I didn’t want to disappear without saying anything. I’ve been struggling a lot mentally and emotionally this month. First with JKR and my love for harry potter being affected to school to work and back to school again. On top of everything going on in the world right now.
I don’t talk about it a lot because I want to keep my blog a happy space. I have anxiety and depression. I’m on medication that’s helped tremendously but this month has been too much for me.
I don’t have the motivation to read posts, comment back, or create content. Creating this update is already taking a lot out of me. Im taking a step back to work on my mental health so I can give you guys my best quality content.
I appreciate you all. I hope you all have a great summer and holiday for those of you celebrating. I don’t plan on being gone for super long!
Krisha @ Krisha’s Cosy Corner tagged me in this amazing Harry Potter Tag 😀 Thank you so much Krisha! I freaking love Harry Potter. (well… it’s slowly falling away with the whole JKR thing. ): Any who, let us get started, shall we?
– What Hogwarts house are you in?
– What is your Patronus?
–What is your wand?
– What would your boggart be?
I think I fear death the most, but I’m not sure how a boggart can turn into death unless it shows me dying? Or I would be like Molly and see all those I love dying. ):
– What position would you play in Quidditch?
I am not a sports person so I would either be just a fan or the quidditch announcer like Lee Jordan XD
– Would you be pure-blood, half-blood or muggle born?
If I were a real wizard (actually I’m just acting a muggle in front of others, hehe) I would be a muggle born. I feel like I’m the only one in my immediate family that loves anything harry potter and wizardy stuff.
– What job would you want to have after graduating Hogwarts?
I think I would want to do something with magical creatures. I think they’re so neat!
– Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?
Like Krisha, I think I’m going to do the invisibility cloak. The resurrection stone would be neat but it also didn’t seem to do anything any good. And I don’t need any power with the Elder Wand!
– Favorite book?
– Least favorite book?
This book just gives me the hebbie jeebies. and Dobby stresses me out XD
– Favorite film?
Order of the Phoniex! Don’t judge me. I love that Luna, Ginny, and Neville tag along on the adventure!
– Least favorite film?
I just feel like nothing really happens in Part 1 of the Deathly Hallows. I’ve watched it way less than all the other movies.
– Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
It’s just super cool seeing the movie bring the games to life.
– Favorite character?
Luna Lovegood is freaking amazing. That’s all there is to it. ❤
– Least favorite character?
I loathe her so much. She’s my favorite villain, so I guess there is that?
– Favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
Minerva McGonagall. She’s so sassy and caring. Plus I love her interactions with Umbridge XD
– Least favorite teacher?
I’m probably going to get a lot of hate but I just can’t get on the Snape train.
The twins are great but I just love Arther and Molly. They’re such caring people and they took Harry in with open arms. I love every scene with them.
– Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?
Hmmm… Not that I can think of. Well.. maybe that I just loathe Snape so much and everything he did in the books does not redeem how he treated Harry. I get so angry XD
If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be?
Honestly, I love them all the best.
– If you could save one character from the final battle, who would you save?
Fred Weasley destroyed me.
Hallows or Horcruxes?
The Hallows, always ❤
Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
Luna is so pure and amazing. I love her.
Which parts of the Films/ Books made you cry?
Every death scene, really. UGH. Hedwig’s death hit me pretty hard. I can’t’ deal with animal deaths. ):
Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
It probably wouldn’t be the most useful, but it’s always been my favorite. I like the idea of trying to think of a super happy memory to drive away the dark.
Which class would be your favorite?
I honestly love Care of Magical Creatures. Hagrid might not be the best professor but he loves his creatures so much. I love animals. Well… maybe not the blast ended skrewt XD
What would you do if you had the Mauraders Map?
I would be like Fred and George and use it for all of the secret passageways XD
Would you rather A) ride a Hippogriff or B) ride a Firebolt?
I like Buckbeat would be kind of cool. I feel like a hippogriff would be more comfortable than a tiny little broom handle, but maybe not XD
Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via A) Hogwarts Express or B) Flying Car?
I loveeeee the Hogwarts express. Plus, Harry almost fell out of the flying car. That’s a no from me, lol!
Would you rather duel A) an elated Bellatrix or B) an angry Molly?
I think I would rather duel Molly. Bellatrix wants to kill. I don’t think I would do anything to piss Molly off enough to kill me while I dueled her XD
Would you rather A) wash Snape’s hair or B) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
Mmm… I think I’d rather wash Snape’s hair. Weird? Yes.
