To Sum-up: January 2017

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Hello guys!

January was such a weird month for me, it was fast and slow at the same time and that… doesn’t make sense? haha. Anyway. How are you? How is life treating you?

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January is famously known as my torture month. Aka exam month. Aka I don’t know what life is anymore. I’m not going to lie to you, it was brutal. A lot of stress and self-doubt but I ultimately made it through and I AM BACK (in case you missed the post where I announced my return from zombieland ). My exams ended on the 20th and I was so tired that I couldn’t blog last weekend even though that’s when I had planned to go back to my normal schedule.For the past week, I’ve been slowly climbing back to my normal happy self and I’m almost there. There are still somedays when I get stressed over my exam results and that ruins my mood but more often, I’m good.

On a happier note, on the 23rd, the books I ordered with my birthday money arrived and THEY ARE SO BEAUTFUL IT HURT MY HEART. For the curious and curiouser, I got the Six of Crows Duology and I’ll Give you the sun, all UK paperbacks. Although, they sent me different sizes for the duology and that annoyed me a bit. Yes, these are all books I read but Hello Favorites! So I had to own physical copies because I know I will reread them.

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  • Winter – Marissa Meyer                                                                             4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – John Tiffany & Jack Thorne 2.5 stars
  • The Orphan’s Tale – Pam Jenoff                                                               4 stars

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ME. ALL OF ME.

No but more seriously, the blog will be back to normal with 3 posts a week, replying to comments in time, blog-hopping and everything. You may have noticed that the “Posts from elsewhere” section has vanished but it’s only because I visited zero blogs this month for obvious reasons but not worry, it will be back and -hopefully- overflowing with awesome posts next month.

As I said in my 2017 goals, I will be talking about topics that really matter to me (diversity, feminism, etc…), but I don’t know if I’ll start this month or later, it will depend on inspiration, time and everything else. But that’s something that will happening. Soon.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read this month? Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Book I wish had never Happened

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Publication date : July 31st, 2016goodreads

Publisher : Arthur A. Levine Books

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy | Script

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : 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. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 2.5 stars

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(Spoilery Review)

Why didn’t I leave it alone? Why didn’t I leave it alone? WHY DIDN’T I LEAVE IT ALONE? I started off with a very nostalgic warm feeling inside but as I kept on reading and realized how they screwed EVERYTHING up, I went from warm, to disappointed, to frustrated to straight up angry. I just didn’t get it, like why hurt our feelings like that? 😦 Some parts of it hurt physically to read.

Anyway. I’ve seen a lot of people around saying it reads like a fanfiction but to me it didn’t (that may be because I haven’t read fanfiction in 6+ years). I used to read a lot of plays for school growing up so that felt just like that, the writing was alright even though the narration felt awkward and forced at times but the dialogue made me smile at some points because it was funny and reminiscent of the characters as kids. Mostly for Ron and Hermione because he was very hilarious and kind of the cool uncle and she was still bossy, witty and intelligent, and most of all they still bicker.

A character that I despised most of all was Harry, WHO WAS THAT? That’s not the Harry we know and love, that’s a dull, stuck up, know-it-all version of him that I didn’t enjoy reading about. Not at all. Especially when around his son Albus. I must admit that Albus can be a pain in the ass but he is a teenager, his tantrums are to be expected, the same can’t be told about Harry because he responded like a teenager more often than not. Just look at this:ou

ALBUS: No! I just wish you weren’t my dad.

HARRY (seeing red): Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.

WHO SAYS THAT? I get that he was angry and that he regretted it right after but that? Our Harry would never do that. He was also controling of Albus’ life without even hearing him out or taking his feelings into consideration. Oh! And best of all is when he said this to Professor McGonagall:

HARRY: Albus didn’t like me before. He might not like me again. But he will be safe. With the greatest respect, Minerva – you don’t have children –

GINNY: Harry!

HARRY: – You don’t understand.

I just couldn’t. And how did he justify his behavior at the end? “I didn’t have a father so I don’t know how to be one.” For God’s sake! And how are you a good father to James and Lily then? I call bullshit. You can say that I have lots of feeling about what they did with Harry’s character.

Now Scorpius. THAT BOY STOLE MY HEART. He’s the most precious potato I’ve ever read about, I just want to squish him into a hug. He is such a nerdy sweet boy who breaks all Slytherin stereotypes, I felt like he belonged in all the houses. I also loved how Draco just wanted to be happy.

