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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Secondary Characters

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This Week’s Top Ten Tuesday’s Topic is My Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters —

Hey Everyone! I’ve missed my Top Ten Tuesdays and I’m back – so check out my favorite book secondary characters and share what you think too – if you have a blog, share your link, and if not – please just share in the comment space – I think it’s awesome to share some spot light on the characters we so often tend to pass by!! So here we go!

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)#1 — Love “The Hunger Games” By Suzanne Collins – and I LOVE Cinna and Haymitch. I couln’t pick just one here – they both place such important part’s in Katniss’s life during this awful time. I also love they chose L Kravitz and Woody Harrelson to play them in the movie – great choice!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) #2 – Roar from “Under the Never Sky” series by Veronica Rossi. I love Roar for his dedication and his friendship and his general awesomeness – seeing his story with Liv killed me but I hope better things are to come for this awesome guy!

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2) #3 — I just devoured this series – “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover and am a huge fan of Will and Lake – but their story may have ended too early without the help of the amazing young people in their lives – First Kiersten – so smart and wise for her young age and played a curcial role in that big Slam moment and then Caulder and Kel – The book would not have been the same without them. An honorable mention to Eddie and Gavin too – but the little ones really stole my heart!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) #4 — “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire. One of my favorite stories ever – and like the above I cannot go without mentioning 2 characters here, they are equally important and the story would not have been the same without them – America and Shep and I loved their love almost as much as Travis and Abby’s love. Great characters!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) #5 — “The Mortal Instrument” Series by Cassandra Claire – while thinking about secondary characters I could not leave Simon or Magnus withiout mention – Simon in particular — He was so loyal to Clary right to the point he got himself into an unimaginable situation — You could not ask for a better friend.

Twilight (Twilight, #1) #6 — “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer. For this all I have to say is Alice – I love her pixie like character who was Bella’s friend from the first moment she came into the picture – literally. She planned the wedding and was so integral to the story in more ways than one..

Rule (Marked Men, #1) #7 — “Rule” by Jay Crownover: I love this story – the rough and tough guy being brought to his knees by love. The story would not have happened without some amazing back up characters – Ayden for Shaw (who gets her own story in the next book with Jet) and Nash/Rome for Rule. I also love Cora who comes to play a bigger role in the next book. A lot of great supporting characters here —

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1) #8 – “Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park: This is another favorite re-reader story and my first thought as a secondary character was Celeste – and yes she is crucial, but I think the true supporting character here is Finn who made it all happen — if you read the story you know what I mean, and he absolutely holds a special place in my heart – Read it if you have not and if you have – You know how important Finn was to this story… He was Flat out necessary to this story!

Left Drowning #9 – “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park: I know another Jessica Park – but seriously — she is amazing, I have an author cursh on her right now (which is not at all creepy!). This story is all about family and dynamics atop the hot romance, and one character that literally stole my heart from the first sentence out of his mouth was Sabin. Love some Sabin!

Safe Haven #10 – “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks: This book is great and I always think of Jo or Carly. Sparks always has some great surprises and I love the way this character comes in and brings the two main characters together – the fact that, well I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say I was blind until the end and revelation of who Jo was. Amazing story and I highly reccommend it –

Well that’s all Folks!

I did want to give one honorable mention to Jason Stackhouse from “True Blood” By Charlaine Harris – I just love him…

Anyway – really that’s all for me – tell me what you think – comment away, what are your favorite secondary characters? I love to remember things I might not think of now and hear what other people have to say — So spill it! Or leave a link to yours!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Kelley

 

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Top Ten Tuesday July 9th

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Hello All – it’s that time again, one of my fave Meme’s – Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is your top ten best/worst movie adaptations from books – so here we go!

I’m breaking my list down into 2 categories – best and worst. I have quite a few more best (maybe I just forget about the worst) but the 2 worst ones I have totally made me..very aggrivated and I will leave it at that!

Best Book to Movie Adaptations

Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

1. The “Twilight” Saga by Stephanie Meyer. I know this is probably meant for just one book per number, but I am a Twihard fan (yes I can admit that haha) and I loved all of these movies- but if I listed separately I would lose out on mentioning other stuff – so these guys get lumped into one entry. But they are Absolutely awesome adaptations!

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Must Love DogsThe NotebookSundays At TiffanysThe Lucky OneA Walk to Remember

2. “Warm Bodies” by Issac Marion – Read the book and wasn’t sure about it, but it grew on me and I really did enjoy the movie too!

3. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – Read the series right after Twilight and fell in love with Katniss and so far the first movie lived up to my every expectation!

4. “Must Love Dogs” by Claire Cook – I read this right before the movie came out and while they left out a few parts I wish would have been included in the movie – overall I think this movie is super cute and def watch it everytime I do catch it on tv. Great adaptation!

5. “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks – Swoon! That’s what I need to say about Ally and Noah’s story — This movie is one of my favorite of all time, seriously. You can’t tell my husband (hope he doesn’t read this) but he likes it too – even though it’s a total “chick flick” haha.

6. “Sundays at Tiffany’s” by James Patterson – My husband got me this book and then I actually saw the movie on Lifetime (so not a major motion picture) but it captured the book so well and I loved it! If you haven’t checked this out – this is def a side of James Patterson I like – the romance was so sweet in it and the topic was so different and fresh.

