Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to See as Movies/TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows

The Humans by Matt Haig – I’ve seen Matt tweet and post about writing the script for this and I need it to happen. YESTERDAY.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – I saw this as a play in the West End in London and it was INCREDIBLE. If the movie was even HALF as amazing as that play was, it would be so. freaking. cool.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller – this would make a seriously creepy, thriller. If done right, you’d never know which one was the killer and it would be super freaky.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith – okay, I’m kind of cheating with this one because it actually IS going to be a movie, but I’m just excited for it. They’ve cast Robert Sheehan as Oliver, the love interest, and I’m pretty happy with that. This is going to be a wonderful rom-com.

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley – I would love to see Magonia brought to life on the screen. It would be a bit Wizard of Oz-ish with how the book goes from not-fantasy-at-all to an amazing world in the sky. Yeah, actually, can this please be a thing?

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – reading this book was almost like watching a movie anyway. I could picture the whole planet perfectly, from the base the humans lived in to the faces of the natives to the church they built. If the people who made Avatar could make this one too, that’d be great.

The Anna and the French Kiss books by Stephanie Perkins – adorable contemporary books to adorable rom-coms? Yes, please!

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman – this book could be made into the most fun and silly and adorable animated film!

The Radleys by Matt Haig – yeah, yeah, I’ve got two Matt Haig books on this list. Get over it. I love his books. The Radleys is vampires like you’ve never seen before and this could be a seriously fun movie.

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – this is the only book on the list that I could see as a TV show. I could see this go on and on for seasons. There is way too much material here for movies, but it could be absolutely brilliant as a TV show, maybe on HBO or AMC (I mean, they have the Walking Dead!)

What books would you like to see made into movies or TV shows?

ARC Review: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia by Maria Dahvana HeadleyAuthor:  Maria Dahvana Headley
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
320 pages, hardcover

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

Can I just give a quick shout out to the super kind Kimberley at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA for giving me this ARC? Everyone who works there is ridiculously friendly, and if you’re ever in the area, you really should drop by.

Aza Ray has never been able to breathe correctly. She’s struggled her whole life, and she even has a disease named after her, though she’d much rather call it Clive. But one day, she sees a ship in the sky and someone calling her name. No one believes her except her best friend Jason, who tells her stories of similar happenings from long ago and a magical place called Magonia. Soon after, Aza is lost to our world but returned to Magonia.

This book, you guys. WOAH. Magonia is so unbelievably unique, creative, and absolutely stunning. I’m still pretty speechless over it and I’m not sure how to write a review that isn’t just READ IT READ IT READ IT. It’s fantasy, but also reminded me quite a bit of magical realism because I sometimes forgot all of the things weren’t actually happening. Maria Dahvana Headley’s writing is gorgeous and poetic and beautiful. Like, she describes the sound of a boat coming: “The sails are made of hum and speed (ARC 252).” How perfect is that?

Aza Ray is a bit of a smartass, but I love her. She’s accepted her disease and lives with it. She’s…strange and sarcastic, which is pretty much exactly what I love in a character. I also loved the dual POVs of Aza and Jason. Jason’s POV was sad, distressing, and so very smart.

Magonia was incredible. I could feel the atmosphere and world all around me as I read. I devoured this world and these pages. This book is just…mad and weird and strange and so very good. I will say that I don’t think this book is for everyone, but it was most definitely for me.

The bottom line: 

Rating: 9 – practically perfect

You can read the first SEVEN chapters of Magonia over on the Epic Reads site.

Waiting on Wednesday: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Magonia by Maria Dahvana HeadleyPublisher: HarperCollins

Author:  Maria Dahvana Headley  

Release date: April 28, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.

Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Why I’m excited: I’m not a big fan of books being sold as similar to another book or author, but Stardust meets The Fault in Our Stars? I’m not going to lie, that intrigues me. I love books with different worlds, with new places and new things to discover. I also love books that infuse fantasy into our reality. This book sounds incredible, and I feel really lucky to have gotten an ARC this past week (oh, the benefits of being nice to people). I can’t wait to dive into it soon.