Harry Potter

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

This week, the topic is about characters that you wouldn’t want to be. Often times, we talk about characters that we would love to be, so this time, we’re switching it up. My mind went straight to fantasy, dystopian, and science fiction, so let’s get started.

Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stone

Now, I love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but I would never want to be The Chosen One. There’s a lot riding on his shoulders. I’d love to be his friend, but I wouldn’t want that kind of responsibility of saving the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.

With that lovely quote, I will begin by merely saying that I did not like this book. If you loved it, I’m a little hesitant on whether or not you should continue reading this review/rant, but I shall leave that up to you. I will be explaining exactly why certain things did not work for me, and it will probably come out harshly. So, you have been warned.

{Story time: I actually had an encounter with someone at a shoe store. The lady behind the counter commented on my HP tank top. She said, “Have you heard that a new book was released?”

It’s terrible. Stay away from it.” I still can’t believe that I had the knee-jerk reaction to say that.} Read the rest of this entry »

Mean Girls Book Tag

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Mean Girls Book Tag

I was tagged in this almost a year ago by the lovely Kacie at A Bumble in Books (see her post here), and if you haven’t checked out her blog, I suggest you do so. I’m so sorry that I haven’t done this yet, but I’m doing it now. I’m also currently watching the movie to get myself in the mood for it, and let’s be honest here. Mean Girls is fantastic and hilarious.

{Story time: my roommate literally came running when she heard the movie playing through my door. “Are you watching Mean Girls?!”}

On to the tag!

“It’s pronounced like ‘Cady.’” – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?

Basically everyone from And I Darken by Kiersten White. Ladislav Dragwlya, Mehmed. It’s not that I necessarily got their names wrong, but I don’t know how to pronounce their names in general. When I first read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I had no idea how to pronounce Carlisle. I vividly remember debating about the pronunciation with my friend in middle school. Read the rest of this entry »

August 2016 Book Haul

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I’m back with what will probably be my last book haul for a while. I’ve been getting quite a few books lately, and now that I’m back at college, I’m going to take a step back from purchasing books when I have so much to read for my courses. (But I bet we all say that, so who knows.)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (The Illustrated Edition)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone illustrated edition

I have been itching to get this one for a while now. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I cannot wait to reread the series in these editions. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube, but it is now managed by Thoughts on Tomes. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Okay, can I just first say that I absolutely love this topic? The first sentence of a book is so important. It is your first exposure to the author’s writing in a novel, the characters, and the setting. I want it to pack a punch and peak my interest to make me want to keep reading—not that I’ve ever wanted to put down a book after reading the first line, but you know what I mean. While I was picking out these books, I actually went through and read the first sentence of every single book that I own that I have read, so this is actually completely accurate. I don’t think I have mentioned most of these books on my blog before, but incidentally, all of these books got a high rating from me. So, are you ready?

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

The night before Amelia Anne Richardson bled her life away on a parched dirt road outside of town, I bled out my dignity in the back of a pickup truck under a starpricked sky. Read the rest of this entry »

The Olympics Book Tag

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Olympics

In the spirit of the phenomenal athletes working their hardest in Brazil, I thought I would do The Olympics Book Tag! I absolutely adore the Olympics, both the summer and the winter games. Obviously, the summer games are currently going on for the next week or so, and I encourage you all to at least watch one of the events because personally, I just find it all so impressive.

Jordyn at jordzthebibliophile created this tag, and you can find the original here. I wasn’t tagged, but I’m not going to let that stop me. So, let’s get to it! Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Wednesday on a Sunday: Tropes I Hate

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created be gingerreadslainey on YouTube. The Goodreads group page can be found here.

Side note: If you have been wondering where I have been, college is upon me. I have been busy packing, spending time with family and friends, and driving across the country to my school. (That’s why this post is late.) This transition is probably going to last for the next week or so. As such, I may or may not be very active here on my blog. I apologize, but I promise to be back as soon as I’ve adjusted back into the swing of things.

I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this topic. I have been waiting for this ever since it was announced at the end of July. For the most part, I hate tropes. They are cliché themes and details used in multiple books, and to be honest, they get old. They get old quite quickly. If you missed my post about my Favorite Character Tropes, you can find that here. Anyway, let’s get on to the list!

Please note that just because a book appears as an example of a specific trope doesn’t mean that I hated the book.

1. One Girl Against the Government

The Hunger Games  Divergent

This trope has been prominent in the Young Adult (YA) genre as of late. There are many books that portray this. To my knowledge, the first was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins followed by Divergent by Veronica Roth and so on. I know that these books are meant to empower young girls, and while I think that’s great, in my opinion, there should be a greater focus on teamwork. Life doesn’t always magically work out so that one person changes the world. I adored these two books when I read them, but I get the feeling that if I read them again, I wouldn’t enjoy them nearly as much.

2. Love Triangles

Twilight

I know that some people enjoy these when they are done well, but I don’t know what that means. I have never read a book where a love triangle is done well. To me, they are completely unnecessary and unbelievable. In real life, these things don’t happen. It causes ridiculous drama, and it feels like the author is just writing it to fill space up in the book. Additionally, in most cases, I can guess who the girl will end up with at the end. If it is that obvious to me, shouldn’t it be obvious to the main character too? The most well-known example of this is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Read the rest of this entry »