🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed 🌈

My goodness! Two months since I last blogged. Whoops. I do have an excuse though – I’ve just come back from travelling around Europe. It was incredible. Nine countries, twelve cities, one backpack and I still managed to come home with five new books! There are some seriously great English bookshops to be found on the continent, but that’s for another post time! On to TTT. I struggled quite a lot for this topic. I only tend to re-read books I adore and my judgement first time round seems to be pretty sound but the more I thought about it the easier it got! Anyway, onto number one…

The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Salinger’s book is notoriously divisive so you probably won’t be surprised to see it here. I read it when I was a whiny teenager and liked it. I didn’t love it but it seemed to strike a chord with my self-centred, ‘misunderstood’, hormonal self. Fast-forward ten years and all I want to do is give Holden a good slap. Pull yourself together lad!

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Sense and Sensibility

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

This is a book I believe I would feel differently about if I re-read it. I read it as my last Jane Austen book and I think I rushed through it, being so familiar with the plot (I’m a big fan of the Emma Thompson film.) I found it so-so but I think I would definitely enjoy it more if I gave it the proper time it deserved.

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Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A book I had to start multiple times, my first outing with Wuthering Heights was unsuccessful. I got too scared at ghost Cathy at the window and Joseph’s practically impenetrable Yorkshire vernacular completely put me off. Needless to say I persevered and Wuthering Heights is now one of my favourite books!

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The Fellowship of the Ring

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I’d just come off the back ‘The Hobbit’ and was super excited to carry on to Lord of the Rings, so I jumped straight into Fellowship and was horrified to discover I was bored. I trudged through the first couple of chapters but eventually gave up. It was years until I picked it up again after watching the film; a big regret of mine as I always like to read the book before I watch the film. As it turns out, Fellowship is my favourite book in the trilogy.

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1984

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1984 by George Orwell

The daddy of dystopia. I read it in school and hated it. Well, I liked the rat bit. Luckily, people kept being shocked at me hating it and I was persuaded to read it again. I’m so glad I did. It’s dystopian government is terrifying and it’s the believability of the whole thing that makes it so superlative.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling (illustrated edition)

We had to study Philosopher’s Stone in English and it genuinely one of my fondest school memories. It wasn’t a big deal then and only a handful of people had even heard of it. I read the first chapter and my immediate thoughts were ‘stupid’ and ‘boring.’ I can barely stand to write what I thought back then! I continued to think this until the chapter ‘The Vanishing Glass’ when I quickly got sucked in (like so many others) and Harry Potter became the series that defined my childhood.

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Catch-22

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

From a book I have literally spent years starting and stopping and being confused as to why people love it so much to being one of my all-time favourite books. I plan to write a review soon so not much more to say but if you are struggling with the opening chapters, please persevere. I promise it’s worth it!

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Please leave your TTT link in the comments! Looking forward to reading them again ☺

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top ten characters everyone loves,

but I just don’t get 🌈

It’s been 3 weeks since I posted (yeesh) but I have recently just moved from Korea back to Wales (UK) so I’m allowing myself some slack. Moving continents is HARD. Anyway, I’ve struggled quite a bit with this topic – hate is such a strong word! As such, some of the characters are just characters who everyone loves and I find annoying. So let’s start with the controversial one… 

Hagrid

Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter series. Illustration by Jim Kay.

I don’t hate Hagrid! Repeat – I don’t hate Hagrid! I love how integral he is to Harry and his loyalty to Dumbledore but his constant crying drives me loopy! There’s a time and a place Hagrid.  That and the whole ‘Buckbea… I mean Witherwings…’ debacle. Siiiiiigh.

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Snape

Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. Illustrated by Jim Kay.

I actually think Snape is one of the best written characters in the series and he is consistently one of the (if not the) most interesting characters throughout the seven books. That being said I take serious umbridge (sorry) at the whole ‘Always.’ things that seems to reduce people to tears. Yes his devotion to Lily was moving and he was incredibly brave but he was a callous bully too. And I’m not even talking about Harry. What grown man wants to rip apart a kid with so little self-confidence like Neville? Maybe you should’ve rethought your kid’s name, eh Harry?

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Peeta

Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know. The whole point of Peeta is that he is kind and just and an all-round good guy. And I like that about him. I really do. But what drives me mad is his seeming complete ineptitude. Where most of the characters are self-sufficient, it seems Katniss spends half her time protecting, rescuing or worrying about Peeta’s safety. Come on Peeta! Get it together!

