Hype or Like Friday: Books that were a pleasant surprise in 2016

Hype or Like Friday is a meme co-created by Jill @ Rantandraveaboutbooks, Britt @ Geronimo Reads and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. Join their Goodreads group here to participate! Each month they choose a hyped up book to read and discuss on the last Friday of the month. The first three Fridays are dedicated to related discussion questions.

Today our topic is:

Pleasant Surprise – What books did you read in 2016 that you weren’t expecting much from but ending up completely loving?

 


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Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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“Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and acomplete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.”


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Hype or Like Friday: September 9th

Hype or Like Friday is a meme co-created by Jill @ Rantandraveaboutbooks, Britt @ Geronimo Reads and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. Join their Goodreads group here to participate! Each month they choose a hyped up book to read and discuss on the last Friday of the month. The first three Fridays are dedicated to related discussion questions. This month we are reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
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I see Rainbow Rowell’s books everywhere and her books all seem interesting and a little strange. I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park so I am excited to dive into this book.

 

 

 

 

Since September is back to school month, the discussion themes will all be school-centered.

Here is this week’s topic:

” I Love Science: My Favorite Science Fiction Books- This can be anything you want. Science fiction can be anything from time travel to DNA mutations like X-Men. You can go with comic books or novels. Whatever you feel like writing about.”


 

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

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“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne,Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”


 

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Hype or Like Friday #3

Hype or Like Friday is a meme co-created by Jill @ Rantandraveaboutbooks, Britt @ Geronimo Reads and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. Join their Goodreads group here to participate! Each month they choose a hyped up book to read and discuss on the last Friday of the month. The first three Fridays are dedicated to related discussion questions. This month we are reading…..

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

 

 

 

Here is the discussion topic for this week:

10 Things I Like About Harry Potter: Name 10 things you like about any of the books in the series. You’re not limited to a particular book. You can choose whatever you want from any book. It’s completely up to you. This category is wide open, but here’s a few ideas: favorite characters, spells, magical items, plot twists, villains, etc. You can do whatever you want with this.


10 things I like about Harry Potter? Only 10?! While not all-encompassing, these are a few things that come to mind when I think about this beloved series. Here we go..

 

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Hype or Like Friday#2

Hype or Like Friday is a meme co-created by Jill @ Rantandraveaboutbooks, Britt @ Geronimo Reads and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. Join their Goodreads group here to participate! Each month they choose a hyped up book to read and discuss on the last Friday of the month. The first three Fridays are dedicated to related discussion questions. This month we are reading…..

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

 

 

 

Here is today’s discussion topic:

Imagine it’s the apocalypse, whatever magic is left in the Wizarding World is slowly diminishing, and you need to assemble a team to help you survive. Which 5 characters would you choose for your team, what roles would they play (i.e. Team Leader, Most Cunning, Most Skilled, etc.), and how would they help you survive? You can do whatever you want with this topic. Get creative and have fun with it.


 

I am lucky to have so many wonderful characters to choose from! Here is my team:

1. Hermione Granger

How could you not choose Hermione? While she is an extremely skilled witch, she is also muggle-born and would fare fine in a world without magic. She is intelligent and strategical, and I would absolutely trust Hermione to help me survive.

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2. Ginny Weasley

Since Ginny grew up with a house full of brothers, we know she’s tough. Ginny is also one of my favorite characters in the books. She is extremely loyal to her friends and family and you can definitely count on her in a crisis. She is also athletic- she made a great chaser and stepped in to be a great seeker when her team needed her!

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3. Molly Weasley

You definitely need Molly to take care of the team! Everyone still needs to be fed and clothed and I know we could count on Molly to be the team mother. She is also fierce  and would do anything to protect her family. One of my favortie scenes from all of the books is in the Deathly Hallows when Molly takes down Bellatrix to save Ginny.

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4. Sirius Black

While he is not actually a criminal, Sirius was wrongly accused of killing a group of muggles and had to learn to live as a fugitive. He would definitely have some essential survival skills! Although at times he can be a little reckless, having the rational Hermione and Molly on the team would help even it out. This is of course assuming the apocalypse happens pre-book 5. RIP Sirius.

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5. Grawp

Grawp is Hagrid’s younger half-brother and he comes from Hagrid’s giant side of the family. While sometimes a little unpredictable, I would definitely want Grawp to protect the group! We all know he loves Hermione, so at least she could help keep him under control 🙂

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Who would you have on your team? 

Hype or Like Friday #1

Hi everyone! Hype or Like Friday is a meme co-created by Jill @ Rant And Rave About Books, Britt @ Geronimo Reads and Larkin @ Wonderfilled Reads. Join their Goodreads group here to participate! Each month they choose a hyped up book to read and discuss on the last Friday of the month. The first three Fridays are dedicated to related discussion questions. This month we are reading…..

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

 

 

 

I know I am not alone when I say that I love Harry Potter. These books are 100% why I love reading and they are all truly magical. I read the first one in 4th grade and the books and movies carried me throughout college. While nothing can compare to Harry’s story, I was very excited to return to this magical world! I actually finished the book earlier this week, but I will hold my review until the end of the month. For now, we will be discussing all things Harry Potter.

Here is the discussion topic for this week:

If you could choose 3 magical items from any Harry Potter book, which would you choose and why? Explain what you would do with them and how you would use them to your advantage.


 

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