell what happens when your husband suggests you nest parent!

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Fiona Lowe might be my top Australian author even though I’ve so far only read a couple of her books.  I’ve chosen Home Fires to place here as it impacted me in a way that I still remember the story. I guess in this day we here so much about towns being swept through by fire and this book brought it totally home to me. Apart from that it has plenty of drama and mystery.

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Natasha Lester tends to write historical novels and those that I have read have been well worth it.  She pens absorbing tales that enlighten the reader about the particular time period. I prefer contemporary novels but I will pick up an historical written by Natasha Lester.

Anne Gracie writes romance and I have enjoyed some of them. Her Chance sister quartet of books is a set I have particularly enjoyed. A lot of fun and strong female characters. I have one of her books sitting waiting for me to read on my bookshelf Marry in Scandal.

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Review

Return to Virgin River. Robyn Carr

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Published: Harlequin: Mira
Date: 13th October 2020
Source: Little Bird Publicity via NetGalley

Return to Virgin River – I thought we were finished with books in this series and it was with a little bit of  trepidation that I picked up this one to read. Of course I always will want to return to Virgin River. I’ve loved the previous 18 in the series – but could #19 do justice to the series? Well it’s a big YES from this reader.

I loved how Robyn Carr brings Kaylee, newly grieving the loss of her mother to spend some time in Virgin River, and to add to that Kaylee is a writer, struggling to finish a book that is really due in very soon. Very soon she is wrapped up by the arms of this small community, and especially welcomed by an artist/dog trainer when she finds herself without a place to stay.

It’s set in the three months leading up to Christmas, and Virgin River does those months really well. If there is going to be only one Christmas book that you read this year, make it this one. It made me sad as some of the characters struggled with loss, but it warmed my heart with the kindness and outreach of so many.

Many of the Virgin River characters make little cameo entrances, especially of course Jack and Mel. It was great to see them all and still all looking out for each other and those who are new as well.

There are animals involved. Be warned – your heart will be captured by them.

A very satisfying, heart warming and wise read. I know it’s part of a series, but it would read fine as a standalone.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well we are now almost mid October! This week I voted. No! Not in the USA election but in my own NZ elections which are on at the moment. Voting day is Saturday, but pre voting can happen and I like that. Not long queues. There has been a higher turnout of pre voting this time around.  Though really who’d want to be government at the moment in these times.

So I’ve been watching some of our political debates and some of the USA. I’ve never been so “political!”

What I read last week:

Hideaway was an okay read but January LaVoy takes the book to a whole new level. Her narration is superb. A Place for Us was well written but I am not one for timelines that swing back and forward. I get that it put more drama in but it distanced me from the characters.

What I am reading now:

I am two thirds through this so most likely will finish today.
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I am also listening to…

Up next:

By Australian author. This one has the most reserves at the library out of the three that I have so I am beginning with this one first.  It is a family drama with… lies!!

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Five Audiobooks I Plan to Listen to Soon

I love a good audiobook. A well written book in the hands of a really good narrator is the ultimate. I am just looking ahead to what I want to pick up very soon to listen to. I am not sure which will be first, but it will be one from this list.

I already own Born a Crime so this one has to be up there to listen to very soon

I recently listened to #3 in this series and its made me put this one way up the list of TBL books.

Due to be published mid October and this is certainly on my soon to be listened to list. I love this series set on Mure.

I enjoy Sarah Morgan’s books and this is her latest and will be a good listen no doubt near Christmas.

I’d put this one into my TBR after seeing Elizabeth from Silver Reviews recommend. And it looks good and summery and well summer is advancing here in NZ!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.   Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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I hope you all had a great week. I’ve spent most of this post trying to figure out how WordPress works in these blocks layout. Driving me crazy but I’ve got something together!

When I went back to the library to return my books I enquired at the desk and found my card had been handed in. Funny how happy I was to be reunited with it!

