Guys I fucking miss Harry Potter

LIKE OH MY GOD

I JUST REALIZED HOW MUCH I MISS H👏A👏R👏R👏Y👏P👏O👏T👏T👏E👏R

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I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve talked about it on my blog a lot of times, notably in a few essays called Potter & Me in which I tell my discovery and experience with the series. I even made a segment of me interviewing my sister about Harry Potter two years ago (which got abandonned like most of what I start). I’d provide you with links but I doubt anyone would use them.

I always went through phases with my Potterheadness. I’d lose interest for a little while, then get hit with Potter Fever and go back to binging all the material I could lay my hands on. Rereading the books, posting quotes, joining forums, playing online RPG games (hogwartsonline was my shit), harrassing my friends until they pick the books up, entre autres.

The problem is that every time I reread the books, I would always lose the momentum on Deathly Hallows and eventually stop midway through. Thus, I’ve never read Deathly Hallows through end. I’ve read the first half like 4 times, but I can’t finish the rest e v e r y t i m e. I’ve read it in full, of course, but in French, back when I first discovered it.

Because of this, my “fever” finally calmed down to a halt since my last failed attempt, and I never thought of picking the books up since. That didn’t mean I was any less of a Potterhead, of course; I bought Cursed Child on release day (let’s not talk about that… thing, though), and I watched Fantastic Beasts as soon as it came out (now that, we can talk about any day), but I haven’t bothered to reread the actual books or rewatch the movies.

But I’m making this post now, so as you have probably guessed, I AM AFFLICTED WITH POTTER FEVER ONCE MORE!

It all started when I literally forced one of my close friends to take the first book with him on holiday. He was so adamant on not reading, to the point where he read it just so he can prove to me that he won’t like it.

Obviously, he did like it. He’s now begging me to give him the second. I wanted to make him wait as a punishment for being a stubborn in the beginning, but he texted me a picture of him downloading the second movie, and I can NOT risk him commiting the crime of watching-before-reading.

Anyway, this reminded me of how enchanted I were when I first discovered the series, and how badly I missed the wizarding world. So here I am, showing symptoms of Potter Fever once again! 

However, I do not want to repeat my old mistakes. This time around, I want to start from Deathly Hallows at once. It’s against my core beliefs, but I see no other way. Wow, I’m amazing at making silly stuff sound heroic.

My birthday was last week, and this same friend who was on holiday brought me a wAND FROM THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL. The DUMBLEDORE one. I can’t describe how amazing it felt to hold it for the first time. Not only that, but my other amazing friend got me the HOGWARTS LIBRARY! I had been looking for them my entire life! She got me the new editions, in that pretty green case, and I melted when I opened the package. I already started rereading Tales of Beedle the Bard and the nostalgia hit me like a truck. 

God I missed Harry Potter. And I’m ready to dive back in.

Truthwitch Book Tag

OH MY GOD I HAVEN’T DONE A TAG OR CHALLENGE IN LITERALLY LIKE A YEAR

HEEERE WE GOOO 

*ayo starts playing*

Ohrin Mountains- What is your favourite fictional land?


Westeros. If you read my last post you know I’ve been obsessing over Game of Thrones lately, and IT’S JUST SO INTERESTING EVEN THO THIS IS CHEATING BC I ONLY WATCHED THE SERIES BUT THEY ARE BOOKS SO 

Safiya and Iseult’s Friendship- Who is your favourite dynamic duo?

Is this really a question? Who else?

Merik- Which character is the ultimate hunk?

Four, from Divergent. Tris’ vajayjay always semeed to explode around him. Same goes for the fangirls over Theo James.

Kullen- Who is your favourite sidekick?

A tough one… Sidekicks are a tricky business. I would say the Colonel, Miles’ sidekick in Looking for Alaska, was pretty cool.

Aeduan- Who is your favourite mysterious or villainous character?

Jaqen  H’gar from Game of Thrones. I still have no idea just what he is. GoT in general is full of mysterious characters that I’m really excited to dive into as I read the books.

Aether- A book that you can’t stop thinking about?

Back when I read 13 Reasons Why, it clung to my mind for days and days. To be truthful, I don’t remember much of the actual story, I just remember the emotions it sent me through. The TV show is coming out soon and I can’t wait to rediscover the story.

Air- A book that you had low expectations for that completely blew you away?

I have to say Game of Thrones again! I resisted reading this book for ages. My best friend tried to force me but I just could not swallow it. But I gave the show a try, and I was BLOWN. AWAY. And I’m still obsessing over this masterpiece. I’m currently reading and thoroughly enjoying the first book!

Earth- A book that you always go back to?

I’m pretty sure this one’s universal – Harry Goddayum Potter. It feels like more people have reread the books than those who have read it only once. 