7. “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks – no need to explian here – another one of my favorites from Nicholas Sparks..Really enjoyed how this movie was done, it had all the good parts that needed to be included without some of the slower moments and of course it also had one of my favorite leading men in there too…

8. “A Walk To Remember” by Nicholas Sparks – I almost tear up just thinking of this Mandy Moore version of the book. I LOVE this movie even though it’s similar to “Beaches” and tears me up everytime I watch it – such a great movie and remake from the book!

Now to my Worst

My Sister's KeeperBeautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

9. “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult – Now I am going to try and not rant here, too much anyway..but COME ON! I absolutely loved this book and the message and then I see the movie coming out and of course go opening day and even drag my husband along. Imagine my utter horror in the ending of the movie when the ending is 100% changed from the book — WHAT?? How could this happen? It totally changed the meaning and feeling of the story and while the movie wasn’t bad per se… It was not the book or I woudln’t call it a full adaptation anyway. How can you change something so crucial to the story as the ending and I mean like a 180 degree change. I literally lept out of my seat at the movies and to my husband’s dismay complained about it for a week after — a huge let down!

10. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Sohl – I started reading this during my new YA craze right after Twilight hit theaters and I heard it would be a movie and I was excited about it – first of all it’s set in Gatlin, a fictious town but actually in South Carolina so I have to love it for geographic location if nothing else.. But either way – when I saw the movie trailer I was super excited and then I saw the movie… What?? It was slow and at points just strange. I didn’t like the way they portrayed some of the characters and the character they picked for the male lead role — who is this kid? And what about the book made them think this was a good idea? As far as Lena goes, that character also was questionable at least.. Huge let down – and I know this could have been amazing if done correctly which almost makes it worse..

Final Thoughts

SO i’ve given you my best and my worst – and tried not to rant about the worst too much. Give me yours too – what do you think? Anything that didn’t make my list and should have? Leave a link below to your blog or just comment your thoughts in the section below if you don’t have a blog to post on — This was a great Top 10 I thought and I really enjoyed thinking this through – you forget how many times books are actually made into movies and unless you read a lot, you don’t even know that..

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – Travel!

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Hello everyone! This is one of my favorite Meme’s – Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s it’s your Top Ten Books that Feature Travel – which i’m excited about, this is something I had to think about and is different – so here we go! After thinking long and hard here’s what I came up with – what are your top ten travel books? Comment on this link and share or share the link to your blog!

1. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Product DetailsThis is the first book I read by Jennifer Smith and I loved how it was about a trip to London (somewhere I’d love to go) and first love, all within a 24 hour period – loved it! Reminds me of being on vacation as a teenager and hoping this sort of thing would happen to me – so sweet!

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Product DetailsThis is my first book by Stephanie Perkins and I LOVED it – I loved how romantic Paris was as a setting. I love reading books that are set in my favorite cities and althouogh I haven’t been to Paris, I know I would love it – love in the city of love! And I love this book because it lead me to “Lola and the Boy Next Door” – love Stephanie Perkins!

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Product DetailsI chose this not because it’s about travel necessarily, but because it’s about these girls traveling to an unknown place to meet their possible husband, so while it was a journey – it’s a real emotion journey for America too and I love that about her character – how fearless she is.

4. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Product DetailsThis is not about travel in a good way, but it’s about Katniss traveling to the Hunger Games – somewhere she’s never been that’s been orchastrated as an environment for death/fear and entertainment for viewers. She is tough as nails and this book got me hooked on the series, so while I didn’t initially think of this, it is one of my top pics because the character it shows in Katniss by being out of her element and finding a way to survive.

5. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) As a true Twihard, I loved all the traveling through the series, but the honeymoon is one of my utmost favorite times – oh the honeymoon when we finally see Edward and Bella in that romantic setting! I loved it and loved seeing this on film too – it’s what i wanted for my own honeymoon minus the being pregnant with a half vampire baby (although who wouldn’t want Renesmee for a daughter right?) – so def top of my list!

6. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Product DetailsI’ve never read anything by this author, but I really enjoyed this cute, quirky book. One of my favorite portions happens on this amazing trip they take to Italy and it just sounds like Heaven, not to mention it’s where they fall in love!

7. Pandemonium and Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Product DetailsProduct DetailsAlthough I did have some frustration with the ending for these books, I really enjoyed the series and loved seeing the romance between Alex and Lena – and Julian (but I’m 100% Team Alex!) – anyway, I loved the world that Oliver built and seeing how different things were on the outsides of the cities as they traveled around, basically living off of the land and what little supplies they had – so it’s not fun travel, but traveling to live – def a top pick!

8. Relatively Famous – Jessica Park

Product DetailsIf you read my blog AT ALL, you know I’m a huge fan of Jessica Park. This is one of her earlier books where the main character gets to go meet her Dad (a big time hollywood actor) and spend the summer there – super fun. So while it’s about her getting to know her Dad and the struggle with that relatiolnship (Park always has beautiful characters and relationships) she also gets to spend a super fun summer in LA –

9. The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst

I really love Jennifer Probst’s series – The Milionaire series. The first book, Marriage Bargain had me laughing so hard at one point I had to pull the car over ( I was listening on audio book) so I was super excited to read this. This book is set on a trip with the two main characters in romantic Italy – where they meet, pretend to be married, and thus the story unveils – I wont’ spoil it, but if you like hot romance, Italy, humor, and a great story – check it out!

10. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)I really love this series and the part where they travel in the begining helps them fall in love and shows the real difference between the characters and how they grew up – I’m super excited to read the 3rd book when it comes out next year! This series also has maybe the best second book leaving place i’ve read in a long time – good set up fo the third book!

 

Well that’s all i’ve got – what does your list look like?

Kelley

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