My fear of Harry Potter enthusiasts…

Hello all!

I want to begin my post with a couple of memories from my University experience regarding the infamous J.K.Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ novels that has been making me particularly giggle recently, rather than shameful as I feel I ought to be.

The first came during my first week of University as the class I was in was discussing the novels that inspired us to want to become writers. It became clear within a solid thirty seconds-one minute that the unanimous decision was that Harry Potter had acted as most of our ‘creative Bible’s from an early age. When it came to my turn, the revealing that I had in fact never read any of her books and had indeed given up after the first ten pages from ‘boredom’, resulted in a chorus of horrified gasps that confirmed to me that this was the end of me. That I would be bombarded by screwed up pages of Harry Potter and Philosophers stone and chanted the lines of the novel until Death came for me.

The second was a re-occurence of realisations of my flatmate, Charlotte, who responded to me every time I reiterated that I had never read it or mentioned ‘boredom’ like she was experiencing a gunshot wound or I had harmed a small puppy (it’s safe to say, she is somewhat of a fan).

These both have led me to the decision that

1) I need to make a note of not speaking ‘boredom’ and ‘Harry Potter’ in the same sentence to ANYONE, and

2) I need to sort out my inexperience with the modern day ‘classics’.

Due to this, I have compiled a collection of individual books/collections that I feel I need to have read in order to feel worthy of saying I am a book nerd.

So here goes;

  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (and so on), By J.K.Rowling
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snickett
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and so on), by Stieg Larsson
  • Eragon, by Christopher Paolini.

I confess that I feel guilty now that I’ve committed my sins of reading past to paper (well, screen), but my challenge starts now!

I will re-post as my challenge goes on, but I promise I will try to be unoffending to the books themselves.


‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in all its glory!

Hello all!

I apologise for a lack of posts recently, as I’ve plunged myself back into the wonderful world of full time work and binge reading (when my brain has decided it’s open to some imagination!)

My main instinct for coming to this blog however was my re-discovery of a book I’ve loved for the many years since my (what seems like) prehistoric GCSE studies of it – To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The only thing I distinctly remembered when I curved back the cover however, was a quote from my fantastic teacher at the time; ‘I never have married, but if I were to, my ideal man would be Atticus’.

…and boy, I have never heard any truer words spoken.

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

Now anyone who knows me well, knows how much of a quote fanatic I am. I have them posted across my walls, hurriedly squashed into small corners of torn paper using a chewed red-biro, and buried inside the deepest corners of my mind. Although when I came across this quote today when re-reading the novel, It truly was an ‘I-need-to-place-this-book-down-and-think-for-a-moment’ kind of situation.

I can’t describe how much of a brilliant book this is. I personally find that the best review is to give no review, but to rather tell others to ”honestly, just read it”. I think too often, people try to explain the beauty of writing but ultimately eradicate its beauty by using explanation and reason. Sometimes, we just need to hand someone a piece of paper with words on and say ‘hey, you’ve got to read this’.

…and so, this is what I do.

. . .

Now, I’m not much of a book rater, but I feel this deserves a change.

4.9/5 (because of the ending…no spoilers, but I can’t justify a full 5 to a book that makes me sob, launch the book into the corner of the room and repeat ‘NOPE’ to an empty silence)

Hello world!

Hello all!

‘Wanderlust’ – a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world (according to Wikipedia directly).

I believe there is a wanderlust embedded in everything that we write, and in everything that we read. I believe that there is a longing from both the writer and the reader to transport our minds into somewhere completely new and beautiful, or dark and fantastical, or even simply to the breakfast table of our beloved character.

So, because of this and my absolute fascination with all things ‘words’, I have decided to share my journey with writing with you. I have decided to share the quotes that make me sit back and marvel, the books that moved me to ignoring the last two pages out of a desperate fear for it never to end, and my wacky thoughts that often make no sense yet become my best pieces of writing.

I hereby introduce you to a small slice of my mind.


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