Most Anticipated Adaptations 2019 / 2020

I do love a good movie or tv adaptation and there are a few that I’m looking forward to over the next year or so. Here are just a few of them:

 

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

The AftermathHamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund.

But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness.

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Now I know that this one has already been released in the UK. (I’m not sure about internationally but it is definitely out in cinemas here right now).  I can guarantee that if I asked my other half to go to the pictures with me to see this film it would be a straightforward no. Nothing would persuade him. Literally. Nothing. It’s one of those films that I’m probably going to have to wait to be released on DVD. I’m half way through the book so that will give me plenty of time to finish the book in time to watch the films.

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After By Anna Todd

After (After, #1)Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

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I still haven’t made my mind up about this series as I found so many issues with it. However, I am interested in how the adaptation has turned out. So I do intend to watch the film.

I still refuse to acknowledge that this series was created as Harry Styles fan fiction. I’m way too old for that!

Additionally, the film looks so cheesy in the trailer. And not in a good way. It’s like they have tried to copy the 50 Shades adaptations and that were bad enough.

We shall just have to wait and see I suppose.

Release date: April 2019 (US) (UK) I’m unsure.

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a StarNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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There was something about this book when I was reading it. I just found myself really struggling with it. I’m sorry to say I can’t tell you why either. I just haven’t really thought about it. However, I always intended it give it another go. Then I heard that there was a film adaptation coming out and I feel like this maybe something I may enjoy more as a film.

Release Date: (US) May 17 (UK) I don’t know

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Related imageGenerations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

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There is nothing much to say about this adaptation other than it is probably going to be amazing. It has a great cast. It is a fantastic story! It has all the feels. I am really looking forward to it. It is the perfect time of year for the release date too.

Release date: (US) December (UK) 17 January

There is no trailer at present.

 

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret GardenThe plot centres round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity.

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I loved the 90s film adaptation growing up. It is something that I can sit and watch over and over when it is on. It reminds me of my childhood. I am quite looking forward to the new spin on it.

Release date: All I know is that it is due to be released in early 2020

There is no trailer at the moment.

 

 

P.S. I Still love you (To all the Boys I’ve loved before #2)

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing

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I love this story and I really did love the adaptation Netflix released last year 2018. I thought they did a pretty good job. I am so looking forward for the second adaptation.

Release date: Sometime in 2020.

There is also no trailer for this one at this time.

 

Are there any adaptations that you are looking forward to seeing?

 

Lucy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Six for Sunday – Bookish Couples

I’ve been having a really tough time this week and I’ve been thinking that maybe little  writing will be a good distraction as my head is all over the place. Steph from A Little but a Lot  hosts a weekly prompt called Six for Sunday and this week’s topic looked fun. So I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon.

This week’s prompt is Bookish Couples so here is a list of my favourite couples from books that I have read.

They are in no particular order. I genuinely don’t think I would be able to list them from least favourite to my most favourite.

 

  1. Claire and Jamie from the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
  2.  Ava and Jesse from the This Man Series written by Jodie Ellen Malpas
  3. Tatiana and Alexander from The Bronze Horseman Series by Paullina Simons

  4. Diana and Matthew from the Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy

  5. Feyre and Rhysand from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy written by Sarah J Maas

  6. Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester by Charlotte Brontë

 

Do you have any favourite bookish couples? What’s your #sixforsunday?

 

Lucy xx

My Autumn Favourites

Winter boots and woolly jumpers are officially out in force which means Summer is over. Autumn is by far my favourite season. I love the dark nights and the crisp chill in the air as we get closer to winter.

As Autumn is here I’ve decided to do a quick fun post about my Autumn favourites.

Autumn Drinks

My tastes change so fast when summer ends. My love for iced coffee and BBQs disappears and my craving for hot drinks and winter food comes into play.

Starbucks is the coffee shop that I happily avoid for the majority of the year. There are so many other coffee shops that do nicer (and cheaper) coffees. However, if you’re going to catch me in a Starbucks it’ll be at this time of year. Pumpkin Spice Latte season is finally here. I can’t lie I do prefer an Eggnog latte at Christmas time but I know that it’s only around the corner when Starbucks bring back the Pumpkin Spice.

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 Additionally, I do tend to drink a lot more tea at this time of year. I can live without the stuff in the summer very easily but on a cold rainy day when you’re stuck in the house and there is better than a good cuppa.

