Authors I NEED to read.

Hey Guys

I own so many books and it’s not very often that when reading/buying them I actually think about the author. I just buy books that I’ve heard others talking about. But recently I’ve realised that there are a few authors on my shelf that I want to read more than one book of theirs so here are the authors that I want to read but haven’t yet.

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Charles Dickens: I have technically read him before because I read half of A Christmas Carol but I’ve never read a story of him that I’m not already familiar with so I think Great Expectations will be a whole new experience. If I like his writing I do want to eventually read all of his books.

Dan Brown: He has soooo many books and my uncle literally only reads him so I want to know where this interest comes from. I’ve had this book for like three years now so he will be read soon.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Like Charles Dickens I have techinically read her before but it was her non-fiction speech ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ so this will be very different but I’m very excited about it. Everybody raves about her writing.

Sebastion Faulks: He’s actually just recently come out with a new book so he is right on my radar at the moment. I haven’t read many war books so it will be interesting to see if I like it or not.

Daphne Du Maurier:  I think Rebecca is her most famous book so I want to read this before buying any more of hers but they always catch my eye and they all sound really good.

James Patterson: He’s one of those authors that has their book trailers as ads on youtube. He’s everywhere and everything he writes is a best seller and I want to know why.

Jim Butcher: Not just his codex alera series, he’s written a lot of fantasy that sounds good.

Peter Robinson: I’m always on the lookout for a good mystery book and there are over 10 in this series already and there’s still more coming out.

So those are the authors that are at the top of my list to read soon.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Bout of Books: A Rushed Day 2 Update

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So after posting yesterdays post I was able to complete Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, making that my first completed read. This morning I decided to start The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson which I was a little disappointed in but I’ll tell you more in my overall wrap up. I think I’m now going to start the next Percy Jackson book The Titans Curse.

Now onto today’s challenge. This one is hosted by The Nickstar and it’s called Mix N Match. Basically all you have to do is pick ten words from ten books and make a sentence out of them. You can add extra words to make it intelligible.

My sentence is…

“The mortal put all her efforts into training her specialities. The incantation shifted water and air with a cocked hand.”

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Sorry this was super rushed today. England is currently in a heatwave and I’m uncomfortably hot and have seriously bad stomach cramps. I’m going to watch an episode of How To Get Away With Murder to brighten my mood.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Bout of Books 17: Day 1 Update

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I don’t normally like doing daily updates during readathons because it takes time away from reading but honestly I don’t have huge ambitions for this readathon and I really want to take part in the challenges (which I’ve never actually done before.)

So first off my reading update. I didn’t do too well today. It started off great I woke up at 6am to get a head start but then I started getting horrible cramps. Yes, that time of the month hit, and on the first day. Harsh, right?

So once I got over my crappy mood and crippling stomach pains I started One Day by David Nichols, which didn’t help my mood because it was (imo) a shitty books that I officially dnf’ed 161 pages in.

Now I am 92 pages into PJ and the sea of monsters by Rick Riordan and I’m hoping to finish that tonight.

Now for the day 1 challenge, which is to share your favourite and most hated book to movie adaptations. This is hosted by WritingMyOwnFairytale.

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Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

Hesitant Bout of Books 17 TBR

Hello Guys!

I wasn’t planning on doing bout of books this year, because every other year I’ve tried to do it I completely failed at it. However I have a small list of books I want to read before the end of summer and I’ve only just now realised there’s only one week left of it. So, bout of books sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

Next week will be a little busy for me but I’m going to try and get as many of these books done as possible

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan – I have read this series twice now and I always forget what actually happens in them, and I can’t continue with the Heroes of Olympus series until I’ve reread these books. So I’m going to read as many of these as I can during the week.

Atonement by Ian McEwan  – This is the first on my list of books to read before summer is over. I have both the book and movie so I might watch the movie as well for a break from reading.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – I just bought this but it definitely seems like a summery type book. I loved I’ll Give You the Sun so hopefully this one is just as good because everyone seems to love it.

