Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Fictional Families I’d Like To Celebrate Thanksgiving With

November 24Top Ten Fictional Families I’d Like To Celebrate Thanksgiving With
This week we were given a Thanksgiving themed freebie – whilst I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, living in the UK and all, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of ten fictional families who I would love to celebrate the holiday with.


1. The Weasley’s (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
I’m assuming Harry and Hermione are present, because they usually are! Molly’s cooking, Fred and George’s pranks, Percy’s pompousness and Arthur’s muggle related questions: what’s not to love?!

2. The Halfbloods (Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan)
They’re one big happy family so this totally counts. It would be great fun to have a feast with the half-bloods, and all the festivities that go with it. Sure, there’d be a monster or two, but it’s all good fun, right?!

3. The Cullen’s (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
They wouldn’t harm an innocent human so I think I’d be pretty safe, and they would make excellent conversation (even though I’d be the only one eating) – I’m sure I’d be freaked out to be in a house full of vampires nevertheless.

4. The Wolves (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
I couldn’t have dinner with the Cullen’s without also having (a separate) dinner with the wolf pack. I’d love to get to know Jake and Seth and hear more about their legends over piles of food.

5. The Liars (We Were Liars by E. Lockhart)
I think it would be fun to explore the island with the Liars just for one day – I think we’ll forget their psychotic mothers and just enjoy the sun, sea, sand and have one big adventure.

6. The Abshire/DeTamble’s (The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger)
For one thing, they put on quite the party. Secondly, he can time travel – how cool would it be to see that happen?! I’m also obsessed with Clare, Henry, and their daughter Alba as characters, so I’d just love to get to know them better.

7. The Everdeen/Mellark’s (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Post-rebellion you’ll understand. I wouldn’t want to be associated with them until it was safe to do so, but they are two of my favourite literary characters (also can we please invite everyone else who is still alive?!)

8. The Havillard/Westfall/Sardothien’s (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)
I know Dorian would throw one heck of a party, with live music, dancing, a banquet and the most good looking people from the realm. You’ll just have to give me some warning so that I can fit into my dress.

9. The Pevensie’s (The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis)
This choice is as much about the location as the company – imagine having Thanksgiving dinner in Narnia, with Aslan and the Beavers. I’m not sure I’d be able to eat anything, as I’d be too busy gawping at the scenery.

10. The Hogwarts Staff and Students (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)
The ultimate would be to have Thanksgiving dinner (true American style) in the Great Hall surrounded by hundreds of wizards, witches, ghosts and mountains of food. It would be truly magical.

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Would You Rather Book Tag

Either or questions, come at me! I saw this tag on FlickThrough‘s blog, so go and check out their answers.

1. Would you rather do only review posts or only tag posts?
Considering that I primarily write reviews, I’ll stick with that. I do love doing tags, but they are not the primary focus of my blog.

2. Would you rather always see the film first or never see the film version of books?
Even though it pains me to see a film before reading the book, I’d rather do that than never get to watch the movie adaptations of my favourite books.

3. Would you rather have a list of every book you’ve ever read (like Goodreads from birth) or still have the physical copy of your first favourite book?
I’d definitely love a list of every book I’ve ever read (*makes mental note to do this for any future children*). I still have the copy of my first favourite book anyway (“The Magic Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton), so win/win!

4. Would you rather have an active in-person book club of non-book-bloggers or have lunch with your best book-blogger buddy once a year?
I’d love to be part of a book club that meets in person. Just think of all the literary discussions.

5. Would you rather have the time to read everything you want to read or the money to buy everything you want to read?
I’d definitely rather have the time! I must have hundreds of unread books on my shelves that I desperately want to read, but cannot find the time for. Anyway, the ability to stop time or live forever (as this question suggests) would be magic.

6. Would you rather dream cast the film or have editing power over the script for the film version of your fave?
Dream cast the film – I’d love to be able to choose my favourite actors and actresses for the roles of my favourite characters. Although, pressure!!

7. Would you rather have your favourite fictional superpower or your favourite fictional technology?
Superpower, definitely! I’d love to have infinite life or the ability to travel in time and space.


8. Would you rather read an amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending or a ‘meh’ story with a spectacular ending?
Amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending – ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy springs to mind here! I adore the series, but I feel as though the finale wasn’t quite as “wow” as it could be. It’s still my favourite trilogy of all time though!

