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Liked that movie? Read this!

‘Why would I read when I could watch?’ – A common question from my boyfriend.

Movies are great. He isn’t wrong, but movies don’t allow you to explore quite as far as a book does. Page by page the exploration goes until you want it to end. Each character is pictured to your liking and the world invites only you.

It’s one of those simple pleasure. There’s nothing like getting lost in words on the page.

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However, sometimes movies and TV can provide great inspiration for your next amazing read. This is the blog post for you if you’re after the same feels that your favourite blockbuster gives.

If you watched…

A Game of Thrones

You need to read…

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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It’s lengthy but boy it’s intense. 

It reminds me of ‘A Game of Thrones’ simply because of the depth of the plot and characters. Right away you’re pulled into Brandon Sanderson’s world. It’s a world we don’t read about all too often. A world where the bad guy didn’t save the day.

The story follows Kelsier who is working to gather a crew to help him pull off a heist like no other. A heist to take down The Lord Ruler’s kingdom. It’s similar to a fantasy ocean 11.

The best bit about this world by far is the allomancy. Characters are able to use metals to give themselves better powers. This factor is what is so intriguing about the story. It makes it all the more intriguing.

The kingdom mixed with the thought out characters and tense plot keep you hooked. You also won’t be prepared for those gasp-worthy moments A Game of Thrones is famous for dishing out. The long three part series will keep you entertained for a while.

If you watched…

The Green Mile

You need to read…

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent 

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‘The Green Mile’ had me crying for ages after. Similar to ‘The Green Mile’ it is about the life of a woman awaiting her death to come. She’s on death row for the murder of her husband in Iceland.

Set in 1829 Hannah Kent brings to life a story that won’t leave you till long after you read the final chapter. It’s written with a lyrical feel that only adds to the riveting nature of the story.

The story is based on true events following Agnes Magnusdottir recounting her final days. The 33-year-old is accused of the murder of her former master and sent to live with a family on a farm to await execution. The family are horrified at housing her but come to learn there’s more than one side to every story.

Agnes develops relationships with the family and Toti, a priest seeking to understand who she is. Despite facing a terrifying fate she is strong and will leave a lasting impression. She’s a character you’ll take with you.

The best bit about this is a movie is reportedly in the works. You’re going to need to make your girlfriends read this one so it can be a chicks at the flicks sort of night. The story of Agnes is well known in Iceland and you’re able to visit sites connected to her story.

If you watched..

Pretty Little Liars

You need to read…

‘One of us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus 

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I’m going to be blunt with this one. This book is incredible. You need to read it. Even if you’ve never watched a second of ‘Pretty Little Liars’. If you have watched it, then you’ll love this book for sure!

I can’t say much about this novel without giving too much away. That’s the best kind of book you can read. No idea what’s going to be popping up next. You can try and guess, but you’ll probably be wrong. I know I was.

Think ‘Gone Girl’ with an ending that won’t make you frustrated. We’re talking ‘Girl on the Train’ but with a plot that won’t make you uncomfortable. Think… don’t think. Just go buy a copy of this book, read it and then make your friends read it so that you can freak out alongside them.

The basic premise is that five kids have detention. Only four leave. They leave as murder suspects. This is their story. Cue Law and Order theme song.

If you watched…

To all the boys I’ve loved before

You need to read…

Save the Date by Morgan Matson. 

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You should also read ‘To all the boys I’ve loved before‘ if you haven’t. It’s adorable. 

That cutesy vibe is continued though with Morgan Matson’s book. It’s the first I’ve read by her and it had me kicking my feet, squealing from all the intense cuteness.

The book follows the lead up to a wedding and everything that could go wrong does. We’re talking a wedding planner that’s legally messed up, switched decorations and an alarm that keeps going off.

The story mainly follows the bride’s younger sister who is not only trying to keep the wedding from falling into the record books for ‘world’s worst wedding’ but deal with the guy she likes.

The family dynamic is incredibly sweet and reminded me of my own relationships with my family. It stirs emotions we all feel when we’re interacting with the people we love. I think that’s what makes it such a special read. It’s simple. It doesn’t ask too much from you. No complications.


So what are you waiting for?

Turn off that TV and get that book open.

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