How Harry Potter Made Me A Writer

Hey guys! I’m back with another installment of Wizarding Wednesday! You all really seemed to love the first one, so I’m really excited to continue on with the series.

This week I’d like to talk to you guys about dreams.

You see, for as long as I can remember it’s been my dream to become a published author. For years I’ve been working on an array of different writing projects, from half finished novels to Doctor Who fan fiction.

Thats right. I write fan fiction, and I’m not ashamed to say it.

For me, fan fiction is a way to practice writing every day without having to worry about picky little things like characters and world building. I just get to focus on weaving pre-existing characters into original plot lines.

Its also a way for me to connect with like minded people, and get instant feedback on my writing. In the five years I’ve really been a part of the community I’ve made so many great friends, and my writing has improved substantially.

Funnily enough, I’m pretty sure that my first original piece of writing was a fan fiction. Although, at age six, I’m pretty sure had no idea what fan fiction was. All I knew was that I was incredibly upset with the ending of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (Poor little Eva had no idea what was coming for her later that year when Deathly Hallows was released.)

I channeled all the hurt and rage I felt over Sirius Black’s death into writing Harry Potter 5.5, where it was revealed that when Sirius fell through that barrier in the Department of Mysteries he really just ended up in another dimension. (This idea may have been heavily influenced by Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.)

I was completely dedicated to the idea. I even drew some very beautiful illustrations for it. Unfortunately, I have no idea where all that hard work ended up, because about a week later I moved on to my next project: A book about girls who talk to animals. (I do still have that if anyone is interested in seeing it.)

While I never finished my lovely Harry Potter fan fiction, or that book with the talking animals, I also never stopped writing. (Or got over Sirius Black’s death)

So, I’d like to dedicate this post (and hopefully all of my future best sellers) to JK Rowling, Phillip Pullman, Rick Riordan, and any other wonderful author who’s ever killed off a character I loved. Without you guys I might never have discovered my true passion.

Bookish Adventures in Kansas City

I’m back!

You guys probably didn’t notice I was gone, but, just in case you were wondering, I’ve spent the past several days on vacation with my family in Kansas City. While we did regular vacation-y things, like visit art museums and freak out over really cute animals at the zoo, we also made a couple more unusual stops.

Since Hastings went out of business, my town no longer has an actual bookstore. If you want a book you have to cross your fingers and hope that it’s either at Walmart or the used bookstore downtown. So when we decided that we were coming to Kansas City, I did a little research on bookstores in the area.

Out of the three stores I discovered online, we were only able to make it to Rainy Day Books. They’re well known for bringing in authors for talks and signings, and although there wasn’t an author there the day we visited, I did discover a shelf full of signed books.

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I’d already decided to buy myself this lovely paperback copy of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, as it had been on my To Buy list for an incredibly long time. Then I stumbled upon the signed books shelf, where I found a signed copy of Carry On AND a signed collectors edition of Eleanor & Park!

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But the bookish fun didn’t stop there. After I left Rainy Day Books, clutching my precious cargo close to my chest lest it be taken from me by some cruel twist of fate, I headed down to the Kansas City Central library.

The Kansas City library is one of the coolest libraries I’ve ever been to, and I’m saying this as someone who, for various reasons, has probably been to more libraries than the average person.

For starters, this is their parking garage.

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The building itself is absolutely huge, and used to be a bank, so it’s got a bunch of interesting history to it. Some highlights of the building include an old bank vault that they’ve converted into a small movie theater, a rooftop garden area complete with a giant chess set, and old sniper nests in the main lobby area. If you look closely at the front go the building you can see where they filled in bullet holes from the one time someone tried to rob the place, back when it was still a bank.

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I had a wonderful time on my trip, but I’m incredibly glad to be back home.

Have any questions about my trip? Want to know more about the places I visited? Just want to freak out with me about my new Rainbow Rowell books? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

 

My Lifelong Quest To Be As Awesome As Ginny Weasley

I’ve decided to start a little thing here on the blog called Wizarding Wednesday, where I share a little bit of my Harry Potter love with you guys.

Today’s Topic: Absolute BAMF, Ginny Weasley.

