Musing Monday (#14)

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And it’s time for another Monday! There are not many who are fans of Mondays, including myself, but there is one aspect of Mondays which I do like…and that’s Musing Monday!

ezgif-1545491241For those of you who don’t know, Musing Mondays is hosted by the awesome Ambrosia every Monday. This is a book blog meme where participants have to answer one of the pre-set prompts of (I’m currently reading…; Up next I think I’ll read…; I bought the following book(s) in the past week…; I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…; I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…; I can’t wait to get a copy of…; I wish I could read ___, but…; OR I blogged about ____ this past week…). And you also have to answer an additional random question which is different every week!

This week I’ll be answering one of the weekly prompts, before answering the random question for this week…



Truthwitch by Susand Dennard! I have been wanting to read this book for some months now and I’m excited to finally being able to get to it! I will be reviewing it, as well as the sequel which comes out this month, Windwitch, for which I received a physical ARC (so happy)! I’m about 100 pages in and I’m already liking the world a lot, and can’t wait to learn more about it. I also like the magic system so far, as it’s easy to grasp after a few pages. What I have not yet figured out though, is the overall plot…which is fine, because I like mystery. And there’s plenty of time (and pages) for me to still figure that out. I definitely prefer being left in the dark for some length of time, over everything being far too predictable.


For those of you who have not yet heard of, or in any other way encountered Truthwitch, here is the synopsis:

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Note: I will not be posting the summary for Windwitch because I have not read it yet, in my attempt to avoid spoilers! I hate spoilers and will avoid them to the best of my ability! Haha.

And now I will be answering this week’s random question:

What do you think about books being made into movies or tv shows and do you always read the book first?

ezgif-com-41328b6ed1It really depends! I really like seeing movies announced, for which I have already read the books on which they are based. And if a movie sounds really good, and is based on a book which I have no yet read (given that I have enough time before the movie is released), I will try my best to read the book first. If a film is being announced which just sounds like it would be much more enjoyable in movie form, and which I want to experience for the first time in movie form, I will not read the book. Yes, I am one of those people. I will also not read the book afterward, because once I know what happens, it’s usually game over for me. A book will not hold my attention, no matter how interesting. Yes, I’m one of those people too.

girlontrainposterThe most recent example I can provide is The Girl on the Train. My boyfriend had been wanting to watch it quite badly, and I knew that his patience would run out before I would actually have time to sit down and read the book (since I’m quite “booked” until February). So I really struggled in what to do, because I do own the book, and I was really wanting to read it. But he started giving me pouty faces, and I recalled that some people actually enjoyed the film more than the book, so I gave in. And it turns out that I made a good choice too! I really really enjoyed the movie, and although my mom started reading the book last night, she stopped today because she did not like the style. This does not mean that I would necessarily dislike it, but it was yet another notch against reading the book; another negative opinion added to those I had already taken note of.



11 thoughts on “Musing Monday (#14)

  1. colorfulbookreviews says:

    I typically read the book first and then watch the movie, the reason being that if I see the movie first I will have those images in my head and they will overpower my own imagination. For nonfiction I am a little less cautious (I saw Dead Man Walking before I read the book). However even for Hidden Figures, I’ve watched the previews and some teasers and it is giving me strong images in my mind as I read the book.

    My family actually keeps a log of all the times when I like the movie better than the book because it happens so rarely (sometimes I like them equally, often I prefer the book). Forest Gump was the big one – I felt like the book narration was constantly mocking Forest, while the movie was much more respectful of him as a person.

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    • Flavia says:

      Ahhh I see what you mean! The Twilight movies did that to me back when I liked Twilight hahaha. You sort of can’t get rid of those faces once you’ve seen them, even if the ones you’d initially imagined looked nicer.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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  2. thebookprophet says:

    I’ve owned Truthwitch since it’s release (it came in a book box), and I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I don’t know why, because it sounds really interesting. I think I just want to finish a few series before I start new ones. The only book I think I’ve seen before reading the book was Me Before You.

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  3. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads says:

    I’m the complete opposite from you. I refuse to watch movies if I haven’t read the book yet. On the few occasions that I watched a movie without realizing it was based on a book (mostly with older movies that I ended up watching at sleepovers or something), I practically had a heart attack hahaha And I always end up adding the book to my TBR, more for comparative purposes than anything. I like to see how the movie differs from the book.

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    • Flavia says:

      Haha I wouldn’t say that I NEVER read the book first haha but rather that although it happens about 70% of the time….the other 30% happens differently due to circumstances 😂

      I also get what you mean about finding out there was a book AFTER watching the movie hahaha no fun!

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