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Dec 11

YA Books Coming to the Big Screen by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 11, 2020 at 1:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

One of the best things is finding out that your favorite book will be coming to life as a movie or TV show. Here are some of my favorite young adult books that are coming to the big screen!

Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness


Series Available in book | e-book

This series kept me on the edge of my seat! About a boy named Todd and his dog Manchee, the story takes place on a planet in the future where a mysterious germ killed all the women and affected all of the men, making it so that you can hear all of their thoughts. But things aren’t what they seem, as Todd discovers when he finds a girl, Viola. The movie adaptation is slated to be released in January and stars Spider-Man actor Tom Holland and Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.

Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Shadow and Bone available in book
Six of Crows available in book

These two lush, amazing fantasy series both tie together in the same universe. Shadow and Bone is about Alina Starkov, a girl who unleashes a magic she didn’t know she had and then is taken to train with the Grisha, the country’s magical military elite. Six of Crows is about a group of six outcasts who come together to pull off an impossible heist. Filming was just done to make these two book series into a Netflix TV show, and it doesn’t yet have a release date.

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan


Series Available in book | e-book

This series is an amazing story full of lovable characters and humor. About Percy and his adventures as the son of the Greek sea god Poseidon, him and his friends face monsters, gods, and other figures of Greek mythology. Besides already being made into two movies, those who have read the Percy Jackson books know that the movies had the potential to be much better, so Percy Jackson is currently being adapted into a TV show for Disney with Rick Riordan himself directly involved in the process.

(P.S. Netflix is said to be adapting Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series as well which is about Egyptian mythology!)

The Selection by Kiera Cass


Series Available in book | e-book

This fairy-tale romance is one I never get tired of. The Selection is the chance of a lifetime for 35 girls who get to compete for the crown and Prince Maxon’s heart. But America Singer wants no part in it—having to turn her back on her secret love with Aspen when she’s Selected—until she meets Maxon. This book has been picked up by many producers to no avail but will finally (hopefully!) become a movie under Netflix in the coming years.

Oct 23

Dilemmas of a Booklover by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 23, 2020 at 1:18 PM by Genesis Gaule

If you love books as much as I do, then you know that being a booklover isn’t easy. From having a too long reading list to feeling bummed because you don’t have anything to read, there are many dilemmas that you must face, such as…

Which books should I bring?
It’s time to pack for your vacation! Hmmm, you’re half way through your book, so you’ll need an extra book in case you finish it. But what if you end up having tons of time to read and you read through your extra book too? Or what if you don’t like your extra book? By the end of it, you probably have waaaay too many books with you and not enough room in your bag! Oh well, better to be safe than sorry...

I’ll just read one chapter.
photo of child reading a book by flashlight under covers
It’s nearly midnight and you had a busy day today and an important meeting early the next morning. But what about the killer that’s on the loose? Or the budding romance between the shy girl and the outgoing boy? Hmmm, one chapter couldn’t hurt…(we all know it won’t be just one chapter). 

NOOOO! I need the next book NOW! 
You reach the end of your book only to find a cliffhanger! Frantically, you search for where you can get the next book only to find that it hasn’t been released yet. The wait for the next book in a series can be absolutely agonizing. Now comes the task of keeping yourself occupied with other books as you count down the days until the release date...

Leave me alone!
Don't bother me I'm reading cat with glasses looking stern
When it’s time to read, it’s time to read. Preferably with no distractions or interruptions. Sometimes though, the world just doesn’t get the hint that usually when you have a book out, you don’t want to be bothered. Sometimes your pets decide that you just must attend to them right this second. Or your family just needs to have an in depth discussion about this or that. Hello? Can’t you see I’m busy reading right now? 

Sep 04

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Reading by Miranda Millette

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 4, 2020 at 11:54 AM by Genesis Gaule

My favorite thing about books are the emotions that come with them. Complete surprise, giddy excitement, aching sadness—whatever it is, a book has to be pretty phenomenal to have you feeling the emotions as completely as the characters do. My most favorite books are my favorites because they had this emotional element that created a connection with me as a reader. Book lovers, do you know what I mean?

Has a book ever left you in tears? The closest I’ve come to this is after the devastation of a particular moment had me lying in shock on my bed, the voice in my head wailing for a good ten minutes before I could continue reading my book (The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness). The conclusion of this series also left my mind screaming, my reaction amplified as there were no more pages to turn to quell my shock. (I happened to read this series over quarantine while school was online, so I may have been reading instead of working on my project for art class or writing my essay for english…)

Meme of Jack Sparrow lying on the ground with the caption help. That feeling when you finish a book

What about a book that leaves you stifling the urge to throw it across the room? After a cliffhanger in the middle of a series (Dread Nation by Justina Ireland), it was a battle not to do this. I was so astonished, however I was grudgingly applauding the author and her work. (Unpopular opinion: I’m all for a well placed cliffhanger or a shocker such as the tragic death of a beloved character, because then it makes the book more memorable!!!)

What about a sudden plot twist that you never could have expected? One book (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo) had me silently sitting in my chair, my brain whirling but me slightly smiling because of the pure genius and unexpectedness of the protagonist’s scheme (and, in turn, the author’s genius to create this plot). This book astonished me because of the author’s ability to cause readers to not realize that the hero was tricking us along with the villains.

It’s incredibly amazing how authors can continue to surprise us readers. I often wish that I could reread my favorite books like it was my first time, with no idea what the pages hold and no memory of their plots. But since I can’t magically give myself amnesia for this sole reason, I will continue to get more books in hopes of having another great adventure.

Meme of Bilbo from The Hobbit running towards the camera with the text I'm going on an adventure!