​This one was a rollercoaster for me, I mean really. It's not that weird though considering that this is the longest book in the series. This time I actually wrote some thoughts down as I read it and the first thing I mention in my notes is about Molly and the Boggart at Grimmauld Place. Damn, that scene hurt. I cried like a baby and just sat there thinking about all the pain she must've have felt when it happened. Thanks for the punch in the gut Rowling!
I also cried about Neville's parents a lot in this book, 'cause I am apparently a complete crybaby. I just can't deal with the thought of parents not knowing who you are, it hurts me down to my core.
And don't get me started on Sirius! I knew his death was coming, everyone knows that, but it doesn't prepare you for sobbing mess you become. I can just hear Harry screaming in my head and I can see the pain on Remus' face. It is awful, and such good writing.
Now I wasn't just sad during this read, I was freaking mad as well.
We all know sweet, lovely Umbridge with her obsession with pink things and cats. Wonderful woman, that one. Oh wait! She is the most vile creature on this earth. I couldn't stand reading about her, everything she does makes my body itch with the need to punch something... or someone. I sometimes struggled to get through parts of the book simply because she was in them. Rowling truly succeeded in writing an absolutely revolting character.
But I have been happy too, I have laughed out loud several times. I loved that Ginny has grown even more as a character and that Ronis such a typical older brother when it comes to her dating-life.
And I love that we actually get to see Neville's bravery and loyalty to his friends.
And Harry realises from time to time that he is acting like a total git, because angst-Harry is no fun.
I have loads more to say about this book, but I think it'll just drag on so we'll leave it at that.

Rating: 4/5 🌟 
Recommended? I of course recommend this one, but be prepared for the most mixed read of your life. And fuck Umbridge!
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix

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Oh my, this was weird!
This book is about Ava Bingen and Midi Sorte, two women in their late teens living as servants in a castle in the Scandinavian kingdom Skyggehavn. After some setup the shit hits the fan when Ava accidentally stabs the Queen with a needle during a mending of her Highness' dress. Not that things go crazy, just that every other action in this freaking book is set into motion. Now a lot of stuff happens: rape, pregnancies, abuse, poisoning, killing, almost-marriages between 10 year old girls and 34 year old men; all that fun stuff.
One reviewer on Goodreads put my feelings about this book perfectly into words; "Friends, do you ever read a book and be torn between simultaneously enjoying it and sort of wanting to take a shower?" That is exactly how I feel. It's so creepy, but so good. The language is beautiful, the characters are interesting and I can't get over the fact that one of them had sown jewels into their actual balls. I might've snickered and cringed at the same time when I first read about it. I also find it amazing that I could become excited over the fact that a 10 year old girl stabbed a man in the thigh because she was so curious as to what it would feel like. I know it sounds insane, but if you read the book, you will want her to stab him too.
Now the author herself describe this book as a fairytale about syphilis and oh boy is that putting that mildly. This book is disgusting, there is intricate descriptions of everything: the King's bowel movements, the Queen's gynaecological exams, the childrens' boils and rashes, absolutely everything is described in great detail. I can't believe I actually sometimes read this during my lunch breaks. Now I want to mention one more thing about this book; It is marketed as a YA book, but that is not the case. I wouldn't even hand this to someone else my age and tell them to read it. Now I'm used to this type of book because I've read some fucked up shit before, but as I said, don't read this if you're under 18, just don't.
(I'm also going to include links to two other reviews that I really enjoyed reading)
Francesca's Review
​Lee's Review

Rating: 3.5/5 🌟 
Recommended? This I would recommend to someone who likes a good Historical Fiction-read.
Author: Susann Cokal
GoodReads Page: The Kingdom of Little Wounds

“Fate refuses to stop at the pretty part of the tale; Fate insists on more tests of courage and wit, a terrible end, even if the heroine's heart be pure and her crime accidental.”

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Wow, that sounds insane... No but I just wanted to inform those that are getting a bit sick from the Harry Potter wave are in luck, I'm taking a break from the series. However, only for one book! I'll be reading The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal. It sounds quite interesting with royal drama and death and family, and yeah. It's gorgeous too!

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​I mean really people, we're getting into the good stuff, like the really good stuff. I was a bit meh over the movie, but this book has depth and fire and tension. It also shows new sides of characters that I hadn't known of before and it is just lovely.
A quick side-note before I go into the actual review; I love the fact that it feels more and more natural to see Hermione and Ron as a couple the more the story progresses. In this one you can really notice their underlying jealousy whenever Krum receives Hermione's attention and Fleur receives Ron's. I also like how they built up the ball and the relationship between Hagrid and Madame Maxime, because I never understood why they stopped talking in the movies. Moving on!
Now one thing that I've noticed is that they make some scenes more light-hearted and... fun, I guess. Take the scene when Alastor Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret. In the movie the students surrounding them are laughing and the ferret is simply "bounced" in the air before going down either Crabbe or Goyle's pants (can't really remember which). When Professor McGonagall shows she is slightly flustered but not too upset when she tells Moody about the proper rules. Malfoy is also just a bit dishevelled and confused when he is turned back to a human. Now let's look at the same scene in the book. In the movie Malfoy almost attacks Harry but doesn't quite get there before Moody stops him, in the book Malfoy actually succeeds but only manages to graze Harry's ear. Moody then turns him into a ferret and literally slams him into the ground and high up into the air several times before McGonagall stops him. No students are laughing, and Malfoy is actually hurt when he turns back into a human. Maybe this is nitpicky, but I thought it interesting.
I also feel like I gain more and more respect for Dumbledore through each passing book. In the movies I saw him as wise, but in the books his power and determination really shines through. I also respect his willingness to show Harry the truth and the importance of telling people as it is.
Oh, and another thing! If you loved Molly in the movies, then she is a true gem with her kids and others in the books. She simply melts my heart.

