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The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. So to celebrate I thought I’d take on the “Ultimate Harry Potter Tag” courtesy of fandomsontherun.

1) Favourite book?
 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is the story I remember most vividly from my childhood, when the books began to take a darker turn.

2) Least favourite book?
 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What happens in this one again?  

3) Favourite movie? Goblet of Fire. The excitement of the game, Cedric Diggory, the focus on Hufflepuff house. 💛

4) Least favourite movie? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. What happens in this one again? (Honestly, I think I’ve completely erased this story from my memory.) 

5) Favourite Quote? “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

6) Favourite Weasley?
 Molly and her magical knitting will always have a special place in my heart, but I love Fred and George. Their wicked sense of humour and playfulness will forever make me smile. (And sorry, I refuse to separate them.)
7) Favourite female character?
 Luna Lovegood. Luna was the first character I truly related too. 

8) Favourite villain?
 Draco Malfoy. Who doesn’t love a bad boy? But seriously, Draco’s journey through the books is one of my favourites. His loyalty is admirable. 

9) Favourite male character? Neville Longbottom. My heart swells for this boy. I’m still so proud.

10) Favourite professor? Gilderoy Lockhart. I’d have been one of those swooning second years. But also his character is one of the greatest comic reliefs in my opinion.

11) Would you rather A) wash Snape’s hair or B) spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself? See previous answer. 😍

12) Would you rather duel A) an elated Bellatrix or B) and angry Molly? 
Bellatrix. No one should ever challenge an angry Molly.
13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via A) Hogwarts Express or B) Flying Car? Hogwarts Express, wouldn’t want to miss the lady with the sweet trolley.

14) Would you rather A) Kiss Voldemort or B) give Umbridge a bubble bath?Pucker up Voldy.

15) Would you rather A) ride a Hippogriff or B) ride a Firebolt? Hippogriff! It’s all about creatures for me. 

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies? No one is springing to mind.

17) Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

18) Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore? 

Richard Harris.

19) Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most? Peeves. That is all.

20) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Just purely because of the advancement in cinematography.

21) Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
 Hufflepuff. Always.

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
 Hufflepuff. 💛

23) Which class would be your favourite?Care of Magical Creatures.

24) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
 Lumos. I always like to bring light to even the darkest of places. 

25) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with?
 Luna, we could be weird together. 

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
 The Invisibility Cloak. The youngest brother’s story. ❤️

27) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
 I wish Hagrid would have been allowed to keep Norberta.

28) Favourite Marauder? Padfoot but maybe more as Sirius Black.

29) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
 Cedric Diggory. It wasn’t his fault he was there, he had no need to be killed. His death was unfair. 

30) Hallows or Horcruxes? The horcruxes do intrigue me, but my good nature will always lead me to the hallows.

I would like to tag anyone who fancies joining in with the celebrations today. Spread the magic. ⚡️

– B xo

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The Festive Christmas Book Tag.

There’s only one more sleep til Santa!!! So to help get us into the festive spirit ready for tomorrow I’ve had a go at GirlReading‘s Festive Christmas Book Tag. Whilst I was doing it my parents started chipping in wit their answers. Some of them were too good to miss, so I’ve left them in. 

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope Santa’s brings you everything you wished for tonight.
– B xo
1) A fictional family you would like to spend christmas dinner with?

Briony: Obviously the Weasleys. Homely, welcoming, loving, kind, warm and magical.

Dad: The Adams Family

Mom: Miss Marple. We could talk about knitting!
2) A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

Briony: Bookends! I don’t actually own a set of bookends.

Dad: *silence* (Briony: A pair of reading glasses?) 

Mom: A book stand, so I could crochet and read at the same time. 
3) A fictional character you think would make a perfect christmas elf?

Briony: Violet Baudelaire, she’s a fantastic inventor. She’d probably be able to create some awesome toys.

Dad: Dobby!

Briony: But Dad, Dobby is a free elf.
4) Match a book to it’s perfect christmas song. 

Briony: It’s got to be New Moon and Last Christmas. I love Wham! ❤️

Mom: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham would be great with Slade, when he has all the family there. 
5) Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

Briony: Christian Grey. And not even in the naughty/ sexy sense, just his character really annoys me. 
6) A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

Briony: Controversially, I’m going to say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Although I know the Harry Potter universe has a very extensive fan base, I think this book got very mixed (and many negative) reviews. If you read the play for what it is, you won’t be disappointed. 

7) Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully christmasy feel to it.

Briony: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. Specifically this cover: 

Image courtesy of Goodreads.

8) A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

Briony: This year I reread The Winnie the Pooh books for Wordsofareader‘s #HundredAcreReadalong. I absolutely loved them and would love for people to share in that experience. Reading them as an adult was truly wonderful. 

