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I wish this was a tv show
As the nights start to become darker and the air becomes chillier, all I have been wanting to do is put a cosy jumper on, wrap up in a blanket, make a big mug of hot chocolate with all of the extra cream and marshmallows and sit down with a good book. There’s no better feeling right! Especially after a long day at work. I’m currently reading Forth Wing and loving it, but I can’t help but think that this book would make for an excellent TV series or film adaptation. I just want to see all of the little details I picture as I read it brought to life. I’m not the only one who wishes our favourite books could be made into adaptations, over on our Gals Who Read Facebook group, this has been a huge discussion with over 260 comments! From discussing what books you would like to see be adapted into a series and which ones you think are better off just as books. You can join in on the discussion here and get loads more book recommendations by following this link to where it is taking place.
There are so many books that would make for great tv shows and films and luckily for us some do happen. Currently in the works is The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, if you haven’t read this series then it is one you should definitely add to your TBR list.
Here a few of the girls discussing their favourite books that they would love to see be adapted if done right.
Tips and Tricks on organising your bookshelf
We’ve all been there, I’m currently going though this now as I have just moved house and surrounded by a mountain of books. As you all know members in the group love to share pictures of their current bookshelf and often ask for ideas on how to organise them. Which I have to say all look amazing! However, it can be hard to know where to start, you’d think it would be a straightforward process. But not when there are so many pretty book covers we want to show off, it is all down to personal preference on how you want to stack your books.
A few of the options being discussed is presenting them alphabetically like you find in a book shop, maybe you want to display them by genre or chronological or even by height. The worst thing is when you have one book in a series that’s a hardback and the rest are paper back, that one book just ruins the whole vibe!
Let’s not forget the prettiest way that you can display your books could be by colour and have a rainbow of books on your shelves.
Not to worry though if you can’t figure out the best way to organise your shelves, as there are currently 465 members discussing and sharing inspiration over on this post here.
A new series to add to your TBR
There is nothing worse than binging a book and being absolutely hooked by it and then it just ends, just like that! If you’re like me and love a good series to tuck into or you want to try a whole new genre then this post on the group could be for you.
As much as we love to buy books as soon as they get released, let’s be honest we don’t always have the time to read them straight away and before you know it the whole series is out. There are so many binge-worthy series being talked about over on the Gals Who Read Facebook group and maybe even some ideas to add to your Christmas list. Although, it might be too early to start talking about Christmas and Christmas recommendations, so I will save those for another newsletter.
As we are heading into cozy season, a murder mystery might be the genre you are looking for. A suggestion from the gals in the group was the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson, which follows Stevie Bell who starts at Ellingham Academy and her first ambition is to solve the mysterious case where shortly after the school was opened his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious”.
Or if you were after a different series then there are tons more suggestions like the ones below to have a read through.
Get out of your book slump
We’ve all been there many times, you could be having a book hangover, you might just not know what you feel like reading or when you just can’t get find a book that catches your attention. You might have just binged a book that had you transported into another world and nothing else compares to it.
This week's genre for Get out of your book slump is Romance ❤️
Whether you are an avid romance reader or looking to try something new, there should be something here that everyone would love. We have carefully selected three current trending books for you to get sucked into. The three books below have been highly talked about in the group, and reading the synopsis we can understand why.
If romance isn’t your favorite genre, then don’t worry, we will be back next week with a whole different genre of books to help you out of that dreaded book slump!
Better than the movies by Lynn Painter
This book is for you if you are after enemies to lovers and the grumpy x sunshine trope.
Liz hates her annoyingly attractive neighbor but he’s the only in with her long-term crush…
Perpetual daydreamer and hopeless romantic Liz Buxbaum gave her heart to Michael a long time ago. But her cool, aloof forever crush never really saw her before he moved away. Now that he’s back in town, Liz will do whatever it takes to get on his radar—and maybe snag him as a prom date—even befriend Wes Bennet.
The annoyingly attractive next-door neighbor might seem like a prime candidate for romantic comedy fantasies, but Wes has only been a pain in Liz’s butt since they were kids. Pranks involving frogs and decapitated lawn gnomes do not a potential boyfriend make. Yet, somehow, Wes and Michael are hitting it off, which means Wes is Liz’s in.
But as Liz and Wes scheme to get Liz noticed by Michael so she can have her magical prom moment, she’s shocked to discover that she likes being around Wes. And as they continue to grow closer, she must re-examine everything she thought she knew about love—and rethink her own ideas of what Happily Ever After should look like.
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
This next book will have you feeling all of the emotions from laughter to tears with this sweet love story.
After a wild bet, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who's ten years younger than her and as casual as they come - the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn't need glory or fame. She's fine with being a 'mere' ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she's discovering just what's really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can't just give up the joy she's found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?
Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie
If you are after a book with a bit more 🌶️🌶️ then this TikTok sensation book could be the one to read. Recommend 18+
No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway's biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own. Loren Hale's best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they've pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They've mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment. But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex. Their real vice may be each other.
This week's Self-Promotion Spotlight is Kori Johnson. Kori is the owner of Wandering From Reality, where she makes magnetic bookmarks. We have chosen Kori’s small business for this week's spotlight, as we loved everything she makes and sells over on her Etsy page, they are also really fitting for this time of year. Whether you are wanting to buy one for yourself or they would even make cute little gifts for somebody.
As mentioned in the product description, Kori is always open to suggestions for future designs, the Halloween ones are a recent addition for spooky season 👻
MEMBER OF THE WEEK!
This week's member of the week is our one and only founder of the Gals Who Community Brontë King!
We have asked Brontë a series of questions to find a little bit more about her love for reading.
What was the book that first got you into reading?
The fault in our stars! I couldn't put it down, it made me realise how amazing the feeling of being immersed into a book is. Nothing else mattered apart from getting to that end page!
What is your current read?
I have actually just purchased the Rachel Incident with my gals who read book token AHHH!! So excited to read it with everyone and get into it.
A book you would love to see as a film?
I think everyone feels the same, I cannot wait for it ends with us to come out. I know I hear you and I've seen the tiktoks of filming, it makes me cringe too but I'm just hoping it pulls through and doesn't ruin the amazing book.
What character do you wish you could be?
Following on from the last question, I loved Allysa in it ends with us. She had such an interesting POV from being Ryles brother and Lily's best friend, but also knowing Atlas. I loved her character and how she came across.
Which author would you love to meet?
Well I think after reading The Rachel Incident it will be Caroline O'donough so let's hope for some author content on the gals who read book token exclusive !!!!