Friday, May 19, 2017

Notable Quotable: S. Jae-Jones (#156)




"Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head."
     --Wintersong

Friday, April 14, 2017

Notable Quotable: Fredrik Backman (#155)




"The currency there is imagination; instead of buying something with coins, you buy it with a good story. Libraries aren't know as libraries but as 'banks,' and every fairy tale is worth a fortune."
     --My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Friday, April 7, 2017

Notable Quotable: Felicia Day (#154)




"You made something great. And something new will come around. Or not. Either way, do the work you love. And love yourself. That's all you can do in this world in order to be happy."
     --You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #100

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

Favorite Fred and George Moment

There are so many great moments for the Weasley twins. I especially love how well they treat Harry, just like a brother.

The moment when Harry gives them the winnings for the Triwizard Tournament. The guys are so floored that multiple times they try and give it back and make Harry change his mind. They can't believe that someone would ever do that for them. They were trying to figure out how to open their joke shop and with the winnings they were able to. I love them for being humble enough to take it (after some major convincing) and they did well with it.

I think my absolutely favorite Fred and George moment has to be when the make their grand exit in Order of the Phoenix. They have style, they have class, they have fireworks and floating swamps! When they realize they have nothing left at Hogwarts to keep them there after being banned from quidditch, they take to the sky. It was an epic, hilarious, and beautifully defiant way to leave. It was their big f-you to Umbridge and I love it. I grin ear to ear and laugh every time I read it!



Friday, March 31, 2017

Notable Quotable: Patrick Ness (#153)




"You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do."
     --A Monster Calls

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #99

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Would you have joined Dumbledore's Army? Even with Umbridge breathing down your neck?

Alright, let me lay it out. I hate Umbridge so much, it wouldn't matter at all what she disapproved of or made "illegal". I would have joined Dumbledore's Army because she forbid it. And if I got caught, it would have been a great moment for me to give her the f-you she deserves.

Aside from that, I would absolutely have joined Dumbledore's Army. To be able to practice with friends in an encouraging environment, one that fosters progress and not humiliation is amazing. Just look at how much progress Neville made when he was in the DA. I would have thoroughly enjoyed that as well as the thrill of sneaking around and not getting caught.  That would have been a highlight.



Friday, March 24, 2017

Notable Quotable: Fredrik Backman (#152)




"Never mess with someone who has more spare time than you do."
     --My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Friday, March 17, 2017

Notable Quotable: Stephanie Tromly (#151)




"He carries around a notebook where he keeps a list of suspects and motives so the police will have leads if he ever turns up murdered."
     --Trouble Makes a Comeback

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #98

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Which cast member do you think was a perfect fit for their character?

First thought: Alan Rickman. Second thought: Maggie Smith. Third thought: Richard Harris

I couldn't come up with just one actor, so many of them were absolutely perfect fits for their characters. When I think about the characters, there's no one else I'd want to play them.

Alan Rickman was the perfect Severus Snape. I know he's technically supposed to be younger, but I don't care. I think he portrayed Snape beautifully, flaws and all.


Maggie Smith knocks Professor McGonnagall out of the park. She's equal parts sternness, sass, and affection. Maggie Smith embodies it all. I had a picture in my head when I read the books and it was very close to Maggie Smith's McGonnagall!


Richard Harris was the Dumbledore we didn't deserve, but the Dumbledore we needed. He was the calm and collected and a bit odd, just like his book counterpart. Michael Gambon was alright and he got better over the course of the films, but the infamous scene (you know the one) always makes me sad that Richard Harris passed away before completing his role in these films.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Notable Quotable: Jack Thorne (#150)




"They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what -- flaws almost made them greater."
     --Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #97

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If you could change one thing from book 5, what would it be?

Okay there are so many things that I could change about this book that would make me less frustrated with it. Don't get me wrong I like this book and what it does for the character and plot development of the series (and Ron's quidditch playing.)

I think the thing that makes me the most angry would be the fact that Harry forgets about the mirror that Sirius gives him to communicate. This would have potentially solved so many problems. When Harry sees into the mind of Voldemort, he could have checked the mirror instead of using Umbridge's fireplace.  There is a chance that Kreacher would still answer the mirror instead of Sirius, but highly unlikely since it's in Sirius's bedroom. Everything at the ministry could have been avoided AND Sirius's death might not have needed to happen. Agh!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Notable Quotable: Kass Morgan (#149)




"That was the worst part about losing someone--finding a place to store all the thoughts and feelings you'd otherwise share with them."
     --Homecoming

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #96

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Which books would you recommend to Sirius?

I never pegged Sirius for a hardcore reader, but the right book I think that he'd really enjoy reading.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly - I think Sirius would get a kick out of Digby. He'd probably find Zoe annoying, but he'd laugh at Digby's antics. The mystery and the rest of the ragtag group of kids would be a major plus too.

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan - I think Sirius would thoroughly enjoy this comic series. It's about kids who want to overthrow their evil parents, so you know Sirius would fit right in.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen - This book and the rest of the trilogy would probably have given young Sirius a very good outlet. Sage is a clever, snarky, and pretty much everything Sirius strives to be. I think he would very much enjoy this story.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lent

Hi there.

I just wanted to let you know that I have decided to stay off of social media for lent this year.  And yes, my blog is part of the social media scene. I have scheduled some posts to go up while I'm away, so enjoy those! Other than that, you won't hear from me until April 17th.