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The Reader Problems Book Tag. 

Hi everyone! 

I want to start this post with an apology. For a multitude of reasons my blogging has been rather sparse as of late and I am sorry about that. I’m not going to start reeling off all the details as to why I haven’t been blogging much these last couple of months, but what I do want to say is most recently it’s been because I’ve been sorting out some very exciting things! And although at this stage I can’t say too much until I’ve got all the right confirmation, I didn’t want to say nothing at all and leave you in the dark. So stay tuned! 2017 is already looking pretty peachy from where I’m standing. 😁 (More on that as it develops. *squee*)
So for now  I’ve decided to do something a little different. As I’ve said before I love reading and discovering other blogs, so I was very happy when Between The Pages’ Reader Problems Book Tag post landed in my inbox.  I instantly loved the tag and decided to give it a go. Here are my answers and if anyone else fancies doing this tag, go ahead, but be sure to link me to it in the comments. 😊

The Reader Problems Book Tag.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you choose what to read next?

I feel like this question isn’t at all hypothetical. 😂 As soon as I finished the book I was reading I would walk over to my bookshelf and pick whatever book took my fancy in that exact moment. This may be influenced by the last book I read and what I thought of it or by what I’m currently writing or by the current season or by what is currently in media etc. However, I have seen on Instagram people who use jam jars filled with all the books currently on their TBR pile written on pieces of coloured paper. Whenever they need to decide what to read next they just pick one at random from the jar. I think this is a super cute way to organise your reading life. 

You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I quit. I have a shelf on my Goodreads for the books I “started but never finished”. Life’s too short and there are so many books out there. Don’t force yourself to finish something you’re just not into when you could be starting something you’ll love. 

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Again, I’ve been here. I do try and catch up, even if I fail trying. (I feel like this is the first year I’m actually on track to finish my challenge! 😁) How? I read children’s books. Usually they’re shorter and easier to read. 

The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

Surprisingly, I’m ok with this. It is annoying but, especially now I have a Kindle, I find that my series’ are in different formats, let alone have different covers. I think things will be different though when I get my new bookcase and my shelves turn into more of a display. I’ve asked for the new covers of the Mortal Instruments series for Christmas purely because I think their spines are really pretty. I think I won’t feel the same way about this question come next year. 😋

You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I find it difficult to read in places where I don’t have quiet, so I hardly read in public. However, if a book has the power to draw that kind of a reaction from you I believe, let it out, it’s a compliment to the author. I deal by always carrying a pack of tissues. 

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book?

I’m a slow reader, so I tend to just dive straight into the sequel regardless. If I’m really struggling, I’ll flick back through the previous book to jog my memory but I won’t read it again cover to cover. I’d like to, but it would end up being like a month until I got to the new the story and if I was super excited about it, I’d get impatient. 😋

You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

E-books have got me out of this dilemma so many times. Haha! I normally say I’m lending it to my Mom/ boyfriend (which is true 90% of the time!) Then take note of what book it is and buy it them as a gift. 

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I do something else creative to help boost my imagination. If I’m not reading, I’m writing. If I’m not writing I’m knitting. I’m blessed with more than one hobby, so if the first one doesn’t work I move on to the next.

There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I have soooo many books already that I do have to restrain myself when book buying. I’ll probably choose the one I’m most excited about and buy that one. (Unless there’s an offer on at the book shop and then it would be rude not too.) After that I tend to watch the price of the e-book and wait for a baragain or check out my local library. 

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf for before you get to them?

It depends. I was super excited for Red Queen, but it’s still sitting on my shelf right now. However, I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the week after I got it. Again it depends on my mood and the time I have to spare as well as any external pressures like the likelihood of spoilers. 😱

And there we go. Hope you have fun doing your own tag and that you enjoyed reading mine. 

Speak soon! 

– B xo

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Things you should know about me, Bee.

So I’ve been thinking, as we start this journey together it’s only right and proper that I introduce myself. So to get the ball rolling, here are a few things you should know about me.

  • My name is Briony, but you can call me Bee.
  • I’m a graduate of the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Creative & Professional Writing with English.
  • I’ve enjoyed writing stories since primary school.
  • I can both knit and crochet and I’ll always give a craft a go.
  • I’m a big fan of comedy with two of my heroes being Jim Carrey and Russell Howard.
  • I knitted Russell Howard. (Exhibit A.)
  • I sell shiny things as my day job.
  • My dream will come true this year.

Also being as I’m new here, I’d love to hear about you guys too. So please feel free to leave a comment on this post  because I’m looking for some blogs to follow to make my Reader interesting and colourful!

I look forward to hearing from you all soon!

– B xo