As for the plot, I feel conflicted about it. As a plot of its own, it’s great, it holds itself and all but as a continuation that happens more than 20 years afterwards, it seemed really far fetched, especially since I had just finish Deathly Hollows the day before I just couldn’t separate the two and read it as its own thing. I would’ve preferred Albus and Scorpio to go on their own adventure instead of recycling Voldemort again and him having a daughter with Bellatrix is just so mind boggling to me. I know there have been theories going that way but I’ve never been on board with any of them. I must admit that Delphi being the villain took me by surprise because I didn’t expect it there to be a villain, just Albus and Scorpio screwing up the timeline.

Anyway, I just think they should’ve left the play alone, they just messed it up by releasing the script. I’m sure the actual play is magical and amazing, and if I could watch it I think I would be able to separate it from the original series and actually enjoy it. So, I’m not holding this thing against it. I’ll just pretend it doesn’t exist.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Cursed Child? If so, what did you think? Did it live up to your expectations?

Did you watch the Play? If so, how was it? 

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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To sum-up: December 2016

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Hello guys!

Another month came and went. At this point, it’s another year really. HOLY CRAP 2017 IS HERE. You better not be crappy too or I’ll kick your ass. And HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE ❤

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Well December and I have had a love/hate relationship for the past 3 years and you know why. I know you know. If you don’t, let me bring you up to speed. 1/ I get excited for my birthday and 2/ My exams are in the beginning of January and since we have A LOT of things to study, I spend all of December at home prepping. And this is not an exaggeration. I went out three times this month. THREE. So yeah, not very fond of December. That being said my mom bought me a gorgeous edition Box set of A Song of Ice and Fire and my dad gave me money with which I ordered 3 of my favorite books, can you guess which?

On happier news, WE REACHED 500 FOLLOWERS GUYS, WE DID IT!!! I Still get so emotional thinking about it , I… Just… HOW? I didn’t think I’d stick with it long enough to see that number or that I’ll be loving this adventure more and more everyday. I’m just grateful for all of you who are following me ❤ Thank you for sticking with me, being supportive of me and baring with me. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU.

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Lastly, as I said last wrap-up, I am changing my formatting -again- to have include more things like my TBR and I’m cutting down on the book thoughts to sum them up in 5 words only.

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Other than this, I have been sucky at keeping up with posts. I’d promise to do better in January but that won’t happen. Better luck in February !

 

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My blog’s 1st anniversary, YES YOU ARE READING CORRECTLY. I’ve been around for almost a year and I seriously feel like it hasn’t been more than 6 months. Anyway, I may be cooking something up for the end of the month to celebrate both the blogiversary AND 500 followers, so stay tuned!

I also think I’m going on a forced mini-hiatus. I’ll try to schedule 2 posts a week for January but not sure yet, I’ll have my exams from the 5th to the 20th so I don’t think I’ll be around much for more than half the month (and you may have noticed that this last week, aside from posting I’ve been absent from the blogosphere. Or maybe not) . I’ll try! Because I hate when I get behind on comments and all your posts but I don’t think I’ll be able to. Anyway, I just don’t want you to think I’m rude or disappearing on you haha. I’m still here, I’m just drowning under papers and stress.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read this month? Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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20 ‘TIL I’M 20: 20 Lessons Books taught me

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Hello guys!

In my last wrap-up I told you that I was making this series of posts -or whatever you’d like to call it- to celebrate my twentieth birthday coming up in a week, since I’m not really doing anything IRL, I thought I’d take advantage of my little corner of the internet and basically annoy everyone by talking about it non-stop. Anyway. I was thinking about something to tie the main purpose of the blog with life lessons and my huge wisdom as a 20 year old potato and I came up with this not so genius idea.

We can’t deny that being huge readers and books taking up (more like eating up) a considerable chunk of our lives, they are bound to affect us in more ways than one. In the way we think, we see the world, even in the way we act to some extent. So, in that train of thought, I’ll tell you a little bit about the things that books taught ME. I frankly don’t know if I’ll be able to come up with 20, but I’ll squeeze this brain of mine until I do. Shall we, start?

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The whole premise of the book stands on the fact that the twins kept each a secret from each other, which dug a ravine between them. They were so close and then kept drifting apart until they stopped talking altogether and started despising each other. All of this FOR WHAT? Because they couldn’t live with the secrets they were keeping. And I realized that sometimes secrets do more damage than good.

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Now listen up. My sister is 12, so that makes an 8 years gap right there and when I was younger I had a lot of trouble dealing with that, like it was too big for us to have any shared interests, so I bossed her around A LOT (especially when I was having my nasty teenagehood crisis) and so on. Yes I wasn’t always this fluff-ball of a potato. Don’t get me wrong, my behaviour changed a couple of years back but it’s not until I read the book that I realized the years that I wasted. I know Rhy and Kell are not blood brothers but their relationship is as precious, they love each other and would do anything for one another. Seeing how much time they spent together made me want to do the same with my baby sister.