Fire- A book where the hype spread quickly?

I’ve never heard of a book that got more hype in recent years than Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Many loved it, many hated it, but everyone was talking about it. It was the sequel to a literary phenomenon.

Void- Recommend a scary/mysterious read.

Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series. (A.K.A J.K. Rowling’s under cover follow up series to Harry Potter). I can only vouch for the first book, the Cuckoo’s Calling, but I’m certain the follow up books are equally as dark, funny, intriguing, creepy, clever and mysterious as this one. It’s such a departure from the magical saga, but it’s no less captivating. A good mystery is one where you find yourself interested in the backstories, not just the identity of the murderer. 

Water- Name a book that flowed nicely.

I can’t remember a book flowing as nice as the Philosopher’s stone. There are just no dead moments. Everything was interesting. We didn’t have a prior idea of where the story might take us. There was a steady buildup of events leading up to the ultimate face off. It really is such a well written book. Children literature was SHOOK.

Threadsisters and Threadbrothers- Tag your friends!

I don’t have the nerve to tag anybody since I haven’t been blogging for a long while. Anyone who comes through this, please feel free to do the tag and consider yourself nominated (like I did)!

I have some pretty exciting updates. Really can’t wait to share them 😀 hopefully see you soon!

Going to snatch some books!

So, WHOOW
There’s a book sale today (the infamous Bookyard I’ve talked about like 100 times here) and I’m about to go and see what I can find! Super excited.
I’ll fill you in with a bookhaul in a few hours!
Also YAAAAASSSSSS THE NEXT FOUR DAYS ARE SCHOOL FREE WOOOOOOOOOO
Bbyee

The School Book Tag!

Hello! The lovely Bella nominated me for the School Book Tag, and I thought it would be a nice breath of fresh air to do this amidst studying for a physics test ^^

The Rules:

Mention the creator of the tag.

Chloe hai guuuurl

Thank the person who nominated you.

This doesn’t need to be a rule at all! It goes without saying, thank you so much Bella for thinking about me ^^

Answer the following with the book that most fits the statement.

MATH: A BOOK THAT HAS TWO CHARACTERS THAT EQUAL PERFECTION

Paper Towns- John Green

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This was a really difficult one to pick. I don’t feel like there are many books where two characters just clicked together. The closest thing is Harry Potter, but that’s a rare exception because EVERYONE blends well together and complement each other. You couldn’t single out just two people.
So I thought for this one I’d pick Paper Towns, because what’s special about it is that Margo and Quentin, taken separately, aren’t really likeable and interesting in my eyes. But the two of them together, especially in the first part of the book, complement each other really well.

ENGLISH: A BOOK THAT SHOULD BE A MODERN CLASSIC

Selp Helf by Miranda

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I mean… Do I really need an explanation for this? It’s the most obvious answer. The most perfect creature on earth basically giving you a free coupon for winning life in every aspect. Okay, it’s more of a 19.99$ coupon but it’s basically nothing when you consider all the things it brings you.

P.E.: A BOOK YOU RACED TO THE FINISH WITH

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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This book captivated me in all the right ways. I could not put it down – in bed, in class, even between breaks during my theater practice! I have rush-read books before but it just didn’t feel the same because both were on digital format (I’m talking about Insurgent and The Good Girls – both great compelling books). I read it so quickly, not for the sake of fast reading, but because I enjoyed every second of it.

MUSIC: A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF A SONG

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Dollhouse by Melanie Martinez

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I had fun picking this one because every book I think of, a playlist forms in my mind. Every single book has a musical connection. But I picked this one solely because of the theme similarities. Now I still haven’t read this book, I’m looking forward to it in the summer, but it talks about a town that looks pristine from the outside but is rotten and corrupted from the inside – exactly what Dollhouse is about, but with families.

Nominate 3 others to do the tag.

I nominate mahjabeen, GeorgieGrl and lissndani.

Bye!

The Birthstone Book Tag!

The Birthstone Book Tag

Hi 😀 so today I’m gonna be doing this book tag Keira tagged me to do quite recently. It sounds so interesting so let’s see what it’s about!

January- Garnet

Associated with warding off negative forces and dark energies- Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.

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I’m gonna stick with Keira’s answer – Voldemort, obviously! He’s not even evil at this point. He’s beyond evil, as described in the books. The guy split his soul in seven eight!!

February- Amethyst

Purple is associated with royalty- Name a book with regal qualities

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I have actually not read any books with royalty so far! So I’ll go with my instinct and say Game of Thrones, which is very popular and apparently features many kings and queens. And sudden deaths. I don’t know if I’ll ever read it though – looks like a hefty task, plus it doesn’t sound like something I’d get into. But who knows!

March- Aquamarine

Washed out- Name a ‘wishy washy’ character, a character who is not strong/ a follower.