When I was a little girl I really wanted to be Ginny Weasley. Even though I’m probably more of a Hermione, and Movie Ginny was pretty depressing, my love for Ginny Weasley is still raging strong. I mean, who doesn’t love Ginny Weasley?  She holds her own among her six older brothers. She was possessed by Lord Voldemort at age 12 and handled it better than Ron did at age 17. She kicks ass at Quidditch. She married her celebrity crush. We should all aspire to be Ginny Weasley.

As a little girl, I think I was drawn to Ginny because of her confidence and her freckles. I was a super shy, incredibly bookish kid with a face full of freckles that I hated. I guess I thought that I Ginny Weasley could make it through being possessed by Lord Voldemort AND having freckles, then I could get over my shyness too.

In first grade I had a bully who masqueraded as my best friend. It was a tough time in my life. The next year I read the entire Harry Potter series by myself. The books really helped me move on and learn how to be myself again without being afraid. That year I decided I wanted to be Ginny Weasley for Halloween.

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My grandma sewed me my very own Hogwarts uniform, and my mother crocheted me this lovely Gryffindor scarf. (She still hasn’t gotten around to the Hufflepuff one I requested ages ago.)  I refused to let them color my hair, some did the next best thing. We sprayed a blonde wig with red hairspray. I wore that wig long enough to take this picture, but it was too itchy for me to keep on all night.

I then proceeded to get incredibly offended every time someone asked me if I was Hermione.

These days I would be charmed (haha get it?) if someone compared me to Hermione, but if I’m in a situation where I need a little confidence I always ask myself, WWGWD?

What Would Ginny Weasley Do?

Side Note: About two years ago I actually did dye my hair red, and I adored it. I could totally pass for a Weasley.

Six Wonderful Contemporary Reads

There’s nothing I love more than a great fantasy novel, but every once in a while I read a contemporary novel that I absolutely adore. From sappy romance, to feminist rage, here are six of my favorite contemporary novels of all time.

1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie Walker is fully aware of the importance of a good plan. Growing up with a congressman for a father she’s learned to always be prepared, which is why she’s got her summer all planned out with an exciting new internship. Unfortunately, a scandal involving her father causes her plans to fall completely apart, leaving Andie forced to scramble to make a new one.

The Unexpected Everything is the perfect summer romance read. It’s got everything from ice cream, to scavenger hunts, to adorably nerdy guys you wish weren’t fictional so you could date them yourself. And of course there’s dogs. Lots of dogs.

2. Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson.

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Let It Snow is my absolute favorite book to read during the winter. It’s a collection of three short romances, each written by a different author, all set around Christmastime.

I love all three of the stories so much that I can’t decide which one is my favorite. They’re all heartwarming and hilarious. Nothing gets me more into the Christmas spirit.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

For years Cath’s life has revolved around the Simon Snow series. After their mother walked out on them, reading Simon Snow helped Cath and her twin sister Wren get through their childhood. They’ve spent years reading the books, watching the movies, and even writing fan fiction together. In fact, Cath is one of the most well known Simon Snow fanfic authors.

Aside from Wren, Simon Snow is the most constant thing in Cath’s life.

Except Wren has decided that she doesn’t want to be Cath’s roommate for their freshman year of college. Wren think’s they’re too old for Simon Snow.

Cath’s whole world is changing, and she’s very unprepared for it. Especially if it means having to give up Simon Snow.

I really loved reading Fangirl because of how much I relate to Cath. While her anxiety might be a lot worse than mine, we both turned to books as for refuge from our problems. As a person who has read and written tons of fan fiction in the past few years, I really appreciated how accurate the depiction of being in a fandom was.

When it comes to Fan Fiction the rule of thumb is: The fluffier the better. Fangirl is one of the only books that has given me the same “butterflies in my stomach” feeling that reading a good fanfic can. I ship Levi and Cath like nobody’s business.

4. The Statistical Improbability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

This is one of the cutest romance novels I’ve ever read. It’s about a girl named Hadley who meets a really cute guy on a plane. It’s totally improbable which makes it a thrill to read. It’s the perfect short read when you need a little romantic pick me up.

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This is one of the most wonderful, inspiring books I’ve ever read. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s the story of a girl named Starr who witnesses he best friend being shot and killed by a policeman, and how her life changes because of it.

It’s a wonderful story about family, and fighting for what you believe in, and it made me cry like four times. I can’t wait to read Angie’s next novel.

6. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Vivian’s mom used to be a Riot Grrrl in the 90s, but those days are long gone, the remnants of her “Misspent Youth” shoved in a back in the back of her closet. Viv is far from the rebellious teen that her mother was, but after witnessing a series of sexist incidents at her school she’s inspired to take a stand by her mom’s Riot Grrrl past.

Viv creates an anonymous zine called Moxie to vent her frustrations about the sexist boys in her class. Before she knows it, girls across her school have banded together in the name of Moxie, and it appears that Viv has accidentally begun a feminist revolution.

Moxie won’t be released until September 19th, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on an arc of it. It’s such an inspiring book, and I encourage you all to snatch up a copy as soon as it’s released.

Book Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I recently finished Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on it with you guys.

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Let’s start with what it’s about:

Nobody thinks Alice Alexis Queensmeadow will amount to much of anything. In her home of Ferenwood, color is a sign of magic. The more color you have the more magic you have, and the more magic you have the more important you are.

Alice was born without color, and when her father, the only person who really believed in her, goes missing, she becomes an outcast in her own home. Alice is determined to prove her worth by traveling to the magical and dangerous land of Furthermore to rescue him.

There were some things I really loved about the book.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this story because of the lovely voice. Tahereh Mafi has one of the most distinct writing styles I’ve ever read. The idea of Furthermore is incredibly unique, and I totally enjoyed the weird whimsical elements of the world.

I also really liked Alice’s character development. I’m always a sucker for a girl realizing how great she really is. However, I felt like there wasn’t much to the actual story aside from character development and whimsy.

I felt like the book spent a lot of time setting up this great, wonderful adventure story. And then it never really delivered. It seemed like at some points the story only progressed because of something that happened on accident to the characters, and the end of the story seemed incredibly rushed.

Still, I really loved the idea of Furthermore, and the writing style was wonderful. If you’re more interested in character development than plot then this is definitely a good book for you.

Here’s Why I Think Rick Riordan Gets Diversity Right

I’ve been wanting to talk about this for a long time, so bear with me here folks.

It’s time to talk about Uncle Rick.

There will be spoilers (duh)

Just in case you didn’t know, Rick Riordan, one of my favorite authors of all time, is best known for writing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It’s a wildly popular book series based on classic Greek mythology. It’s so popular that he’s written TWO spinoff series, The Heroes of Olympus and Trials of Apollo series, along with two other series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and The Kane Chronicles, all based on different mythologies. (Greek, Roman, Norse, and Egyptian)

This has gotten mixed reviews from audiences. Some people criticize Riordan’s writing, saying that he’s beating a dead horse, while others praise him for managing to get an entire generation interested in mythology. Recently, he’s been getting lots of attention because of the diversity of the characters he’s writing.

Some people are upset by his inclusion of openly LGBTQIA+ characters in his recent books. Others are offended by a muslim main character who wears a hijab. People have stopped reading his books, claiming he’s becoming “Too political.” I don’t understand that. Having a diverse cast of characters in a book isn’t political, it’s an accurate representation of real life.

Then there’s the group of people who, although they are excited about the diversity in Rick’s books, criticize him because they feel like he’s jumping on the band wagon. They accuse him of adding diverse representation into his books to get more readers.

All I can think is that these people must not have read his earlier series, because for as long as I’ve been reading his books (And I’ve been reading them for a while now) Rick has always been wonderful at representation.

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Here’s why I think Rick Riordan gets diversity right.

Let’s start with Percy Jackson shall we?

The idea for the Percy Jackson series came from the bedtime stories that Rick used to tell his son Hayley. He started out with actual greek myths, but when he ran out of those, Hayley suggested he make up his own. Thus Percy Jackson was born.

Because Hayley had recently been diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia, and was struggling with them, Riordan made Percy struggle with them too. In the series, most of the demigods have ADHD and Dyslexia because of their godly blood. They didn’t succeed despite of those things, they were able to fight monsters because they were different.

Although it dealt with things like learning disabilities, bullying, mental illness, and abuse, The original Percy Jackson series was, admittedly, not very racially diverse. Rick got lots criticism for that. He also gets criticism for adding racially diverse characters to his Heroes of Olympus series because it felt “Too Forced”

It kind of makes me want to scream.

Four out of seven of the main characters the Heroes of Olympus series are POC characters.

