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Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.

– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

 

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Harry Potter & the Cursed Child: The Play (SPOILER FREE REVIEW)

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Hello fellow bookworms! I was lucky enough to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on this Sunday just gone, and it was absolutely fantastic! I’d been planning for a while to do a review of the play once I’d seen it, and how it compares to reading the script, so here I am and that’s what I’ll be doing in today’s post. This will be spoiler free, so you don’t have to worry about seeing anything you don’t want to, I will be ‘keeping the secrets’!

How is the play different from reading the script?

When I first read the script, I read it in one sitting, and while I followed the story, I didn’t really absorb as much information as I should have done, and I just remembered it being a little bit wacky for a Harry Potter story. I was excited to see the play, but a little bit wary as to how I would feel about the eighth story afterwards. I must say that seeing the play really brought the script to life, and there was so much more behind the characters than you get from reading it. With a book, there is life behind a character with the depth of description, but with a scrip, it is harder to convey this in writing, and rely on seeing the play to see how the characters really should be acting. The story made so much more sense seeing it on the stage, and seemed less out-of-this-world. I can’t quite place my finger on why…

The actors

I saw the second West End cast, with Jamie Glover as Harry Potter, Tom Mackley as Albus, Samuel Blenkin as Scorpius, and Thomas Aldridge and Rakie Ayola as Ron and Hermione, and I must say this cast was magnificent! In terms of my favourites, Scorpius was a completely transformed character for me! I liked his character when reading the script, but there was so much life and depth behind his character on stage it added that hilarity that the play needed. Snape as well, while a fairly minor character in the play, I just thought was so accurate to Snape from the original books and movies. Moaning Myrtle also deserves an honourable mention, because I honestly thought it was the same actress straight out the movies it was so accurate!

The choreography

I was not expecting so much movement throughout the performance. I thought is very clever how stage hands were not hidden, but were wizards and witches in robes, which just added to the already magical atmosphere. There were sections of extravagant movement to set the scene, with cloaks swishing and the synchronicity was perfect! This was possibly one of my favourite elements in the performance, because it was just that additional something that made the performance really special!

The special effects

We were all wondering ‘how are they going to do magic on stage’? The special effects, while it was easy to predict what was being done, made the magic feel magical. Of course, wires were used for floating, even though they were barely visible, and pyrotechnics were cleverly positioned to represent a spell bursting from the tip of a wand. The scene in the lake at the end of Part 1 was done particularly well, with the illusion of swimming executed perfectly by the actors, with the help of set design and lighting. The lighting was well placed throughout the play, with sections of dark stage to aid the illusion of floating while the focus was brought to the front of the action.

Well there’s not much more I can say really without spoiling it apart from ‘GO AND SEE THE CURSED CHILD’! Even if you weren’t mad on the script I definite recommend it if you get the chance because you get so much more out of the play! Let me know if you’ve seen it and what your thoughts were, or your opinions on reading the script!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

What’s on my Autumn TBR?

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books of my Autumn TBR. Being back at university, and in my final year, my reading (and blogging) time will be sadly limited, but I will definitely be trying to my best to get through as many of the books on this list as I can…

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

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I am loving the Strike series at the moment (I’ve been a bit slow reading recently, but when I get to pick up The Cuckoo’s Calling, I really get into it!) and I can’t wait to catch up with the series, hopefully in time for the release of Lethal White next year!

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

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I’ve heard so many good things about this, and I’m intrigued by the YA thriller vibe it has. Perfect for a captivating Autumn read!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Another book I’ve heard amazing things about, and I really need to jump on the bandwagon for this duology!

