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Book Travelling Thursday – Book With A POC As A Main Character

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was a couple of days ago… Choose a book with a POC as a main character.

And I’m choosing Rebel of the Sands as it is the only book that I can think of that has a POC as the main character, that I have read that is.


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Original Cover:

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Cover I Own:

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Favourite Covers:

Least Favourite Covers:

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I know this post is a tad short as there is only 3 covers as far as I know. But, like I said it was the only book I could think of that I’ve read.

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Goodreads Monday – Words In Deep Blue

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This meme was created by Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners and I think it’s such an awesome idea to share books on your TBR and introduce people to new books! All you have to do is to pick a book on your TBR and show it off!

If you have read this book please tell me your thoughts, with NO SPOILERS please!!!

I’m choosing books that I own for a while!


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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My Comments:

I received this book in The YA Chronicles subscription box last year sometime. I still haven’t read this book yet, but I hope to soon! This book always intrigued me as it says that the book is about books.

The Book:

Publication Date:  I have no idea, Goodreads says June 6th, 2017. But that’s 3 months away, but I have had a copy of the book since last year sometime.
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 352

Goodreads Synopsis:

This is a love story. It’s the story of a second-hand bookshop called Howling Books where people leave letters to strangers, or those they love, or want to love, between the pages of books in the Letter Library.


Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie are best friends. Or they were. Before Rachel moved away to the sea. Now, she’s back, grieving for her brother Cal who drowned in the sea that he loved.

Rachel loves Henry. Henry loves Amy. Amy loves Amy but is happy for Henry to love her too.

This is a book about books. About the power of literature to cradle our past, present and future selves. It’s about how we leave ourselves behind when we die. How we leave our histories in the things we love – like books.


And that is all for this week! Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought if you did! No spoilers please!!

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Tag Sunday – The Who Am I Tag

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Okay, so I’m a little late with this post as it is currently 11:40am on Monday morning when I’m starting this post. But oh well, it’s still Sunday in other places across the world, so I’m all good!

Just going to jump straight into the questions!


1. What is the meaning of my name?

Well my name is Eliza, not short for Elizabeth! Just Eliza. On about 5 different websites I checked there was nothing specifically for Eliza, they were all for Elizabeth. So Elizabeth means: God is my Oath. Which is hilarious because I’m one of the most non religious people you could meet. I was not named because of this so called meaning, I was named after my Great Grandmother, who was religious, but that is where the religion died in that side of the family as neither my mum or grandmother are religious either.

2. What is my Myer-Briggs personality type? (Link)

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I think this is fairly accurate. I don’t mind being the leader and if I want to I will get shit done, so I guess it’s right.

3. What is my Zodiac Sign?

Cancer, unless you consider there to be 13 star signs and not 12, then I’m Gemini.

4. What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Gryffindor! Through Pottermore and ever test I have taken, I have been Gryffindor. However the link to the test in this question in my opinion was stupid and the options that were given 90% of the time I would not do any of those things. I still answered as if they were my only options and I got:

Gryffindor – 15
Ravenclaw – 12
Hufflepuff – 10
Slytherin – 9

If you want to know what your house is just go sign up for Pottermore if you haven’t already because I believe that the test J.K. Rowling created is going to be more accurate seen as she created the 4 Hogwarts Houses and their traits to begin with..

5. What is your learning style? (Link)

This is the VARK learning test, which I did not that long ago for one of my Beauty Professional and development assignments for my Diploma of Beauty Therapy, so I didn’t bother doing it again.

Visual – 12
Aural – 10
Read/Write – 11
Kinesthetic – 11

Multimodal learning – which just means that I learn in many different ways not just one specific way works best for me.

6. Am I Right or Left Brain Dominant? (Link)

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7. What is my Blood Type?

No idea.

8. What Career am I meant to have? (Link)

Writer

You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. you were born to turn words into magical stories.