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Is it too early for the mulled wine to come out? I know it’s a Christmas drink but I do love a cup of mulled wine during a cosy night in at this time of year. If you add in a shot of Amaretto you have the perfect autumn drink.

 

Autumn Food Favourites

With my favourite drinks there are also my favourite foods.

Homemade butternut squash, sweet potato and red chilli soup is one of my go to meals during Autumn. There is nothing better than a bowl of this on a freezing cold rainy day with some fresh warm bread and butter.

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I also have a thing for jacket potatoes at this time of year. There is nothing better than a slow oven cooked jacket with butter on a cold evening. Top it off with a with cheese and beans or chilli con carne and it’s even more perfect on a cold Autumn night. I will never say no to a jacket.

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Moving away from the food and drink topic (a little weird I know) I have my Autumn essentials for around the house.

 

House-Hold Autumn Essentials

The spiced apple and cinnamon fragranced candles make an appearance in Autumn. They appear in most of the rooms around my house. It’s my favourite autumnal scent. It just makes the house more cosy and warm.

I love scattering throws around the house in Autumn too. They will be found in the living room, bedroom and my office for when it gets a little cold. Last year the boyfriend and I bought our first home. It is my dream house. A Victorian terrace with 4 bedrooms. When the summer ends it gets super cold really fast and due to the size of the rooms it takes forever to warm the house up. Having throws around the house is really helpful. Instead of spending a fortune on the heating and wasting time waiting for the rooms to warm up when I feel a little chilly I just reach for a throw. I could not get through Autumn without one.

Berwick Throw

 

Wardrobe Must Haves

Jumpers are yet another Autumn essential for me. My family refer to me as the jumper queen. My jumper pile is growing bigger and bigger every year. I honestly believe that you can never have enough jumpers. They come in every colour imaginable and whether you’re sat at home vegged out on the sofa reading, out and about on a walk or at the local having a pint or two they are the perfect outfit choice.

As well as jumpers I love a scarf too in the Autumn. Just like my jumpers I have a large stash in a variety of colours. Pairing an extra big scarf with either a coat or jacket is one of my favourite touches to an outfit in Autumn. To top the outfit off a pair of boots is a must have.

My have a new found love for boots. Ankle boots, knee high boots, boots with a heel or without I don’t care what style I just don’t think I could get through Autumn without them.

 

Cosy Nights In

The dark nights are rolling in which means the fire pit has been put away for the next few months. As we don’t sit out in the garden during the evenings anymore it’s all about the cosy nights in on the sofa in front of the TV or with a good book.

If I am not reading you’ll find me tucked up on the sofa binge watching a TV series’. This Autumn my must watch TV shows are:

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Young Sheldon
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Young Sheldon has recently started up again and this is show I love to settle down and watch during a cosy night in. I don’t have much to say about it other than it is super funny and totally worth watching. The episodes are short so it’s great for a late night watch.

A Discovery of Witches (2018)

A Discovery of Witches
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I’m currently reading the All Souls trilogy and after completing the first novel I started watching A discovery of Witches on TV. It’s my Friday night entertainment and I honestly don’t know what I am going to do when it finishes.  The show is just as addictive as the book and I highly recommend it.

 

Blanca Suárez, Nadia de Santiago, Maggie Civantos, and Ana Fernández in Las chicas del cable (2017)

Cable Girls 
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I’ve recently started watching Cable Girls on Netflix. It’s stupidly cheesy but so entertaining and I just can’t seem to stop watching. The only thing about the show is that because it’s Spanish you have to choose between the English subtitles or the English  voice over. I can’t lie it does get irritating every so often watching their mouths moving out of sync but it’s full of drama. If you love cheesy TV then I recommend this show.

 

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I am never one to watch reality TV shows but Strictly Come Dancing is back in my life and I love it. I don’t know what it is about the show but I’m so happy it is in my life. With all of the drama that his come to light during this series too it’s like TV gold.

 

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Outlander

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At this time of year Outlander is due to start up again. I am obsessed with this show just as much as the books. I’ve been impatiently waiting for season 4 to start and there are only a few more weeks to go until it starts up again. It cannot come quick enough.

Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
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Yet another series I’m looking forward to watching this Autumn is the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This starts up on Netflix at the end of the month and I’m really excited for it. I used to watch the original show back in the 90s and 00s and I love how there is a completely new spin on the show coming out. Fingers crossed it is as good as it looks.

 

What are your Autumn essentials?

Lucy xx

 

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