One Day by David Nichols – Again, it’s on the list. I haven’t heard people say a lot about this book but I know Anne Hathaway is in the movie and I love me some Anne Hathaway.

12 Years a Slave by Soloman Northup – This is a ‘maybe, if I have time’ one. I really want to read this before watching the movie.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten – Another ‘maybe.’

So that is what I plan on reading. I don’t think it will be as successful as the Booktubeathon because I do have a lot going on, but hopefully it’s not such a fail that I stop two days in, which is what normally happens.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Spoiler Free Review

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I’ve been trying to work out how I want to talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, what with it being a such a huge new release that basically everyone and their mother is reading/planning to read.

So, I’ve decided to do this in two parts. This part will be a purely critical review of it with absolutely no spoilers. So, if you’re hesitant to pick it up,I hope this helps. The next part will basically be me ranting and gushing (although there will certainly be a lot more ranting than gushing) about the plots and the characters and therefore will be very spoilery.

So, with no further ado. Here are my opinions. Side note, if you are a die-hard fan of this play and feel very protective of it, probably best not to continue because the first thing I have to say about it is I didn’t enjoy it and I can not accept this as the ‘eighth story.’

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There are a lot of things that annoy me about this play, and one of those things is the marketing of it. It actually angers me that J.K. Rowling’s name on the cover of the script book is bigger and bolder than the actual writers, Jack Thorne.  Fine, Jo might have helped with the plot but the actual script she had nothing to do with. That is why I can’t see anything that happened in this ‘sequel’ as ‘canon’ and it annoys me that this is being sold to people as ‘the eighth story.’

A lot of people are saying that this reads like fanfiction and I completely agree. I read my fair share of fanfiction when I first finished the HP series when I was 13 and I know there are a lot of fanfictions that follow almost the exact same same story line. I don’t know whether I would appreciate this more if fanfiction just wasn’t a thing. It makes me feel like J.K Rowling just doesn’t she care about this play because the quality of character building and plot development is no where near the level of the books.

To me this felt like something you would see on The Disney Channel. If you’ve watched TV shows like Suite Life on Deck you might understand where I’m going with this. You know those random episodes that didn’t really flow with the rest of the show and was completely forgotten about in the next one, like when Cody lived the same day over and over until he did it perfectly or they were all suddenly playing Wizard of Oz characters. That’s what this felt like. It didn’t feel like a Harry Potter story because it didn’t flow.

For me, a lot of the characters seem really out-of-character and/or are not what I expected. Ginny resorted back to movie Ginny and was only in this as a support system for Harry rather than being her own character, Professor Mcgonagall was way too much of a push-over at one point and a couple of other characters (which I can’t actually talk about because spoilers) just didn’t reflect what J.K. Rowling created. Not to mention that some of the characters ceased to exist, like, where’s Teddy at? Am I the only person who actually wants to see this kid, cause first the movies, now the play.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s a play, I should experience the play before deciding how I feel about this. But the fact that this is only a script didn’t really bother me. I still found it really easy to follow and at certain points I could actually picture how it would play out on stage and how the actors would say certain lines. For me it was the story line I had an issue with and I honestly don’t think seeing the play could change my mind on that, although I’m sure it is a fun experience.

On a more positive note I did really like the comedy moments in this novel, Scorpius Malfoy and his innocent remarks made me chuckle and think ‘aww’ at the same time and I can see those moments played out on the stage so clearly. If I had went into this seeing it as a comedic, non-canon, spin-off to Harry Potter rather than the ‘eighth story’ I would have enjoyed a lot more.

In all honesty, I wish this world and Harry’s story had just been left alone. Deathly Hallows had such a satisfying and concluding ending and while we yearned for more we didn’t actually need it. I just wish that when Jo was approached with the idea of an eighth story, she had said no.

