Harry Styles Book Tag

This has been a long time coming. I’m a huge Harry Styles fan (who isn’t) so when I saw this on Bookish Bits Blog‘s blog I had to do it.

Kiwi — A book with a title that has nothing to do with the book.

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton is a book about Adam, who is battling schizophrenia and is about to start at new school and new medication. I really loved this book but there was nothing about the story that had to do with the title.

Sign Of The Times — A sad/emotional book with a happy ending.

The Dangerous Art of Blending In Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. These books are about surviving abusive parents and getting out of abusive families and pursuing their dreams. They were both so heartbreaking to read that the ending made me cry from happiness.

Ever Since New York — A book set in New York City.

Bonjour Girl by Isabelle Lafleche. This book is everything that any show or book set in NYC has tried to sell us. We have the fashion, the blogging, the photographers, the stereotypical gay best friend, the fancy exclusive parties, the mean girls, hipster cafes.

Sweet Creature — A book where a character helps another character out, physically or metaphorically bringing them home.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. This is a dark fairytale where Alice travels into a dark storybook world to bring her mother home.

Two Ghosts — A character that goes through a change.

Alina’s dormant powers coming to the surface and literally changing her looks and personality.

Meet Me In The Hallway — A completed book series or book that you wish you could continue.

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. I was about halfway through the last book when I stopped reading it but I really want to get back to Day and June’s world, for some reason I haven’t been able to.

Woman — A book with a selfish/jealous character.

#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar, the main character is obsessed and jealous of one of her colleagues and does some fucked up shit to get her life.

Only Angel — A book where a character isn’t as innocent as they seem.

Reshma from Enter Title Here, at first she seems like an innocent victim of educational racism (in some aspects she is) but a lot of her questionable actions are revealed and she’s not so innocent anymore.

Medicine — A book with a character who has an illness.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham – this probably one of the first books I bawled my eyes out while reading, not sure I’d react the same way now because I was a teenage dramaqueen. The main character in 16 and dying of leukaemia.

Anna — A book with a character named Anna.

I honestly can not think of a single Anna I’ve ever read about this very moment.

From The Dining Room Table — A book about a character who misses/hasn’t spoken to another character in a while.

Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley is poetry. The main character misses her brother who died in the sea so much that she won’t tell anyone he’s dead but pretends he’s finishing up his school year.

Carolina — A book with a feisty female lead, someone worthy of having a song written about them.

Caro from Song of the Current. She steals a PIRATE SHIP, she’s rough around the edges and the definition of badass. Also her name is literally Caroline so this song was basically written for her.

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What’s your favourite song from Harry Styles’ album? Mine are Ever Since New York and Sign of the Times.

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37 Thoughts I Had While Rereading Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

So I joined Noura’s PotterheadReadalong19 even though I’m a mood reader and I hate reading challenges but I did it. And I’m behind but I’ll catch up. Rereading this book made me realise how much I missed it all. It was such a great series to grow up with and brought back a lot of memories for me.