9. Which Divergent faction do I belong in? (Link)

Divergent

You deviate from the norm. The aptitude test is inconclusive. It cannot determine just one faction for you, Divergent. Your mind is ceaselessly changing. You’re creative with a strong sense of self and you have a clear picture of who you are and what you want. You stand out from the crowd. You may pose a threat to the norms of society, but you are unwilling to give into them.

10. What does my birth order say about me? (Link)

I’m an only child and they don’t specifically have anything for only childs. However Firstborn says – Natural leader, ambitious and responsible.


I TAG

Because I’ll be doing them every Sunday, I am only going to tag 1 person in each so I’m not tagging the same people all the time! So each week I will tag my latest follower! Hopefully there will be a new ones each week to tag.

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Well that is all for this weeks tag!

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Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Firstlife
Author: 
Gena Showalter
Series Name: Everlife
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Pages: 467
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
Rating:

4 star

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Checkout my review for Lifeblood, the next book in the series, HERE!

I’m going to do something slightly different with this review as I want to add in a section about the book covers into my review. For books that only have one cover I will just share my opinion of them and for books that have more than one I will say which I own and which is my favourite.

Cover Art:

This book only has one cover. I like the concept of this cover art, Myriad at the top and Troika at the bottom of the hour glass. Light vs Dark. I also love that they continued this same idea onto the next books cover and I hope they do that for the 3rd book in the trilogy as well.

Writing:

I did enjoy Gena Showalter’s writing. It wasn’t as beautiful and detailed as the last book I read which I just adored the writing of, but it was still well done. I loved all the little quotes at the top of each paragraph, each paragraph swapping between a Myriad and Troika quote. Some of the quotes were directly related to the realms and what was going on in the book, but some of them can be applied to everyday life as well. For Example:

“Your mistakes do not define you, only the emotion you feel.”
– Myriad

Plot:

The plot was really good and fairly unique to anything I have read before. There is some things in this book that are in most YA books, like the being treated crappily by parents, which seems to be popping up in sooo many YA books lately (or the lack of parents) and also the strong female who has some ability/power/job to do that she has only just found out about.. But besides those tropes the actual plot is different from anything I have read. And I really enjoyed it! The story did start off a little slow and a little confusing, it took a few chapters to figure out what exactly was going on, but once you got past that little bit at the start it was really good. The book also ending in a little bit of a shocking twist to do with Sloan, which I was not prepared for.

Characters:

I really liked Ten, of course another strong female character! I also enjoyed Archer & Killian and I liked that they had a backstory and history that came out strong in this book. Sloan was a character where your view of her changed a couple times and you still weren’t sure if she was on the good or bad side. But I get why she did what she did at the end, because of what she was put through. So in my opinion she was still kind of on the good side. Just a very broken good side. She gives me Draco Malfoy Vibes, doing the wrong thing for all the right reasons. There were other characters that came and went in the book that weren’t there long enough to get to know really well, like Elena, Deacon & Clay. I’m guessing we will see more of at least Deacon and Clay in the next book, which I am looking forward to!

Overall:

I enjoyed this book. I only gave it 4 stars though and that was because it was just lacking a little in a couple areas. But I can also overlook them as I enjoyed the rest of it. I will be starting Lifeblood, the second book in the series, later today.


I was interested in this series a little while ago but didn’t plan on reading it until Lifeblood came out as it was coming fairly soon and then I could read both at once. Then I saw Lifeblood on NetGalley and as it was my first time on there, i didn’t really know what to expect, I requested it and amazingly got approved. So I quickly bought an iBook of Firstlife so I could get to Lifeblood straight away!

So that will be my next review!

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Book Travelling Thursday – A Controversial Book

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: It’s Freedom of Information Day! Because freedom matters choose a controversial book

I’m choosing The Kite Runner! There are tonnes of covers for this, so I’m only going to put the cover image and not link to the specific edition.


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Original Cover:

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Favourite Covers:

Least Favourite Covers:


Well I think that is all of them! Which is your favourite?

