Top 5 Tuesday: Male Leads

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Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week!

Upon completion of this list I realized I like my male characters to be the edgiest of the edgy and the softest of the soft. But mainly I like them to be borderline genius, have terrible parental figures at some point in life, and have a whole lot of sadness to get through. As my dear Richard Gansey III, who unfortunately does not appear on this list, once said, “Crushed and broken, just the way women like ’em.” Sorry, my guys. I loved putting this list together.

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Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

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This may just be my favorite tag yet, so thank you Rachel at pace, amore, libri for tagging me! Harry Potter is my favorite book series in the universe and it’s had a huge part in making me the person I am today. It’s brought me so much joy. Happy 20th anniversary, Harry ❤

GENERAL

1. Favourite book?

Prisoner of Azkaban or Deathly Hallows. Azkaban probably wins by a hair, but for more sentimental reasons. That book is just the definition of a comfort read for me. I mean, all of them are, but. Azkaban.

2. Least favourite book?

Ahhh probably Sorcerer’s Stone. I still love it, I just like the rest more. I’ve probably read Sorcerer’s Stone the most out of all of them, though (in many aborted rereads of the series). Continue reading

Listicle Tag

Thanks so much to Birdie Bookworm for tagging me in this fantastic tag by Not-So-Modern-Girl! This is such a fun tag! Check out their awesome blogs for more of it 🙂

Rules

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that I can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

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Birdie’s listicle prompt was to name 5 exceptional book to movie adaptations!

I have to be honest, I’m not much a movie person, and I really haven’t seen many book to movie adaptations that I think have been super great. I am no seasoned movie reviewer. But I will list some ones that I love and that have stuck with me…so this will be more of a sentimental list.

But please, if there are any great movies out there based on books that you think are worth watching, please comment and let me know!!

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Books I Loved as a Kid

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I own a few bookshelves, mostly stacked with books from my teen years up until now (I’m 25), and I have a shelf at the very bottom of one of them where I keep some of the “chapter books” I had read as a kid. Normally I don’t touch these books, or even pay much attention to them, but out of curiosity I started flipping through some of them…and was immediately overtaken by some intense nostalgia from kid’s lit of the late 90’s/early 2000’s.

I thought I’d share some of the ones  that meant a lot to me as a child – most of them about goofy, brown haired girls like myself just trying to survive the struggle of elementary school. Important stuff!

Also, I’m working purely off my memories of these, so if I’m grossly wrong about any of them- sorry! It’s what 8 year old Steph remembers and took away from them.

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Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

I found these books hilarious as a kid. I loved how messy, crazy, and goofy Junie B. was, and as a 6/7 year old I think I saw a lot of my own childish goofiness in her- that, and I think I wanted to be her. I was a very shy and quiet kid in school, and Junie…was not. I admired her, wanted to stand out like her, but a part of me was also glad I didn’t get in half the trouble she did, despite my admiration. Junie’s antics were super entertaining and I will always look back on these books with so much love.

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What would they order at Starbucks? / Characters outside of their books

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When a book has really great characters, when I love them ceaselessly and with every fiber of my being, I need to know every mundane thing about them.

I recently finished the Six of Crow duology by Leigh Bardugo (recommend recommend recommend) and stumbled upon an interview of Bardugo in which the interviewer asked several questions such as, “What books would your characters read?” “What kind of YouTube channels would they have?” and “What would they order at Starbucks?”

God bless that interviewer, because those are my some of my favorite kinds of questions. Yes, tell me your character’s favorite holiday, what music they listen to, what their first word was, how many pairs of socks they own. It is imperative that I know!!

However, I understand that some readers hate this kind of info, and some authors hate giving it. Why should anything else be important, if it’s not within the pages of the book?

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7 Things I’ve Realized after Rereading Harry Potter

This past January/February I reread the Harry Potter books, and I’ve been wanting to write something about it, but I wasn’t sure what. Then, my mom was telling me how she read an article about a girl who’d grown up watching Gilmore Girls recently rewatched the show and wrote an article of things she realized about the show now that she hadn’t seen in it growing up.

So I thought I’d do the same with Harry Potter. Admittedly, some of these things aren’t exactly new, but reinforced in new ways. I chose seven things, quite appropriately.

(If you’ve never read the books, don’t read this. (Jen this warning is for you!! 😉 ))

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Never Ending Potter

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I’ve had these books for years, having gotten them for Christmas the year Deathly Hallows came out (so 9 years, cough), but after I reread the series in February, and with the Fantastic Beasts movie coming out this November, I felt the time was right.

I think the reason for putting off reading them was because I’ve never held any particular interest for animals nor sports (especially sports), but if there is one thing that will spark an interest in me for anything, it’s Harry Potter.

I should never have doubted. These books were fantastic, whimsical and light. I understand why Hermione read her textbooks for light reading now. Honestly, give me that History of Magic textbook.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennelworthy Whisp are two books by J.K. Rowling written for the UK charity Comic Relief. Both have amusing forwards by Albus Dumbledore explaining why these wizarding books have been released to the Muggle public.

While I really enjoyed both of them, I would choose Fantastic Beasts as my favorite of the two. I loved reading Scamander’s wizarding history of laws regarding magical beasts, and his individualized description of each animal was extremely entertaining. That, and there are little scribbled notes by Harry and Ron on some of the pages, commenting on certain beasts like Acromantulas and Hippogriffs and making fun of the text. I’m really, really, looking forward to this movie now.

Quidditch Through the Ages was also very entertaining, and a great light read. This book describes the history of Quidditch through letters and newspaper clippings from past centuries and gives us insight into medieval wizarding sports, which was my favorite part. It also gives descriptions of each Quidditch team in the UK league, as well as the popularity of the sport in other countries. I found it very amusing that in the United States, Quidditch takes a backseat to a different ball game that consists of exploding balls, Quadpot, much like soccer takes a backseat to American football.

Both of these books were highly entertaining and I really enjoyed them, and I wish I hadn’t taken nearly a decade to read them! But better late than never 🙂 If you’re a Harry Potter fan, I can guarantee 100% you’ll like them (even if you’ve put off reading them as long as I did).

 

Izzy Heart, Potions Extraordinaire

So I’ve been reading Harry Potter and I was going to write a post about those books mean to me and my life, but instead I just wrote a story about some original characters of mine in the Harry Potter universe, from a prompt I saw on Tumblr. Heh.

As a disclaimer, Izzy, Patrick and the few extra random students are mine, all professors and potions and literally everything else are from the mind and books of J.K. Rowling. Additionally, the premise of this story comes from the mind of a Tumblr user I haven’t been able to find the original post for, but it’s their prompt idea. In all, this is just a story for fun :^)

Izzy Heart, Potions Extraordinaire 

Izzy skidded before the stairway leading down the dungeons, torches lit along the dark walls. It was quite rainy outside, and the already dim hallway to the potions classroom had the appearance of nighttime, when it was hardly afternoon.

The cold, dreary rain had been the reason her bed had looked so very warm and appealing when she’d stopped in her dormitory after lunch, full and drowsy. She’d meant to grab her Advanced Potion Making book so she could finish the essay due in class today. She did not mean to fall asleep and wake up, groggy and confused, ten minutes after class had already started. Now she raced to class, essay unfinished and fifteen minutes late.

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