Harry Potter Collection…

I thought that seeing as I’ve been re-reading my beloved Harry Potter books recently, I thought I would share my Harry Potter collection with you all.  I’ve been collecting Harry Potter books and memorabilia for years and years, and it is honestly one of my most prized possessions. So, let’s get stuck in..

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The main attraction in my collection is my Harry Potter books.  These are the books I have had since I first fell in love with the Wizarding world at around 8 years old, and then as and when the later books were published. These books were a huge part of my childhood, and hold a very special place in my heart.  On the same shel I keep my Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beadle the Bard book, along with my house bookmarks (I’ll pop a close up below).

My larger shelf holds the majority of my collection. Most of the space is taken up with my collection of wands, and my second set of books.  I also keep my copy of Half Blood Prince here as it is the only adult cover I own (I really want to collect the full series in
his cover, maybe one day…).

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This part of my bookshelf shows a couple of my favourite things within my collection.  Firstly, you get a glimpse of my wand boxes, which I’ll show you in just a minute.  You can also see my time-turner necklace sat in it’s display case, which I’ve never actually worn as I’m always worried I’m going to break it or something bad will happen.  There are also some chocolates, my chocolate frog and some peppermint toads, which I picked up while I was visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London a couple of years ago.    And the last item in this image is my little sorting hat.  This was actually a one of the cake toppers on my 21st birthday cake and I can’t bear to get rid of it.

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A fairly recent addition is my huge Harry Potter theme books.  These include my illustrated edition of Philosophers Stone, ‘Harry Potter Page to Screen’, ‘Harry Potter The Creature Vault’ and I also keep my photo of me riding a broom at the Harry Potter Studio Tour on this little shelf.

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This is my second out of three sets of the Book series, as I also have the ebooks on my kindle (y’know… just in case I neeeeeed to read them when I’m away from home!).  This was very lovingly gifted to me a couple of christmases ago, and I love it!  It is of course the Signature collection of the seven book, all beautifully displayed in a shiny red box.  Every time I re-read Harry Potter I go back to my original copies, so these have never been read or had their spines broken, mainly because they look so pretty in their box that I don’t want to ruin them!

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This is my wand collection… so far.  I’ve been collecting these for the last 5 years or so and I can’t wait to expand my collection even further.  From left to right we have, Harry Potter, Voldemort, Hermione Grange, Albus Dumbledore (The Elder Wand), Fleur Delacour and Luna Lovegood. All but one of these wands have been gifted to me for birthdays and christmases over the years, as my family and boyfriend are incredible  and know we wayyyy too well.

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Finally, I wanted to show you a couple of novelty items from my collection.  First is a ‘Hogwarts A History’ book I made for a halloween costumer years and years ago.  I dressed up as Hermione and decorated this book (which is also a box) to use as a makeshift bag for the evening.  I figured that seeing as Hermione always has a book to hand, it would be a cool idea to keep my purse and phone inside a book instead of taking a bag out with me.  Second is my Hogwarts letter and ticket to platform 9 3/4.  This was a gift from my sister a couple of christmas’ ago, and I thought it was a really sweat idea.  And the very sat thing I wanted to show you is my set of House bookmarks.  Again, this is something that sits with my collection that I have never used, they ooh so lovely and I am always afraid them may get damage it I use them.

I really hope you have enjoyed me sharing my Harry Potter collection with you, and would love to hear about any memorabilia you may have collected, or what is on your Harry Potter wish list in the comments below.  I really enjoyed writing this post, so let me know if you would like to see more like this by giving it a like.

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Even Angels Fall; F L Darbyshire

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Even Angels Fall by F L Darbyshire isn’t the type of book I would typically pick up, however, when Fay contacted me offering to send me the book in exchange of an honest review, I took to Goodreads to see if it was something I would be interested in.  After reading the blurb and a couple of reviews, it had definitely sparked an interest.

[The Plot]: After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?

