Celebrating one year of blogging 

It’s been exactly a year since I created this blog it actuality feels like it’s been longer, I reread my very first post this morning as a reminder of why I started blogging and looking back it’s not the best first post, really none of my early posts are that great. I’ve certainly grown in the last year my posts have gotten a lot better and that nervousness I used to feel when hitting the post button has turned to excitement I’m always so exited to share my poss with you guys I put a lot of effort and time into each one and I have a ton of fun writing them.

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I love blogging it’s the only place I really have to share my thoughts about the books I read, I love how blogging gives me a platform to promote those books I feel deserve more love, gush about my favorite books, rant about the ones I think are overrated and discuss all kinds of bookish things. I like challenging myself to think up creative content, even if sometimes it’s so hard to think of a single idea. Those moments where I’m staring at a blank screen unable to think of of an idea are pretty awful but then I think of one or maybe I don’t and miss a post that’s okay too the worlds not going to end if you miss a post, blogging should never become something you feel like you have to do. Blogging is at times frustrating, takes so so much time certainly more then I thought it would yet it is so worth it and is one of my most favorite things, I never want to stop.

Since I’ve started blogging I’ve gotten to interact with authors on twitter, and meet a few of them, I have discovered new favorite authors and so many great books, I have even  gotten to read a few books early and that is such an amazing privilege. In the last year I have spent way more time photographing, talking and writing about books then reading them books are something I’ll never run out of things to say about I am always exited about the wonder of reading. I am very proud of this blog and I’m thankful to every single one of you lovely humans who follows me, I’m great-full for every single like and comment all of the sweet comments and support I have received in the past year mean the world to me.

 

Spoiler review of Harry Potter and the The Cursed Child

Warning: This review contains major spoilers. 

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.


While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

2.5 stars

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This book is a mess. It’s hard to believe it’s actually canon It seems like a ridiculous yet enjoyable fan fic. I’m not sure where to begin I guess I’ll start with the fact that I I didn’t like the villain, Voldemort having a daughter I wanted a awesome and completely new villain not this weirdness. Okay it is probably much better as a play but I still would rather have gotten a whole new adventure, I didn’t want more Voldemort. And there’s so many out of character moments and just things that felt odd I don’t see how that would be any different in the play.

What is with Harry? He is a major jerk face after the first time change well he’s a bit mean before that too. I have a hard time believing that he would be so cruel as to separate his son from his best friend and what was with him being so mean to McGonagall? Harry wouldn’t do that. He was so out of character. Another thing that really bugged me was that Harry didn’t seem to care at all that his son couldn’t remember important things, great parenting there Harry. You think someone would have been concerned about Albus, it’s hard to believe that he was stuck in that universe for days and no one thought he was acting strange. Ron also seemed ooc a lot of his lines that were supposed to be funny seemed stupid to me but I seem to be in the minority about this.

None of the time changes seemed well thought out Hermione wouldn’t be mean just cause her and Ron weren’t married, that was just odd. As was many things in this like the blanket I get the sentiment behind it but I can think of a ton of other things that would have made a better gift. And why would Cedric become a death eater just because he was humiliated one time it doesn’t make any sense.

As you can tell I have a lot of feelings about this screenplay mostly negative ones. It wasn’t all bad though I wouldn’t have read it if it was I thought the idea was sound. And there’s Scorpius who  is the precious stereotype defying Slythern we’ve all been wanting. The Malfoy’s are the highlight of the story I was glad to see so much Draco, he just wanted to be happy and it was sad that his wife died. He was really trying to be a good father and protect Scorpias from that oddly specific rumor. There’s just to many things that annoyed me, and I knew there would be but I was curious and had to know exactly what everyone was talking about.

Mini reviews // Two Lizzie Bennett Diaries spinoffs

Both of the books I’m reviewing today are based on the Lizzie Bennet Diaries if you don’t know what that is it’s a Emmy Award winning YouTube series that’s a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and you need to watch it. This might have a few mild spoilers for the show but not the books. 

18775255copy-of-synopsispngTwenty‑four‑year‑old grad student Lizzie Bennet is saddled with student loan debt and still living at home along with her two sisters—beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. When she records her reflections on life for her thesis project and posts them on YouTube, she has no idea The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.

When rich and handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck‑up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets—and for Lizzie’s viewers. But not everything happens on‑screen. Lucky for us, Lizzie has a secret diary.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet takes readers deep inside Lizzie’s world and well beyond the confines of her camera. Lizzie’s private musings are filled with revealing details about the Bennet household, including her growing suspicions about her parents’ unstable financial situation, her sister’s budding relationship with Bing Lee, the perils of her unexpected fame, and her uncertainty over her future—and whom she wants to share it with.

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3 stars

copy-of-my-thoughtsI adore The Lizzie Bennett Diariest this book is mostly the same events of the series however, there’s a few secrets that are in this like Darcy’s letter! And the best thing is there’s even more Darcy then in the show therefore there’s lots of feels, you also get to finally meet her parents. This does add a lot to the series but it’s mostly just the same story in a different format I wouldn’t read it right after finishing the series or it might be boring. It’s been about a year since a watched the series and I was thinking about rewatching it but reading this was a better idea (I need to spend less time watching YouTube videos) although the story definitely works better in its original format. I enjoyed this but not nearly as much as I enjoyed watching the series it just wasn’t as funny.

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Before her older sister, Lizzie, started her wildly popular vlog, Lydia was just a normal twenty-year-old plotting the many ways she could get away with skipping her community college classes and finding the perfect fake ID. She may not have had much direction, but she loved her family and had plenty of fun. Then Lizzie’s vlog turned the Bennet sisters into Internet sensations, and Lydia basked in the attention as people watched, debated, tweeted, tumblr’d, and blogged about her life. But not all attention is good…

After her ex-boyfriend, George Wickham took advantage of Lydia’s newfound web-fame, betrayed her trust, and destroyed her online reputation, she’s no longer a naïve, carefree girl. Now, Lydia must work to win back her family’s trust and respect and find her place in a far more judgmental world.

Told in Lydia’s distinctive, eccentric, and endearing voice, The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet picks up right where The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet left off. Featuring fresh twists, wonderful new characters, and scores of hilarious texts, doodles, and tweets, The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet takes you behind the webcam and into the lives of your favorite sisters in a way that’s sure to satisfy existing fans and delight new ones

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Rating 3.5 stars

copy-of-my-thoughtsEven though Lydia was occasionally ridiculous in The Lizzie Bennett Diaries it’s undoubtedly the the best version of her so of course I was excited to read a book all about the adorable Lydia Bennett. Even though her constant use of acronyms still annoys me I did enjoy reading from her distinct voice and could surprisingly relate to how she was feeling. There was of course mentions and appearances by other characters such as Elizabeth, Jane and their boyfriends, the character that has the biggest role is Marry. Neither her or Lydia got much page time in Pride and Prejudice making them the perfect characters to expand upon I didn’t even like them in the book but I love this version of them.

There’s a ton of new characters sadly none of them impressed me they were alright and most of them are important to the story but none of them are anything special. My biggest issue is the writing it was odd most of the time it was in present tense but there was some out of place sentence in past tense it didn’t flow well. It wasn’t exactly a badly written book there were a few lines that I quite liked and I wasn’t exactly expecting it to be amazing it’s just the weird tense thing was bothersome. I was conflicted about how to rate this I liked the story but ultimately there are to many things that annoyed me to much to give it four stars.

2017 reading challenges 

I recently decided to join in on two fun looking reading challenge going on throughout the whole year, and today I’m here to tell you a little about them as well as what books I’m hoping to read for each one.

