Five Favorite: TV I Want to Be Books

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

I already did a top ten Tuesday post on books I want to see as a TV series or film, but there are sooo many shows I watch (and with which I am OBSESSED) that would work really well as a stand-alone or multi-book series. Here are my five favorite!

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12 Monkeys: This series has quickly become one of my favorite shows, and it makes me think of a trilogy filled with time travel and romance and time travel and a high-stakes end-of-the-world plot and, oh yeah, TIME TRAVEL. (Inspiration: The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin)

agentcarterAgent Cater: I know that Peggy Carter is part of the MCU, but even ignoring her connection to Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D., I envision a visually muted series of comic issues highlighting her intelligence amid the sexism and misogyny of post-World War II New York. (Inspiration: Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones)

Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters, Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 3, Key Art) - Photo: Liz Von Hoene/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: MastersofSex_S3_KeyArt_300Masters of Sex: The life of William Masters and Virginia Johnson was technically adapted from their biography of the same name, but I want a lush work of literary fiction filled to the brim with both criticism of and nostalgia for the mid twentieth century. (Inspiration: I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale & The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides )

mrrobotMr. Robot: This show just begs for a stand-alone atmospheric thriller filled with tech jargon, an unreliable narrator, and the Hack Of The Century – which only happens half way through so you read into the middle of the night because WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PAGES LEFT??? (Inspiration: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk)

orphanblackOrphan Black: Even good things have to end, so this would be a well-plotted, multi-arc series with kick-ass lady protagonists; multiple, intersecting plots; and an ever-widening conspiracy you just HAVE to figure out. (Inspiration: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown)

Have your own five favorite TV shows you want as books? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Five Favorite: Quotes

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Quotes are tricky. What makes a reader dog-ear a page to come back to? Underline a string of words? Write them down? Memorize them? Half of the things I think I want to savor, I end up re-reading and then deciding they aren’t worth the effort it would take to save. But the five below, those are some of my favorite.

I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation.  It is too long ago.  I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I watched her for a long time, memorizing her shoulders, her long-legged gait.  This was how girls left.  They packed up their suitcases and walked away in high heels.  They pretended they weren’t crying, that it wasn’t the worst day of their lives.  That they didn’t want their mothers to come running after them, begging their forgiveness, that they wouldn’t have gone down on their knees and thanked God if they could stay.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Sara waited a respectful time, knowing there was nothing she could do to ease the woman’s pain. Grief was a place, Sara understood, where a person went alone. It was like a room without doors, and what happened in that room, all the anger and the pain you felt, was meant to stay there, nobody’s business but yours.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

“Tell me, then,” she said, unbuckling her seat belt and putting her arm around his waist. “Tell me now, won’t you ever wonder what it would have been like to be with someone else?”
“It would be less,” he said.
“Less?”
He looked over at her, just for a second, sitting sideways in her bucket seat, and squeezed the steering wheel. “It would have to be. I already love you so much. I already feel like something in my chest is going to pop when I see you. I couldn’t love anyone more than I do you, it would kill me. And I couldn’t love anyone less because it would always feel like less. Even if I loved some other girl, that’s all I would ever think about, the difference between loving her and loving you.”

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

When they turned, Pelletier and Espinoza saw an older woman in a white blouse and black skirt, a woman with a figure like Marlene Dietrich, as Pelletier would say much later, a woman who despite her years was still as strong willed as ever, a woman who didn’t cling to the edge of the abyss but plunged into it with curiosity and elegance.  A woman who plunged into the abyss sitting down.

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

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Five Favorite: Science Fiction Novels

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

I intended to have more than five science fiction novels from which to choose – and to spend the majority of this list detailing why I had to whittle it down – but, instead, I belatedly realized that I spend way more time thinking about sci-fi literature than I do reading it. So, below are four of my favorite sci-fi novels as well as one high on my tbr list.

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11/22/63 by Stephen King (on my tbr, especially now that the mini series is imminent!!)

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Blackout by Connie Willis

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

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Top Ten: Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows.

I am too overwhelmed by the thought of these books becoming movies that I have no details beyond ‘give it to me now.’

Movies

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Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain

TV Shows

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

Blackout (& its sequel, All Clear) by Connie Willis

 

Top Ten: Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads.

The beach is very far from my happy place, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good beach read. Here are my top ten!

Engrossing stand-alones: These books are so tasty you can’t help but gobble them up.

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Parts of series: Not only will you be totally into these series starters, but you’ll also have a dedicated second (and third, and fourth…) read in case you can’t stop!

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Be sure to read Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code first!)

As Long as You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Blackout by Connie Willis

Five Favorite: Mute Narrators

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

What makes someone mute? Well – a lot of things. They could actually be mute, having never been born with or lost their ability to speak, or they could have chosen a vow of silence – for the whole book or just a part of it. (And it could be a literal muteness or a figurative one, too.) Regardless of the reason, here are my five four* favorite.

1. Amy from The Passage by Justin Cronin
2. Chief Bromden from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
3. Dana from Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle
4. Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

*(Because I’m only including four, here are two more mute narrators that I’ve heard so much about but have never read: Chris from Lock In by John Scalzi and Jean-Dominique from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby.)

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Five Favorite: Vampire Novels

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Show your fangs, book worms! Halloween is coming and so is the s~p~o~o~k~y literature and downright scary vampire antagonists (and sometimes protagonists). I love a good vampire story; here are my five favorite.

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Insatiable Insatiable by Meg Cabot

TheHistorian

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

ThePassage

The Passage by Justin Cronin

UndeadAndUnwed

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

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