Liebster Award

I’m cheating here because I wasn’t nominated but I read the tag on Bookish Luna and thought it would be fun to do. Go check that post out and give me your answers to the questions in the comments. 🙂

1. What book/s can you not live without?

It’s probably the most common answer but… I don’t care. It’s the Harry Potter series. I have so many fond memories of it and it’s been a part of my life for so long.

2. Your first favorite book?

I wrote an entire and a completely different answer and had to delete it, cursing myself out. How could I’ve forgotten it?? My 1st favorite book was Beauty and the Beast. I need to get a new copy because I’ve lost the old one. Well didn’t lose it, my parents did in our move years ago. 🙂

3. Goodreads challenge/reading goal for this year?

It’s 24 books. 

4. Favorite series?

What do you think? 🙂

5. Do you read Fanfiction?

Never tried it.

6. Where is your favorite place to read?

On a beach.

7. Are you a fast or slow reader?

I guess a fast reader. If I like it, I’ll devour it.

8. Do you use bookmarks?

Yes. The strangest thing happened on Sunday. I sat down on the couch to read, I opened the book and set the bookmark aside. But since then I can’t find it anywhere. And I’ve checked everywhere! It’s bugging me.

9. What book do you recommend the most to others?

Anything by Colleen Hoover. I love her writing. Her last novel that I recommended to someone was Maybe Someday.

10. Where do you buy your books?

When we lived in Slovenia I ordered them online, but now that we are living in India, I still need to find a bookstore and so I’m mostly buying e-books. 

11. What book do you dislike that everyone seems to love?

I’m trying really hard to find the answer…but I can’t think of anything. Oh, wait. Last year I read Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan and it has a 3.77 score on Goodreads which I think is pretty good but I didn’t. Like. It. At. All.

 

What are your answers? Do we any in common?

Harry Bloody Potter

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I’m 29 years old and I spent the past (almost) two months hidden behind the Harry Potter books, fitting reading into my day whenever and wherever I could. I cried, I laughed, I bit my nails and I clutched the pages so tightly my knuckles turned white. And I’m not ashamed to say it, damn it, I’m proud of it. From the first line of the first book to the last one of the last book I was under an unbreakable spell of the story. If I had wanted (and I definitely didn’t), I couldn’t have put any of the books aside and do something else.

I’ve always been a massive fan of Harry Potter but this is the first time that I actually read the books in English. Why only now? That’s the question I will never stop asking myself and I will never forgive myself for it. Never!

One of my fondest childhood memories is receiving Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a Christmas present from a relative. And HP has been a part of my life ever since. I can’t even tell you the number of times I  have watched the movies. But there is one thing I am sure of and can share: I will not stop reading or watching it.

I am in awe of what it means to me as an individual and what it means to so many people around the world. The stories hold such an immense power to be able to captivate children of all ages and adults as well. I’m sure that I’ll read it and enjoy just as much on my deathbed.

The series simply fills me with so much creative energy. I find it absolutely thrilling and stupefyingly (wink wink) mesmerizing. I can’t imagine a better feeling than to write something that so many like. I’m on cloud nine any time someone express a positive opinion about my book but to have it be read and loved by so many, to create so many fanatics… Just the idea of it excites me beyond anything else.

What I find even more amazing is that something so widely popular is also something of such good quality, with so many important and positive messages. I’m glad that (especially) kids around the world can be engrossed into a story that teaches them love is the main and unbeatable force, that goodness prevails, that your origin doesn’t matter. And that girls kick just as many asses as boys. I applaud JK Rowling for creating characters that are so versatile and project such strong ideas. To not make differences based on gender and sexual orientation in the HP world and to integrate this mentality into the lives of readers, especially those that are still growing and maturing, is pivotal and praiseworthy.

I must say that I also enjoy her as a person. I find it amazing that she is not afraid to express and defend her views in her works and in her posts on social media platforms. She has a strong voice with a huge audience and instead of hiding she doesn’t hold back. And I think that is admirable. She would definitely be one of the people that I wouldn’t mind spending some one-on-one with (and a piece of cake).

I’m not too eager to become a mother just yet, but one thing is certain: the first book I’ll read if I have children, will be… Lord of the Rings. Kidding! 🙂 I’ll force my kid to be a manic fan of Harry Potter.

 

What is the best thing about Harry Potter for you? Do you think its power is multifaceted?

Every. Waking. Minute.

