Let’s Discuss! Harry Potter Studio Tour

Let’s Discuss! Harry Potter Studio Tour

Hello again my lovely readers! Today we have a very special post about the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour I visited earlier this week (I can’t believe it was less than a week ago!). For my birthday back in October, my other half Josh bought us tickets for the studio tour and to see the Cursed Child in May. I’m so excited for that!

We were lucky enough to book to visit the studios while Hogwarts in the Snow was still showing, and it made it even more beautiful somehow. I’ve never been to the studio before, so I’m really excited to share with you my first visit.

As soon as I spotted the sign on our way in, I was so overwhelmed. I couldn’t wait to get in!

There were many times in the tour when I felt like crying, and the opening of the doors to the Great Hall took my breath away.

Inside, the Great Hall is set up for the Yule Ball! It looks beautiful with the Christmas trees and icy decorations.

We moved on to see the many many sets alongside interesting facts/props from the movies. Here’s just one of many photos I took of the Gryffindor Common Room. I also loved seeing Dumbledore’s office and the Potions classroom.

The Forbidden Forest is the newest edition to the studios, and it was awesome to see Buckbeak in real life! I didn’t visit Aragog’s lair however, because I’m really not a fan of spiders :p

Next came the beautiful Hogwarts Express. I had tears in my eyes when I walked onto the platform. And of course we had to have the customary pictures with the trolley!

We stopped for dinner and a drink, and I had to try some Butterbeer. It’s very sweet but I did like it, and I got to take the cup home!

Not only did I get to see Privet Drive, the Knight Bus and the Bridge, I also got to see it in the snow! They had snow machines set up outside and it made the experience even more magical.

Inside again, we got to see even more props and amazing artwork. One of my favourites was definitely Fawkes.

Diagon Alley was one of the most incredible things. Being able to walk down the street was so cool.

But the thing that got me most was this room! I walked in, took one look at this amazing model and burst into tears. It was just so beautiful, especially covered in snow!

Of course, this experience was just magical. I’d recommend it for any Harry Potter fan and I’ll definitely visit again sometime!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! 2018 Wrap-Up + Favourites

Let’s Discuss! 2018 Wrap-Up + Favourites

We’re 8 days into the New Year and I haven’t stopped thinking about my 2018 in books. Here are just a few totals to get started!

Firstly, I’m so happy I managed to smash my Goodreads goal by reading 67 instead of 50! Secondly, isn’t it funny how all of my stats included Harry Potter books? 2018 was definitely the year of Harry Potter for me, and I’m hoping 2019 will continue that trend!

And here’s a summary of every single book I read! Can you spot any of your favourites?

Last but not least, we have my top 5 books of 2018! As always, this was really hard to sort through…but here we go.

5. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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I had to include a contemporary in here and 2018 was the year I discovered Adam Silvera and the way he blends reality with fantasy. Of course all of Adam Silvera’s and Becky Albertalli’s deserve a shoutout, but I kept coming back to this one. It was beautiful, and definitely made me cry! Review here.

4. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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I think this one was my biggest and best surprise of the year. I went in with little expectation and came out with a sense I’d just read one of the most important YA books of our time. It was truly wonderful. Review here.

3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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2018 was definitely a year of fantasy for me, and I knew it was the right time to delve back into this series. I ended up falling completely in love with A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s following books! Review here.

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Another big surprise for me was The Infernal Devices and how I fell truly in love with the series. Clockwork Princess made me absolutely sob, broke my heart but also filled it with joy and love for this series. Review here!

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Although I really considered this for a long time and kept swapping my top choice, nothing could really come close to Harry Potter. I loved a lot of books this past year, but this series made me fall in love. It won me over in so many ways, and has managed to become such a big part of my life.

