Authors Books Who I’ll Always Drop Everything to Read Even When I’m in the Worst Slump

Hi Everyone, my name is Sara Santana and I’ve been in a book slump for about two years now.

I hate it.

Now, I think there are a lot of reasons why I’m in this slump. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I’m reading and I’m still reading more than a lot of other people are. I’m 20 books in for 2021, which ain’t bad and I read 80 books last year. But I used to read 100, 150, 200 books a year and I’m just not doing that anymore. Part of that is we’re in the middle of a global pandemic and even though we technically have more time on our hands, I’m also depressed because its a global pandemic so I’m not doing the things I love – i.e. reading – as much as I normally do. I’m also so much busier than I was in 2013, 2014 or 2015 when I was getting through 150-200 books. I was working way less hours and for waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less stressful jobs. I also am just in a slump, that unexplained, I don’t FEEL like reading most things. My favorite genre is fantasy, hands down, and I’ve been struggling to read fantasy for the past year or so and most of what is on my TBR list and in my TBR pile is fantasy, because its my favorite genre!

It’s horrible and gets me nowhere haha.

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Book to Movie/TV Show Adaptations – The Good, The Bad and the…Okay?

A friend of mine recently asked me what are some of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations and the first thing I thought was, oh wow that’s both a hard and loaded question! I love reading, obviously, and I love watching movies and often times, those overlap. It’s often that I end up watching a movie or a TV show with absolutely NO idea that it began as a book to begin with, especially and almost always when its a non-YA book.

I feel like I’m a little more lenient when it comes to adaptations. The fact is – you can’t make a perfect adaptation. It’s always going to be different than the book. You can’t tell the story the same way! A book, a movie, a tv show – they’re all different mediums to tell a story and they all do so in such different ways. There’s a reason that this is a tv show while that is a movie. They are just different! So I do tend to be a little more forgiving, especially when changes are done and they just make sense.

On the other hand, I do get frustrated at big changes made that really has nothing to do with the medium or trying to condense the story or whatnot. Sometimes it just seems as if the screenwriter barely read the book or maybe didn’t at all and just got it secondhand from someone else, like a game of Telephone because somewhere between the original work and whatever they put out, a lot was lost and I just don’t even recognize it anymore!

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Blog Tour: Spotlight on Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray {Excerpt + Giveaway!}

I am so EXCITED to be sharing a spotlight, an excerpt and a GIVEAWAY for the newest Star Wars novel from the awesome and amazing, Claudia Gray. As a massive Star Wars fan, Claudia Gray and her excellent novels are a huge reason why I continue to read the SW novelizations and I’m SOOO excited to read this one!

Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic!

Not everyone who hears the call to adventure wants to answer it….

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Global Movie Day 2021 – Sara’s Top Ten Favorite Movies!

I just recently learned of a super cool new celebration – Global Movie Day! Created by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, aka the Oscars, just ONE year ago, it is to be celebrated on the second Saturday of February and intended to celebrate the power and impact that movies have had all over the world for over 100 years now.

I LOOOOOOOVE movies. I love great movies, good movies, bad movies, cheesy movies, predictable movies, animated movies, movies in other languages, movies in the theaters, movies from the comfort of my couch, movie snacks, I just love movies. I don’t find this surprising since I just love stories in general and even though my favorite way to enjoy a story is a book, movies come a very, very close second. I love movies on lazy days, rainy days, sick days. I just love movies and I love that we have this cool, official, dedicated day to movies.

Today I’m sharing my ten favorite movies of all time so you can enjoy them!

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Songs Stuck in My Head Lately

I listen to music a lot. In my car on the way to work – 22 miles there and 22 miles back, in the shower, while I’m cleaning the apartment, while I’m at work. I love music and I’m missing live music so much right now so I’m listening to music even more than I normally do. Here are some of the tunes on repeat right now. HINT – none of it is really new because apparently I’m old and forgot how to find new music?

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Book Review: Admission by Julie Buxbaum

It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke.

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