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This challenge is hosted by NovelKnight the rule is that only books published before 2017 count for it so no new releases click here for more information. I was hesitant to join because I don’t read a lot of new releases anyway, I recently created a NetGalley account and it’s easy to request a ton of books and neglect the ones on your shelf. I think this challenge will help me to have a good balance between backlist titles and new releases my goal is to read at least fifteen books for this challenge. I’m also participating in the Hogwarts House challenge and will be proudly representing Hufflepuff.

My TBR

  • Sabrial
  • The Outlaws of Sherwood
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
  • Longbourn
  • The Lizzie Bennett Diaries
  • The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennett
  • Falling Kingdoms
  • Snow Like Ashes
  • The Kiss of Deception
  • Playlist for the Dead
  • Shadow Scale
  • The Star Touched Queen

Classic a month challenge

I’ve actually seen a few people doing this but what made me decide to do it is when I saw Alex @Whimsy Pages post about how she was doing it and the pretty printable she made, click here to read her post. I tried to read more classics last year but was only mildly successful, hopefully with people encouraging me I’ll do better.

My TBR

  • Mansfield Park
  • Love and Friendship
  • Jane Eyre
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Frankenstein

Nether of my TBRs are set in stone and i obviously haven’t decided on what twelve classics I’m going to read I still need four more, do you have any recommendations the only classics that I’ve already read are all the Jane Austen books not already listed.

Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? If so what are they.

Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life discussion 

It’s impossible to keep this completely spoiler free I will warn you before the spoilers star I would also avoid reading the comments if you haven’t watched it. FYI this is going to be very long.

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Me and Mom were so excited when the Gilmore Girls revival was announced when it came out we got us some doughnuts and coffee and sat down to return to the beloved town of Stars Hollow. We loved all the pop culture references, witty dialogue and everything involving Emily but the pace was slow and we’re disappointed by Rory mostly the fact that she treats her boyfriend awfully. I loved that we got more story and finally know those last four words I just don’t like the decisions Rory made.

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The first episode was good it got most of the cameos out of the way, cameos are fun and all but they don’t do much to advance the plot. The joke about Paul being forgettable was really funny by the second episode it had already begun to get ridiculous Rory wasn’t a good girlfriend and that surprised me. I wouldn’t have thought that Rory would ever treat someone that badly I also thought she would have been a better journalist she should have been more prepared for that interview.

I at least was happy with half of Rory’s ending I think it’s great that she’s writing a book I think her being pregnant is good I like the idea of history repeating itself. But I want to know who (if anyone) she ends up with I think based of her conversation with her dad that she’s not going to tell Logan she’s pregnant but I would like to know for sure. I would also very much like to know what happens between her and Jess our they destined to be like Lorelei and Luke and take forever to get together? Our they just going to stay friends? I have more questions then answers.

I loved Emily her ending was the most satisfying the part where she quit the DAR was completely amazing as was most of her scenes. I also loved Paris I love being a boss both literally and figuratively. As far as Lorelei goes her story was mostly gone that scene where she told her Mom the story of her and her dad was so sad and Lauren Graham’s acting was so good. I’m so glad her and Luke are finally married it’s ridiculous that it took them so long, the pacing was so slow there was some unnecessary scenes like the musical. I clearly have many quibbles there was some good things but right now I’m  feeling very disappointed.

Do you agree with me, or did you enjoy it more then me? What are your favorite and least favorite parts?

Yallfest was fantastic

I got to go to my very first book event and I picked a great one to go to I had a blast. My plans didn’t quite work out and I ended up not getting to meet Renee Ahdieh or go to the Kiera Cass craft event I am a little disappointed but for the most part it was fun. So fun that I’m already thinking about trying to go next year. 

I got to Charleston late Wednesday so we didn’t do much just ate and walked around. Thursday was spent exploring Charleston I loved it there it’s a lovely city and I didn’t want to leave. On Friday we saw the Angel oak it’s a massive beautiful tree. Then Saturday was Yallfest! Well it was on Friday too but I skipped it to. So now I’ll walk you guys through what I did on Saturday I didn’t go to any panels none of them looked that interesting to me so I’ll just talk about the four authors I met. 

