Top Ten Tuesday #210


Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. I’ve had a relatively quiet week, working on the sequel for This Is Not A Love Story and reading a lot, I’m trying to distract myself because I’m waiting to hear back about my grades for this semester, and to hear back from agents, so basically I need to keep as busy as possible to stop myself from stressing (it’s not working very well!).

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic was meant to be Characters That Remind Me Of Myself, but I actually did that topic back in December as an old one from the archives, and since I didn’t want to give you guys a list that was a complete replica of that one (because it would be), so I’m going to do next week’s topic early and talk about Films/TV Shows I’ve Watched, but Haven’t Read The Book, since it ties in quite well with the discussion post I want to do this month. So here we go:

  1. The Hate U Give-Angie Thomas

Okay, okay, hear me out. I tried reading The Hate U Give but I wasn’t getting into it, however, I was still interested in the story, because obviously so many people loved it, so I decided to watch the film and I thought it was really great, so I am now going to go back and give the book another chance-see watching the movie first can have its upsides!

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society-Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A friend of mine loves this book, but I’m not a massive lover of books with an epistolary format. However, I loved the sound of the story and I’m a big fan of Lily James, so the movie was right up my alley. I really loved the film, the 40s is very my aesthetic (in terms of fashion, I love 40s and 50s stuff), Lily James is amazing in it and the story is beautiful and heartbreaking. I’m in two minds as to whether to read the book now, because I did love the film but I know the book’s format will not work for me.

3. You-Caroline Kepnes

I was actually already interested in reading the book before I watched the show for this, but it just so happened that the show came out before I’d had a chance to read it yet. so I watched the show first. I thought the show was really great, and so now I am definitely going to check out the book, but I think in audio form, because I loved the narration on the show and Santino Fontana reads the book!

4. Love, Simon-Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs is not really my kind of book, so I hadn’t read it before the film came out and then everyone loved the film, so I decided to try it. I thought the film was really cute, but I’m still not entirely sure if I’m going to read the book, because the point about it not really being my kind of book still stands.

5. It’s Kind of A Funny Story-Ned Vizzini

I didn’t know this was a book before I watched the film, I was just looking for something to watch on Prime, this came up and looked interesting so I watched it and I did really enjoy it. I still haven’t read the book, I’d like to, but it’s not one that’s at the top of my TBR list.

6. Game of Thrones-George RR Martin

I only really started watching Game of Thrones because my friends kept talking about it, it wasn’t really on my radar before then, but I really wanted to understand their references, so I ended up binging the show in the two weeks before Season 7 came out. I’m still not overly sure whether I will read the books, because they are SO LONG, but if I do, it will definitely be in audio.

7. Outlander-Diana Gabaldon

I started watching Outlander when it came out on Channel 4, and then quickly binged the rest of the series, up to the end of 3, which was what was available at the time (I think this was two years ago, I’m not quite sure!) and I love it, but I’m not entirely sure I would read the books, they are massive and I don’t think I could deal with that much romance in the books (I’m far more tolerant of on screen romance than book romance, don’t ask why, I really don’t know).

8. Bridget Jones’ Diary-Helen Fielding

I think I had briefly read maybe like a chapter or two of the book before I saw the film, but the film was my first experience of the full story, so I’m counting it! It’s one of my favourite films but I’m not sure I’d read the book, again because of the disparity of my interest in romance between books and TV/Film.

9. The Miseducation Of Cameron Post-Emily Danforth

I’m honestly not sure why I watched this, it’s not exactly my kind of thing, but I was bored and wanted a film to watch one night and landed on this. I didn’t really enjoy it, I found it kind of dull, so I don’t think I’ll be reading the book.

10. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (Full Frontal Snogging for the book)-Louise Rennison

I was kind of vaguely aware of the book before I saw the film and I hadn’t read it, but I did like the film, in it’s own cringey way, but I’m not sure I could read the book now, the second hand embarrassment would be way too much!

Have you watched any of these films, or read the books that they are based on? Did you enjoy them? Do you ever watch the film before reading the book? Let me know in the comments!

That’s all for this week, I’ll be back next week for another Top Ten Tuesday. Obviously I’ve done next week’s topic for this week, but since next week is a freebie, I figured I could do a different Page To Screen topic for next week, so I’m going to talk about Upcoming Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Excited For. Meanwhile, my Q&A with Amanda Foody went live today, so please check that out, and in the meantime I should have a review of my most recent read, We Are Blood and Thunder up by the end of the week.



40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #210

  1. lydiaschoch 07/05/2019 / 1:21 pm

    So glad you liked The Hate U Give. I really need to watch it one of these days.

