Hype or Like Friday: A Hint of Bitter Sweet-Favorite Retellings

Hello and Happy Friday everyone,

The theme for July is A Hint of Bittersweet and the Book of the Month is

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by JillianLarkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

July 7th – Just Can’t Get Enough… What are some of your favorite retellings of classics?

Wicked by Gregory Macguire 

While I am mostly obsessed with the musical, I did start reading the book, and I am enjoying it so far. The book does go more into the politics of Oz and is a lot more dense than the musical. But it is still good.

A Court of Thorns of Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it does follow the same beats of the original, while adding a few twists to keep the story fresh.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This is a sort of origin story of the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. It also kinda follows the same beats as Wicked in seeing how she ends up that way.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Yeah, if you are familiar with my blog you know this is one of my favorites. Each book is a retelling of a fairy tale and it is basically a fairy tale avengers in which they all have to work together to stop the evil queen.

Those are my favorite retelling. What are your favorite retelling? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Events Themes

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

May 10th: Books as Event Themes
— It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Another great topic, because theme parties are always great to have.

A Red Wedding from A Song of Ice and Fire

Okay, so it won’t have the violence of the actual Red Wedding, but a Game of Thrones type wedding will be good. I would hopefully troll the guests by playing “The Rains of Castamere” and see who would start running for the exits.

Lord of the Rings

Any Lord of the Rings themed party would be amazing. I would even make food from Middle Earth.

The works of Stephen King

This would be an amazing Halloween party and everyone would dress up as their favorite character from a Stephen King novel. My favorite would be Pennywise from It.

Heartless

A Queen of Hearts themed party would be amazing, and it would be set like Alice in Wonderland.

The Wizard of Oz

Maybe its because I am on a Wicked kick, but I have always loved the land of Oz, and the world it created. Also for my own personal taste the party will be a heavy rotation of Wicked songs.

Those are the book theme parties I would like to have. What book theme parties would you like? Let me know in the comments below.

Hype or Like Friday: Favorite Musicals

Happy Friday everyone, and here is another Hype or Like Friday.

The theme is Monster Mash March and the Book of the Month is:

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.

March 10: Favorite Musicians/Songs/Musicals (cause Song is in the title, heh, get it?)

For this one I am choosing musicals, because I love musicals and I never really talked about my love for musicals so here they are in no particular order

Hamilton

One of the more obvious choices, but hey its really good. Using the use of hip hop to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton. It cleaned house at the Tony awards, and its so popular that it is hard to get tickets. But you could listen to the cast album and still follow the story.

Wicked

The story about the witches of Oz, and the backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of North, it answers the question “are people born wicked or do they wickedness thrust upon them”  I saw this when it came to Boston years ago and loved it ever since.

Chicago

This is me cheating a bit because I saw the movie first and didn’t even know about the stage show, but the movie got me into musical theater, and it revitalized the movie musicals.

Book of Mormon

From the creators of South Park, it gives a humorous look at Mormon religion, another soundtrack I listen to on my spotify, and of course being the creators of South Park has a lot of vulgar humor.

Spring Awakening

I remember I joked in one of my Women and Gender Studies classes that Spring Awakening should be an analogy for comprehensive Sex education. Another one of my favorites, I also called it my first “grown-up” musical because of the subject matter.

Waitress

Written by one of my favorite artists, Sara Bareilles, she takes a movie and puts music in it to tell the story of Jenna, a pregnant waitress in a loveless marriage trying to find herself. Also being by Sara Bareilles the music is amazing.

Honorable mentions: Legally Blonde, Fun Home, In the Heights, Kinky Boots, any Disney animated movie, Next to Normal, Billy Elliot and La La Land.

What are your favorite artists, songs or musicals? Let me know in the comments below.