9. Would you rather not be able to read in a moving vehicle or not be able to read lying down?
Not be able to read in a moving vehicle – I do most of my reading in bed, so it’s the viable option. Plus I could always listen to an audiobook whilst on the move.

10. Would you rather re-read your favourite book or series with fresh eyes, like the first time, or be able to un-read your biggest disappointment?
As long as I could magically remember my first and subsequent reading experiences after finishing re-reading “Harry Potter” with fresh eyes, I’d do that. However, if it were to mean I’d lose my memories of growing up with the series, I’ll un-read “The Prisoner of Zenda” by Anthony Hope – yawn!

Bonus: Would you rather go to Hogwarts or live in Middle Earth?
Hogwarts! No brainer.

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

November 17Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So
Just a friendly warning, this list is J.K. Rowling heavy: I rarely remember to write down inspirational or interesting quotes, so unless I am reading on my Kindle (when I can highlight at will) or I am reading a book that I know I’ll take some life lessons away from, I generally don’t read with a pen and paper handy. Hence this list is comprised of books I either read digitally or books written by the woman with a way with words!


1. “We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” (Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling)

2. “We accept the love we think we deserve.” (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)

3. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling)

4. “I don’t think meaning is something that can be explained. You have to understand it on your own.” (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn)

5. “In life it is often the tiny details that end up being the most important.” (A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket)

6. “You could find beauty nearly anywhere if you stopped to look for it.” (Career of Evil by J.K. Rowling)

7. “People live, and then they die, and as long as they do both things properly, there’s nothing much to regret.” (Tripwire by Lee Child)

8. “Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there.” (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)

9. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you failed by default.” (Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling)

10. “Curiosity is not a sin,” he said. “But we should exercise caution with our curiousity.” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling)

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Hogwarts In The Snow: A Preview

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP launch event for Hogwarts In The Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and I can’t think of any better way to get in the festive spirit than with a visit to Leavesden Studios.

It marked my 5th visit to the tour, and it was no less magical than the first time I stepped through the doors. The sets looked magnificent decked out (pun intended) in Christmas trees, flaming Christmas puddings, and decorations galore.


As far as VIP events go, this was fantastic! We were offered blue smoking cocktails in the foyer, followed by drinks and canapés in the Great Hall and on Platform 9 3/4, in the presence of singer Rod Stewart, magician Dynamo, ‘Great British Bake Off’ winner Naydia, YouTubers Evan Edinger and Dodie Clark, EastEnders actor Jake Wood, and most importantly, McFly and McBusted frontman Tom Fletcher, amongst others.


The one thing I love most about these events is meeting up with Potter friends from all over the UK, and having an amazing time geeking out.


One of the undisputed highlights of the tour is the huge scale model of Hogwarts, which looks even more breathtaking when covered in snow.


As “always”, I had a truly magical time!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

November 10: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch
I’m one of those people who 9 times out of 10 reads the book before watching the corresponding movie or TV show, but then I swiftly pounce on the screen adaptation. As a result I could only think of five Book to Movie adaptations that I’ve yet to watch, and therefore I’ve also included five books I intend to read before watching the film version.


Books I’ve read but haven’t seen the film adaptation

1. Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
‘Insurgent’ for me was a huge let down following ‘Divergent’, and that has hampered my desire to watch the adaptation – although I’ve heard many details have been changed in the film, so perhaps it will now exceed my low expectations.

2. Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller, featuring a psychopathic female lead, and her somewhat deranged husband. I own the film but have yet to work up the courage to see those insane characters brought to life.

3. The Scorch Trials (James Dashner)
I really enjoyed ‘The Maze Runner’ film (more so than the book), and did intend to watch ‘The Scorch Trials’ in the cinema, but time evaded me and now I’m going to have to wait for the DVD release.

4. City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)
This book was so fast-paced I feel like I didn’t manage to fully understand the world, or remember who and what the characters are. I feel by watching the film it might make me more inclined to carry on with reading this series.

5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Jesse Andrews)
I still have mixed feelings about this as a novel, but I can imagine it would translate well to film – so I’m excited to see what they’ve done with such a random premise (I think I’ll wait for it to hit Sky Movies or Netflix though – I’m in no rush).


Books I want to read before watching the film adaptation

6. The Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick)
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star in adaptation of the book, both of whom I love, so for it to have been made for the big screen it must be good.

7. Beastly (Alex Flinn)
This has a really interesting premise about a boy who is beautiful and then becomes a beast, and the movie stars Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Anne Hudgens, and it just sounds like a really fun read/watch.

8. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (David Levithan and Rachel Cohn)
I read ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ earlier this year and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading another novel by the duo – the film looks really cute too.

9. The Duff (Kody Keplinger)
Whilst I’ve heard that the book and movie are wildly different, I still want to check them both out. In my mind ‘The Duff’ is ‘Mean Girls’, but regardless it sounds like a hilarious book.

10. The Host (Stephenie Meyer)
I have high expectations for this book following ‘The Twilight Saga’, and part of me is a little daunted by the prospect that it won’t live up to it. However, I really want to read this book (probably over the winter) and then settle down with the film adaptation.

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#32.2 Tick, Tock (#55)

The last few months have disappeared in the blink of an eye. It’s November and I had only re-read the first novel in ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy, when it was my absolute aim to re-read the entire series before ‘Mockingjay Part 2’ hit cinemas (in 10 days time!) Thankfully, four days ago I picked up the second book, ‘Catching Fire’, on a whim and I blazed through it (pun intended), meaning I’ve now finished my 55th book of the 2015 Reading Challenge: ‘Catching Fire’ by Suzanne Collins, the second part of #32 A trilogy.

My Goodreads Review
“‘Catching Fire’ is the second book in ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy by Suzanne Collins. With Katniss and Peeta having both won the Games and by doing so sparked rebellion in the districts, ‘Catching Fire’ begins with preparations for the Victory Tour with a sinister visit from President Snow himself. Katniss’s aim: to ensure any talk of an uprising is quashed in order to protect her family.
This novel sees the development of the resistance, with plans being made both by the rebels in the districts and the ruling Capitol. Then comes the announcement, and subsequent reaping, for the Quarter Quell (the 75th annual Hunger Games) and everything changes again.
This novel is incredibly fast-paced and almost impossible to put down. The characters are so well fleshed out and the plot, both before and after the Games, is intricate and full of action – it’s an excellent book, and the trilogy as a whole is outstanding!”

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It’s impossible to discuss this book in a spoiler-free manner, especially considering that plot twist! I love the characters, particularly Katniss and Peeta (although Haymitch, Effie and Cinna cannot go unmentioned – even President Snow in all his power-hungry glory) and the lengths they are willing to go to protect those they love. I cannot recommend this series highly enough, even if you have seen the films, these books are worth reading (and then re-reading!)

#32.2 A trilogy – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (9/10)

Thirty-eight down, twelve to go. (Fifty-five read)

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#47 Original Over Remake (#54)

Today I finished reading my 54th book of the year, and 38th of the 2015 Reading Challenge (#47 A play): ‘Antigone’ by Jean Anouilh. This marked the second book for my MA English, which I have to compare directly with the original play by Sophocles for my first essay of the course. Up until this point I have always been a believer that the original trumps any remakes, and it’s fair to say that that belief still stands…

My Goodreads Review
“‘Antigone’ by Jean Anouilh is a 1940s play based on the original version by Sophocles. It is set in France during the German occupation, and as a result there is a largely political motivation driving the play.
The story-arc is largely identical to the original, with the exception that there is more ambiguity towards who the more moral of the characters are: whilst Antigone is the unquestionable heroine in the Sophocles play, the audience tendency leans towards Creon as being the more socially balanced individual in the Anouilh version.
The play commences following the deaths of Antigone’s brothers Etéocles and Polynices, the ruler(s) of the nation. Following their death, their uncle Creon ascends to power: unlike the Sophocles version where he was presented as a power-hungry individual, in this work he states that he never wanted the responsibility (largely due to the German occupation and the resistance). As with the original, Antigone swears loyalty to her brothers and accepts her fate of death to ensure her disgraced brother Polynices a proper burial. Unlike the original, the Anouilh version sees a more intense debate play out between Antigone and Creon as to reasons to live and die.
This reworking was not as enjoyable as the original, largely due to the reasonings and behaviours of the characters.”


Content: David Tennant and Sophocles annihilate Matt Smith and Anouilh

It wasn’t a bad play by any stretch of the imagination, but I didn’t enjoy the time period in which it was set, and I didn’t think the characters actions were as believable as in the Sophocles version. I’m definitely excited (and very daunted) about writing my essay comparing these two plays – it’s due four weeks today, I’d better get a move on!

#47 A play – Antigone by Jean Anouilh (4/10)

Thirty-eight down, twelve to go. (Fifty-four read)

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