Popcorn Chat: The Hobbit vs The Lord of the Rings

Welcome to another post in my ongoing September Tolkien Reading Month series! Truth be told, many have found their way to Tolkien because of the mega blockbusters The Lord of the Rings movies turned out to be. It’s the same for me too as I watched the movies as a young girl of ten and have since declared my undying love for everything Middle-Earth. Imagine my surprise and excitement when Peter Jackson decided to adapt The Hobbit onto the silver screen too! I watched the second and third parts in the theatre surrounded by friends and buckets of popcorn. Although watching on the big screen was an experience of its own, I still like The Lord of the Rings adaptation much better without a shadow of doubt. In this post, I want to discuss what makes The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy a classic and The Hobbit movies a pale shadow in comparison.

Note: This post contains spoilers for the movies as well as the books!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book-to-TV Adaptations on My Watchlist

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for September 4th, 2018 is: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies. Since I started work I’ve had almost no time for watching TV shows and I’ve really fallen behind. Instead of making this a recommendations post, I decided to talk about the TV shows I want to watch that also happen to be adapted from books.

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Discussion Post: Why Do I Write Mostly Positive Reviews?

If you’ve been following me for a while, it will come as no surprise to you that I rate books no less than 3 stars. It’s a decision I came to when I started my book blog and I’ve stuck to it till this day. It’s quite complicated to explain it to others because a lot of reviewers are more critical than I am. I do appreciate people who have the skill to tear apart a book and explain why they hated it so much along with quotes to support their views. I really enjoy seeing people so passionate about books that their reviews turn into rants sometimes. My favourite blogger of all time, Cait @ Paper Fury, writes the most humorous reviews I’ve ever read even though she might rate the book 1-2 stars. In this post I want to explain my process and why I personally prefer to write mostly positive reviews.

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Best Friends

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for August 14th, 2018 is: Favourite Bookish Blogs/Websites.

If you’re reading this for the very first time or are a regular reader of my blog, I’m so very grateful to you! I’m finding so much happiness in blogging and connecting with readers all over the world thanks to your support. However, this post isn’t about me or what I’m up to. I’m writing this to thank all the friends who have stuck with me through my blogging journey and have influenced me to become the blogger and reader I am today. These lovely people have not only liked my posts, commented on them, shared them and endorsed my blog but also replied to my tweets and loved my Bookstagram pictures. They are so good at blogging that they inspire me to do better. They have listened to me rant and validated my feelings. I can’t possibly limit this list to a 10! Without further ado, let me introduce these amazing people on my blog today! I must mention that most of them fall under multiple categories and I’ve listed them in this way just for convenience.

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Reading 101: How to Decide What to Read Next?

I love reading but I have so many people in my life who don’t quite understand the fuss. If you’re of the same kind but like the idea of being well-read, then my series that covers the basics of becoming a true reader is for you! I already posted an introductory post way back in October 2017, which outlines the steps to becoming a book lover, so feel free to check that out if you haven’t. This post is for those of you who have already found that one book you thoroughly enjoyed and are looking for more but have no clue who to turn to or where to search. I’m dividing the post into two sections because shortlisting the book to read next is a two-step process, according to me.

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Sorting Book Characters into Hogwarts Houses

July is the months for all things Harry Potter, so I got on board too. Initially, I wanted this post to be about some famous problematic books and how it’s okay to like them as long as you’re aware of the nature of the content, but I’ve been writing serious posts lately all the time, so I decided to take a break and do something fun instead. We’ll reserve that discussion for some other day, shall we? For today’s sorting ceremony, I’m doing four characters each from different books across genres for a bit of variety.

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Books That Got All the Hype! (Jan-Jun 2018)

I wanted to do something different today, so here’s a (hopefully?) original idea where I talk about the books I’ve seen everywhere – on book blogs, on Twitter and Bookstagram. I’m considering doing it again, so I’ll only list the book that came out in the first half of 2018. I’m considering books where the publisher really invested in hyping up the book and also people on the book community doing it just because they really liked the book. There is currently a discussion going on book bloggers and influencers getting paid for their work just like influencers promoting other kinds of products do, which I think is something we as a community really need to talk about. For me, as book blogging is something I do as a hobby, I’m quite happy with receiving books in exchange for reviewing or promoting them. However, as someone who in the future wants to take this up as a profession, I do really want to see people being paid for all the hard work they put in to composing interesting posts, meeting deadlines, setting up for beautiful photos and so on. Now let’s get into the post!

Hyped Books (Jan-Jun 2018)
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