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Where have I been? UPDATE

Ummm, hello lovely devoted blog reader who has obviously stuck by me through my extremely varying posts lately. I appreciate you, thank you.

It has now been 3 months since I drafted this post, yes 3 months since I was actually going to post my where have I been schpeal. That’s pretty ironic. But here it is…

First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts on this platform, even though there’s been around 1-2 posts a month, so I haven’t been completely awol, that’s not good enough to me. Basically, the reason I have been so absent from everything this year is because I’m in my last year of schooling! (cue the party) I’m so excited for that to be done with on November 9th when I finish my last exam (squeals), and then I’ll be annoying all of you with a lot more weird and whacky content. *5o people unfollow right now*

Please stay… hahaha

I miss being able to have the time to sit down and really focus on writing a blog post (the only reason I’m able to do it right now is because I’m on a 2 week break). I also miss having time to be able to take pictures for TheBookGram, which if you’re reading this, I’m guessing is probably where you came from. I haven’t been neglecting that as much as this, but still haven’t been putting out as much as I’d like.

One more thing, I really miss reading. Reading has been a rather foreign concept for me this year. Whenever I’m not super busy with study, I’m usually so tired that I end up watching TV shows, which is in no way a bad thing because that is hugely another passion of mine that has really grown this year. But I wish I read more. I guess it’s no

I guess it’s no ones fault but my own, maybe it’s  schools fault a little though, or a lot.  Reading rarely occurs now without stressful thoughts appearing in my mind that makes me unable to concentrate on what I’m reading. I think that’s why Harry Potter has been such a prominent thing in my life lately, I mean, reading the books for the first time in my last year of schooling is pretty cool.

I just can’t wait to be able to do things guilt free again, and never have to worry about school, or the things that come with it ever again. I’m also kinda excited to try and start creative writing more, and maybe share my stories with you guys.
I apologize for this being a sort of rant-filled update, but hey, if you read this far, I applaud you!

For now, I just want to say thank you so, so much to those of you who have stuck by me through my strange content schedule, etc. I appreciate you all so much, and honestly am so excited to be able to join in more with the community towards the end of the year.

November 9, 4:15 pm, I’m coming for you with everything I have.

Until next time,

Kate XOXO

 

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: BOOK REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Authors: J.K. Rowling

Pages: 542

Read: 19th June, 2016

Rating: 5/5 Stars


GOODREADS SUMMARY:

As the Dark Lord’s sinister forces amass, a spirit of gloom and fear is sweeping the land. Harry Potter waits nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ for Professor Dumbledore to arrive. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce duel with Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts? In his sixth year, Harry will discover the secret behind the Half-Blood Prince, as Professor Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny …


REVIEW:

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

The Half Blood Prince is yet another incredible installment in the Harry Potter series, but you all knew that already. It may be my favourite so far, in fact yes I believe it is, even though the emotions are so real right now. (I know I said Order was my favourite so far, but this one has overtaken it)

I once again, loved every minute of reading this. It was perfect, and also had me lol’ing throughout the whole thing..eh, mostly. not the end.
The school and classes scenes were also amazing, that’s weirdly one of the things I love most about these books. Hogwarts just being Hogwarts.

If I’m being honest, weirdly again, the Quidditch scenes sometimes become a little tedious to me sometimes, but I even loved those in this book, they were just so funny. Thankyou Liquid Luck. (that was amazing, hahaha) The Apparition lessons were also a great laugh!

J.K. Rowling is brilliant in everything she does; the humour, suspense, mystery… I mean, she even had me guessing and confused even though I’ve seen the movies a billion times.

I loved getting to delve deeper into the motives and life of Voldemort, it was just so interesting to learn about his past, and what makes him such a complex character. As well as seeing the relationships, or lack of, with him and other people.

The love aspect of this book, oh the loveeee, was so cute to read about. I mean, between Ron and Hermione, and Harry and Ginny, how could it not be good? You could really see them growing up throughout this novel, which I also enjoyed.

The relationship between Harry and Dumbledore grew even more in this book (which made the ending that much harder) I’ve always loved reading about the dynamic between those two. Such a bond.

“Dumbledore’s man through and through, aren’t you Potter?”
“Yeah I am,” said Harry. “Glad we straightened that out.”

Malfoy, well he was such an interesting character in this one, right from the moment when he stepped on Harry’s nose *wince*, that was intense. It was so cool to be able to read about the mystery behind this guy, and try to figure him out a bit more. Draco has always fascinated me, which is probably half to do with Tom Felton, let’s be real.