So everyone, those are my top 5 books of 2018 and a wrap-up from me! Which is your favourite book of the past year?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! Favourite Genre of 2018

Let’s Discuss! Favourite Genre of 2018

Twelve Days of Cristmas – Day 11

So I have to admit that I missed yesterday again in my Twelve Days of Christmas post series! However, I missed it because I had a lovely day with dear friends and family, and I think that’s the most important thing this time of year ❤

However, I have to say that I’ve been very excited about this post! I’m talking about my favourite genre of 2018…which you may be surprised to know is fantasy! 

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I kickstarted my year by diving straight into fantasy, and picking up The Hobbit. I really enjoyed the book, but I don’t think it was the book that really made me fall in love with the genre…

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For me, Harry Potter really changed the world of fantasy for me. I read the entire series for the first time at the age of 18, in spring of this year! And, as I’m sure it has for many other people, Harry Potter was the series that made fantasy my favourite genre all of a sudden.

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Reading Harry Potter made me pick up so many new books off my own shelves and bookshop shelves, including A Court of Mist and Fury, Shatter Me, and currently The Infernal Devices! I’m looking forward to exploring many more beautiful worlds in the New Year.

What has been your favourite genre of the year?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! 2019 Goals

Let’s Discuss! 2019 Goals

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 5

I’ve been having a quick look back on my 2018 goals, and it’s interesting to see whether I hit or missed them! I aimed to take my TBR list down, and I definitely did that, cutting it from 500 to 200. I also wanted to decrease my physical TBR by stopping the amount of books I bought…which didn’t really happen. Oh well!

What do I want to do in 2019?

Read 50 books
Again, I’d really like to read 50 books. I wanted to read 50 in 2018 and I’ve surpassed that by far. But I’d rather not give myself too big a goal and I’m going to stick to 50 again!

Blog most days
I also want to carry on blogging most days next year! I’ve been extremely proud of myself this year and I’d love to be able to continue this.

Read more series
I never set myself an official goal as such for 2018, but in 2019 I would definitely like to complete Throne of Glass, Divergent, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Morganville Vampires.

Buy less books!
This is probably the most important of all the goals, and the one I’m most determined to hit. I’m in a joint book-buying ban at the moment with my best friend Courtney, and it’s definitely helping me stick to the ban! This year, my physical TBR hasn’t gone down because I’ve been buying just as many books as I can read, so that definitely needs to go down.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Favourite Blog Posts of the Year

Favourite Blog Posts of the Year

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 1

It’s CHRISTMAS!!! Well, t’s 12 days until Christmas today and this is the first in a 12 Days of Christmas series on my blog. I’m going to be continuing T5W/stacking the shelves and reviews as usual, but throwing a Christmassy twist and adding some end-of-2018 discussion posts in the following days.

In today’s post I thought I’d include some of my favourite blog posts from the year. I’m really proud of some of my posts and what better way to celebrate but to write about them and give them a post of their own?

Reviews

My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga
My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas
The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Taherah Mafi

I’ve included a mix of reviews above – some of which I absolutely loved, and one of which I disliked but thought I articulated my thoughts well! Some have issues, and some tackle some very important issues.

T5W

Longest Books on My TBR
Friendship Groups
Books That Made Me Cry
Books I Disliked but Love to Discuss
Books That Made me Laugh out Loud

I love T5W and taking part in it! Here are some topics that peaked my interest in 2018.

Miscellaneous + Other

My shelves Masterlist
Why I’m Slowly Giving Up on Instagram
Let’s Discuss! How To Make Reading a Habit
Meeting Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Let’s Discuss! To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before (movie)

Just some random and Let’s Discuss posts that I really enjoyed. My biggest blog achievement this year is definitely my shelves masterlist which I’m so proud of!

What are you proud of this year?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Masterlist Pt. 5

Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Masterlist Pt. 5

Here we are again with my last but not least post in this series! This is the conclusion in a series where I’ve been posting a list of each and every book I own including every single edition. I wanted to get these posts done before Christmas as later this week I’ll be starting a 12 Days of Christmas series to mark the end of the year and the festive season!

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You can find books from my bookshelves on the list below. Clicking the title will take you to Goodreads for the exact edition I own! Clicking on the star will show you my review for those books I have reviewed. Live and updated masterlist page is here!

