Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch and I am Excited to Watch!


“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” – Stephen King

The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday for this week gave me a mixed ‘feels’.

November 10: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

I love books and I love movies, too! But, a lot of novel-based movies are not as good as its printed counterpart. 

You agree with me?

Nonetheless, here’s the Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch plus some Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward.

Note: This list only includes books that I’VE READ.


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

4. Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Extra Large Movie Poster Image for The Great Gatsby

6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 

Steve Jobs

8. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

9. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Part 1 by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

10. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me


1. Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Yep. It’s on the works, now with complete cast and crew and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke will play as Louisa Clark. The movie will be out on June 03, 2016.

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

That’s according to Rainbow herself. 🙂 Thought the latest news in that DreamWorks will do the film version but shooting and cast is yet to be revealed.

3. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

The movie is currently in development under Sony Pictures. Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games has, sadly and recently dropped out of the movie. I am still excited, though!

4. The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Yes, I am still annoyed at Eadlyn of The Heir but I will not deny that I loved the first three novels of The Selection. So I was excited to know that Warner Bros. bought the rights to make a movie adaptation of this series!

5. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven

This gets me too excited! 😀 Last 2014, Warner Bros.  acquired the rights to produce a movie based on this book, that you know I truly love. There are no current news about its cast yet but I will be surely so happy if this project will push through. 🙂

6. Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Yes, I am not a fan of how this series ended but of course I will still watch this film! The movie will be released on March 18, 2016.

7. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Part 2 by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

I also don’t like the ending of this awesome YA series but still, I just want to know how the screenplay would interpret the written words for one last time. 🙂 This will be out on November 20!

8. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

The Choice

The Choice Movie Poster

The Choice is one of my Top 10 favourite Sparks novel. (Here’s Part II) So I was giddy when he announced that it will be made into a movie. BUT, the trailer made me sad. I can clearly sense that the screenplay is entirely different. The worst part is that they ‘changed’ the part that made me love the story most.


So there! Glad to share all of these with you!

Please comment and share your thoughts, and your TTT links, too!


BOOK READS: A Review of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Picture1It will not leave you haunted. It is not pornographic. Yet it conveyed a powerful message.

As I said in my recent post, I read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson as part of the 2015 Reading Challenge that I joined. It is the BANNED book item on the list of 50 novels. Surprisingly, I don’t think this book deserves that ‘banned’ tag.

Genre: Fiction

Published: October 1999

Rating: 💖💖💖 (You MAY read it.)


A ‘drunk’ 13-year old named Melinda called cops and busted an end-of-summer-party. Why did a teenager do that? Her best friend Rachel thinks Melinda wanted attention. But it is worst than that.

Since then, Melinda seldom speak. She lost her best friend and her parents’ troubles are getting in her nerves as well. Add the failing grades to complete Melinda’s catastrophic teenage life. Just when you thought that her life is already on its worst, the ‘bomb’ was dropped.

In the next half of the book, Anderson finally uncovered the truth; Melinda was raped. Will she speak about it? or not?


I will not say that it is a great read because it isn’t. But it is not bad either. It is worth your time.

Why? Because Anderson’s storytelling is simple yet it conveyed a powerful message. With plain straight-to-the-point words, the author was able to vividly paint the mind of a troubled teenager who is keeping a traumatic experience.

The first half of the book was also able to entice me to continue reading as I was curious why Melinda is not speaking. Anderson presented a lot of questions about Melinda which were all answered on the next half of the book.

Finally, I commend the book for standing up and ‘speaking’ up against rape. Contrary to what some critics say, Speak doesn’t have ‘soft pornography’ content. Instead, I felt Anderson carefully threaded the thin line between telling a rape story against telling a pornographic ‘sex’ story. 



Anderson was able to give a just ending for such a thought-provoking novel. After all the darkness, Melinda was finally able to tell her true story.

2015 Reading Challenge Update: A BANNED BOOK (4/50)


Because I want to be able to finish this reading challenge as early as possible, it took me two short nights to finish Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This short yet controversial book is reportedly banned due to its considered ‘soft pornography’ content.

Intrigued, I read this novel with anticipation for something gross, pornographic and offensive words about sex and rape. On the other hand, I am quite surprised. I have read nothing offensive or sensual in particular.

I understand that schools and professors who wanted banning of Speak among youths are conservative enough. But come on, Anderson’s novel about a teenager who was raped isn’t that bad. It actually promotes rape victims, young or not, to speak up. It an eye opener and not an endorser of rape.

Note: A full length review for Speak is coming.

So there you go for my Banned book for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

Next up! A book from the author you love that you haven’t read yet. Clue? The author’s initial is G.S. 😉


2015 Reading Challenge Update (3/50)


It was just yesterday when I posted my ‘almost’ 2015 Reading Challenge. To show you I am taking this seriously, here is an update!

First, I crossed-out three items already, a book with a love triangle, a book set in high school and a book by an author you’ve never read before. Why did I do so? I have read three awesome novels already, here.

Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secrets has a lot of love triangle in it. In fact, the crime committed by Cecilia’s husband was brought by a love triangle. With the book that occurred during high school, Jacob of Defending Jacob was arrested when he was a high school student after his classmate was murdered near their school. Lastly, Jodi Picoult is the author that I haven’t read yet and her Leaving Time is my first glimpse in her exceptional writing skills.

For now, I am currently reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It will be the banned book in my reading challenge. So there you go for now!