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Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield in the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I know that Holden is hated just as much as he is loved and I definitely fall in the former camp. Whining, moaning, self-centred, thinking he’s a special snowflake; he is the paragon of ‘Whining Teenager.’ In fact, when I myself was a whining teenager, I kind of liked him. Says it all.

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Amy March

Amy March in Little Women by Louise May Alcott

I hate Amy. I can’t stand her. She burned Jo’s book. I don’t care that she was little when she did it. It was so malicious. I’ll never forgive Laurie for marrying her!

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Please leave a link for your TTT in the comments!

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top Ten Books We Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under Our Trees This Year 🌈

Work has been so super busy and I’m trying to plan for my holiday on New Year’s Day that I’ve been a bit lax in my blog posts (naughty me!!) I will be better in the new year! Anyway, I’m going to be looking at the prettiest books I would like to adorn my bookshelf with this Christmas. So without further ado…

Harry Potter and the Philopsopher’s Stone (Ilustrated)

Harry Potter and the Phiolosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay. Book and images by Bloomsbury

 

I want it so much it hurts!

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The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

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The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Our family copies of LoTR is in a bad way (they are my mum’s from the 70’s!) and my copy of The Hobbit never recovered from when I accidently doused it in coke on a school trip. A lovely new, matching set would be perfect!

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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials: Including All Three Novels: Northern Light, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass (Hardback)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (hardcover)

My friend actually bought me beautiful copies of the three individual books a few years ago so I can’t really complain, but I think this edition is just sumptuous!

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Discworld Series

Wyrd Sisters

Guards! Guards!: Discworld: The City Watch Collection (Hardback)

Mort: Discworld: The Death Collection (Hardback)

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

I’ve long been ashamed to say I have never read any Terry Pratchett, especially since his sad passing this year. It’s definitely on my resolutions list to read at least one of this books, and with these beautiful designs, I have no excuse not too!

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Grimms’ Fairy Tales

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham

I love fairy tales but I don’t have a compilation of fairy tales! I have chosen this particular copy as it’s illustrated by one of my favourite illustrators, Arthur Rackham.

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The Odyssey

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The Odyssey by Homer

I’ve long admired this copy of the Odyssey by Penguin. My own copy is the one I used in college and for my degree and so is covered in post-its, highlights and scribblings. I think this copy would be quite at home on my bookshelf!

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Puffin Classics Deluxe Collection

 

 

The collection contains Black Beauty, Peter Pan, The Call of the Wild, The Wind in the Willows, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Secret Garden, Huckleberry Finn and Anne of Green Gables! Just look at it. A majestic rainbow of literature! 

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So, if you could sort these out for me Santa I would be forever grateful! Let me see your TTT list by leaving a link in the comments!

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s a Thanksgiving freebie so I’ve gone for…

🌈 Top Ten Fictional Families I’d like to spend Thanksgiving With 🌈

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK but from what I’ve seen on TV it’s like a mini Christmas – lots of good grub and spending time with your friends and family. Sounds great! Anyway here are some fictional families I’d like to eat, drink and be merry with for Thanksgiving..

The Weasleys

The Weasleys in the ‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K.Rowling

Arthur, Molly, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. Definitely my favourite ginger, wizarding family and probably my favourite fictional family of all time. The Burrow looks super cozy and I bet Mrs. Weasly puts on a good spread! If they welcome you like they welcome Harry, you’ve found your second home.

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The Finches

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The Finches in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee

I haven’t read Harper Lee’s new book, so in my mind Atticus Finch is still the perfect father. Noble, caring and compassionate – definitely someone I’d love to sit down and have a cup of tea with!

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The Murrays

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The Murrays in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle

I like that the Murrays are all quite different but care so deeply for one another. You know you’re going to come home with your brain absolutely on fire with ideas. Plus, it would be super interesting to talk inter-dimensional travel with them round the dinner table!

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The Peach Crew

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James and the insects in ‘James and the Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl

Definitely the most untraditional family on the list! I don’t even know what to call them as a collective. So yes, technically they are not a family (they are not even the same species) but I love to think of James and company settling down in New York and the bugs becoming James’ surrogate parents. They’d definitely do a better job than Aunts Sponge and Spiker did!

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The Mortmains

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The Mortmains in ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith

The Mortmains are a real family with great flaws and qualities and are anything if not endlessly interesting. Topaz’s eccentricity, Cassandra’s realism… You’d definitely not be bored in that household. Also, Thanksgiving in a castle would be spectacular, although I’d give the running around outside naked with Topaz a pass!

