Gah!! How did I never know this tag existed? I'm the biggest fan of the Academy Awards (typical film student answer hehe) and I always wish I could choose the movies (Spotlight for best picture? nope nope nope - it was good but hm). I can choose the books here! These are some of my favorites from 2015. Keep in mind that I will be skipping a few questions because of the lack of 2015 releases I've read this year!
1. Best Actor / Best Male Protagonist
Baz, from Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell. If you tell me you didn't fall in love with him, you're lying! He was simply a great and mysterious character, he treated his friends well and his bad boy attitude was to fall for. I absolutely loved his presence in Carry On, so he is definitely the winner here!
2. Best Actress / Best Female Protagonist
Rachel, from The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. First of all, it was a fantastic book with the most awesome plot and twists. Second of all, this character was so messed up in a beautiful way, and impressed me (and disappointed me) with her choices and her actions. However, she was real and she suffered, which made he seem even more reliable to me. Also, she's being played by Emily Blunt in the movie adaptation, so maybe I'm foreshadowing Blunt's Oscar next year? She was great in Sicario!
3. Best Cinematography / Best Plot Twist
Guys I really didn't want to pull a Mad Max here and give every award to the same book but I had to. The Girl on the Train is the winner for me! The plot twists and the secrets that were revealed were so shocking I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and it just made me want to read more!
4. Best Costume Design / Best Book Cover
Is it cheating if i say I didn't read the book yet? The book cover for A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston is simply gorgeous. If the cover designer were a DP, he'd be Roger Deakins.
6. Best Original Screenplay / Most Unique Plot/World
I skipped the 5th question because I genuinely couldn't find something other than Carry On, so I decided to spare you guys that one paragraph because I'd be rambling about how much I loved the book anyways. For most unique plot, I would have to go with Magnus Chase #1: The Sword of Summer, not necessarily because the plot was that unique, but because Riordan somehow found a way to create a whole entire world for another character. Like does he never run out of ideas???
7. Best Adapted Screenplay / Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation
ROOM!!! So. Good! Brie Larson was amazing and totally deserved the Oscar. Although I loved the movie, the book was still 40% better, but I have to admit that they did an amazing job with the adaptation.
8. Best Animated Feature / Book that Would Work Well in Animated Format
Nimona, because it was a crazy good graphic novel and they should keep the same illustrator for an adapted movie. 'Nuff said.
9. Best Director / Author You Discovered for the First Time
I'd say Paula Hawkins, but I believe it was her debut novel, so I'm going with Colleen Hoover. I read a few pages of her book Ugly Love and fell in love with her style. I'm definitely going to pick up one of her books soon and read it!
12. Best Short Film / Best Novella
I'm going with The Story of Lucius Cane, by Vanya Ferreira, because it's the most recent one I've read and remember liking. It was published early 2016, so I don't know if it counts, but this was an entertaining short story and a fun twist on a popular trope! Look forward to a review hihi!
13. Best Picture / Best Standalone
Debating between the same few Y.A. books, but (and as much as you guys are gonna sigh), Carry On wins. I simply cannot get over how great the book was! It's the same feeling I had after I read Anna and the French Kiss, so you must imagine how great of a feeling it was! Anyways, a few runner ups are The Girl on the Train and Dan and Phil's book because I'm phan trash.
I hope you enjoyed my Bookish Oscars tag, it was sooo much fun to make and I cannot wait to do it next year too! Hopefully I get to read a lot of the 2016 releases!
Thanks for reading,
The dreaded question. Are eBooks better than paper books? I've wanted to write this post for a really long time, but because I had never gotten my hands on an eReader, I figured I was probably not suited for this. However, in the past few months, I've been reading a lot on my iPhone (mostly because I get review copies on .mobi). I have experienced the eBook phenomenon enough to write an honest review, so here we go!
Obviously, reading a paper copy feels way better than an eBook. You get to feel the pages, flip through pages and (if you're into this kind of stuff) crack the spine. The feeling of going through pages, using a bookmark and post-it notes can never be replicated by eBooks, and will never be. Physical copies are also weighing, and maybe this is just me, but I love the weight of books. It makes them feel real!
I have to give this one to eBooks, sadly. They are easier to store and keep organized, because a virtual library is organized for you. It's easy to find what you need, everything is in alphabetical order, and finding a page or a sentence is way easier on electronic versions. Books are large, which makes them harder to carry, especially on long trips where your suitcase/carry on is already incredibly packed.
Now this one is where I hesitate a lot. Physical books are expensive when new. Even paperbacks are $10 and up, and as bookworms, we like to have a lot of them, let's be honest. However, many eBooks are only $1 or even free on certain websites or for certain occasions. I would have to give this one to eBooks also, but you also have to keep in mind that the eReader itself costs money!
This easily goes to eBooks, I'm sorry. They are tiny to hold and fit perfectly in your hand, and unlike books, they stay the way you want them to stay. Floppy paperbacks are fine but hardcovers that won't stay "still" ruin my reading experiences sometimes. Although they are smaller to read on, the special eReader screen still makes it easy on the eyes.
Physical books, hands. Down. Nothing will ever been a physical book, because of how much history and culture they have to them. Physical books have been with us for so long, and it would be a shame if we ever stopped making them.
To wrap up this debate, I think that what I'm trying to say is that no matter how practical, portable, and fast eReaders are, physical books will never lose their place in my heart, and in the hearts of bookworms across the world. It all comes down to if you value practicality over authenticity, but I think that this debate shouldn't even exist in the first place. Both are good in their own ways, and personally, I think that having both is a good idea. eReaders are great for travelling, but for a cozy day at home, ditch the Kindle and grab yourself a book from your shelf!
I hope you enjoyed this and I hope that my own experience as a student has helped you decide. Thanks for reading!