Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone | Why, I’m Charmed! (Get it? It’s a pun, get it??)

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1 babayyy)

Author: *golden crown* J. K. Rowling *magic jewels*

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Published: November 1, 2003 by Scholastic 

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the—OH PLEASE YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT HONESTLY.


{AHEM: Yes, this is a re-read. I read the whole series after hype had died down (somewhat—I mean will the hype ever die??) when I was, like, 9, and the world was moving on to other things so IT WAS NOT AS FUN OKAY. Now Cursed Child is bringing it all back and I remember nothing and I like to be included in all knowledge (YAY RAVENCLAW) and soooooo here’s my re-read review}

  • Firstly, boarding school. Secondly, magic. Thirdly, MAGIC BOARDING SCHOOL. It’s every fun little bookish fantasy you’ve ever had all mushed and cozied up together ever so delightfully. I feel like so many readers are taking this for granted now, dont! COUNT. YOUR. BLESSINGS. It’s the most scrumptious part of the book!
  • I wanna bake every character a cute little pie! Even Dudley, even Draco! (Maybe not Voldemort, that’d be a little awkward) They’re all bubbling around with personalities that either give Hogwarts a little more drama to dip into, or give the world the charm and warmth that blossom into a familial feel. Except, of course, Haaaarry but we’ll talk about that later.

  • Subtle humor. Appreciate it, chums.
  • Okay, really though, did J. K. Rowling invent world-building? Cause, not gonna lie, I kinda feel like she did. Because, in Harry Potter, you’re not just reading, you’re  living. You’re living within crinkling pages of magic.
  • CAN WE TALK ABOUT PLOT THANKS. Perfect plot recipe: One cup of mundane-yet-kinda-important-happenings, another cup of SUPER IMPORTANT LIFE-CHANGING SHENANIGANS, sprinkling of authority figures who TOTALLY get in the way, half a dozen mean people, dash of humor, eight ounces of dark mystery, two bags of epic finale, three tablespoons of plot twist, and a cup of happy ending, yet a crushed handful of foreboding of more adventure to come. Now, to be perfectly honest, that above is just one long way of saying Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.


  • Um, Harry Potter has no personality. Literally. Go ahead, name one character trait that isn’t already a classic trademark of Gryffindor. I dare ya. 

Yep, I sure did read it at 9 years old, but I didn’t quite sell my souls to it or nothin’. 

BUT I WILL NOW, HERE’S MY SOUL J. K. ROWLING.

What books have you read both in your youth and later in life? How did they change for you? AND HARRY POTTER THOUGHTS, PLEASE!!!

Favorite Starbucks Drink in Hand? There’s a Book Genre to Match!

Finding your favorite Starbucks drink is easy enough, but searching for a book genre to match? Why, Quantam Physics is practically simpler!

Not to fear, chums. My handy list is about to make your life much easier, much sweeter, and much more caffeinated.


Are you a fan of that bursting bubble of icy sweetness in your mouth? Then why not have the same flavor in your books!

Some fluffy contemporary books are for you, friend! 

If you crave a sohpistcated drink with a subtle sweetness, have a taste of a few historical fiction books. 

When your literature takes you into history, it often soaks you in intelligence and romance as well.


Mmm, the warmth and comfort of the white chocolate mocha leads your taste buds on an bursting, heated adventure as you sit by the fire.

Do you know how to mimic such emotions? Just read a high fantasy novel! 


Night and day, you crave a serious and intense taste that can keep up with your mind. Not to fear, chums. Horror is the genre for you!


You’d like something cold and strong, of course, but with a touch of sweetness, of humor. 

That’s why you’ve been made for the supernatural genre!

What genre shall you be reading next thanks to this amazing, holy, worship-worthy helpful list? Or is it the other way around, do you have a couple new Starbucks drinks to order? What would you choose to complete this list? Have your read any of the books featured or drunken and drinks listed? 

Super Summery Q&A with the Super Stephanie Perkins! {Blog Tour}

Title: Summer Days & Summer Nights

Edited by: Stephanie Perkins

Genre: YA Anthology

Published: May 17, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press

Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith. 


In the first anthology, I thought the overarching theme was hope. How does Summer Days and Summer Nights compare?

 That’s a wonderful interpretation, and it’s apt for these stories, too. I wanted the two anthologies to feel connected, and the easiest way to do that—when you have so many different authors and genres—is through theme. So we have love, and we have hope.

