RST: My Favourite Series

This is just a short and quick post about my favourite series. I don’t have too many so I’ll only mention my ultimate favourites.

I haven’t completed a lot of series in my years of reading but the ones that I have completed are very near and dear to my heart.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I swear one day I’ll probably get sick of talking about how this series is my favourite but it is not this day. My love for this series is spread far and wide across the universe and
these are not books I ever want to forget.

I’m currently in the process of rereading this series and at the time of writing this post, I’ve just finished City of Ashes. My love for this series and Cassie Clare’s writing grows with every new stitch of information that’s released. I don’t just love TMI, but all of Shadowhunter Chronicles. I don’t have time to reread a series I’ve already read, but I made time to squeeze this in.

I feel so happy when I’m in this world. There are things that annoy me and characters I absolutely cannot stand, but my love is unwavering.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Here’s a secret: I’ve only read the Harry Potter series once. I am a big fan of the series but every time I decide to do a marathon I get distracted and I turn to something else. Now the movies, those I can watch till my eyes burn. I have read The Deathly Hallows thrice and I read The Cursed Child twice (the second time for unbiased review purposes). My thing with marathoning all the Harry Potter books is that I’m too busy…and I’d prefer to read that series with no distractions which is not a small thing to ask for these days.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I explained in a recent post how I was introduced to LoTR. I can’t count how many times I’ve re-watched both The Hobbit and the LoTR trilogies. I’m sure by the time this post goes up, I would’ve made some time for another marathon. I don’t think I’ve done it with the entire franchise for the extended versions. Soon!

I have yet to read The Return of the King…still! But I have read The Hobbit three or four times so that makes up for it right? No, no it doesn’t. Gotta get on that ASAP! I did a Let’s Talk post about J.R.R. Tolkien last year and I found out so many awesome things about him. The main thing: he was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I lost my mind at this because yes! Also, I found the whole thing about his death being in 1973 and that opening pages, you know how it goes:

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne

We’ll stop there. But I found that awesome! Not the death part but the fact that that’s the year of his death back to front. Out of all the books though,  I have to say that The Hobbit is my favourite. I feel like I connect more with the characters. Also, that book has a dragon.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I wanted the first book because I’d read anything that SJM writes (even though now I’m not as big a fan of ToG as I used to be). I actually read ACOTAR because it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling but I stayed with the series because I love it that much. I’ve read a lot of great books but for the life of me I can’t remember one that trumps ACOMAF. Maybe The Deathly Hallows because that book struck all the chords for me.

I don’t know what it was about ACOMAF that made me fall in love with it but I know that I didn’t want to put it down. People told me that ACOTAR didn’t come near to ACOMAF’s level and I thought they were exaggerating…no, but there’s no such thing. ACOTAR is a really good book but it’s just the beginning, you know. Now at this moment, I’m reading ACOWAR and I’m taking my time with it but I’m quickly realising that I can’t read these books slowly. I literally had to read other books so I could take a break. I think I’m doing this because it’s the end of Feyre’s story and I’m not yet ready for that.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I watched Catching Fire in the cinema and promptly fell in love with this series. A friend got me the first book as a birthday gift and the way I feel about this series as a whole…lawd Jesus have mercy. I’ve read Mockingjay thrice so far and I’m definitely going to read a few more times in this lifetime.

Do I want a Hunger Games redo? Nope, not at all. No continuation either. One does not simply mess with perfection.

Honourable mentions:

  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#31): The Chamber of Secrets

The Book

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry‘s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school’s corridors warn that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families

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As tiny as this book is, the movie has nothing on it. I too want a flying car because that sounds totally awesome. What I don’t want, is to get beaten up by the Whomping Willow. Again, this book sets off all the switches in your head and opens up that door to imagination. This wasn’t my favourite in the series but there was a lot of suspense and I think as the years go on, I felt more sorry for Harry. Poor kid just couldn’t get a break.