    My TTT.

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates 07/05/2019 / 2:00 pm

    I love Bridget Jones’s Diary but I’ve never read the book. I’ve tried a couple of times but haven’t been able to get into it, so I’m just going to stick to the film. Best of luck with your grades!

  3. Louise 07/05/2019 / 2:53 pm

    Great topic choice! I definitely recommend going with the audio version of ASOIAF. It makes it much easier to keep track of such a big cast, but also the narrator is just wonderful and adds so much emotion in his performance.😊
    My TTT.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:37 pm

      Thanks! Oh well that’s good to hear, I definitely wasn’t going to go with the physical copies anyway because they are way too big!

  4. ich lese 07/05/2019 / 2:55 pm

    I relate to your list choices. I definitely wish I hadn’t read Outlander. I slogged through it. It was way too long. The show is much better in my opinion.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:37 pm

      I’ve heard that from a lot of people, it’s making me feel better about being reluctant to read the books!

  5. Lauren Becker 07/05/2019 / 3:54 pm

    I still need to read and watch The Hate U Give. I did really love It’s Kind of a Funny Story, both the book and movie. I need to read You. I saw the first episode of the show but I really want to read the book first.


    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:36 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Oh that’s good to hear. Fair enough, I just didn’t have time to read the book before the show came out and I was reviewing it for a website I write for.

  6. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) 07/05/2019 / 4:15 pm

    I read the first two Bridget Jones and they were cute but I liked the movies more – probably because the chemistry of the actors was on-point. I refused to read the third book because I was too mad at what the author did with Darcy. I still need to watch THUG, I’m glad it was good. I loved the book so much.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:35 pm

      This is why I think I often prefer romances in films & TV to books, because chemistry is so much easier to portray when you can see it. Ah yes, I have heard about that. I hope you enjoy the THUG movie!

  7. Michelle (@PinkPlkaDotBlog) 07/05/2019 / 4:18 pm

    I LOVED the TV show YOU, but haven’t read the book either. It made me really want to– but also, when I love something a lot, I usually never end up liking the other medium as much. Like if I read a book and LOVE IT, the movie just doesn’t wow me as much. and the other way around. So maybe I won’t read that book(s).

    Also, I tried reading Bridget Jone’s and the book was SO hard to get into. I DNF’d it. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a book I didn’t love, but considering what happened to the author, I feel like it’s probably a very true portrayal. I would like to see the movie.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:34 pm

      I get that, I think it’s pretty common to like the medium that you experience first, it happened to me with The Perks of Being A Wallflower, I loved the film and then found the book kind of a letdown. Fair enough, I’ve heard that a lot of people prefer the film. The movie is pretty good, from what I remember!

  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 07/05/2019 / 5:26 pm

    Funny, but I almost always hate books-turned-into-movies, especially those movies made from books I love. Bridget Jones gets a pass, as I thought the movie was quite a bit better than the book.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:32 pm

      Totally fair, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with them myself, which is why I sometimes find it better when I go into a show or film having not read the book. Bridget Jones is such a good film!

  9. ChrissiReads 07/05/2019 / 7:07 pm

    Ooh yes, I want to read You after enjoying the Netflix series! Great list!

  10. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 07/05/2019 / 7:25 pm

    The GoT books are long (I don’t particularly want to see the show because I think it’d be too graphic for me). By the time Winds of Winter comes out, I’ll probably forget everything that happened! I’ll probably have to read the whole series before A Dream of Spring comes out. But… so long!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:31 pm

      Ha ha see that’s thing, I’m not entirely sure if I want to start reading them knowing that it’s going to be years before the series is ever finished, if it all!

  11. Lauren Stoolfire (@SunSoar25) 07/05/2019 / 8:41 pm

    Santino Fontana is an awesome narrator for You – I definitely need to watch the tv show! Also while I listened to Outlander on audiobook I didn’t like it quite as much as I was expecting to, but I absolutely love the show- I can’t wait to watch the most recent season. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:30 pm

      I listened to a little preview of him reading it and it sounded so good, so I’m really looking forward to listening to it once I’ve cleared my Netgalley backlog. Me either, I’m so excited for Season 5!

  12. abookandacup 07/05/2019 / 9:52 pm

    We have a lot in common there: the Guernsey book club, Game of Thrones and part Outlander!

  13. foreverlostinlit 07/05/2019 / 10:23 pm

    I loved the adaptation of You, though I haven’t read the book either. I started reading ASOIAF years ago and made it to (I think) the third book before giving up, haha, but I wish I could have enjoyed it as much as everyone else seems to! Martin just loves his characters and rambling. I hope that if you do read any of these that they living up to the adaptation!

