Liebster

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A very big thank you to Liza of Paperback Wanderings for nominating me for my third Liebster Award (well, first with the new logo!). The rules for Liebster Award nominations are pretty simple. 1) Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you. 2) List 11 facts about yourself. 3) nominate some fellow bloggers with 200 followers or less.

The questions I was asked by Liza:

1. What was the first book you ever read?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the first novel I read. But I’d read plenty of children’s books before that. I also enjoyed reading a lot of Enid Blyton, Paul Jennings and C.S Lewis.

2. Have you ever had a book hangover? (i.e. unable to read anything or pretty much focus on life because of a book)

Yes. I  have. With Harry Potter, of course. And probably others.

3. What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?

Good question. Probably Vurt by Jeff Noon.

4. How is book blogging working out for you – what are the highs/lows you’ve experienced?

It’s been really enjoyable. I love having the chance to blog about books I like/or don’t like and sharing them with other readers. I haven’t really experienced any lows, except perhaps feeling like I haven’t posted as regularly as I could and feeling a bit stressed about it. But generally I feel good blogging and it’s just fun.

5. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding?

I don’t know if “avoiding” is quite the right word, but yes, there are quite a few books I would have read when I was younger that I haven’t been interested in reading now/or I’ve forgotten about. For example, I still haven’t read the last two of the Hush, Hush series or the final of the Matched series. And I definitely didn’t read the last of the Fallen series. Never will.

6. Do your friends come to you for recommendations?

Not really. My friends don’t really read. They might if they did. I have good taste haha.

7. Say you had a fire and you could only choose to save one book off your shelf, which would you pick, and why?

Oh man……….I’d say the whole Harry Potter series but seeing as I can only chose one book…

My copy of Watership Down.

8. Is there a character you initially liked but later started disliking?

Um….. Bella Swan? Thought she was okay in the first book, but then she got…well. Extremely annoying.

9. Do you have a specific way that you organise your bookshelves?

Well. My bookshelf is very full. It has four sections and I’ve (mostly) sorted it out into different sections. Favourites/Fantasy/SciFi, Favourites/YA Contemporary, Classics and Books I’ve Had For Years.

10. What upcoming 2015 book are you most excited about reading?

Now I feel like a bad booklover… To be honest, I don’t actually have any 2015 releases on my reading list… I guess I’ve been trying to catch up on all the books I haven’t read over the years that I haven’t yet looked at what’s coming out next year. I’m sure there’ll be plenty though!

11. What book do you wish everyone would read?

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. Seriously read it. It’s amazing and it will make you cry and feel so much.

11 Facts About Me

1. I’m going to Hanoi, Vietnam in May for seven weeks to volunteer. I’ll be doing a Care Project with children. So excited!

2. I currently work in a bakery but I’ll be quitting after Christmas and finding a new job because the pay is crap. Finding a job is so stressful though!

3. My family and I are currently looking for another house to rent and move into the start of next year. We’ve applied for one in Viewbank and if we get it I’ll have the whole downstairs area to myself :).

4. I’ve started writing my second novel but it’s not going so well (yet).

5. At the moment I have a huge crush on Nico Mirallegro (and his character Finn Nelson on My Mad Fat Diary) and I’m watching anything he’s in I can get my hands on.

6. I really like to sing and I’m really keen to start learning the guitar…one of these days.

7. I’ve had the fortune of being in love twice. You could also call it misfortune, but I’ll stay optimistic.

8.  I love the beach and really want to go to the beach right now.

9. Chef is my new favourite movie (well, it’s been added to the list, anyway).

10. My favourite thing to do is stay in bed all day with a good book.

11. I’m introverted and socially awkward – especially striking up a conversation with people I don’t know.

My Nominees

Eh… I’m sorry I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular. It’s hard to keep track of those who have and haven’t already been nominated. So I’d like to nominate EVERYONE who has under 200 followers and hasn’t been nominated before. Please, considers yourselves nominated. I love all my followers and don’t want to single anyone out. 🙂

My Questions for Anyone Who Wants To Answer Them

1. Chose a book and then chose a few songs you think would be perfect for the soundtrack if this book were to be made into a film.

