Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (6) - Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

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

Top Five Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show.

There were so many that I had a hard time deciding. All the books I have read have played like movies in my head and in my dreams. These are the ones I picked that could be successful as a movie or tv series. 

1. Abarat by Clive Barker (movie or tv show) - The Abarat series is so crazy and wild that it would make for a great movie/show. The creatures alone would bring it a lot of attention.

2. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (movie) - A different take on the vampire world and the one I find the most intriguing. The characters are dynamic and fun. I love it :)

3. The Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz (movie) - He's a psychic who works as a line cook at a diner and his name is Odd. Literally. 

4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (movie) - Okay, I know that made this into a movie already, but they butchered it. I would like it done some justice. It's a great series that would have done great if interpreted better.

5. Skin by Ted Dekker (movie) - This would make a great thriller/suspense movie. The twist at the end, I didn't even think THAT would happen. It was outrageous, but didn't deter from its awesomeness.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #5: Required Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted @The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks theme is about SCHOOL! With so many schools starting up again for the year, it seems totally appropriate. Though I have been out of school for some time, I still find this topic to be thought provoking. I'll do my best :)

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry - We read this book in the 6th grade. It was thought provoking, if not a little creepy.

2. A Child Called "It" by Dave Pultzer - This book is intense. It brings to light the issue of child abuse from a perspective that has more of an impact. 

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Hobbits? Yessir. Who doesn't hobbits? They have giant, hairy feet and love a good adventure. This book was my favorite in the series because it was the smoothest read and it covered all the back story.

4. Night by Elie Wiesel - The real life account of a concentration camp from the perspective of a little boy is heart wrenching. I literally cried the whole time I read it, but I learned a lot from it.

5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - The power of this piece and the lessons that can be learned from it could be very valuable. 

6. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles - I just love this book. Everyone should read it ;)

7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Definitely for an older crowd, but it's amazing. I think there are a lot of themes that would make fore great discussions or projects. 

8. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen - A must read author for any teenage girl :)

9. The Diary of Anne Frank - Everyone has heard of her at some point, but reading her words really gives you a better understanding of her experiences and the world that she lived in.

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (or another classic romance)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Review: His Roommate's Pleasure by Lana Mcgregor

"It started with an accidental click…but where will it end?

Desperate to turn in a paper, Adam borrows his roommate's computer and mistakenly opens a folder that contains Josh's collection of porn. Adam had no idea that his jock roommate was gay—and into leashes, paddles and domination. And Adam, an inexperienced virgin who's only ever kissed one guy, is surprised to find himself curious about submitting…

Josh can't believe that his roommate discovered his spank bank—and he can't believe that Adam is so turned on by the thought of giving up control to someone. Taking a chance, he offers to look through the photos with Adam…and maybe try acting some of them out.

Night after night, the boys delve into their darkest fantasies of domination and submission. And as lust and experimentation grow into the promise of something deeper, Adam must decide if he's brave enough to tell Josh how he feels." (From Goodreads)

I really enjoyed this short story. I was a little skeptical. I mean, how do you "accidentally" find a porn folder? But Lana Mcgregor really accomplished it. It flowed and made you feel for Adam. You felt his embarrassment and shock. I can't even imagine getting caught watch porn, let alone someone else's.

The characters were real and grew a lot through the story which was also a surprise. Usually the development is lacking in stories this short. I really enjoyed how the stumbled through their relationship together, both inexperienced and new, wanting to experiment with each other. The BDSM wasn't hardcore, but the premise was there. 

The way the communicated with each other through the scenes was refreshing. It seems that in the more intense BDSM novels/novellas, the intimacy is there, but it's different. Adam and Josh shared a shy, tender foray into this world. Learning together what works for them, as a duo and individually. 

Adam and Josh are opposites, but I think that's what drew me too them. Opposites tend to work the best together even though they clash, at least in my experience. The jock and the geeky kid. Unlikely match, but perfect for each other.

This novella deals with a lot: BDSM, first times, homophobia, stereotypes and self-doubt. I would highly recommend this read, it's definitely worth it.