Is there a movie you preferred to the book?
Oh heavens, no.
How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Everything. It’s helped me tremendously when I’ve been depressed or experiencing an anxiety attack ❤
Were you happy with the ending?
Honestly, not really. I’m still upset Fred died. There was no gain from it. I know it was a battle so obvious people were gonna die but UGH. I’m also kind of annoyed Harry named his son after Severus XD
I tag all of you to do this! I don’t know if you love Harry Potter or not so I want you to do it if you love Harry Potter ❤
Today I am coming at you with some adorable, cozy, and beautiful bookstores I would love to visit some day. These are from all over the world. There are so many in the USA I would love to visit someday too! 🙂
The creators of this tag is Alice @ Love for Words! The rules are …
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First and Last: A book/series you’ve read and enjoyed, but can’t bring yourself to read again
I absolutely loved this book. I can’t see myself reading it again because of how deep and dark it was. I cried a lot. It’s just one of those books that is so profound and heartbreaking that it’s hard to experience that pain again. I might end up reading it again some day. I’m scared I won’t like it as much. It’s a book where you need to be in the right mind set to read it. It takes place during Stalin. The pain these characters endure is UGH. I can’t even.
With a friend of my friend: A book/series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you had expected.
In all honestly, I’m not sure what I expected from this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of fantasy at the time so I was terrified to read this. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a lot more darker than I was anticipating, but that’s not a bad thing! I think the one thing I did not expect was how in depth these characters were. I don’t remember much because I read this awhile ago but I do remember those characters ❤
Double date: A book whose sequel you immediately had to read
This… was a hard one to answer. I don’t really read series/trilogies back to back. I decided to go with the Tiger’s Curse sequel. This is one of my favorite series. I remember obsessing over the first book and loving it so much that I needed to get my hands on the next book! I’m not sure how long it took me but I finally read it 😀 If you really love mythology, I really recommend these! The first takes a long while to get into but it’s worth it.
Let’s go to the movies: A book/series that should be adapted to the screen
This book was amazing. I think it is so powerful. I think it would inspire a lot of people if it were made into a movie. It’s about a girl who loves to run but ends up losing her leg in an accident. She befriends a girl with cerebral palsy. It’s so good. It’s such an important story to show we should not judge others for their limitations. It also shows that we can do anything we set our mind to as long as we believe
Dreamy stargazing: A book that made you go ahhhh and ohhhh
This book was everything. This is by far my favorite. There was so much that happened! I found myself getting angry and happy and sad all in the same chapter. I would say that qualifies as “oohs” and “ahhs” right? XD Well that is what i’m going with!
Six. Fun at the fair: A book full of colours
I’m not…. I’m not really sure what this question is asking, LOL. So I guess I’m going with Queens of Geek because 1. the color is a bright pink and 2. the book takes place during a com! There is a lot of cosplay and such with reminds me of fun colors. People dress up as all kinds of characters and that makes me happy. So I guess this is the one XD
Amusement park adventure: A book that was a rollercoaster
This is one of my all time favorite books. I can’t explain it. It’s about a brother and sister that fall in love. There is so much more to the story than that though. It was the one of the first books to make me realize that everyone has a story, they just don’t always tell it. One of the main characters has anxiety and that took me on a crazy rollercoaster because I understood him. I’m not sure if that makes sense. Any-who, this book was amazing.
Picnic with cherries: A book whose food descriptions made you feel all *heart eyes*
I really don’t know why this book gives me all of the heart eyes. It’s really not that great of a book but Wesley is something else, I tell ya. There is just something about him that I freaking love! He’s silly and not the jackass everyone seems to think he is. He has such a soft heart. ugh. I LOVE HIM SO FREAKING MUCH!
Trip to the museum: A book that taught you valuable stuff
Wonder is such a beautiful book. Even though this is a middle grade story, I feel like all ages can be taught something valuable. It’s a book I’m going to tell my kids about one day because it’s amazing. It will help me teach my kids not to judge a book by it’s cover. Sometimes the pretty covers the ones that let you down the most.
Tag! You’re it!
As always, there’s no pressure to participate!
(I’m really bad at tagging people so I just go down my reader and do the first 5 bloggers. If you’ve already been tagged I apologize!)
Holy wow, okay. I’m gong to share my thoughts on Shadow of the Fox trilogy! This will be zero spoilers so feel free to read without worry. 🙂
This trilogy is amazing. I loved Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series! Honestly I loved that series so much I was almost scared to read this. I wasn’t sure if it was going to live up to my expectations; however, it blew me away. I personally felt like the books got better as they went on. I know that doesn’t always happen.