Snape, uhm, I’m still kinda confused where I stand in regards to if I like or don’t like him, at the moment it’s a bit of both. I guess the Deathly Hallows will help me out, but I do really enjoy reading about Snape, even if he makes some…questionable decisions.

Can’t forget to mention Slughorn! He was a great addition to the story, I really enjoyed his character, and all that he brought to the novel.

Once again, the friendship between Ron/Harry/Hermione warmed my little heart, and also tore at it a bit over the course of the novel *cough* thanks Lavender *cough*. But they never fail to make me smile. I feel like even though there was still a bit of it, the angst levels were much lower in this one, haha.

Also, how can you not love Fred and George? I adore those two, they’re like me in twin boy form.

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

All-in-All, this was yet another solid addition to this amazing series, and it’s just incredible how much more I’m getting out of the books than the movies, I really didn’t expect to learn this much. Admittedly, I didn’t even truly know what a Horcrux was until this book…oops.

Can’t believe it’s time for the final journey…

Until next time, Harry.

That’s all,

Kate :)

Random Book Questions

Hey guys, so basically I was tagged to do some questions, and I love doing questions, so why not! Here we go…

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1. What is your favourite book read in 2015 so far?

I can’t just choose one, sooo Wanted, Seven Minutes in Heaven and Hide & Seek by Sara Shepard, also Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

2. Which book-to-movie/TV adaptations you are looking forward to??

Shadowhunters, even though I’m a little skeptical of how it’ll turn out (not because I’m comparing them to the books, which I haven’t read all of yet, but because the sneak peeks look a little meh.) I’m also excited about the possible future Throne of Glass and Shatter Me shows!

3. Which fictional character would you want as your best friend?

Alison Dilaurentis! .. Hah, no… Hermione Granger.

4. What are your most anticipated book releases in 2016?

Never Never part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, The Amateurs by Sara Shepard, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and The Last Star by Rick Yancey.

5. What’s your favourite book genre?

Young Adult! 😉

6. What are your favourite tv shows?

Well, this is a dangerous question… Charmed, Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Gossip Girl, Modern Family, The Lying Game, The Secret Circle, Arrow, Orphan Black, Reign, Once Upon a Time, Kardashians (no shame)

7. What books do you hope to read before 2016?

Twilight, The Rose Society, The Vampire Diaries 3 & 4, and alot more!

8. When you’re not reading, what else do you do in your spare time?

Youtube, Tv-Shows, Spending time with family, Photography, Playstation, Gym

9. Who are your auto-buy authors?

Sara Shepard, Colleen Hoover, Becca Fitzpatrick.


I hope you all enjoyed this little Q&A, I loved answering them!

Let me know your answers to some of these questions!! 🙂

Until next time booklovers,

XOXO, Kate

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: QUOTES

Hey everyone! 

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! There was just so many, I had to make an honorary post for them all! Hope you enjoy, and they inspire you or trigger nostalgia as much as they inspired me!

QUOTES:

  1. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

2. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

3. “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.”

4. “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

5. “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

6. “Time will not slow down when something unpleasant lies ahead.”

7. “It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”

8. “Curiosity is not a sin…. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity… yes, indeed.”

9. “I have gone temporarily deaf and haven’t any idea what you said, Harry.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: REVIEW

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THE DETAILS:

Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Published: Bloomsbury: 2010 (this edition)

Pages: 636

Read: August 16th, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


REVIEW:

Ah, J.K. Rowling truly is a genius! The way this book is moulded together is a true art and masterpiece. It continues to baffle me how one could come up with such an incredible story like this, simply from their own mind.

In this novel, we begin to see the start of Ron and Hermione’s future relationship, and it was so cute to read about Ron’s obvious jealousy.

This book really set up the eerie tone for the next books, and I can’t wait to see how dark the story ends up going, as I know it definitely gets a-lot darker in terms of the movies.

I loved Dumbledore and Sirius in this, and Hermione’s bad-assery really started to kick off towards the end! I can’t wait to see how that progresses. The words Dumbledore says just shows how wise he is, and I love it!

J.K. Rowling’s use of the Dementors is an incredible link to what they’re supposed to represent, which is depression. I’ll share with you a line that made me appreciate Ms. Rowling’s brain on this even more than I previously did:

“Most go mad in there, and plenty stop eating in the end. They lose the will to live. You could always tell when a death was coming, because the Dementors could sense it, they got excited.”

There certainly are some incredible quotes and passages throughout this novel, and I bow down to you, J.K. Rowling. I’m so excited to continue to read how Harry and his friends grow and mature, as the tone of the book does also.

Yeah that’s it,

Kate 🙂