Books I Want to Reread in 2020

As a reader who has a hell of a lot of books on her TBR I have been quite strict with myself when it comes to rereading, however, in 2020 I’ve decided to allow myself to reread favourites each month to keep myself interested and enjoying reading. Enjoyment is key and a reading slump is my biggest fear.

These are the books that are either nostalgic to me or are ones that I absolutely love that I want to reexperience.

In summery I really want to reread a bunch of books that I absolutely loved reading the first time. I’ve already started my reread of the Twilight Saga and Harry Potter and I’ve reread ‘The Simple Wild’ so I am definitely taking this very seriously!

What is your favourite reread?

‘Harry Potter & the Dealthy Hallows’ by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
By J.K. Rowling
#7 in the Harry Potter Series

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Date: 2007
Pages: 759
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 11
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.

‘The Deathly Hallows’ is honestly one of the most heart wrenching read that I revisit year after year. It is the final book in the Harry Potter series and is one hell of a ride. We follow Harry as he head off to with Ron on the most important of adventures in the effort to end Lord Voldemort.

It is incredible in this story how everything ties up from within the series. With so many pervious books it is amazing how everything is built to these final moments and so many small things fall into place.

The Characters in this book are really facing so much more than they have faced yet – and that’s saying something. I absolutely love the development of these characters from children to older teens. They are now facing so absolutely crazy hardships as well as a war.

At this point the relationships between characters is incredible, we really see some more of the side characters that I love like Luna and Dean. I also really enjoyed the exploration of the other creatures within the wizarding world and how the war is affecting them and what side they are on.

Ultimately ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ is an amazing conclusion to a series that holds an important place in my heart.

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 
8/10
Character Development: 
9/10
World Building: 
9/10
Quality of Writing:
8/10
Overall:
5/5

Harry Potter Christmas Tag

I saw this over on Charleigh Writes Blog, and as a fan of both Christmas and Harry Potter I knew I wanted to give this tag a go.

Probably the Hufflepuff common room. I mean I wish I could say something cooler but that’s definitely where I would end up most of the time.

100% I would want to spend Christmas with the Weasley’s!

Hmm… I feel like a classic answer would be Fred and George but I think It’d be fun to have a snowball fight with Luna.

I’d say some sort of magical book. Maybe ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.Who knows I’m open to anything really.

I’d say a Thestral. They are strong and have a great sense of direction which is what you need.

Is it a cop out to say Hagrid? He’s got the santa personality and is just to kind and caring.

Probably Ron. He’d get up for a midnight snack and find them sitting there perfectly ready to be eaten.

Luna would probably find a naturalist wizarding book or some sort of creature artifact.

Slughorn for sure. He loves a good bev!

Bless her soul but probably Professor Trelawney.

Fred, Dobby and Dumbledore for sure. The right amount of humour, knowledge and just plain kindness.

Fred and George Weasley would definitely go all out!

Halloween Book Tag

I have absolutely no idea where I saw this tag, but I knew it would be a perfect one to post for Halloween!

I don’t really like to be scared, however I did read a horror books this Halloween and I thought it was pretty good so I’d have to say ‘Wilder Girls’ by Rory Power.

honestly any horror book! I am so easily scared!

Oh my gosh so many options. Maybe… Morgan Matson? I follow her on !nstagram and love her on Instagram stories also she has the cutest dog!

Ok, so I know that’s so many options but I can’t just choose one. I’d love to dress up as Sophie from ‘The Keeper of Lost Cities’ series by Shannon Messenger. I love the whole elven world that she has created.

I would also love to dress up as Celaena Sardothian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I have loved the series this year and Celaena is a super bad ass character.

As a mad Harry Potter fan I love dressing up as a Hufflepuff and living my best Harry Potter life.

In terms of easier costumes – as in characters from Contemporary books – I would love to dress up as either Calla from The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker or as Daisy Jones from Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

oh 100% a real magic wand!

again sticking with the harry potter themed answers but definitely the Harry Potter world, there are so many amazing sweets!

That’s a really hard one. Definitely Erewan from the Throne of Glass series and Voldemort from the Harry Potter series but also the Neverseen from the Keeper of Lost Cities series too!

There are some seriously scary villains!

I feel like a Shadow Hunter would be relatively easy, however I’ve been feeling very Twilight-y lately so probably a vampire!

ooooh that is so tough there are so many great candies but I’ve got to go with the classic Chocolate Frog! Need to collect all those famous witches and wizards!