I did have a good reading week. Sometimes reading just goes down smoothly. Really enjoyed them all. Poet X was a surprise to me in that I zipped through it. I almost just returned it to the library but decided to give it a go. Loved it! YA coming of age story written in a kind of a verse. Very moving.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

I am just starting to read this today from my TBR shelf.

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And I am listening to

Up next:

A review book.

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Last Week’s Posts

Month in Review for September

Writers in Characters in Books

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Writers as Characters in Books

These are mostly books with authors who have lost the ability to sit down and write! I’ve just finished Beach Read and it put me in mind of other books I’ve read where there is an author who is finding the writing daunting, or has to get away to finish the book.

book cover In Beach Read we have January – a romance author who just can’t get the deadline book written. She has lost her father in the last year and has had another nasty shock as well and she really isn’t dealing. She goes to the beach house her father has left her, and finds out her neighbour is Gus, a literary fiction writer and they went to writing college together. And so the tango begins.  Emily Henry will eventually get January to the place where she can write, but how she does that… well I can’t give that away.  I don’t think this book is a beach read, or an out and out romance, more a mash up of sorts!

book coverAnother book I’ve just recently read also has a romance author struggling to write. Kaylee has just recently experienced a loss and takes off to Virgin River to write in a quiet spot where she can hopefully write. Will Virgin River be able to work that kind of magic for her?

book cover Another by Robyn Carr, this time a stand alone from quite awhile back -1999. One of my keepers. This has just not one author in the book but a group of friends who are authors and all struggling in one way or another, but especially over the death of a friend. I feel a reread coming along.

book coverI really enjoyed this book, it was excellent. Again it is about four writers. One of them has her life fall apart and the other three come to her rescue. To help her they co author her book that must be written to meet a deadline. Of course no one else knows that. Each chapter starts with a wonderful little quote that are gems in themselves. It is extremely well written and once started fully engages the reader. As I was reading I found plenty to enjoy and ponder on. Another keeper on my bookshelf from 2009 and I need a reread of this one too.

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This book back in around 2001 had Molly Somerville her loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children’s book series but the rest of her life could use some improvement. Well all the books by SEP are on my keeper’s shelf and so here it is. The fun thing about going back to relook at some of these is to see who has read it and what they thought on Goodreads about it, readers I now follow. We aren’t all in agreement but that’s okay. Another one I need to reread. I have this in paperback but originally I listened to the audio by Anna Fields which of course is a gem in itself.

 

Any other books you’ve read that have authors in them as characters? Let me know I might love that kind of book!

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Month in Review

September Reading

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Total books read this month: 8

That’s not a lot of books! However the main thing is that I enjoyed all of them, they were good reads. Two were audiobooks. Three off my own shelf and one review book and two library books.

New to me authors:

So five out of the eight books were new to me authors. Of those I’d say Saumya Dave interested me the most, but would happily read another book by the others too.

Amy Byler

Emily Henry

Sonia Kamal

Saumya Dave

Phoebe Fox

Top Book for September

This might not be the “best” book, but it was one I so enjoyed, its romantic suspense, a genre I like, and Karen Rose spins a tale that while at times gruesome, has characters I really like. I am not sick of her books yet!

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Looking forward to books publishing in October

Doesn’t mean I’ll read them in October but… these three will be on my shelf soon as they are published. I can’t make up my mind as to whether I’ll read or listen to the Jenny Colgan one. The narrator of this series so far has me hooked so if its the same one will most likely go the audio way.

Main Reading Goals for October

I’d like to read some of those books already on my shelf. I have library books coming in that make me read them first because others are waiting. However this month I’d like to take books already on my shelf or Kindle at 1st October and…

  • read four books at least from my actual shelf
  • read two books on my Kindle
  • read one book at least outside my wheelhouse
  • reread one book

Incoming Books for September

Purchased

I bought a couple of replacement books, I must have loaned them out, then think I’d like to reread a book and its missing!

Library Books

From NetGalley

Nada

Audio Books bought from Audible

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Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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