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The Gamgees

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The Gamgees in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Sam, Gaffer, Rosie and the (thirteen!) kids are just the most adorable hobbit family! Can you imagine sitting in Bag End in front of the fire, eating some cake with your tea and Sam retelling his journey with the Fellowship. That would be a dream come true…

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As this is a freebie, I’m keen to see what everyone else has chosen for their topic for this TTT. Please leave a link in the comments! 

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So 🌈

One thing I really appreciate about my Kindle is that you can highlight text and passages that move you and it’s saved on your device for you to revisit when you will. I don’t write in my physical books so if I come across something special, I just tend to think ‘Oh wow, that’s incredible! I should remember that…’ and then promptly forget it and move on. Anyway here are my quotes that I’ve squirrelled away on my Kindle since I got it last Christmas.

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people.”

Theo Decker in The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt. 

If only we could! But, alas, I think this is part of what makes us human.

Dracula

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

“But a stranger in a strange land, he is no one. Men know him not, and to know not is to care not for.”

Count Dracula in Dracula, Bram Stoker.

This is why I think education is so important. Why should you care about something you don’t know about?  Global warming, gender inequality, the refugee crisis… I think if these issues were truly understood, there would be even more people standing up, wanting to change the world.

The Second Coming

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Collected Poems by W.B.Yeats

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

 The Second Coming, Y.B.Yeats

In these dark and tragic times, it’s easy to feel like were being engulfed by the ‘worst’but …

The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition (Paperback)

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank.
 
Anne Frank stood face to face with the absolute worst of humanity and still thought this. I believe it too. You just have to look for the good, and even amongst the death and destruction, you won’t have to look hard.
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The Diary of a Young Girl

“Whenever you’re feeling lonely or sad, try going to the loft on a beautiful day and looking outside. Not at the houses and the rooftops, but at the sky. As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know that you’re pure within and will find happiness once more.” 

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank.

Wasn’t she amazing? Such profundity for a teenager.

Harry Potter

 

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 

Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K.Rowling.

Sirius knows best! A living being is a living being and deserves respect, no matter its status.

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Harry Potter

“Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K.Rowling.

You can replace ‘Voldemort’ for any organisation that deals in hatred and intolerance and the solution would still be the same. We’re fighting the same evils, whether we’re in France, Iraq or America, and we’re stronger together.

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I enjoyed this post a lot more than I thought I was going to. It was really cathartic to go back and read over the quotes I had marked out while reading and it’s amazing how relevant they are to our everyday lives, even those that are over 100 years old! Please leave a link to your TTT in the comments for me to read yours! 

 

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookishs fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Top Ten Books to Movies we Can’t Wait for 🌈

Book to film adaptations are always exciting. They can be incredible (Lord of the Rings) or pretty terrible (The Hobbit) and I always get just that bit more of a buzz knowing they’ll be based on a book I love! So here goes…

Mockingjay Part II

Mockingjay Part II is out on 19th November in the UK

I’ve definitely enjoyed the Hunger Games films so far, although I was pretty annoyed when I heard they were splitting the last book into 2 films (enough with that already!) Also, it doesn’t hurt to watch the knuckle-chewingly gorgeous Liam Hemsworth as Gale for 2 odd hours. #teamGaleforlife

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is released in the UK on 15th April 2016

I don’t think I’m really that sold on all these remakes of Disney classics as live-action but the trailer for The Jungle Book looks pretty awesome. I think they’ll be hard pressed to beat the original soundtrack which is definitely one of Disney’s best!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts will be released on 18th November 2016 in the UK

It’s in the Harry Potter universe so I have no choice but to be excited for Fantastic Beasts! I really enjoyed the book version that J. K. Rowling released for Comic Relief  and I don’t think you can go far wrong with having Eddie Redmayne at the helm.

His Dark Materials

OK, it’s not a movie but I was super excited when I heard that Philip Pullman’s ‘Dark Materials’ were going to be made into a television series. The previous movie adaptation of ‘The Northern Lights’ known as ‘The Golden Compass’ was a rather tepid affair. I have great faith in the BBC (their Austen adaptations are always on point) and I really hope they stay true the source material which likes to challenge children, rather than pander to them. Also, it will be filmed in Wales (my home country) so maybe I can be an extra or sneak in the background somewhere! 

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What adaptations are you looking forward to? Leave a link to your TTT in the comments for me to check out!

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈Top Ten Sophomore Novels That We Loved Just As Much If Not More Than The Author’s Début🌈

I don’t think I’ve actually read many début novels, or if I have their début was so long ago they have passed into the annals of history. My list is therefore more accurately ‘sequels to books that may or may not have been the author’s début but which I like just as much as the first book .’ It’s a bit of a mouthful so I kept the original title.