I want to start with saying, straight away, that this book isn’t for the faint hearted.  There are some really serious issues that are dealt with throughout this book and it really takes you on an emotional roller coaster.

At the very beginning of the book, we learn about Abbey’s traumatic year and how she has had to deal with not only the loss of her twin brother, but also the fact that her family is falling apart.  I don’t think I’ve felt this passionate whilst reading in a long time, and as we learn more about Abbey and her family, the more angry I was with both her mother and her brother.  I had to keep telling myself that they are not real people, they are just characters.  However, Fay’s writing made me feel like they were genuine people who were treating Abbey in this way and I couldn’t help myself but hate them, and just feel so angry that I had to put the book down for the afternoon.

As the story progresses, things get worse and worse with Abbey and her family.  However, she finds solitude in her new friends and takes on a whole new lifestyle.  In order to breakaway from the family who dismiss her when she needs them most, Abbey takes to skipping class and partying with her new friends.  Slowly but surely Abbey becomes a part of their ‘group’, eventually taking recreational drugs and moving in with her new boyfriend.  While Abbey’s choices go against everything I have ever believed in, I couldn’t help but be happy for her.  She has a new supportive structure surrounding her, new friends who would do anything for her.  A boyfriend who loves her.  And most importantly she is dealing with her grief instead of burying it away like her family had been doing for the last year.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers as I really think this is a book you should all read, and get the full impact as the story twist and turns.  But I will say that things slowly start to spiral out of control and Abbey has to face some big and serious decisions.

Even Angels Fall is Fay’s debut novel and I think she has done an incredible job.  It was so emotional and captivating that after taking a small break after getting angry at Abbey’s family, I couldn’t put the book back down.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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City of Bones; Cassandra Clare

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For years I have had people tell me I need to read this book, and I have no idea why I didn’t listen to them sooner.

[The Plot]: Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.  Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City- and the dangers of forbidden love.

As I’ve already said, I put off reading this book for a long long time, and I have no idea why.  By just reading the blurb it sounds like a book I would love, and with recommendations from people I know have good taste in books, I really had no reason to put it off for so long.

Clary Fray is living a 100% normal teenage life.  Her mom is strict and over protective, she goes out and spends time with her friends.  She has no idea she could be something completely different until she sees something no one else can see in a club in New York City.  Clary sees two guys with a knife, and after alerting her friend Simon and stupidly going after them, she realises it’s a completely different story.  The guys with the know turn out to be shadow hunters, and invisible everyone else there.

From here on in, Clary’s life changes dramatically.  With her mom missing and demons hiding around every corner, Clary has to rely on the group of beautiful strangers to help her fix this new world she had no idea existed.

Simon and Clary’s relationship is so close, and even though Clary is pretty naive to not see how Simon really feels about her, they overcome a lot and Simon accepts this new world with her without any hesitation.  He makes it very clear that he doesn’t like Clary’s new friends, except Isabelle of course, but instead of causing a huge amount of tension or leaving Clary to fix everything alone, he does his best to help.

I love the way the story progressed and didn’t want to put it down at all, finishing it in just two or three sittings. The story id fast paced and so much happens in such a short amount of time, I’m itching to read City of Glass.   Are there any other books out there I’m missing out on, that I should definitely read? Let me know in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Bookshelf Tour; September 2015

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I’ve been toying with the idea of a bookshelf tour for quite a while now, I just wasn’t quite sure how I was going to achieve it best in blog form.  I apologise for the images not really being of the best quality, but I hope you enjoy a look round my bookshelf and how I organise my books.  Keeping my books in any organised state is a constant work in progress, as my collection just keeps growing and growing and my room isn’t exactly the largest… hopefully in the future I will be able to expand on my bookshelves and create  solutions that works better for me.