 Several characters in both anthologies are actually going through some pretty dark times, which surprises some of our readers, but I think hope often shines the brightest out of darkness. It’s important to show both sides of it.

 And if you could pick one from the anthology authors, who do you want to spend your summer with? What are the things you would probably do?

 Oh, no! What a terrible question, ha! But I’ll answer it. I WILL.

 I’m gonna say . . . Tim Federle, only because his new musical Tuck Everlasting just opened on Broadway. So I’m hoping he’ll score tickets for me and the other twenty-one authors.

Your contribution to this collection is a new story featuring Marigold and North (previously seen in My True Love Gave to Me). What was it like revisiting these characters? Did you always know that there would be more to their story? Will there be more in the future?

 I’m not sure if I always knew a continuation of their story was worth telling, but I did know where their future was headed. In the early days, I was working under the assumption that I wouldn’t HAVE another chance write about them, so I was trying not to think about it too much. If that makes sense.

 But . . . I have a hard time letting go of characters. I always have. So when the summer anthology came to fruition, I knew immediately that I would continue their story. Now, I’m happy with how I’ve left them. In the first story, North helped to heal Marigold. This time, she helped to heal him. They’re good.

 If you had to pair Summer Days and Summer Nights with a summer-y drink, what would it be?

 Watermelon juice. It’s so simple—it’s just watermelon that’s been put into a blender, but it’s heaven.

What can we expect to see from you next? Are there any plans of releasing a new full-length novel soon? 

 My next novel is a teen slasher, which hopefully (if I finish it on time!) will be published next year. I’m having such a blast writing in the horror genre. And it’s honestly not as big of a departure as it seems. There’s still an attractive boy, an intriguing setting, and quippy friends. It just also contains a lot of murder.

TALK TO ME, CHUMS. Summer vs. School. My True Love Gave to Me vs. Summer Days and Summer Nights. Discuss, discuss, discuss.
 
 

How to Get the Originality Fairy to Bless Your Posts | Book Blogging 101

There are essentially 45,990,382,819 (more or less) bloggers out there. They’re all bursting with bookishness, what they’re not all bursting with is creativity and personality. Don’t be an average book blogger, friends. Be yourself. (Unless you’re Liam Neeson) Use your own unique ideas. (Unless they’re absolute rubbish) 

Essentially, chums, simply be me. 


It all begins with the title, bud. Allow me to demonstrate: 

Good heavens this is boring:

Throne of Glass Review

Or

May Book Haul

YASS I’d click that link:

Throne of Glass | HOW TO BE A SASSY ASSASSIN 101

Or

Demon Fae & Egotistical Gods {It’s a Book Haul, Baby!}

You could have the most tedious subject in the world, and yet get thousands to visit the post simply because of a groovy title. Deception is a sweet, sweet thing.


Take a look at the list below. Could you, perhaps, pinpoint what the all have in common?

  • WWW Wednesday #8229
  • Top Ten Tuesday Songs that Should be Books
  • Taylor Swift Book Tag

Well, here’s a hint: EVERYONE DOES THEM AND THEY HAVE NO ORIGINALITY.

Okay. Yes. Weekly memes and book tags are fine. Great even, they can be so fun! I myself do participate in  Top Ten Tuesday from time to time. But you really have to be careful with these posts—they’re the love triangles of book blogging…very overdone. If you’re going to do them, make them seem special, make readers irresistibly attracted to them. 

So…what can you post? 

Sit down. Grab a pen. Write a list of your hobbies/interests, those that are entirely un-bookish. See my list below:

  • Ballet
  • Broadway
  • Disney

You’ve got your list, now how do you use it? If you’re obsessed with Les Miserables, write the soundtrack as books. (Well…don’t. I already did it. I’m just examplifying.) Love making jewelry? Make a post about jewelry recommendations for your favorite book characters.

Don’t forget discussion posts. Discussions posts always inspire arguments intellectual thingys. Just remember: the more original, the better. Try to steer clear from overdone posts—such as insta-love, a discussion I have actually done because I’m pathetic HAHA. 


 You don’t have to write about just books. In fact, your blog will seem way more original if you add more flair! For example:

Your blog should reflect not only who you are, but the person you want to be. So just go for it, chums. Because there is creativity inside of you. I am sure of it. You just have to look. If that doesn’t work, then try listening. Or something. 

YOU ARE YOUR OWN FAIRY BOOKMOTHER!

Has the originality fairy helped you, friends? Are you inspired? Shall you take over the world? Do you have any advice to share?