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I’m digging deep for this one… The obvious choice would be Bella Swan from Twilight because that’s what everyone keeps saying but I want to pick something of my own, not by general concensus. Ginny from Harry Potter isn’t the strongest character on film, but in the books she’s perfect, and this is a book tag, so no.
I think I’ll go with the Divergent characters, especially in Allegiant. Y’all know my grudge against this book. There’s no particular character, everyone just sorta fell flat. Especially Four. Bye gurl, you and your flop POV
OH! Now I remember the answer I was looking for! It’s Linda from Paulo Coelho’s Adultery, or whatever her name was. She’s the main character, and ugh. I couldn’t reach half of the book. One minute she loves her family, the next she’s giving blowjobs to a highschool crush she just interviewed, then she’s in the shower with her husband who’s having fun sticking I’m-glad-I-don’t-remember-what in her hooha, then suddenly she’s depressed, then she wants to cheat and be with the blowjob guy, then she’s being a bitch to his wife, then she’s depressed again… Enough. Get a grip.

April- Diamond

A diamond in the rough- Name a book you loved, but that is not well known.

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Interesting one… Let’s go with the Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, I can’t get over how awesome this duology was to read. Go read it! I’d die if she made a spin-off/sequel, it’d work out so well. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be in the works, but she is debuting a new mystery series later this year so I’m pretty thrilled for that!

May- Emerald

Said to balance energy- Name two characters who balance each other well.

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I think Colin and Lindsey from An Abundance of Katherines go together very nicely. Their differences complement each other, and I loved their relationship. She broke the Katherine streak!

Side note – I just think it’s so incredible that you could literally find every single character description and type in the Harry Potter series. They’re the first ones that come to mind. It’s so amazing how iconic this series is. Fyi, the ones that came to mind are of course Fred and George. Ugh. It hurts. So bad.

June- Pearl

Associated with loyalty- Name a character who is loyal to the end.

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DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE ME THINK ABOUT SNAPE?!
I’m gonna say Chuck, from the first Maze Runner. He was loyal until the end.

July- Ruby

Blood read- Name a book that made your blood boil, one that made you angry.

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Okay, I fail. I can’t think of any non-HP book. Flop.
Well it’s obviously The Order of the Phoenix. So many things about this book is anger-inducing, from Harry’s own anger, to Umbridge being a total fucking bitch, to what we all know happened at the end. RAH!

August- Peridot

Pale in comparison- Name a supporting character who you like better than the main character

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I’m currently reading Scorch Trials and I can honestly say Thomas is NOT my favorite. I think it’s Newt. So kewt.

September- Sapphire

Blue like the ocean, calming- Name a book that had a calming affect on you.

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Thirteen Reasons Why. Definitely. While this book’s purpose is certainly not calming, it was just so good for my soul. I read it right after my exams and I felt cleansed. Took my mind off things. And it transported me into Clay’s head, to the whole story, it was so immersive. Loved it.

October- Opal

Iridescent- Name an iridescent book (beautiful cover, character etc.)

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All the books in the Lunar Chronicles series look GORGEOUS! Also, the Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a J.K. Rowling) all look polished and beautiful as well.

November- Topaz

Associated with resilience- Name a book with a character who rises to the top in a time of adversity.

Every cliché ‘hero’ ever. I honestly wouldn’t be interested in reading such books, just like I’m not interested in watching such movies. Why would I want to read the same fight over and over again knowing who’s always going to come on top?

December- Zircon

Associated with friendship- Name a book with a friendship you want to be a part of. (Tanzanite is the other birthstone for December )

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I think it’d be pretty cool to have Quentin, Radar and that honeybunny guy from Paper Towns as friends because tbh they’re not too different from my actual friends and they seem like my bunch. But of course…
I think it’s pretty much common knowledge that the Golden Trio featuring Slayrry, Queenrmione and Riconald Weasley is the squad goal of everyone on this planet. I couldn’t not mention these three. Ugh how I wish I could be there and talk shit about Ron and Harry with my Herminouchette and I could stand up to her when she gets in catfights with those two and I’ll end up with her eventually while Ron goes and fucks himself. Ah…

And on this bittersweet note, I conclude this tag which was very fun to do! Thanks a lot for tagging me Kei, in my turn I tag Selfie, Luna, L (do u even read), Elm (like u do tags lel), Ruth (snap me gurl), Aspen (u 2 gurl) and emily (long time no c!!1)

Hope you enjoyed this 😀 bye!

April Book Haul!

Hello 😀

In this post I’m going to be showcasing all the books I got this month.

Well who am I kidding I got all of these at the Bookyard (second hand book market with huge discounts) in March but I just remembered that I STILL haven’t showed them to you so um hehe let’s like pretend I just got these shall we?