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Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Series Name: 
Snow Like Ashes
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: This edition published September 15th, 2015 (originally published October 14th, 2014)
Pages: 416
Publishers: Balzer + Bray
Rating:
4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Wow, another favourite! There has been so many amazing books that I read this year!

Writing:

The writing was amazing, it was very engaging and never left me confused. I can’t stand it when you have to read something 3 times over to figure out what the hell is going on, especially in action scenes, that wasn’t the case in this book. The writing was beautiful and very fast paced.

I also like maps! Which isn’t exactly writing, but it’s part of the physical book. So I love it, it has a map in the front. Maps just make it so much easier to figure out where things are placed in a fantasy world, especially when I am shit at remembering whether they said this place was North, West, South or East of wherever and trying to figure out where things would kinda be placed. I also like following where the characters are travelling to and from on a map. That might just be me though haha 😳.

Plot:

The plot was really goos and so action packed. Yes there was some non-action packed parts, but that was fine, there needs to be a happy medium in books.. Too much action just gets kinda boring, to me anyway, there is going to be times when not much is going on and it’s great to show that too. That kinda went off on a bit of a tangent, but oh well. Anyway, the plot was well done, it wasn’t predictable and had twists and turns to keep me interested right until the end.

Characters:

I loved the characters, all of them really, well except Angra… But that’s because he is a d*ck. But I still loved him as a character in this book, but not as a person.. That makes sense, right? Meira was, yes a typical feisty strong female character, but that is something I will never get sick of in books. Mather, you kinda loved him and wanted to slap him sometimes, but he is still amazing, just dude, mixed signals! Theron is an amazing character, but his dad, Noam… Hmmm kind of a, yeah I’m not saying anymore… No spoilers here! Sir (William), at the start I was like just let her go and do what she wants, but now I understand why he was protective… Again, No Spoilers!

I could sit here all day saying each one of the other characters are amazing too, but quite frankly that would take too much time and I have shit to do haha.

Overall:

I loved it. It’s another new favourite! I was planning on buying the next two books when I was away last Friday, but the Bookshop I went to (QBD) didn’t have them and there was a signing going on for some Iron Man book or some shit and there was just people everywhere because of that and it’s school holidays and everyone is Christmas shopping and I just wanted to get out of there! So I will be purchasing the other books on either iBooks or Scribd today and starting the next one tonight! I’ll buy physical copies from the Book Depository soon.


Let me know your thoughts!

* I have since changed this review from a 5 star rating to a 4 and a half. I enjoyed Frost Like Night even more than this one, so it is a 5 star, this one is a and a half and Ice Like Fire is a 4 star book.*

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HELP ME + #HPWeekendAThon TBR

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Would you look at that another ReadAThon! This ReadAThon was created by 2 BookTubers! Chelsea @ Chelseadollingreads and April @ Aprilius Maximus. I discovered this ReadAThon through Bex @ BexnBookx go and check out her TBR! 😀

This ReadAThon runs for 4 days: 12:00am on Friday the 2nd of December to 11:59pm on Monday the 5th of December in your time zone! There are 5 challenges that reach relate to a Harry Potter character!

Because I have recently quit my job and I don’t want to be spending extra money I am going to try and fit books that I already own into each of these categories!


The Challenges and my TBR

Challenge 1

Harry:  read a book that BookTube has deemed the ‘Chosen One’ (a hyped book)

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’m pretty sure ou can consider this book to have a lot of hype, if not the book for Challenge 2 would also go in this category, but I am going to attempt to read 5 books.. But if that doesn’t happen I will just try and fit the books I do read into the categories! We will see how many I get through!

I am also going to try and read this book last as I have a copy of A Torch Against the Night as well. So, if I read this last I will read A Torch Against the Night straight afterward because I really do hate reading one book in the series and leaving it a couple months to read the next!

 

Challenge 2

Hermione: Read a book that has a badass female character

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Well, I googled ‘books with badass female characters’ and this was the first book on the list I saw and I happen to already have a copy of this! So that is why I chose it!

