taketimetoshine: (Pink Flowers)
I have to admit, my gut reaction here would be Harry Potter. I would love to be a Witch and attend Hogwarts - although preferably in a time of peace. I'd rather have not been a student when Harry was there... think how interrupted my education would have been.

Imagine walking down Diagon Alley and buying school supplies. Catching the Hogwarts Express. Being sorted (preferably into Gryffindor, thank you). Meals in the Great Hall. Playing Quidditch. Learning Transfiguration, Defence Against Dark Arts, Charms, Potions, Astronomy, History Of Magic, Herbology, Arithmancy, Diviniation... The Forbidden Forest. Hogsmeade.

I think it would just be wonderful!
taketimetoshine: (Have The Answer)
Hermione Granger, from the Harry Potter series.

It's almost cliche to say it but she reminded me a lot of me - plain looking, intelligent, hard-working, studious, bookish... I loved seeing a character with her conscience and compassion, her responsibility and her steadfast devotion to the rules. She was determined and focused and so strong, despite her insecurity and fear of failure. Yet, despite her confidence and her abilities, she was never arrogant and would always help her friends.

I would love to be as brave as her - even when she was scared and panicking she was still able to find the reserves to carry on, to win.

I could carry on for hours as to why I love Hermione, why I think she's an incredible female character and role model but I won't!
taketimetoshine: (Winter Warmth)
Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

I'd love to be able to say it was some great work of literature, that it's Pride & Prejudice or Great Expectations or Romeo & Juliet.

But I would be lying, because it's not. It's everyone's favourite boy wizard, Harry Potter.

Whenever I feel low, I've had a bad day, I pick up my very battered, very well loved copy of Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban from the bookshelf and curl up with a mug of coffee and some chocolate cake and it's like everything just goes away. It's the equivalent of a big hug in book format.

I love... pretty much everything about it. Blowing up Aunt Marge, Dementors, Werewolves, time travel, Sirius Black. Remus Lupin. Peter Pettigrew. The Marauders. So much love.

Why do I feel a Harry Potter series re-read coming along?
taketimetoshine: (Default)
Day one of the challenge and it's one hell of a question. I don't know about you but when I fall in love with a series of books, I never want it to end. I want to know more about everything in the world the author has created. Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia are always the first that spring to mind... there's so much else that could be explored around the Magical World, about Narnia and the other lands.

Then I look at the second part of the question: a series I wish would just end already.
Laurell K Hamilton - Anita Blake.
A quick google search shows that no, she's still writing and they're still being published and I honestly want to know WHY!

They started off great but they've just dissolved into what basically feels like porn, there's no plot just excuses for characters to have sex. I'm sure that's great for some people but it's really not what interests me at all. I gave up somewhere around book 9 or 10 I think.
According to the internet, book 28 is due out this summer.

June 2016



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