1. The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

Published by Puffin Classics and illustrated by Pauline Baynes

The Magician’s Nephew is the prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (although it was written afterwards) and is actually my favourite book in the series. I loved the characters of Digory and Polly (and even Uncle Andrew) and the chapter where they go to the dying world of Charn and accidentally wake the White Witch is one of my favourite parts in children’s literature. 

2. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident published by Puffin Books

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code published by Puffin Books

I bashfully admit that I never finished the Artemis Fowl series. I don’t even have a good reason why. I did however very much enjoy the two Artemis Fowl books that followed the début immensely. In the first book, Artemis is very much at odds with the Fairy people but in the second and third books they begrudgingly work together and friendships even begin to form. I need to pick up this series again!

3. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake 

Published by Vintage Classics. Illustrations by Mervyn Peake.

I’ve never met anyone else who has read the Gormenghast trilogy. I keep pestering my brother to read them as I know he would enjoy them but to no avail. Anyway, I devoured ‘Titus Groan’, the first in the trilogy, but thought ‘Gormenghast’ was even better. I love the macabre web of misdeeds and deceptions strewn across the castle of Gormenghast and I think Steerpike, is one of the most arresting and Machiavellian characters I’ve come across in any genre! If you do get your hands on a copy, try to get one with Peake’s original illustrations as he was an excellent artist.

4. Lirael and Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Lirael published by Harper Trophy (US cover)

Abhorsen published by Harper Teen (US cover)

I really loved Sabriel when I read it many, many years ago and fretted if it could be matched by its predecessors. I needn’t have worried as I thought Lirael and Abhorsen were spectacular. Lirael is such a relatable character and the plot was fraught with danger and adventure. And of course it is inconceivable to dislike any novel with Mogget and the Disreputable Dog as supporting characters!

5. The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials published by Everyman’s Library (hardcover)

The Northern Lights (or Golden Compass as it’s known is some places) is one of my favourite children’s books. The whole trilogy is outstanding with excellent protagonists in Lyra and Will, a touch of the fantastical with daemons, witches and highly sentient armoured bears and adult themes of theology, philosophy and responsibility. If I had to chose, The Northern Lights would just edge out the other two but they are more than worthy successors.    

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So there are my top five sequel books and I’m proud of myself for having finished a Top Ten post without mentioning Harry Potter! Go me!

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban published by Bloomsbury

Nobody’s perfect. 😉

🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

So I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈 Ten Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me! 🌈

Dearest Book Genie,

I have been an awful good girl this year (I assume Book Genie letters are similar to Santa letters right?) and I’m only asking for a few minor, miniscule, things! So in no particular order, I wish for…

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone fully illustrated edition.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay available from Bloomsbury.

This is a strange wish. I actually own this book. However I don’t have it in my immediate possession. I ordered it the day it came out and sent it to my home in Wales (UK). So for the next four to five months that book will be mine but will be five and half thousand miles away. So Book Genie, I would like to peruse my lovely, new book just for one night and then have it safely transported back home. Preferably by Hedwig.

2. All the Harry Potter series fully illustrated.

I know this will come in time but I’m impatient and I want them NOW Book Genie!

3. To see all my books fully illustrated.

Quentin Blake’s illustrations of ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.’

Pauline Baynes for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’

I cherish poring over the illustrations in books. I adore Quentin Blake’s visions of Roald Dahl’s tales and Pauline Baynes’ take on the Narnia chronicles and would love to see all my books with such detailed and inspirational artwork! 

4. For J. K. Rowling to right a Harry Potter prequel.

I swear all my wishes aren’t Harry Potter related but this is such a must for me! The series would concentrate on Harry’s parents and the Marauders’ lives in Hogwarts and later in the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius would figure prominently!

5. To have a library gifted to me like Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

You know the one I’m talking about! Slidey ladders and all!

6.  For daemons seen in Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ to be real!

How cool would it be to have another piece of you to converse with, console with and cuddle with! I kind of think mine would settle into the form of a fox. Not wholly good, not wholly bad, dog-like, independent and quiet (except when they do that ear drum shattering ‘I’m being murdered’ screaming thing – similar to my singing voice in fact!)

7. To own the full collection of the Folio Society‘s books.

I currently own one. The Eagles of the Ninth and LOOK HOW PRETTY! I would like to catch them all please.

8. To own more of the Penguin and Puffin Hardcover Classics.


So far I have: The Woman in White and The Secret Garden. Seriously poor form! Genie, I would like these for Christmas please to take my mind off not being with my family and dog this year. Merci beaucoup.