This is also the book that could fit in challenge 1. I discovered this book when I started watching BookTube as so many people were talking about it because the next book in the series had come out!

I have never read a fairytale retelling so this will be an interesting read!

 

 

Challenge 3

Ron: Read a red or orange book

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I recently received this book in The YA Chronicles subscription box and even though the main colour on the cover is black, I’m still going to use this! Considering I have never read a fairytale retelling, like I said before I am going to be read 2 in this ReadAThon. I have also never read anything by Marissa Meyer and I am reading 2 in this ReadAThon.. So I hope I like her writing! This book could also go under the Hyped book challenge seen as people have been talking about this for months coming up to its release!

 

 

Challenge 4

Dumbledore: Read a book that features LGBTQIA+ Characters

Okay, so here is where I need help! As I said above I don’t want to purchase any books for this ReadAThon. I don’t have any books that are well known for their LGBTQIA Characters. So I need help..

I will put a list of all the physical books on my TBR and also the iBooks that I have and if you know that any of these have LGBTQIA characters please let me know!

A lot of the iBooks I have, I’ve got no idea what they are because a mate gave me copies or they were free downloads and sounded interesting at the time! And checking them on Goodreads most of the time doesn’t help as most people just label books as Diverse and Diverse means more than just LGBTQIA.

SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT!

Physical books

  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
  • The Price of Valour by John Hamilton
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowly

iBooks:

  • Shiver and linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • UnEnchanted and Fairest by Chanda Hahn
  • November 9 by Coleen Hoover
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer
  • The Finite by Safa Shaqsy
  • The Last Firewall by William Hertling
  • Insight by Jamie Magee
  • The Sanctuary Series by Robert J. Crane
  • The Change by Teyla Branton
  • Discern by Andera Pearson
  • Snow and Ash: Endless Winter by Theresa Shaver
  • Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson
  • Ignited by Desni Dantone
  • Back to Lazarus by Judy K. Walker
  • Chained Guilt by Terry Keys
  • Rift by Andreas Christens
  • Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
  • Evensong bu Krista Walsh
  • Mindspeak by Heather Sunseri
  • Runes by Ednah Walters
  • Wicked Luck by Shannon L. Maynard
  • Magemother by Austin J. Bradley
  • Sword Bearer by Teddy Jacobs
  • The Healer by C.J. Anaya
  • Branded by Keary Taylor
  • The Gifting K.E. Ganshert

Challenge 5

Hagrid: A comfort read (a book by a favourite author/a re-read/a book you know you’re going to love)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

So, obviously, I am going with the book by a favourite author part! I love the Harry Potter series and J.K. Rowling! So, I am so keen to get to this book and dive back into the Wizarding World! And guess what guys?! Finally, a book and movie that are exactly the same! HAHA. Anyway. I will hopefully be going to see the movie during the weekend that this ReadAThon is on! It comes out in the cinema in the next town on the 1st, so I will be straight there that weekend haha.

 

 


Well, that’s my TBR! Please help me find a book that I can read for challenge 4. If I can’t find something I’m just going to skip that Challenge and if I get time I will just read a random book, so I have 5.

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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Series Name: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Mystery
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Pages:  Actual story 396 (including interview with Author and preview of Library of Souls: 428)
Publishers: Quirk Books
Rating:
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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I am absolutely loving this series, I was in a kind of mini reading slump throughout October, so it took me awhile to read it, but that wasn’t because I didn’t like it!

If you have read my Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review, you will notice that some of this review will be very similar as my opinion has not changed when it comes to certain aspects of the books.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Spoiler Free Review

Writing:

I loved the writing style. I love books that when reading you can easily visualise the place they are talking about and that was the case for this book. I also loved the addition of the pictures. It added to the effect of the book and I thought it made it a little creepier, which I loved. This isn’t a scary book, just putting that out there, at first, I thought that’s what it was meant to be. However, it’s no scarier than any other fantasy novel I have read. The quality of writing was consistent between Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City, which is good as there is nothing worse than when the first book is written amazingly and the second seems like a half ass job!

