What is my Patronus?

Hello Guys

The long awaited PotterMore patronus test has finally been released and of course it was vital that I take it. Before now it felt I was missing an important piece of my very soul, now it has been found. Thanks to PotterMore.

But in all seriousness this is the test I have been waiting for and honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the quiz format. Unlike the other ones where (if you have a specific house in mind) you can analyse the answers and think about which answer matches which house, this one has a time limit for each question.

While this doesn’t add as much pressure as a dementor trying to suck out your soul, it does mean less time for analysis, and only leaves room for instinct. Also, there are so many potential patronus’s there’s really no guessing what you’re going to get.

So with no further do… lets find out what my patronus is.

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1. Sun, Wind or Rain?

I went with Sun, although I do like reading inside, with a blanket and a hot drink when its rainy and windy.

Make or Improve?

I chose improve because ‘making’ something seems a lot harder.

Think, Feel or Sense?

To be honest I didn’t understand this one but I chose think because I do overanalyse quite a lot. A bit too much really.

Lost or Found?

I chose found because the worst feeling is loosing something. Plus, I’m a Hufflepuff, and we are particularly good finders.

Hope, Trust or Love?

I chose hope. I don’t really know why. I just liked that word.

And with those answers I got….

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I was pleasantly surprised when I got this… I was expecting a rat or something. But I’ll happily take a swan. If only I were a real witch.

I am kind of disappointed it doesn’t give you an explanation but I really enjoyed the test and now my soul is finally whole.

Let me know what your patronus is!!!

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

 

Diverseathon Wrap Up

Hey Guys

In my last blog post I told you what I planned on reading in the DiverseAThon. In this one I’m going to tell you just how much I failed at it.

I was only able to read one book and half read four others… I’ll explain.

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First I decided to start with Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden but I just couldn’t get into the story. Honestly I just personally don’t find the geisha life interesting enough to read a whole book on it.

This is why I struggled with the next book I picked up Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki which is a biography of the geisha who helped Arthur Golden with research on Memoirs of a Geisha. Not only that but I really didn’t like the author and how she treated people so I stopped reading it about 40 pages in.

Next I decided to finally finish The Help by Kathryn Stockett which I had half read before the readathon began. I really loved this book but unfortunately I’d already watched the movie years ago so I knew most of the plot anyway.

The I read half of 12 years a slave by Soloman Northup which was made into a movie a few years ago (which I haven’t watched). I was finding it really interesting but honestly it was started to feel like I was reading it for school so I took a break from it and hopefully I’ll finish it soon.

Lastly I decided to pick up Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman and it was probably the best thing I could have done. I really loved this book and it was so different from what I expected. I really recommend you read this.

So that is what I read during the diverseathon. It was so great to celebrate diversity for one week and I’m definitely going to make some smarter choices in the books I buy and read in the future.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

#DiverseAThon TBR & Recommendations

Diversity is representation. And everybody in this world has a right to be represented. Everybody has the right to have that one character or that one story that they relate to and can identify with. Me, being white, British and straight; have never had any trouble seeing myself in books, but if anything that frustrates me even more because it narrows my view on the world and the people in it.

Whether we realise it or not we learn from books. They help us understand what we don’t experience for ourselves. As J.K Rowling said…

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That is why I am taking part in this monday to monday readathon, because making a conscious effort to read diversely is imperative.

I am not only going to give you my TBR but I’m also going to give you a few ideas of what you can read this upcoming week. The readathons hosts have created a google spreadsheet full of diverse books so if you need more help here’s the link.

Recommendations:

Looking at my shelves to see what books I had read that counts as diverse, I found a surprising lack of options. So this readathon will hopefully kick start a new mindset when it comes to picking what books I buy and read in the future.

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The Shock Of The Fall: This deals with mental illness after the main character loses his little brother when he was young. The author actually works with mental health patients as a day job so the character is very accurately portrayed.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: Not only is this a fantastic story it is also a coming of age story following a gay main character. And there’s a sequel coming out (hopefully next year) so there was never a better time to read it.

Everything I Never Told You: This follows a Chinese-American family in 1970’s America who are struggling with their identity in a community mostly made up of Americans. I definitely recommend this for the readathon, it’s amazing.

Khaled Housseini: His books are set in Kabul, Afghanistan, which is where he was born. They follow important themes such as rape, war and how the women are treated by the Taliban.

The Art of Being Normal: The main character in this is struggling with his gender identity as he wishes to be a she.

Perks of Being a Wallflower: This follows themes of mental health and LGBT+. Plus, it’s one of my favourite books of all time.

The Help: I technically have 100 pages of this to go but I have watched the movie before and so far the writting and story pacing has been fantastic. It follows how black Americans were treated in the 1960’s, while segregation was still legal.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: This is the only book I have ever read where the main character suffers from the developmental disorder ‘Asperger’s Syndrome.’ It was really interesting to read from his perspective as it was written as if the main character had written it, but the author doesn’t actually have it himself so I don’t know how accurately he’s portrayed.

