8 Books that Should be Movies

Today is day 5 of 12 Days of Book Lists. Which means it is time for 8 books that should be movies. I do realize that most of the books I’ve chosen are young adult series, but that stems from the fact that I haven’t read many books in the past year. And time-consuming series are definitely the most memorable. I also think that these books are popular enough and have interesting enough storylines that the movies would also be fairly successful.

8. Everlost (Skinjacker trilogy) by Neal Shusterman
The Skinjacker trilogy is amazing. I read the first book in middle school and recently caught up on the next two. This trilogy really needs to be more popular. Neal Shusterman’s ideas are amazing, and his characters are so complex. It’s about Everlost, the life between the life and the afterlife, but the only people living this “interlife” are children that don’t make it to the light at the end of the tunnel. I foresee this series becoming popular in a couple of years. So a movie might actually happen at some point.

9. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles is definitely the next YA craze. These books are undoubtedly going to become movies, and rightly so. If you haven’t heard of these, where have you been?

7. Branded (Fall of Angels trilogy) by Keary Taylor
I read this series last year. It is also not as popular as it should be. The Fall of Angels trilogy is about a girl that has nightmares every time she sleeps. These nightmares are about people who are being judged by a guild of angels. But in the next few days after each nightmare, she figures out that the people who she saw being judged were the recently deceased. I feel like the screenplay and cinematography of these books could be amazingly wonderful.

6. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudowsky
Realistically, this fan fic is probably not going to become a movie because of film rights and stuff. It does have J.K. Rowling’s seal of approval though. This book could probably become about 5 movies. I could see it as a Sherlock-ian take on the wizarding world. Having this as a movie would definitely confuse the Muggle public, which would be incredibly entertaining.

5. City of Masks (Stravaganza series) by Mary Hoffman
City of Masks is set in a parallel universe that is somewhat similar to ours, but the countries are different, time runs much slower, and science is replaced by magic. Oh, and a couple of people called “Stravagante” can travel between the universes. I feel like this series as a movie would be a historical fantasy/sci-fi, which we don’t see much of in the film industry.

4. Delirium (Delirium series) by Lauren Oliver
So Delirium has been tried out as a TV show, and the pilot was absolutely terrible. I think that it could have been a great series, so they should give it another try. And completely disregard the ideas from the pilot.

3. Shatter Me (Shatter Me series) by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me is also becoming very popular, as it is a YA dystopia. It will probably end up being a movie. YA dystopias are always popular because they are entertaining. And they make us think about the effects of our actions on the future Earth.

2. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Gail Carson Levine was a very dominant author from my preteen years. Ella Enchanted has already made an amazing movie, and I think Fairest can make an even better movie, especially if it is done in the same comedic style as Ella Enchanted.

1. Legend (Legend trilogy) by Marie Lu
The Legend series is also a wildly popular YA series. It is also another dystopian series. CBS has the film rights, which means a movie is probably on the way. But the producers were the producers of the Twilight series. And those movies ruined the series for me. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen with this series.

What books do you think would make fantastic movies?


9 Reasons Everyone Should Read

Today is the fourth day of 12 Days of Book Lists. Yay! This list is 9 reasons that everyone should read. Even those who supposedly “don’t read”.

9. To be a better writer
It’s pretty much a fact that good readers make good writers. I can assure you that most of those who write professionally were avid readers even before they considered writing. Even for school writing assignments, those who read often write better work. Readers generally have better grammar and word choice, a stronger vocabulary, and knowledge of whether a work flows well or has effective style.

8. To expand your creativity
Obviously, when you are constantly exploring the creative genius of others, your own creativity grows in response. You can’t just read about a world created by the individual mind of an author and not imagine what kinds of worlds you would create.

7. To understand yourself
Reading lends itself well to introspection. When you get to explore the minds of characters in a book, you learn how to explore your own mind. When you see characters deal with crises, you can’t help but imagine how you would deal with those crises. By finding which characters you relate to the most, you can find which personality traits that you share with them.

6. To appreciate your life
Similarly to watching the news, reading books makes you aware that your life is not that bad compared to that of others. If you read about someone the same age as you trying to overthrow a corrupted, seemingly all-powerful government, you start to realize that you embarrassing yourself in front of your crush is really not going to ruin your life.

5. To relate to others
I, for one, have a hard time relating to others unless they have very similar personalities to me. But reading allows me to learn how to deal with those whose personalities do not necessarily mesh well with mine.

4. To create more goals for yourself
When you read of teenagers who single-handedly defeat the worst possible enemies while still going to school and continuously building their repertoire of skills, you begin to reevaluate your singular goals of getting rich and starting a family. Of course, those are not bad goals to have, but you begin to realize that you could achieve those goals and still do so much more with your life.

3. To grow the multiverse of your mind
I believe that everyone’s mind contains their own personal universe. That is, those who don’t read have minds that contain singular universes, which are the universes in which they exist. However, those who read have multiverses in their minds. Instead of just containing the home universe, a reader’s mind contains all of the universes in each of the books that he or she has read along with the one’s he or she creates through their expanded creativity, which is also a result of reading.

