Author: Laura

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. This week I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and wow…I had seriously forgotten just how emotional this book gets (or maybe I was just having an emotional moment there at the end?). But I’ll get to that! If you need to catch up on the rest of my Rereading Harry Potter series, you can find the posts here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban In the meantime, let’s talk about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! My… Read more »

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What makes a good sidekick character?

What makes a good sidekick character?

In many ways sidekick characters are every bit as important to a story as the hero… I mean, can you imagine Harry without Ron and Hermione? Frodo without Sam? Sherlock without Watson? And how boring would ‘Doctor Who’ be if it was just him flying around in the TARDIS on his own? Sidekicks have so many vital functions, but are also often the beating heart of a story. But what makes a good sidekick character? Here’s a few of my ideas: Makes the hero more complete (and likeable). One of the things that makes a good hero (as if I… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. And on to one of my favourite Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I’m still assuming my absolute favourite will by Order of the Phoenix, but I guess I’ll find out when I read it. Anyway, if you haven’t already caught up on my ‘Rereading Harry Potter’ series you can check out the first two posts here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets So let’s talk about Prisoner of Azkaban: My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: I love Ron’s attempt at a phone call!… Read more »

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Life Lately #24

Life Lately #24

August is over, and September is here, and on the whole its been a fairly boring month for me. After the excitement of having time off work back in July, August has pretty much just been work, work and more work unfortunately. It’s genuinely been one of those months where I’m having to rack my brains for anything to report, but thankfully I have one interesting anecdote: My mum, my sister and I took my two nieces and my nephew to Blackpool Zoo on Tuesday, and we had a lovely day! Thankfully all the animals seemed to be out, and we… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. This is the second post in my ‘Reading Harry Potter’ series, and this time we’re talking about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! Check out my post on Philosopher’s Stone here if you missed it! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dursley update… …they’re still hilariously awful! Their rehearsal of the dinner party where Vernon is hoping to make a big sale of drills is pretty funny (as well as insanely cringey!), some of the finer moments including Dudley planning to tell the unfortunate Mr Mason ‘We had to write an… Read more »

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How To Deal With Blogger Envy

How To Deal With Blogger Envy

Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but let’s face it: we’ve all felt it. It’s a perfectly natural emotion, which has only been intensified by modern society’s addiction to the internet. We spend our lives browsing through other people’s highlight reels – their beautiful holiday snaps and gushy enagagement announcements – and it makes us feel insecure about our own lives. And for us bloggers, who spend a lot of our time online, this emotion can be multiplied tenfold: perhaps you just read another blogger’s post that was so good you wish you could have written it, or they have a… Read more »

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15 Blog Post Ideas For Writers

15 Blog Post Ideas For Writers

In the past I’ve done a couple of blog post ideas posts for book bloggers, and they’ve always proved popular, because let’s face it: who doesn’t need a little inspiration every now and then? However, since I also blog about writing, I thought it was about time I did an edition aimed at writers! So here are 15 blog post ideas for writers: Why do you write? Everyone has their own reasons why they write, whether it’s a form of therapy for them, a creative outlet, or it’s their lifelong dream to be a published author and share their stories… Read more »

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Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Rereading Harry Potter: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Warning: Spoilers for the ‘Harry Potter’ series. So the other day I did a post about how I was going to reread the Harry Potter series for the first time in years. In that post I promised updates after reading each book, so here is the first of many! My Thoughts Whilst Rereading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I had completely forgotten the bit before Dumbledore and co. arrive on Privet Drive! I don’t know why, but I always remembered the book as starting with McGonagall sitting in cat form on Privet Drive when Dumbledore arrives and starts putting out the lights. I completely… Read more »

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9 Bookish Things To Do That Aren’t Reading

9 Bookish Things To Do That Aren’t Reading

I think we can all agree on one thing: reading is awesome. I’d happily spend hours and hours a day reading, and when I’m not reading, I like to do bookish things because books = happiness. So here are 9 bookish things you can that aren’t reading: Write your own book. It’s not necessarily the case that every reader wants to be a writer, but if you love reading stories there’s a good chance you may want to try writing your own at some point. Start a book blog. If you like reading, then I really can’t recommend book blogging… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Recently I read two YA books that I really enjoyed, both with strong female leads, vivid world-building, and if I may be shallow for a moment, absolutely gorgeous covers! It’s a shame I only own these books on Kindle, because I literally adore both of these covers, especially this edition of Flame in the Mist! But onto my thoughts about the books themselves… Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh “Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…” Mariko may be clever and accomplished, but… Read more »

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