Random Recommendations: Dream Cast for YA Male Leads

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You know that feeling while reading a certain book, you imagine someone perfect for the role that you just go on full fangirl overload? For sure, it makes your reading experience a whole lot more exciting. You’re not dealing with blank faces anymore. Your mind generated the perfect human being who can play the role.

Since I cannot stop obsessing over male leads, (Made a book club, most of books reviewed are generally books with male leads… you get the idea right?) I wanted to share who I imagined for the part of my favorite male leads, if ever their book gets made into a movie. But in all honesty, why hasn’t Hollywood made these fantastic books into movies yet? I mean, come on.

Onto the recommendations!

Side note #1: I may or may not have stalked IMDB’s list of actors under the age of 30. You did not read anything….

Side note #2: No, I did not want to cast Logan Lerman on every one of these guys. #sarcasm

(Apparently, this has become a staple thing in my blog and I am just laughing at it.)

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Leonard Peacock (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock)

Emory Cohen

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This guy popped out of nowhere. I was actually done reading the book, and Leonard had this blank face in my head the whole time. So when I saw Emory Cohen, I immediately screamed “Oh my goodness! That’s Leonard Peacock.” He shaved his head, and it was like I saw Leonard manifested on the screen. He has stared in Brooklyn alongside Saoirse Ronan (the girl from the movie adaptation of The Host) I have no idea what Channing Tatum is waiting for. Cast this guy already and make the movie already.

Here he is in Brooklyn:

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Ezra Faulkner (The Beginning of Everything)

Taron Egerton

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This may have been caused by my obsession over Kingsmen while reading the book. Taron was a fresh face, and he immediately made a smashing entrance with the aforementioned movie. So while I was reading The Beginning of Everything, all I had mind was Taron Egerton playing the broody Ezra Faulkner. He’d be fit as a tennis player, and as Ezra after the accident. Gosh, it made my reading experience a whole lot better.

Need I say more with this clip?

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Miles “Pudge” Halter (Looking For Alaska)

Kodi Smit-McPhee

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I finally knew Nightcrawler’s name! I saw this guy when he was on Romeo and Juliet. And then I was surprised that he played Nightcrawler on the newest X-Men movie. When I think of Pudge, I think of tall people. I never understood what he looked like so I assumed he’s tall, pretty darn cute, and chill. Kodi looks like my friend who is hella chill all the time, plus he looks like someone who would fall hard for Alaska (calling dibs on Kaya). Hopefully, they will consider making that Alaska movie now.

Here he is in All The Wilderness:

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Theodore Finch (All The Bright Places)

Nick Robinson

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He’s just perfect! It’s that unique eureka moment where everything falls into place. Nick Robinson already starred in a movie called Kings of Summer, and it was an instant fave for me. It was an indie young adult film, and I’ve been calling dibs on him since. His performance was quite angsty and rebellious! Now he has a new movie coming up, and I must say that my hunches where right. The part was made for him.

While stalking searching, I saw the trailer for Being Charlie. Then I went through the comments section and I was surprised when I saw this:

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Coincidence? I think not. I think that movie proves that he is Finch material. *crossing my fingers that he will play Finch* He can be goofy, I know of it!

So here’s the clip from Kings of Summer:

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Bonus!

Zander (All The Feels)

Zachary Gordon

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Yes, he was Greg from Diary of A Wimpy Kid. Yes, he’s all grown up now. And yes, he’s perfect for the role of Zander! Liv would totally get all the feels if she has a Zander like Zach. Plus, imagine him in cosplay? Wimpy kid no more. 🙂

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So what do you think? Should I make a part two? Hollywood should really hire me as a casting director already. (Semi-kidding.)

How about you? Who would you cast in those roles on this list? Who should I include on the next list? Share your thoughts and let’s fangirl over those people together!

Brb

P.S. Yes, I edited those photos. Original photographer credits/ site taken captioned on the respective photos.