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:29 pm

      I did mean to read the book before watching the show, but I had to review the show for a website I write for, and I just didn’t have time to squeeze the book in prior to that, especially since the series came out near Christmas. Yes, I’m kind of so/so on whether to read ASOIAF, because massive epics aren’t really my jam, I prefer lower level fantasy! I hope so too 🙂

  14. kozbisa 07/05/2019 / 11:54 pm

    I have not read the Bridget Jones books, but I loved the films. I tried to read Outlander, because I was so obsessed with the show, but it was a struggle. I did read It’s Kind of a Funny Story and Angus, Thongs,…. after seeing the movies, because they were so good.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:25 pm

      I honestly just don’t feel the need to read the Bridget Jones books, I love the films and that’s enough for me. I’ve heard that, so I’m feeling better about choosing not to try the books. Did you like the books? I’m not sure if I’ll try Angus, Thongs, but I’m intrigued by It’s Kind of A Funny Story.

  15. rayasreads 08/05/2019 / 5:32 am

    Funny thing is after I saw the hype about the Outlander series, I decided to read the books and reading them made me lose interest in starting the books! So I think you did the right thing. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:20 pm

      Well that’s good to hear! I do love the series, but like I said, I have a higher tolerance for romances on TV and film than in books, I think because you can obviously see the chemistry between the actors so it’s easier to get on board with!

  16. But if you did this topic this week, what will you do next week o.O great list! I haven’t seen a lot of these tbh 😂 I saw adds for the Gurnsey Potato Peel Society (or whatever it’s called 😂) but didn’t really understand what it was about? Oh I really want to watch THUG, since I loved the book 😍 I’m sad you couldn’t get into it but it is a contemporary so might not be your thing. Love how you justify watching the film’s first 😂 I’m fairly sure I watched the first few Harry Potter films first so don’t have a leg to stand on 😝

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:19 pm

      Ha ha, a different book/movie topic I think! Fair enough. I think you’d like the Guernsey film, it’s about the occupation of Guernsey during WWII and the Potato Peel Pie Society is a book club. You definitely should watch the THUG film, it was great. I think I’m going to try it again after seeing the film, because I did enjoy the film so maybe I just wasn’t in the mood when I tried it last-it was very close to the end of the month and I think part of my putting it down was just that I didn’t think I was going to finish it before the next month. I know it’s not necessarily bad to do it this way, but I still feel like I have justify it. I’m pretty sure I read all the Harry Potter books before the films, I went through those pretty quickly!

  17. thebookishlibra 09/05/2019 / 1:55 am

    I still need to watch The Hate U Give. I loved the book as really wanted to see the film but then just kind of forgot about it.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:14 pm

      I forgot about it for a while as well-it’s quite cheap to rent on Amazon though!

  18. Trish @ Between My Lines 09/05/2019 / 10:47 am

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a book that I didn’t overly love. But I feel I’d like the movie a lot more. And I’ve never read GOT either, but am addicted to the tv show. I might someday read the books though.

    • iloveheartlandx 09/05/2019 / 6:14 pm

      The film is really great, especially the clothes, I love the 40s fashion 🙂 I’m in two minds whether to read the books, because I do like the show, but I’m not sure if I’d enjoy the books.

  19. Rain City Reads 09/05/2019 / 8:46 pm

    It’s hard, because I’ve read The Hate U Give, Simon Vs. and Potato Peel Pie, and I adored all three of them. But I feel like maybe that’s just because I have different taste than you do, so while I want to tell you to read them because they’re awesome, I totally get if it’s just not your thing! I’m glad you enjoyed the film versions of these though. I haven’t watched The Hate U Give yet, but I loved the other two and felt like they did a pretty good job of adapting from the books, so if they’re really not ones you want to read, I think you’re good to just re-watch them instead!

    • iloveheartlandx 15/05/2019 / 2:43 pm

      I mean I’m not ruling out ever reading them in the future, they just weren’t books that I was dying to reach for, so I happened to watch the films first. Oh The Hate U Give was really good. I probably will rewatch them both at some point, especially Guernsey, I really loved that one.

  20. Annemieke 13/05/2019 / 11:16 am

    Sometimes we also just read some books at the wrong time in our lives. That might just be the case with THUG for you. Simon vs wasn’t really my thing either I thought but then I tried it and I loved it so much.

    • iloveheartlandx 15/05/2019 / 2:36 pm

      Yeah I think it probably was. I might try it one day, but I’m not necessarily in the mood for it right now.

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