Leo Valdez is a Hispanic son of Hephaestus, Piper McLean, daughter of Aphrodite, is half Cherokee, Frank Zhang is a Chinese Canadian son of Mars, and Hazel Levesque, daughter of Hades, is black.

I’ve seen people online who claim that characters like Piper and Frank have very little characterization outside of their race. They even claimed that Piper being Native American is unrealistic because of how “rare” Native American people are. (Obviously this person doesn’t live anywhere near Oklahoma, the state where Piper was born.) While these characters do often mention their cultures, I don’t see it as Rick’s way of reminding everybody “Look at these diverse characters!”

Culture is something that is very important to some people. The values of your culture can help define who you are, as is the case for Reyna Arellano, or it can connect you to family, as is the case for Piper and Frank. The two of them are both dealing with the whole “Woah Greek/Roman gods are real!” situation. It makes perfect sense to me that they would relate this new world back to the cultures they grew up with/around.

And then there’s Nico DiAngelo.

Rick has gotten such backlash because of his decision to have Nico DiAngelo come out as gay during the Heroes of Olympus series. I think many of the people who were upset were probably fangirls who considered Nico to be their fictional boyfriend.

Throughout the PJO and HoO series Nico DiAngelo has had such an important redemption arc. We’ve watched him struggle to come to terms with himself,  trying find a place to belong after the death of his sister. We’ve seen him tempted by darkness, but eventually pulling through in order to help his friends. Don’t even get me started on how wonderful his relationship with his half sister Hazel is. It makes me indescribably happy to see him happy again in the ToA series.

Rick has stuck with the LGBT+ inclusion in the Trials of Apollo series, which features an openly bisexual main character. There are also two happy, loving same sex couples featured in the series.

Riordan’s Magnus Chase series has been getting tons of praise for it’s inclusion of:

  1. Magnus himself, who is homeless at the beginning of the series.
  2. Samirah Al Abbas, an Arab American Valkyrie, who wears a hijab throughout the series and is generally badass.
  3. Blitzen, a male dwarf with a passion for fashion.
  4. Hearthstone, a deaf elf who communicates through sign language. Throughout the series other characters are shown learning sign language so that they can easily communicate with him.
  5. And of course Alex Fierro, who is not only transgender/gender-fluid, but is also the main love interest in the series. I could write a whole separate post on how well I think Alex’s sexuality and pronoun use are addressed. While I myself do not identify as trans, I do believe that Riordan did a great job of explaining what it means to be trans/gender fluid, while still clarifying that everyone’s experiences are different.

Then there’s the Kane Chronicles, a.k.a the series that everyone always forgets about.

This series is the reason I get confused when people are surprised by the racially diverse characters in Rick’s newer books. Like, how can anyone be surprised by that when the Kane Chronicles exists?

You see, unlike pretty much every Hollywood movie about Egypt ever created, Rick acknowledges the fact that Egyptians are POC. This means that a majority of the main characters in The Kane Chronicles are either POC, or an Egyptian god with an animal for a head.

The two main characters, Carter and Sadie Kane, are siblings from a mixed race family. Despite the fact that they we’re raised in separate households, they still have one of the best brother sister relationships I’ve ever read about. They argue a lot, but Sadie, who inherited their mother’s blonde hair and fair skin, actually gets incredibly offended whenever people assume they aren’t related.

I find it really puzzling that The Kane Chronicles is so unpopular compared to Rick’s other series. I recently reread the series and I loved it just as much as the PJO and HoO books. Naturally, I did what I usually do when I love a book series. I made a Kane Chronicles playlist. Unlike my Lunar Chronicles playlist, this playlist is actually designed to follow the storyline of The Kane Chronicles. Meaning that it’s totally composed of songs that remind me of different scenes in the trilogy.

Link Here: https://play.spotify.com/user/evalyn4200/playlist/0q4fppNVFig4Wk9JXRByj9

Want to share your thoughts on Rick Riordan’s writing? Do you agree that The Kane Chronicles is underrated? Have a guess at which songs correspond to which scenes? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

-Eva

July TBR!

July is here, and you guys know what that means. I got more books to read!

Now I know you might be thinking “Eva, aren’t you supposed to be reading Harry Potter this month?” The answer is yes. I am reading Harry Potter, but for the sake of variety (and because I couldn’t wait a whole month for more Raven Cycle) I’ve also checked out a pile of books from my local Library.

