Friday, July 12, 2019

Dating Profile Friday: Draco Malfoy

Name: Draco Malfoy
Hobbies: Hating people, throwing Harry Potter under the bus, plotting my revenge on those who have wronged me, and learning as much as I can about the dark arts.

Likes: Buying things from Borgin and Burkes.
Dislikes: Harry Potter. The dark forest.  Being held accountable for my action

About me: I attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry and brought much glory to Slytherin, the best house at Hogwarts. I enjoy flying and have a great respect for purebloods.

I don't care much for the outdoors. I prefer the warmth of the fireplaces in Malfoy Manor.  I do enjoy traveling, as long as I can arrive at my destination quickly.  I like visiting wizards in other countries, as well.

You can contact me by owl at Malfoy Manor.  

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday - Childhood Favorites


Hi reader friends!  It's time for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!   This weeks topic is Childhood Favorites.

Without further ado, let us commence our journey.
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The Chronicles of Narnia are books that I've loved my entire life.  They are so fun, and I just had so much fun reading these as kids, and even now as an adult! 

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The Babysitter's Club Books were, hands down, without a doubt, my FAVORITE books when I was a pre-teen.  I loved them so, so much. I read and re-read them, and then gave them to my cousin when she got old enough to read and enjoy them - because I just had to share my love of them with someone who loved books as much as I do! 

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I was so into the Sweet Valley High series as a young teen.  These books were so much fun to read! 

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As a very young child, these Frances books were my FAVORITE picture books!  I loved them so, so much, and even now when I read them to kids, it makes me want to eat toast with jam.  
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Your turn- what are some of your childhood favorites?  Let me know in the comments below!  

Friday, June 21, 2019

Dating Profile Friday - Neville Longbottom

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Name: Neville Longbottom
Profession: Herbology Professor at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry
Hobbies: Killing snakes, identifying weird plants, reading books about plants.

About Me:I'm a bit shy, but I am loyal and I will fight as much as I can to defend the people and places I love.  Plants are my life. Ironically, I became obsessed with plants, after some fake dude disguised as Mad-Eye moody used plants to try and get into Hogwarts and kill my friend Harry. Anyway, I digress. I like to read, mostly about plants.  I enjoy gardening, and I teach at Hogwarts, because I believe young witches and wizards deserve to know about herbology - it's more important than people realize. 

If you're interested in getting to know me - send me an owl.  I promise I won't send my toad in reply - he's retired now anyway. Or is he lost?

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Book Junkie Trials - What Am I reading though?


Hey reader friends.  So, I did another thing!  I decided to join in on The Book Junkie Trials in July!  The Book Junkie Trials is a month long readathon organized and hosted by Rachel Marie at Rachel Marie Book Junkie.

Here is her video talking about the Book Junkie Trials:



If you watch her video and love the idea of this readathon - sign up, because frankly, it sounds epic and totally awesome!

During this readathon, there are four teams.  I'll be competing for Team Outlaw:
The Quests for Team Outlaw Are:


 The Prompts

Crimson Peaks: These peaks are about to blow.  Re-read a favorite to soothe them into dormancy
Book: Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Queendom Stone: The stone of our royal majesty – what are the royal customs of other lands?  Read a book featuring royalty
The Cruel Prince - Holly Black
The Forgotten Stories: All those open series, the forest knows and feels your forgetfulness.  It will sing a mournful lament, tormenting you until you read the next in a series.
Book: Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard (I read The Red Queen, and then got distracted by other books.  Perfect chance to read the next book in the series)
The Weeping falls: To pass through the rapids unscathed, you must give in to the Falls.  Read a tear-jerker
Book: Where The Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls (Y'all know how this one ends. I'll have some kleenex right next to me while I read!)
The Bookie Grail: Here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten island by a fallen star.  Read the group book: Stardust.

Abilities:
The outlaws are rough, raunchy, and ready for the quest.  But they also have fast hands….
They can read the book of any friends Quest TBR, and it need not fit the prompt.
Weakness:

Too much time evading the law, and not enough time spent reading means this team must complete a  24 hour readathon.  (note, you don’t have to read for the full 24 hours – but dedicate your free awake time to it for that time.)

