Angie Thomas, Julie Murphy, and Becky Albertalli Book Signing!

Angie Thomas, Julie Murphy, and Becky Albertalli Book Signing!

I went to my first book signing tonight! It was AMAZING. I couldn’t believe three well-known authors were coming an hour away from where I lived in my small part of Canada. And I had read at least one of each of their books! Angie Thomas is the author of The Hate U Give, Julie Murphy is the author of Side Effects May VaryDumplin’, and Ramona Blue (which I have to read!), and Becky Albertalli is the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited.

I loved hearing them talk. They were all so sweet and funny, and I learned so much about them and their books. For instance, I didn’t know that The Hate U GiveDumplin’, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda are all becoming movies!

Angie and Julie especially made the crowd laugh, and they’d had discussions about Hogwarts houses and whitewashing in movies and other interesting subjects. (By the way, Angie’s a Ravenclaw, Julie’s a Slytherin, and Becky’s a Hufflepuff.) I also learned top secret stuff about the movies and Becky’s books that are yet to be released that are not to be spilled on Twitter. None of these authors were YA readers when they were younger. Angie Thomas hates Twilight (but not really), and Julie Murphy loves it.

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While I was waiting in line to get my book signed, I listened in on other people’s conversations, and I realized everyone here was just like me. Fangirl or fanboy, obsessed with books, kinda anti-social… I felt like I could easily talk to these complete strangers, that we had something in common that I didn’t have in common with some of my friends. It was a pretty cool feeling. Especially when I heard someone talking about The Lunar Chronicles and actually joined the conversation. Then, suddenly, I was in front of Becky Albertalli and we said hi and I told her I loved her books and she was so sweet and I told her I was also a Hufflepuff and I took some pictures and she signed my book. I smiled the whole time I was in line and all the way home in the car.

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The book signing was much more awesome than I thought it would be, and it was so fun and so inspiring. I still feel so elated about this, I feel like I really know these authors now. I hope you all get to go to multiple book signings and discussions in your life, because I’m certainly going to try to go to more.

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My Favourite Harry Potter Quotes

My Favourite Harry Potter Quotes

Hello people of the internet! As you probably all know, Harry Potter is my favourite series of all time. Pretty much every sentence in those books is one of my favourite quotes from Harry Potter, but I made myself choose a few to share with you, so here they are.

Quote #1:

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”

– Albus Dumbledore, the Philosopher’s Stone, page 157

Quote #2:

“There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

– Albus Dumbledore, the Philosopher’s Stone, page 221

Quote #3:

“Oh Potter, you rotter, oh what have you done? You’re killing off students, you think it’s good fun -”

– Peeves, the Chamber of Secrets, page 152

Quote #4:

“Because that’s what Hermione does. When in doubt, go to the library.”

– Ron Weasley, the Chamber of Secrets, page 189

Quote #5:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

– Albus Dumbledore, the Chamber of Secrets, page 245

Quote #6:

“I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.”

– Harry Potter, the Prisoner of Azkaban, page 60

Quote #7:

“Why, though? Stupid thing to do, really. No, I don’t think I will, thanks. No… I don’t really want to…”

– Harry Potter, the Goblet of Fire, page 204

Quote #8:

“Percy wouldn’t recognize a joke if it danced naked in front of him, wearing Dobby’s tea-cosy.”

– Ron Weasley, the Goblet of Fire, page 335

Quote #9:

“Never be ashamed. There’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.”

– Rubeus Hagrid, the Goblet of Fire, page 396

Quote #10:

“No good sittin’ worryin’ abou’ it. What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”

– Rubeus Hagrid, the Goblet of Fire, page 623

Quote #11:

“You’re just as sane as I am.”

– Luna Lovegood, the Order of the Phoenix, page 180

Quote #12:

“Wow, I wonder what it would be like to have a difficult life?”

– Harry Potter, the Order of the Phoenix, page 235

Quote #13:

“Come on now, Angelina, you can take him – turns out you can’t – but nice bludger from Fred Weasley. I mean, George Weasley, oh, who cares, one of them, anyway, and Warrington drops the Quaffle and Katie Bell – er – drops it too.”

– Lee Jordan, the Order of the Phoenix, page 362

Quote #14:

“H-Hogwarts is m-my h-home!”

– Sybil Trelawney, the Order of the Phoenix, page 524

Quote #15:

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

– Ginny Weasley, the Order of the Phoenix, page 577

Quote #16:

“We won’t be seeing you.” “Yeah, don’t bother keeping in touch. Special discounts [on our products] to Hogwarts students who swear they’re going to use [them] to get rid of this old bat.”

– Fred and George Weasley, the Order of the Phoenix, page 594

Quote #17:

“There’s no need to call me sir, Professor.”

– Harry Potter, the Half-Blood Prince, page 171

Quote #18:

“Time is making fools of us again.”