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You know very well I can’t make this post without some HP. Well, the first thing I ever learnt from a book I did from Luna Lovegood. Everybody was saying she is crazy and seeing things, never taking her word on anything and she still was so confident with who she was, she never let it get to her or change her. And because of that she was my favorite character in the series (And I’m sure if you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know that).

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This is pretty self-explanatory if you’ve read the book. Or even, if you just know who the girl is (if you don’t, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING?). Malala is a true inspiration to all girls -and people- out there. She was shut down, shot, almost killed and NEVER gave up on her fight for girls’ education in her country. And that is such a HUGE motivation to get over minor daily obstacles that get thrown my way and that can sometimes stray me away from my goals a bit.

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I’ve known grief and trust me, I know how easy it is to just close yourself to the world and wallow in pain and sorrow BUT that is never the best solution. Yes, in the process of grieving, there are things you have to learn to do alone, things that no one can teach you or even help you with BUT remember that you’re not the only one that’s grieving and people around you can help you get your closure as much as you can help them get theirs. And I’ve seen that in this book, with Lennie closing herself to her family and feeling like her sister was only hers to grieve and it’s not until she re-opened up to her family that she was able to make progress.

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I know this is a no brainer but back when I was a kid it wasn’t as obvious to me. I was a hard worker and loved studying and as a result to that I was top of my class more often than not and some people tried to shame me for it. Ridiculous, I KNOW. But the thing is, that really affected me and I started hiding it, I avoided participating in class, when I was asked if I studied a certain thing I’d say no and so on… But when Hermione entered the picture and I saw how big of an asset her brains were, and how comfortable she was with being smart, I realized I could be too.

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This is what I struggle with the most to be honest. Like, someone could think we are the closest of friends and pour their heart and soul out to me and I’d still be unable to tell them anything too personal about myself. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I CAN’T. And Kaz has that as well… x100. But reading that book, I realized that people are worth it if only they get a chance. And I want to work on that.

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There are a gazillion of lessons one can learn from this book, it is truly a brilliant one. (READ IT!) but what stood out to me the most is to what lengths Miel was willing to go -and went- to protect Sam because she loved him THAT much and could do anything for him. And there are people like that, who deserve the world and for whom you’d risk anything.

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This book isn’t out yet (not until February) but as soon as it is out and if you love historical fiction, snatch it. But basically, a girl and a woman meet working in a circus and form an extraordinary bond over just a few months that people can’t form over a life time, they were truely like this little family who care deeply for each other.

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This is such a lovely but underrated book. A girl dies and she’s a ghost and has to come to term with her death as well as everyone moving on after her. She couldn’t do that because she blamed some people for what happened to her so she just couldn’t be okay and move on to whatever is coming next. So if you translate that in everyday life, grudges basically hold us back and at some point we have to let go to be able to move on.

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I started off being in love with this book but a thing happened that triggered me (yes, really, I’m not using that word lightly or just for show) so I ended up hating it. But, that didn’t prevent me from learning something from it. More often than not, people are more than what you see in them because at the end of the day they only show parts and bits of them they choose to show. Either because they’re ashamed of the other parts or because they don’t trust you enough.

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This is pretty similar to the last but I think mentioning it is important. This is another book I didn’t like but I still learnt something from anyway. A person can seem perky and happy, and like they don’t have a single worry (especially on the internet) but things are not always the way they seem, that day could be the hardest one they’ve ever had, they could be struggling with numerous thing. And this can serve as a reminder to never take people’s state of mind as well as mental health and remember to always be kind.

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This book was my first venture into Magical Realism. Of ever. I did a conscious effort to stay away from it because I didn’t think it would be something I’d like. But I fell in love with it completely and I know for sure that I will read more Magical Realism in the near future because if those other books can make me feel half what this book did it’ll be amazing.

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This book. I don’t have enough word in my vocabulary, all languages combined, to describe how amazing, important and heartbreaking it is. Like really, read it. This is required reading. It follows slavery from the 1700’s until modern days. And even though people thought they were free of slavery, they stil were slaves to a system that could find loop-holes to laws that were theoritically set to protect them. And that was horrifying to read  about.

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I admired Aaron so freaking much in this book. He is one of the best, strongest characters I’ve ever read about in my life and he literally had one of shittiest lives in bookish history but he fought for it, he fought to make his life better, to be more happy than not. SO MUCH. He kept pushing through and that was so inspiring and motivational.