9. For all my books in my library to be signed (dedicated to me) by the author.

“Just let me get my personally dedicated copy of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’. Oh yes, I have a signed copy. Don’t you?” (Library fully signed me is a bit of a conceited arse.)

10. To read Sue Townsend’s final Adrian Mole book(s).

I was super depressed when Sue Townsend passed away last year. I began reading Adrian Mole’s diary in primary school (I remember it vividly as I had to read a passage to some external inspectors who came to school, and it just so happened to be a part mentioning how Pandora’s boobs were jiggling about and how she’d have to get a bra soon and I got SUPER embarrassed reading this aloud to the 60 year old man beside me. Cringe.) and he has been with me ever since. He is an honorary member of my family as we are all huge fans of his diaries. My mum and I even got teary when we found out he had cancer in ‘The Prostrate Years.’

So many questions will now remain unanswered: will Adrian go into remission? Will he ever have a successful relationship? Will he and Pandora ever get together?! I wish I could know!

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So there’s my Top Ten for this week! I really enjoyed thinking up my wildest book wishes. I just need that genie to make it all come true now!

And just out of curiosity, what form do you think your daemon would take? Let me know in the comments!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J. K. Rowling

Published: 8th July 2000

By: Bloomsbury

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Synopsis: The fourth book in the Harry Potter series sees Harry having one of the best summers of his life at the Burrow and at the Quidditch World Cup. Of course, things soon go awry when Voldemort’s brand, the Dark Mark, is seen searing across the sky and rampaging Death Eaters cause chaos after the final match. The Hogwart’s students’ fears are soon put aside when they learn their school will be hosting the first Triwizard Tournament in 202 years with students from Hogwarts, Beaubatons and Durmstrang competing. The three champions from each school are selected by the Goblet of Fire: Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum. Mysteriously, the Goblet then produces one more contender, Harry Potter. Locked in a magical contract, Harry must use all his guts and guile to complete all three arduous tasks whilst trying to solve the conundrum of who put his name in the Goblet of Fire.  

💜 What I loved 💜

Things begin to get serious in the Goblet of Fire. Murder is abound, ugly prejudices rear their heads and jealousy and mistrust are rife. But Goblet also retains some of carefree aspects of the first three books to keep the dourness at bay and that’s why Goblet is my second favourite (after Prisoner of Azkaban) in the Harry Potter series. Darkness and danger simmer under the surface throughout Goblet: Harry’s disturbing visions of Voldemort, the sinister deed of Harry’s name being put in the Goblet and the disappearance of Ministry worker, Bertha Jorkins. These are deftly quashed by the excitement and relative safety of Harry completing Triwizard tasks. We know that nothing that life threatening can happen to Harry in the tasks while Dumbledore oversees all three of them and we celebrate with abandon at each of Harry’s triumphs.

That is why the savagery and the serious threat to Harry’s life comes so jarringly and overwhelmingly at the end of the book. You are knocked just as off kilter as Harry is and need the chapters at the end of the book to process what has happened and recuperate as he does. And that’s what I love about this book; the duality. Harry is still dealing with his teenage school life: who to ask to the Yule Ball, arguments with Ron and Hermione and mastering charms and hexes. At the same time, a building wave of adult issues come gushing down upon him: his own mortality, the media turning against him and the death of a friend.

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I love Hermione. I will defend her to the death. That said,  I find SPEW just as exasperating as Ron does! Similarly, Winky seems to irritate every nerve in my being (I think it’s the constant sobbing and floundering around morosely.) More Dobby, less Winky please!

Again this is very short as, as with Azkaban, there is very little I dislike about Goblet.

🌟 Cherished Character 🌟

We know from Prisoner of Azkaban that Cedric Diggory is a good guy. He tries to call off the quidditch match when Harry falls off his broom, despite having caught the snitch and winning Hufflepuff a much needed confidence boost. Despite being tall, handsome and clever, he shows no vanity and sheepishly brushes off the praises of his doting father. He represents the ever-maligned Hufflepuff and exemplifies their virtues of toil, altruism and fidelity. He and Harry go toe-to-toe at the tasks but always show each other respect and assist each other where they can. Friendship even begins to bud at the end. We can only imagine what could have been. 

🐙 Magic Moment 🐙

When confronted by the sphinx in the third trial:

“Then she spoke, in a deep, hoarse voice. ‘You are very near your goal. The quickest way is past me.’ ‘So… so will you move please?‘ said Harry, knowing what the answer was going to be.”

Oh Harry! This is why I love you. Ever the optimist!

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Of course, Goblet of Fire is worthy of a Gold Bear award!

Gold bear award