First up! A gem I certainly did not expext to find:

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Arabic Edition

You recognize the cover, but you have no clue what in the world is scribbled all over it? That’s right, this is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – in Arabic! My friend had found it somewhere and I couldn’t let it go so I bought it. Obviously I wasn’t going to read this – arabic bores me to death. But I like to collect as much Harry Potter stuff as I can get my hands on.
Plus, it is HILARIOUS. Unintentionally, that is. All the name translations are ridiculous, they’re all written in brackets so there’s about 20 brackets a page, and the dialogue sounds just si awkward! This is certainly not the same with the French translation, which, in certain aspects, I find to be even better than the original.

Next we have this godly artifact that has been presented to me by holy circumstances:

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Poker Face: the Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga

SLAY
I read that book like two summers ago, but on ebook. I never imagined I’d actually ever find a copy, much less one that affordable! I grabbed it, hid the cover, pretended it was for a ‘girl friend’ of mine and bought it. It remained wrapped in a paper bag until I came home where I unwrapped it, gaped at the iconic pictures and flawless texture of the book (so bendable and easy to read!) and promised myself I’d reread it some day when I’m feeling nostalgic.

We now have this beautiful book:

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The Cuckoo's Calling

I bought it just because of its beauty. It’s so lush! I already read it on ebook as well but since it was discounted and I already had the second book and was planning on buying the third, I couldn’t not get it. It’s annoying that it’s a different size than the second but in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter?

This is the next book I got:

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I feel like I’m constantly hearing about it and stumbling across it but I never knew what it was all about. I saw it, and was like oh well let’s see.
Turns out it’s just a workbook version thingy, not the actual book. I was pissed about the waste of money that could have been spent on another actual book but I might as well just try to profit from it. Some day…

Onto this complete slayage of a book:

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Jane Slayre

I didn’t even read the blurb. I didn’t read anything. I read the title on the spine, burst out laughing and immediately bought it.
That cover tho. I am literally slayed.
I really, really hope the sarcasm and irony extend into the book itself because I’d live for that.

Next we have this batch of books:

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Left to right, top to bottom: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake; I Know You Got Soul; The Lost Boy; Always The Sun

I traded them for a few old books of mine. They’re the only ones that looked interesting enough. The coconut cupcake cuisine thingy one looks fresh and polished so I’m curious about that. The two white ones, eh. I don’t think I’ll be getting to them anytime soon but ya know in case of reading drought… Finally I got the yellow one because a) it fulfills a category from my reading challenge and b) my friend said that guy is funny so I was glad to snatch it away from him.

Moving on to this lucky find:

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The Lord of the Flies

I’ve been meaning to read this for a looong time and actually was planning in ordering it (you know, once I learned how) before finding it so yay! It seems to be such a classic so I’m curious to find out what it holds. Though an evil Gawker article randomly spoiled a character death for me, for absolutely no fucking reason, so thanks a lot for that, Gawker.

Last book I’m gonna be talking about is this cute first british edition of Chamber of Secrets:

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I actually noticed it on the Bookyard’s facebook page, it was barely visibile in some random picture and I was like CAN I HAVE IT PLEASE and the lady was like sure! So I traded it for some book of mine and here it is 😀 I love how simple and comfy it looks. NO. NO time for a fifth reread. YOU HAVE MANY MORE BOOKS TO ATTEND TO, ANTHONY. Who am I kidding tho, I probably will go through a marathon while waiting for Cursed Child to be released.

So I said this was the final book…
But I never said anything about a series!

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The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Yep. I did. I did just buy that. Am I ashamed? Very. Do I regret it? Not in the slightest.
I’ve been telling myself that I’ll never ever read this series ever since I heard about them. I was scoffing at anyone who did. BUT HERE I AM! I found myself craving a fun, unserious read, and what better way than BDSM?
I promise I’m not a perverted teenager. Really. But everyone’s been reading excerpts on youtube and it’s honestly so hilarious so when I found the lot for 12$, I just grabbed them and ran.
I honestly can’t wait to get started on those
Right now I’m reading Scorch Trials, the second book of the Maze Runner series, and I’m enjoying them a lot so far. The first book was awesome. But it’s all too tiresome and traumatizing, so I need a calm read as soon as I finish the series.

Aaaand that was it for my book haul! I always have so much fun doing these. If you enjoyed this, you can expect another one in a month, after the May Bookyard! But I’m such a procrastinator that I’ll probably be here by Christmas.

Bye 😀

iReview: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Ya know what? Fuck the maths exams. I’m doing this.

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As I mentioned in my last post, last week, I read Thirteen Reasons Why. I had bought it at the previous Bookyard and I couldn’t wait to finally read it. I dropped Adultery because it was downright boring and started it.

