Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From When I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read Yet

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I had to change the topic slightly, from BEFORE I started blogging to WHEN I started blogging because apparently everything on my shelf is from when I started.And yes, there is even four books from a series included on this list - one that I keep meaning to read because it sounds fun (one day).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
Published: July 31, 2016
Publisher: Little Brown 
Pages: 343
Received: my husband bought me a copy 
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon 

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.

Okay, let's start with the fact that I read this the first weekend after it's release and I am just now writing my review. I needed time to absorb and think about my feelings, but now I'm regretting not writing it right away while I was still feeling all the feels and such.

I've read a lot of reviews of this script (I'm going to call a it a book from here on out since it was bound and published since that is still kind of how I see it). The one that was closest to my thinking process was a review over at Bookmark Lit. Pretty much, it's not a perfect JKR style Harry Potter book, but it still brought back all of the fun and emotions for me. Even though it is a play to be watched instead of read, I really enjoyed it. Somehow I was still able to recall details of Hogwarts and other places from my memory of the previous books, so it wasn't an issue of needing more descriptive writing for the non-spoken sections of the play. Honestly, it really didn't deter from my enjoyment at all. If anything, I was able to concentrate on what they were saying and feeling the emotions.

Now on to the story and characters - be warned there may be spoilers below.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pokemon Go Book Tag

Disclaimer:  Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo. This Book tag created by Read at Midnight.
This book tag is everywhere, so I just have to participate since I have been playing Pokemon Go lately and I adore books. Thanks Read At Midnight for creating the tag.
I always loved reading as a child, but when I really got back into reading near the end of college it was because of my Mom and her pushing the Harry Potter series on me and my sister. Mom started reading them because a neighbourhood kid told her about them and she borrowed the first book from him and she fell in love. She then needed people to read the books so she could talk to them about it all. Let's just say we all owned our own set of the books because we didn't want to share. ;)

Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - I read this in high school and again in college. I think I need a reread soon to refresh my mind  about Holden!

Victoria Schwab's Shades of Magic Series... it's everywhere and I kind of have no interest in it at all. Don't kill me.
I honestly can't think of anything for this one right now, I've been away from the bookish world for a while, so I'm skipping it...

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - I really do need to read this series, but the books are so LONG.
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin - ditto

Well, all night reading because it was so good: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (I listened to this one)
Or all night because it scared the freaked me out: This one just had me thinking mostly about what I would do in their situation - We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
I choose Simon & Baz - Carry On and Anna and St. Caire - Anna and the French Kiss.
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares - time travel and romance!

I really don't know what to put here, because I don't think I've read any books that have a spin off yet, unless you count the new Harry Potter book?
The Friday Harbour series by Lisa Kleypas - I knew it would be a good romance series, but I didn't think I'd adore it so much. I have one more to read in the series.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - I've been watching the TV show and I want to read the books to see if they are similar or not.
The Selection by Kiera Cass - I've heard mixed things about this series, but I still think I'd like to give it a go.

I'd love to own a really nice set of Harry Potter books - mine are quite worn now but well loved!

It's been a while since I've been into the book world due to my pregnancy and the arrival of my little one, but her is the one debut that I cannot wait for: Wintersong by S Jae-Jones.
My auto-buy authors are Rainbow Rowell, Sarah Addison Allen and Kathy Reichs.

I have quite a few that I'm waiting for (some I've gotten review copies of so I'm super excited to read them). The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, Labyrith Lost by Zoraida Cordova and Wintersong by S Jae-Jones.

I'm not tagging anyone specific, so if you are reading this and want to play along, GO FOR IT!
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