A-Z Quotes – C

A-Z Quotes – C
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." - C. S. Lewis 

This is the first line from possibly my favourite nonfiction that I’ve ever read: A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. I don’t read nonfiction that often, but this was a very powerful book. I read it twice in two days, that’s how much I loved it. I highly recommend it. It’s a diary of sorts, written by Lewis when his wife died. C. S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors and intellectuals and his book is very raw and profound.

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A-Z Quotes – B

A-Z Quotes – B
"All that is gold does not glitter
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old who is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost. 

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the darkness shall spring;
Renewed be the blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."
- Bilbo Baggins

I love this poem so much! I’m going to tell you a secret. When I was applying for unis a couple years ago, the uni I’m currently attending kept sending me packages in the mail with information and sometimes just random stuff. And one of those packages had a little bookmark with a line from this poem on it. Now, I’m not saying that’s the only reason I chose this uni over the others, but it definitely contributed! That is how deeply my love for this poem goes!

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A-Z Quotes – A

A-Z Quotes – A

I really love quotes. I have an entire wall in my room back home covered in quotes. So, I thought it would be a nice idea to compile an A-Z list of my favourite quotes and tell you a few words about why I love them. I’m going to do it by author’s first name to begin with and then if I feel like it, I’ll run through the alphabet again using something else because why not. Also, where the quote is from a book, I will use the name of the character who says it, not the author of the book.

I will try to make these a daily thing, but I can make no promises. As I go on, I will be linking to all the quotes here.

Today’s quote:

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure
about the universe." - Albert Einstein

I’m not sure Einstein actually said this, but the internet seems to attribute it to him (the internet seems to attribute any quote of unknown origins to him) and I really like this quote and Einstein’s name conveniently starts with ‘A’, so I’ll go with it.

Turns out, whoever the author of this quote is, was right to question the infinity of the universe, because it is actually finite, but the quote doesn’t really lose much of its poignancy. Unfortunately, human stupidity really does seem to be a bottomless pit.

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My Dream Crate

A few weeks ago, I learned that Loot Crate was interested in getting people involved in a project. If you don’t know what Loot Crate is, it’s a pop-culture related subscription service that has a number of different crates you can subscribe to. They’re looking for fans like you and me to talk about our dream crate ideas. I love the idea of subscription boxes, however sometimes, they can be disappointing. So I’m going to tell you today what a box that would have me fangirling for a month (until the next one came along) would look like. This will be a long post.

Because I love so many things, it’s difficult for me to pick one theme. So I thought, why not mix together some of my favourite things. Because I recently saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and I LOVED it, this will be the main theme of my crate. And in the spirit of Newt, we must have a magical container for our magical stuff. I love puzzles, so what would be cooler than a Japanese puzzle box as the ‘magical’ container. They have more than one compartment, so in our own Muggle way, we made them bigger on the inside! And the multiple compartments are perfect for having additional mini-themes!

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So, the main compartment of the box would have Fantastic Beasts related stuff. A T-shirt is necessary, maybe a poster and something cool like a MACUSA officer badge or a Swooping Evil locket (one that starts out as a little ball that harbours a little Swooping Evil inside!). Or both a MACUSA officer badge AND a Swooping Evil. It’s a magical box, it can all fit!

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Next, my box would have a couple hidden compartments that would each have it’s own mini-theme. Like one compartment could have an anime/maga theme and could contain something like Light’s Death Note or an Attack on Titan funko (can I have Mikasa?).

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Another compartment might have a sci-fi theme and contain something like a Wookie hat or glow-in-the-dark  Iron Man socks. I am a huge fan of funny socks. So the weirder, the better!

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And of course, there would have to be a bookish compartment as well. this could have stuff like Shadowhunter rune temporary tattoos, or a potion pocket hand sanitizer. I saw these and they’re so cute, I would love one!

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And maybe also one of these cool ASOIAF related bookmarks, because what’s a bookish compartment without a bookmark, right?

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So, this is a good idea of what my dream crate would look like. Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see in your dream box!

You asked, I answered

You asked, I answered

A while back, I promised to do a Q & A and now I’m finally making good on that promise. Thank you to the people who submitted questions!

What book did you last recommend to someone and why?

I honestly can’t remember.
Which countries have you already visited and which ones would you like to visit in the future?

I haven’t been to that many countries. The countries I’ve set foot in are the UK, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Romania. Well… I suppose I was in Germany once as well, but since I was only in an airport, it probably doesn’t count.

I would love to actually go to Germany, not just the airport. Norway, Canada, Japan, the Czech Republic, Greece and Egypt are among the places I’d like to visit. Also Israel, but that’s not a very safe place to visit currently.
Do you have any pets?

Yep, I have a dog. He’s my favourite thing and I miss him terribly.
What are your pottermore details (hogwarts house, ilvermorny house, wand and patronus)? 

Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw (although on the first Pottermore, I was sorted into Slytherin)

Ilvermorny house: Horned serpent

Wand: Sycamore, 12 and a half inches, hard, dragon heartstring

Patronus: Magpie (although Pottermore deleted my account for some reason, so I had to make another one and I got a different one. I’ve done that test a million times, because I liked my magpie and the only consistent thing about it is that I seem to always get flying animals. All the other tests are consistent, but this one seems to be a bit more… vague, I suppose. One other cool patronus I got was a Thestral)
If you could trade place with one character for one day, which one would it be?

Church. Or Chairman Meow from TMI. Because let’s be honest, it would suck being most of the characters in the books I read. Even for a day. But who doesn’t want to be a cat?

Have you seen Fantastic Beasts yet ?

YESSSSS! And it was fantastic! See what I did there? I’m so witty. Yeah, I loved it and I can’t wait for the next one.

If you were stuck on an island and could only take TWO books with you, which would you take ?

How to get off a desert island: A comprehensive guide and like a bind-up of ASOIAF because it’s long enough to last me until I get home.

Which is the next book you’re planning on reading ?

I don’t know. I don’t really plan what I read.

That’s it for this post. Thank you once again to the people who submitted questions!

Send me your questions?

Send me your questions?

So, I’ve had this blog for a while and I’ve talked a little about myself, usually through book tags. But I’ve never done a Q&A and I keep seeing people doing it, so apparently it’s a thing. I don’t know if you guys are interested in asking me questions, I don’t see why you would be. But if you do have any questions, do leave them in the comments and I’ll do a Q&A post (if I get any questions, that is) later in the week.

P.S. So after posting this, WP notified me that it’s my 100th post! Seems fitting that I should do a Q&A in honour of that!

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Winter Wonderland Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Savannah @ The Book Prophet to do this tag. Thank you Savannah! Winter is one of my favourite times of the year, so I’m going to love this tag.

1. Do you like the cold?

Yes, I love the cold. I love snow (that’s why I hate English winters. they’re just wet and ugh). I love ice skating and winter sports in general and I like the crispness of cold air. When you breathe it in and you feel it all the way into your lungs. I love it!

2. Favorite part about winter?

Snow and Christmas.

3. Does it snow where you live?

Not really where I’m living now. England sucks. But it did snow where I grew up. So I have some amazing winter memories.

4. Favorite clothing item in winter?

I like wearing gloves. And snow boots. Also, I really love weird winter socks. Well, I love weird socks in general, but weird winter socks are extra awesome!

5. Your favorite winter memory?

Oh, I have so many! Like my brother and I coming home after a day of sledding and our mum would have food ready and hot chocolate and we’d put on warm, dry clothes and watch TV and the house would be all decorated for Christmas. Sometimes, our dad would take out his guitar and we’d sing carols.

6. Favourite hot drink?

Hot chocolate!

7. Best winter book to read curled up in a blanket?

I always get a really strong desire to read Harry Potter in winter. It just feels so magical and for some reason, the most evocative HP scenes are the Christmas ones. So yeah, HP.

8. Best winter movie to watch?

Hmmm, this isn’t really a winter film, but for some reason, when I was younger, they always played The Lord of the Rings around Christmas on TV, so it sort of became a tradition to watch it every winter.

9. Do you do any winter sports? (Skiing, Snowboarding, Ice-Skating)

I always ice-skate. That’s the one I do most frequently. Although I can also ski and I used to go with my family sometimes.

10. Favourite Christmas/holiday/New Year tradition?

Well, every year, my family gathers at my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve and there’s presents and food and drinks and it’s fun and cozy and also a little bit exhausting. And then, the next day we meet again at my grandparents’ house for lunch. And there, we have more presents and more food!

I’m too lazy to tag anyone, so please consider yourself tagged if you want to do this!

 

 

 

When Words Cannot Prevail

When Words Cannot Prevail

What do you say when words cannot prevail? How do you say the things there are no words for? Do you understand what I’m saying when I grip your hand until it goes numb? Can you read what my tears are saying? When my jaw moves up and down, up and down, but nothing but strangled air comes out, do you know what I’m trying to tell you?

What do you say when words cannot prevail?

Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 3

I have even more bookish pet peeves for you today. If you haven’t already, you can check out parts 1 and 2.

Self-righteous, self-important MCs

I’m looking at you, Mare Barrow! Okay, I’ve never liked this type of characters, but after reading Glass Sword, I absolutely can’t stand this type of characters. Like, I am liable to beat my book with a spiked baseball bat in hopes that the character will feel it. Just no. Stop. I am a giant ball of rage when it comes to these characters.

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Whiny characters

Characters that constantly whine about how much their life sucks, how much they’ve sacrificed, how nobody’s ever loved them blah, blah, blah. We get it, your life sucks. This whole book is about how your life sucks. Now shut up already.

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Missing glossaries, maps and other annexes

I read a lot of high fantasy. And I mean a lot. And if you’ve read high fantasy, you know that often the names are weird, the worlds are confusing and sometimes, there are even made up languages. Now, those are all awesome. I love complicated fantasy worlds and I love the added layer of complexity and authenticity that a made up language brings to it. But do NOT start putting phrases or words in your made up language unless you also give me a translation. I cannot begin to describe how infuriating it is when that happens. Also, maps are incredibly helpful. Because otherwise I have no context for your world and you can tell me that kingdom X is south of kingdom Y and that kingdom Y is north-east of kingdom Z, but unless I see it on a map, it’ll be confusing and frustrating.

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Series that are unnecessarily dragged out

I love reading series. But a lot of the times, they’re just so dragged out. Especially with YA. Don’t get me wrong, I will happily read a 10 book series, if the story is interesting. If I can see that each book was necessary to the story and not just a dragged out exposition for the next book (this mostly happens with the second book in trilogies).It really pisses me off when that happens and it may determine me to just drop the series altogether.

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The Nintendo Book Tag

I was tagged by Ana @ Nerdy Book Worm to do this tag. Thank you Ana! I have actually never owned a Nintendo (I know, my childhood was sad). I actually never had any kind of gaming console. I just played on a PC. But I’m going to do this tag anyway.

1. NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read

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Wow, there are a lot of classics that I want to read. But I think I will go with Hamlet for this one. I have never read Hamlet from start to finish. And I don’t know why. And I want to read it.

2. SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the first (can be a second book in a series)

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I’m sure I could find a lot of answers for this, but I’m going to go with A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, because I loved ACOTAR, but I absolutely ADORE ACOMAF.

3. Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world

I don’t think I have an answer for this one. There have been many books that have made me think about certain aspects of my life or of the world or that have influenced me in some way or another, but I don’t think I can say I went into reading a book with one worldview and finished it with a different one. I think all books I read have an impact on me somehow, but not a revolutionary one.

4. Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. I know this is a very controversial book. People generally either love it or hate it. I hated it. I had to read it for school, I was 12 or 13 at the time, and I just remember thinking throughout “Why on earth would any teacher make us read this stupid book?”

5. Wii: A new favorite book

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Six of Crows by Leigh Brdugo is my newest favourite book. I love it, I don’t have enough words to tell you how much I love it. I have an entire review telling you how much I love it and it still does not adequately describe how much I love it.

6. Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start

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There are so many series I want to start, it’s overwhelming. I’ll go with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, because I’ve wanted to read this book for over a year now and I still have’t read it and I don’t know why, but I want to.

7. Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

Dolores Umbridge. Or Mare from Glass Sword. It’s a toss.

8. Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic

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A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin. I don’t think I really need to explain that.

9. Samas-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Another one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages and just haven’t gotten to it yet.

10. Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect

I want the Harry Potter ones that make Hogwarts with their spines. And I also want the original, UK Bloomsbury editions of HP (I have some of them). And I also collect editions of The Lord of the Rings. 

11. Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

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If only I hadn’t used Six of Crows in another answer. But that’s okay, because A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (review here) also has an amazing cast of characters that I love.

12. Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game

I don’t really have an answer for this, because as I said, I’ve never owned a Nintendo.

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