I was immediately sucked in. A dead girl sending cassettes to those who made her take her own life? GEEZ!

It was really such an original concept, the kind that just makes you want to find out more. Instead of chapters, each part of the book was a different side of the cassettes. I mean even if the story was a horrible mess, I think I’d have read it.

The good thing was, the story was not at all a horrible mess.

It talks about a teenager, Clay Jensen, who one day found a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep, numbered 1 to 13, with no explicit instructions. He popped the tape numbered “1” into the player, and was welcomed by the voice of Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who had commited suicide two weeks ago. She said that there are 13 reasons why she killed herself, and if he listened through all of the tapes he’d find out where his part in her story comes. He then will have to mail the tapes to the person who follows in the story, just like the person who preceded mailed them to him.

Clay then embarks on a journey, wandering through town, following a map Hannah had left him before her death marking all the ‘hot spots’ in her story, while listening to every tape and learning more and more about why the girl he once loved decided to take her own life.

This book was by far one of the best I’ve read in a while. The story is unbelievably compelling. I could literally not put it down. During the two days it took me to finish it, I had rehearsals for a show the school was putting up. The book was constantly with me and I read as much as I could between every break, so much I wanted to know what happened next. If you’re looking for a thrilling read, definitely pick it up.

And the message. God. It will make you rethink the whole way you treat everyone around you. Everything you do, every little thing you think is insignificant, can change someone else’s life forever. And this is not forever in the exaggerated sense, which I totally despise, but in the literal one. As in, that person could die, and they’ll stay dead forever.

Hannah’s reasons, taken apart individually, might seem like everyday life issues to some. “Not worthy of suicide”. But put together, they really tell a heart-wrenching story that has happened countless times before and is happening right now.

Each and every one of us could be Hannah. Everything that happened to Hannah wasn’t a product of special circumstances. These are things that happen in our every day life, that we often overlook. Spreading a stupid rumor. Throwing a hurtful joke. Rating people on their appearance. Using someone for your own benefit. (Along with many other things I will not mention to avoid any spoilers)

Reading this book will make you open your eyes and notice all the small details, and all the people affected by them. And you will know what to do about it.

And if you’re on the other side of the road, if you’re relating to Hannah, it will make you realize that you are not alone. You’re never alone. And you’ll always find someone who cares.

The last couple of chapters made me very emotional. And the author couldn’t have gone with a better ending to get the true message through.

In the subsequent few days, I found myself inexplicably sad. But it was a good kind of sad. You know it, the beautiful kind of sadness, that you don’t want to let go, that makes you want to cry while listening to Lana Del Rey and looking at old pictures.

That’s how that book made me feel. And I BEG you, if you have read any books that made you feel the same way, PLEASE recommend them to me. Because I’m craving that feeling.

Finally, this book should be a must read. Everyone can benefit from it, and I’m going to lend it to as many friends as I can. Jay Asher did a beautiful job, and it’s a shame he doesn’t have a lot more novels to his name. I recommend this for all of you, and I hope this novel will strike all the chords it struck with me.

Rating: 5/5.

2015 ULTIMATE BOOK HAUL!!1!

lol i knw ur laughin cz liek am laughin 2.

But I’m a rebel with no regrets and that’s why I am doing a 2015 book haul two weeks after 2015 was over!

[LOL. Did really start writing this post that long ago? IT’S ALMOST FEBRUARY]

It’s just that my books never really got much appreciation on my blog, and all my previous attempts at hauling were so far unsuccessful.

So without further ado, here are all the books I have acquired in 2015!

NB: yes, acquired. More than half of these I still haven’t read, and more than half the books I read in 2015 were borrowed.

Let us dig in!

I’ll be starting off with my most prized possessions, and my one great book achievement of 2015: finally getting my hands on the Harry Potter series after years of borrowing! Just look at those babies:

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I think you have already seen these babies but come on did you really think I was only going to brag about them once? (Even though I have absolutely no bragging rights; most of you have had them pretty much since birth)

So here we can see my precious collection of mismatched editions and types, some gifted, some bought discounted, some… Actually that’s it. I could not be bothered enough to fully pay for one. Okay, that DID sound cheap of me. But it is what it is, and I frankly can not complain at all.

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I love my books! Each of them is awesome. I’ve read them all during summer except the adult version of Order of the Phoenix (the other version was way more readable), and Deathly Hallows which I’be been reading for months and still am (but I WILL finish it. Parole d’honneur.)

I need to showcase some of the things in the collection because I just feel like doing them justice.

First of all, here we have the only Harry Potter merchandise I own: a Deathly Hallows necklace and a Time-Turner. Both are gifts from my awesome bestie, and just owning them makes me feel like I truly have a fragment of the Harry Potter world in my posession. And what more could I ask for?!