I found Shadow of the Fox to be a bit slow in the beginning but I adored Soul of the Sword and Night of the Dragon so freaking much! I felt like Night of the Dragon was pretty predicable; however, I was not predicting it to hurt my as much as it did. I loved it.
This trilogy has a full cast of such wonderful characters. I can’t explain how much I loved every single one of these characters. Yumeko, the main character, was my favorite. She is my favorite character as of right now. She’s so pure and innocent and silly. She also has a heart of gold. I’m not really sure what else to say. I’m just really glad I read this. :3
I’m hoping to read several books this month! I’m really excited. I’m currently reading 3 at the moment! I’m hoping this is another good reading month for me. I haven’t been in this huge of a reading mood in ages! Here are the books I plan of reading this month! ❤
Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.
But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?
Both of these are middle grade books! I’m currently reading the first book, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. It’s super cheesy. It’s a really fun read! I can see a lot of younger kids enjoying this. 🙂
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Honestly, I’m scared to read this. I’m listening to it on audiobook. I’m only on chapter 1 so I’m not really far into it. I think I put off reading this for way too long. With everything going on in the world right now, I’m constantly trying to educate myself.
There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Pottter’s dreams.Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?
Harry has a lot on his mind for this, his fifth year at Hogwarts: a Defense Against theDark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey; a big surprise on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; and the looming terror of the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams. But all these things pale next to the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – a threat that neither the magical government nor the authorities at Hogwarts can stop.
As the grasp of darkness tightens, Harry must discover the true depth and strength of his friends, the importance of boundless loyalty, and the shocking price of unbearable sacrifice.
His fate depends on them all.
I’ve been listening to the Harry Potter books on audiobook for the last few months. It’s honestly a pretty magical experience. I’m in love. It’s also so nice to be back in the world of Harry Potter ❤
It’s going to take more than a knack for electronics and a supercharged wheelchair for twelve-year-old Max to investigate a haunted mansion.
Max has always been a whiz with electronics (just take a look at her turbo-charged wheelchair). But when a hacker starts a slanderous Facebook page for her grandpa, Max isn’t sure she has the skills to take him down. The messages grow increasingly sinister, and Max fears that this is more than just a bad joke. Here’s the thing: Max has grown up in the shadow of Thornwood Manor, an abandoned mansion that is rumored to be haunted by its original owner, Hargrove Thornwood. It is said that his ghost may be biding his time until he can exact revenge on the town of Blue Creek. Why? Well, it’s complicated. To call him a jerk would be an understatement. When the hacking escalates, suddenly it looks to Max like this could really be Thornwood’s Revenge. If it is, these messages are just the beginning—and the town could be in danger.
I cannot tell you have excited I am to read this! The MC is in a wheelchair! This is also a middle grade novel. I think it’s so amazing that this book features a person with a disability that helps discover a mystery. I think these are so, so important. I really hope I love it ❤
A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.
Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.
Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.
When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.
Straight up excited to read this! The photo does not do the cover justice. It’s so gorgeous in person. I think this just sounds like a fun book to read. Not 100% sure if I’ll get around to reading it this month but it will be neat if I do 🙂
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
This is one of my favorite trilogies in the whole wide world. I don’t really know why I still have yet to read this. I’m excited to do it soon though! I cannot wait to be back with all of my favorite characters ❤
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know down below 😀
I hope you had a fantastic reading month! I’m surprised I did considering I DNF’d two books in the month of May. Here are all the wonderful things I read in May! ❤
The Overview: DNF: 2
Physical copies: 0
Favorite book: Soul of the Sword
Least favorite: Poppy War
Pages read: 2,937
Average stars: 4.8
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling \\ I have been rereading the Harry Potter series for the past two months. I have been listening to them on audiobook every night before I go to bed. Okay, so I fall asleep while I listen to them but I’m still counting them XD I was not expecting to enjoy the audiobooks so much. They’re so freaking magical. :3
Shadow of the Foxby Julie Kagawa \\ Holy wow. This trilogy is freaking amazing. I can’t even. I could not put it down. There is so much Japanese references and mythology. It’s glorious. I’m hoping to do a full series review here shortly! I think the main character, Yumeko, is my current favorite character this year. ❤
The sad time has come…Both of these books were on my May TBR, but I sadly decided to DNF both The Poppy Warand Jade City. I put up a post a few weeks ago where I was contemplating DNFing Poppy War. I just couldn’t do it. I know so many people loved it. I’m sad I didn’t. I ended up DNFing this at 219 pages (41%). Maybe one day I will be able to get into it. I also decided to DNF Jade City. This is more of an on hold book. I DNF’d this at page 66 (10%). I just wasn’t in the mood to read it. There was nothing I disliked about but, I just didn’t want to read it at the time. #problemsofbeingamoodreader
Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy any of these? Did you read anything good this month? Let me know everything! 😀
Are you ever really excited about a book you bought, go to goodreads to add it to a shelf or link it to your blog, only to find out it has a 3.5 reading or less? What about when you read a synopsis about a book, go to goodreads to add it to your TBR, and see the poor ratings? This happens to me far too many times. I know everybody has a different opinion, but I can’t help but feel deflated.