2The top section of my bookshelves look a little like this.  The very top shelf contains a mixture of books including my collection of classics, cook books and the one graphic novel I own (I intend on expanding this collection in the very near future, so stay posted for a review!).  The second shelf houses my Harry Potter collection.  On the right you can see the full series of books I have collected from the age of 7 or 8 years old.  They hold a very special place in my life and I couldn’t face just sitting them within all my other books.  On the left you can see my signature collection box set of books, which are completely untouched (they looked so beautiful in the box, I didn’t want to spoil it by breaking their spines!), and my collection of wands, chocolate frog, time turner etc.  The third shelf (which is the middle of the bookshelves overall), I use as a dressing table.  On the right is where i apply my make up and do my hair, I keep my mirror, makeup brushes and hair accessories here.  On the left I have all of my products for both my hair and skin, my vanity case which holds my every day makeup and a lipstick stand for my most used lipsticks.

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From this point of my bookcase down, I have tried to keep the books grouped by genre.  The fourth shelf mainly contains fantasy and distopian books, as you can see the likes of Twilight, Poison Study, Hunger Games, Maze Runner and many more.  The Fifth shelf continues along the same theme with the Morganville Vampire series, Game of Thrones and Mortal Instruments, however the right hand side of this shelf is a bit of a miscellaneous shelf.  Most of the books in this little shelf are books I have recently acquired or want to read soon. The sixth shelf contains my crime/ thriller and horror books, as you can see there is a collection of Stephen King, James Patterson, Dexter by Jeff Lindsey and loads more.  The bottom shelf loosely follows the same theme with authors including Jefferson Bass, Karen Long and Karin Slaughter.  Again the bottom right shelf is very different and contains a small stash of my favourite childhood books, these include the goosebumps books and Jacqueline Wilson.  I also use this space to tidy away my hair styling tools.

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Finally, as I ran out of room on my bookshelves, I had to add 2 runs of wall shelves alongside them.  The top shelf here contains a random assortment of book that I couldn’t place neatly within my bigger bookcase.  These include American Sniper, The miniaturist and some old University text books. The bottom shelf contains mainly my girly, chick lit books.  These include Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, an assortment of Paige Toon books and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I’d love to see how you organise your books, and hear of any tips and tricks you have for housing a lot of books in a small space.

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The Life I Left Behind; Colette McBeth

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It’s been a good few weeks since my last post, and even longer since my last book review. However, I am back with my thoughts on The Life I Left Behind and the mindset of posting a lot more frequently.

[The Plot]:Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody’s neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David’s betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. In fact, she no longer really has any friends. She’s built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she’s cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely.

When I initially picked up this book, it wasn’t sure what to make of it, and I almost thought it would be something similar to ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold, however the book took me completely by surprise.

This book is written from three perspectives and it’s this dynamic that gives the book a different depth to other crime/ thriller books I’ve read in the past.  I’ve said already that I was expecting the book to be quite similar to The Lovely Bones, but as soon as I started reading this book I completely forgot about my initial reaction to the blurb and was engrossed in the story from the perspectives of Melody, Eve and Victoria.

Eve’s perspective is an important one in the telling of this story.  Although she is dead, and we know she knows who has killed her, at no point are we given any false implications of who the killer is.  I felt that Eve didn’t give too much away and I was able to make my own assumptions and predictions, and at no point did I actually guess who the killer is.  Also, I found that McBeth hit just the right balance of the supernatural element behind Eve’s perspective, she did well by not trying too hard to create a ghost story as such.

Melody’s story is a powerful one throughout this book.  She is completely beaten by the world when we first meet her.  She’s scared to leave the house alone, she can’t trust anyone and she does everything she can to distract herself from the real world.  When news comes of Eve’s death, it sparks something in Melody and slowly but surely it lights a spark inside of her.  She comes on leaps and bounds by the end of the book and I think it is her story that keeps you reading and completely unable to put the book down.  I made the mistake of reading this book on my lunch break in work, and I found it really hard to concentrate for the rest of the day until I could continue reading at home.

I hadn’t heard of Colette McBeth until reading this book, and I can safely say I will be reading more of her work.  I would love to hear recommendations of any similar books in the comments below!!

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.

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