Wonder: This follows a young boy with a face disfigurement and his experience with going to school for the first time. It also shows the perspectives of the people around him.  Highly recommend this.

To Kill A Mockingbird: While the main characters aren’t actually diverse themselves, it does follow a white American lawyer in the 1950’s who decides to defend a black American because he believes he is innocent and see’s the injustice in how he is treated. It is also set during the great depression.

The Wrath and the Dawn: Sadly, this is the only fantasy novel on my entire shelf (that I’d read) that I could see counted as diverse. I feel like this is the genre that needs the most progression in the future, but anyway. This story follows a POC and has a very Aladin type feel to it.

Top Girls: I don’t actually own this one but it is a play (published as a script) that follows 5 women from 5 different times and cultures who were invited to a dinner party to tell their stories.

My Diverseathon TBR

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The Color Purple: I’ve technically read this before but I can’t remember anything that happens.

Half of a Yellow Sun: All of Adichie’s books are highly praised so I can’t wait to finally read something by her.

I Know Why The Caged Birds Sing: Maya Angelou is seen as an inspiration yet I know nothing about her. So I can’t wait to learn something.

Memoir of a Geisha: I have never read a book set in Japan before so this is going to be very interesting.

Geisha Of Gion: This follows the true story of the geisha who was behind Memoirs of a Geisha. Basically the author of Memoirs of a Geisha interviewed Mineko Iwasaki for the book and promised to keep her identity a secret, however, for the promotion of the book, he broke his promise. So, Iwasaki published the story herself and it will be interesting to compare the two.

So those are my diverse reads that I am going to aim to read next week.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

Autumn TBR

Hey Guys!

Not only does Autumn consist of the return of hot chocolate, woolly jumpers, ankle boots, checked scarfs, leather jackets, fallen leaves and of course Halloween. For me, consists my favourite time of year to read and I have a lot of exciting things to read.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I tried to read this last year but I didn’t get very far because I just wasn’t interested in it so this year I’m going to give it another try and if I can’t finish it again I might have to give it away.

The 5th wave trilogy by Rick Yancey – I have been waiting for the last in this is series from the library ever since it came out and only now am I next in line to get it so hopefully it’ll be in my hands soon and I can marathon this trilogy.

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This is the perfect Halloween read, right? Plus the movies coming out. It’s time.

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – I’m actually reading this right now and it’s killing me to be writing this and not reading that. It’s so good so far.

Horns by Joe Hill – This seems like another great Halloween read. I actually bought it to read last Halloween but it took forever in the post and came too late. So, this year is the year.

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – The conclusion comes out really soon (I think November) so.. yeah.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – Apparently this takes place in Autumn. So I thought why not. Honestly I haven’t been won over with Jane’s writing so far so e’ll see how this goes.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Dark, gothic classic book that could possibly have ghosts in it? Sounds perfect for Autumn.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks – Maybe. If I get the time. This is probably on the bottom of my list of musts this Autumn.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – I’m so excited to finally get to this. I’ve heard great things about the writing.

Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson – I’m going to be listening to the audio book of this once I’ve finished Heart of Betrayal because I listened to half of The Kiss Of Deception audio book and really liked it. Hopefully it’s the same speaker.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas – Dur.

Outlander by Diana Gaboldon – I really want to start the TV show but I have to read the books first. I’ve heard great things about both though.

I know this seems like a lot but this is what I plan to read up until December so I do have a little while to read all of these.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx

A Month of Reading: August

Hey Guys!

August was a mix of disappointments and surprises, so I wouldn’t exactly call it a good month of reading, nor a bad month.

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The Cursed Child: I’ve done a full non-spoiler review and spoiler discussion on this but basically there’s not much I liked about this and I gave it 1 star on goodreads. Probably the biggest disappointment ever.

A Spool of Blue Thread: This was such a nice read. It follows three generations of a family and we learn their story and their secrets and it’s one of those stories where I can actually see these characters existing. They were written so realistically I felt like I was reading about a real family and it was different to anything I’ve read before.

Impossible Knife of Memory: I didn’t know anything about this before reading this and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this. However it wrapped up a little too quickly for me and left me unsatisfied.

The Sky is Everywhere: I was so disappointed by this. The romance was way too instant, I didn’t like the main character and I didn’t understand her actions, which meant I didn’t exactly feel sympathetic for her at all. Just, no.

One Day: Another disappointment, but I’m not all that surprised by this. I just found the story to be really dull and I didn’t really care about finding out what happened in the end so I DNFed it.

Lightning Thief: I wanted a refresh of Percy Jackson before I restart the heroes of olympus series because I couldn’t really remember what happens in them. I really enjoyed rereading this but I just flicked through the others seeing as I remembered the majority of what happened in them. Now I can’t wait to read heroes of olympus.

The Help: I actually only started reading this so I’ll let you know what I think in my September Month Of Reading.

Kiss of Deception: Another reread before I continue the rest of the series and it’s made me super excited to finish this trilogy. I’d forgotten how good it is!

So that’s what I read during August. Let me know what you read.

Thanks for reading

Jess xxx