Let's talk books this week.

1. Name a few of your favorite books.
I have too many favourite books on my list, but I shall name a few which have made it as my top reads this year:

2. Is there an author that you don't like, yet so many people seem to love?
Paulo Coelho. I wanted to like his books, but for some reason I just could not get into his stories.

3. Name a book to film adaptation that you really like. Name one you think was done poorly.
Whenever someone asks me if I would prefer to read a book or watch a movie first, I would always say, "Read the book first!". Naturally, one reason is that: a book offers more details than the movie, and so far I have not came across any book to film adaption that I really like. However, I really enjoyed watching Lord of the Rings, but it would be unfair of me to name this since I have yet to read the books.

As for a film adaptation which was done poorly, The Da Vinci Code sprang to my mind not because it was badly shot or anything, but it is just that some of the scenes were just not clear and was confusing. And this further conclude why I prefer reading a book than watching the film adaptation.

4. Where do you buy your books?
I love buying my books from brick and mortar bookstores, but occasionally I do buy them online too.

5. What genre do you read the most?
I always read a mixture of genres, but lately I have been reading a lot of paranormal and crime thrillers.

6. What genre do you dislike?
I do not have anything against any particular genre. I could only say I am not much of a sci-fi fan.

7. Is there a book that has changed your life?
Not really, but they did change my views on some issues in life.

8. Have you ever met an author? What author would you like to meet?
I wish I have! Some of the authors I would love to meet are: Neil Gaiman, Mo Hayder, Nora Roberts, Anne Stuart, Tana French and J K Rowling etc.

18 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    The 13th tale is one of my favorites too. :-)

  2. Such a fun meme today! I have read three of your favorite books so far--and each one I really enjoyed! :-)

    I admit that I did like the one book I read by Paulo Coelho. I think he's a bit like coffee--some people have a taste for him and others don't.

    I watched the first Lord of the Rings movie before reading the books--it was really the movie that motivated me to do so. I loved the books and the movies. :-)

    I hope you are able to meet some of your favorite authors someday, Melody!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Finally, someone else who doesn't like Coelho! I was beginning to think I was all alone. :-D

  4. Ladytink_534 Says:

    I can't pick favorites either. I can't even narrow down my favorites month to month!

  5. Melody Says:

    Heather - I'm glad you enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale too! I'm hoping to read more books by this author in the near future. :)

    Wendy - This week's topic is great, isn't it? :) I'm hoping to read Lord of the Rings one day soon! ;)

    Softdrink - Initially I thought I was the only one too.

    Jen - I understand! LOL. That's why I pick the easy way out - by narrowing to this year's reads. ;P

  6. Alice Says:

    Hi Melody, this reminds me that I need to start reading The Thirteenth Tale soon.

    I read the LOTR books before the movie came out and I say the adaptation is fantastic! Another one worth mentioning is Stardust.

    I do like Coelho. Maybe because I like coffee (referring to Wendy's comment LOL).

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Loved Diane Setterfield's book!

  8. Ana S. Says:

    I like coffee, but I also can't stand Paulo Coelho :P And I read 4 of his books, so I really tried. But nope, not for me.

    The only one of your favourites of the year that I've read is The Goose Girl, and you know it's one of mine too :D I have to check out the others. I'll get to The Thirteenth Tale soon.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Melody, I love Paulo Coelho.

    I've struggled with A.S. Byatt. I've only read Angels and Insects. I still want to give Possession a try.

    I've met Jodi Picoult, Deb Stoller (author of the knitting manual Stitch and B*tch) and Laura and Jenna Bush on their tour for the children's book they co-wrote.

  10. Melody Says:

    Alice - I'm hoping you'd read The Thirteenth Tale soon! It's one intriguing tale IMO! I enjoyed watching Stardust too, so I need to read the book soon! ;)

    J Kaye - I'm hoping Diane Setterfield will have a new book soon!

    Nymeth - Shannon Hale's books are great! I've a few of her books in my pile and I'm hoping to read River Secrets soon!

    Shana - I haven't read anything by A.S. Byatt, so I'm quite curious about his books. Oh, I'd love to meet Jodi Picoult! I've read a few of her books and enjoyed them! :) One of my favourites is My Sister's Keeper!

  11. I didn't read The Kite Runner or The Thirteenth Tale this year, but they are definitely at the top of my list. Have you read Hosseini's second novel?

  12. Iliana Says:

    I hope you'll read Karen's second book, Secondhand Smoke. I liked it even more than Sacred Cows!

    And, I'm like you... not a big fan of sci-fi. Although, I'm quite liking fantasy now so who knows maybe in a couple of years I'll like sci-fi. ha,ha...

  13. Melody Says:

    Trish - Oh, you should read those books soon! No, I haven't read A Thousand Splendid Sun yet but I'm hoping to get to it soon!

    Iliana - Wow, now you've made me want to read the book sooner! ;) I think I've to catch up on this series since Karen has another new book out soon!

  14. Julia Says:

    I enjoy reading your answers Melody! I'm excited that you listed "The Thirteenth Tale" as one of your top reads. I probably will read that soon. I still have The Kite Runner in my TBR pile but haven't managed to read it yet. Yeah I delaying it LOL!

    I totally agree with you about reading books first before movies. Many times the books shown lot of details info then movies would and it drive me nuts when I can't understand movies because some part of the scenes are cut off from the movies that was in the books.

    Interesting lists of authors you want to met...and I wish for you, that you get to met them someday :)

  15. Melody Says:

    Julia - Thanks! You should read The Thirteenth Tale because it's really intriguing! And I enjoyed reading The Kite Runner too! It's another must-read to me. ;)

  16. Ha ha--ooops. I meant they are on the top of my "favorites" list for previous years. :) I read KR in 2006 and TT last year.

  17. Melody Says:

    Trish - I can't wait to see what're your favourites this year!! ;)

  18. The Bookworm Says:

    I have The Goosegirl on my TBR, i've heard great things about it.

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