The Star-Touched Queen {Very Queenly Blog Tour + Very Queenly Q & A}

Title: The Star-Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Young Audlt, Fantasy Retelling

Published: April 26, 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin


HERE’S THE THING, PUMPKINDOODLES. Originality is the number one thing that a majority of YA books look at and say: WELL I don’t really need that pssshhh I’ve done enough. So sorry, chums. You do. You really do. And I shall be eternally grateful that The Star-Touched Queen could fiercely and graciously realize this, that it could step up and take part in an explosive literary revolution. So here’s why this book wins for originality:

  • Indian inspired fantasy setting. YES GO INDIA. What I have never understood is why medival-ish settings have trumped the Middle East and India. I can only speak for India, but I know that its culture is so vibrant and lovely—plus the mythology and history nearly force-feeds inspiration into any writer. Either way, I’m proud to see my heritage in this book! #Diversity
  • Horoscopes. While horoscopes are hardly something I would ever take seriously, I find them thoroughly amusing and extremely helpful in matchmaking. In this book, however, they’re are entirely serious. Bad horoscope will haunt your life, the stars control your future in society. IS THIS NOT SUPER FUN AND ORIGINAL.
  • Family dimensions. Harems and royalty are a very convenient combination when complex families are concerned. 
  • Talking horse 😀 Is it just me, or is YA severely lacking in the talking animal department? Back in elementary school, it was all about the main-characters-who-happen-to-be-animals-and-also-talking. Then I grew into YA, and what to I find? PEOPLE TALKING. NOT ANIMALS. Honestly this is atrocious and I am so glad that The Star-Touched Queen decided to do something about it.

Is there a particular era in Indian history that inspired the setting? 

I’ve always been intrigued by the Mughal era of India. I think it’s also one of the most romanticized time periods of India because it’s characterized by lush poetry, breathtaking architecture and rulers whose personal lives are constantly reimagined.

· Are there any Indian delicacies/fashions that inspired some of the food/merchandise at the Night Bazaar? 

Yes! A couple of my favorite Indian sweets are jalaibee (which is a bright amber coil of sugary, fried dough…like jeweled funnel cakes) and pista barfi (a pistachio fudge that’s often dusted with edible silver foil and even rose petals). These desserts were as beautiful as they were delicious! And even the ingredients and presentation looked like something that belonged in a fairytale 🙂 Fashion wise, Indian fashion is nothing short of glamorous. Growing up, we always knew that going to an Indian party meant glamming up. I always got really excited to buy new Indian clothes because the styles were outrageously loud — skirts covered in tiny mirrors, cropped tops threaded with gold and sewn with tiny pearls. Lovely.


BE A QUEEN. Or King. Basically—just go for it in the comments. Are you hyped to read The Star-Touched Queen, or have you already finished? Are there any other original items you noticed in this book, or any others?

Grand, Scrumpitous Changes for Becca & Books! (Have Your Pies Ready)

WELCOME chums! 

So I’ve been gone for 11 days, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, my loving little slave. I’ve had time. But I’ve also been cursed with slothery. (It’s chronic) 

The thing is, sometimes I get a little more invested in another aspect of my life—an aspect that isn’t bookish. This leads to a lack of inspiration to really talk about books. And yet, still, I’m ready to talk, to talk about other things, about the rest of my life (which is ballet & theater)

ERGO:


Voila! It’s a VERY rough draft (if you’re an expert png maker, give me a call, would ya) but it shows the essence of my goal. I’m expanding my blog to mostly books, but a bit of ballet and Broadway in there. After all, I’m almost always in a bookish mood, but when I’m not, I still want to be blogging.

After all, all three are about telling a story, whether it through words, dance, or acting.

BUT HERE IS AN IMPORTANT NOTE: I will always be primarily bookish. Remember that, my fiends.


I will always be taking your opinion into consideration!

Are you “meh” about this lifestyle addition to my blog? THEN YELL AT ME.

I’m thinking about changing my name to: The Bookerina. (GET IT GET IT GET IT) What’s your opinion? Are you pro puns or on team #stoppunsforever?

Make it or Break it: Books as Broadway Plays

All of the bestest Broadway plays have been inspired by books. Les Miserables, Wicked, HAMILTON.

This is my opinion, and therefore a fact.

But not all books are meant to take the stage, with a chorus shuffling their pages, a dance to glorify their action. So: Broadway and books. Which would work, and which wouldn’t?

