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Harry, A History ~ Book Review (& when I joined the HP fandom)

I picked this book up the other day for a couple of dollars, at my local second hand store. I was actually looking for the last three Harry Potter books to complete my collection. Then my friend handed me this book – Harry, A History – and I bought it. I was a little skeptical but it seemed promising. It’s written by Melissa Anelli, an admin at the Harry Potter fan site: The Leaky Cauldron. It’s about her journey into the fandom and her experiences along the way. As the tag line on the front cover reads: ‘The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside The Harry Potter Phenomenon.’

This book was intriguing and kept me interested for hours. Being on school holidays it was a good way to spend a day – reading in the sun on my back porch. But the thing I found most interesting, was reading about the author and the Harry Potter fandom’s experience in waiting for the books to come out. I first read the series in 2009 when they’d all been published. I never had to wait for months even years for the next book to be released. I just finished one book and then picked up the next. I never got the chance to sit and ponder what would happen next.
This is mainly because the first book was published in 1997, a year before I was born. But I’m still consider myself a major HP fan regardless.

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Now back to the book, which covers topics such as Wizard Rock – Harry Potter themed music – to how HP fans got the author through the tragic 9/11 attacks when she didn’t know whether her sister was okay. The book is a must read for any Harry Potter fan. I just hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rach, x

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The Top 3 Highlights of My Weekend

I know what your thinking ‘Why is she posting twice in one day?’ I’ll admit it’s unusual; most of the time I post a couple of times a week, if I have the time. But I was just thinking how happy I was, and how many good things have happened this weekend, that I wanted to share. And I know, I usually post my highlights on a Friday, but I can’t wait until the end of the week.

  1. Downton Abbey: Earlier this week I saw an ad on TV, advertising that Downton Abbey Season Three starts on Sunday. So in a mad rush I watched the first two seasons in a few days. And it was amazing! I love Downton. I love the cast, the stories, the era that it’s set in. In fact we were just learning about WWI, in my history class this week. And yes I know S3 has already aired overseas, but in Australia, S3 starts airingat 8:30pm, and I’m super excited so no spoilers please!

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  2. My awesome dream: Last night I had the best dream. I was engaged to Matthew Crawley (played by Dan Stevens) from Downton Abbey. Matthew is played by Dan Stevens. It was beautiful. But… I can’t remember exactly what happened in it, I just remember he was so cute, and at one point we were dancing, and it was magical. And then I woke up and reality came crashing down, and it was a sad moment. I’ve become so obsessed with Downton ATM, that I’m dreaming about it too. Oh my.

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  3. Warm Bodies: Today there was something on my FB news feed about Warm Bodies. A book by Isaac Marion that has been adapted for the big screen by Jonathan Levine. It was released in America and other places recently, but unfortunately it’s Australian release date is not to April. However this gives me time to read the book before I go see the film, considering I’m going to ask for the book for my birthday in March. Warm Bodies, is a ‘paranormal romantic zombie comedy film’. It’s about R (played by Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who doesn’t remember his past life, and is different from this fellow undead friends because he doesn’t enjoy eating people. But then he falls in love with a human, Julie (Teresa Palmer). And slowly he becomes warmer, and more human. The trailer looks absolutely awesome, and I am very excited to see this movie!

    Enjoy.

    Rach, x

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Monday Quotes: Evermore Series

The last couple of weeks I have been reading the Evermore series by Alyson Noel. So, I thought for this weeks ‘Monday Quotes’, I would share some of my favourite quotes from the first four books in this series. I haven’t read the last two in the series yet, and I don’t want to spoil it for myself, so for now I’m gonna share a few from each of the first four books. I recommend you go read this series, if you haven’t already!