– Albus Dumbledore, the Half-Blood Prince, page 259

Quote #19:

“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”

– Albus Dumbledore, the Half-Blood Prince, page 529

Quote #20:

“I am not worried, Harry. I am with you.”

– Albus Dumbledore, the Half-Blood Prince, page 540

Quote #21:

“You said to us once before that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?” “We’re with you whatever happens.”

– Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, the Half-Blood Prince, page 607

Quote #22:

“I never really gave up on you.”

– Ginny Weasley, the Half-Blood Prince, page 603

Quote #23:

“And what in the name of Merlin’s most baggy Y-fronts was that about?”

– Ron Weasley, the Deathly Hallows, page 187

Quote #24:

“I’d say it’s one short step from ‘wizards first’ to ‘pure-bloods first’, and then to ‘Death Eaters’. We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

– Kingsley Shacklebolt, the Deathly Hallows, page 357

Quote #25:

“So young to be fighting so many.”

– Griphook, the Deathly Hallows, page 396

Quote #26:

“IF WE DIE FOR THEM, I’LL KILL YOU, HARRY!”

– Ron Weasley, the Deathly Hallows, page 509

Quote #27:

“Hello, Minister! Did I mention I’m resigning?”

– Percy Weasley, the Deathly Hallows, page 511

Quote #28:

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

– Albus Dumbledore, the Deathly Hallows, page 579

This post used to be named ‘My Top 10 Harry Potter Quotes’, but I gave up on that pretty quickly and just wrote down all my favourites. Also, it took me about an hour and forty-five minutes to write this, so I hope you enjoyed it!

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My First Fanfiction!!

First of all, here is the link to Just Fangirling, my first ever fanfiction!

Summary:

May Green is a normal teenaged fangirl. She reads, she writes, she runs a blog. But suddenly she’s not so normal when she gets cast out into the world of Harry Potter through her book. She soon discovers what Hogwarts is really like, and uncovers feelings for Harry. Will she be able to return to her world, or will she be stuck in Harry’s world, messing up the series forever?

Excerpt:

I closed my eyes, savouring the feeling of a really good book. I leaned into the book, my nose brushing its soft pages and inhaled deeply, breathing in its musty smell.

Suddenly, the pages started to ripple, and I felt a sensation as though I was falling through water. Bright light enveloped me, words tumbled through the air around me, and then I landed hard on solid ground, falling to my hands and knees. I stood up and looked around.

It can’t be… I thought, blinking in wonder. It looked as though I was in the maze Harry had just been in in my book. My heart jumped and excitement coursed through me. I reached out for a hedge and ran my fingers through its prickly branches, making sure it was real. Just as I started pinching myself, a scrawny, fourteen-year-old boy came around the corner. He wasn’t Daniel Radcliffe, though. He was just Harry, the way I had imagined him the first time I read the books. My cheeks tinged pink as I looked at him. He was much more attractive than Daniel Radcliffe.

Harry saw me then, and lifted his wand, wary.

“I’m not part of the task!” I cried quickly, even though I realized Harry had no reason to trust me. He lowered his wand a bit anyway, and came closer, but still looked suspicious.

“Er… who are you?” He asked.

“My name is May.”

“If you’re not part of the task, then what are you doing here?”

“I… um, I don’t really know…” A feeling of fright hit me suddenly. How had I gotten here? What was I doing here? How would I get back to my world and my family and my house and my books? I didn’t want to be stuck here forever! My breathing started to get shallow, and I could feel a panic attack coming on.

Harry lowered his wand completely, the look of suspicion turning to one of concern.

“Are you alright?” Harry asked, coming towards me. I didn’t answer. “Come on, I’ll bring you to Dumbledore, he’ll know what to do.” Harry said, awkwardly patting my shoulder. Somehow, that comforted me, and the panic ebbed away slowly.

“Thank you.” I whispered.

“Er, no problem.” Said Harry, looking uncomfortable. “We should probably get going before something tries to kill us.”

“Right.” I replied, recovering myself. “Let’s get going.”

We started walking down the path I had landed in.

“Surely I should have met something by now?” Harry muttered under his breath. We rounded a corner, and came face to face with Cedric Diggory.

“Hagrid’s Blast-Ended Skrewts!” He hissed. “They’re enormous – I only just got away!” I smiled a bit to myself, remembering the line in the ink I’d just fallen through. Right before Cedric plunged back into another tunnel surrounded by hedges, he caught sight of me.

“Who’s this?” Cedric asked suspiciously.

“This is May.” Harry answered.

“How did she get here?”

Harry turned to me.

“Um… magic.” I answered, not prepared for the real answer just yet, and not even really knowing it. Cedric shrugged as if he could cope with that. He dived into the tunnel again, and I was left with Harry. He looked at me.