Shelf Twelve

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Ravenclaw edition – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ravenclaw edition – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling (unread)

Shelf Thirteen

What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (unread)
More Happy than Not – Adam Silvera (read 3★)
A Very Large Expanse of Sea – Taherah Mafi (unread)
City of Bones 10th Anniversary edition – Cassandra Clare (read 5★)
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Lord of Shadows signed exclusive edition – Cassandra Clare (unread)

Shelf Fourteen

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children graphic novel – Ransom Riggs (read 4★)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs (read 5★)
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs (read 4★)
Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs (read 5★)
A Map of Days – Ransom Riggs (unread)
Twilight – Marissa Meyer (read 5★)
New Moon – Marissa Meyer (read 4★)
Eclipse – Marissa Meyer (read 3★)
Breaking Dawn – Marissa Meyer (read 4★)
Twilight/Life and Death – Marissa Meyer (unread)

Shelf Fifteen

My Best Friends Exorcism – Grady Hendrix (unread)
Geekerella – Ashley Poston (read 5★)
The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Abdiah (read 5★)
Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy (unread)
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James (read 5★)
The Martian – Andy Weir (read 5★)
Seed – Lisa Heathfield (read 5★)
Invictus – Ryan Graudin (unread)
The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles (unread)
Carry On white edition – Rainbow Rowell (read 5★)
Did I Mention I Love You? – Estelle Maskame (unread)
My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga (read 4★)
The Square Root of Summer – Harriet Reuter Hapgood (read 5★)
My Neighbor Totoro – Tsugiko Kubo and Hayao Miyazaki (read 5★)

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Pt. 4

Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Pt. 4

It’s that time again! I’m talking about every single book I own in a series of posts. We’re onto my second (smaller) bookshelf now with only one more post to go after this one 🙂

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You can find books from my bookshelves on the list below. Clicking the title will take you to Goodreads for the exact edition I own! Clicking on the star will show you my review for those books I have reviewed. Live and updated masterlist page is here!

Shelf Eight

Divergent – Veronica Roth (unread)
Insurgent – Veronica Roth (unread)
Alliegent – Veronica Roth (unread)
Four – Veronica Roth (unread)
The Art of Harry Potter – Marc Sumerak (unread)

Shelf Nine

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (read 5★)
There’s Someone Inside Your House – Stephanie Perkins (read 3★)
A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas (read 4★)
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas (read 5★)
A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas (read 5★)
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas (read 5★)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (unread)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (unread)
The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (unread)
The Last Place on Earth – Carol Snow (read 3.5★)
Everything Leads to You – Nina LaCour (read 5★)
My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick (read 4.5★)
Cure for the Common Universe – Christian McKay Heidicker (read 3★)
All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stiefvater (read 3★)

Shelf Ten

Still Alice – Lisa Genova (unread)
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (read 5★)
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (read 5★)
The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien (unread)
The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien (unread)
The Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien (unread)
The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon (read 4★)
Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon (read 5★)
Night Owls – Jenn Bennett (read 5★)
Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett (read 5★)
Alex & Eliza – Melissa De La Cruz (unread)
Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland (read 4★)
One of Us is Lying – Karen M McManus (read 5★)
Your Name. – Makoto Shinkai (read 5★)
Your Name manga 01 – Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone (read 5★)
Your Name manga 02 – Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Katone (read 5★)

Shelf Eleven

The Fandom – Anna Day (unread)
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton (unread)
Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton (unread)
Hero at the Fall – Alwyn Hamilton (unread)
The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green (unread)
Defy the Stars – Claudia Gray (unread)
Across the Universe – Beth Revis (read 5★)
Soulmates – Holly Bourne (unread)
Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven (read 5★)
How to Be Bad – Lauren Myracle, E. Lockhart, Sarah Mylnowski (read 5★)
Shatter Me – Taherah Mafi (read 4★)
Unravel Me – Taherah Mafi (read 3★)

-Beth

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