I'll be back to my regular schedule (hopefully including book reviews!) after Easter. Have a great month or so, see you then!

Alex

Friday, February 24, 2017

Notable Quotable: Felicity Day (#148)






"Once you tell people exactly what you will and won't do, it's amazing how they'll adjust. Or they won't. And then an opportunity or relationship goes away. And that's okay."
     --You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked More/Less Than I Thought


hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Books I Like More Than I Thought:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - This series had so much hype, I was nervous that I wouldn't enjoy the book.  I was so so wrong. I recently finished the first book and I loved the characters and the story.  I can't wait to continue the series!

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman - I read this as a book club pick, and I was intrigued by the premise, but I wasn't sure if it would be a good book.  I absolutely loved this story and the little girl that narrates it.


Everland by Wendy Spinale - I love a good retelling, but this Peter Pan retelling was beyond what I was expecting. It's a steampunk, post-pandemic London where Peter is still arrogant and cocky, and the world in which he lives is just as magical.

Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill - This book is a feel good, young adult romance.  Every once in a while you just need a good light read, nothing dense or dark. I thought I'd enjoy reading it, but I had no idea I'd love it. This book is on level with Stephanie Perkins books. When I finished it, I immediately looked up other books by Lauren Morrill. It's just that enjoyable.




Books I Like Less Than I Thought:

Armada by Ernest Cline - I absolutely loved Ready Player One and expected to thoroughly enjoy this book. Sadly, I didn't find it as entertaining and engaging.  I did enjoy listening to it, just not as much as I thought I would.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis - I heard a many good things about Mindy McGinnis and this book, so I was excited to read it.  Unfortunately, this book just wasn't my cup of tea.  I loved the historical aspect of this novel, though.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell - I loved Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, so naturally I wanted to read the rest of Rainbow Rowell's work. I picked this one up expecting one thing and got something very different.  I knew this wasn't a young adult book, but I was surprised by how meh I felt about it. I want to try reading Attachments, but after this book, it was put far back on my TBR.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Notable Quotable: Sarvenaz Tash (#147)




"But for once, I see all those characters and I don't really envy them or their fantasy worlds. I'm okay with my reality, as mess and imperfect as it may be."
     --The Geek's Guid to Unrequited Love

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #95

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Who would your favorite professor be?

If we're talking a professor that taught at any time during the course of Hogwarts history, I would definitely choose Remus Lupin. His method of teaching is not only hands-on, it's encouraging. Out of all the teachers, except perhaps McGonagall, he is by far the most engaging and his passion and care for his students really shines. 


If not Lupin, definitely McGonagall.  She is amazing, quick witted, and incredibly skilled in her craft. Her teaching is mostly hands-on and at the very least amusing. She requires much from her students, but is certainly encouraging and fosters confidence.  

Friday, February 3, 2017

Notable Quotable: Laurie R. King (#146)






"I was merely going to sy that I hope you realise that guilt is a poor foundation for a life, without other motivations beside it."
     --The Beekeeper's Apprentice 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #95

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Favorite quote from Goblet of Fire

"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." 
     --Sirius Black

"Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory."                    --Dumbledore

"Just then Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks on my TBR

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan - This series sounds really interesting; it's about four girls who deliver newspapers. They uncover some crazy secret.  It sounds a little bit like Stranger Things but with all girls. And that makes me really happy. 

The Wicked and The Divine by Kieron Gillen - Oh look another Kieron Gillen series. A group of gods get reincarnated as humans every ninety years and in two years they die. This series chronicles their most recent human adventures. It sounds really interesting, I look forward to reading it!

Archie Vol. 2 by Mike Waid - Archie comics were my childhood, so finding out about this reboot was exciting. I've read and enjoyed the first volume quite a bit.  It made me very nostalgic and the new comics really have kept the spirit of the old ones nicely. 


Delilah Dirk by Tony Cliff - I've read the first graphic novel in this series. Delilah is an awesome badass, slightly selfish, adventurer and world traveller. I'm sure the next adventures will be just as entertaining as the first.

Gotham Academy Vol. 3: Yearbook by Becky Cloonan - The first two volumes were really interesting and I'm anxious to get my hands on the third volume. Hopefully, it'll answer some of the questions from the first two volumes. 

Rat Queens Vol. 2 The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe - The first volume of the series was so good and so entertaining. I want to continue read about these badass maidens-for-hire. 


Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham - This series of graphic novels follows all the fairytales as they've been exiled to New York. Each characters more raw and real than their fairytale story. I've read the first two and it's so good, I just want to continue this story and figure what happens to each of the characters.

Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis - I started reading the individual comics before the movie came out and I haven't really returned since. I loved the movie, it still makes me laugh every time I watch it. I'd love to jump back into this series. 


Journey into the mystery by Kieron Gillen - I've read and loved other series that Kieron Gillen has written, specifically Young Avengers. And this comes highly recommended by the human who started me down this glorious rabbit hole we call comics. 


Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour - In this universe the spider bites Gwen Stacy instead of Peter Parker and it sounds great. She's in a band she's got spider powers and she's not going to let her dad tell her what to do. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Notable Quotable: Mindy McGinnis (#145)





"Grace had learned long ago that the true horrors of this world were other people."
     --A Madness So Discreet