December Wrap Up – The one where I fly through books quicker than usual

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December. The month of festivities. Christmas creeping closer, the streets bustling more as people hurriedly buy gifts for others. Everything is suddenly strung with lights and tinsel, lighting the world up for the final month of the year. There’s a happy atmosphere surrounding the air, gently concealing the stress levels Christmas can bring.

December brings along the Christmas break. A break from work, a break from college, a break to recover from the year. A break…to READ.

Okayy, that’s obviously not the universal reason for the Christmas/End of Year break but it sure as hell is MINE.

So let’s see what December brought!

There’s also a video version of this post if you’d like the see, combined with my January TBR! Click here to see! (though I forgot to mention one of the books – doh!)

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Big December book haul: The aftermath of a 3 month book buying ban

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Ooooohhhhh how December was a great month, haul-wise.Β 

I’ve been on a book buying ban for THREE MONTHS. I needed to save my money for a whole bunch of different things, and so my book buying was put on hold for a whole three months. And oh how Christmas made up for that πŸ˜†

Nearly all of these books were gifts I got for Christmas, since everyone around me knows how much I love books. I’m incredibly grateful for them all and always will be ❀

This post is going to be set out a bit differently. My main version of this is actually on my booktube channel, so below you’ll find a video for this haul. HOWEVER, I’ve also listed the books mentioned below the video, with the synopsis and relevant links, so if you don’t have time (or simply don’t want) to watch the video, you can have a quick glance through instead!

The video has me full of excitement and rambling about why/how I got each book though, so I’d recommend watching it *wink*

Let’s see which books December brought me!

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Illustrated Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling and Jim Kay | A wonderful book to collect and reread around Christmas time

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AT LAST! I READ THIS BOOK!

I got this book at the end of October and have been saving it specifically for the run up to Christmas. I was originally planning to leave it right until the last week of the countdown (that being this week), but after having some…let’s say not so good reads lately, I needed something that was guaranteed to be a good ‘n.

This is going to be a short review, specifically for the illustrated edition. Do we even need review of the Harry Potter series anymore?

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Let’s talk about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Illustrated Edition!

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Illustrated Edition

Author: J.K.Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: The 2nd book in the Harry Potter series

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Number of Pages: Β 259

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August Wrap Up – The result of a month doing absolutely nothing

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Okayy, this month did actually speed by for once. That’s not happened for a while. But this time it feels like I literally only just wrote my July Wrap Up…so strange.

I had a bit of a weird reading month. I felt like I didn’t read anything? But I very obviously did. I don’t know what August did to me.

As always, this is going to be a long post, so get comfy and enjoy!

August

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | A nostalgic SCRIPT book about a rather annoying child…and I loved it!

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How I survived to write this, I don’t know.

I loved the build up to this. Not so much the waiting, but the general feeling of hype from all Potterheads. We took over the world once again! Stay away, muggles.

While I didn’t go to a midnight launch party, I DID go and pick my preorder up on the day. As soon as I could. And they brought animals in! I held a snake, like the true Slytherin I am, but there was also an owl, tarantula, tortoises and toads πŸ˜€

Everything was incredible. It was such a magical day. And once I had my copy, had frolicked around with animals for a while, and had some dinner….I went right on home and devoured this book.

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#KeepThe Secrets

So let’s talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

Cursed Child

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Little Brown UK

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Plays

Series Status: The 8th “book” in the Harry Potter series (sort of a companion novel?)

Number of Pages:Β 330

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Let’s Talk:Cursed Child hopes, Fantastic Beasts movie and general wizarding wonders!

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This week’s discussion is taking on a particular theme…

Harry Potter!!!

Since we’re only a mere few days away from the release of the Cursed Child book (EEEEKKKKKK!) I thought it’d only be fitting for this week’s chat to be about all things Harry Potter.

I didn’t quite know WHAT to write about, since there’s so much of the wizarding world to explore, so I did a poll on twitter…

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…and it basically showed that we can’t miss ANYTHING here today. So this will be a good old ramble about everything Harry Potter related.

Be prepared.Β 

I’ll warn you now: If you HAVEN’T read all the Harry Potter books, leave now. This will likely contain spoilers, and you probably won’t have a clue what’s going on with magic spells and wand properties etc etc.Β 

And now…

This is probably my longest discussion yet, so get comfy and let’s talk, Potterheads!

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April Book Haul – So Much For That Book Buying Ban!

April haul

At the start of the month I said to myself “I’m on a book buying ban for April because I’ve gotten so many books since December.”

As time went on, I realized one of my most anticipated releases came out at the end of the month. So this went from no books to “I’ll make an exception for THAT ONE BOOK.”

And then April actually started and I ended up getting 6 books. And a half. Kind of (you’ll see what I mean).

So here’s my failed book buying ban – otherwise known as a haul!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will have a book!!!

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*I apologize for the horrid title image and the amount of fangirling in this post, but I heard this news and had to share it immediately*

GUYS.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD WILL HAVE A BOOK.Β 

AN ACTUAL BOOK.

WE POTTERHEADS WILL BE ABLE TO READ THE STORY.

I’M FREAKING OUT.

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My top 10 books of 2015

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So now that it’s the end of the year, I figured I’d show you what my Top 10 books of 2015 were. I think it’s going to be difficult to choose just 10!

I’ve written a guest post very similar to this over on Books With Em’s, so you guys should go and check that out!

Top 5 books of 2015

Anyway, I’ll mix this one up a bit so that it’s not exactly the same post. I suppose the guest post can be a sort of…Top 5 favourites from my Top 10 – if that makes any sense.

Now instead of rambling on, time for me to show you my top 10 favourite books of 2015!

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Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling & Jim Kay

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When I got the Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for Christmas, I knew it was going to be the first book out of the haul I read. I finished reading it in just a couple of days, unfortunately for me (I didn’t want it to end).

I’m not entirely sure how this review will work out, as I haven’t written any notes to guide me this time. Also, it will be based more around this particular edition, so the drawings involved, rather than the story. This will probably be a shorter review than usual.

So know that’s been said…

Let’s fangirl about Harry Potter!

Illustrated Harry Potter

Title: The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: JK Rowling and Jim Kay

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Series Status: The 1st book in the new illustrated editions of The Harry Potter series

Number of Pages: 246

My Rating: 5//5 stars!

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