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This book explores the regrets/what ifs of life because the author tells up about the conversations he wished he had with his grand-mother while she was still alive. How he wishe we spent time with her when he was living with her. And that made me think that, if you have a good relationship with your family, there’s no reason whatsoever not to take some time to spend with them. I know that I tend to take my family for granted, I often, find myself thinking: “They’re here! So I can always spend time with them tomorrow.” But what if there’s not?

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Well, I already knew this because my best friend means the world to me and I know she’d do anything for me. But still, the friendship in this book was my favorite thing and it served as a good reminder.

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Patroclus (little pumpkin that’s too precious for this world) loves Achilles unconditionally even when the latter was an ungrateful little bastard. But still, he loved him, thinking that that could be enough to make him better and change some of his decisions which didn’t happen. Love and only love isn’t enough sometimes to fix things and change them for the better.learnt-19

The protagonist in this doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life or what his future prospects will be but by the end of the book he realized that that was a necessary stage he had to go through to find himself, grow confident and find what he likes and where his life was headed. Which is absolutely true. But not knowing is fucking scary, I know it, you know it and we can’t handle it. It is hard, really. But we should learn to be okay with it.

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Well, this is pretty self-explanatory. And the lesson I’m most grateful for, because just this one lesson will teach me a hundred more. Because diversity = More stories to read = More experiences to witness = More lessons to learn.


That’s it until next time.

Now it is your turn to tell me. What are some lessons books taught you? Do any of mine apply to you?

Do you learn things even from the books that you don’t like?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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TAG #21: The Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

Hello guys !

You know how there are some tags that you HAVE to do in a certain time frame or else it would be ridiculously unfit to do them? Well, this is one of them. It literally is called the Mid-autumn Festival Tag so it is now or never. I must admit that I have a moutain of other tags that is threatening of crumbling on me and that I will eventually get to, but a girl has to set her priorities straight and in this case prioritize the tag that has a set time to be done. Enough ramblings let’s get on with the tag.

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This tag was created by Tinka @ The Crazy Reader and I was tagged by the lovely Kat @ Life and Other Disasters. You should definitely check out her blog, it’s awesome ans she recently started sharing really interesting insights about her writing experience. DO IT!

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x1Name a Book with Family Goals.

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I think the obvious answer for this one would be the Weasleys from Harry Potter, I freaking love that family and how they all work so well together. But one family that I hold dear to my heart is Lennie’s family from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Yes, it is more on the inconventional side because it is just Lennie, her uncle and her grandma but what’s goals is their love for each other and how close they are despite drifting away from each other for a bit because of everything they went through.

x2Name a Book with a Werewolf*

*this festival has nothing to do with werewolves; the only common things is the full moon.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book solely about Werewolves, they’ve never really been my thing (If you forget about that time when I was obsessed with Teen Wolf). And the only series that I can think about that has them besides the obvious Twilight, is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare which I love and also can we talk about how big of a sweetheart Luke is? I must admit, that isn’t something I would’ve ever imagined myself saying about a werewolf.

x3Name a Kind of Food in a Book that you Wish was Real.

Mmm… All of the candy from Harry Potter (I’m sure I can answer every and each of these questions with that series, but I won’t). It seriously was my dream growing up to be part of that world -and it still is to be honest- and half of the reason was all the candy that sounds so yummy.

x4Name your Favorite Creature from a Book.

I would say Dobby from Harry Potter (See what I was talking about?) He is so amazing and brave and hilarious. I know you love him too, who doesn’t to be honest? He’s awesome!

x5A Character that Makes a Significant Change to the Plot Since he/she did something too many times

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Well, I have the perfect answer for that one. Love for the Romantics by Leah Konen. I’ll have to say that most of the “pushes” she made had bad results but she kept on trying until she made things right and the thing that was supposed to happen happened. The thing that she did too many times is getting involved in Gael’s faith.

 x6 Name a Toy or Game in a Book that you Liked to Read About.

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Does the To-do list in Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson count as a game? I think it does and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all the adventures Emily embarked in because of the items in that list.

x7Name a Book which you Feel is the Best to Read in Autumn.

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I’d have to agree with Kat on this one because to me Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is the perfect Autumn read. I read it in Winter last year and if it wasn’t still so vivid in my brain, I would be reading it right now cuddling up in my bed with a mug of Hot Chocolate and lots of feels and fangirling over how cute and sweet Levi is. Fun fact: Levi is my first ever book boyfriend, so that book holds a special spot in my heart.

x8Name your Favorite Festival in a Book

I’m 100% sure I’ve never read a book with a Festival in it soo I don’t have an answer for this one. Now that I think about it, is there a book with some kind of Festival in it, out there in the world? If you know any, tell me! I’m really curious to know. 


