Review: Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

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I always have an issue reading small books/novellas and add ons like this. They’re tiny, they’re not ‘full’ books. Do they count towards my Goodreads goal really? But now I’ve hit my 50 book goal for 2018, I thought I’d go through the books on my shelves that aren’t necessarily ‘full’ books.

My boyfriend brought Tales of Beedle the Bard with him when we moved in together and it fits perfectly on our Harry Potter shelf! It was such a cute little read that probably took me less than an hour overall.

“No man or woman alive, magical or not, has ever escaped some form of injury, whether physical, mental, or emotional.”

I really enjoyed reading these little stories, and having Dumbledore’s notes at the end of each one really helped understand the meaning behind each one. They really reminded me of Aesop’s Fables, which I loved as a kid. I loved how each story had a real moral.

“To hurt is as human as to breathe.”

But unfortunately, it’s not all rosy. I did enjoy these stories, but they felt sooo far apart from the whole wizarding world. Dumbledore connected them to a degree, but I still felt like they were just a bit..gimmicky? I’m all for add-on Harry Potter books like The Art of Harry Potter, but this felt a bit thrown together to please the fans and give them something new. But really, who am I to complain? Because as Adam Silvera said when I saw him at a talk a few weeks ago, I am so much of a Potterhead that I would even read Dobby’s story if J.K. Rowling wrote it.

★★★
3 stars

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #103 / I’ll Give You the Sun

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi everyone! So what’s happened in the past week?

  • Last Monday I visited the lovely city of Manchester and I saw Ransom Riggs in conversation and attended his signing! It was so cool to meet him.
  • Christmas is getting closer and closer, so I’ve been planning and buying presents and we’ve eaten our first mince pies (if you haven’t heard of these, don’t worry they don’t have meat in!).
  • I’ve also been at uni as usual and carrying on with planning my second module.

On the blog front, this week I posted my first section of my shelves masterlist, and published a brand new page! Today I’m back with a Beautiful Quote from I’ll Give You the Sun, a book that I’ve actually not posted a quote from before. I read it before I started this blog, and I definitely need to re-read it and post a review at some point!

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“I gave up practically the whole world for you,” I tell him, walking through the front door of my own love story. “The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”
― Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! My Shelves Masterlist pt. 1

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be giving you a masterlist of my bookshelves. I’ve been planning for a while to give you guys an overall view of the books I own, and now I’ve moved in with my boyfriend and we have our own place I thought it would be the perfect time.

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This is all going to be on a permanent page which will be updated regularly as I’m sure my shelves will be changing all the time! So if you want to see all of my books, you can find the full page here or at the top of my blog.

Each book on the list below links to Goodreads, and if you click on the stars it will take you to my own review! My next instalment will be coming within the next week!

 

Shelf One

Paper Towns slipcased edition – John Green (read 4★)
Throne of Glass UK collectors edition – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Queen of Shadows – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas (unread)
The Assassins Blade – Sarah J Maas (unread)
Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare (unread)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling (read 5★)
City of Bones – Cassandra Clare (read 5★)
City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare (unread)
City of Glass – Cassandra Clare (unread)
City of Fallen Angles – Cassandra Clare (unread)
City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare (unread)
City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare (unread)

Shelf Two

The Night Circus – Erin Morgernstern (read 5★)
The Night Circus white edition – Erin Morgernstern
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee (unread)
Sing – Vivi Greene (read 4★)
If I stay – Gayle Forman (read 4★)
Where She Went – Gayle Forman (read 2.5★)
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (unread)
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater (read 5★)
The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater (read 5★)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater (read 5★)
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater (read 5★)
The Selection – Kiera Cass (read 3★)
The Elite – Kiera Cass (read 3★)
The One – Kiera Cass (read 4★)
The Heir – Kiera Cass (read 2★)
The Crown – Kiera Cass (read 3★)
The Kill Order – James Dashner (unread)
The Maze Runner – James Dashner (unread)
The Scorch Trials – James Dashner (unread)
The Death Cure – James Dashner (unread)
Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick (unread)
Crescendo – Becca Fitzpatrick (unread)
Silence – Becca Fitzpatrick (unread)

Shelf Three

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli (read 5★)
The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson (read 4★)
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (unread)
Moxie – Jennifer Maitheu (unread)
A Quiet Kind of Thunder – Sara Barnard (read 5★)
One Italian Summer – Keris Stainton (read 4★)
Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schnieder (read 5★)
Landline – Rainbow Rowell (read 5★)
I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson (read 5★)
Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella (read 5★)
Not if I see You First – Eric Lindstrom (read 4★)
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell (read 5★)
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell (read 5★)
Mosquitoland – David Arnold (read 5★)
The Next Together – Lauren James (read 5★)
The Last Summer of Us – Maggie Harcourt (read 4★)
You Know Me Well – David Levithan & Nina LaCour (read 4★)
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera (read ★)
Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli (read 4★)
Unconventional – Maggie Harcourt (read 5★)
The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli (read 4★)
History is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera (read 5★)
The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson (read 5★)
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (read)
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (unread)
In Search Of Us – Ava Dellaria (unread)
Wing Jones – Katherine Webber (read 5★)
Chasing the Stars – Malorie Blackman (unread)
Is It Just Me? – Miranda Hart (read 5★)
The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie Sue Hitchcock (read 4.5★)
The Glow of Fallen Stars – Kate Ling (unread)

Have you read any of these books?

