The Nope Tag

I first saw this tag over on The Cozy Pages blog, but it originates from The BookTube Book. Check out the video here. It looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

Nope: Book ending:

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mockingjay. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone that hasn’t seen the films/read the books and intends to. I just questioned the choices that Katniss made.

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Nope: Protagonist

I have more than one, sorry. Alex, Veronica and Mollie from Those Girls. 

Nope: Series you didn’t enjoy or won’t continue with

I don’t see myself continuing with the Throne of Glass series. I got to Queen Of Shadows and didn’t feel compelled to continue.

Nope: Ship I don’t support

Meg and Laurie from Little Women. Not a fan.

Nope: Plot twist

We Were Liars. I didn’t enjoy the plot twist in this book. I felt a little underwhelmed.

Nope: Protagonist decision

Bella in Twilight. Why did she ever fall for Edward? He’s creepy!

Nope: Genre

Horror- my imagination is way too overactive to cope.

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Nope: Book format

Black covers that get fingerprints all over them that you can’t get rid of.

Nope: Trope

Love triangles- I’m just bored of them!

Nope: Cliche/Pet Peeve

Anything to do with females being described as a ‘goddess’

Nope: Recommendation

Most recommendations I get are tailored to my reading tastes so I don’t have one for this one.

Nope: Love Interest

Ron and Hermione- I’m sorry, I just never really bought it!

Nope: Book

Blood and Chocolate- I read this for a Banned Books feature recently and I wasn’t a fan…

Nope: Villain

I think one of the worst villain’s is Dolores Umbridge. She terrifies me just as much as Voldemort.

Nope: Death

Dobby- 😦 There are many characters that met their demise in Harry Potter that I often think… why?!!

Nope: Author

I don’t think there’s an author I wouldn’t try. Some I guess I wouldn’t go back to, but I’ve never had one I wouldn’t try. I wouldn’t read another book by E.L James if she wrote another.

Have you had a go at this tag? If you have link me to your post so I can check out your answers. Or feel free to give it a go!

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Shelfie By Shelfie #2

I decided to complete another one of my book shelves for Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag.

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s a bit of a random one but it does have some reasoning behind it. My Harry Potter books and Fantastic Beasts are on this shelf. On this shelf are:

  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire
  • Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • The Tales of Beedle The Bard
  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- Magical Movie Handbook

Then there’s some random ones

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Paradiso
  • Grimm Tales
  • Roald Dahl Whizzpopping Joke Book
  • Vegetarian recipes (!!!)

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

These books are pretty special but I’ll talk about the first 4 Harry Potter books. My mum bought the box set to read to my cousin when he was in hospital with a brain injury. She brought the books back with her when he was better and gave them to me. This started my Harry Potter love.

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Vegetarian recipes! Ha. I don’t even know why that’s there. I am a vegetarian and know quite a few good recipes now.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

Ooh tough. I’d love to save Harry Potter, but I guess that’s easily replaceable. Most are. I do love my Hugo Cabret book though and don’t want to go lugging that around if I had to replace it. So I’d save that one because it’s a stunning read.

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

The first 4 Harry Potter books.

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I’m re-reading it soon as part of a Harry Potter re-read.

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Also on the shelf are Roald Dahl postcards. I sent my current class a postcard to their home address before they started with me in September. The painting is from a child, that I taught during my first teaching placement (in Year 4- 8-9 years old) as a trainee teacher. After my 6 week placement, she handed me the painting as a leaving gift. She was so quiet and went under the radar, but I clearly made an impact. This painting means a lot to me!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

That I like Harry Potter?

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂

Top Ten Best Mothers In Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a Mother’s Day freebie. I decided to go with some of the best mother’s in literature…so here goes!

Marmee- Mrs March- Little Women- How can you not love her? She cares for her four girls so much and is just a wonderful human being ❤

Molly Weasley- Harry Potter– Adorable woman! I love her feisty spirit and devotion to her family.

Lily Potter- Harry Potter– We don’t read nearly enough about her, but from what we do see, we know that she and James loved Harry immensely.

Rosa Hubermann- The Book Thief– A fierce lady but definitely kind at heart.

