Favourite Book-To-Movie Adaptations + Movie Night Checklist | Pure Flix

When it comes to book-to-movie adaptations, we all know that both the brilliant and the head-in-hands terrible exist. Particularly when it comes to books you have read and loved! Having such a strong attachment to a book you read and loved can be a blessing and curse for the day the movie rights turn into a reality on our screens. Today I thought I’d share the instances where my love for a book equalled my love for the movie, with three of my favourite book-to-movie adaptations, along with my checklist of essentials when it comes to enjoying these movie adaptations during a movie night!

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Favourite Fantasy Books | Part One

Just in case I haven’t mentioned this fact enough on my blog: fantasy is my favourite genre. Most of my all-time favourite books are within the fantasy genre, and it’s what I read most of. So I thought I would share some of my favourites with you. I have far too many to list in just one blog post, so here is just part one (with quite possibly many more parts to come!)

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Do we care enough? | Nehemiah Ch.1

So this is something quite different from my usual posts. One of my personal resolutions for 2017 was to study the Bible more. I don’t talk about my faith a lot on this blog, but it is something that is so central to my life (as well as my reading life), that I want to share more of it here, so I thought, what better way to both study the Bible more, and share my Bible reading, than to make a new blog series discussing my thoughts on what I’m currently reading? I’m going to try to keep this up once a week (most likely every Sunday, as that is when I spend most time reading the Bible), as well as my usual posts, so I hope that you will still stay with me, even if you’re only interested in the other stuff! πŸ™‚

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Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered my blogiversary/bookstagram giveaway, both here on my blog and on Instagram.

The winner is…

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I haveΒ already contacted you about sending your prize!

 

I really wish I could have let everyone win, but unfortunately the student life doesn’t allow my pockets to be big enough for that. But I just want you to all know how completely grateful I am for every single one of you that either follows my blog or bookstagram, comments on my posts, likes my posts, or just talks with me about books. You have made this an amazing year for me, and I am so blessed to have gotten to know many of you! Hopefully I can host more giveaways in the future!

 

I hope everyone has a lovely day, evening or night, wherever you are!

My Blog Looks Different!?

For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may be unaware (until you clicked onto my blog, obviously!) that I have redesigned my blog. It looks very different to the set-up I had previously, so I thought I would make it clear that it has had a re-design so that you don’t get confused when you click onto it!

This is what my header used to look like:

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It was just a picture of some of my books, with a weird, hazy filter, and one of the ten free fonts on a photo-editing app that I had! I still don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong with it, but I was beginning to find the filter a bit dreary, and the font a bit tacky.

I have a very creative and artistic younger sister, who is currently studying art at college and knows how to do all the creative arty stuff I wish I could do. Fortunately, she is my sister, so I can get her to make me pretty arty things. And she made me this new header…

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She drew the pattern in the background, painted ‘reader in a reverie’, and then did some clever editing and this is how it all turned out! I really love it. Not only because it looks beautiful, but because a part of my sister is now part of my blog!

She also made me some very cute illustrations to use, such as this lovely open book, with the pages folded into a heart:

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So if you see that image appear a lot, it’s because I love it so much!

As well as the header, I also changed the whole theme. I previously used the Twenty Ten theme, which I really liked for how easy it was to use and navigate! But it meant that there was a lot of background space when it was viewed on a laptop/computer screen, which made the writing itself appear a bit smaller. And the banner size wasn’t optional, so it ended up a much thinner header than I would have liked. It was in no way a bad theme. I mean, I used it for almost a year so I liked enough to keep it for that long! I just felt that I wanted my blog to have a bit of a cleaner and brighter feel, with a bigger banner, and more focused on the posts themselves than the background. 

So I am now using the Nucleare theme, which I am much preferring. And I have given it a completely white background, to make the posts and pictures stand out more. I think it looks fresher, simpler and brighter, and I’m really happy with it. And I am really in love with the blog header.

I hope you like my new set-up too!

I will be posting my originally-planned post today too, but I just wanted to let you know about the visual changes so you know it’s still same little me over here! XD

 

Bookish Products – Wishlist

There are so many amazing bookish items that some very talented people have created. I wish I was artistic and creative enough to make these products, but fortunately there are some amazing creations out there, and some amazing online stores filled with bookish/fandom things! So I thought I’d let you know some of my favourite online sellers, and their products at the top of my wishlist!