While reading the script I wrote down so many random thoughts so here are a few that I thought you should see but I don’t actually have anything to add onto.

  • Part of me wishes this was a musical so we could have Harry Potter songs (Hamilton anyone?)
  • Still hate that Jo called Harry’s children James, Lily and Albus. Blugh.

So those are my rather harsh opinions on the Cursed Child. Let me know what you thought, did you enjoy it? Have you seen the play? And if so, did that change your opinions on it?

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Spoiler Discussion

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So this is part two of me talking about my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you haven’t read the play yet, as Moaning Myrtle would say, ‘GO AWAY’ and read my spoiler free review. To avoid repeating myself in this I am only going to talk about the plot and how I felt about certain events that took place. Because I have a lot to say.

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I want to start off by saying that I didn’t like the plot itself. At. All. For me, that’s why this story doesn’t feel like the eighth story, because I can’t see this all happening. As I said in my spoiler free post, it feels like a random episode of a Disney Channel TV show that just doesn’t flow with the rest.

I have never liked the idea of time-turners. For me that was the weakest plot device in the Harry Potter books because it just added so many plot holes. When I realised that’s what this play was about I was so disappointed. Like, they could go back in time by YEARS. Why use it to save Cedric when they could go back to Tom’s childhood and stop him before he becomes Voldemort? Also they never really explained how it would work, how would they get the exact date and time? Is this something that’s explained more on stage?

When they started talking about people speculating whether Voldemort had a child and people thought Scorpius was that child I didn’t really think about it because I found the whole idea stupid. But then, what do you know, Voldemort did have a child… with Bellatrix? That’s an image I never wanted to see. How this would fit in with the original story I do not know, when was she supposed to be pregnant? Why would Voldemort want an heir when he wanted to live and rule forever.

Also I have a little issue with Delphi‘s character. Firstly, I find the whole idea of her a little amateur and is another reason why I wish this play didn’t exist. I still refuse to believe that Voldemort having a daughter is canon. Second, in Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling does such a good job in exploring whether killers are born to be evil or if it’s how they’re raised. Voldemort didn’t raise her and I feel like J.K. comes to the conclusion that nobody is born evil. So where does this allegiance to Voldemort come from?

I don’t understand how Harry’s scar could possibly hurt. That to me was probably the weakest thing in this play. Harry was only connected to Voldemort by the Horcrux. That Horcrux is gone. Harry is no longer connected to Voldemort. Why, after 22 years (all of which Delphi has been alive for) would it conveniently start hurting again because of an alternate timeline that hasn’t even happened yet. And how could he suddenly regain the ability to talk to snakes. That just makes 0 sense to me. Also, what the fudge where those dreams?

Let’s talk about the consequences that the kids faced after changing the past because I also had a couple of issues with this. I find it completely plausible that Hermione wouldn’t go to the Yule Ball with Victor if she thought his school was sabotaging hers. I find it less plausible that Ron and Hermione going to the ball together would put them off each other but could still accept this. What I find ridiculous is Hermione turning into the next Snape just because she didn’t marry Ron. She is one of the strongest characters in the series and you’re trying to tell me she doesn’t become Minister of Magic just because she didn’t get her man?

I don’t understand why Albus hates Harry so much. I genuinely don’t understand what Harry could have done to make Albus seem more loved. Since when is saving somebodies life the only way to express you love someone? Honestly I found Albus to be an unappreciative brat. I mean, how dare he treat Harry’s blanket like that, it was such a touching moment but no, he just wanted lots of money spent on him. If I was Harry, I would wish he wasn’t my son as well.

There were times where I felt like Scorpius and Albus knew more than they actually would about Harry’s story and the wizard war. I swear they must have read the Harry Potter books themselves because how else would Scorpius know what Lily’s patronus is? A little too convenient for me. Speaking of Scorpius and Albus… who else wishes they where gay? I feel like that was such a missed opportunity and it really pissed me off that Scorpius would fancy Rose even though she is such a prejudiced arse (yeah, I went there.)