Mother- The Railway Children- She cares for her children despite the madness going on with her husband.

Natalie Prior- Divergent– Another woman I adore. She tries to protect her children no matter what.

Rosaleen- The Secret Life of Bees– Rosaleen may not be Lily’s mother, in fact, she’s her maid, but she cares for Lily as if she was her own child.

Ma- Room– Ma does everything she can to protect Jack. She devises a plan for them to escape as she wants the best for Jack!

Marilla- Anne of Green Gables– She may not be mother to Anne by birth, but she’s a wonderful adopted mother despite a rocky start.

Romy’s mum- All The Rage– Romy’s mum and boyfriend are supportive throughout the story. I love reading about carers who are actually there for their children.

What did you pick for your Mother’s Day freebie this week? It may not be Mother’s Day in the U.K. but it’s never the wrong time to celebrate mothers!

Top Ten Reasons Why Harry Potter Is Awesome

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about fandoms! I’ve decided to talk about ten reasons why I believe Harry Potter is awesome. I could have mentioned so much more…

  1. It’s a fantastic story. There’s no denying that the series is incredibly popular and I believe it’s for good reason. The story gripped me from the start and it’s continuing to grip children and adult alike.

  2. It appeals to both males and females. Not many books can do that!

  3. Its characters. The characters are so diverse. There’s got to be a character than any person could somewhat identify with. The characters are well developed especially through the course of the series.

  4. Strong female leads. Got to love Hermione. She’s intelligent and kick ass at the same time!

  5. I love that there are little clues that you start to piece together as the series continues.

  6. There’s something different to find every single time you read it!

  7. The story tells us that having magic doesn’t solve everything. People still come to harm and Harry’s parents themselves didn’t survive, despite being good wizards.

  8. It’s so British- I love that an amazing series has come straight out of Britain! It makes me proud.

  9. Movies- they may not be as perfect as we’d want them to be, but I think they’re pretty close!

  10. Love- I adore that love is the most powerful tool of all ❤ What a lovely message!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Bookish Characters (and author!) that I’d Name A Pet After

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all naming things with a literary name. It could be an animal, a child etc. etc. I decided to go for pet names and it was surprisingly fun!

Scout and Atticus – To Kill A Mockingbird

Love that book and adore the characters. They’d be cute pet names!

Manchee- The Knife of Never Letting Go

I think it’s too much to want a Manchee that talks, but I ADORE the name.

Snape, Luna, Minerva, Sirius – Harry Potter

Such awesome characters. A pet would be worthy to have those names!

Jojo- After one of my favourite authors Jojo Moyes!

A cute animal name, don’t you think?

Scarlett- Gone With The Wind

Not a massive fan of the book, but I love the name. Would be cute for a dog or a cat.

Pippi- Pippi Longstocking

I think this would be a cute name for any animal. 😀 Now I want another pet to name!

What have you done for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child -Spoiler Free-

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Thoughts:

This review is certainly a tricky one to write because on the one hand I absolutely loved being back in Harry Potter world, I loved the nostalgia, I loved some of the story line, but on the other hand I was a little dissatisified with this book. I think it was always going to be hard to live up to its predecessors. I’m still happy I read it and I would certainly recommend it to Harry Potter fans. I’m just not as content after reading it as I hoped I would be. I won’t reveal what happens in the play- no-one likes a spoiler, but it is brilliant to be in that world once more.

This book is so easy to fly through. I have to admit to quite liking the play format. It made it incredibly easy to read although I didn’t find it as gripping as following the other Harry Potter stories. It also doesn’t read as a continuation of that tale, so I wouldn’t recommend going into this book thinking that it’s Harry Potter 8. I liked being introduced to the offspring of those characters that we know so well and there were some really intriguing moments. I feel like some of the characters didn’t really ring true to those characters that we came to love over the years. Some moments were quite confusing too.

Overall, this was a really mixed reading experience for me. I enjoyed some parts, I was confused by others. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it’s nostalgic and a decent addition to a Harry Potter fan’s bookcase!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars!

A nostalgic, but not perfect read!