Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Top 10 Books I Have That Became Movies or TV Shows

Welcome back, readers!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid reader. I will give any type of book a try. But, I do lean toward some genres more than others. For instance, I prefer Fiction to Nonfiction, I life Fantasy or Scifi more than Romance, and I would prefer to read something uplifting than something filled with sorrow.

Now that you know what I like in general, let's get down the list of ones that I loved and have gone on to become Movies or TV Shows. I will not give a run down on plots of every book. Those can be seen through Amazon by clicking on the image of each book. To make it easier on me, I will go down the list chronologically starting with the first one I read and go to the most recent:


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I feel like this one is pretty self explanatory. I loved Harry Potter so much that it helped me overcome a STRONG distaste for reading due to my attention span being the shortest in human history at the time. 


A Wrinkle In Time

This one was just recently made into a movie, but it has been at the top of my book list for many years. It was required reading in my 6th grade English class and I have been buying extra copies to give away at garage sales and library clean outs ever since.


Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events

This book series has the unique situation that it has been turned into both a movie and a tv series. The original motion picture adaptation left a lot to be desired, but the Netflix original series has exceeded my expectations thus far.


The Sookie Stackhouse Series

This series may have been popular before it's TV adaptation, but the TV show soon surpassed the books and took on a life of it's own. I read the entire series but stopped watching the show because the storyline was too far off course for me. If you enjoyed the show then the books are, as the cliche goes, "SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE SHOW".


The Dresden Files

After I finished The Sookie Steakhouse books that were out at the time I started the series, The Dresden Files Series was recommended to me by a friend. I raced through them to see what would become of the sarcastic and business minded Wizard from the Windy City. This is a must read for any supernatural/fantasy book fan, even though the tv adaptation murdered the story and characters.


Real Murders Mysteries

Another one from our True Blood writing Matriarch, Charlaine Harris, Real Murders (the first of the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries) was made into a Movie for Hallmark and the rest of the books in the series are following swiftly. Candace Cameron Bure plays Aurora and the Murder Mystery vibes are just as strong as they are in the book counterparts. All of them are good reads, but the first one is a fun fresh take on a small town librarian.


The Magicians

Yet another recommendation from a friend, This book surprised me with how good it was. I loved the first buy had a hard time battling through the second and have yet to bother with reading the third. This book was great and I feel it would have been better as a one of. The same goes for the show. It gets very diluted and off track as it goes on. The first season is definitely worth a watch. After that, Meh.


Percy Jackson & The Olympians

I loved this book series and especially the first on, The Lightening Thief. I read them to make sure they were okay for my younger sister and I was hooked. If you loved Greek/Roman mythology as a child, like me, then you will enjoy these, no matter your age. The movies started out rough but have gotten closer over time to the feel of the books.


The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments series is the basis for the hit Freeform show Shadowhunters. These books have a unique story and a lot of history for the alternate reality they occur in that requires you to learn some new fantasy/supernatural rules, while feeling familiar with some old faithfuls.


Shannara Chronicles

On the other side of the coin, I saw the Shannara Chronicles TV series before reading any of the books. I had so many unanswered questions about Will's father Shay and the history of the world the story happens in that I had to run out and get the first book of the main trilogy. So far, I am not disappointed. 

That is all I really have to say about this for now. I may make another list of movies vs books in the future, but until then, follow the links to the book and give some a try. Hopefully you will like them too.

Thank you so much for reading and I will post more soon! BYE!

- A

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Short Sale Home Buying Story

I have been thinking about sharing this story for a while now. When we started shopping for a home in 2014, we had no idea what a Short Sale was or what it would mean for us as first time home buyers. I read a lot of information online and found a lot of conflicting opinions and long post about horror stories on website threads but not really anyone's whole story with information about how their experience unfolded.

I decided to keep extensive notes on dates when things transpired during the process in hopes that it would help me to better explain the process to someone else one day. That being said, this is my experience and may not be everyone's but if you are in or have been a Short Sale situation I would love to hear your story in the comments.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

First Impressions: iPad Pro 9.7

Welcome back! I have an interesting run down for you today with a review on one of my recent purchases. I took the plunge and dropped some money on the iPad Pro 9.7 inch, rose gold.

Let's start out with a few specs on the iPad Pro 9.7: