Why You Should Read Harry Potter

During the summer I read all 7 Harry Potter books for the first time since I was a child. Even at 21 years old they didn’t fail me, in fact I was so captivated by the story that I was reading them so fast. The minute I picked one up I couldn’t put it down and before long I was half way through the book regretting reading them too fast. 

I honestly believe that everybody should experience reading the Harry Potter books, especially if you were never keen on the movies. The movies and books are similar don’t get me wrong but there is much more of a story in each book. There are things you find out in the books that you’re never told of in the movies. 

Not only that, they’re such fun reads and just brings you straight back to your childhood. For me, I wanted something that I could continue to read across a series and fall in love with the characters. This series just done it for me. Admittedly, I’ve been a big fan of Harry Potter ever since the first movie was realeased. 

It’s fun, imaginative and J.K Rowling created a story that will be forever known and loved by generations of children and adults. 

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Book Review: Girl on the Train

This weeks review is well overdue, the film was released in October and if I’m honest I only read the book because of the film. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was surprisingly good but slightly predictable. Continue reading for this weeks book review. 

Rachel has been separated from her husband for several years and well before their separation her life began to crash down. Her trouble with alcoholism seems to be taking away her memories and now she has to discover what really happened the night her ex-husbands neighbour went missing. 

Honestly, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted too. It was massively raved about and so many were saying how brilliant and captivating it was but I didn’t feel it at all. In fact I was slightly disappointed with it. It took a long time to read and get into and it wasn’t really until I reached the last 150 pages of the book that I was enjoying it. The book felt slightly dragged out and the chapters were the most confusing part. The book is sectioned out between Rachel, Megan and Anna. The three women in Tom’s life. It was just so confusing to read between different views every chapter especially when I didn’t care for Anna at all so I was least interested in her chapters. I personally preferred Gone Girl and Behind Closed Doors. 

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Book Review: Eleanor and Park.

Hey, little ones.

It’s that time of week again, are you excited? It’s book review day! Yippee. This week’s review is on Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I turned 20 years old in April and I was given this book as a gift, however, you can purchase it on Amazon, check it out here. When I had received this book I had just completed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and was so excited to read another by Rainbow Rowell. I will admit that I didn’t like this book as much as I hoped too but it does have good qualities.

Eleanor and Park were totally different people, they lived different lifestyles and their families were totally opposite. Park, a half-Korean boy who lives the perfect suburban life and Eleanor, a red head and slightly overweight girl with a highly dysfunctional family. They meet on the school bus and slowly begun to develop a relationship through their shared interest in music and comic books.

For me this book was difficult to read and actually took me longer than usual to read, I found bits of it a bit bland and as if it was missing a plot. However, by the end of the book, I felt real emotions for their situation, especially Eleanor. I do feel as if this book is just another teenage love story with very little plot but found the story of Eleanor’s dysfunctional family interesting and would have I think this story would have had more emotion and heartbreak if this story was emphasised more. I’m a sucker for a love story and if you’re interested in only a love story and no other story lines then this is for you. I personally preferred Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, you can purchase it here. However, we all have our own preferences.

These are my recommended books for this week if you liked Eleanor and Park, or even if you’re interested in other books to try:

  • Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher – Available here.
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green – Available here.
  • The Perks of Being a WallFlower by Stephen Chbosky – Available here.

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Book Review: The Marble Collector

This week’s book review is of Cecelia Ahern’s novel, The Marble Collector. I’ve been a fan of Cecelia Ahern for so long in fact P.S I Love You was the first book I ever read. I’m pretty sure I was 13 when I read it. Every book she has ever written has made me wanting more and left me so mesmerised with her writing. This book is just as good as all the others she has written and I look forward to reading more by her. I bought mine on Amazon for £9 when it was first released, now it’s around £4 and can be bought here.

Sabrina is a mother, daughter, and wife. Her father, Fergus has been a player a big role in her life for as long as she can remember and she couldn’t ever imagine him being any different. After stumbling across a box of marbles she starts to look for the story being them. Her father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and has lost the memories of his life, little did he know that his history would change his daughter’s life forever. By the end of the book, Sabrina had discovered her father had been living a life that nobody knew existed, although a very happy life. His childhood hadn’t been the best but he made the most of what he had whilst growing up. Sabrina discovered the truth about her father and also the truth about herself.

Personally, I loved this book. It was magical to read, it had so much life to it. I thought it was beautiful, the story was actually really sad and as I am known to cry at books/films. This one left me heartbroken. It made me think so much about my own father and the secrets he holds and continues to hold. The characters were so realistic and Fergus actually left me quite annoyed as he was able to keep such a huge part of his life away from his family. It was wonderful and a book I would happily read again.

If you liked this book I recommend these too:

The Choice by Susan Lewis: Available here.

The Real Katie Lavender by Erica James: Available here.

A Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman: Available here.

With love, B x