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So, aside from Harry Potter, my July TBR consists of the following:

  1. The Dream Thieves AND Blue Lilly, Lilly Blue by Maggie Stiefvater.

You guys know that I fell in love with The Raven Boys, so a lot is riding on these two books. My soul is going to be crushed if I don’t end up liking them.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I’ve heard such wonderful things about this book, so I can’t wait to dive in.

3. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The first book in the Grisha trilogy left me wanting more, so I had to pick this one up right away.

4. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I read Red Queen several months ago and I really loved it. I was so excited to start the second book, Glass Sword, because of how exciting I’d found the first book. Once I started the book I had a sinking feeling of deja vu, because the second book was so dissapeointng compared to the first one. It was like The Hunger Games all over again. Suffice it to say that there’s a lot riding on this book, since the last one left me so incredibly frustrated.

5. The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

This is a tiny book, It’s only about 154 pages long, but the cover is beautiful and the premise is intriguing. From what I can gather its about a girl dealing with the fact that her best friend may have committed suicide.

6. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The title of this book is based on A Study in Scarlet, the first ever Sherlock Holmes novel, which makes sense because the story itself is a twist on Sherlock Holmes. It’s the story of a boy named Jamie, who gets caught up in murder mystery, along with Sherlock Holmes’s great-great-great granddaughter Charlotte Holmes.

7. The Bone Witch by Sin Chupeco

It’s about a girl with necromancy powers. That’s all I needed to know.

8. The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright

My mom suggested this one, so I have very little idea what it’s about. Something to do with British royalty, which I’m all about. I guess I’l just have to read it and find out.

I’m super excited to get down to reading these. Hopefully I’ll find some new favorites to add to my collection.

Have you read any of these books? Planning to read them? Have any suggestions about what I should read next? Leave a comment and let me know!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Shoutout to Elena from Sweaters and Storms for tagging me in this! Her blog is absolutely lovely, so go check it out.

Prepare for a lot of rambling about books I’ve already rambled about. 🙂

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Me, freaking out about books.

  1. Best Book You’ve Read This Year So Far

Thats a tough one. There’s not a stand out book because I’ve read so many books wonderful so far this year. Some of them leapt instantly onto my favorites list.  Some of the best books I’ve read this year are: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White, and The Raven Boys by Leigh Bardugo.

  1. Best Sequel You’ve Read In 2017

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. It’s the second book in the Trials of Apollo series. I was very skeptical about the Trials of Apollo series begin with, and it’s not my favorite Rick Riordan series, but I am really enjoying it. It’s got oodles of that “Rick Riordan” voice that I love. I mean, all the chapter titles are Haikus, enough said. There’s a lot of representation happening and I’m not mad at it. (Some people are. Some people are very mad.) More about that soon probably.

  1. Must Read New Release

I am dying to read Geekerella. I don’t read much contemporary, but it seems right up my alley. It’s one of the books that is making me seriously question my “Read it then buy it” policy, because I want to read it so bad but my library still hasn’t gotten it. Basically I’m dying.

  1. Most Anticipated Release

The Speaker by Traci Chee. I read The Reader, the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, back in February and I absolutely loved it. It’s got such a creative premise that I go sucked into right away. For all my thoughts on The Reader check out the BNTEEN Young Adults post from March.

Link Here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/teen-readers-share-last-book-loved/

  1. Biggest Disappointment

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. I got this book for my birthday because, at the time, I was at the height of my Hamilton obsession. I liked the story okay, but I had a hard time connecting the characters in the book to the characters I’d fallen in love with from the musical. Their characterization was just incredibly different. I think I wold’ve liked the story itself if I had been able to separate it from the musical, or if it had been about different people.

6. Biggest Surprise

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I’ve talked about this book before on multiple occasions because I love it so much. It was certainly the most surprising read I’ve picked up this year, probably because the only thing I knew about it before reading it was that a reviewer on the back had described it as “Monty Python meets The Tudors.” I remember thinking “How the heck does that work?” I just had to see for myself. It’s such a uniquely hilarious book, with some of the strongest voice I’ve ever read, and I love it to bits.

