January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Love to Read If I Had A Book Club

I don't do book club because I cannot even stand by my seasonal TBR piles. I'd never be able to read a specific read in a week because I am also a mood reader so this would just get in a way. My perfect book club would be everyone reading for a month and then we'd have a weekend away to gush about books we read and loved for 3 days straight. 
I do suck at reading Slovenian books and I want to change that. I have read some great Slovenian literature and it's a shame I haven't been keeping up with the trend. As a kid I enjoyed 'our' books a lot. So I am not posting what I should read but rather my favorite Slovenian reads I've read in my life. Maybe a book club where we focused on local literature would do many of us good.

Bogdan Novak's books
I read nearly all of his books that were out by the time I was out of elementary and into high school. I loved them all, he was my favorite Slovenian author when I was a child. My favorite books by him were similar to Famous Five by Enid Blyton (my ACTUAL faves from my childhood before HP came along).

Desa Muck's books
I haven't read all of her books but I've read some and they were really funny. She was pretty controversial when I was little, she wrote about sex in one book and people actually dared one another to borrow it from the school library. But her novels were always so life-like and so real, and very educational in a way. And very funny, too.

Janja Vidmar's books
Her books are very life-like as well, she touched topics of gay boys, of emigrants, of body image with girls, and she even wrote a scary book. I liked reading her stories because they were real and very engaging.

Ivan Sivec's books
I read a few of his works and liked the books a lot as well. I haven't followed him after I went to high school though, he writes a lot! His latest series is focused on Romans in Slovenian area and I am very tempted to read these.

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January 22, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!

Best spot to chill at Hogwarts

Ohhhhh ugh, everywhere?! I would love to hang by the lake, especially in the warm months, mostly when the school's ending so you're really as care-free as possible. Laying in the sun and so on. It'd also be great to hang out at the cozy common rooms, the one from the movies, of Gryffindor, looked so homey and comfy I would never leave. Dormitories are probably very fun, too, to have a smaller gathering with just your mates (like Harry and Ron had with the boys in one of the books, PoA I think?). Prefect's bathroom! I'd actually try hard enough to become a prefect just for that. FOR REAL. And Room of Requirement of course, if you make it a comfy getaway! Even Hogsmeade must be great, to stroll the streets and such. But I guess that's off limits since we're talking the school. I am picking

by the lake


I know it's not ideal for every day but in the summer it must be awesome! For colder months I'd say common room - warm fire, a drink, a book... Perfect!

The Great Lake (alternatively known as the Black Lake) is a large body of water located to the south of the castle. It is about half a mile in diameter and the Hogwarts plumbing network drains into it. It is home to a Giant Squid, Grindylows, and a colony of Merpeople. The lake was also used as the site of the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament. The Slytherin common room is beneath the lake, accessed through an entrance in the school dungeons. The Chamber of Secrets is also thought to be beneath the lake. At some point, Neville Longbottom's pet toad, Trevor, escaped into the lake, joining other toads that lived there.

Check out a cool map here.

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January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Freebie: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Last week I didn't have time to post a TTT post so I am choosing that topic for this week's freebie round. I did manage to read the King though, this year! But I am still putting it on the list for unread books of 2014.


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January 17, 2015

Book review: The King











It was good but I expected more.

January 15, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! 

Scariest moment in the series

That's a tough one. I was pretty much scared all the time because people kept hinting that it's not set in stone that Harry survives. Or that Voldemort might not win. That was always looming over me when I was reading these books, always sure that sooner or later it'll come true. That Harry will genuinely just die and that will be it.
Especially with the competition, where they were in the cemetery and Cedric dropped! Or the fight at the ministry, when the kids were alone, that was one scary moment. Or that time in the cave, but I sort of expected something nasty there and was more prepared. I wasn't half as fearful when Harry went to the forest alone in the last novel. So I am sticking with

the fight at the ministry


That moment when they were all alone against a number of very skilled Death Eaters, wounded or otherwise affected by magic, running through places that were magicked to confuse you and get you lost. Just before help arrived, I was really really scared. That totally messed with my head!

"Did you actually believe, or are you truly naive enough to think, that children stood a chance against us? I'll make this simple for you, Potter. Give me the prophecy now... or watch your friends die." —Lucius Malfoy 

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'Insurgent' Behind-the-Scenes Video


Read more here.

January 8, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!

Biggest betrayal in the series?

Agh. Where to begin? There was a lot going on in those books, and even today we do not know what exactly went down in certain circumstances (like with Ariana Dumbledore). And I think Jo is actually enjoying us being confused and frustrated while we seek the truth. 
Then there's Snape's deceit, which I find very admirable despite not liking Snape too much. I must admit that was heroic and ballsy and all kinds of badass. But as this is not exactly a betrayal I felt myself all that much, I am picking another.

Albus Dumbledore


This may be an unpopular opinion but Dumbledore was a jackass in later books. He had secrets and he lied and he thought his actions can never have negative consequences. I think I was as pissed at him as Harry was in HBP. I know there were some semi-noble reasons for his behavior but I just cannot look past all the things he hid, all the secrets he kept - everyone knows everything about Harry, but we know next to nothing about Dumbledore. He likes candy and enjoys socks if that one was even remotely true.
Then we got hit by a huge bomb with that biography of his. I know, it was written by Skeeter which totally kicks its credibility to the curb... But you do remember that Skeeter used some very questionable methods to gather all that information. So there must be a portion of truth in there, especially when you take in account Ron's great great something aunt and Elphias Doge having a go at each other over it.
So yes, Dumbledore let me down, because his 'keeping Harry safe' with secrets when Harry constantly proved himself to be capable of handling danger was a huge blow for me. He left Harry pretty much fudged when he died, not to mention my curiosity suffered greatly.