Rating: 5/5 🌟 
Recommended? All in all I apparently can't give a bad review, and we're getting into the really good stuff. So yeah, read this, read like you haven't read before! (Does that make any sense?)
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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​Oh boy! Oh boy oh boy oh boy, do I love this book! I loved the film-version as well, so I see a theme forming here; if I liked the movie it is very likely I will like the book.
What I found very refreshing with this one is that you get in even deeper with the characters and in this one my favourite is introduced, namely Sirius Black. This book made me love this character even more than I did before with little things that you can't really get into with films. I found it cool how Rowling does the descriptive part because I can really see it infront of me. Sure, you have a little help because of the movies, but I actually get a slightly different view in my mind.
I also loved Snape in this one, and I've never been the biggest fan of him (I haven't hated him, I just haven't really liked him). He's much more verbal in the books and he yells and he's so dramatic, frankly, I'm sold. It's interesting to compare Alan Rickman's (may he rest in peace) performance to the character. The things he does, the way he snoops around and interact with others is a delight. I actually found myself getting annoyed at several points in the story because I just wanted him to back off for a hot minute.
Next up is the second thickest book in the series; Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, which I'm starting right now.

Rating: 5/5 🌟 
Recommended? Yes yes yes, read it and then read it again.
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

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​I'm sad to say that this one is my least favourite of the series and it always has been. Not that the plot is bad or the characters don't hold up, it's rather because of exhaustion. I've seen the movie so many times now it's starting to drive me nuts. The movie is fun, but the actors are still young and the magic of the first movie isn't as impressive anymore. And to put a cherry on top, the basilisk terrified me (I'm sure most people can say the same).
What I can say though is that I enjoyed the book more than the movie, things made more sense and didn't feel as rushed as they did in the movies. You also get to know everyone much more and you can relate to the characters in a different way.
I'm truly looking forward to keep on reading about Harry's and the gang's adventures.

Rating: 4/5 🌟 
Recommended? Yes of course, but this is not the book in the series I would tell someone to pick up if they just want to read one of the books. (Don't know why anyone would do that, but I don't judge)
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Wow, I've been awful at this. It has, however, been a hectic month with me moving back home, going to work every weekday between 8am and 5pm, hanging out with friends I haven't seen in a while, etc etc. I'm not trying to make excuses, it was nice to just take an unintentional break. Either way, I'm home now and currently feeling pretty good. Work is fun, the friends are fun and reading is of course still fun. Three weeks of summerbreak has already past but I feel like I've done a lot. I've actually gotten not only one but two tattoos.

​They mean a lot to me (obviously) and I'm so proud of myself for daring to do it. I'm terrified of needles, so this is a big accomplishment.
Anyway, this was just supposed to be a small update before I get back into the swing of things. I expect to have my "review" of Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets up by tomorrow.

Happy Summer!

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​What can I say? It's the magic of childhood all over again. As some of you may know, when I turned 20 I decided to splurge and buy the whole Harry Potter-set. Not only because they're beautiful but also because I have never read all the books, only the first and last one. So I decided that I would read them all this summer, so one down so far.
Now what did I think? I loved it of course and it was just what the doctor ordered. I've been quite stressed lately with summerbreak approaching, having to pack, schoolauditions and practice all wrapped into a little ball of things I need to do. So being able to escape into the world of Harry Potter was great and I loved every second of it. Now this one was a really quick read which I did expect considering the target demographic. I did watch all the movies as they came out, so I did still grow up with Harry and the gang. Like J.K. Rowling said herself "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home". I love that quote and it definitely sums up my feelings about this book.

Now I know this isn't the best of reviews, but this is how they'll look with this series. I'll only say what I generally thought about it and won't go into plot-details since most people out there have either read the books, watched the movies or both.

Rating: 5/5 🌟
Recommended? We all need a little magic, friendship and adventure every now and then, so I recommend this to anyone of all ages.
Author: J.K. Rowling
GoodReads Page: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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​As I am terrible at coming up with ideas, I turn to others. This time I searched tumblr for inspiration of some kind, and found this. I have been wanting to use more photography in my blogposts, so maybe this will help. So throughout May I will try to do if not all of these, at least as many as I can muster. So look forward to my bad pictures and mediocre writing! 

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​This is my lovely bookcase, filled pretty much to the brim with books, doublestacked and all. It's not even all of them, a few (read a lot) sit on top of my dresser and on my travelchest. This view is what makes me feel at home and what makes me relax after a long, tiring day.

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