#1 Evermore:

“I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.”
― Alyson NoelEvermore

“I love you,” I whisper.
“And I love you.” He smiles, his lips seeking mine. “Always have. Always will.”
― Alyson NoelEvermore

“You’re strictly a tulip girl—a red tulip girl.”
― Alyson NoelEvermore

“Because that was some mega tense awkwardness, a real ‘Hello my name is Ever and I’ll be your next stalker’ kind of moment…”
― Alyson NoelEvermore

“Well, for that matter, I was also a good friend of Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Francis Bacon, Albert Einstein, and John, Paul, George, and Ringo.” He pauses, seeing the blank look on my face and groaning when he says, “Christ, Ever, the Beatles!” He shakes his head and laughs. “God, you make me feel old.”
― Alyson NoelEvermore

#2 Blue Moon:

“You left me.”
Not realizing until I’ve said my final good-bye and closed the door behind me, that he’s not referring to the past.
He’s prophesying our future.”
― Alyson NoelBlue Moon

“The love of every single one of my lives.”
― Alyson NoelBlue Moon

“If you insist on the chase,” I say, my voice much surer than I feel.”Then you better start training. ‘Cause, dude you’re in for a marathon.”
― Alyson NoelBlue Moon

#3 Shadowland:

…in the end, all I want is to be with him. It’s the only way my life feels complete.”
― Alyson NoelShadowland

“So you’ve made a friend. How sad for them.”
― Alyson NoelShadowland

“Didn’t I promise I’d always look after you and keep you from harm?”
― Alyson NoelShadowland

#4 Dark Flame:

“My feelings for you are not conditional. I don’t judge you. I don’t lose patience with you. I don’t punish you. I just love you. That’s all. Pure and simple.”
― Alyson NoelDark Flame

“Our past may shape us, but it doesn’t define who we become.”
― Alyson NoelDark Flame

“Remember when you picked me up like a frisbee and tossed me across your yard?”
― Alyson NoelDark Flame

Hope you enjoyed a few of my favourite quotes, courtesy of www. goodreads.com

Rach, x

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife, is a book by Audrey Niffenegger, and was also made into a movie in 2009, which stars Rachel McAdams as Clare and Eric Bana as Henry.

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Last Monday,when I went thrift shopping (as mentioned in my previous post) I bought The Time Traveler’s Wife book for only a few dollars. TTTW, is on my to-read list this summer, so I thought instead of borrowing it from the local library, I’d just buy it.

So last night when I had nothing to-do I decided to watch TTTW movie. At first I found it confusing (even though I’d seen it before), just thinking about Time Travel made my brain hurt, but by the end of the movie, though I was an emotional wreck, I completely understood the movie.

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This next part may contain spoilers.

But anyway, the book is about Henry, a time traveler. He ‘suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future.’
Henry, first time traveled when he was six. He was in a car crash with his mum. His mum died in the car, but Henry escaped by time travelling. For the rest of his life Henry is time traveling, uncontrollably at random and awkward times. So basically, one moment he will be cooking dinner in 1995, and then he’ll wake up, naked, (yes, his clothes can’t time travel), in 1973.

But the real story is the love story of Henry and Clare. When they first meet (and this is where I got confused), Clare is six years old and Henry is a future version of himself, and thirty-six years old. They meet periodically over the next twelve years, until she is eighteen. Then, they meet again, in real time, when Clare is twenty and Henry is twenty-eight. Yet, Henry doesn’t remember Clare, because only his older self has met her. Confusing, right?

Well, the good thing about the movie, is that the longer you watch it, the more you understand. But don’t worry, the movie isn’t a Sci-Fi genre (if you don’t like that sort of thing), I would say it’s more of a romantic drama. The main plot is Henry and Clare’s struggle with marriage, as they both try to live normal lives.

The movie, has a unique plot, and is moving (the end brought me to tears), and the characters, I believe are well portrayed by excellent actors. Rachel McAdams, is one of my favourite actors, she’s so fetch!

So far, I am 159 pages into the book, but I’mglad that I watched the movie first. If you are looking for a book to read this Christmas break, or a flick to watch, I recommend The Time Traveler’s Wife, for everyone!
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