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1. Bookworm Boutique (society6)

I absolutely adore Bookworm Boutique’s mugs on Society6. As a self-professed tea-addict, I do have use for a mug or two…or 24!Β But there’s always room for one more! These are my three current favourites, but if I were to pick one, I just love the ‘Team Fae’ one. Because if I could be any mythical being, I would totally be a faerie! Also…ACOMAF feels.

Team Fae – Mug

I spend a lot of time taking photos of books – Mug

Book Queen – Mug

 

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And they also stock this very cool t-shirt! The Disney geek in me just LOVES this!

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2. Kiss my pegs (redbubble)

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– I am in love with this ‘Write Like you’re running out of time’ shirt, designed by Kiss My Pegs, on redbubble. I tried to save the image of the women’s shirt, but it would only let me save the image of the men’s one for some reason beyond my technology knowledge (which is pretty limited, lets be real!). Wearing that shirt would totally motivate me to write more regularly (albeit with sporadic outbursts of Hamilton).

Write Like You’re Running Out of Time – shirt


3. Cadsawan

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This online jewellery store has some gorgeous Throne of Glass Jewellery! Of course, the beautiful Eye of Elena necklace is my favourite! They also sell a replica of the ring Chaol gives to Celaena in TOG, some very cool wyrdmark charms, and other cool necklaces.

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4. Hebel Design

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Another online bookish jewellery store – which has some beautiful Grisha trilogy items, like these really cool charms, which I would love to wear on a necklace!

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5. Paper Fury (society6)

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Totally relatable. Well, at least the blogging part! I feel I need to decorate my room with more book/blog related things, and this throw pillow would be so perfect!

I’m Just Blogging about Books – pillow


6. The Melting Library (Etsy)

Everyone loves a nice-smelling candle. But what about book-themes scented candles!!?? There’s a Night Court one which sounds like it smells gorgeous (Jasmine, Rain and Citrus…). And there’s also Throne of Glass ones, a Night Circus themed one, Harry Potter scents, and so many more. And the packaging on them is so lovely.

The Night Court – candle

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So those are just some of the bookish items on my wishlist! If only I had the money to buy all of these beautiful things!

Do you like owning bookish/fandom creations like these? What’s currently at the top of your wishlist? I’d love to know (so I can add even more to my never-ending wishlist!!!).

BOOK REVIEW: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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β€œAllow your heart to have faith no matter what. It’s what will give you strength in troubled times.”

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.
(Taken from Goodreads)

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I went into this book knowing I was going to like it, and my prediction was so right! This book is a great start to what I think is going to be a very interesting and intricate epic fantasy series.

The characters were very interesting, and definitely my favourite thing about the book! The story follows four main characters: Cleo, Jonas, Magnus and Lucia, from three different kingdoms. Each character was very different and fascinating to read from. I’m not always the biggest fan of multiple viewpoints, but this book does them so well, because each character and each story is equally exciting to read. I also love ambiguous characters, who are both good and evil; this book has these characters in abundance! The character development that takes place in this book still has so much opportunity and potential, and I’m so excited to see how these characters will develop throughout the rest of the series.

It took me a little while to get into the actual plot, which, although very easy to follow, felt of secondary importance to the characters. The plot itself is very fast paced – if anything a little too fast. Some of the problems were solved very quickly, and some of the events, which in reality would have probably taken weeks, months or even years, happened either instantly, or within the space of a few hours. I didn’t mind this too much though, because, as I said, it felt completely secondary to the characters – whom this first book seemed to be primarily focused on.

There was also some great world-building in this first instalment. I love it when the first book in a fantasy series throws you straight into the world, its politics and mythology; where the reader is learning alongside the characters. Morgan Rhodes does a fantastic job of providing the information you need, when you need it, and it is never difficult to follow, but also complex enough to keep it interesting. In fact, it had the elements of a perfect fantasy for all fantasy readers – whether you want to get into the genre and don’t know where to start, or whether, like me, fantasy is what your bookshelves primarily consist of, this book has something for everyone.

Overall it was a fun, fast-paced book, with characters that I really grew attached to, and I can’t wait to carry on with the rest of the series!

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