10 Questions to Ask a Harry Potter fan!

Being a Harry Potter myself means I know full well how passionate we all are about this fandom. If you ever wanted to know a bit more about someone, ask them these Harry Potter questions and watch as they light up with intrinsic love for their favourite characters, fierce loyalty for their heroes and outright hatred for their villains.

These are the 10 questions to ask a Harry Potter fan!

  1. Have you had your Hogwarts letter yet?
  2. Which Deathly Hallow would you choose and why?
  3. You can kiss one of the Hogwarts students in Harry’s year – who will it be?
  4. Which Hogwarts house do you belong to?
  5. Who was your favourite Marauder?
  6. Which three of the Hogwarts lessons/classes would you love to try?
  7. Which death in the series was most heart-breaking?
  8. Of the 7 books, which is your favourite one?
  9. Which of the movies was the best adaption?
  10. If they remade the movies in the next 15 years would you watch them?

I have decided that I am going to answer the questions for myself below, if you’d like to read my answers then carry on down… Continue reading

Top 5 Opening Lines

Being a lover of books and an English Teacher in a Secondary school means that I read a lot of opening lines!

The job of a successful opening line/ paragraph is to intrigue or entertain the reader enough that they are left wanting to read the next line or paragraph in order to reveal a little more about the character, the world or the conflict being introduced.

There are some amazing opening lines that have intrigued me, that I have listed my choice of Top 5 Opening Lines below: Continue reading

Books I loved as a Child

I have always been a bookworm.

One of my earliest memories is looking at the books stored neatly under my bed, with my fairytale storybook and accompanying cassette collection calling to me with its beauty and magic. I must have been young then; my dad still lived at home with us and I had the back bedroom of the house, not the front where I later shared with my sister.

Other fond memories from childhood also involve books… Continue reading

Coffee-Shop Character Date

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Hey everyone!

The #bookstagram community is constantly inspiring me and today I was hit with an idea. I love the fun ‘Questions of the day’ we all post and the conversations we engage in about our bookish interests and fandoms… if you haven’t joined in, then you can start here and say hi!

I recently asked the question: Which 3 people would you like to have coffee with? It got me thinking about characters I love from the books I have read, and the two books I am reading now.

Having coffee with a character would be cool – you could ask them questions and find out a lot more about them and their story. Continue reading

Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Screenplay)

Written by: J.K. Rowling.

Published on: 16 November 2018 by Bloomsbury.

Genre: Fantasy, Magic, YA, Screenplay.

Blurb: The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most of whom are unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second screenplay in a five-film series to be written by J.K. Rowling, author of the internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Set in 1927, a few months after the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and moving from New York to London, Paris and even back to Hogwarts, this story of mystery and magic reveals an extraordinary new chapter in the wizarding world.

My Review: I was so excited to see the movie that I booked tickets in advance, sat back and waited impatiently whilst the nargles whirled around my ears. Continue reading

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (Screenplay)

Written by: J.K. Rowling

Published on: 16 November 2016 by Bloomsbury.

Genre: Fantasy, Magic, YA, Screenplay

Blurb: When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone . . .

Inspired by the original Hogwart’s textbook by Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original screenplay marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. A feat of imagination and featuring a cast of remarkable characters and magical creatures, this is epic adventure-packed storytelling at its very best. Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition for any film lover or reader’s bookshelf.

My Review: Wow! Continue reading

What’s on your Christmas list?

It’s that time of year again!

What is on your Christmas wish list?

I recently posted my Bookish Christmas Gift Guide and it went down a treat! It offered book lovers the chance to find some festive favourites that they could pop on their list to Santa this year, and I know many of you did (check it out if you didn’t see it).

After much consulting with my very own Santa (the hubby) I have been giving some thought to what is on MY Christmas list, and so I decided to share it here. Continue reading

My 2019 Top 5 Books TBR

2019 is fast approaching and there are so many books that I really hope to get checked off my #tbr list.

I have read more books this year than I have since I was a student at University. Now I’m a full time Teacher, wife and mother to a 4 year old boy it seems so impossible to find the time to read as often as I would like. I always chuckle when I think back to when I  didn’t have the same commitments and thought I was ‘tired’ or ‘busy’… I had NO IDEA! Lol.  But we live and learn don’t we? *The mothers reading this will be nodding*.

Without further ado, here is my 2019 Top 5 books that I hope to read…  Continue reading

Review: Happier Thinking

My Review:

Lana Grace Riva has condensed some no nonsense, common sense advice into this slim little nugget of a book!

If you’re looking to change your habits or adopt a more positive outlook in life, then this little book is for you. Resetting how we think and behave can seem daunting, but Lana Grace Riva makes it both possible and manageable with this little gem.

The pages are filled with warm, colloquial anecdotes and advisory comments that are common sense ideas you may not have thought through before. The structure is easy say to follow and navigate, as it is organised into handy labelled chapters. You can easily find what you are looking for and because the book is so slim it would be easy to dip back into when you felt the need to review and refresh.

this would be a fab stocking filler!

One of the nice things about the book – especially with Christmas approaching – is that it would make a lovely gift. If there is someone you know who has been dealing with stress, a trauma, a crises, or perhaps someone who is on a health kick or training for a marathon then this would be a fab stocking filler! It’s style and cover are gender and age neutral, too!

Finally – this book is unlike other books I would reach for. ‘Self-help’ or reflection is nit a genre I have ever picked up before, and I honestly don’t know why. I am naturally a reflective and evaluative person, so the book was meta-cognitively right up my street. And as someone who is a champion of kindness, I’ll leave you with this final thought from Lana that I really resonated with: “Happier thinking goes hand in hand with kindness. Kindness to all, including yourself.”Lana Grace Riva, Happier Thinking.

5🌟 from me!

Lots of love,

Bex x

PS. I was gifted this copy in return for an honest review. It was my decision to read and review the copy provided. I loved it!

Review: A Medieval Tale – First Lessons by Lina J. Potter

Genre: time travel/ fantasy

Publisher: Litworld Kindle edition

Published on: 15 April 2018

The Blurb: Being a genius Medical school graduate and a sporty and active girl, Aliya dies suddenly in a car accident… only to find herself reborn in a completely different body in the middle of a half-ruined castle during Medieval times. While confused and dismayed, Aliya realizes she has been given a second chance in life — so she rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on restoring the castle and her new life. 

My Review: This book was unlike any book I have read before. I cannot think of another book I have read where a similar scenario plays out.

This is the opening novel to a popular series and one that certainly piqued my interest.

We are greeted with a fierce and strong female protagonist who has a tricky path to take within the story. We are thrown back in time to a society that is harsh and gritty, especially for women and those who might be vulnerable.

The novel is interesting and our main character raises so interesting questions about one’s own identity and society’s attitude to women, then and now. I was a little thrown by Aliya’s harsh comments about the new body she found herself in (especially being a larger lady myself) and I was unsure whether that was down to translation or the writer’s / characters own attitudes.

In places the structure was jumpy and things tended to just happen without clear cohesive structures, but it didn’t lessen the story’s ideas.

Overall I would give this 3🌟!

Lots of love

Bex

Ps. I was gifted this copy from @lithuntersph in return for an honest review.