The Movie

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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When I first watched this movie, I was scared to death. I was alone in mine and my sister’s bedroom and all the lights were off so that added to the effect. Of course now, it being years later and me having watched the movie many more times, I’m not scared anymore but jeez, that snake though. I always did like that they made the movie version of Dobby so adorable.

The Decision

Book, book, book. Loved the movie and I will gladly watch it again. I’m actually due for a HP marathon but the book wins for me.

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RST: My Mom and JKR

Okay! Let’s get this show on the road. Now it’s no secret that I never read Harry Potter as a kid and I’m still not over it. Do you know how much better my life could’ve been if I was introduced to the magical world of Harry Potter at a younger age?

I’ll tell you how all this started. I read one book as a kid, one. Want to know what it was? My yellow children’s bible. I had two copies of it, one in English and another in Afrikaans. I was so dedicated to that book, I refused to even look at another book. The thing is, I didn’t grow up in a house where reading was a thing. My parents didn’t read me bedtime stories- I read them to myself (yellow bible come through). I went to the library every week but I can’t tell you what books I borrowed because I can’t remember.

I was about 10 when I was introduced to Harry Potter. Right in time for my Hogwarts letter to arrive. But I can’t talk about Harry Potter and the magical world with mentioning my mom. My mother, sweet woman that she is, gets a bit crazy whenever J.K. Rowling is mentioned. Like any excited kid, naturally I went to my mom when my eyes were opened to Harry Potter and you know what she said? ‘I don’t want you watching that witchcraft.” Witchcraft? Hell yea it’s witchcraft! Guys, she wouldn’t even let me watch those shows about magic tricks. I ignored her and thank God I did because my life without Harry Potter would’ve been like a life without happiness.

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When it came time to my buy my first Harry Potter book- The Deathly Hallows- I’m telling you, a war broke out in my home. And here the worst part wasn’t that my mom was buying me a book filled with witchcraft, the book itself was hella expensive. I still have it though and I’ve read it thrice, so I don’t see the issue.

My mom’s the kind of person who wants to know what I’m reading and is very concerned because she knows that if you get too into something, it could take over you. She had absolutely no problem with Twilight and The Vampire Diaries but HP she has a problem with. Priorities, mother! When I explained to her that DH was the last and final book of the HP series and I just had to have it because the movie was going to come out in a year or two, the look on her face said it all…

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I got the book though so I think I won that battle.

Harry Potter marathons come on TV every couple of months and I always make sure I’m there to watch at least the first and last 2 movies. My mom always finds reasons to add in her own commentary. ‘I don’t like that woman.’ ‘How can someone write something like that? And for children no less.’ ‘She must be very evil to think of an idea like this.’ Yes! My mother called JKR evil. Who does that?

I got so defensive when she first started but now I laugh. I legit find it extremely funny that after all these years my mom still hasn’t let it go.

One thing’s for certain though, young or old, Harry Potter’s for everyone and if others can’t understand our love, that’s okay. At least we know the truth.

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So there you have it. Just a little humorous post to put smiles on faces. My mom may have her set ideas on some things but I love her regardless.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#21): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I’ll be doing the Harry Potter books and movies individually as too much went on in each book/movie to put it in one post.

The Book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling’s debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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I probably took way too long to actually get into the book part of the Harry Potter series but once I entered those wonderful magical gates though, there was no turning back. The moment I read that first sentence: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’, I knew I was in for a ride filled with conflicting emotions and departing on this adventure I’d never want to look away from. I’ve probably only read this book twice- maybe one and a half times- but that feeling of home doesn’t go away. I feel like I’m being wrapped up in a warm blanket. I can’t fully explain it but as much as the movie shows the magic…the books makes me feel it.