I Tag :

If you’ve already done it, or don’t want to do it, it’s okay, ignore silly me haha.


That’s it until next time.

If you did the tag, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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#CritYourFaves: Harry Potter and -the lack of- Diversity

Hello guys!

In the middle of September Aentee @ Read At Midnight had this fabulous idea to create a blog event where you can post a discussion, throughout the whole month of October, in which you look at your favourite book or series through a more critical lens. This doesn’t mean that you have to diss it or completely tear it apart, even less that you have to start hating it from this point forward. It is just a way to admit that even the books we love endlessly have problematic sides to them and to discuss them. Hens the title #CritYourFaves where you criticize your favorites (duh!!) 

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No that’s not the title of yet another Harry Potter book, that is just my discussion post.

I’ve been meaning to tackle this subject for a long time on the blog so this seemed like the perfect occasion. And before any die-hard Harry Potter fans come at me with pitchforks, I AM a die-hard Potterhead too and I have been oblivious to the issues it has for years and years until a few months back when I started being more aware of the diversity talk that’s getting louder and louder with each day’s passing -which is great.

Since August I’m slowly making my way through the series all over again and loving reimmersing myself in the world, I still love it as much as when I was a kid if not more, because of allthe nostalgic value it holds. All of this being said, I couldn’t help noticing the monopole that white, straight, cis characters have on the cast, it is almost exclusive. And I know this is a discussion that’s been had and recycled over time but I still want to talk about it with my own words and be honest about my own feelings and experience.

I want to start off by saying that writing diversity into stories is in no way a mendatory thing, BUT with such a wide cast as Harry Potter has, it is just unrealistic for all of them but a couple characters to be white, and none of them to be anything but straight. I’m talking here about the ones that have been defined, not the ones -like Hermione- whose skin color has been left vague, or the ones -like Sirius – whose sexualities are still a mystery. Especially for the main characters. The Potters are white. The Weasleys are white. The longbottoms. The Lovegoods. Dumbledore. McGonagall. And so on and so forth. You get it, dozens and dozens of characters. Do you really think that in real life right now, if I gather let’s say 20 people, RANDOMLY, they would all be white, straight, cis people? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Especially when you have so many side characters, it would be VERY easy to make them literally anything but white -if you are afraid of misrepresenting any group of people as a MC and/or lazy to research them- because a secondary character doesn’t need much thought nor a very large backstory because their main job is to support the main characters and not to stear the attention away from them. And I know there are some, but it isn’t even close to a fair “ratio”. To just state an exemple, in all 8 movies there have been just a little bit over 6minutes with lines said by PoC. Weird, I know.

I must admit that, being a white person, to J. K. Rowling it came more naturally to write about the things that she knew, especially more than a decade back when diversity talk wasn’t as widely known and when social media wasn’t even a thing yet. It is not an excuse, I know, but it is kind of attenuating.

The same thing doesn’t stand for books written more recently.

Moving on to the characters whose feature or sexuality were left vague. I’ll start with the most obvious one being Hermione. She has “brown eyes, frizzy hair and is very clever” so why the hell did I first imagine her as a white character? For a person of color, that is just sad. Really, I just feel sad that I imagine characters as white people by default when I am not and I never felt how unfair that was until recently. That just shows how unrepresented I feel, and how unrepresented I AM. I know how a lot of people say that they’ve always seen her as a black girl and I am not one to doubt those statements but it just wan’t the case for me. So, here’s the real issue. What would’ve been the cost of making it CLEAR that Hermione isn’t white? And I know that in the Cursed Child, she was cast as black, that is really good but I’m sorry to say that it is not enough because minorities are very under-represented, by a very wide marge so “implying” that a character is of color isn’t enough.

Same goes for characters’ sexualities. I know that there have been a lot of fan-made theories about how Sirius is gay or how Dumbledore is asexual/aromantic and I know that some of them have been confirmed by Rowling -though I don’t know which, but the fact that they’ve never had a mentioned significant other in the series doesn’t mean that it couldn’t have been a woman, I wanted to feel that as I was reading and not just be told a few years afterwards when I’ve already had this whole thing built in my head a certain way.

That is just damage control.

I know that not a lot of people might agree with what I have to say next but this is my opinion and I hope you can understand where it comes from. J. K. Rowling is adding these things as people “request” them and I’m one of those people who are against that (Or am I the only one?) It’s not that I don’t want diversity in those books, it is the opposite actually. I wish they could be re-written so that as many people as possible can relate to one character or another, but unless a time machine is invented that is impossible. So I just wish she left it alone and promised to do better next time, because to me what she’s doing feels like patching up and isn’t worthy of all those people who are squeezed in. Yes, that’s how I feel about it.

