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Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into? 

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I’m not going to do a big intro.
Here we go..

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Of course I want to live inside the Harry Potter books…

Winter's tale Mark Helprin

Ssssttt I started reading this book a loooooong time ago and still haven’t finished it. As you can tell, it’s pretty massive. I was enjoying the story too… but for some reason I put it down. The part I read was very atmospheric and if it were winter here, I’d climb right into that book.

tigers in red weather liza klaussmann

This book just screams summer. I wouldn’t want to end up in the story.. just in the general area 😉

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet jamie ford

I’m not a 100% sure what this book is about. I saw in in the second hand bookstore and I liked it so I took it home. I would definitely walk around in the scene behind that cover!

de man zonder hond hakan nesser

Ah, the sea… I love, love, love the sea. I think once you’ve lived by the coast, you will never be able to shake it off completely. Sometimes I really miss the smell, the wind in my hair, the feeling of the sand between my toes and the roar of the waves.

Which one is your favorite?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  You can find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week’s topic is Unlikeable Characters and I have to be honest.. I had a hard time thinking of these answers but here we go anyway. Let me know if you agree!

Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows

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To say that Kaz isn’t a very nice person, is putting it lightly. He’s ruthless and will do anything to succeed. I don’t think a lot of readers actually dislike him though, neither do I. He’s a great character.

Feyre – A Court of …

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I did not like her at first. When the first book opens, she’s introduced as a strong girl who takes care of her family. Later on, she let’s a certain High Lord talk her down to almost nothing. He makes her so small and I was so annoyed with her. Yes, Under The Mountain happened and she’s traumatised but it’s only in the second half of the second book and the beginning of the third book that I actually started liking her.

Daisy Buchanan – The Great Gatsby

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I think the reason I was still willing to give her a chance was because Gatsby loves her and that’s kinda what the whole book revolves around. But the truth is that Daisy is selfish and annoying.

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone j k rowling

Because yes, he’s a bully. Yes, he’s rude and snobbish. Yes, he made all the wrong choices. But I love him as a character. I loved the snark and I loved how his storyline was so unpredictable. What more can I say? He’s my fave.

Doctor Laing – High-Rise

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He stands by and watches as everything goes wrong and does nothing to stop it. I didn’t really like his character as a person but he was the perfect set of eyes to tell the story through.

 

Are any of your favorites on my list?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Event Themes

Today’s topic is Books we would like as event Themes.
I had a few in mind and just went mad on Pinterest 😉 so yeah, enjoy!

I chose books I’ve read and enjoyed, which also have a lot of atmosphere.

The Great Gatsby

Bookish events Great Gatsby

I love vintage looks so anything inspired by the 20s, like The Great Gatsby, is right up my street. It’s chique with minimal colors and it just looks so classy. (source)

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I think the best color scheme is black, gold and maybe some silver. Don’t forget to put a green lantern outside! (source)

Harry Potter

Bookish events Harry Potter

Ow my god. This is just one of a million pictures for a Harry Potter themed wedding and I am so in love. The dress, the location…. it’s amazing!!! (Other pictures here)

Bookish events harry potter

Look at those chocolate frogs on the plates. So incredibly beautiful! (source)

The Night Circus

Bookish events Night Circus

Few books are more atmospheric than The Night Circus. Color scheme here is black and white with pops of red. (source)

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Circus vibes means popcorn, right? (source)

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Mmmmm candy… (source)

Pride and Prejudice

Bookish events Pride and Prejudice

Those flowers! I would LOVE to sit at that table. (source)

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Imagine every guest gets his or her silhouette on their chair. (source)

Bookish events Pride and Prejudice

Throwing this kind of party outside gives it a whole new dimension. (source)

Alice in Wonderland

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

I love the chaotic, messy style of these Mad Hatter tea parties. (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Mmmmmm cookies!! (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

Love this.. sooooo much. Isn’t that clever? (source)

Bookish events Alice in wonderland

If you want some extra inspiration, this is the place to look. What a great and beautiful set of pictures. (source)

I looked up Game of Thrones parties and they are hysterical!! There are so many funny ideas out there. But I haven’t read the books so I couldn’t add them to this list.

And there you have it. Five ideas for bookish events.

Which one is your favorite?

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John Tiffany *

Harry Potter and the cursed child John Tiffany Jack Thorne JK Rowling

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I did not want to read this book when it came out.. so I didn’t. I heard bad review after bad review and was glad that I had just let it pass me by. But then I saw a copy at my library and I started doubting my decision. So I picked it up.

I went into this book with super low expectations and it’s best that I did because this story is absolutely awful.

I’ll try to explain without giving anything away. The people who have read it will understand anyway.

Plotholes

The story is as saintlike as George is. They invent someone’s pregnancy (she was not pregnant in the original story, she just wasn’t), they change brewing times for potions and they change (or have forgotten) details in the original storyline. These are mistakes you just can’t make with a franchise like Harry Potter. If you want to write a continuation, you do your research.

Characters

I only liked Scorpius, that’s it… Everyone else was either very unlikable or completely different from the original characters. Ron has become a filler character, Hermione changes many times throughout the story (one change more laughable than the other), Harry pffff don’t even get me started on Harry. And then there’s Draco, my favorite character, who has his good moments in this play, but at other times he barely resembles the Draco Malfoy I had gotten to love. There are others that I can’t talk about but the all just became charicatures of themselves.

 

I liked how short and fast is was. I liked the play format and it would probably be great on stage. But seriously, how did JK Rowling agree to this?

Harry Potter means so much to a lot of people, I wish they could have done it justice. Some people call it bad fanfiction and I see their point. I’ve read fanfiction that was a hundred times better than this. When you get your hands on something that’s loved by so many people, you should treat it with respect. And that’s what I was missing the whole time.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

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A lot of popular modern fiction already feels like classics so I’m not going with “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” or “Never let me go”. These are books that, according to me, stand a real chance of becoming classics.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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I think this one will be on a lot of people’s lists but I couldn’t not put it on mine. The World Wars are topics that will be read until the end of time and the writing style (Death telling you the story) is so memorable, I mean come on.. it’s the perfect pick. It’s already a bit of a classic. It was published in 2006 and there are still people that are only discovering it now so I’m sure there will be people reading it for the first time in ten, twenty, thirty years.

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

station eleven emily st john mandel

Dystopian fiction has been a huge thing in recent years so I wanted to put it on this list. The book that stood out the most for me was Station Eleven. I still can’t quite put my finger on why I love it so much but it just stays with me. I think one of the reasons is because it was written with such attention to the humanity of the characters. I will never get over the man who said “I’d thought I was the only one“. Not sure if this book will stand the test of time but it certainly deserves to.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

night circus erin morgenstern

A typical example of – you either love it or hate it – but the people who like it all seem to absolutely love it. That’s why this one has all the potential of becoming a classic. The fans will carry it into eternity.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

the hate u give angie thomas

Let me start by saying that I have not yet read this book so I can not share my own opinion with you. Why then put this book on my list? Well, the reason is simple. Even without having read it, I understand the importance of this book. I really hope it’s as good as everyone has been telling me and I hope that lots and lots of people will read it. The subject matter reflects our world today and I hope that future readers will talk about this book in a “back in the day when….” kind of way. One can dream, right..

Harry Potter – JK Rowling

Always

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I don’t really need to explain this, do I?

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