Plot:

Now, as this is spoiler free I will not be talking about details of the plot as that would ruin this book and give away details of the first book. However, I loved the plot! It had so many twists and turns and it wasn’t a book where you are like ‘I bet this is what happens in the end’ because no matter what you guessed, you would have been wrong! It was so well done and there was tonnes of suspense which just heightened the plot.

Characters: 

If you want my initial opinion on Jakob, Jakobs Grandfather Abraham, Jakob’s Father Franklin, Emma, and Millard than check out my review for the first book here!

I’m not going to go into details about each character, but I loved that we actually learnt about each of the characters and found out what their personality is like!  There was also the addition of a few new characters that join them and some they had to leave behind! LITTLE BIT OF A SPOILER: A loved that Peculiar Animals were added! I found that so fascinating and I just loved it! TINY SPOILER PART OVER (not even sure that’s considered a spoiler, but to me you should go into this story with an open mind and knowing nothing like I did and this book will just blow your mind!

Overall:

I loved it! I can’t express it any other way! This book was equal to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and I will be picking up Library or Souls by the end of the day!


Highly RECOMMEND!

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Fall Bookish Bingo Update

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You can find my original post here.

I didn’t read these book because of the Bookish Bingo, I just made them fit haha!

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Multi POV: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Animal on Cover: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling (Cat in the bottom corner)

Purple Cover: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Free: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Black Cover: Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson

Fall Release: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unrealistic Guide by J.K. Rowling (8th September)

Short Story: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling


If you’re participating then let me know how far you have got!

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Book Travelling Thursday – Book That Brings You Warm Feelings

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I really need to stop finding memes that I want to do that are on the same day as memes I already participate in!

I’m also cheating as it is 2 hours into Friday, no longer Thursday but oh well!

Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

So this weeks theme is: Fall is just around the corner: A book that brings you warm feelings


So I’m not normal, that as simple as it gets. The book I chose is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, all the HP books end on a kind of good note compared to the really bad thing that has been building up all book, but out of all I loved Prisoner of Azkaban the most, everything you learnt about Sirius and how everything turned out just makes me so happy!


Original Cover:

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I’m pretty sure that this was the original cover, so if I’m wrong I’m sorry!

The copy I own is similar to this but slightly different as it is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition.

Cover from my country:

I tried googling it with no success, I live in Australia and most of the time with just get the UK edition of books!

Favourite covers:

Left is the new UK Bloomsbury Children’s Edition.
I love that they added the stag to the cover of this edition and the illustration is just beautiful! I also really like the colours on this edition.

Middle is the UK Bloomsbury Celebratory edition, which is the one I own.
I like that this one is basically the same as the original (which I really like) but it just has that bit more, I also like the gold on the spine, which you obviously can’t see in this photo but that what it has on my real copy. I wish I had the full set in this edition so the spines would be metallic.

Right is the iBooks/Kindle edition.
I really like this cover! My favourite thing is that when the image is smaller or further away the island looks like a wolf howling, I’m guessing this was on purpose and I love it!
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Least Favourite:

Left is the Bloomsbury Adult edition
To me if you removed the words from this book it looks like the cover of a murder mystery or something, there is nothing to refer it to Prisoner of Azkaban.

Right is the American Original Scholastics edition.
I just don’t like the illustrations! The faces of Hermione and Harry are really chubby and Harry is meant to be the opposite of that! and Buckbeak looks like a bird that has just smacked into a glass door.


Well, that’s it! Which cover for Prisoner of Azkaban is your favourite! Also, comment a link below to your Book Traveling Thursday or just tell me and I will check it out!
It’s interesting seeing different covers for books, I don’t really think about it as I just buy what available to me, so I probably haven’t seen half of them!

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