Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is a top ten rewind, so I get to choose any top ten theme to revisit and I’m going for… *drumroll*

My top ten favourite book quotes!

I love, love, love when I find a fabulous book quote and I plan to use a few of these to decorate my future office. However, I’m going to hold my hands up and confess that I had to find the exact quotes on Goodreads – I’m in the process of moving house and all my books are boxed up (great sadness) – but I couldn’t pass up on putting up some of my favourite quotes.

So without further ado, on to the list!

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Re-reading books: a do or a don’t?

In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve had this post drafted for about a week now, however, Kelly at Pub(lishing) Crawl beat me to the punch with her fab post ‘Confessions of a re-reader‘ so you should definitely go read that too!

 

 

 

This has been a really long, stressful week. My fiancé and I are going through the house-buying process (and if you’re wondering what it’s like…it’s just faff, huge, endless enormous amounts of faff and money), work has been quite intense and my car decided to pack in on Tuesday – THANKS CAR! So I grabbed a book and read the stress away. But I didn’t grab a new book. Oh no. I ignored my towering TBR pile and I grabbed an old one off the shelf. One I’ve read multiple times before.

 

I have a handful of favourites that I’ve re-read more times than I can count:

  • The City Watch books from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (Guards, Guards; Men at Arms; Feet of Clay; Jingo; The Fifth Elephant; Night Watch; Thud; Snuff)
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (Soulless, Changeless, Heartless, Blameless, Timeless)
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (OK, I’ll hold my hands up and confess: for this one I know it so well I just skip through all the parts I don’t find interesting, eg the whole Tom Bombadil section and all the song lyrics)

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Can the film ever be better than the book it’s based off?

I finally got round to seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two at the cinema. It’s a great film. It has some amazing, emotional scenes (the scene with Katniss anTHG trilogy and filmd the cat springs to mind – Jennifer Laurence really, really threw herself into that one) but something was missing. Don’t get me wrong, it was great but…

The book was better.

There’s one main reason I believe the book is superior to the film. The depiction of Katniss.

This is no reflection on Jennifer Laurence’s acting skills in any way, shape or form, but in the book, you’re in Katniss’ head. You can see all her cold calculations that she makes to survive and keep those she loves alive. Without knowing those thoughts, her motives and her actions seem a lot more straightforward in the film. Take her relationship with Peeta, there was a lot more going on in her head than what you could see on screen. If you’ve only seen the films and not read the book go read them, it’s worth it.

So this got me thinking – could the film ever be better than the book?

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