Teddy. Where is Teddy? I might have accepted him not being an actual part of this play but for them to not even mention him is just unacceptable. Am I the only person who actually loves the idea of Teddy’s character. He is basically the second wizard war’s Harry Potter. Harry is his only father figure. They could have such a strong bond and I would’ve loved to have seen it in this play. So disappointing.

I liked Ron in this. I can actually see this being how Ron would grow up to be. He’s basically that fun uncle who has the coolest job. However, even though he’s meant to be the comedy relief in this I found Scorpius’s lines to be much funnier, but maybe that’s just my sense of humour.

I am so proud of Hermione. I would love to know if it was J.K. Rowling’s plan all along to make her Minister of Magic. That is definitely something I can see being canon but I would have loved to have seen more of it. I feel like if this was a novel we could have seen what Hermione had done with her Minister powers, do house elves have more rights? I want to know!

Ginny was a little disappointing in this, she kind of reminded me more of movie Ginny than book Ginny and was really only a support system for Harry.

I loved seeing Draco interact with Harry him have a complete character growth but I can’t help but feel like it should have happened a lot sooner than 22 years.

These are some random thoughts I had while reading it but had nothing else to add onto:

  • Why are they so obsessed with not eating sugar?
  • How crazy is it that Harry is the Head of Magical Law Enforcement? He’s the king of law breaking.
  • Can’t believe Professor Mcgonagall is still alive!
  • The Scorpian King? WTF
  • Oh Potter? WTF
  • Engorgimpressed? Seriously Scorpius?
  • Ron doesn’t say ‘bloody hell’ once!
  • Voldemort Day? Why is everybody suddenly saying his name so openly? I thought he liked that people were too scared to call him Voldemort. Wouldn’t it be ‘Dark Lord Day or something?
  • The trolley lady is way cooler than I could ever have imagined.

Let me know your thoughts on the play, did you enjoy the story? Do you have any problems with it? Are you like me and wish this either wasn’t a thing or wasn’t being sold as the ‘eighth story?’

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

A Month of Reading: July

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July was an amazing month of reading for me for two reasons. 1. The booktubeathon happened which prompted me to speed through 11 books in 7 days. 2. I reread Harry Potter and it was wonderful.

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The Unexpected Everything ~ Morgan Matson in my eyes is the queen of YA summer contemporary and The Unexpected Everything is her newest release. This was a really fun book and I loved the friendship between the four girls but I didn’t enjoy it as much as her past books. The ending was slightly anti-climatic and I did find a couple of the plot points a little predictable.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ~ I decided to reread the rest of the series this month before Cursed Child came out, starting with this one. For years I have called this my favourite of the series and while that stands true for the movie I actually found a little of this book to be long-winded. Also, is it me or did they change Sirius’s entire personality in the movies? And who prefers movie Sirius to book Sirius?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ~ This book is 1000x better than the movie. I definitely think the HBP movie is my least favourite. Like they completely ruined Ginny in it because in the book she is an awesome character and I love her relationship with Harry.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ~ I love how this concludes. It has so much detail and explanations that makes for such a satisfying ending. I loved Harry in this because you really come to see that while he may not have exceptional powers his strength lies in his character and determination to do what’s right. The minute I finished it I wanted to reread the entire series again.

Career of Evil ~ The third instalment in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling.) I love these novels. The writing is amazing and I love that I am never able to guess the outcome. This is probably my least favourite so far, mainly because I found the ending to be a little disappointing. I came up with multiple theories and I swear I prefer mine to the actual outcome.

The rest of the books I read this month I read during the booktubeathon which I’ve done a full blog post on so if you want to know what I read during that you can click here. 

So that is what I read in July. It was a good month, mainly because of the amount of J.K. Rowling I read.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx