Friday, 18 November 2011

Top Five Books of 2011

It's that time of year folks! The weather is getting colder, the silly animal hats are coming out, the Christmas shopping has begun, the lights are going up on Oxford Street, the cheesy adverts have started on TV, and people have started to debate what to buy for each of their friends and family and how they are going to fit into those tight trousers after just a few too many mince pies.

But one of the images most synonymous with the holiday season is that of you getting all curled up in that new jumper grandma bought you, by a warm fire (or more often than not - a radiator!) with a hot chocolate and tucking into a great book.

So as we reach the end of 2011, I wanted to share with you my favourite reads from this year. Admittedly, not all of these five were released this year but they were still new to me so I'm allowing it!

What have you enjoyed reading in 2011? Let me know in the comments below... and seasons greetings!


5. Dani's Story by Diane and Bernie Lierow with Kay West 
A gripping, heartwarming and horrifying non-fiction must-read about a severely neglected young girl who finds hope with a new family.



4. My Sweet Saga by Brett Sills 
A hilarious American romp with a brilliantly flawed male lead who will take you across the world on his crazy antics and snorting with laughter throughout.


3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A look at 1960s America amidst the race riots and what it was like for the black maids to work for a white family.


2. Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
The follow up book by incredibly talented author Rosamund Lupton looks at the aftermath of a school fire with emotional and heart-wrenching honesty. Combines crime thriller with family drama brilliantly, and even adds a ghostly twist. 


1. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Schriver
A masterpiece of modern literature which, through a series of letters written to her absent husband, explores life for Eva after her teenage son is put in jail for killing his classmates. 


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

#MTOS Book to Film Adaptations: The Questions

On Sunday November 13th, I will be hosting #MTOS with a theme very close to my heart.... book to film adaptations. So this week our Movie Talk on Sunday is not just for film fans - it's for book-lovers too.

It seems that many films nowadays are based on books, whether it be comic book adaptations like Spiderman, Captain America and Superman, modern-day novels such as The Help, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or classic novels like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. But are they any good?

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here - it's a discussion. So let's get chatting...
  1. What is the best book to film adaptation ever made?
  2. What is the worst book to film adaptation ever made?
  3. What does a great adaptation need to be a success?
  4. Why do you think film-makers are choosing to adapt books instead of taking on a new screenplay?
  5. Is it easier to convert comic books, children's books or novels into films?
  6. Have any films managed to be better than the original book?
  7. What book would you like to see made into a film?
  8. What book should never be made into a film?
  9. Do you agree with the decision to split long books into two films, as with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn?
  10. Should authors be involved in book to film adaptations or leave well alone?
So see you on Sunday at 8pm GMT for this book vs film chat... and don't forget to use the hashtag #mtos.

For more information on what MTOS is, please click here.

Amanda x