1. Kiera Cass


Kiera Cass was very nice it was lovely to get to meet one of my favorite authors. Eadlyn is very important and I finally got to tell Kiera about how I named my cat after Eadlyn.

2. Nicola Yoon I really liked Everything, Everything but I decided to buy The Sun Is Also a Star to get signed because of the stunning cover and I just wanted to read it but mostly for the cover. She was sweet literally everyone I met was very nice from authors to volunteers to people I talked to in line. 

3. Leigh Bardugo

I had to wait almost three hours to meet Leigh Bardugo I was scared I wouldn’t get to meet her because when I got there 30 minutes before she was supposed to start signing the line was really long. But they cut the line and said everyone in line was getting their books signed. It’s so kind of Leigh to sign so long I’m glad it worked out and I got my favorite book of 2016 signed plus she gave me the last Wonder Woman slap bracelet and now I’m even more excited for her Wonder Woman YA book.

4. Gwenda Bond

After Leigh Bardugo I headed over to Gwenda Bond I was just in time she was literally picking up her purse when I walked in. I got Lois Lane signed I also bought Girl Over Paris it was already signed and I know I could have got it personalized but I was to tired to think about it. I also forgot to ask for a photo. I’ve already read Girl Over Paris on the way home so you can expect a review soon. 

Free stuff!

I also got a tom of swag the booths had a lot of cool things I was expecting the pins and book marks but I wasn’t expecting nail stickers or bubbles. My two favorite things I got are the Fierce Reads coloring book and the dregs tattoo that me and my brother are fighting over, they only had one left. I also got me first arc! It’s called Hearts and other Body Parts my mom grabbed it for me, sadly I’m not sure I’ll like it but I’m going to try it, it could be enjoyable. 

 I know I should have put photos of my swag in this post but I have been to tired to take any so if you want to see photos of my signed books and other things I got you can follow me on twitter or instagram. I’m feeling to lazy to even make a graphic for this but I wanted to write this while everything was fresh in my minds and I knew I would forget to post this if I waited. 

Do you go to Yallfest? If so tell me about your trip! 

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Female Representation

All my life I’ve had to look for female characters my brothers have never and will never have to search for characters who look like them there are so many shows and movies that are dominated by white male characters.

I love Star Wars and superheroes when I was a little girl there weren’t any shows about female superheroes (sadly there still isn’t a female superhero movie) now there’s Suppergirl a great show that I wish had existed when I was little and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has multiple strong woman kicking ass and there was Agent Carter which was amazing and I don’t think I’ll ever not be mad about it being cancelled.

When The Force Awakes came out and the main character was a female who was a pilot and a jedi who got to save herself it made me so emotional because to have a strong well written female heroine in a popular scifi franchise is so important. It makes me so happy to think about all the little girls who will dress up as Rey for Halloween who will get to grow up with this amazing inspiring female character.

Even though there’s been a lot of recent scyfi and fantasy movies that feature strong female characters there is still not enough and I think the problem is they don’t think they’ll succeed the villain of Iron man three was changed to a man because a girl villain wouldn’t sell toys and #wheresrey started trending when people realized that the main character wasn’t in any of the playsets she wasn’t even in the monopoly game they said that little boys didn’t want to play with a girl action figure there are two major things wrong with this statement. Number one why are you only making action figures for boys? Girls play with them too the second reason is that boy’s do want to play with a girl action figure it’s important for little boys to see females being represented it’s important for both girls and boys to see that women can do anything they want to do.

The reaction to female led movies is disgusting people are saying the all female Ghost Busters movie will be bad simply because it’s female led their saying feminists are pushing their agenda on them. A female led movie shouldn’t be seen as a statement it should be seen as a regular occurrence and the fact that it’s not just proves how much we need feminism.