2. What’s your favourite Shakespeare quote?

3. What’s your process for deciding what book to read next?

4. How do you organise your TBR?

5. What’s your favourite Classic?

6. If you could be any fictional character, in a book or film, who would it be?

7. Favourite Disney/animation film?

8. One word that best describes you.

9. First place you’d love to travel to if you had the money/time?

10. Your dream?

11. Is there anything you regret?

Link me to your posts in the comments below if you decide to answers these questions and make your own Liebster Award post 🙂

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

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This awesome HP weekly meme is hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.

27/11/2014 – How do you feel about the HP film cast? Any that don’t fit with the image you had?

As much as I love the Harry Potter cast in all, they don’t exactly fit with the image in my head I have of some of the characters. This is not a bad thing! I think it’s always important, if you’re a fan of a book, that you’re able to keep in your head the world as you imagined it and not just see it like the film. Of course, there are times when this is difficult and there can be a crossover between characters. I mean, for example, I love Rupert Grint and couldn’t imagine a better actor to play Ron Weasley, but my own image of Ron Weasley is actually quite different. He’s certainly a lot more lanky and has a lot more freckles, which is an image you’d expect to have if you paid attention to Rowling’s character descriptions. While reading the last two books there were times, especially in the lead up to the final films being released, that I imagined Rupert and the other cast members, but also times when I’d be able to imagine the characters as I’d imagined them.

I guess what I’m saying is that I like the fact that the books and films aren’t completely identical. If they were, what would be the point of watching the films? Anyway, it’s all subjective.

I’ll just end this short post with some impressive fan art I found online (none of them mine!) that aren’t exactly how I imagine the characters, but are definitely awesome.

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(everyone see the last image in its epic entirety here).

Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb: Book Review

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This book was given to me in the hopes that it would get me out of my reading comfort zone, and it sure did the trick in the best way possible. Though I have read fantasy novels such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter, and while I feel Assassin’s Apprentice does have some similarities with such books, I’ve never really read this kind of fantasy before. Though, admittedly, it did take me a long time to read whilst reading other books, I enjoyed very moment of Robin Hobb’s tale of adventure, mystery and assassination told through the eyes of one incredible character, FitzChivalry Farseer.

Fitz is definitely my favourite thing about this novel. He is incredibly likeable and so well constructed, and I was thoroughly entertained reading about his adventures in the royal kingdom of Buckkeep Castle, Six Duchies. I think what I like most about Fitz is his relationship with animals. I mean, he’s a loyal, humble and well-meaning person towards humans (well, most) as well, but his connection with animals, particularly with dogs, is especially endearing. There are a few other friendships he makes that are also great to read, such as with Burrich, Chade, The Fool, Molly, Lady Patience and Verity. But, of course, to explain in detail the appeal of Fitz’s friendships and companionships would be giving too much away. All I can say is that everything Fitz & Co is a delight to read.

Of course, there are also some “evil” and horrendous characters in the novel and these are also great to read. As is the whole attack on Six Duchies by the Red-Ship raiders, though that particular plot line, for the most part, takes a back step in comparison with Fitz’s general character development and coming-of-age arc of the novel – in which he learns of his powers of the Wit, is trained as an assassin and taught the Skill. Throughout the novel Fitz is faced with many different tasks, from killing for the King to appealing to Lady Patience’s taste for art. Whatever the task, Fitz does his all and is (usually) successful. He doesn’t give up, and I think that’s another thing I really liked about Fitz as a character. But I won’t continue on and on about how much I like Fitz and put words in your throat. The point is that Robin Hobb is very good at crafting her characters, and I definitely think, if you ever decide to read this novel, that you will fall in love with them – even the ones that make you frustrated and angry.