I don’t think I have a favourite candy that is specific to Halloween but I love anything milk chocolate!

I tag everyone to have a go at this fun seasonal tag! But also if you haven’t done it Id love to see your answers:
* Kat @ life and other Disasters
* Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads
* Kristen @ Kristen Kraves Books
* Jessica @ Jessica C Writes
* Emma @ Emma Reads Too Much

Triwizard Tournament Readathon

I was hunting around the internet hoping to find a readathon happening in November to participate in when I stumbled upon Chapter Charms Triwizard Tournament readathon.

I’ll give you a little overview, but the readathon is quite involved so I would recommend heading to chapter charms page for clearer instructions.

here’s the gist.

readers a broken up into hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang based on their birth month. Everyone is competing.

On Halloween, the feast where all the school meet to choose the champions in the books, each school will be assigned a dragon for the first task. This is your first book of the readathon. Each task – so the dragons for first task – takes place over a week between November 11th the end of the year.

each task then contains a second challenge focusing on how you will face your task, which is the second book for that task/week.

the second task will be impacted by your score in the first task.

Does that make sense?

Anyway, I’ve decided to take the time now to work out the books I will read for each challenge, then when it comes time to begin each task I already know what books I am going to read.

The First Task: Dragons

The first talk takes place between November 11th 2019 and November 17th 2019.

As you can see for each dragon there is a different prompt and for each prompt I’ve chosen a book.

The second challenge is the method of which you decide to face your dragon. Readers need to complete at least one method. Each additional method is additional points.

The Second Task: The Lake

The Second Task takes place between November 25th and December 1st 2019.

The person you are assigned to save depends on how many points you attain in the first task. Here are my books for each one.

The second challenge is again the method you will choose to save your person. For each additional method used additional points are given.

The Third Task: The Maze

The third task takes place between 9th December and the 15th December.

The first Challenge is to get through the maze and face at least one (again additional points given for more than one faced) challenge.

The second challenge is to read a a book containing time travel.

and thats it, I’m hoping I can get through all the challenges and win the Triwizard Tournament.

I am so excited for this readathon to start!

Identity Crisis Book Tag

I was scrolling through WordPress reader, because who doesn’t, when I camp upon a tag. I’d seen this tag before and had even attempted it but I got distracted and forgot to finish it. So we are back, this time to actually complete the tag.

I saw it on Kristin Kraves Books blog and here we are, taking a second attempt at this tag. The creator of this tag is Loretta at the Laughing Listener, thanks for creating such a fun tag!

Red Queen

Did you forget about Kilorn? Well you shouldn’t have! He may not be the centre of attention but he has stuck by Mare’s side since day one and didn’t even hesitate to join the Scarlet Guard. Just like Kilorn, your loyalty and bravery are your most admirable qualities. Rise, Red as the dawn.

Shadowhunters

You’re Clary Fairchild & Cristina Rosales

Sure, sometimes you act without thinking, but your determined to do what you believe in and you’re often coming from the right place. Try to keep your faith in the world around you – your ability to find the beautiful in the ordinary is a gift.

Throne of Glass

Shockingly. you’re an overwhelmingly sarcastic bookworm. You try to look on the brighter side of things, but your snarky sense of humor hides depths of concern. You’re probably the most responsible of your friends, as they know they can always count on you.

The Hunger Games

Joannah Mason

Yes, you can be known to be feisty and sometimes you feel like life can be unfair. But you won’t let that get in the way of your happiness. You use your charm to your advantage and won’t take any nonsense. But when you finally let your barriers down your personality shines and so do others around you.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

You’re daring fearless and fiercely independent. You don’t believe in rules because you like doing things your way. You don’t crave attention and you can only be yourself with your closest friends.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Elain Archeron

The embodiment of beauty and grace, your gentle heart and soft words soothe the bitter hearts of those around you. Your kindness and courage are rarer than the strongest of high fae powers – never lose them to bitterness and despair.

The Raven Cycle

Blue Sargent

You are outspoken, and walk to the beat of your own drum. You’ve always been different and take pride in your individualistic nature. Although you try to maintain a rebellious streak, you are consistently told you are sensible. Remember, don’t kiss strange boys.

Twilight

Victoria

Yeah, no one better cross you. Mess with you and it’s a death sentence. You’re not one to play games and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goals – no matter how bloody it can get. But life doesn’t always have to be filled with hate! Just blood, lots of blood.

Folk of the Air

Taryn

People may think you are shy but you have your own secrets. You have your own desires and will go after them no matter what it takes.

