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What is my life for and what am I going to do with it? I don’t know and I’m afraid. I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And what do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.

Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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I have added a to-read list!

as previously my to-read list was not actually one list, but scribblings and notes on many different phones, notepads, computers and various brain compartments.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 2- Least Favourite Book

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 2- Least Favourite Book

There are, of course, a few books that I have read and not been particularly fond of, but the one that comes to mind is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I had to read this book for school in grade 12, and at first was looking forward to the unit as it was a book that had been on my to read list for quite a while. However, I didn’t have to get far into the book to realise it wasn’t at all my type- I didn’t enjoy the writing style or the story line, I found it boring and monotonous and I couldn’t ‘get into it’. After struggling through about two-thirds of it, I gave up and resorted to watching the BBC film version, and luckily still didn’t do too bad on the exam.

I also didn’t like that the story was so centred and focussed on the need to find a husband and have a man in your life. Even before the girls found a husband, they relied a lot on their father. Pet hate. I couldn’t even tell you clearly how the storyline went as I found it almost impossible to pay any attention whilst reading it, but from what I gathered, it seemed to be a very shallow observation of society.

It has left me quite uninterested in reading any other Austen books.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1- Favourite Book

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1- Favourite Book

Doesn’t just looking at these books give you a warm and wonderful sense of magical homeliness and feeling of belonging at Hogwarts and Harry’s intriguing world, making you wish you could literally dive into the book and leave you frantically searching for the entrance to Platform 9 3/4.

I am 18 years old and am still waiting for my acceptance to Hogwarts letter, refusing to give up hope. Another theory I have devised is that J.K. Rowling is actually a Squib, releasing the secret world to the public out of bitterness of being a Squib. This latter theory, however, would have to mean I am a Muggle, and that obviously can’t be the case. So i’ll stick with the very probable case that my letter was lost in the mail, or someone killed the delivery owl out of jealousy that they weren’t receiving a Hogwarts letter too. One day Professor McGonagall herself will probably turn up on my doorstep to ask where I’ve been all these years.

From my above ramblings which have no doubt left you convinced that I am completely insane and my delusions must surely be the result of torturings by Voldemort himself (so torturous, in fact, that the Order of the Phoenix had no choice but to Obliviate me and send me to the safety of the Muggle world for a while, but not to worry, now that Voldemort is well dead they will come pick me up to bring me back soon), it is needless to say that the Harry Potter series is my favourite book(s) (I refuse to pick one) hands down.

Never have I ever found another book that I have felt as involved in, or that has stayed with me, like Harry Potter has. And I know for a fact that I am not the only one of that opinion, I am sure thousands, if not millions, have been just as captured. Harry Potter is not just a book. It’s not something you just read and put away on the shelf, content that you’ve just read an excellent book. Harry Potter was a massive part of my childhood and is a part of me. It has created a spirit that is wonderful to feel and incredible to be a part of. No matter how many times I read them, I never fail to get lost in the story, and being a very big fan of magic and adventure, I find them particularly wonderful. Adding to my insanity streak, I even have regular dreams in which I am a witch that lives in Harry Potter world, and I am proud to say I have defeated Voldemort on a few occasions.

What is it exactly that I love about Harry Potter so much? Everything, really. The characters- who could not love the wise and witty Dumbledore, the Weasley family, and much to my surprise, the last book even left me with the tiniest soft spot for Dudley Dursley; the storyline, the adventures, the magic; but I think mainly, the imaginary world that it is based in. How could you not feel a sense of belonging and homeliness when you’ve been on so many late night adventures through Hogwarts castle, and joined in on so many Hogsmeade trips with Harry, Ron and Hermione. When you’ve drooled over the start of year banquets and laughed at those getting Sorted. Cried with Harry when Sirius died and again with Dobby, then Dumbledore. Grieved with the entire wizarding community at the loss of lives and hoped with every triumph. Even the small things- Butterbeer, Chocolate Frogs, Cauldron Cakes..make you wish you could take a trip to Diagon Alley and go shopping. Even Gringotts sounds exciting. I can assure you, this is the only book I have ever read that has managed to make a bank an exciting place.

I have a great amount of respect for J.K. Rowling and I look up to her a lot. She has the most amazing imagination and it would be almost impossible for another author to be able to create a world and a revolution that beats the one she has created. Imagine having created that; the very best of this day and age. It would be amazing.

I could go on and on about Harry Potter probably forever, but I’ll just leave it at that until I find the bizarre reason of why I am living in the Muggle world and have not yet been issued a wand, let alone a Hogwarts letter, I will continue to live in denial and dream about my true witch identity and regularly immerse myself in the wonderful magical incredibleness that is Harry Potter.

N.B: Bear in mind that you have no proof that I am not a witch on a secret Muggle Studies project and I do not have a portal hiding in my cupboard that leads to my magical home world. Obviously I can’t confirm that this is true as I would be in serious trouble for blowing my cover and revealing that magic is actually true to the Muggle world, but yeah..just saying, it’s a possibility that I have not denied. Hint hint. It’s okay to be jealous.

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A good excuse to blab about books for 30 days.

Not that I need one, but I came across this challenge today and I have never done a book challenge before. It looks like fun and I love talking about books, so I am going to give it a go.

Day 1: Favorite book
Day 2: Least favorite book
Day 3: Book that makes you laugh out loud
Day 4: Book that makes you cry
Day 5: Book you wish you could live in
Day 6: Favorite young adult book
Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite
Day 8: Book that scares you
Day 9: Book that makes you sick
Day 10: Book that changed your life
Day 11: Book from your favorite author
Day 12: Book that is most like your life
Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry
Day 15: First “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child
Day 16: Longest book you’ve read
Day 17: Shortest book you’ve read
Day 18: Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like
Day 19: Book that turned you on
Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times
Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood
Day 22: Book you plan to read next
Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)
Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene
Day 25: Favorite book you read in school
Day 26: Favorite nonfiction book
Day 27: Favorite fiction book
Day 28: Last book you read
Day 29: Book you’re currently reading
Day 30: Favorite coffee table book

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finally venturing deeper into the online world

not that I do not spend ample time on the internet, blogging, facebooking, researching, browsing the infinite depths of the world wide web, the usual etc etc. However! Today marked a new point in my online adventures- venturing into the world of online shopping. Sure, I’ve checked it out before, looked around, done a bit of browsing, but have never stepped in far enough to actually buy something. Until now.

Continuing with my good day, I decided the appropriate way to spend my lunch hour was in a bookstore- a place where I always feel at home, comfortable and relaxed. I became more and more disheartened, however, when seeing all the wonderful books, checking the price tags, then thinking of my current less than impressive bank balance. Got back to the office, and began my new mission- to satisfy my hunger and love for literature and the wonderful world of words and stories, while keeping my bank account happy and me guilt free. It did not take me long to discover, and I browsed for a good hour or so, marveling at the vast collection of books and the incredibly cheap prices. After much thought process and decision making, I finally purchased:

– The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
– Robinson Crusoe
-The Five People You Meet in Heaven

All for a mere $17!

Now I just have to wait patiently for the few weeks it is anticipated to take to receive them, and hopefully all goes well and they actually turn up. And if it works out, I will definitely be using this for the majority of my book purchases from now on. Overall, I must say, I think I might be a budding fan of online shopping! Next might even be…wait for it…clothes. Big step, I know.

Point of this post being- my geeky side has been satisfied for now, as has my adventurous & curious side, in the technology department- both with venturing into online shopping and creating a new blog all in one day!

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