The only thing I’ve found that’s female dominated is YA books it’s part of why I fell in love with reading it’s never been hard to find a female protagonist in YA they weren’t always well written but I didn’t have to look for them isn’t it sad that I was so desperate for representation that I didn’t even care if it was good. Now I’ve started looking for things that are good and diverse I started getting tired of reading about the same character over and over again. I’m tired of the girls who aren’t like other girls you shouldn’t have to create a mean girl character just to make your special snowflake look better. The media needs to stop pitting women against each other there is so little things with female friendships every teen book and movie has the mean girl who is mean for no reason I want to know why she’s mean give her more of a personality then just being mean give her a backstory.

Now I’ve begun to realize how messed up the portrel of women in the media is woman are often in movies just for eye candy their there to look pretty not to actually do something the film industry is so misogynistic. There are so few well written female characters I have to look hard to find them I shouldn’t have to do this I support every female led thing that comes out even if it’s not that good because I want to show people that things about women can be successful that people want so desperately to see things about women.

woman make up 50% of the population yet In 2015, females comprised 22% of protagonists, 34% of major characters, and only 33% of all speaking characters in the top 100 domestic grossing films and that was an historical high. The percentages of female characters of color were much worse, with Black female characters at 13% in 2015, Latina characters 4% in 2015 and Asian female characters went down (from 4% in 2014 to 3% in 2015) Female characters of color were less likely than White females to be major characters. 27% of Black, Latina, Asian, and females of other races/ethnicities were major characters, whereas 38% of White females were major characters. in 2014, only 28.1% of character in 100 films were female. Only 21 of those films featured a female lead or co-lead a of movies feature a female main character we are ridiculously underrepresented.

Yallfest TBR

The yallfest author list was announced today and it’s great! A lot of my favorite authors are going to be there including, Kiera Cass, Veronica Roth, and Maggie Stievater  you can find the full list here

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to attend yet I really want to go I’ve never been to any kind of bookish event I really want to meet Kiera and tell her about how I named my cat after Princess Eadlyn. The problem is that it’s a long way to drive and even though the event itself isn’t expensive gas and a hotel can get pretty costly.

Even though I’m unsure about whether I’ll be there I’ll still be spending the rest of the summer reading as many books as possible by the fabulous authors who are going to be at yallfest a lot of these I’ve been meaning to read forever anyway so even if I don’t get to go I will at least get to spend my summer reading lots of (hopefully) wonderful books.

Books to read before Yallfest

The books I most want to read are bolded 
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Anna Dresses in Blood by Kendra Blake
  • The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Iluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Dumplin by Julia Murphy
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • The Forest of Hands and Teath by Carrie Ryan
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater 

Bookish Pet Peeves

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There are so many wonderful things I love about books but like with anything there’s also some things about them that frustrate me here’s a list of bookish things that peeve me.

Stickers On Books

Why is this a thing? Whats even worse is when it looks like a sticker but isn’t actuality a sticker and it covers up part of the cover

Love Triangles

These can be good if there done right but most of the time there unnecessary and unrealistic and they’re in every YA book

When My Books Don’t Match

I hate it when they change the covers half way through a series at least wait in till the series is over it’s even worse when the new covers are uglier than the original ones it also annoys me when they make half the series in hardcover than switch to paperback.

Overly Descriptive

I don’t want to read 50 pages describing the forest or 100 pages describing the love interests eyes like I get it he has pretty eyes I don’t need a supper detailed description of his pretty eyes.

Comparing Books To Other Books

Its become very popular to compare every new book to the Hunger Games or Twilight and I don’t like it I don’t want to know what books it’s similar to I want to know what makes it unique.

 

Why I made this blog

Hey I’m Emma I made this blog to share my honest opinion on the books I read other them books I’ll probably also talk about some of my other favorite things like Star Wars, Superheroes, and my cat Princess Eady I named her after Princess Eadlyn from The Heir by Kiera Cass witch is one of my favorite books. Some of my other favorite books include Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I think that’s all you need to know right now thanks for reading

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Eady being her  adorable self