#Project14Lists: Recommending Movies Like My 2018 Reads

Welcome to Day 2 of Project 14 Lists, created by the one and only Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch. Project 14 Lists is a 14-day event where the goal is to be as creative as you can be with posting lists. Know more about the details of this event here.

Now despite having a scheduled post for today, I decided to throw caution to the wind and ditch it for the meantime. As I said in my previous post, I want you guys to leave with a smiling face after reading this list. What better way to do that than recommend movies? I know there’s this whole thing with books and movies – the debacle never ends. Yet sometimes it’s nice to just sit down, relax, and enjoy a good movie. Nothing beats an hour or two of anticipation and seeing beauty unveil on your preferred screen. So I thought hey, if I loved a particular book and then I could compare it with this movie, it’s a win-win right? The way this recommendation goes is that I have to have watched the movie and read the book in 2018. Now let’s get onto the list and have some fun!

Also I may have been too relaxed with updating my Letterboxd account with all of the movies that I watched this year. It was a lot. Stats to come.

If you liked Wildcard by Marie Lu but want more of the virtual reality experience, go for Summer Wars (2009).

Wait a minute there B… You didn’t like Wildcard right? Well, yes. But it doesn’t change the fact that I am all about stories that tackles the subject of virtual reality. It’s the real deal nowadays, and both of these stories present societies that incorporated their lives with a virtual world. Both stories also feature a main lead who deliver an impact to the world, causing a string of events to spiral down. Yet in the case of Summer Wars, chaos is unleashed when a virus called Love Machine infiltrates the system because of our main lead named Kenji. It’s thrilling, it’s funny, hijinks ensue with its large cast, it has heart, and it is downright entertaining. Not only that, but the various animation styles mesh well together and it compacts the story further. If you want a piece of virtual reality action, go for Summer Wars because at least this one packs just a little bit more of a punch.

If you were also rendered speechless by the fanaticism of All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor, then you’ll enjoy watching Black Swan (2010)

Both of these stories still gives me the heebie-jeebies when I remember what went down. Though All of This is True is not exactly a psychological thriller, but it delivered a story that rendered me speechless. The same thing can be said with Black Swan and its stunning… everything. The story messes with you – it makes you second guess yourself on where the story wants to go. While I don’t think you should watch Black Swan after reading All of This is True (because why would you want to fry your brain from all that processing??), it is a great movie to watch if you want to see a portrayal driven by being the best. Certain topics such as competition, obsession, and manipulation are both present in these thought-provoking pieces. (Trigger warnings for both the book and the movie: mental illness, self-harm, sexual assault, gore, and suicide.)

If you love the family dynamics and the self-exploration in Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X, there’s no doubt that you should go for Lady Bird (2017).

What I loved seeing in both The Poet X and Lady Bird is the way they find themselves and doing what they want to do. Xiomara finds herself in her poems, while Lady Bird wants to be her own person by proving that she can achieve what she envisions. Both stories also explore the protagonist’s sexuality, albeit what it means to become a woman in the environment that they grew up in. Equally powerful stories in their own right, the experience that these stories offer are heartfelt and worth all the great accolades that they rightfully achieved. I cannot stop talking about what a sensation The Poet X is, and I think Lady Bird also encapsulates that same incredible power.

That’s it for now, folks! It dawned on me that I also don’t watch a lot of fantasy movies. Even my movies consist of mostly historical and/or contemporary stories. Some things just never change. I do hope you enjoyed these recommendations of mine, nonetheless. It was fun to compare and contrast stories on both lists, but it also made me realize that I watched way too many movies and read a lot less this year. I hope to make more of these type of lists in the future (and maybe switch it up and insert some anime in there *wink* *wink*) which I hope you guys will also enjoy.

Now the question remains: What movies remind you of a particular book? Any recommendations for my ever-growing TBW pile?


