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Friday 56

Friday 56 was created by Freda from Freda’s Voice

Here are the rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”- Page 56 of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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Friday 56

Friday 56 was created by Freda from Freda’s Voice

Here are the rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

June 17, 2016 – “He had not felt this alive in a month, or this happy…”- Page 56 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

#T5W Literary fathers/father figures

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey.  It is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.

Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group.

For this week’s topic, I decided to go for a Harry Potter theme.

Arthur Weasley

Albus Dumbledore

Sirius Black

Remus Lupin

Rubeus Hagrid

While Harry grew up without his biological father, there were males that filled the void. Each of these five men played very important, yet different roles in Harry’s life.  They were kind, generous, loving and supportive of him.

#T5W Character Names

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Luna Lovegood

Draco Malfoy

Neville Longbottom

Bellatrix Lestrange

Albus Dumbledore

I love all of these names because they are all unique and different.  They aren’t names that you hear every day.  Out of all the names, I feel like Luna’s name fits her character the best.  Luna the name is very quirky, just like Luna herself, and plus I love Luna!

Friday 56 #4

Friday 56After taking a two week hiatus from blogging, I am back.  I also currently have a theme for my Friday 56 posts.

Friday 56 was created from Freda over at Freda’s Voice

Here are the rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

June 3, 2016- “Did you really blow up your aunt , Harry?”—Page 56 of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

#T5W Book Theme Songs

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1.) “The Entertainer”- Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

The cover reminds me of a circus and whenever I hear “The Entertainer” I think of a circus.

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2.) Independent Woman by Destiny’s Child- Zodiac by Romina Russell

I always felt that the main character Rho was independent.

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3.) “Paris Holds the Key to your Heart” from the Anastasia Soundtrack- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Paris hold the key to her past.
Yes, Princess, I’ve found you at last.
No more pretend,
You’ll be gone,
That’s the end.”- This part of the song reminds me of when Sara and her father are reunited.

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4.) “Flawless” by Beyonce- The Heir by Keira Cass

I don’t know why, but I just feel like these two go very well together.

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5.) “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”- The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

A book about baseball and one of the most baseball songs ever are a match made in heaven.

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Cover images are from Goodreads.

May16 Reading Wrap-up, Currently Reading, June TBR

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I read five books in May which I feel really good about.  Three of the books I read were for review.  Many of you may have noticed that I added what I am currently reading, and what I am planning on reading in June.  Not every wrap-up will be like this, however as I am currently in the middle of reading a book, I thought I would add it in.  Also, I usually never make TBR’s because I never stick to them, the month of June is an exception as I will be taking part in a readathon and buddy reading a book.

Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for honest review.

Recently, I have been delving more into historical fiction, and this book is no exception.  Chasing the North Star is about the journey north to escape slavery.  This is only the second book I have read about slavery, the first being Beloved by Toni Morrison.

I loved that this book was a journey, and that the journey really showed the trials and tribulations of escaping slavery to the north.  Chasing the North Star is told from two different points of view.  The first is Jonah, his story is told from a third person omniscient point of view.  With this point of view, I was really engaged as a reader and was able to immerse myself into his story.

Readers aren’t introduced to the second character, Angel until page 75.  Angel’s story is told from a first person point of view, which makes this book really interesting in how it is written.  At some point in the book, Jonah and Angel’s stories come together️.  When their stories come together, the chapters alternate between Jonah and Angel.  I normally don’t enjoy alternating points of view in books, however it worked extremely well and didn’t disrupt the flow of the story.

I feel like Chasing the North Star did a much better job of showing the journey than Beloved.  While I did love Beloved, I felt like I was living Jonah and Angel’s journey more.  I loved both Angel and Jonah’s stories equally and how their relationship added a sense of lightheartedness and humor.  I would definitely recommend this book to readers who love historical fiction.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I loved this book, especially Harry and Ron’s notes. I gave it four stars because I was hoping for more. I would have liked if there was more information about some of the beasts, and if more beasts were included in the book. Despite the length of the book, it was informative and fun to read.

Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp- ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

There was a lot of information packed into this short book. it was very informative and I learned quite a bit about Quidditch. Like, Fantastic Beasts, it was fun to read.

The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley for an honest review

I don’t know where to start with this book other than the fact that I loved it. The Distance to Home combined my favorite sport, baseball with an amazing story of love, loss, friendship, and one character’s journey back to playing the sport that she loved. This book was beautifully written, and I loved Quinnen’s development as a character. I can’t wait to read more from Jenn Bishop!

Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley for an honest review

I gave this four stars because it was told from multiple points of view, which at times was confusing.  There were times, due to the multiple P.O.V’s, I felt the story was a little bit all over the place.  Those are the only negatives that I have with this book.  I loved the friendships that formed throughout the story, especially because of how different all the characters are, they still found a way to become friends.  While everyone was different, they all had Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet in common, it was the place where they all came together, and for some became home.  Another thing that I enjoyed very much, was the vivid, imaginative, descriptive language H.P. Wood used.  For example, on page 26, “Everything about the Cabinet is grimy, and fusty, and strange.” I absolutely loved this description, I was able to put my own pictures in my mind about the Cabinet.  Also due to the writing, I was able to fully immerse myself in the time period and setting of the novel.  I will definitely be reading more from H.P. Wood in the future.

I am currently reading ME and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

June TBR

This is the first time that I actually have a set TBR.  This month I am participating in Tome Topple.  Tome Topple was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, and it runs from June 6th to June 19th.  The only requirement is that the book has to be over 500 pages.  For the readathon I will be reading a bind up of Homer’s The Illiad and the Odyssey, which clocks in at 731 pages. For these two weeks, I will not be reading anything but this epic.

The second book that I am reading is The Crown by Keira Cass.  I’m really excited to read this one as it will be my first ever buddy read.  I’ll be buddy reading this with Yana from Books for Infinity.

Friday 56 #3

Friday 56Friday 56 was created by Freda from Freda’s Voice

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the url of your post in the Linky back at her blog.

“That family’s trouble.  Don’t go biting off more than you can chew—“ Page 56 of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

3 Days 3 Quotes Day 2

The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Thank you Cara from Periods and Semicolons

Today’s quote is from Pedro by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman

““What can I say? I’ll just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.  I can’t find a way to beat them at this point””

 

I tag:

Liam from Panorama of the Mountains

Lindsey from A Piece of Paradis

Yana from Books For Infinity

Armchair BEA day 4

This is my second day of Armchair BEA, but the fourth day altogether and today’s topic is Surviving Fictional Worlds

Today we’ll talk about surviving fictional worlds. We all know that sometimes, the worlds we love in fiction can be dangerous. Which fictional worlds would you want to live in? Which worlds do you never want to dive into? Which worlds are you content to stay behind the glass, so to speak, rather than wishing to dive through the page? And once you get there, what would you do?

The only world that I would really want to live in is Harry Potter.  There’s just something about the entire world of Harry Potter that makes it seem like a fun world to live in.  There’s adventure, danger, magic, loads of interesting characters (including the magical creatures) and intriguing magical objects.  The Harry Potter world is truly my favorite fictional world.

The worlds that I would never want to dive into are Divergent and Lord of the Rings.  Some may disagree with me on this, but I feel like there is a lot more going on in these worlds than the Harry Potter world.  I also wouldn’t want to be injected with all kinds of stuff to screw with my mind in the world of Divergent.  In terms of Lord of the Rings, I would be way too tempted to put on the one ring to become invisible but still in a sense be seen.

When I would get to the world of Harry Potter, my first stop would definitely be Diagon Alley.  I would have to go to Gringott’s to change my money over.  My next stop after Gringott’s would be Madam Malkin’s to get some robes and then to Ollivander’s to get my wand.  I would also get myself a broom, it’s the only way I would want to travel other than to apparate.  After Diagon Alley I would find my way to Hogwarts to take in some classes and a quidditch match, maybe learn how to play Wizards Chess.