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I frankly do not wear them because the Deathly Hallows will cost me way too much explaining because of the suspicious sign (Illuminati confirmed) and it’d just be weird to carry around an hour-glass orbit.

Next we have this beautiful framed drawing of the Ravenclaw house crest that my best friend gave me on Christmas along with other framed drawings from other fandoms (I just noticed that I forgot to include it in my haul, I’m ashamed and I’m gonna go fix this now.) He also drew me the Harry Potter picture which hangs alongside my books on my shelf.

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He drew these himself and they look absolutely beautiful, the eagle is honestly everything.

Finally, we have my very coveted possession, the Harry Potter : Page to Screen encyclopedia:

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IT HONESTLY LOOKS LIKE A HUGE MAGIC MANUAL AND IT’S PURE AWESOMENESS.

I mean look what there’s inside:

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These are just a few. It’s 500 pages long but it feels like 1500, so much it has huge, beautiful pictures, illustrations, drawings, sketches, and everything related to the creation of the movies. Every single detail is there and I love reading it (plus one page feels like five in a normal book so I can read it slowly and deliciously).

Plus, I consider this to be one of the best deals I’ve ever made on books. I bought it at like 85% its original price. Just for having a little wear on the cover as you can see. I HOPE I’ll find similar treasures at the next Bookyard!

Moving on from Harry Potter, let’s continue with J.K. Rowling: here we have A Casual Vacancy!

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I honestly bought it mostly because it looks so majestic and still does on my shelf. Also because J.K. Rowling wrote it. And it was like ten bucks.

Just look at that gold lining and black cover! It looks so fab I can’t.

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Still with J.K. Rowling, or should I say, Robert Galbraith, here is The  Silkworm, next to And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Both are mystery novels I’m dying to read, and both were brought to me from abroad by my friend who presented me with the Ravenclaw frame. I can’t wait to devour them!

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I have read A Cuckoo’s Calling and loved it, and I really want to love this one so that I can continue the series with Career of Evil (but let’s be honest, I’ll read it no matter.) As for Agatha’s, I had just finished the Perfectonists series and desperately wanted to find more awesome mystery books. This book was listed as one of Agatha’s best, plus the plot sounded fascinating.

Let us take a moment to talk about this:

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YAAASSS

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WUT

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brown has honestly been one of my greatest finds this year. I have previously stated, and I say it now: without this book, I wouldn’t be blogging today. It made me discover blogging, bloggers, and this refreshing sense of humor.

I mean, I loved it SO much I even attempted to reproduce the inside cover:

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I also attempted some fan-art.

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I mean, look at this.

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How can someone be this funny, cute, adorable and witty?!

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I have been waiting for the sequel, Solutions and Other Problems, as it was being postposed month after month. I was starting to get pissed off as the release date was yet again pushed back until late 2016, but then I read the Amazon description of the book which stated that Allie’s little sister recently died. I couldn’t believe it. How has she been coping? How is she? What happened? When? No one knows, because Allie hasn’t posted since 2013. I mean, she must have loved her sister a LOT to draw her on the cover of her book (she’s the pony-tailed one on the back cover. Aw. So beautiful.)

I just hopes she’ll make her comeback, and her book will be awesome, and most importantly that she’ll be okay.

Even though I mentioned this book about 731 times before (heck, I dedicated a whole post to it), there’s no way I’m not including it here.

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MIRFANDA4LYFE

It’d be useless to talk more about it now because I’ve said more than enough about it and you might have started sighing just seeing its cover.

Onto something I’m really excited about:

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The Lord Of The Rings series!

I have been hearing about this for as long as I can remember. Everyone is a fan, everyone makes references. But I don’t know, I’m always hesitant towards things that seem to be very loved and complicated and have a cult following. I feel like I’m not qualified enough to be a part of these fandoms, for whatever reasons. LOTR seems to be such a complicated series and I have no idea whether I’ll like it or not. But as always, if many people love it, it has to be somewhat good.

Who knows? Maybe it’ll be my next obsession.

I’ll start with the Hobbit, since many have suggested that it’s the best option to start with.

Meanwhile, look at these covers! They’re breathtaking. I hope the content will be as well!

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Another series I have started collecting is the Lunar Chronicles. I found the first two books at a book fair and exchanged them for pretty much nothing:

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First of all, THESE COVERS SLAY. I’ve seen the covers for the rest of series and they are equally amazing. Just wow!

I have been hearing non-stop about this series everywhere. While the concept behind it is a bit questionable for me (also a bit confusing), you all seem to adore it and I’d be a fool not to follow suit. I’m really anticipating getting started on these.