“Aren’t you going to take out your wand?” He asked. Time for the truth… or part of it, anyway.

“I don’t have one.” I told him. He stared at me incredulously.

“Did you lose it? Or are you underage?” He asked doubtfully, looking me up and down. I blushed.

“No, I … I’m fifteen, it’s just … I’m not a witch.” Or I wasn’t in my world.

“So, you’re a muggle?” Harry seemed surprised.

“I guess.”

“How do you know about us?” He actually started smiling, the danger of the moment forgotten. “My aunt and uncle finally let it slip, did they?”

I had to laugh. “No. I’ll explain when we get out of here.”

“Good idea.” Harry looked around, then started walking again. We were about to round a corner when I remembered, and put my hand on Harry’s shoulder, stopping him. He turned around.

“There’s a Boggart disguised as a Dementor around this corner.” I warned him. Harry squinted at me, confused.

“How do you know?” He whispered.

“I told you, I’ll explain later.” He glanced at me once more before turning the corner, wand at the ready.

Riddikulus!” Harry yelled. The Boggart vanished in a wisp of smoke, and Harry held his lighted wand high again.

Left … right … left again … twice we found ourselves facing dead ends. I watched as Harry performed the four-point spell and realized we were going too far east. We turned around and took a right.

A scream shattered the silence suddenly. It was coming from up ahead.

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I am very excited to announce that I have just posted the first chapter in the fanfiction that I’ve been working on for three years. This is the first time I’ve ever published a story, and I’m proud of myself. As you might know, I love to write, but most of my stories never get finished, or they’re just for school, but I worked really hard on this one, and I wanted to share it with the world.

I am also working on other fanfictions, and one story that is completely my own. I hope to continue working on them and finish them some day, and then maybe even share them too.

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Totally Should Have Book Tag

Totally Should Have Book Tag

Hello everyone! It’s already August, the summer is going by too fast! I have so many books on my to-read list, plus I really want to reread Harry Potter again… Anyway, I saw this tag and thought it looked really fun, so here we go!

1. Totally should have gotten a sequel

Either Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell or Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. They’re both so good and I want more!

2. Totally should have a spin-off series

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. It already has several spin-off books, but who doesn’t want a marauder’s series/book?

3. An author who should totally write more books

J.K. Rowling… I don’t know who else to put! No matter how many books she writes, I’ll always want more.

4. A character who totally should have ended up with someone else

Neville and Luna totally should have been together!

5. Totally should have ended differently

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I’m actually kind of iffy on this one because, first of all, CAN WE KEEP THE MAIN CHARACTER ALIVE PLEASE?, but also it shows us that no one is really completely safe, and those things you think will never happen to you easily could.

6. Totally should have had a movie franchise

Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus. I know they completely messed up Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but I like the Heroes of Olympus better, and I think the movies could be really awesome if they tried.

7. Totally should have had a TV show

HARRY POTTER. I know it can never happen now because the actors would be different and it wouldn’t feel the same, but if they somehow could have made the movies and a TV show where every season is a book and every episode is a chapter, that would have been amazing.

8. Totally should have had only one point of view

I can’t think of any that would have been better with one point of view.

9. Totally should have a cover change

The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I don’t really like covers with people on them for some reason.

10. Totally should have kept the original covers

ALL BOOKS WITH THE MOVIE COVERS. I very much prefer original covers to movie poster covers.

11. Totally should have stopped at book one

Now, I’ve never actually read the other two books in this trilogy, so I know this isn’t fair, but I’m going to say Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I only read the first one and have no desire to read the rest right now. The first one ended on a good note, so I feel like the other two books maybe weren’t necessary.

There was my opinion of some books, I hope you enjoyed! I have something very special that I’ve been working on for a while that is almost done, and I’m really excited to share it with you guys! Follow me to stay updated, it could be my next post!

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Book Review

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Book Review

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Contemporary

Back cover description

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My thoughts

I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. I finished it in two days, which is pretty good for me. I don’t read a lot during the day (I know I should), but today I read the last half of this book in one sitting. IT’S JUST SO FREAKING CUTE!

The characters are so great, and the relationships between them seem really realistic. The story itself is unique, because it’s not just about a high school guy coming out as gay, it’s about his friends, his family, his secret email (boy)friend, homophobia, opportunity, and so much more. I love how the author combines all these aspects, and adds some mystery of who Simon’s email friend is.

Blue has to be my favourite part of the whole story. His and Simon’s relationship is so cute and so great, and I loved trying to figure out who he was. (SPOILER) For most of the book, I thought Martin was Blue because he read Simon’s emails and then tried to hang out with Abby/him more. (As soon as Martin told Simon he read his emails, I thought ‘he’s totally Blue’, and ‘this is so cool, it’s going to be like You’ve Got Mail.) Obviously, I realized Martin couldn’t be Blue after he posted on the Tumblr because Blue would never do that. I was hoping it would be Cal, but I was pretty happy with it being Bram. The last part of the book was definitely my favourite. Simon and Bram’s relationship is so cute, I couldn’t stop smiling and squirming when I read about them together. (UNSPOILER)

Also, I really like Martin’s evolution through the book. He shows that you should really think about what you’re doing before you do or say something or post anything on the internet.