  1. I wonder how Petunia and Dursley met. Who flirted with who first? How? Did they bond over the unpleasantness of people and nasty common names?
  2. Okay wait – why was McGonagall at Privet Dr the entire day if she didn’t know about the Potters?
  3. The first mention of Sirius Black and I’m in tears 😭😭😭
  4. Honestly I still can’t get over the fact that no one, especially McGonagall who seemed so concerned about the Dursleys, thought to check on Harry while he was growing up.
  5. Can you imagine how horribly they treated Harry when he was a baby? Did anyone ever pick him up when he cried? Did anyone ever change his nappy? 😭😭😭
  6. Dudley is so spoilt, I hope there aren’t any actual kids as spoilt as he is.
  7. “you’ve got your mum’s eyes” – and so it begins 🙄
  8. Remember when all we wanted was a letter from Hogwarts – what a time to grow up in.
  9. The nostalgia is overtaking me. I miss the potterhead days before JKR started wilding.
  10. I miss the fandom
  11. I miss my cousin Andile who was just as obsessed. I miss Ralph’s dad’s video shop where we used to borrow the tapes during the August holidays
  12. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them should have stayed as a fictional book on the 1st year’s reading list
  13. Ahh Draco Malfoy, love of my childhood, how do you do?
  14. Honestly if I got sorted into Hufflepuff I’d leave too, no offence my Hufflepuff friends.
  15. Oh hello Hedwig
  16. How weird is it for someone you just met to put their finger on your forehead?!? I’m looking at you Ollivander.
  17. How did Dudley’s tail get removed? Did the doctor freak out? I mean it’s not every day you see a person with a tail.
  18. Ron 😭
  19. The Weasleys 😭😭
  20. Hermione 😭😭😭
  21. Lmao at Draco introducing himself as if he’s James Bond: Malfoy, Draco Malfoy, get a grip.
  22. Is politer even a word? (apparently it is)
  23. Is Hogwarts food real? As in is the pork from real pigs and the potatoes from the soil or is it magic food? Is magic food healthy? Does it have nutrients?
  24. Redeemed or not, Snape was the worst. So what your childhood crush didn’t love you back and married your high school bully? Doesn’t give you a reason to mistreat their son who has no idea what is going on.
  25. Can you imagine being in your thirties and mad about your dead crush and taking it out on their son?? What are men even???
  26. That’s your future wife Ron, you might want to watch your tone.
  27. Of all the students in Hogwarts, Hermione chose to attach herself to these idiots?
  28. Why is detention for 11-year-olds in a dark forest filled with creepy creatures at 11pm? Why?
  29. Up until dawn??? What kind of school was Dumbledore running? Why hasn’t a concerned parent called CPS? 😑
  30. It never occurred to me before now how insane the Forbidden Forest detention thing was.
  31. Like you’re just going to let students loose at night when there’s something eating unicorns in there?? What?
  32. Unicorns are powerful magical creatures, whatever is hurting them is powerful and dangerous so let’s send in a bunch of 11-year-olds…makes sense. 😑🙄
  33. Yep, let me leave these two 11-year-olds alone while I go and help those other two 11-year-olds. Nothing bad’s going to happen while I’m gone – Hagrid
  34. Harry was a bit dramatic about the Voldemort thing though
  35. Your protection for a hidden object was broken by three 11-year-olds and Hogwarts is the safest place in the world – riiiight
  36. Honestly what even
  37. Let’s snatch the House Cup right underneath Slytherin’s noses because I can – literally could have given them the points before decking up the Hall in Slytherin colours, how rude

It’s so weird reading it after all this time. So many things were familiar but I’m looking at from a different perspective with everything that’s been happening with the book community and JKR’s political opinions. I still loved it though and I can’t wait to reread the rest of the series.

Book Review: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria | Magical Abilities Beyond Your Imagination

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Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Content  warning: racism, torture

When it comes to reading, fantasy has always been my favourite genre but I fell out of love with it and only just started getting back into it.I’m glad I stumbled across Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast. This is quite possibly the most imaginative and unique magical system I’ve ever read about.

Iron Cast begins with one of our female protagonists, Ada, locked up in Haversham, a prison referred to as a hospital for people who possess magical abilities called hemopaths. Ada is soon rescued by her best friend Corinne who is also a hemopath. They make their way into the Cast Iron, a safe place for hemopaths.

Hemopaths are wordsmiths; those who can recite poetry and force you to see what they want you to, songsmiths; who can manipulate your feelings and memory through music, thespians who can alter their image and artists who can pull objects out of the paintings they draw.butterfly_outline

Ada is a songsmith who uses the violin and Corinne is a wordsmith who can recite any poem. A few years ago the government made perfoming hemopaths illegal but they still perform in secret. The novel is set in 1919 and I’m not a big fan of historical fiction especially historical fantasy but this story is set with such grace and ingenuity that even I, a person who hates anything set before 1999, actually enjoyed it.

I loved the diversity of the cast. Ada is African-Portuguese and the author doesn’t erase any of the racial tones of the era. Saint, an artist,  a side character in the story is queer.