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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I’ve had this book on my shelf for donkey’s years, and I do enjoy a thriller from time to time (The Strike novels have put me in the mood now!)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved Fangirl earlier in the year, and it would be great if I could read Carry On this year as well!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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A new release for September. I didn’t much enjoy History Is All You Left Me, but I’m willing to give Silvera’s books another go, because I did like his writing style!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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This book has had so much hype, and I am so desperate to read it! I feel ashamed that I haven’t read enough diverse books this year, and this would definitely count!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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I own the entire trilogy and it’s about time I read them! I’ve heard mixed reviews, but mainly good, and a book described as “haunting and dreamlike” by Cassie Clare, could be a great October read!

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian J Walker

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Another book I’ve had on my shelf forever! My sister bought this for me, and the premise sounds so interesting (also the colours are autumnal, is that a good enough excuse?!)

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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And finally, I couldn’t write this post without including the book I will inevitably be reading the day it comes out, Turtles All The Way Down. Nobody understands my extreme excitement for the release of this book! John Green’s books help me through so much, I love reading and re-reading his books for the genuine characters and incredible storylines that take you places you never thought you’d go! October 10th cannot come fast enough!

That’s it for today’s post, I hope you liked my list of books (I liked making it, I mean, who doesn’t love making lists?!)(That wasn’t sarcastic I do like lists it’s on my CV if you want proof) Let me know in the comments what you’re planning on reading this coming season, and whether any of your Autumn reads appeared on this list!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

PS apologies for not posting on Sunday but I had such a hectic weekend. Plus I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Sunday, which I will be writing a spoiler free review of for this week’s Time for Tea post, coming on Thursday!

Quote Exchange

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Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.

– Jeanette Winterson

 

Harry Potter Book Tag

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Hello fellow bookworms! I haven’t done a tag post in a while, and it’s Thursday, so why not! I’ve been in such a Harry Potter mood recently with the 20th anniversary celebrations and September 1st ’19 Years Later’, and I’ve seen so many book-tubers and bloggers do this tag, I really want to give it a try myself…

Favourite Book

Up until a few weeks ago, I would have always answered this one with Goblet of Fire but I’ve recently done a re-read of Half Blood Prince and my favourite books are fluctuating…

Favourite Movie

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I used to have a tradition where I would watch Chamber of Secrets the night before my birthday every year! It’s strange because I’m a fan of neither spiders or snakes, but I loved this film.

Least Favourite Book

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Of course I don’t dislike any of the books, but if I had to choose one, Prisoner of Azkaban has the least Voldemort storyline progression.

Parts of the Books/Movies That Made You Cry

Are you ready for this list:

  • When Harry finds out he’s a wizard
  • When Harry first sees/arrives at Hogwarts
  • When Sirius says Harry can move in with him
  • Cedric’s death
  • Sirius’ death
  • Harry and Ginny’s first kiss
  • Dumbledore’s death
  • Dobby’s death
  • Fred’s death
  • Lupin’s death
  • Tonks’ death
  • EVERYONE DYING!
  • The end

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Favourite Character

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Hermione, of course! Her work ethic is so motivating, and she is such a relatable character. Hermione is the fictional character I would also want to be, or be friends with!

What would your Patronus be?

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I took the Pottermore test twice (accidentally on my friend’s account), and the first time I got a Dolphin, but the second time, on my profile, I was given a Mink. I’m very pleased with this, my favourite animal is an otter, and they’re similar animals, so I’m happy!

If you could choose a Hallow, which would you choose?

Definitely Invisibility Cloak! I wouldn’t want the pressure of having the Elder Wand, and the Cloak would come in handy a lot!

What House would you be in?

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Hufflepuff of course! I don;t think I could ever be anything else (apart from maybe a little bit of Ravenclaw…)

Have you played any of the video games?

Considering I can barely work an Xbox or turn on a Playstation, I’m gonna say no…

If you were on a Quidditch team, which position would you play?

SEEKER!

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Were you happy with the ending?

Yeah, I think so. There’s a few things I’m a bit iffy about (Albus Severus Potter, seriously Harry can you not be more imaginative?) but I can’t fault JK Rowling’s decisions.

How much does Harry Potter mean to you?