The TBR Book Tag

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When was the last time that I did a tag? Like… last month, I guess? And I have been such a horrible person for not attending to all the tags that you guys have been tagging me to do. But first, life update.

  1. My thoughts are drained. Yet why am I blogging? Because I need a time out. Everything is just so darn stressful. Even though I am done with the most parts (and this is just our midterms), I still feel really out of balance.
  2. Everything is on a whirlwind of thoughts. I am almost at the point where I will scream at people to “Shut up.”.
  3. I think this is just the summer heat talking.

Nevertheless, I am here to put a smile on your face as you read my shenanigans regarding my oh-so lovely TBR. I was tagged by Ari at The Daydreaming Bookworm eons ago, and I feel really bad for not doing this tag soon enough. Thanks for the tag, Ari. It means a lot to me.

Now regarding my TBR, it is simply chaotic. Well, what did you expect from a neurotic reader? To further explain, let’s get going with the tag.


How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I don’t.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

It depends. Every ebook that I have is practically a TBR, because I want them in print form. What is sense?

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

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Simply put, the neurotic minds picks what it wants. Which is why the books on my goodreads page can go to “currently reading” and then to “to-read”. Then a book that was not on my TBR at all will suddenly go to “read”. It’s fantastic.

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I have been wanting to read this since I was in high school, and I am already an incoming Junior next semester. So when will I read this book?

A book you recently added to your TBR?

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The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Grow. I saw it at our local bookstore and I was immediately intrigued by the blurb at the back which said, “The boy version of The Fault in Our Stars.” And of course, being my usual self, I added it on my TBR because it’s the guy who narrates. FBCYA duties, because I must always be on the look out for books that feature male leads.

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

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Crystal Crown (Air Awakens #5). BRUH. COME ON. LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS THING.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

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The Stone of the Tenth Realm by Eva Gordon. I have no idea how this ended up on my Goodreads to-read shelf.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

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GEMINA BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF. HYPE HYPE HYPE.

A book on your TBR that everyone has read but you?

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Everyone has practically read the Throne of Glass series, right? Well, I have yet to read the second book. Well, me.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

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I usually do the recommending. Yet, everyone is recommending Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Why?

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. No, I’m reading something else still.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

112 was the last tally. And I just added a few more because some my Goodreads friends reviewed a lot of promising books.


So now, who to tag? Well, I have been out of touch lately, so I’ll gladly give this one as a freebie. Consider yourself tagged, my friends. ❤

I will probably post a lot more next week. It’s this lay low week where we just chill, and then the finals will make us cry even harder. Oh well.

Is it obvious that I was not in the zone? My answers were ridiculously short and sarcastic, that I don’t even know what to even do. Now I want to know: what are the craziest books on your TBR? Are you a neurotic reader like me? I’ll welcome you with open arms 🙂

P.S. Let’s be friends on Goodreads! Link’s on the sidebar and down below ❤

Brb

Random Recommendations: Diverse Books Galore

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In lieu with the Fanboy Book Club’s awesome read for the month of March which is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, this is the part where I recommend some of the stuff that embodies the book club. Meaning: I recommend things that has male leads, hooray! And here’s the twist, it’s connected to our theme this month. Hence, more stuff to fanboy/fangirl on. It is all about diversity, and of course I have read most of these. I know how hard it is to find a good diverse book out there sometimes, but here I am to the rescue.

But there’s a catch. I myself have not read that many diverse books.

So I will recommend the ones that I have read, in which I thank the book gods for granting me with such great ones. I will also recommend some books on my TBR, because I have been hearing nothing but words of praise ever since I found out about the books in question.

How We Met and Other Stories by David Levithan

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I know for a fact that David Levithan writes like a god when it comes to dealing with diversity. Luckily, I read this one before 2015 started. It was timely, because most of the stories were really fluffy. And the best part? You won’t even know the difference, which is the point. Love wins. From coffee shops to helping their partners get out of the closet, the short stories are really worth reading. Every story is a unique story, and David Levithan will keep you hungry for more.

