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My Favorite Fantasy Book Series

My Favorite Fantasy Book Series

I don’t read fantasy books that frequently but I have read a few fantasy book series now. This list is based only on the book series I have read till now and specifically the one I really liked. So, I made a list of the fantasy book series I have loved so far.

1) Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter was my initiation into fantasy books and also into book series. Before I never read book series preferring to read standalone works. What can I say about this series which hasn’t been said before; I can say that I love it! I have re-read the series over the years and it still brings me the same joy. The characters and the story is what hooked me when it came to these books. It remains one of the favorite books of all time.

2) The Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I binge watched the first three seasons of Game of Thrones one summer during college. I loved the show and decided to read the book series. The pace of the books is slower in places but it is very interesting. The character insights and motives are something which is limited on screen but in the book, you get a perfect sense of the characters. It is actually my favorite thing about these books, the characterization. The books differ from the show but it is just as intriguing and wonderful experience reading the books as it is to watch the tv series. I hope the next book comes out soon, the last one ends on a cliffhanger.

3) Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Lux series is a fantasy book series which has five books in it. I have read works of this author before so when I read the premise of this book I picked it up. It is a really interesting read. I finished the first book almost overnight and the other four the following days. Katy moves into a new alien and meets her infuriating neighbor Daemon. The chemistry between these two characters is pretty evident from the start and I really liked the way their relationship evolved over the books, It is a teenage romance with fantasy and science fiction elements to it. It can be predictable at times but the overall experience was very enjoyable.

4) The First Law by Joe Abercrombie

The First Law is a trilogy written by the British author Joe Abercrombie and its set a mythical world. Honestly, I had never heard about this series before but the premise seemed intriguing so I read it. The books are unpredictable, violent yet maintain certain a sense of humor though it is gritty in nature. The series is a delightful fantasy series which kept me on the edge as the complicated characters draw you into their worlds. I went through this series pretty quickly and loved reading it.

5) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I know Twilight is kind of a controversial choice. I read Twilight when I was a teenager and I loved it. I found Bella pretty relatable with her awkward, clumsy and introverted nature. I am aware these books are not masterpieces but they hold a certain appeal especially to a specific demographic. I am fond of the series because it is nostalgic to me. I finished the books back to back and I have re-read them. I think the books are much better than the movies in comparison. Even in my early 20’s now, I still like this series for some reason.

These books are some of the best fantasy books I have read so far. I am sure there are much more amazing book series in the fantasy genre which I haven’t even read. This list might see some additions to it over the period of time.

My Favorite Book Quotes.

 

My Favourite Book Quotes.

 

There are lots of quotes from lots of books which I enjoyed reading. I can assure there will be many more lists here of my favorite quotes. This is the first of many. These quotes are the one that came to mind fairly easily so I decided to go with them.

 

1)    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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There are many emotional extracts in the book but this quote I like the most. Catherine says this to Nelly when she thinks they are alone but Heathcliff hears her. This moment changes the course of the entire plot ahead. I couldn’t help but feel heartbroken for both of them. Catherine is right in her own way though I wish she would listen to her heart and Heathcliff is left heartbroken after hearing this.

 

2)   The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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This made me cry like a baby. Though I knew from the beginning that this book won’t have a happy ending, I was shocked. Augustus and Hazel as characters were so endearing; it was easy to get attached to them. This extract is from the letter Augustus leaves for Hazel as a kind of a comfort after his death and it perfectly sums up his feelings for her and it is a perfect goodbye he wanted her to have. It has the same effect even after re-reads.

 

3)  The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

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It tells about the biggest sin in life according to Amir’s father and it is true. No one realizes the impact there small selfish deeds have on the people who care about them. I never realized it before I read this; that stealing is a violation to all the good things in life and it leaves scars which don’t heal easily.

 

4) Easy by Tammara Webber.

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It tells us so much about the attraction between two people in simple words. Everyone desires someone this way at least once in their life and it is scary but a powerful emotion. It is about the pure passion between two people and it is described honestly through Jacqueline’s character throughout the book. The descriptions of emotions centering around lust and love throughout the book are really to the point and simply put, they are relatable.

 

5) A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

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I liked this quote the first time I read this book and I am not sure if I completely understood its depth. Now, after reading the book again, I understand the emotions so much better and this quote is one of most favorite ones. I can’t exactly explain its appeal to me but for some reason or the other, I find this quote extremely relatable. A Farewell to Arms is actually one of my all-time favorites books.

 

So, these are a few of my favorite quotes from books and there are many many more to go.

Best Movies of 2018 (So far)

Best Movies of 2018 (So far)
1) A Quiet Place

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A horror film with elements of science fiction, A Quiet Place is completely different to what I expected. It is not a typical repetitive horror flick. It’s set in a world where sightless alien monsters hunt people by using their super hearing. The story revolves around the Abbott family. The story has limited dialogues given its plot and most of the conversations are in sign language. It is an intriguing and terrifying movie and its definitely one of the best movies of the year.

2) Raazi

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A Hindi spy thriller, Raazi is based on a true story of a young girl set in the 1970’s in India and Pakistan. The movie keeps you on the edge with its pace and compelling narrative. The cast is perfect for their respective roles and every character is real and empathetic in a way. This movie is one of the few instances where I saw the movie before reading the book. I really liked this movie for its plot and characters. It is one of my favorite movies.

3) Avengers Infinity War

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I had to add this one. As a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan, this movie was much anticipated and it totally lived up to its hype. I loved every second of the movie; it was a culmination of ten years of worth of story and character building. Seeing some of my favorite superheroes interacting with each other for the first time made me very happy. The pace of the film was really good and stakes so much bigger. That ending broke my heart and now I have to wait a year to find out what happens next. Now, its one of my favorite movies.

4) Love, Simon

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A teen romantic comedy and drama film; Love, Simon is such a good movie. It is often just marketed as a gay romantic comedy but its so much more than that. The characters are fresh and you can relate to them, sympathize with them. Its funny yet at times it touching. The characters are charming and have a depth to them especially Simon’s portrayal by Nick Robinson is amazing. It’s a nice film and is different than a typical teen romance story.

5) Thoroughbreds

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One of the best psychological suspense thrillers I have seen recently. Thoroughbreds is an odd combination odd darkness and humor. Amanda is a wealthy teenager with some problems who is friends with Lily; they both bond over their hatred of Lily’s cruel step-father. The whole movie revolves around the girls plan to kill the step-father. It’s a gripping tale and says a lot about human psychology.

6) You were never really here

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You were never really here is a crime drama film based on a book by the same name. It’s a story about Joe who uses violent methods to rescue girls from trafficking. Joe suffers from PTSD and is tired of fighting yet it’s the story of his redemption. Its movie is an overwhelming and compelling ride. It’s brutal, sad yet enigmatic especially the ending. It’s a completely different kind of experience. This movie is a must-see for cinema lovers.

This list is based only on the movies I have had a chance to see this year. These are one ones I really loved. I am sure there are many more movies to add to this list which are just as amazing that I haven’t seen yet.

Favorite Quotes from the Harry Potter Books.

My Favorite Quotes from the Harry Potter Series.

Harry Potter is undoubtedly one of my favorite book series. I pick any book from it once in a while to read it again. Re-reading these books is just as enjoyable to me as they were the first time. There are many good quotes in the books but some of them are my favorites.

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1)    This first quote is from the Philosopher’s stone or Sorcerer’s stone. The part where Harry starts sitting in front of the mirror over and over again to see his parents, it is sad. I mean he is eleven years old, so when Dumbledore says this to him it makes perfect sense in the story.

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2)    This one again is from Dumbledore but to be fair he does have many inspirational lines throughout the series. This one is from the Prisoner of Azkaban, it is quite early on in the book and it’s a part of Dumbledore’s speech at the start of the New Year. I just like this quote.

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3)    Order of Phoenix is an intense book because Harry is conflicted, sad and angry after the events in Goblet of Fire. This quote is something Sirius Black says to Harry when Harry opens up about his emotions and it’s perfectly apt for the situation. In a way, it makes Harry realize that he might have a choice.

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4)  This quote is from the seventh and the last book. Yes, another quote from Dumbledore but he has some the best lines throughout. The situation when it is said its a little of a bittersweet situation as its almost at the end. It’s funny yet thoughtful. It appeals to the dreamer in me.

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5) Hermione is such a great character. This is something she says to Harry in the first book when she is 11 years old. It kind of completes a story arc for her character. In the beginning, she is very proud of her intellect, she should be but she accepts she is not perfect during this situation. It shows character growth and that is so satisfying as a reader.

 

There are many more quotes which I really like from the Harry Potter books, the list could go on and on. These are the ones that are my absolute favorites because they fit the context so well and are inspirational in a way.

 

 

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Book-to-Movie Adaptations: My Favorites.

Book-to-Movie Adaptations: My Favorites.

 

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These days fifty percent of the movies which come out are based on books. Books are a great source of material. Some of these adaptations honestly don’t live up to the expectations or digress from the books so much that it becomes somewhat annoying. There are some books which are so amazing and popular which I loved seeing adapted for the big screen.

 

1) Harry Potter Series.
I know most people who read the books didn’t like the movies much because they left out scenes. I saw the movies first because I was 4 or 5 years old when the books released and then read all the books back to back after I saw all the movies. I love the books and the movies; there is a lot in the books which didn’t make it to the movies but still, I feel they tried to incorporate what was most important to the overall plot.


2) The Last Song.
The first book I read written by Nicholas Sparks was the Last Song and I really liked it. The movie adaptation does the book justice at least I think so and the main situations in the novel are maintained in the movie as well. Though they have made slight changes to some things in the movie it doesn’t seem out of place or drifts too much from the book.


3) To Kill a Mockingbird.
This book is a classic and deservingly so; it is an amazing book. I saw the movie years after reading the novel and I really liked it. The movie stays true to the book which will always win bonus points from me, and it generates the same emotions which the book did. The actors are simply perfect for the characters.


4) The Fault in Our Stars.
John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favorite books of all time; no matter how many times I read it I weep like I did the first time. The movie too had the same exact effect on me as the book. I loved seeing the characters of Hazel and Gus coming to life on the screen and it was exactly how I imagined it while reading their story. Yes, it is a sad movie and a sad book but it’s worth the sadness.


5) The Great Gatsby.
In the case of this movie, I did like the books more than the movie because it left an impact on me that the movie didn’t. It’s a really good movie and I enjoyed it very much. Maybe it was slightly different than what I had visualized it to be but overall I have seen this movie more than once so I guess it doesn’t matter if I liked the book better or not.

 

These five movies are the ones who are adapted from really good books and do justice to the story of these books. I am sure there are many more adaptations which are just as good or maybe even more but these are my favorite ones so far.

 

Books based on the World Wars – My Favorites.

Reading books with historical themes is an enduring and satisfying experience for me because I like history in general. I found a lot of literature based on and around the time of the World Wars and these books are some of the best books I have read. The central theme of these books might revolve around and during a World war but these books have so much more to offer.

1) A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway.

Ernest Hemingway’s this novel is set during the World War I and its protagonist is an American soldier stationed on the Italian front. Its main focus is on the love affair between our protagonist Henry and an English nurse Catherine during the times of the war. The story is unpredictable with a mix of interesting characters. Once I started reading this book I realized it is not what I expected but it exceeded my expectations. The writing is beautiful and to the point; you through every emotion along with the characters.

 

2) Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank.

I read this book for the first time when I was 15 when we studied the Second World War in history class. Reading it again seven years later there were a lot of factors which I hadn’t thought about or understood when I read it as a teen. Anne’s beliefs, her perspectives on life were so different and unique; she was far more mature for her age. It’s a beautiful book in form of letters Anne writes in her diary. The end of her letters in abrupt which makes you wonder what happened to her after that; thankfully my copy has an elaborate afterword which didn’t exactly make me feel better after reading it.

 

3) Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetyus.

This book was a rollercoaster experience. The historical context of this book is Baltic Deportations during World War II; it was something I hardly knew anything about or read anything related to. The book is heartbreaking yet there is a sense of optimism especially in the characters of the story. As I said in my review of this book, for me, the characterization in the novel is something else and it makes you care about each of them.

 

4) All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr.

The book is set in Nazi-occupied France during the World War II. The protagonists of the novel are a French blind girl Marie and a German boy Werner. The book is such a page-turner, it’s hard to keep it down because you need to know what happens next. The book is slightly longer than it should have been, at least I thought so but its really good. The bond between Marie and her father is so beautiful and her connection with Werner is so strong in such a short span of time. It is just a really good book.

 

I am sure there are many more books set around the time of the World Wars which are equally good or even better. The books I mentioned above are my personal favorites of this genre though there are still a number of books on my historical ‘want to read’ pile.

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Top Five Favorite YA Books

I have read a lot of young adult books lately and while some didn’t interest me at all, others were mostly predictable. By the first couple of pages I was bored and finishing them started to feel like a task. Finally I was able to find the kind of books I love reading. I must admit I ended up reading some of these books more than once. This is a list of the books which left a long-lasting impression on me because I found them relatable. I know at the end of the day these books are fiction but still they seem to be grounded; realistic which is why I loved them.

1. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher.

There are no words to describe the roller coaster ride of emotions this book takes you on. The plot is engaging and fast paced, the characters are so real that nothing feels forced or a plot convenience. The first couple of pages are enough to suck you in. Just a suggestion; keep a box of tissues handy while reading this one.

2. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven.

I had a hard time recovering emotionally after reading this one. The story deals with a heavy subject like mental health to an extent also about death but the book can’t be simple classified as sad. Violet and Theodore pull you into their story; make you happy and sad and everything in between. Watch out for the ending.

3. We Were Liars – E. Lockhart.

I started reading this book with one thing in mind but it turned out to be something entirely different. It markets itself as the story of four super privileged kids and the summer of their lives but it is so much more thrilling and heartbreaking than you expect it to be. This book will make you turn right back to the beginning of the story after you have finished reading the end.

4. Looking For Alaska – John Green.

John Green loves to make us sad; this book is another example of it. Reading this book will put you through so many emotions, you will be overwhelmed. The first half is a fun-filled ride but that is just a devious ploy to make us think this book might not be a cry fest like The Fault in Our Stars. It stays in your mind long after you have finished it.

5. Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover.

I realized that this is the only book on my list which is actually a light read. It is full of emotions and turmoil but at the heart it is a love story. The characters fall in love in such an organic way and you can’t help but feel all giddy inside yourself. I read ninety percent of this book in one sitting till I was too exhausted to keep my eyes open, I had to know what happens next. It is engaging from start to finish.

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