  

Soooooo. Huh.

First of all, the songs would be half-metal half-Irish folk song, resulting in a very scrumptious soundtrack. Plus, all the fight scenes could be dance duels which would be both wildly entertaining and also altogether mortifying to Broadway as a whole.

Imaginative, yes. A good idea—in part, yes. But I can’t see the plot working with a stage.

WE’RE BREAKING IT, CHUMS.

  
I think Broadway could actually make this book and its ridiculous title work! 

Think about—cute, contemporary music, a little tap choreography, and you’ve got a play that some people will go to maybe because who even pays that much to see performances anymore albeit me.

MAKE IT. Why not.

  
YES. OH, YES, OH YES.

Middle Eastern music, Silky, intimate choreography—I’m thinking the Arabian dance in the Nutcrakcer-esque.

AND THE COSTUMES. I NEED TO PLAN THE COSTUMES. The set will be gorgeous, the music will be better, and I’ll be directing choreography, thankyouverymuch.

MAKE IT TO THE MOON AND BACK. BRB going to go make a Broadway play now.

  
Meh. I don’t see it.

As a book, it works out great. It’s cute, it’s heartfelt. But on stage, everything is big. It needs to be larger than life, and yet able to see the smallest of details. This book just can’t handle that.

Sorry, break it.

So what are your Broadway favorites? Do you agree with my choices? Are there award-winning productions you have in mind? CAN YOU HIRE ME FOR THE CHOREOGRAPHY PLS??

How to Challenge Your Reading Slump to a Duel (And Hopefully Win) #HamiltonReferences

Reading slumps are the work of Charles Lee (just go with it) and they need to be held accountable. They are aided by Satan and feed on the tears of readers everywhere WE CAN NOT LET IT SLIDE. (We are Hamiltons with pride)

(If you are unfamiliar with Hamilton, I apologize for the paragraph above. Please see the Ten Duel Commandments. Educate yourself, heathen.)

 
 DEMAND SATISFACTION, CHUMS. Let’s say the reading slump apologizes, let’s say it allows you to power through a book, power through to victory. Then there’s no need for further action!

But let’s say it doesn’t…

 
You can’t defeat a reading slump alone! You need a second in battle, whether it be your favorite blogger, booktuber, or the guy who sells vacuums a block away. 

If you fight, you fight with a friend and you fight with pride. 

 

They negotiate a peace—perhaps your second can find just the right books to make your reading slump surrender.

OR they negotiate a time and place. (Reading slumps are so stubborn, honestly)

 
 

Your doctor (being your favorite author, of course) can heal the most deadly of bookish scars. You pay him in advance (hardcovers sure are expensive) and treat him with civility.

You have him turn around so he can have deniability…

 
Have you ever done anything productive or worthwhile during the day? When normal folks awaken? OF COURSE NOT. We’re binging away this reading slump at night, baby.

  
Will you have any time for your friends or family when dueling a reading slump? No. Of course not. They are not only diabolical, but time consuming as well. You might as well leave a note.

Just pray that bookish hell or heaven let’s you in.

  
 
  OKAY SO YES I did spill Nutella on a book. BUT IT WAS JUST ONCE. Perhaps this my punishment. Perhaps this is why the reading slump is after me.

Well, I’m ready for the moment of adrenaline when I finally face my opponent.

  
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight. For example:

My second: Satan! Hey! Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature?

Satan: Sure, but Becca has to answer for that Nutella she spilled on a book.

My second: With her bookish life? We both know that’s absurd, sir.

Satan: Hang on, how many books were slathered in Nutella because Becca was inexperienced and ruinious?

My second: Like, literally one.

Satan: Okay, so we’re doing this.

My second: Wait, but, it was literally one—

(Satan never plays fair)

 
Stare at that reading slump, summon all the courage you require. THEN COUNT:

One book 

Two books

Three books

Four books

Five books

Six books

Seven books

Eight books

Nine books

TEN BOOKS!

 
You’ve got it! You’ve finally splurged throughout enough books, you’ve finally suffered enough! You’ve found that one book that sets the world right, that makes everything okay again. You’ve found your bullet, and it’s between the ribs of your reading slump. 

 

YOU DID IT CHUMS! Have you used similar methods in murdering your reading slumps in cold blood? (This post turned out far more graphic than I meant it to be) Do get all the #HamiltonReferences? ARE YOU ALSO SLUMPIFIED?