Hobb is generally just a really fantastic writer. Her way of writing is easy to understand and relate to, and it’s just very neat and subtle. Nothing pretentious or overly wordy about it whatsoever. There is literally nothing to fault with her style and I never expected there would be. The world she has built is brilliant and brutal. Imaginative and also so believable I almost started thinking it was a real place (well, you know, to the same degree that I wish there was a Hogwarts out there). She’s a fantastic storyteller and she really leaves no room for boredom of any kind. Even if a majority of the novel is spent following Fitz around while he does his daily chores/training/tasks, and even if (I suppose) not a lot happens in the first half of the book, it is all so incredibly enjoyable to read that while you’re reading it you kind of forget Fitz has been doing the same thing for pages and pages. I think this is because Fitz goes through a lot of human stuff – loneliness, first love, disappointment, loss, boredom, vulnerability, anger – and everything is incredibly relatable, even when you’re not actually a fantasy character living in a royal kingdom. While a majority of the novel is a lovely, slow build that is fascinating to read, there are also a lot of exciting moments and I can say for certain that for much of my reading time, such as during the last fifty pages, my heart was bursting with nerves. It was exciting and enticing reading and I am very glad to have finally read it. 

This is a fantastic book and I urge you to add it to your reading lists. I’m definitely looking forwards to getting my hands on the next books and seeing what comes of Fitz and his friends next!

Teaser Tuesdays

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A weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading in which you share two teaser sentences from your current read in the hopes that it might entice others to read it.

The book:

Tape by Steven Camden 

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In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

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Technically I haven’t started reading this yet (except for the first two pages to find a good teaser) but it’s next on my reading list!

The Teaser:

The voice from outside the door came with a bang that shook the hinges and popped the air out of Ryan’s face.

– I said yo! You better hurry up, weed, or I’ll fold you in half.

Sway by Kat Spears

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Sway is an unexpected and entertaining novel about a teenage boy who pretends he doesn’t care and lives by Shakespeare: ‘Nothing is good or bad, only thinking makes it so.’ While dealing with his past and his problems at home, Jesse ‘Sway’ Alderman has made a life for himself by dealing drugs and helping people get what they want, including helping handsome/arsehole jock Ken the girl of his dreams, Bridget. His best friends are Joey, a punk lesbian if you want to label her, and, though kind of reluctantly on Jesse’s side, Bridget’s kid brother Pete who has cerebral palsy – plus a few others that help him and his “business” and the hilarious Mr. Dunkelman, who pretends to be Jesse’s grandfather. That’s a brief summary of the novel, and adding to that is of course the complication of Jesse’s feelings for Bridget, and the fact that wow, even if he has no idea what love feels like, it might just be feeling it despite his best efforts not to care about anybody.

In all, this was an interesting and exciting read. It has just the right amount of black comedy, sarcasm, angst, sexual tension and character/plot development to add up to a good read in my opinion. Don’t be fooled by the front cover or the tagline – this isn’t a book written for girls and it certainly isn’t just a romance book. I mean, the romance part of the book is sweet, but it’s not the best thing about the book. I liked this book because it raises a lot of things about how teenagers (and people) deal with their problems and respond to the things that are going in their lives. When you know what Jesse’s experienced at home and what he’s has to go through with his parents you understand why he shuts himself off from feeling and generally acts like a complete arsehole to everyone who cares about him. It’s a realistic response/coping mechanism. People aren’t perfect and that’s another important thing to learn. You can’t expect people to be perfect and to treat you the way you should be treated all the time. People make mistakes and sometimes people just don’t know enough about themselves or about life to realise what they’re doing or how they’re feeling. People might pretend to be someone they’re not or they might never act like themselves around other people because they’re too scared to show people who they really are, and that’s just something that happens in life, a way that people have to act to protect themselves from being hurt. Jesse is a smart character. Of course, there were times I found him really annoying and just wanted him to get his shit together, but at the same time he really does know a lot and he acts accordingly because he doesn’t feel he deserves to be cared for. He knows that people get hurt and he’s been hurt so he tries his best not to be hurt. He tries to stay in control, but life is never entirely in anyone’s control. That’s the reality, and I think that’s what’s really important about this book.

I’m not saying that this is a groundbreaking novel, or that it talks about life and people in a way that nothing ever has before. It’s still a book worth reading, I think. The characters are all well-written, and definitely not two-dimensional (except maybe Ken) and I really enjoyed how honest Kat Spears’s writing is. How it’s not trite or pretentious, but has just the right amount of subtlety and grit to get its point across. I recommend this novel for anyone who dismisses YA novels for being too sentimental or too cliched (though some might disagree with me on that by the ending but I liked it). Whatever. It’s not a perfect book, but it’s a pretty good read.

Friday Finds

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A weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. 

Or technically Saturday Finds – I was too busy and lazy to do this post yesterday (and the last few weeks) and I haven’t really been in search of books to add to my TBR list as I already have so many on it. But anyway, in saying that, I have found a fair few books the last few weeks I’d like to read. I guess I can’t really help finding more and more books to read! I’m not going to provide separate reasons for Why I Want To Read these this time around, but it’s either because they sound fun or interesting/they’d be a comfort read/I’ve avoided reading them and think I may as well/they’re something I wouldn’t usually read.

The Crow Road by Iain Banks

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‘It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach.’
Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances…

Clown Girl by Monica Drake 

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Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a seedy neighborhood where drugs, balloon animals, and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, she struggles to live her dreams, calling on cultural masters Charlie Chaplin, Kafka, and da Vinci for inspiration. In an effort to support herself and her layabout performance-artist boyfriend, Clown Girl finds herself unwittingly transformed into a “corporate clown,” trapping herself in a cycle of meaningless, high-paid gigs that veer dangerously close to prostitution. Monica Drake has created a novel that riffs on the high comedy of early film stars — most notably Chaplin and W. C. Fields — to raise questions of class, gender, economics, and prejudice. Resisting easy classification, this debut novel blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with stunning skill.

Beware The Wild by Natalie C. Parker 

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 It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.
This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance

The Body Electric by Beth Revis

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The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho 

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What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?

Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Moracho’s whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love—and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Falls The Shadow by Stephanie Gaither
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When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

At least, that’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She’s used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.

In a thrilling debut, Stefanie Gaither takes readers on a nail-biting ride through a future that looks frighteningly similar to our own time and asks: how far are you willing to go to keep your family together?

The Raven Cycle Trilogy by Maggie Steifvater 

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. 

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia 

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week

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A weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.

20/11/2014 – Free week – you choose!

My choice: Ron Weasley

I just have to dedicate my first Free Week to my favourite character of all time, in the HP universe and in the whole fiction world, RON WEASLEY!! It just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have at least one blog post that honours everything I love about Ronald. Where to start?

I’m not even sure where my love for Ron first began. I mean, I know I had a crush on Rupert Grint’s Ron (and on Rupert) as soon as I saw the first movie, and I know that before that I was most excited to see who was going to make my Ron come to life in the films. Ron was instantly my favourite character in the books, and I’m going to attempt to explain why.

I think what drew me to Ron was the fact that he is the underdog and I definitely have a soft spot for underdogs, as I’ve always felt like one myself. To me Ron has always been the realest character in Harry Potter because, in a lot of ways, he doesn’t have it easy. Don’t get me wrong here, I know that Harry and Hermione, and other characters, obviously have their problems and I’m not trying to downplay everything they go through just because they were better at school or got a lot of attention…This post isn’t going to become a Harry vs Ron vs Hermione debate. I love The Golden Trio, it just so happens that I’ve always loved Ron the most. Ron’s so real because he can be so hotheaded and jealous and stubborn – he has a lot of flaws but he always makes up for it and he always does the right thing eventually. He makes mistakes, everyone does.