PH Blog Tour: All of This is True

Before Reading:

In all that is good and honest in this world, I genuinely went into this book blind. I have heard of Lygia’s debut novel Unscripted Joss Byrd, but being the topsy-turvy bookworm that I am is the reason why I haven’t read it yet. Now funny thing is that when this was teased, I was genuinely intrigued about the premise. All it said was, “Four YA-obsessed teens befriend their favorite novelist. What happens next will shock you.” My mind went all, “Are you messing with me?” Months later, I met up with a few bookish friends, discussing about books and all, with me struggling to relate because I was in a huge slump. And then I was asked by JM from Book Freak Revelations to join the tour and I was like, “YES! NOW I KNOW WHAT TO READ NEXT HUZZAH!”.

“… oh sweet niblets just what have I gotten myself into?” (Bianca, while reading the book and reminding herself to breathe)


35068735Title: All of This is True

Author: Lygia Day Peñaflor

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

Age Bracket: Young Adult

Date Published: 15th of May 2018

Series: None

Publisher: HarperTeen

Buy it on: Barnes & Noble | AmazonBook Depository


Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .

After Reading:

Where do I begin with this? To be honest, I only trusted the tagline of this book and I let it do its purpose. I didn’t even read the synopsis on Goodreads. How I put so much blind faith on every book I read is beyond me. But this book left me in a state of shock. If I’m the ultimate fangirl, the girls in this book are way, way beyond me. Is all of it true? Honestly, I don’t know either.


Before we begin, I would just like to say that this story is the hardest book that I have reviewed for the blog. While I knew for sure that I wouldn’t change my rating, I still had a hard time putting my feelings into a comprehensible review. It’s a bit hard to just say, “SWEET HOLY GUACAMOLE. HOW EVEN IS THIS BOOK? MY INNER CORE IS SHAKING.” But hey, I really tried. Let’s start with the plot and setting of our story. If you judge it base on the title, you are bound to think that something is obviously sketchy. The same thing happened to me. It kept me on my toes and it brought out the best questions in me. I mean what can beat meeting and befriending your favorite author, right? Turns out, readers are in for a ride that will keep them guessing, thinking, and wondering if all of it was true. The format really brought the best out of it; the book was written through a series of video transcriptions, book excerpts, and journal entries. In addition to that, we get the perspective of our three protagonists: Miri, Soleil, and Penny. But why did it leave me speechless and at a loss for words? Taking spoilers out of the way, it’s how reality was interwoven with fiction. There was a thin line that the girls had to deal with, and the twists were undeniably sharp.

Nonetheless, it was a character-driven story. The book centered on 5 major figures, though we only get to see the two of them through the goggles of our main protagonists. I like to describe them as the fanatic, the reformed, the outsider, the lost soul, and the enigma. While it was hard to distinguish Miri and Penny’s voices at first, they became two rounded characters given their point-of-view for the whole situation. I came to like Penny’s voice the best, Soleil comes second, and Miri the least. I resonated with Penny’s character the most, with the thoughts that she had deal with when hanging with her Undertow-obsessed friends. Meanwhile when it comes to Soleil, she develops as she reaches certain points in the story. While it might not be the best, it shows that she is more than what she seems on the outside. Last but not the least, despite liking her character less, I believe that Miri has a strong personality and I admire that about her. Then there’s the enigma and the lost soul: Fatima Ro and Jonah. Though without perspective, they were both intriguing characters. They remain a mystery and act like a chess player and a grand master. Who is which is for you to find out.

Ultimately, All of This is True delivers a contemporary mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you speechless and at a loss for words. The writing leaves you wanting for more, with its free flow and magnetic style. But all in all, you’ll have to read it to believe it. Sometimes if it’s too good to be true, there’s bound to be ridiculous catch. The question is: do you believe it’s all true?


(Know more about my rating system here.)



Lygia became a writer by writing letters to a friend she met on a cruise ship when she was 14. She is the author of Unscripted Joss Byrd (Macmillan) and All of This Is True, which will be published by HarperTeen US, Bloomsbury UK, and translated in six countries in  summer 2018.

Lygia also teaches child stars on television and movie sets. Her students have included cast members of Gossip Girl, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order SVU, I Am Legend, and others. She lives with her husband on Long Island where she rides horses and watches reruns of everything. 

Connect with Lygia:

Twitter || Website

Huge thanks to JM at Book Freak Revelations for hosting the blog tour for this book.

See the rest of the tour here:

Miel at Bookish and Awesome

Leslie at Bibliophilekid