The story is told in alternating points of view, taking us into Ada’s place then into Corinne’s. The formatting was a little off as there weren’t any visible breaks signalling the start of a different character perspective which made it a hindrance but didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.

The plot was not the most interesting thing I’ve read but there was something about the characters that made me want to read their stories to the end. I wanted to know how it all ended for hemopaths in Boston, if they ever got their saving grace. I’d have loved a sequel to this book but according to the author that’s not part of the plan.

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Have you read Iron Cast before? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

Finding Inspiration for Consistent Blogging

Happy 2019! Sibona umnyaka omutsha! 2019 is the year for keeping up with our posting schedules and being consistent. I’ve been blogging for more than a year now and there are days when I feel uninspired about what to blog about. I wrote this post to help new bloggers and old bloggers that might be losing their speed.

Write outside of your forte

Book blogging is usually book reviews but you don’t have to limit yourself to that. Write about other things that interest you; music, movies, makeup, bullet journaling. There’s a variety outside of book blogging. Continue reading “Finding Inspiration for Consistent Blogging”

Book Review: This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kherryn Callender | Not Really “Epic”

Title: This Is Kind Of An Epic Love StoryThis Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story
Author: Kherryn Callender
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating:  ★★★☆☆ 

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“But that’s what makes it epic. You don’t need to die for each other to make this exciting. Just the fact that you’re here together – that’s enough. That’s epic enough.”

I love this book because queer poc are important. That’s what really drew me into this book. Yes, I admit, I probably rolled my eyes a thousand times at the characters but I was in a weird summer mood and I might have let it cloud my judgement a little. Continue reading “Book Review: This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kherryn Callender | Not Really “Epic””

January Wrap Up – well, sort of

January seems to have lasted forever but it feels like time is going too fast. That’s a contradiction but it is what it is. It’s the month for making plans or not making plans for fear you’ll feel inadequate when you don’t accomplish them. It’s the month for taking stock and realising how behind on all your goals and dreams you are. This just got way too real let’s get into the books.

Books I’ve Been Reading Lately

The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn Continue reading “January Wrap Up – well, sort of”

Book-to-Movie Adaptions I’ve Watched Without Reading The Book

Book to Movie adaptions have become popular again. 2018 in particular was a great year for adaptions and there’s so many more to come in 2019. Movie adaptions can go either way for me, I understand that adaptions aren’t always a page-for-page translation of the book but sometimes they are so far off the mark they don’t even resemble their origins any more. These are just some of the movies that I remember as being books.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I did plan on reading this before the movie came out but I had the worst reading slump of my life and I wasn’t interested in anything but fanfiction. There was so much hype over it and everyone was talking about it so I just went for it and watched it. Continue reading “Book-to-Movie Adaptions I’ve Watched Without Reading The Book”

Book Review: The Summer Of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Title: The Summer Of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)The Summer Of Jordi Perez

Author: Amy Spalding

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Sky Pony

Rating: ★★★☆☆     

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“And right at this very moment, for maybe the first time ever, I feel like I’m in my own story.”

I knew I was going to love this book because it encompasses all my favourite things about contemporary novels:

  • Cute LGBTQ+ romance without being centered around queerness
  • Internships (I don’t know why but I won’t pass up a book featuring internships)
  • Clear yet descriptive writing style
  • Girls with different coloured hair
  • Friendships!!!

Continue reading “Book Review: The Summer Of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding”

10 YA Contemporaries To Enjoy This Summer

Hello Summer (technically it’s been summer since December but humour me). Summer is for stories that don’t hurt (okay some will hurt a little bit) and rebirth. I know it’s still winter for some of my followers but you can read these recommendations if you’re looking for a light, summery read.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

A beautiful story about Jamaican female mc Natasha, and Korean-American mc, Daniel, told from different perspectives, a story of chance encounters, music, love at first sight and what-ifs. This book is being adapted into a movie this year starring Yara Shahidi and guy and I can’t wait. It means so much to me, it’s amazingly poetic and incredibly beautiful. Continue reading “10 YA Contemporaries To Enjoy This Summer”