Edel Grace

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Book Blogger Hop #37

May 25, 2018 | Comments


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?

Nope. Not at all. I’m not even going to attempt to try to figure this out. I can see picture books in my mind but damn… That was such a long time ago. And I was such an avid reader back then, even when I was just first starting out. I wish I knew the answer.

Book Blogger Hop #36

May 18, 2018 | Comments


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

What were your worst movies based off of books?

WARNING: Spoilers for My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

When I go to see a movie based off a book, I don’t go in with high expectations. I wasn’t a Harry Potter nerd by any stretch of imagination so those movies didn’t bother me despite their departures from the source material. I usually avoid book-movies in general or just watch book-movies of books that I haven’t read or don’t intend to read.

So the only movie that comes to my mind is My Sister’s Keeper. I loved that book. I became obsessed with Jodi Picoult for years and read almost every single Picoult book I could grab my hands on. I thought Picoult was so clever in her plot twist and that made the book for me.

When I heard that My Sister’s Keeper was getting a movie adaptation, I was ecstatic. I was disappointed that Dakota Fanning didn’t want to shave her head for the role (I had a big crush on Dakota Fanning back then) but I was excited nevertheless. But when I came out of the theatres, I was devastated. They completely changed the ending. The sentiment was sort of the same. Kind of like, “why did we even bother for all of this if that is what happens?” But it wasn’t as hard hitting. Characters acted in different ways that I didn’t expect them to. But most of all, the ending.

Yeah, that was a bad movie adapation.

Book Blogger Hop #35

May 11, 2018 | Comments


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Could you ever pick a favorite book or is it like choosing your favorite child?

I don’t like comparing books to children. It’s impossible for me to be impartial to a book. Every book deserves to be judged, simply because it exists. To me, there are books that are obviously better than others and for different reasons.

That being said, a lot of my favourite books that come to mind are books from my childhood. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke is one that stands out. I loved fantasy and dragons and adventure when I was younger. It made me want to craft my own fantasy worlds and made me dream about the impossible. That was where my love for writing really began and I wanted to be able to immerse myself in writing fiction.

When I became a little bit more older, I fell in love with Janey’s Girl by Gayle Friesen. It was a lovely coming of age story that portrayed both family and romantic relationships with a touch of tragedy in such a way that was so heartfelt.

Then I started reading a lot of manga (Japanese comic books or graphic novels). There have been a lot of manga series that have impacted me in many different ways, good and bad. A lot of aspects of my personality have been (unfortunately) drawn from these manga. But out of all of the manga I’ve read, my favourite series have to be Bokura ga Ita by Yuki Obata. It is one of the most melodramatic, unhealthy portrayal of romance ever but it is my guiltiest pleasure. The innocence of seeing this first love unfold will never cease to be heartbreaking to me. I love this series so much.

As for my number one favourite book, that one is easy. Vilette by Charlotte Brontë.

There are no words I have for this book. It gets as close as any book can to my version of the perfect story. Lucy Snowe has just captured my heart and my soul, and after almost a month of not touching this book, her grip on me is as tight as ever. Needless to say, I wish I had read Jane Eyre before reading this. That way, I wouldn’t be setting myself up for failure with Jane Eyre.
— My review of Vilette, November 2013

I love the Brontë sisters and I’ve read most of their works. I read Vilette before I ever read Jane Eyre and I’m glad I did (despite what my review said, when I did eventually read Jane Eyre, I liked it quite a lot). Many people accuse Vilette of being a Jane Eyre or The Professor carbon copy. There are smilarities between them all but Brontë’s execution of it is near perfect. I could rant forever about Vilette. It is my number one favourite book of all time.

My favourite line will always echo in my heart.

You are good, you are beautiful; but you are not mine.

Book Blogger Hop #34

May 4, 2018 | Comments


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Do you ever feel like you have emerged better for reading a book?

There are times when I have felt like I had the potential to be better after reading a book. Very rarely does it actually come into fruition. One example is Karen Armstrong’s, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. I really liked that book for a while. I have a copy of it somewhere. I may have lent it out to my cousin (I now feel like I want it back). The book had some good insights but I failed to put them in practice.

Book Blogger Hop #33

Apr 27, 2018 | Comments


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme run by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a question is posted for the book blog community to discuss. This week’s question is…

Have you ever thought of writing a respectful, but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel?

My initial reaction was no but when I thought about it, there has only been one favourite of mine character who was killed off. The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey was one of my favourite book series while I was growing up.

Without going into too much spoiler terrority, there was one character I liked a lot who the author killed off. I was really shocked by the death. It seemed senseless to me at the time. I didn’t get why it happened. So I was pretty angry at the author. Writing a letter to him didn’t cross my mind but I was pretty peeved for a while.

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My name is Edel Grace Altares. My programming interests include full stack development and back end development. My languages of choice are Python and Java. Outside of programming I enjoy crocheting, video games, cats, historical fiction, and reading.

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