An Epic Chart of 162 Young Adult Retellings

I wanted to take a moment and highlight a chart created by Epic Reads. They listed 162 YA books that reference popular classic literature, myths, fairy tales, and Shakespearean plays. For the complete breakdown of the chart and a list of books mentioned just click HERE.

 

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Share Your “The Book Was Better” Rants

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I think a lot of readers have the same reaction process when they find out that one of their favorite books will be turned into a movie. First there is the joy and then comes the “I wonder how they’re going to change it” worries. After all there are so many ways an adaptation can go wrong.

 

Whether it’s cutting out your favorite scenes, veering away from the original plot, unconventional casting choices, leaving out minor characters, or a terrible combination of all of those things, some of the changes made during the book-to-movie process are just unforgivable.

 

So, this is the post where I want to hear everybody share their “the book was better” rants. What changes really bothered you? Was the movie on the whole bad or did it just leave you wanting more? Let me know in the comments!

Do You Go On Genre Sprees?

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I can sum up most of my January reading in one word… nonfiction. I started the month reading nonfiction and it seems like I’m going to finish January reading nonfiction, and no one is more shocked than me.

 

It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading nonfiction, it’s just that there are many great genres to choose from, I can’t imagine someone choosing to read one particular type back to back to back. Yet, I can’t change gears out of nonfiction. Even when I tried to start a fiction book that I was looking forward to reading, I found myself having trouble getting into it.

 

So, I stopped resisting and decided to lean into the curve and embrace my sudden yen for nonfiction. Some people might call it a reading rut but that sounds negative and I’m enjoying myself too much to be negative. Genre spree has a little more whimsy and a lot more character.

 

Have any of you gone on a genre sprees? Mine is pretty broad but how specific have you gotten. Just gothic novels? Young Adult novels? Speculative steampunk? Let me know in the comments below.

They Also Wrote Poetry pt.3

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A. A. Milne is best known as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood gang. However, Milne also wrote two poetry collections for children (When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six) and poetry for adults as well.

Halfway Down

Halfway down the stairs
is a stair
where i sit.
there isn’t any
other stair
quite like
it.
i’m not at the bottom,
i’m not at the top;
so this is the stair
where
I always
stop.

Halfway up the stairs
Isn’t up
And it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn’t really
Anywhere!
It’s somewhere else
Instead!