Next we have these two books, which were a Christmas gift from before 2015 but I’m still counting them because I still haven’t read them:

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The Eye of Minds and Vampire Academy, both first books in their respective series. I’ve read a chapter from EoM before and it sounds epic, and Vampire Academy also sounds like a fun read even though I’ve never been into the whole vampire craze. Since I don’t really want to jump into more series, I’ll leave those for when I have nothing else to pick up (and enough money to buy the rest).

Here we have two John Green books, both of which have been bought by me at the mall at full price. They are actually the ONLY books in this list I have bought at their original price. Well aside from Selp Helf, and I consider that one less of a book and more of a relic.

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I have read Katherines and loved it, and it’s now with my friend Mini (I gave it him because he’s also kind of a genius and it was just funny).

I bought Alaska a few weeks ago (I actually have forgotten if it’s from 2015 or 2016. Meh) after big recommendations from my friends and it looks like an interesting read so I’ll get to it soon hopefully.

These two books, I bought at the Bookyard because I had heard of them before and their titles and concepts attracted me.

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I read 13 Reasons Why’s first chapter and was totally intrigued, and it’s definitely next on my TBR list. And the Book Thief sounds very interesting (narrated by death?!) so I’ll probably read it soon as well.

Do you notice how I basically want to ‘soon’ read everything? I need so much time! And motivation too.

What I’m currently reading is in this next batch:

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Stop guessing. It’s Adultery.

I got it (well, exchanged it) as a gift from my secret santa this year. I never really thought I’d get to it actually, and got it for lack of anything slightly more interesting. But a) I had just finished The Alchemist by Paulo and b) a friend of mine told me she just started it so I thought oh well why not and started it during a boring class in school. May I just say, Paulo Coelho is one horny guy. The amount of sex is unreal. It literally had me dying of laughter during Geography, just because it was described so childishly. Sorry Paulo.

Best Friends For Never was intended to be a gift for my sister (the 15-year-old one) but she stopped at like the 29th page (I’m amazed she even got that far) and it’ll just have to sit on my shelf I guess. Maybe I should try to exchange it at the next Bookyard. We’ll see.

And the third book is just a french book that I thought I had lost years ago but it turned up at my aunt’s house and I was so happy with finding it that I had to include it.

These two books both represent my attempt at venturing into the horror genre after watching American Horror Story and being fascinated by it:

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Carrie seems interesting enough but I really doubt I’ll ever pick up Night Shift. I feel bad for saying this. Oh well.

And finally, here are the ‘honourable mentions’:

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By that I mean these are books that I got but don’t really deserve much explanation. They’re just in my possession now. Most of them are kids french books that I bought at like a dollar each just for nostalgia.

I feel like I should end this post on a high note. But how? I left all the good books for the beginning.

Oh, right!

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Das’ right. I just randomly picked up one of my dad’s agendas he’d gotten from some company and decided I should write my everyday life in it.

Tadam. That is my famous journal. It’s a book in some sorts and in a way it was THE book of 2015 for me.

You ask for a few glimpses?

Granted.

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This is my ‘daily routine’ I tried to force onto myself. Never followed it. Not even once. May I clarify that 1) all annotations you find on all the pages shown here were made previously and nothing was added for the sake of this post (wow that sounded way too formal) and 2) it says every Tuesday and Friday. Actually that was a reminder for Miranda and Superwoman videos which come out on Monday and Thursday, but the difference in time zones combined with Lilly and Colleen’s laziness and procrastination in posting make it so that I only ever get to watch their videos on Tuesdays and Friday. On a side note, this might be the longest caption any picture has ever gotten. I’m strangely satisfied.

 

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This is taken from my ‘Song Of The Day (or any day)’ section, where I basically scribble words to songs I currently am hooked to, with related (and horrible) drawings.
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Similar page. As you might have notice, I was going through my Melanie-Martinez-Obsession phase back then.
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I wrote this after a few – disagreements – with, um, someone. Hi sweetie ^^
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My first few entries…
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… and about six months later. Notice any changes?

(I don’t think you asked but I just showed you anyway. You’re welcome.)

And that concludes my 2015 Book Haul!

*Caution: angry brain waves coming through*

Was it THAT hard to write, me? Was it? Are you really going to lie and tell them it took you a whole month to write? Don’t you think they know that you’re a huge procrastinator and you wrote half of this post in like under an hour today?

*self-loathing mode: off*

Wait…

*self-congratulatory mode: on*

YAY I DID IT!

ALSO THIS IS PROBABLY THE LONGEST POST I’VE EVER WRITTEN! NO ONE WILL READ IT PROBABLY! YAY!

*self-congratulatory mode: off*

I hope you enjoyed that, and that you had a good laugh at how little books I have acquired this year (I know most of you get these in like a week).

Let’s hope that I’ll get to read them all this year, and that I’ll find many more amazing books I can tell you about at the end of next January!