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HOWEVER, I am crazy, and I apparently have too much time on my hands when I am not working. SO, I am going to try and complete all the challenges for this readathon.  May the force be with me. 


All The Challenges

So, you want to try your hand at becoming a Quest Champion? hmmm.
Okay then. Complete all the below challenges to access special rewards for
The Book Junkie Trials 2020.

So, there are the books for the outlaws:

Crimson Peaks: These peaks are about to blow.  Re-read a favorite to soothe them into dormancy

Book: Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Queendom Stone: The stone of our royal majesty – what are the royal customs of other lands?  Read a book featuring royalty
The Cruel Prince - Holly Black
The Forgotten Stories: All those open series, the forest knows and feels your forgetfulness.  It will sing a mournful lament, tormenting you until you read the next in a series.
Book: Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard (I read The Red Queen, and then got distracted by other books.  Perfect chance to read the next book in the series)
The Weeping falls: To pass through the rapids unscathed, you must give in to the Falls.  Read a tear-jerker
Book: Where The Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls (Y'all know how this one ends. I'll have some kleenex right next to me while I read!)

And now, the books I'll read for the other challenges: 
Dwarf Mount: You spot a fair tavern wench, however the Dwarf Mines, grimey and dusty, didn’t evoke a very romantic feeling. Read a book with a hint of romance to get you in the mood.

Beauty Queens - Libba Bray 


Apothecary Towers: Where the wizards dwell. Tricksters. They have blind-folded you and randomised all your books, choose a book at random from your bookshelf.


Beautiful Chaos - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 


The Great Library: Ahh the great archives, find and read a book that has been on your TBR forever.


Animal Farm - George Orwell 


The Drowning Deep: The Whirlpool... is so.... mesmerising. Read a book with rich world-building that will suck you into its own world, instead.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 


Orc Grove: Some say there is no talking to Orcs, but a good political relationship is needed. Learn some Orc customs by reading a book that is gruesome, gory, or gritty.


American Psycho - Brett Easton Ellis 


Ol’ Pirate Cove: Shiver me timbers. You shall be walking the plank if you don’t learn how to sail better. Read a book that takes place, at least in part, on sea.


Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson 


Glimmer: This Isle is alight with gems and crystals, one of the most picturesque spots in The High Queendom. Make sure you fit in with a beautiful or colourful book.


The Death of Bees - Lisa O'Donnell 


Draconic Isle: Oh My! This island is swarming with wyverns and dragons. Brush up on your draconic knowledge with a book that features dragons.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling 


The Elven Guard are surprised by your visit, and are immediately on the offensive: Read a book with War, Military or Political Themes to learn how to help calm the situation.


1984 - George Orwell 


On the Hallow Isle, lurk incorporeal monsters and the ghosts of your past: Read an Atmospheric or Horror Book to pass this test of nerve.


The Price Guide to the Occult - Leslye Alton 


Empty Barrel Inn, everyone deserves a swig or too, some say it even aids warming up those vocal cords: Enjoy An Indulgent Read.

Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan


Giant Squid, a fearsome fellow: Read a book that intimidates you, and this foe shall be a doddle.


War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 


The Bookie Grail: Here you find a lost manuscript, delivered on this forgotten island by a fallen star. Read the group book: 


Stardust.


That means, I am going to try to read 18 books in July just for this challenge!  Crazy?  Probably!  I am keeping the faith! I can do it! 

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Are you doing the book junkie trials?  Talk to me - what team are you on, what books are you reading, and are you like me and crazy enough to try to complete ALL THE CHALLENGES?!  

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday - Unpopular Bookish Opinions


Hey reader friends - Welcome to another round of Top Ten Tuesday, a lovely weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic is: Unpopular Bookish Opinions:

So, sleigh me in the comments if you must, but my Unpopular Bookish Opinions are:

1. I hated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  HATED IT.  And it wasn't just because it was a script, either. I've spent time in the theatre so I'm good with reading scripts.  It was just because I thought the whole story was poorly written and poorly executed, and I can't believe J.K. Rowling was so cool with it all. I can't fathom what Rowling was thinking when she came up with the idea for all this and let some people write and execute it.

