Birthday Book Tag | IcthusBookCorner

Hey there, everyone! It’s my birthday today, and I’m officially an old lady. Mentally and emotionally, I’ve been an old lady for a long time now. Well, this means I can finally bring you this super fun tag I saw over at Jawahir the Bookworm. They told me the original creator is Antonia @ Always books. Go check out their blogs if you feel like it. Let’s get into it!


BIRTHDAY CAKE — a book with a plot that seems cliché but you adore it anyway.

I don’t know! This question is quite hard. As you can probably tell from the reviews I post, I don’t usually read “cliché” type books. I tend to read a lot of non-fiction and poetry which obviously don’t contain clichés. (And I’m not saying this to be “#different”, please don’t hate me.)
I got it! I have to choose Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. This book was quite a wild card for me. I was looking for something different from what I usually read; I need fluff, cuteness and lightness. That was precisely what Pumpkinheads gave me. It’s far from the best book I ever read or anything, but it was a fun read. I did adore it, but it was very much cliché.

PARTY GUESTS — your most anticipated book release for this year

If I’m being honest, I have no idea what books will be released this year. I really what to read Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender and The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow, but I’m pretty sure these are both books from last year. Can I just say those, please?
Wait, I know one! It’s The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton(yes yes yes yes I remembered one) Do I need to explain my anticipation? The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is set in the ’70s, and it’s about and afro-punk duo. AMAZING

BIRTHDAY PRESENTS — a book that surprised you with how much you loved it.

This one is obvious, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it. It had an interesting title and was on sale, so I wasn’t expecting much. It ended up being one of y favourite books of 2020. I loved learning about Hemingway’s life in Paris and his life as a young author. Truly magnificent.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY” SONG — a book that certainly deserves all the hype it got.

I don’t know if I’ve recently read a book that had a lot of hype surrounding it. Maybe, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly! Was there hype? I feel like it had because of the film. Honestly, it was an interesting book. I was expecting a bit more, but it’s a good book for what it is.
It talked about the civil rights movement, NASA and women of colour working at NASA and kicking ass.

HAPPY MUSIC — a book with some very beautiful and truly meaningful quotes.

I don’t know if their beautiful, but they are meaningful and relevant, Women, Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis. This book is a must for anyone looking for insight into the connection between different forms of oppression. This book was objective, concise and exactly what I was hoping for.

GETTING OLDER — a book that you read a long time ago but you think would appreciate more if y ou read it as a more mature reader.

For this one, I’m choosing The Appointment by Herta Müller. I read this book way too young the got nothing from it. I think I was 13 when I read it, and it was overall a boring experience. The book is about a young clothing-factory worker living during a totalitarian regime if I remember correctly, I really need to reread it.

SWEET BIRTHDAY MEMORIES — a book that kept you incredibly happy during a sad or demanding period of your life.

Well, here I have to mention Blindness by José Saramago. I read this book at a difficult time during my mid-late teens. This was actually the book that made me fall in love with books again. It made me realize I needed book and literature to escape what I was going through.
If you haven’t, I highly recommend you read this book, it’s perfect. The man got a noble for a reason.


I hope you enjoyed this tag. It was super fun for me to think about these questions/topics. Please, let me know if you have ever read any of these books and what books you would choose for these topics.
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Book Adaptation Tag |IcthusBookCorner

Hello everyone, hope you are having a great week!

It is time for another tag. Today I am doing the Book Adaptation Tag because I was tagged by the amazing Eleanor Sophie. I’m super excited, this looks so much fun. Let us get into it!


What is the last book adaptation movie you saw?

I think it was the Portuguese film The Mystery of Sintra, an adaptation of the book The Mystery of the Sintra Road, written by Eça de Queirós and Ramalho Ortigão. I never read the book, so I have nothing to compare it to. 

What book movie are you most excited about?

Uuuuuuh, maybe Nomadland??It is based on a non-fiction book, and I feel like it is really up my alley.

Which upcoming book movie will you definitely not see?

I cannot think of any! Probably any of which I wouldn’t be interested in reading the book either. 

Which book movie would you NEVER watch again?

EASY! Alice Through the Looking Glass, this film was really just a waste of time and money. TERRIBLE!!

Is there a movie you saw that made you want to read the book if you had not yet?

Yes, yes, yes! If Beale Street Could Talk, this film was just perfect. PERFECT, I tell you. Now I really want to read the book by James Baldwin.