The Movie

Image result for harry potter and the sorcerer's stone posterHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in some countries as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)[3] is a 2001 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film was the first instalment in the long-running Harry Potter film series, and was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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I remember watching The Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time (I say ‘Sorcerer’s Stone because when I got the books they were the US publications and I just got used to saying it). My uncle gave me the DVD randomly one night and since I wasn’t allowed to watch anything related to witchcraft, obviously I was drawn to this from the get go. I knew absolutely nothing about Harry Potter but I fell in love with it immediately. I had nothing to base the movie off off so I wasn’t concerned if anything was changed or left out. All I know is that 10 year old Caron desperately wanted to be a part of this magical world. I still do to be honest. I’d gladly take Madam Pince’s position as the Hogwarts Librarian. When I finally managed to read the book and then re-watch the movie, I was able to compare the two better.

The Decision

When I first started this post I was so sure that I was going to choose the movie over the book but now that it’s time for me to make a decision I’m finding myself leaning towards the book. It’s all explained above. Imagination is a powerful thing. It’s so broad and unlimited and with these books, anything is possible. The mere idea of a magical world is just so astounding, it’s almost unfathomable. It’s books like these that further cements my love for fantasy as a favourite genre.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorn & John Tiffany

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)

Goodreads Synopsis

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

*First read: 31 July 2016 and rated 5 stars

Initial mini-review on Goodreads:

What a whirlwind of emotions I’m feeling right now. I’m still in that story and I think I will forever be that way. Thank you J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany for this book. I’m on a rollercoaster that’s never going to stop and I don’t mind for one second.


So first off, I want to start by saying that I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book but that doesn’t mean I went in without expectations. I knew this was a script of a play so I wasn’t hoping for much in regards to a novel, as this is not one. My main aim was to experience the Wizarding World once again irregardless on whether Harry Potter was the main character or not. That being said, I think it’s best to not think of this as a ‘continuation of Harry Potter’ but more as a ‘continuation of what happened after‘. I enjoyed the book either way though.

I do have a bone or two to pick with this book (and others) but I’ll outline that in a separate post so keep a look out for that.

I was super excited to read this book and when I finally got it, it was probably the happiest day of my life for this year. Fangirl dream come true. I finished it in under two hours the first time and I was so amazed, it took me some time to come back to terms on what was real and what wasn’t.

This review is a mix of how I felt both the first and second time I read it and how my opinion of the book may have changed.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up right where Deathly Hallows ended and this to me was so awesome because it was as if we just stepped away for a minute. It was like a version of ‘I open at the close‘. I found this incredibly amazing. There were a few changes that I noticed from the very beginning and some irked me, some didn’t but it didn’t take away from the book as a whole.

There were definitely some changes in character that made some seem a bit…not as themselves but this too I was able to ignore because it had been 19 years and people change. The new characters that were added were a joy and I was vastly impressed with how easily I fell in love with them.

Their wasn’t much in terms of world building because we have 7 other books to tell us what the Wizarding World is and stands for. In regards to the plot, I liked it. It was definitely not something I expected and I think that was the shocker for me because there was the predictable undertone to all the Harry Potter books and I guess I expected this to go a different direction than those.

I rated this 5 stars the first time but I think I’ll rate it 4.5 this time. Reading it twice in one week made it easy for me to see what I missed the first time and I felt that I didn’t want to rate it a solid 5 like I did before.

I don’t see this as a continuation of Harry Potter’s story per say but it was a great read all the same. I do think that this is the last I’d read of a new Harry Potter book though as I believe any other questions can be asked to J.K. Rowling herself since this book did answer a lot of questions.

**Do you know hard it is to review a book that you can’t really talk about? #keepthesecrets

Read: 8 August 2016
Rating: ★★★★.5

Publication Date: 31 July 2016
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Links to Authors Goodreads Pages: J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne

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The Harry Potter Book Tag

The Harry Potter Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged in this but it’s Harry Potter so it practically called out to me and begged me to do it.


The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)

Great concept and premise but not a good execution.


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I started this book then immediately marathoned the entire series including TID. This series got me hooked on Cassie Clare’s writing too.


Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

I need this book right now! I can’t wait till November. Also, I can’t buy Lady Midnight till I have this book (book buying ban) but I’m really excited. Simon is my favourite TMI character!


Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3)
I can’t remember a killer book right now. Oh well, I’ll go with The Hannibal Lecter books by Thomas Harris


Wish You Were Here (And I Wasn't): A Book of Poems and Pictures for Globe Trotters

Any poem book actually. I don’t understand poems.



Come on! When this book came out I thought it was going to be one of this books that tells you how a Fangirl is supposed to be, but not exactly showing how we really are. This book basically got it right though. Just waiting for that TV Show Fangirl book to come out…we know it’s going to happen.



This was more ‘twisted’ than ‘dark’ for me. It was frightening though. This is the stuff that messes with your head.


Vanishing Girls
I knew what genre this book was listed under but as I was reading, I literally forgot so I was pleasantly surprised. Still one of my favourite books to this day.


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Expected Releases for June 2016

7 June

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

This sounds like a book that I’d love. I’ve never read a V.E. Schwab novel but monsters? Soul-sucking Sunai? What even is a Sunai? I see betayal…lovely, fiery betrayal. This has gotten a fairly good audience so far and I can’t wait till I too have my hands on this. And this edition’s cover though! Just look at it!


14 June

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1)The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman

I found out about this book a couple of months ago when I talked about the second book in an Expected Releases post. The Invisible Library is being republished under Berkley Publishing Group. The name alone made me curious and once I found out that a library is actually involved a library and spies I needed this in my life.

Harry Potter: The Artifact VaultHarry Potter: The Artifact Vault – Jody Revenson

This book has some text and never-before-seen art, photography, etc from  the Warner bros. archive.

Anything Harry Potter is acceptable in my book and I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on this piece. Look at that cover though! Isn’t it just gorgeous?


15 June

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale – David Kudler

This is set in Japan in the 1400s and it’s a bit tough to look at it from a 2016 view point. I hope by the time this post goes up I’d have finished this book. It’s a bit slow but it’s going somewhere…I think

The cover is amazing though and the synopsis sound interesting enough.

No Place Like Somewhere ElseNo Place Like Somewhere Else – Caesar J.M. Kauftheil

I read this and I loved it! Review coming soon. This book is just what the synopsis says and the title fits so well!  This is a book I’d gladly re-read. It was exciting, amazing and beautiful. This girl run away from all her emotions but sometimes…just maybe one time, isn’t running the best option there is?


21 June

Full ShareFull Share – Eliza Freed

I feel like this book is about simply…living. This girl’s life has been complicated, as most of ours are and she just wants to be left alone. She rents a place on the beach and there discovers that there’s no place to hide. I liked what the synopsis said and requested this book on a whim. I can’t wait to start it.

Casto (Gods of War, #1)

Casto – Xenia Melzer

I won’t lie…this cover drew me in the first time I saw it. It’s a rock, that’s on fire. Blue fire! Demigods, Warlods. Love and war together…I feel like I was meant to read this book. And the fact that it’s LGBT too! I’ve never read a book like this before so I’m incredibly excited to start it hopefully in the next week.


28 June

And I DarkenAnd I Darken – Kerstin White

Badass Princess. Check. Historical Fiction, Fantasy and Retelling combined. Check.

I’m actually looking forward to reading this book. I thought this would be my first Kiersten White read but I forgot that she wrote a short story in My True Love Gave to Me. Still, I can’t wait to get started.

Hogwarts ClassicsHogwarts Classics – J.K. Rowling

This is much like the Hogwarts Library except that this only consists of Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

I was wondering why this was being republished because we already have the Hogwarts library but after some research I found out that 20% of the retail price is going to two charities of J.K. Rowling’s choosing. Tt’s for a good course and the new edition is simply gorgeous. Either way, it’s a win-win.

Magic Bitter, Magic SweetMagic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie N. Holmberg

The first line in the synopsis made my eyes lit up with joy. Maire, a baker as the ability of infusing her treats with emotions. How cool is that? She is captured and demanded to make sinister sweets- who would have thought- and she is visited by this mysterious person. I genuinely hope I’m in for a wild ride as the synopsis suggests.