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I hope my words won’t be interpreted the wrong way because I’m one of Wizarding World’s biggest fans and that would never change no matter how many problems come out of it. It is just that as I grow up and grow more aware I need to adress the issues and speak up about things that bother me.


That’s it until next time.

Let’s chat ! What do you think of the Lack of Diversity in Harry Potter? And what about the add-ons after the series was wrapped up?

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Little Peek #9: September 2016

Hello guys !

This month was such a slow/hectic/messy/I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing-anymore month for me. School started which meant the internship, which meant crazy schedule which meant I have barely been around the community for the last couple of weeks.But I’m tryinh guys! I really am. You know how it is widely known that medstudents are prone to depression? Funny story is that the head of  Emergency general surgery (the departement I’m currently working in) said that we’re all bound to break down at some point or another and if we don’t it means we do not care enough. When I say funny, I mean it wasn’t funny at all and that it’s scary. Well, now that that’s out of the way I want to say that I’m fine -for now- but very exhausted and at the time this post goes up I am at the hospital for a 12 hours shift.

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This month was a good reading month considering everything. I managed to read 6 books out of the 7 that were on my TBR. The only one I didn’t get to is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and I’m actually glad because I’m not ready for it to end. I’m leaving that one until November hehe. The review copies I received this month were all really good books which really surprised me because until this month none of the ones I received impressed me.

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All the Harry Potter books  5 stars

It is Harry Potter, so it deserves all the stars in the galaxy and beyond. HP is love. HP is life.

Just a Few Inches 4 stars

This book deals with body image issues in such a unique and creative way that I think more people should read it. It also comes out with a positive message about body-positivity and confidence that a lot of youth would do with hearing/reading.

The Marauders’ Island 4 stars

Looking for diversity? Read this book. Looking for kick-ass pirates and treasure hunts? Read this book. Looking for cool magic. Read it. Read it. Read it. I really enjoyed the story as well as the writing and I want you to get this book as soon as it is out. DO IT.

When the Moon was Ours 5 stars

Holy Mother of Magical Realism !!! I am so in love with this book. The story is heartbreaking and beautiful. The characters are all very real and loveable and I just can’t rave enough about it. You should read it for yourself to understand what I am rambling about.

Iron Cast 3.5 stars

Oh my poor little heart !! This book played with my head so much that I didn’t know who trust anymore. SO MUCH BETRAYAL!! One thing that I really loved though is how it is centered around best friends! But I had some issues with it thay I’ll explain in next week’s review.

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Oh! Before you leave I want to talk to you guys about a program I registered for in September. It is the Book Review Program that was launched recently by Socialbookco.com which is a site where you can compare book prices from different retailers, and it can come very handy if you ask me when you’re trying to save up as much money as you can to buy even MORE books (duuh!!). Anyway. When you register and get approved you can either request books that are already available or you have a wish list of 5 books from which they can send you in exchange of an honest review. I REALLY suck at explaining things but you can check out the website and get more information/register if you’re interested. I really loved the idea and thought why not share it so more people can benefit from it.


That’s it until next time.

What books did you read in September ? And what have been the Highlights of your month ?

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TAG #19: Soundtrack to my Life Book Tag

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I think I’ve been sitting on this tag since February and I shamelessly admit that it is the same for a lot of the tags I still have to tackle. And since I’m trying to be a decent blogger and keep up with schedule even with school starting I’ll be drafting most of them over the next week to be able to post them whenever I feel like it. For this week, it’s the Soundtrack to my Life Book Tag.

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I’ve been tagger by Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide to Novels to do this awesome tag so I want to thank her very very much for that (she tagged everyone hehe so it counts). And without further ado, let’s dive into this lenghty tag.

Opening Credits: Favorite Childhood book.

Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm’s Tales. Not the scary creepy ones though, I didn’t know about those  until I grew up. I’m talking about the ones with Fairytale endings and feel good stories. Those were almost all I read until age 7 and I absolutely adored them.

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump.

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The Fault in our Stars – John Green. I’m not talking about the great slump, that one just healed itself but before that I was in a little slump that was over after reading this book and it is the only John Green book I actually do like, it might be because of the positive effect it had on me.

School: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving.

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The Last Day of a Condemned Man – Victor Hugo. I went into this book very sceptic because it sounded sad and morbid and just not my cup of tea. It WAS sad and heavy but I somehow really enjoyed reading it.

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books.