Too much to put into words!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s tag, and I would love to know some of your Harry Potter favourites in the comments below!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

 

Books I Read in my First Year at Uni

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Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books I Read in my First Year at Uni. I read a lot when I started uni, especially when I was short on work to do (or I’d managed to finish it quicker than expected!) I was by myself with not many friends at the time, and I found comfort in all the books I had with me. Here are just a few I read (and some in my summer after first year) that I really enjoyed reading…

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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My Rating: 5/5

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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My Rating: 5/5 (although I would give it 6 if I could)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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My Rating: 4/5

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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My Rating: 4/5

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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My Rating: 5/5

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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My Rating: 5/5

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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My Rating: 4/5

So these are just some of the books I enjoyed in my first year of uni, and I hope to read plenty more in my final year this year! Have you enjoyed any of the books on this list? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Armchair Reading… Furniture in Bookish Spaces

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… a sneak peak into where we acquire our books and what makes us keep going back!

Hello fellow bookworms! It’s Sunday, which means it’s discussion time. This is when I write to think more deeply about books, why we read, and why literature is so important in our lives. This month, I will be trying to dig deeper into why we choose to buy our books from certain places, and what, besides the books(!) makes us keep going back. Today’s post will look at how furniture is used in full-price and second-hand bookstores and libraries, and why it might make a difference as to whether we visit again…

Waterstones

I’m using Waterstones as my representative for full-price bookstores because it is the one I am the most familiar with, but you can always imagine this as your local Barnes and Noble, or local independent bookstore. When I walk into Waterstones, besides being awed by the number of books available to me, I also see the comfort of a squishy armchair or sofa. This is great (because we can all agree that book shopping can hard work and heavy lifting!) as it allows customers to relax and makes for a more comfortable and homely atmosphere. Also, a lot of Waterstones shops have the addition of a cafe, so, after making a purchase, or if you’ve bought your own book along with you, you can sit back and enjoy your book with a nice cup of tea, while still being surrounded by all of those wonderful books. It it also a great chance to socialise with other book lovers (and perfect for book club meetings)!

Second-hand Bookstores

If you go to a charity shop in hope of a book bargain, you may see a lack of seating. It is, like many second-hand stores, just like a regular shop. You wouldn’t expect many places to have somewhere you can just sit down and have a cuppa, like Waterstones. Just like thrift stores dedicated to books, it is unusual to find places with adequate seating, because they are usually s crammed with books! This can be a good thing, because come on, loads of books, but after you’ve spent hours upon hours rooting through the jumble, there’s no where to have a perch! It comes across as a less relaxed style of shopping, and a more hectic, bargain hunting process. You’ve come to find cheap books, not to spend hours at your leisure browsing the beautiful bookshelves. Of course, I’m not saying that this applies to every second-hand bookstore, but this is just my experience with them. And don’t get me wrong, I do love a good rummage through the old stacks!

The Library

And finally, the place we all adored as young bookworms, and still have a fondness for today (because, hello, free books)! The library is not there to attract book buyers, but rather a relaxed browser who can be set to spend the whole day there (I have lost count of how many times I have spent the entire day in the library). And the reason this can be the case is because of the furniture and why it is there. The library offers a wide range of books, fiction and non fiction alike. They are free for you to browse at will and take home for a few weeks with the presentation of your library card. However, sometimes it’s nice to not have to take books home. With beanbags for the children, chairs for the adults, and desks for the students, anyone can set themselves up for a day at the library. As long as I have everything I need, I am more than happy to sit and work while surrounded by books!

So there you have it, an examination of furniture is bookish places. I bet you’ve never really thought about it much, but here it is in writing, and you may think of it every time you visit the bookstore or the library from now on. I’d love to know what you thought about this post, and if you think the soft furnishings of your local bookstore impact your decision to go back (besides the books, of course!) Also, if you’ve come across any second-hand bookstores with an ample amount of armchairs, I’d love to hear about them!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