2. To travel to magical places
Who doesn’t want to travel to mystical lands and whole new worlds? Reading allows you to travel the Earth, as well as trillions of other worlds, from the comfort of your own home.

1. To be more productive
I am a firm believer that reading is an act of the productive. Reading undoubtedly increases productivity, if only because of the plethora of productivity and lifestyle books that exist. Reading is a stress-reliever, a relaxation method, a creativity booster, a creativity inlet, as well as many other tools essential to attaining maximum productivity. Reading and productivity also participate in a positive feedback loop. Reading increases productivity, while productivity gives you more time to read.

Why do you (or don’t you) read?

11 Literary Gifts

Today is Day 2 of 12 Days of Book Lists. I now present 11 Literary Themed Gifts. (I sincerely apologize for the graphic. I know it sucks.)

11 days of book lists

1. Finger Pointer Bookmark

For those who can never remember where they are.

2. Harry Potter Necklace
For those who still aren’t over Harry Potter.

3. Prism Glasses
For those who are incredibly lazy.

4. Percy Jackson pencils
For those who want to write like a daughter of Athena.

5. Personal Library Kit 
For those who lend.

6. Writer’s Block book
For those who want to write the next bestseller.

7. Old Books scented candle
For those who want to smell like a library.

8. So Many Books! So Little Time! Bookends
For those who have too many books to read in a lifetime.

9. Fishbowl bookends
For those who need more life in their reading.

10. Talk Wordy To Me tote
For those who need some help carrying home their books.

11. Literary Quotations Calendar
For those who lose track of the date because they get lost in the world of a good book.

What literary gifts would you like to receive?

12 Books You’re Wishing For

Today is Day 1 of 12 Days of Book Lists! Yay! I have listed only productivity/lifestyle books so that this actually fits with the theme of my blog.

The 12 Books I’m wishing for this winter are (in no particular order):

12. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
I am actually currently reading this, and it is awesome. I have already changed the way I think about routines and habits that I would like to implement to achieve my ideal lifestyle. I’m less wishing for this book, and more wishing to finish it.

11. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I. Love. Amy Poehler. So. Much. I only recently learned that she had written a book, and I immediately wanted to devour it with my eyes. Since I probably won’t ever be able to hang out with Amy Poehler in real life, I am going to read this book, so I can pretend to be her best friend.

10. Juggling Elephants by Jones Loflin and Todd Musig
This is a productivity book that I want to read. This blurb from Amazon describes it perfectly: “Juggling Elephants tells a simple but profound story about one man with a universal problem. Mark has too much to do, too many priorities, too much stress, and too little time.” I’m hoping that this book will teach me more productivity skills and how to balance my circus of a life.

9. How to Win at College by Cal Newport
I’ve been reading Cal Newport’s Study Hacks blog for about a year. The things I have learned from it have changed my life immensely. His blog taught me skills such as time-blocking and research-paper outlining. I could not imagine my life without implementing the productivity tips I have learned from his blog. I assume that his books will teach me even more. I want to read How to Win at College because I am in college (university for you non-Americans). And I want to win at it.

8. How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
“The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading.” Nothing much else to say.

7. Do It Tomorrow by Mark Forster
In this book, Mark Forster approaches time-management in unique, innovative ways. I want to learn these ways. So I want this book.

6. So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
This is Cal Newport’s newest book. It is about “why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love.” I want to get a head start in finding my perfect job, so that I don’t realize that I want to do something entirely different with my life once I have already gotten deep into a specific industry.

5. Bossypants by Tina Fey
I love Tina Fey. This book was written at a time when she was juggling an enormous amount of projects. Tina Fey lives a busy lifestyle, as many of us do. But she is able to laugh about it. I think this is a skill that we can all do well to learn.

4. Use Your Head by Tony Buzan
“How to unleash the power of your mind.” Well, I want to unleash the amazingawesome power of my mind, so…

3. Brain Rules by John Medina
“In Brain Rules, molecular biologist Dr. John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule–what scientists know for sure about how our brains work–and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.”

2. The Motivation Hacker by Nick Winter
I have lots of things that I want to do, but lack the motivation to do (working out). But I know that if I can figure out what my personal motivation is based on, then I can accomplish any- and everything that I want to. I think this book will help me (fingers crossed). It is pretty high up on my reading list.

1. Getting Things Done by David Allen
I’ve researched a little bit on the infamous GTD productivity system. Honestly, it hasn’t seemed very appealing to me. I want to read this book because I want to see if it lives up to the hype. I also want to figure out what the big deal about GTD is. Maybe I’ll try it out after I read this book.

What productivity books are on your reading list?

12 Days of Book Lists

My friend Sydney from Books and Stuff has started a tag for the holiday season called 12 days of book lists. I thought it was a great idea, and I am going to partake in it. I know it’s not strictly productivity-related, but having enough time to read is a consequence of being productive. Also, reading can help increase productivity in many different ways. Regardless, I am going to try my hardest to somehow relate each day’s post to productivity.

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