Category: Reading

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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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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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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My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

My Thoughts Before Rereading Harry Potter

As a child, I was a big rereader. In fact, a good 50% of my reading was rereading old favourites, and chief among them was the Harry Potter series. Between waiting for the latest book to release I would reread the old ones, never wanting to be out of the Wizarding World for too long. However, I was thinking recently about how I hadn’t reread anything in years, and I couldn’t even remember the last time I read a Harry Potter book. As I got older the amount of rereading I did began to decrease as I discovered new books and found myself with an… Read more »

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Do you have real life bookish friends?

Do you have real life bookish friends?

Books are a huge part of my life, and always have been, so it was strange to come to the realisation recently that I don’t actually have many friends in real life who also like reading. In fact I only actually have one bookish friend who I know in real life…all the other bookworms I know are people I’ve met online, specifically from being a part of the book blogging world. My only real-life bookish friend is one of my very best friends though, which is how I know how awesome it is to have books in common with someone…. Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘After I’ve Gone’

Mini Reviews: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘After I’ve Gone’

Recently I read two books that I found impossible to put down: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and After I’ve Gone by Linda Green. Check out my reviews below to find out why I loved them so much! Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ’It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.’ Big Little Lies follows the lives of three women living in the same seaside town, and how their lives collide in dramatic fashion. Madeline has a happy life, with a loving husband and three beautiful children…if only it wasn’t for… Read more »

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Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Chapters are an important part of a novel’s structure, as the way an author decides to split up their book can really affect our reading of it. For example, some books have short, punchy chapters that keep us turning the page, and saying, ‘just one more chapter!’ Whereas others want to keep us immersed for as long as possible and use great sprawling chapters to do this. Both approaches have their advantages and I think that really, it comes down to the individual book. I find that thrillers and action adventure books that are meant to be fast-paced benefit from… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

I’m a fan of V.E. Schwab’s work, so Vicious is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages, and I’m so glad I finally got round to it this month! Especially because it lived up to my high expectations! I also read Foundation this month, which is by Mercedes Lackey, an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while. I always see her books in the fantasy section of Waterstones, and I loved the look of the covers, so when I noticed Foundation for sale on Kindle, I snapped it up. Unfortunately I found myself being a bit disappointed by this book, so… Read more »

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