JUST  ONE? I discovered so many great authors this year. My top 3 would be Jandy Nelson, Ryan Graudin and Victoria Schwab in no particular order. I just adore them so much and every book of theirs I read is a favorite. So no need for further explanations.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences.

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A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab. OH MY GOD ! OH MY GOD ! OH MY GOD ! Head spinning, heart stopping action with the tournament and troubles Kell gets into and everything, I just need the sequel right now to know what happens next !

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish.

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The Lux series – Jennifer L. Armentrout. No. Just no. I don’t want to offend anyone in this post so all I’m going to say is that I really didn’t like the little of it I read. If you want to know why here’s my review for Obsidian and 30 something percent of Onyx.

Hanging With Friends: Book you think everyone else should read.

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The Messenger – Markus Zusak. There’s no badass MC, no epic battles, only a mystery, a guy who doesn’t know who he is and a message to take out of this. I really loved this book for the effect it had on me, it is just so beautiful and I’d recommend it to everyone, especially if you’re struggling with what’s coming next in your life.

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you/had you crying your eyes out.

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Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma. This book is in no way a happy story nor a “conventional’ one, it deals with a taboo subject so if you’re uncomfortable reading about incest I’d recommend staying away from it. By the end, I was sobbing (remember that not many books make me cry) because of how much I cared about the characters and what happened to them, which to be honest made me sick to my stomach a bit but I still loved it.

Roadtrip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books).

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling. Duuh!! What kind of question is this? I absolutely adore this series and nothing in the world would ever top it or even compete with it, it is just TOO good. The series just feels like home.

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago.

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The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho. Up until this year, this was the only book I reread countless amounts of times and each time I did I got something different, something more out of it. It is pretty philosophical and about a kind of internal journey so if you don’t like that kind of stuff well… You should still try it because it’s amazing.

Getting Back Together: What book you can not stop rereading.

Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give you the Sun – Jandy Nelson. Technically I haven’t reread this one yet because I just read it a couple of months ago BUT I’m predicting I’ll be going back to it a lot because I just can’t get enough of it.

Wedding: A book that is really special to you.

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak. Why is this special you ask? Because it was the first book I ever thought of as a REAL favorite and also because it is the one that introduced me to the wonder that is Historical fiction and more precisely the WWII period and I adored it ever since.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read.

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Les misérables – Victor Hugo. Granted, I read it in parts because there’s a french edition that cuts it into 3 parts designed for kids BUT it still is one mammoth book of more than a thousand pages.

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently.

N/A. I have nothing in mind right now, because I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to endings.

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue.

Never, Never – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher. Just NO. That epilogue made no sense to me. I was already angry about all the explanations so when it was topped off with that unnecessary over the top cheesy epilogue, I just couldn’t do it anymore.


I Tag :

EVERYONE ! Because I’m lazy today.


That’s it until next time.

If you did the tag, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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Little Peek #8: August 2016

Hello guys  !

I know, I know it’s already September 5th and this post is REALLY late but I gave a notice on twitter about my disappearance for the last week. I was going through some emotional things that aren’t thankfully too serious so I felt drained and didn’t have the energy to blog at the end of the day. Oh, by the way, I want to thank everyone who worried about me for their lovely messages, that meant a lot to me <3. On a lighter note, today is my first day back to school *sigh* , the internship portion of it at least, the actual classes aren’t starting until the 19th. My internship is in a surgical department (Which FYI I have no idea where it is because that hospital is HUGE.) and although I’m really excited about it, I’m also dead nervous because now is when “real” medschool starts.

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So this month was an okay reading month quantity wise but it was GLORIOUS quality wise. I embarked on my journey of rereading Harry Potter, and though I originally planned to read all of them, a girl has no time and only managed to dive into the first 4 as well as a book I received for review, so a total of 5 books. Not bad but not good knowing me. Oh! And I completed my GR challenge of 50 books for the year… 4 MONTHS IN ADVANCE!! So yay for that !

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All the Harry Potter books  5 stars

DON’T YOU DARE JUDGE ME ! Yes, I am a biased potato when it comes to HP and no I’m not ashamed to admit it. I love the universe way way waaay too much (like every other soul on the planet) and this reread has seriously been my light in this intense month. I’ll have to say though that so far, Goblet of Fire is my favorite. SO INTENSE ! And I had forgotten almost everything that happened in it so those things that happened got me, oh they really did !

The Song of Orpheus  3.5 stars

If you’re a Greek mythology lover like myself you’ll be really happy to pick this one up, even though it isn’t perfect and I had some problems with it, it was definitely worth the read and I would recommend it, it has new myths that you probably have never heard of as well as a lot of helpful information to clear confusions you’re bound to have.