The Lunar Chronicles

Jacin

Personal guard and pilot for head thurmatauge in the Lunar Army. He has an abrasive personality and can be quiet and surly. He will do anything to protect the ones he truly cares about.

I tag everyone!

Lover Book Tag

Being a fan of books and Taylor Swift I knew when I saw this tag I wanted to give it a go. So I wasn’t actually tagged to do it, but that hasn’t stopped me before.

‘Staying Alive in Year 5’ by John Marsden was a book I remember absolutely loving when I was younger.

Recently I found a second hand copy at a book stall at school and picked it up however I actually cannot remember anything that happened!

I honestly don’t think I have a worst book I’ve read this summer, I really enjoyed all the books I’ve read.

I absolutely love Strange and Sarai even though their relationship is definitely complicated I think it is still perfect even though it is tinged with a little sadness.

I know that Celaena Sardothian from the Throne of Glass series is the go to answer to this question but when it comes to a fantasy character she is honestly the most badass of the lot. I also find Daisy Jones from Daisy Jones and The Six a pretty badass character especially in the context of a contemporary read.

Again I couldn’t just pick one so I went with a fantasy and a contemporary. Sophie and Keefee in ‘The Keeper of Lost Cities’ by Shannon Messenger have has some great character development from the first book to the fifth book and I am here for it.

I also recently read ‘The Seven Husbands of Everlyn Hugo’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I definitely found the Everlyn was presented at the beginning of the book was different to the one we ended with.

I feel like it always changes but currently it is Strange from Strange the Dreamer!

The one that comes to mind instantly is ‘The Woman in White’ by Wilkie Collins.

Honestly this book caused the most stress as a high school set book because our teacher was obsessed with it and we all just got super confused about it all.

I think I’d want to give it another chance now that I’m older.

I thought the ending of Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins was a happy one.

just all the good vibe feels.

I’m sticking with the contemporary and fantasy options when answering these tag questions. I don’t think there will come a time where I don’t absolutely love Harry Potter and wish Hogwarts and Diagon Ally and Hogsmede and The Borrow were real. When it comes to places that are real I love Alaska. I don’t live anywhere near Alaska (I live in Australia) but I love Alaska so that is definitely a setting that I won’t even forget.

I read ‘Lodestar’ by Shannon Messenger the fifth book in the Keeper of Lost Cities series recently and to say I was a hot mess at the end is an absolute understatement!

I know I’ve already used ‘The Simple Wild’ by K.A. Tucker for an answer but in the story we follow Calla as she goes back to Alaska to spend time with her estranged father who is an Alaskan bush pilot. Honestly without the amazing setting this story would be completely different.

I could say so many books that I’ve already mentioned but I thought I’d answer this with a different book! As with Lodestar by Shannon Messenger, Neverseen by Shannon Messenger had be balling!

Can you tell I enjoyed this book? Can you also tell that I am new to the Adult Romance scene so haven’t read that many yet? Honestly I enjoyed how the sexy scenes were written and it didn’t over power the overall plot of the story.

Going with an absolute obvious answer for this question, Hearstoppers: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman.

I couldn’t really think of another book to choose for this one aside from ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Honestly I love so many books so picking an all time favourite is impossible, however the two that I reread the most are ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling and ‘Yes Please’ by Amy Poehler.

I honestly drew a blank with this question and could only think of Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series.

‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson is definitely a story with a positive message about friendship and personal growth and belief.

I Tag everyone!

‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’ By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Publisher: Little, Brown
Date: 2016
Pages: 343
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

The eight story, nineteen years later …

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. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ was a book I picked up as part of the N.E.W.T.S readathon in August. It fulfilled the prompt for an E in Defence Against the Dark Arts which was to read the first book that came to mind.

The Cursed Child takes place 19 years after all the events in the final instalment in the Harry Potter series. In it we follow Severus Albus Potter as he grapples with life in his brothers shadow and learning to accept who he is.

This story is also written in play format and has been adapted to what I have heard is an incredible production. However as a story it was something that I read as a seperate entity to the Harry Potter series. It was still something that felt like meh story. I wasn’t committed to the outcome, which is unfortunate as I am a HUGE Harry Potter Fan!

Overall I felt like this story was not necessary as a continuation of the Harry Potter universe. I don’t feel like I gained more knowledge of the wizarding world in any real way. I wish I could of gotten more out of it.

Plot: 4/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 4/10
World Building: 4/10
Quality of Writing: 4/10
Stars: 1/5