2. I don't believe that Ron and Hermione should have ended up together.  I really don't.  I think that what should have happened was that maybe they dated for a bit then realized it wasn't a good match, then broke up but tried to remain friends.  Or just, you know, never date each other at all.  Never.  Never ever ever.

3. Sarah J. Mass's books look boring and I will probably never read them.  They just don't have any appeal to me at all.

4. Melissa de la Cruz's books are overrated.  I don't understand why everyone goes so wild for her books. I've tried reading a few of them and just didn't get it. 

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Okay, reader friends - what are you unpopular bookish opinions?  Do you agree with me, or have any of your own that you want to share?! 

Monday, June 10, 2019

There's Something About Sweetie - Sandhya Menon

Title: There's Something About Sweetie
Author: Sandhya Menon
Format: Hardcover
Rating 5 Stars

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Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?
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Hi reader friends!  Let's talk about Sweetie and Ashish. 

If you've read When Dimple Met Rishi, you are already slightly familiar with Rishi's younger brother Ashish Patel.  Ashish is as different from Rishi as you could possibly imagine.  He's not as traditional as his older brother, he's into sports - specifically basketball, he (until recently) never wanted to follow his parents or brothers lead and date Indian-American girls.  BUT, then he met Sweetie. 

Sweetie is a wonderful, charming young woman who also happens to be fat - and is growing up with a mother who really wants her to lose weight and be skinny.  Her mom is so convinced that there is something wrong with Sweetie that she even goes so far as to tell Ashish's parents that Sweetie can't date him because she's not good enough for Ashish and won't be until she's skinny. 

Anyway - long story short - Ashish and Sweetie do go on dates together, as you can tell from the description.  Now of course, Sweetie's parents don't know - and normally I'd be against kids dating without their parents knowledge, but in this case, it works and I'm here for it.

Let's break down the love here now!



There is a great, wonderful cast of characters in this book.  I think every single character adds so much to this story - even when they just have small part to play in where the story is going.  Each character has such a well developed and distinct personality. The author does a great job of creating characters that are well written, with their own distinct personalities, who work well with each other.  Even the characters who's personalities were a bit much (Tina auntie, and Samir in the beginning of the novel) were so well done!  You will love these characters.  (Watch out for Pinky - she's great and so fun!)

I think there is also a lot of chemistry between Sweetie and Ashish.  They have the physical attraction to each other, and they learn that they have enough in common with each other as well to have a real, good relationship.  I love what they have together.



This story is a total cute, fun read.  The story is well developed, and there are so many fun and funny moments that just make it even more worth reading.  I love that each moment in this book feels perfect and fits with the book as a whole.



Sandhya Menon's books are well written as always - and I love that she manages to not only write her stories well, but to weave in so many important things to her books as well. 



Are you surprised that Sandhya Menon has supernatural references in her book?!  I'm not!  I love that she loves Supernatural as much as I do, and weaves that in to her writing.  So - let's have some of my favorite Supernatural memes and gifs to end this post: 






I want to actually end by saying that this book does deal with fat teens and the way that fat people can often be treated like they are less than because they are fat.  I want you to know, from one fat person to another, if you are struggling, know you are worth it. You have value even if other people claim you don't.  You will find yourself in Sweetie, and I hope you know there are other people out there who are in your corner and who love and accept you just the way you are!  Now go read this fabulous book, and when you're done, come back here and talk to me about it.  I want to know what you think! 


Friday, June 7, 2019

Dating Profile Friday: Lord Voldemort


Hey Reader Friends - Happy Friday!  Welcome to another round of Dating Profile Friday.  Today: Lord Voldemort.


Name: I am Lord Voldemort
Occupation: Dark Lord, Leader of the Death Eaters
Likes: Killing people for no reason.  Taking down leaders who want to harm me.
Dislikes: Harry Potter.


About Me: I am the most powerful wizard you will ever meet.  I prefer to only be involved with purebloods.  I appreciate honesty and will do anything to invoke honesty from my followers - I mean friends.  I believe in the importance of loyalty and undying respect to people in power over others.  I like to think someday I will be the supreme leader over the entire wizarding world.

If you are a pureblood wizard looking to help me and be with me on my journey to power, I look forward to hearing from you.  Right now, I am probably hiding in Albania. Your owl will know how to reach me.