Archive | December, 2010

30 Days of Truth – Day 25

31 Dec

Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today

because i have lots to accomplish.

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30 Days of Truth – Day 24

30 Dec

Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs.

the only song that i can think of is I’ll be ok = Mcfly – this song helped me through an awful time in my life and im sure it would help others too.

Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K Rowling

29 Dec

Synopsis – You’ve never heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard?’ said Ron incredulously. ‘You’re kidding, right?’ (From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) Published by the charity Lumos in association with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the first new book from J. K. Rowling since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The Tales of Beedle the Bard played a crucial role in assisting Harry, with his friends Ron and Hermione, to finally defeat Lord Voldemort. Fans will be thrilled to have this opportunity to read the tales in full. An exciting addition to the canon of Harry Potter, the tales reveal the wonderful versatility of the author, as she tackles with relish the structure and varying tones of a classic fairy tale. There are five tales: ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, recounted in Deathly Hallows, plus ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot’, and ‘Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump’. Each has its own magical character and will bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced and illustrated by J. K. Rowling. Also included are notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive

My thoughts – this is a lovely little book, a must read for all Harry Potter fans. Im not too sure how well this book would read if you were unaware of the harry potter books. They are lovely fairy stories and i could quite imagine reading them to children as a bedtime story. The notes by Albus Dumbledore added a more adult side to the book. I would recommend this book to any Harry Potter fan, it was a lovely little read. It only contained five short stories so i read it very quickly. I would say that this book would be better suited to children, however adults will enjoy it too.

WWW Wednesdays 29th Dec

29 Dec

I’ve been reading this blog for quite a while and love reading about this challenge. So Ive decided to give it a go myself 😀

What are you currently reading?

Tales of Beedle the Bard – By J.K. Rowling. This has been on my shelves for a long time and have really been wanting to read it. Im about halfway through this at the moment and im enjoying it. It would be lovely to read it too young children at bedtime and im really enjoying the notes by Albus Dumbledore in it.

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden. I really really enjoyed this book, lots more than i thought i would. The aspects of the culture was fasinating and at times i got lost in the pages. A beautiful story that i would highly recommend to anyone

 

What are you planning on reading next?

More to life than this – Carole Matthews – if not this some kind of chick lit book. Am in the mood for something that doesnt require much thinking 😀

30 Days of Truth – Day 23

29 Dec

Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.

i wish i had gone to university.

J. K. Rowling

28 Dec

J. K. Rowling is possibly my favourite author ever. She is certainly the person that got me hooked into reading when i was younger.

1) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (1997)

2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(1998)

3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban(1999)

4)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire(2000)

5)Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix(2003)

6)Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince(2005)

7)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows(2007)

it goes without saying that i have read these books a numerous ammount of times. She has also written other books too, related to the harry potter series

8) The tales of the Beedle and the Bard (2007) – this i am currently reading

9) Quiddich Through the Ages

10)Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

11) Harry Potter Prequal

 

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

28 Dec

Synopsis – This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha -summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan’s dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.

A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha – dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most land’s powerful men.

My thoughts – This book was one that my mum absolutly loved, and i brought this as part of a bundle of books. I’m quite ashamed to say that i would have probably have not read it if i hadnt. It is an absolutly fantastic book! Just the description of how geishas live and what they had to go through, was like it was on another world. I had to keep remembering that this sort of thing actually happened. I had reservations about the language and weather it would be difficult to get into, but i needent have worrried. It was so easy to get into i was reading for two hours without even noticing. I would highly recommend this book to anybody, an absoutly lovely read!