-Beth

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Stacking the Shelves #69

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga where we share books we’ve bought this week. Find out more and join in here!

This week is all about Sarah J Maas and I’m so excited and happy about it!

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Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

My lovely friend Chloe (who I can’t thank enough), gave me the entire of Throne of Glass! Including Kingdom of Ash! I haven’t read the series yet but I can’t wait to get started as I adored A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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I also bought this gorgeous collectors edition of Throne of Glass even though I haven’t read the series yet!

Did you buy any books this week?

-Beth

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Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

If there are two people who are destined to write together, it’s Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. They go together like salt and pepper, and I love what came out of their partnership in What If It’s Us!

I’m a big fan of both authors and I felt their characters complimented each other perfectly, but still had their own voices. I could just about feel the differences between the way both characters were written that gave them each a unique feel.

“I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship.”

I loved the plot! I remember Adam talking when I met him last week, and I know him and Becky really wanted to write about the difficult parts of relationships as they develop and not just the getting together part. I loved how this book tackled the struggles and not just the Broadway worthy scenes, and it made this book so relatable.

Arthur and Ben were just the cutest, but they were so flawed too! There were parts when I couldn’t help but feel like both of them were just being assholes, but that’s the charm of these characters. They’re so real, they mess up, they accept it, they move on.

“You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”

I also loved the side characters, friends and family! Not enough YA includes intimate family scenes and I love how their whole lives were included, as well as scenes at home. There’s a specific scene including both of Arthur and Ben’s parents, and it was so heartfelt and lovely.

The only slight issue I had with this book is that it took a long time for me to get into. Maybe 100/150 pages in I got it, but when I did get into this book I couldn’t stop reading! It took me almost a week to read 100 pages, and then a couple of days to read the last 300. So I’d definitely say it’s worth the wait.

★★★★
4 stars

-Beth

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Book Review #44

Hey everyone,

Some of you might remember that a very very long time ago I began to read the Harry Potter series. Well, after a number of breaks and proclamations of ‘I just want to read something else’ I am finally near the end of this very epic journey.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has been my favourite so far unquestionably.

The plot of this later instalment was already so much more rich but then Rowling goes and interweaves histories and secrets all throughout the narrative in a way that feels classically Harry Potter-esque. In a sense this book is the best of every part of the books and the heartbreaking and genuinely soul destroying ending only adds to its impact.

I am a firm believer that Rowling did the right thing in killing Dumbledore off, not only because of the intricate plot work and foreshadowing that is to come (I know whats going to happen already, the films did an excellent job of spoiling it for me) but also because it signifies a shift in series. This really is the book where everything becomes far more grown up and far more terrifying; it might seem like the transition is a move from middle grade to YA but I don’t think this does it justice. Voldemort is evil, this is an adult book from now on.

The growing up didn’t feel like a loss of the childhood that I briefly relieved whilst reading these books, it felt like an important way for Rowling to expand her world.

In terms of world building I felt that Half Blood Prince gave me the impression of a wider universe of knowledge about the wizarding world that is still waiting to be tapped into, in a way that is similar to Goblet of Fire. Most significantly, the darkness of the Horcrux magic is far more emphasised and explored in the book than in the film – I found myself quite obsessed with Voldemort’s past and his pursuit of immortality.

Of course I would recommend this book, its Harry Potter; but I shall recommend it even more because of the way it changed my perspective on the magical world outside the safety of Hogwarts.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

Keep on reading!

And thanks again Beth.

 

T5W: Longest Books on My TBR

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey. You get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. If you’d like to take part, join the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of bloggers & booktubers!

I love this months T5W topics and it’s made me so excited for November! Today we’re talking about something a little daunting…the longest books on my TBR. I have over 70 books on my physical TBR so I chose to go for that instead of my general TBR which has almost 300 books on.

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The last book in Throne of Glass comes in at an impressive 980 pages! When I do get round to reading this series, it’s going to take me a while.

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Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer. 
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.

I’m not quite sure about the page count on this book as I think 780~ includes both Twilight and Life and Death. But it’s hopefully coming up soon on my TBR either way.

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City of Heavenly Fire comes in at 733 pages – and I’ll be reading this series over my Christmas break from uni! I’m so excited.

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Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Lady Midnight is 720 pages long, but my edition is a very large paperback so I’m sure the word count is through the roof!

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And not far behind at 699, my edition of Lord of Shadows. I bet my copies of Queen of Air and Darkness will be similar!

I’m not going to lie, I always find big books daunting and leave them to the back of my TBR which is so bad of me! But I definitely need to fight my fear and pick some of these up soon.

-Beth

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