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With school starting up again, things are going to get INTENSE ! But at the same time I’ll enter a steady routine that’ll hopefully allow me to visit all of your blogs more and keep up with the comments. I hope to keep my schedule as it is which shouldn’t be a problem in September but we shall see how it will go for the months after that.


That’s it until next time.

What books did you read in August ? And what have been the Highlights of your month ?

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TAG #18: My Intimidating TBR Book Tag

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I know, I know we’re all guilty of having humongous TBRs that are threatening of falling down on ours heads and crushing us any time now so don’t you dare even try to deny it, I won’t believe it, neither would anyone who’s going through the same life threatening struggle. But at the same times we love our TBRs and would feel lost without them because it’s comforting knowing that you always have your next read waiting for you. In that spirit, I chose to do My Intimidating TBR Book tag to show you all the shamefulness I’m drowning in.

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The Intimidating TBR Tag was created by LindseyRey, but unfortunately all her videos seem to be deleted. This tag is where we talk about some books in our To Be Read pile that intimidate us for various reasons! I was tagged to do this a gazillion years back by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. Thank you Girl! I’ll forever love you for always tagging me in all the tags because I LOVE doing them. Check out her blog while you’re at it, she’s one of my favorite people ever and her blog is awesome.

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What book have you been unable to finish?

Rainbow Rowell - Attachement

Attachements Rainbow Rowell. I’ve had it on my Currently reading shelf on GR for … *checks Goodreads* *gasps* *faints* OVER 3 MONTHS NOW!! What the hell? It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I got to around 28% and nothing was happening and I was way more excited about other books so I put it down with the intention of coming back to it soon and I still haven’t. I will, though.

What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

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Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare. I love all things Shadowhunters related and I devoured both her previous series as well as The Bane Chronicles but it just seems that other books keep getting in the way of me picking this up. Mind you, I bought it when it first was available to me but I was still reading TID then and after that I just seemed to get lost in a sea of a billion other books.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?

Tahereh Mafi - (#2) Unravel Me

Unravel Me Tahereh Mafi. I picked up Shatter Me a couple times around 2 years ago before the great reading slump happened and I just couldn’t get into it, I think it was because of the freaking slump, I read one trilogy after that and then nothing for a year. I’m planning on maybe giving it another try… Someday.

What book have you yet to read because it’s a new release?

J. K. Rowling - (#8) HP and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. I’ve been rereading Harry Potter this month before picking this one up and I’m still at the fourth one, it’s taking me a while but I’m getting there, I’ll probably read it around the end of September/beginning of October if all goes well.

What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t like it?

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The Problem with ForeverJennifer L. Armentrout. I started the Lux series and DNF it at around 34% of the second book, I just couldn’t get myself to finishing it and knowing me that’s saying a lot because I’m not one to DNF books, this is the second one in my whole life. I’ll eventually read The Problem with Forever, because it’s two different genres and I don’t easily turn my back on authors.

What book have you yet to read because you aren’t in the mood?

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Bloodlines Richelle Mead. I read Vampire Academy and though we were off to a rocky start I ended up loving it. That was over 2 years ago. I learned about this one less than a year ago and I was over my vampire stage (I never really was into that whole thing but I still gave VA a try) so I’m just not feeling like reading it now, or anytime soon. Maybe one day I’ll crave knowing what happens with the characters but for now, I’m good.

What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?

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OutlanderDiana Gabaldon. It always wavers between this and A Game of Thrones but I already am using the latter on another question below. Damn Diana, why is every book a hundred thousand pages long? I love the premise because I’m fan of historical fiction as well as time travel but that is way too many page for this potato here, especially since it’s EVERY BOOK.

What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy with bad reviews?

Sandy Hall - A Little Something Different

A Little Something DifferentSandy Hall. This has 3.67 on GR which isn’t really bad but doesn’t scream pick me up either and yes I’m shallow and fell for that gorgeous cover with the embossed designs and all. I still am going to read it, I don’t really mind the negative reviews but it’s just… Too many books and I have other priorities.

Which book on your TBR is the most intimidating to you?

George R.R Martin - (#1) A Game of Thrones

A Game of ThronesGeorge R. R. Martin. I’ll forever keep coming back to this one because no book has ever intimidated me as much. I love the TV show but I already have trouble keeping up with everything happening there and all the characters showing up and dying. So add to that the fact that each book is over 1000 pages, eeeh! I’ll eventually work up the courage to finally start the series, I really want to, but it’s too much commitment for me.


I Tag :

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


That’s it until next time.

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