 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Oh please, no one can bear not fangirling over Simon Snow and Basilton Pitch. Are they not the cutest couple ever? I have to admit that Simon alone cannot “carry” the book alone, but with Baz in the picture, things just got way, way more interesting. I won’t say anymore details, because I might give away the plot. But it can be similar to reading a Draco-Harry fanfiction. Magic, spells, fantastic beasts, and a plot twist that will make you go “whoa” at the end. Trust me on this one 😉

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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Have you ever read a book where the character started off as someome you think he is but then you realize that he’s really not that person at all? Which is why he was in the book’s setting in the first place? Well, meet Jeff. I actually thought Suicide Notes was like It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, but clearly I was wrong. It was just the same setting. And how… wait okay it is quite the same. But there’s a reason why I put this here. You’ll have to read the book first to understand why Jeff got in that institution in the first place.

Now for some of the books that I really want to read sometime soon.

Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Oreos. Blackmailing. Blue. Honestly, being the neurotic reader that I am, I should have been done with this book already. I’m a few chapters in and I liked the story very much. So to convince you to read it, I’ll tell my twin’s experience. She was fangirling over the revelations and she found the book very cute, despite her not reading too many books tht deal with LGBT/diverse books.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Be that as it may, I want to go and read this book blindly. I know that this book deserves to be on this list, which is why I included it. I just know that it is worth reading, since based on the cover, it has won a lot of awards. If that doesn’t guarantee the book’s greatness, then I guess I have to see for myself.

And that is it for the meantime. I know there are a lot of great diverse books out there. I hope you could recommend some to me, because I really want to read more when it comes to diverse books. Leave them down in the comments. ♡

Brb

Movie Musical Recommendations

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Welcome to a random blog post with a possibility of returning but I decided not to officially say that it is a part of my nerdy blog. I have been feeling under the weather lately, (probably because it practically rains here every night) and it has lead me to watch a lot of movie musicals. Then it occurred to me: I should probably share this wonderful warm feeling that the musicals have given me.

Roll call:

Singin’ In The Rain (1954)

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Starting off with a delightful piece of classic Hollywood musicals, this wonderful piece of craftsmanship can make the blues go away. You will learn to love the rain and you’ll be happy when it pours. From the amazing and marvelous talents of Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, a movie such as this will put your heart on a warm summer day. Just think, nothing gets better than Singin’ In The Rain. It’s on the top of a movie junkie’s seen list so make sure you watch it as soon as possible. I mean, it’s practically like a sunny day.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

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You would be surprised with this shocker. I have always wanted to watch this movie when I was a kid but the premise that sticked to me was that I thought it was a romantic movie like Notting Hill. Little did I know, the Moulin Rouge is the happiest place to be. If you don’t swoon on a young Ewan McGregor, (young Obi Wan-Kenobi, nerds) then I don’t know what will. I always say this, but frankly speaking and I mean this in a good way: it’s like a movie version of drugs. It is so fast-paced that I felt high watching it. Besides the fact that it is all doomed in the end (not exactly a spoiler because the main lead says it in the first few minutes), it is frankly the best musical mash-up that my eyes have ever seen.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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Fun fact: The girl who played Christine Daae was only 17 when the film was made. Easily one of the classics that you should definitely choose when planning to watch a musical, The Phantom of the Opera delivers a stunning performance. Despite getting a mix of positive and negative reviews from the press, I found the songs engaging and delightful that I decided to compile it in a playlist. Swoon over Gerard Butler and the creepy orchestra music. I love this movie to bits.

Les Miserables (2012)

Now who has not heard of this majestic piece of cinematography? Not only will it captivate you into reading about the French Revolution or the book itself (which is so long), but it will also get you in the mood to marathon history movies. When I watched this during my 3rd year in high school, I remember crying when it ended. It was so magnificent that I just wanted to be in the movie. They may have sang the whole thing, but quite frankly, it is the factor that made this movie unique.

Any more movie musical recommendations you might want to add? Just to add, The Sound of Music deserves a list of it’s own. *double winks*

Brb