Crime Solving Characters

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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 Characters Who Solve Crimes. I love a good crime thriller, especially series with detective inspectors and PIs. I decided I would compile a list of everyone’s favourites this week, and even include some I’m desperate to meet, but haven’t yet had the chance…

Detective Erika Foster (Robert Bryndza)

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I need to get round to reading the rest of the series, because I’ve only read The Girl in the Ice, but Erika was such a great detective, I really want to read more of her story.

 Tandy Angel (James Patterson)

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Tandy was a great crime solving character, mainly because she was so young! Her mind worked in such an incredible way, and she was inspirationally smart!

 Comoran Strike (Robert Galbraith)

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A modern day Sherlock! Comoran Strike was the detective missing from my life! He is a great character, with that slight edge of humorous sarcasm to his dialogue that makes him more likeable than an average detective.

 Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyal)

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Who doesn’t love a bit of Sherlock?! I must get round to reading a Holmes book, but after the TV series I am already in love with his character.

 Eli & Ava (Shay West)

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I feel like I don’t say it enough on this blog, but Organ Reapers and Soul Reapers are incredible books that don’t get enough recognition! Eli and Ava are the perfect team, and I need more of them!

 Jack Reacher (Lee Child)

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I’m not actually familiar with Reacher as a character, but I know he’s a well known crime solver, and I have Killing Floor on my shelf just itching to be read!

 Alex Cross (James Patterson)

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Why have I still not read Alex Cross??! I will pick it up soon, my mum has read a lot of them and I wanna get into Alex Cross’ story as well as the crime solving aspect of the stories!

That’s it for today’s post, I now want to curl up with a blanket and a good detective book! Let me know in the comments who your favourite fictional detectives are, and whether any of them appear on my list! Any recommendations gladly received!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

 

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How I Make Time For Reading…

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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. To be quite honest with you, I felt my previous discussion topics for this month wasn’t really exciting me to write, so I’m just winging it for now until I find my feet. I’m back at uni, and being in my final year means I’m already drowning in work, so I thought today’s post should be something I’m thinking about a lot lately… how am I going to find time to read? People often say ‘how to you find the time to read that many books?’, but I don’t find time, I make time. I AM THE CREATOR OF TIME! Honestly though, if you want to be reading 50+ books in a year, you have to make time to sit and read, and not just read as a last resort. Here are some of the ways I make time in my busy schedule for the all important literature in my life…

Read During Breakfast

I know a lot of people don’t eat breakfast, but I wake up hungry, so eating is one of the first things I do in the morning. While I’m having my morning toast and cup of tea, I like to immerse myself in a book. I wake up slightly earlier than I need to, so I can make sure I have plenty of time to do this, even if it’s just a few pages. Some people I’ve spoken to don’t like reading and eating because they get crumbs in their book, but I have become skilled at avoiding this. Practice makes perfect (I’ve learnt this after staining several books with Marmite!) It’s also great for when you’re home alone and don’t really have anything else to do during meal times (I used to read whilst eating lunch and dinner as well when I was living away from home).

Read in the Bath

I tend to only bath once a week now (and before you say it, yes, I do shower every day, I don’t just wash once a week!) but it provides great time for reading! What else are you going to do sitting in a bath? If I’m really into a book, and don’t really have a lot else going on, I can allow myself 40 mins to 1 hour just chilling in the water with a novel. Doing this once a week is great for some alone time as well, and time away from any work/school worries you may have. Grab some nice bath oils or take a trip to Lush for a bath bomb, and immerse yourself in bubbles and a really good book!

Be Early

I leave for uni in the morning at 7:30AM, and arrive between 8:30 and 8:45, depending on traffic. My classes don’t start until 10AM, but if I don’t get there early, I can wave goodbye to any chance of getting a parking space! This is perfect for me though, because it means I can either go to the library to get some work done, or spend and hour and a half sitting in my car catching up on some reading. Pack a pillow and spread out on the back seat, cherish the peacefulness of your vehicle, and get reading! This is the same being early for anything. If I’m early for work, I can chill in the staff room with my book, or meeting a friend, there will always be time for a few pages if they’re running late!

AudioBooks

A few months ago, this heading would never have made an appearance in a post like this, but I have recently come to the conclusion that audiobooks are remarkable things. I found I could never really concentrate on them if I was doing something else, and this is still partly true. However, walking to work takes about half an hour (perfect for a chapter or two), and as I said earlier, it takes me a good hour, if not longer, to drive to uni. That’s an extra 2 hours of ‘reading’ a day that I’m getting through, without having to pick up a book! Some people don’t count it towards actual reading, and I never used to, but it’s pretty much exactly the same, instead of reading the words, your listening to someone else read them for you. It’s just like to listening to your own voice reading them in your head… kind of! I know my way to uni like the back of my hand now, so apart from concentrating on traffic and what’s going on on the road, I can still pay attention to the story playing through my radio. It’s also much more preferable to listening to music I’ve heard several thousand times over (apart from Hamilton, no one gets sick of listening to Hamilton!)

Read in the Evening

Dedicate your day to working. Get all of your school work done during the day, and commit to as little or as much time as you want, so then, when it comes to the evening, you don’t feel guilty about snuggling down in bed early with your current read. Don’t laugh at me, but most days, I can be in bed by 8PM, which gives me a good 2 hours before I have to think about going to sleep. I know that I’ve worked my socks off during the day, and this is my treat at the end of it!

So all in all, let’s break down how much potential reading time I have in my day, as well as keeping up with uni work (not counting the bath, I’m not lucky enough to have the luxury of time every day!):

Breakfast- 30 mins

Being Early- 1 hour

Car Journey- 2 hours

Evening- 2 hours

So even with my packed schedule, I can still have a good 5 and half hours of reading in the day. I’m not saying I get that every day, because life gets in the way sometimes, and I’m sure I’m not the first to admit I get addicted to YouTube from time to time, or have TV binges once in a while, but this is a good aim for me to have, and of course, weekends sometimes open up the possibility to get more reading done!

I hope you have found this post somewhat insightful, and maybe thought about some new ways you can incorporate more reading time into your day. Would love to know if you have any extra tips for me on how you fit reading into your daily routine; let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Quote Exchange

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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

 

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!

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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 🙂