7. New Favorite Author

Hands down Elle Kathrine White. I read her debut novel, Heartstone, back in April and I haven’t shut up about it since. It’s on this list more than once because I have no self control. To find out exactly why I loved it so much you can check out the review I wrote for BNTEEN or pop down to question 11.

On a whim I followed her on twitter and I have not regretted it. She does this thing called #TuesdayNightTales and it’s absolutely hilarious.

(Get ready for me to freak out about The Raven Boys just a lil bit)

8. Newest Fictional Crush

At the moment I’m basically in love with the main group from The Raven Boys. (We call them The Gangesy right? Is that information correct?)

9. New Favorite Character

I’ve only read the first book in Leigh Burdugo’s Raven Cycle, but like I said I love all of the characters so far. I just want to be friends with all of them. I’m going to be devastated if I don’t end up liking the rest of the series, because I absolutely adored the first book.

10. A Book That Made You Cry

Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer. It’s a book about four friends who are planning a road trip together before they all head off to different colleges. As a joke they invite the lead actor of their favorite TV series to come along with them, because it’s his show that brought them together as friends. They’re not at all prepared for what happens when he actually shows up.

It’s a story about friendship, fame, and finding yourself. I laughed, I cried, it was wonderful.

11. A Book That Made You Happy

Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. Honestly, I was destined to love this book from the start because it had dragons in it, and I love dragons. Elle Katherine White took one of my all time favorite books, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, stuck it in a beautiful fantasy world, and somehow made me love the characters even more than I did before. I can’t read this book without grinning like an idiot.

I reviewed it for BNTEEN. Link here: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/teen-readers-share-last-book-loved-summer-love-magicproblems-twist-tropes/

12. Most Beautiful Book

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Colhurst. I picked this book up because of how much I liked the cover, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I liked the story just as much. It’s on of the few LGBT+ books I’ve read thats not a contemperary. (Carry on by Rainbow Rowell and Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova also come to mind, both of which have really nice covers as well.) I liked the world, the magic, and the characters, but what I really loved was the fact that the reason the main couple couldn’t be together had nothing to do with the fact that they were both girls.

13. TBR for the rest of 2017

Here’s what I’m hoping to read by the end of the year:

-The rest of the Raven Cycle!

-Geekerella

-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

-Eleanor and Park

-Nora and Kettle

-The Night Circus

-Spare and Found Parts

-Why We Broke Up

-The Hate You Give

-The rest of the Grisha trilogy

Which ones should I read first? Do you have any other recommendations? Like any of the books on this list? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Rereading Harry Potter

It’s a big time for the Harry Potter fandom. The 20th anniversary of the Philosophers Stone was a few days ago, and Harry’s birthday is coming up next month.

Speaking of Harry’s birthday, next month I’lll be doing my yearly reread of the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter has had such a huge impact on my life.

 

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Little Eva as Ginny Weasley

As a kid I struggled to start reading, but once I started I never stopped. Harry Potter was the first large series I read by myself. In the second grade I lugged the books to school every day. My tiny second grader backpack couldn’t take it, and the strap literally tore off.

Needless to say I’m a very dedicated fan.

So once a year, during the month of July, I hop back into the Wizarding world. I’ve got a lot of Harry Potter love and memories, so throughout the next month you’ll probably be seeing a bunch of Harry Potter themed content.

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite Harry Potter memories, so leave a comment. I love hearing from you guys!

#asidefrombooks

My friend Angela (@_bookishly) on Instagram tagged me in this #asidefrombooks challenge and I figured I’d post my answers here as well as on Bookstagram.

Favorite Hobby?

Writing. If I need a break from that I read. If I need a break from that I work on my playlists.

Favorite Food?

Pretty much any Mexican food. My grandma makes the best tortillas ever.

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I got to help her make a batch for Christmas. This was my first one.

Favorite Color?

I like all the colors. The more color the better! If I had to pick a color it’d probably be green or yellow.

Favorite City I’ve Visited?

Every city is beautiful in it’s own way, but Paris was especially beautiful.

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Where Would Your Dream Home Be?

I really like Denver, so maybe there.

Favorite Accessories?

Even though I don’t usually wear them in pictures I really love my glasses.

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Favorite TV Show?

There’s so many to choose from! Right now it’s Agents of Shield. I’m behind though, so no spoilers please.

Last Movie Watched In Theaters?

Wonder Woman!!

Current Read?

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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