Ron is probably the most underrated character in Harry Potter. He feels this about himself throughout the books, and it’s how a lot of people see him – including, I have noticed, some Harry Potter fans who see Ron as useless and worthless part of the Trio, which is just so wrong!– because he’s overshadowed by his family and his best friends.  He’s not as smart as Hermione, he’s not as brave as Harry, he’s not as funny as Fred and George, he’s not as good at Quidditch as Ginny. Whatever the case, Ron always feels he’s just not good enough. BUT HE IS. He’s all of these things. I might be the only one who actually thinks he’s the funniest Weasley, and in many ways smarter than Hermione (at least when it comes to the wizarding world), and often just as brave as Harry, and…well I could go on. Point is he’s definitely good enough, way more so than what he believes and what people think.

The whole point of an underdog is eventually for them to prove themselves and everyone wrong. The way that Ron is developed throughout the books in particular – the films almost get there, but Ron’s position as the comic relief is pushed a bit too hard in the films to the point that we lose quite a lot of Ron’s multi-character developments and characteristics as a lot of them are given to Hermione, but I won’t get into that – is put together so well and I’d love to re-read the Harry Potter series AGAIN just to witness it again. There are so many times in the books where Ron really proves himself, from sacrificing himself in chess, to standing up for his best friend on NUMEROUS occasions, to becoming Prefect, to fighting his fears and ‘destroying the locket, to becoming the King, to winning the heart of the girl he loves. Whatever it is, Ron bloody does it and he does it brilliantly. And if you try to tell me any different, I just won’t listen to a damn thing you say because you’re so wrong :).

He’s an integral character, the glue that sticks the Trio together. I really believe that Ron is the heart. Sure, he provides comic relief, but he’s so much more than that. He puts things into perspective. He gives Harry and Hermione laughter and fun and yeah okay, he gives them a lot of trouble as well by falling out with Hermione a few times or Harry once and splitting the group apart, but the whole point of that is that their Trio just doesn’t work without him. Harry and Hermione are close, sure, but they never would have been without Ron around. After all, Ron is the thing that Harry would miss most! (see p.426 of The Goblet of Fire). Ron’s also incredibly loyal to his family, friends and what he believes in, which really is an important thing for anyone to have, and something I definitely have in common with good old Ron Weasley.

I can’t believe J.K Rowling once planned to kill Ron off. So glad she didn’t!!

Seven Ron Weasley Quotes/moments:

‘HAVE YOU GONE MAD!’ Ron bellowed. ‘ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT?’ (the time when Ron kept his head and Hermione didn’t).

‘That’d be a cheerful visit,’ said Ron. ‘Hello, Hagrid, tell us, have you been setting anything mad and hairy loose in the castle lately?’ (one of the many times Ron was sarcastic).

‘Yeah, it will,’ said Ron fiercely. ‘You won’t have to do all the work alone this time, Hermione. I’ll help.’ (one of the times Ron puts his grudge behind him and forgave/apologies aka the best reunion ever that should have been in the film).

‘Percy wouldn’t recognise a joke if it danced naked in front of him wearing Dobby’s tea-cosy.’ (one of the many times Ron makes me laugh uncontrollably).

‘Harry, we saw Uranus up close!’ Said Ron, still giggling feebly. ‘Get it, Harry? We saw Uranus – ha ha ha –’ (the time when Ron gets cursed by a stupid spell and shortly after gets strangled by magical tentacle brains).

‘We’re with you whatever happens,’ said Ron. (the time Ron pledged his loyalty to Harry once again).

‘All’s fair in love and war,’ said Ron brightly. ‘And this is a bit of both.’ (when Ron is acting leader, being optimistic and going after what he wants).

 Ron Weasley stills/gifs: (all found on tumblr)

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(and I could easily go on…)

Wow. All I want to do for the rest of the week is read Harry Potter and watch Harry Potter and gush over the brilliance of Ron Weasley.

Happy HP day everyone :).