For the last few days, I’ve been useless for anyone that is not a character in a book and for anything that is not connected to the story of the book. I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series (I may have mentioned it already, once or twice) and it has bewitched me completely. I work and think about reading it, I have a conversation and think about reading it, I sleep and think about reading it, I freaking brush my teeth while reading it (I don’t really, I just thought it adds a dramatic touch).

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It’s simply unbelievable that any book, let alone one intended for young adults, can captivate an adult’s mind to the point of obsessing over reading the book. Every. Waking. Minute. I know the story by heart and yet every page is exciting, every chapter is thrilling.

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I keep thinking but I can’t come up with anything that would compete with the spectacular sensation of writing something so enchanting, so consuming. There is no better feeling.

Writing and publishing my own book, has had many positive aspects and some negative ones, however, the most magnificent thing is when a reader tells me that they couldn’t set my book down. It is so uplifting to know that the words you put on paper, make someone enjoy it to the point of being unable to put it down. Absolutely nothing can beat that.

I sincerely hope that my book ruins a few more routines and schedules. I will surely let the HP series ruin my plans.

 

What is the book that you couldn’t put down?

Quick check-in

Hello people that I neglected for far too long!

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It was a chaotic and stressful couple of weeks. Today is the first day where I actually have a free afternoon, nothing planned, nowhere to be. I had an entire different post in mind, started composing a short story in my mind as soon as I woke up, hearing voices in my mind (of characters, of course, I haven’t gone completely bananas).

But then when I got home from work and sat at my desk, the autumn sun warming my skin, making me long for summer, I could feel an irresistible appeal to an object next to me. My eyes kept drifting back to it, my hands twitching in its direction.” What’s the point in resisting?” Quickly, like a person whose thirst hadn’t been quenched in weeks, crazy with deprivation, I reached for the book and I haven’t been able to stop ever since.

The day has moved into night, the sun has ended its shift and now the fireplace warms my body, while the book (Harry Potter, book 3) warms my soul and mind.

What are you reading now?

The boy who lived…

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…and came into our lives.

Today marks 20 years since JK Rowling bestowed upon us a book that has left an impact in the lives of so many people. You might not like Harry Potter (and should talk to someone 😉 ) but no one can deny their knowledge of his existence. It has certainly been a part of my life.

It’s one of the first books, if not the first one (I’m not a credible source of my toddler years) that I received. I was in elementary school and my mom’s cousin, my confirmation sponsor, gave it to me for Christmas. And ever since opening the book, I have been hooked to everything connected to it. The Potter series is also one of the best, most spectacular presents I have ever received. My family bought it for my birthday this year because despite loving it I hadn’t owned it. And now that I have it (my precious), it’s a priority on my summer reading list to read it again.

I’m sure there are so many people who cherish it, as part of their childhood, adolescence, as well as adulthood. I certainly do. If I have a child, his/her first word might just be Harry. Or Expecto Patronum. No pressure there.

My sister and I have even watched and re-watched the movies so many times, devouring every scene and every single word. And we are bound to do it again. And again. As senior citizens, with false teeth, waving our arms as if holding a wand. (Just kidding. Maybe.)

As powerful as HP is as a character, Rowling’s words are just as powerful. Few have been able to do what she has done, becoming such a strong presence in the lives of so many readers. I can’t imagine how glorious it is to be aware of the fact that your work has affected so many people. It must be magical.

So today is a celebration of Harry Potter and everything he represents. But also of the great JK Rowling; thank you for giving us HP and his adventures. And also thank you for creating Hermione Granger, a strong female character that children and teens can look up to.

 

XO

Harry Potter is a cock block

I was planning to write something else but…

As I’m watching Formula 1, and yelling at Ferrari to go faster, my sister has just sent me a link to a very interesting article that I thought you, my fellow book lovers, would enjoy too.

The piece is about books improving or worsening your chances with the opposite gender. Not that I think anyone should be judged based on what you like to read (unless it’s Mein Kampf by Hitler) but I never thought that men would find women reading 50 Shades less attractive, and apparently men that proclaim their (completely reasonable) love for Harry Potter are not a sought-after breed. Who knew that Harry Potter could be a “cock block”? 😉 Who knew anyone cared?

Anyway… If you are enjoying this lovely Sunday (and I really hope it’s lovely for and to you), then do check the article out.

LINK TO THE ARTICLE