As soon as I was done reading this book, I went on Chapters to see if it was out in paperback so I could buy it. So yeah, basically this book is really awesome and you should go read it right now if you love really cute love stories.

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20 Years of Harry Potter!

20 Years of Harry Potter!

Hello everybody! Wow, I haven’t posted very much lately. I had exams in June, and I’ve been camping and working, and I guess I just haven’t thought of posting. And here I am, three weeks later, posting about the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter because I couldn’t not post about it.

Twenty years ago today (give or take a couple weeks), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. I wasn’t alive then, but it doesn’t matter because the story is just as loved now as it was then, and maybe more. I am so grateful for J.K. Rowling and the choices she made, because without her and without Harry Potter, my life wouldn’t be the same.

I first read Harry Potter when I was ten or eleven years old. My brother and best friend had both read it before me, and they were trying to get me to read it, but I didn’t want to because it was about a boy (so I thought it was for boys), and I didn’t think it sounded interesting.

I remember when my mom was reading the series to my brother. They stopped in the middle of the Chamber of Secrets for a long time because my brother was too young to understand completely, and my mom had been pronouncing Hermione’s name her-mee-in until the fourth book at the Yule Ball, when Hermione pronounces her name for Viktor Krum. I remember when my mom read the part in the Half-Blood Prince when Harry and Dumbledore are on the island and Dumbledore is drinking the potion. I thought Dumbledore was dying then, so I always knew he would die… but I thought he died at a different part. And I remember picturing Hogsmeade and Aberforth’s house when my mom was reading the conversation between Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Aberforth in the Deathly Hallows. I had no idea who anyone was or where they were, but I could still picture the scene (I could picture the island scene in the Half-Blood Prince, too). That’s how awesome J.K. Rowling is.

I finally read Harry Potter for myself, and I am so glad I did. I loved it immediately, and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t really remember reading the earlier books because I was so young, but I do remember I had to put down the Half-Blood Prince for a few days because I felt like reading something else. And I cried about a book/movie for the first time when Dumbledore died. He was my favourite character then (and is still one of my favourite characters now). I also remember reading the end of the Deathly Hallows (the battle of Hogwarts part) in class, and I just wanted to find out what happened next, but I kept having to put down my book because the teacher was talking.

I started collecting Harry Potter merch after that, even before I knew about fandoms and everything. I got two Harry Potter piano books and all eight movies for my twelfth birthday, and the Time-Turner for my thirteenth. I started my Harry Potter fan account on Instagram in September 2013, when I was twelve. I have continued to collect Harry Potter merch, grow my account, read on Pottermore, watch the movies, read the books, and basically share my love of Harry Potter ever since I read the books for the very first time.

I thought when the books were over that Harry Potter was over for me, but I have now realized that there is no end to Harry Potter. The fandom will continue to grow, and there is no limit to the amount of times I can read the books or watch the movies. So I thank J.K. Rowling for creating this world in which I can live when I choose, and for also loving the wizarding world and continuing to add to it and the story and responding to fans and knowing so much about the history and backgrounds and characters and the story in general. I honestly don’t know what I would do without this series.

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A Court of Mist and Fury: Book Review

A Court of Mist and Fury: Book Review

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genre: Fantasy

Back cover description

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

My thoughts

I liked this book even more than the first one, I think. The beginning frustrated me so much though, because I disliked Tamlin more and more, so I was really glad when (SPOILER) Feyre decided to stay at the Night Court. I loved how Feyre and Rhysand flirted for so long and then finally they got together, and I was so happy when Feyre discovered they were mates! I love them together so much!! (UNSPOILER).

Like I said in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, the world is so unique, and I love that, and the characters are so well-developed. If possible, I feel like Feyre’s fiery personality got even better in this book because Rhys annoyed her so much. I really like Feyre’s character, and I loved meeting Rhys’ friends too. I really want to know more about Amren! (SPOILER) And, of course, I just wanted Mor and Azriel to get together as soon as I knew they were “secretly” in love with each other (UNSPOILER)

The ending was great and terrible. (SPOILER) I love that Elain and Nesta became Fae so they could age with their sister and that Lucien and Elain are mates!! I hate that Feyre went back to the Spring Court with Tamlin, ERRRRR, it makes me so mad. (UNSPOILER)

Again, some people have said that this series should be for adults, but besides a few scenes, the story is definitely for teens. I’ve put a hold on the next book at my library, and I can’t wait to read it!

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