DID I JUST WRITE A NOVEL?! Also, a good omen.

Last year, I took the decision to start a journal (yes, JOURNAL, not diary. It just sounds manlier. Or slightly less girly) in which I’ll write everything that happened every day in my life (okay fine so it’s a diary).
I never really thought I’d follow through, but *gasp* I actually did!
So after a few self-congratulations, I was hit with a tantalizing realization zomg! (I had to add a third word with a Z because two just sounded weird)
I guess you can guess the realization by the title of this post.
Did I just write a 365-page long book?
Me? The boy who dreams of writing a book but is 100% sure there’s no way he’ll be able to come up with that much stuff?
It just completely blew my mind. I could print these out and sell them!
Well yeah the problem is that most of these consist of ‘Hi so I just woke up today and went to school, the headmistress was being a bitch as usual and I got an 18 in physics which is kewl. I went home and ate some pasta then studied nothing and read Elm’s blog all day long. Goodnight. *signs to make it official and like confidential and shit*’ BUT if people are willing to buy stuff like Allegiant and New Moon, why not this?
Okay so I did the wrong thing by offending two fandoms and I’m sorry I didn’t even mean it (I really don’t know why I’m hating on Allegiant so much gahd thanks a lot Goodreads for fucking my opinion up).
Anyway, it feels really, really nice to hold that book/journal/diary between my hands, and I just can’t stop brushing through the pages again and again and seeing the whole year flash by. I still can’t believe I wrote all that.
What I’m really excited about is that I’ve proven to myself that 1) yes, I can keep a diary (and I’m keeping one this year as well) and 2) I can write a 300+ page novel! (That one’s more theoretical but I’m still hanging on to it)
I remember that I promised myself to start on writing my book. The problem is that I don’t think the ideas are worthy at all (even laughable) and I doubt that I have the skills to write something I can be proud of. But you know, might as well try!
Wish me luck 🙂

Off-Topic PS: today I got my first grade of the year which is…
*drumroll* Tan Tarararan…
An A! Yaaaay *sparklez*
It was on a physics homework that we had before the holidays. Hm. Technically I presented it in 2015, but I’m still counting it as my first grade for 2016. Don’t ruin the moment.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading The Alchemist that I’m seeing omens in everything all of a sudden. Just kidding, I don’t really believe in them. I mean, I can recognize an ‘omen’ but I really don’t think it can change anything. Umim and Thumim or whatever these balls were called.
Okay I just realized that the old man gave names to his balls.
Welp, that’s enough internet for today Anthony. Go home. Please. For your sake.

2016 Reading Challenge (ya rite)

So.

If by any chance, you were once lost on my blog, and in a desperate attempt to leave you accidentally clicked on the wrong link, you might come across this post. But according to my stats that only got 1 view so there’s a really good chance that you didn’t. Great job!

Anyway. That post was about the 2015 Reading Challenge. I was trying to complete it, and, well… See how much I had completed back then?

It’s exactly the same now! Wiiiii

So yeah, I haven’t really read much (AT ALL) these past few months. It’s desolating, I know, but I mean I just -SORRY I REALLY HAVE NO EXCUSE

I really want that to change this year, so I’m gonna be doing the 2016 Challenge!

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Yay!

I can already hear your sneers and ‘ya rites’. Well, I’m kinda doing these too. BUT  I can’t not try!

So currently I am reading both The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Deathly Hallows. Yes. Deathly Hallows. The book I started two months ago, that I promised myself I’d not drop like I did last year.

I WILL NOT GIVE UP ON YOU, DEATHIE! I WILL READ YOU I WILL I SWEAR

So now I’m focusing on finishing it, then The Alchemist, and THEN I can get started with my challenge.

If you saw the picture on my 2015 post, you might have noticed that I cheated a bit. By cheated I mean that I ticked off like 5 categories for every book, as long as it fit. Well, I don’t want to do that again!

So I’m going to make a list of all the books i’m going to read this year, and what categories they’ll fit. Of course, I’m missing books from many categories, but that is totally fine for just now because 1) I still haven’t checked the library, 2) there’s the Bookyard where I’ll probably find everything I’m missing and 3) in case I don’t, there’s still BetterWorldBooks. It’s an online shop for buying books of all sorts for very cheap prices and most importantly they have FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! That’s a deal-breaker for me (and the only reason I can’t shop at any other store because their shipping prices are often higher than the book’s price). I still haven’t tried it because well I’ve never online shopped but I’m definitely willing to give it a try. Well that’s if my parents stop believing that the internet is out to steal their money and finally agree to insert their credit card number. Ugh.

I am therefore going to create a page (here is said page) to start tracking my progress. I hope the odds will be in my favor with this (shameful tasteless reference) and if not, meh. I tried.