The Bookish Easter Basket OF MY DREAMS *hint hint* | Get Up Offa That Slump Extravaganza 

So basically I missed 90% of the blogging extravaganza because I got the flu. So. Sorry. 

Here’s today’s blurb:

Here’s the prompt: March 27 is Easter, and Easter, among other things, means a bunny delivers you a basket filled with goodies. What would be in your basket? And please, feel free to make our wallets weep because we will want All The Things and need them Immediately.

OR, you can Tell Us Your Ways: As we all know, blogging isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to write a post, other times it’s hard to stay organized and keep up with everything that goes into blogging–it’s almost like you need a system to help keep the flow going. If you have any methods to help make blogging work and keep it the most enjoyable and actually do stuff, please share your ways and cheat sheet!

Prepare yourselves for the basket of my Easter-ly dreams. Feel free to make them a reality. *winky face* *hint hint* *please please*

  
The Library Art Print by Bookworm Botique

Okay, I’ll accept absolutely anything from Bookworm Botique BUT THIS DESIGN HAS MY HEART. Because a) Disney and b) my walls need something magical to spruce them up and c) DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY.
  
Enjorlas (Les Miserables) Throw Pillow by katwhisky

PILLOWS. LES MISERABLES. ENJORLAS. CYNICISM.

Honestly. What’s not to love? It’s even huggable! It’s huggable cynicism!

 
 Candy Hearts with BOOKISH PHRASES ON THEM

I won’t even eat these. I’d just stare at their majestic beauty and drool. And cry. 

HA. Just kidding. I’d totally eat them.

  Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare and The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I am broke.

So broke.

Ergo, these books are not in my possession. The person to change that shall be crowned owner of my soul. I will sell my soul for these books.

So.

What would be in your scrumptious Easter basket? Books? Puppies? Abnormally large chickpeas? Are you broke like me? Are you randomly rich and in the mood for philanthropy in which case PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME.

My (Very French and Very Sneaky) Fictional Life! | Get Up Offa That Slump: Blogging Extravaganza 

Click here for more info on the blogging extravaganza, and read below for a blurb by its founder, Beauty and the Bookshelf:

Here’s the prompt: March 14 is, in fact, Pi Day, but I couldn’t think of how to mix books with math (except for how much money we spend on them). But then I got to thinking of smart characters, and our favorite geeky and nerdy characters (not a bad thing to be), and then I went back to this idea: being an actual fictional character. Perhaps it’s you being one of your favorite fictional characters; what would life be like? Or maybe create a persona or alter ego of yourself based off fictional characters, or making yourself a fictional character to be with or defeat other fictional characters. Let your imagination run wild.

OR, you can Do a Book Tag: There are these things going around the blogosphere called book tags. It’s basically some idea or subject, and then you put books into their categories, matching them up. Here are just a few tags I found that you can do, or you can make your own!

So take a breath, have a snack, then welcome your little patootie into my fictional life.

  

Where: Paris, France.

When: 1950s

Why: I’m just going to assume you’re not a heathen, so I won’t explain why I chose Paris. (Guys. It’s Paris.) So why the 1950s? (It’s about to get very superficial very shortly, so prepare yourself) The clothes. The cars. The overall style.

Okay. Superficiality done. For now.

(Also, why are there so little books set in the 50s? It’s such an important time in history, especially in America. Authors, get on it.)

  
Enjorlas: Meet the charming comic relief. He’s the one supplying the money for my epic adventures (because even a fictional world can’t make me rich). He owns a line of hotels in which I do all my spying business. (How convenient.) He also happens to have the same name as this guy from Les Miserables. Huh. What a coincidence.

Cèline: This is the tiny child everyone underestimates. She is my spying assistant and is quite adorable.

  
As I quickly mentioned in the section above, I am in the sneaky spying business. Basically, I am James Bond, in France and in heels. Everyone underestimates me. because they’re ignorant and I’m tiny, ergo, I ALWAYS WIN. 

On the weekends I travel to America and do some work with my buddy Martin Luther King Jr. We make a great team.

  

As I uncover the rabid criminal, he pulls out a gun and points in at Enjorlas and Cèline’s head. He shoots, I run. I push my sidekicks to ground just as the bullet fatally blooms in my chest. I take my last breath so my friends can live on.

That or I die in my sleep at 103.

Would your life be a science-fiction or a spy novel? Historical or fantasy? Would your sidekicks be rich or peasants? JOIN THE EXTRAVAGANZA!