Conversely, is there a movie that made you never want to read the book?

Not that I can remember! That would only happen if it was a film that is really not my thing, and I went into it knowing it is not my thing. Am I making any sense?

Name an adaptation that has almost nothing to do with the book it is supposedly based on.

Honestly, I cannot think of any film I have seen that have been that different from the book. It might come to me later, but right I have no answer for this.

Have you ever left the theatre during a movie adaptation because it was so bad?

No! If I paid for it, I’ll be there till the end. I would also prefer, in that situation, to watch the entire film just to have good points to trash it later on. 

Do you prefer to watch the movie first, or read the book first?

Book first for sure! I almost always read the book first. I love both cinema and literature a lot. But it is easier to have a good book rather than a good adaptation. A film adaptation is like an interpretation of an interpretation so it’s easier for things to get lost. So reading the book first is always a good idea. While watching the film first might put you off of reading the book.

How do you feel about movie adaptations that age characters up? (ex. Characters that are in middle school, but in the movies, they’re all 18+)

On the one hand, most of the time, teenagers in books do not act like teenagers in real life, which annoys me. On the other hand, having 20-year olds and 30-year-olds playing highschoolers is just as annoying.

So, I guess I’m with Eleanor on this one. 

Do you get angry when the actors don’t look like you thought the characters would?

I mean, if a character is a person of colour and the actor chosen to play them is white… that irritates me. Otherwise, I’m okay with it, I guess. 

Is there a movie you liked better than its book?

It is rare for me like a film better than a book, but it has probably happened before. The only thing I can think of now is the TV series adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend series.

Name a book that you would love to see as a movie.

Let me think about this! Death at Intervals by José Saramago would make an amazing adaptation. I can feel it. Honestly, just fund me so I can do it myself. 

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The Last Ten Books Tag | IcthusBookCorner

Hello, people of the internet! Today, I’m going to be doing the Last Ten Books Tag, which I came across on Golden Books Girl. Let us get into it!


The Last Book I Gave Up On

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. This book killed my soul. I really want to try to read it again one day, but I guarantee the was haunting me. I do have the worst possible edition to read this book the font is tiny and not even a bit floppy. 

The Last Book I Reread

This was a very recent read, and it was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which I reread almost every year! I will always love this book. It was the first book I ever read by myself when I was a kid, so I hold it very dear to me. 

The Last Book I Bought

The last book I bought was Selected Essays by George Orwell. As you probably know if you have read a few of my other posts I am a massive Orwell fan and have some of his essays in physical format, but they are all so tiny that it is not worthwhile to have them in separate books. It hasn’t arrived yet, as of the day I’m writing this post, but I’m expecting it to be here tomorrow. 

The Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t

Not something I remember ever having done. I might have back in school because of mandatory reading, but it isn’t something likely to have happened. 

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins of

I do not usually write in must of my books, but one I did write on was A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. In my opinion, that is a perfect example of a masterpiece. This culminated in me wanting to both highlight everything and writing what I was feeling everywhere. MASTERPIECE, MY FRIENDS. 

Last Book That I Had Signed

Easy! It was my copy of Hunting Midnight by Richard Zimler. Zimler was at Lisbon’s Book Fair and I wanted him to sign my copy of his book but I got embarrassed and one of my friends pushed me towards him. Looking back, I should have used the opportunity to speak with him about his books but stupidity has no limits sometimes. 

Last Book I Lost

I’m one of those people who lose things all the time and it’s exhausting to some extent. However, I can proudly let you all know that I never lost a book in my life. 

Last Book I Had To Replace

One time a family member lent me a book and it took me a while to pick it up. Once I did, I noticed that the book spine was torn. I then decided to buy a new one to give back and kept the torn on for myself. To this day I don’t know if I did tear that spine or not. 

Last Book I Argued Over

I am not one to argue over books. I believe everyone is allowed to their own opinion, especially on things such as books.

Last Book You Pre-Ordered

I have never pre-ordered a book in my life. I tend to buy most of my books second hand if possible and because of that, it ends up being rarely possible for me to do that. Not to mention, when I don’t go for second-hand books the ones I tend to want to read have usually been out for a while.


I’m extremely excited to tag four of my favourite bloggers Eleano Sophieanotherbookworm, Roro is Reading and Rosie Amber. I’d love for you to follow them and check out their blogs.

What would you answer to these topics? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments!
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