There are times I read this AMAZING synopsis then discover the poor reviews on goodreads and become reluctant to add it to my TBR. Or the book I bought and was so excited for sits on my shelf untouched, collecting dust. Much like judging a book based on the cover, I find myself judging a book by its goodreads ratings.
I know this isn’t fair. There are many books I have read that I absolutely LOVED that have a 3.5 rating (the spectacular now has a 3.52, I gave it a 5 star). There are also many books I felt meh about it that have over 4 stars (the hunger games has a 4.33, I gave it 3 stars). I find myself being put off by the negative reviews because I start thinking “well if so many others dislike it, I’m going to dislike it too”.
Then I start to feel bad. Just because a book has a lot of negative reviews doesn’t mean I’ll dislike it, too. I haven’t gotten myself to ignore the ratings, but I am trying to read books before checking on goodreads.
I’m tired of being beyond excited to read a book just to neglect it because of what OTHERS thought of it. I know it’s human nature. We don’t want to waste our time reading something that might not be good much like people rely on reviews before going to a store or a hair salon or a restaurant.
I guess overall what I’m trying to say is I get mad at myself for letting a goodreads rating effect my desire to read a story I’m beyond excited about. I’m sure I’ve missed out on way too books because of this. 😦
Do the goodreads ratings effect whether you read a book or not? Please let me know I’m not alone D:
I have been apart of the book community for about 10 years. I started booktube back in 2010 when I was just a wee lil freshman in high school. Since then I’ve noticed some cover trends over the years. I thought it would be fun to reminisce about them a little bit and see how much the covers really have changed since the 2000’s.
The 2000’s feel like it was mostly the year for fantasy. There were so many books about vampires and witches and werewolves. While looking at the covers from the early 2000’s, I noticed a lot of the covers are pretty simple. The covers appear to look much darker than current books. I’ve also noticed that the covers have mostly one worded titles!
As we move in the mid 2000’s, around 2010, the covers seem to become a little more colorful. 2010 appears to be the year in which faces and people on covers started to become a pretty big deal! Honestly, this was probably my least favorite cover trend. People on covers were so… boring. Plus I didn’t get to picture the character how I wanted to because I kept having the book cover person in my head as the character. Contemporary appears to be more popular now but fantasy is still there!
As we move into now, 2020, the covers become a little more creative. I feel like the colors become a little more exciting. The covers also seem to still have people on them but they’re more cartoonish. The book titles also appear to be getting a little longer. Overall, I think the 2020 cover trend is my favorite! There is just something about them. I don’t know how to explain it!
Hello! I did a thing…. again. I acquired more books… again. Quarantine is starting to get to me. It’s becoming a problem. I’m really excited about these books though! I got several middle grade books because I want to get more into them. I bought 2 of them based off a bloggers recommendation (I don’t remember who, so if it was you let me know :D). I purchased The Keepers of the Lost City because of Evelyns post on why people should read them! I’m so excited. :3 I also bought a book from book depository because the book isn’t going to be released until August in the USA. ): ANDDDD I WON A TWITTER GIVEAWAY BY THE LOVELY KAL @ Reader Voracious. I haven’t won a giveaway in years so I cried. I’m so excited. Thank you for hosting the giveaway, Kal! Without furtherado, here are some exciting books. P.S. don’t mind my terrible picture taking skills XD
The Girl with the Dragon Heart #2 by Stephanie Burgis \\ I did not realize this was a series so this is embarrassing, LOL. (sentence from first book to avoid spoilers)
“I can’t say I ever wondered what it felt like to be human.”