Monday, February 20, 2017

Survey: Have you seen the movie before reading the book?

This is one I've always struggled with.  My ultimate goal is to always read the book first before the movie, because lets face it, more often than not the book wins out!  The book is more in depth, and holds alot more than what a movie can fit in.  Plus a movie caters for the wider audience so will sometimes stray a little from the storyline of the book.

In saying this, the last few movies I've seen, I haven't read the books to it.  Fifty Shades Darker (and to top it off I watched it out of order too... the horror? ) and The Longest Ride.  Both extremely awesome movies, and because of these movies, I now want to read the books! Before, I had no intention of touching anything in this genre so I really think in times like this it's kind of a good thing to branch out sometimes.

So I'm curious with others out there.  Please enter the survey below telling me about your reading / watching tastes!  

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Don't forget to check out my blogoversary giveaway here. Only 8 more days to go!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Seventh Blogoversary and Giveaway

Hey All.

Can you believe Spellbound By Books has turned 7 and what better way to celebrate than to have an awesome giveaway! I've been super lucky over the years to come across so many amazing Authors, readers and other bloggers on the internet and in person. How crazy can something as awesome as reading and sharing that love can bring so many like-minded people together!

Cheers to you all!

So without further ado, see below to enter. Feel free to say hi in the comments and make sure to pop your favourite book title in there as well for extra points!

P.S Keep an eye out each Monday as I pop up a new post weekly

Monday, February 13, 2017

MBOB: Fifty Shades Darker

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I'll admit I'm very late to this party!  I never watched the first movie or read the books.  I tend to shy away from the latest fad for the simple fact that I don't want to go in with the high hopes that this is going to be fantastic because "Everyone said so," and be let down.  But a friend roped me in to go see Fifty Shades Darker and I reluctantly said yes. I'm not one to watch or read things out of order but I did this time, and I have to admit that for me it was better to watch the second one first.  I admit I went home and watched Fifty Shades of Grey straight after, and things made a lot more sense.  So now I am moving onto the books!  Plus, we are definitely booked in to watch Fifty Shades Freed next year!

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Synopsis
Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tv Shows Based on Books: Riverdale

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Admittedly, if it weren't for my workmate I probably wouldn't have been steered in the direction of Riverdale.  So I'm glad she did, thanks Skye.  I haven't read any of the comics, and I'm not sure I will, but if you have heard of Archie, Veronica, Bettie and Juggs and / or you've read the comics, check out Riverdale.
I was a little disappointed that they only release one episode of week, and as of today there are just 2 episodes out because when I sat in front of my screen yesterday morning, I swear I could have binged on it, it was that good.  Admittedly it may not be everyones cup of tea but I recommend giving it a go.  It's on Australia's Netflix if you are keen.

If you are interested in checking out the comics, it seems there are two versions.  The originals, and a remake which I'd say would tie into the Riverdale series.

I love the characers, especiually  Jugghead though he's only really in the background narrating the story, I hope we get to see more of him in the coming episodes as he's an interesting character and one I'd like to hear more about.  I also can't help but compare Veronica in Riverdale to Hayley from The Originals.  The resemblence is uncanny!

So if you have been watching this, let me know in the comments.  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary bash
Goodreads  // Book Depository
ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS 75TH ANNIVERSARY BASH collects 1000 pages of iconic Archie tales in this one amazing volume! Follow America's favorite red-head as he navigates the pressures of the American teenager in the awkward, charming, and hilarious way you've come to know and love.

Archie Vol. 1 Goodreads // Book Depository 
 America’s Favorite Teenager, Archie Andrews, is reborn in the pages of this must-have graphic novel collecting the first six issues of the comic book series that everyone is talking about. Meet Riverdale High teen Archie, his oddball, food-loving best friend Jughead, girl-next-door Betty and well-to-do snob Veronica Lodge as they embark on a modern reimagining of the beloved Archie world. It’s all here: the love triangle, friendship, humor, charm and lots of fun – but with a decidedly modern twist.

Brought to you by some of the masters of the comic book genre, including writer Mark Waid and the all-star lineup of artists: Fiona Staples, Annie Wu and Veronica Fish, the first volume of ARCHIE presents readers with a new take on the beloved Archie Comics concepts while retaining the best elements from the company’s 75 years of history. ARCHIE VOL. 1 collects ARCHIE #1-6 and features bonus content including scripts, sketches, variant covers and the full first issue of the all new JUGHEAD series by acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Erica Henderson.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Book Trailer: The Fate of Ten

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The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies, #6)Synopsis:

 The sixth book in the thrilling, action-packed, New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can't find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Australia Day 2017

Wishing you all a Happy Australia Day.  Whether it be playing cricket, going to the beach with family and friends or having a BBQ and drinks!  Whatever you get up to, have a safe one !

Monday, January 23, 2017

Reading Ruts: Why They Happen and Tips on Getting Through Them

Reading Ruts or Reading Slumps.  They're horrible things.  They sneak up on you when you least expect it, and no matter how many books you pick up and try and read, they stop you at every instance.  I know.  I've just come out of one.  This one lasted for a good few months.  I'd almost say a year if i'm going to be totally honest. 
I'm a big reader, always have been, but there is a cycle all readers go through where books just aren't the centre of their world.  At least for a while.  It could last just days, or even weeks.  I've had a dry spell that lasted a few years before I came back around to reading again.  (Admittedly clubbing and all that jazz with turning 18 didn't help)

So why does this happen?

It could be a number of things.  You may have other things that take priority and reading gets pushed to the bottom of your to do list and then by the end of the day you don't "feel" like reading. 

You have too many tv shows to watch/catch up on to sit and read.  This is a big one.  I love my reading, I do.  But if given the choice (especially lately because of the awesome tv shows out there) to sit and watch mind numbing tv or pick up a book and read.... I'm choosing the easy option. 

Maybe you are just all read out.  The year before you might have read so many great books that you are burnt out and need a break.   

Whatever the reason, reading ruts suck.  But there are a few things you could try that might help break out this.

  1. Swap out the way you read.  If you read books the old fashioned way with a real book, try a kindle or an audio book or vice versa.  You might find this will spark the love for reading once more.
  2. Pick up your favourite book and reread.  I don't tend to reread books too often because there are so many on my TBR list, but there are a handful that I have read more than once.  (I am Messanger by Marcus Zusak to name at least one)  Picking up a book that you know you'll enjoy could be the kick in the arse you need to get back into reading.  
  3. Go to the Library or Bookshop.  Sometimes browsing books could spark a want for reading.  At the very least you could pick up some books you would normally read, and then when you break out of the rut, they'll be there waiting!
  4. Read something different.  Be it a new Genre / author or a shorter or longer piece of work.  You may find the change refreshing!
  5. Watch movies based on books.  Doing the complete opposite of reading could be the change needed.  If you are stuck on ideas you could check out some of the ones I've blogged about here!
  6. Check out Book Blogs.  This is a big one.  Another reader's enthusiam about a book could trigger your own love of books again.  If a book blogger highly recommends a book, maybe give it a go.  It might or might not be up your ally but stepping outside the box might be needed.  A tip within a tip - Look for reviews that mention books that a quick paced and step right into the action from the word go.  If you can find a recommendation for something that holds your attention easily, it could make it easier to stick with the book until the end.
  7. Stop trying to read.  Yeah, yeah!  I get it.  But sometimes when you force yourself to read to get back into things, it can have the reverse effect and make that reading rut go for longer.  Try doing something else and not think about reading.  Come back to a book you had looked forward to reading every now and then to see if it holds your attention.  
Just remember, reading ruts are temporary.  Once a reader always a reader!  So if you find yourself in a rut with no end in sight, try the above tips.  It will pass.  And when it does, look out :)



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