Category Archives: Books

(Most Of The*) Books I Read in 2011

I like to keep a list of all the books I read in a year. Honestly, this year was my worst in terms of quantity since I started keeping these lists three years ago. My bad. I’ll do better this year. Promise. I think my problem was I read lots off half books. Like, I’d start… And then not finish. Poor form.

Also, (and this explains the asterisk in the title) I kept the list in my diary this year, and, as you may have seen in my 50 Things post, I lost my diary in April. So I remembered most of the ones I’d read in the earlier months, but I think I forgot two or three.

So here we go. Italics mean I’ve read it before. Bold means twice this year.

1. “1984” – George Orwell
2. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” – JK Rowling
3. “Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers” – JRR Tolkien (began in 2010)
4. “Princess Diaries” – Meg Cabot
5. “Princess Diaries: Take Two” – Meg Cabot
6. “Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky” – Meg Cabot
7. “Finnikin of the Rock” – Melina Marchetta
8. “The Song of an Innocent Bystander” – Ian Bone

9. “No and Me” – Delphine de Vigan
10. “Princess Diaries: Mia Goes Fourth” – Meg Cabot
11. “Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business. Revised and Updated” – Erik Qualman
12. “The Messenger” – Markus Zusak
13. “The Book Thief” – Markus Zusak
14. “The Last Little Blue Envelope” – Maureen Johnson
15. “The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe” – Donald H. Wolfe
16. “Let It Snow” – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
17. “Looking For Alaska” – John Green
18. “An Abundance of Katherines” – John Green
19. “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” JK Rowling
20. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” JK Rowling
21. “Paper Towns” – John Green

22. “The Picture of Dorian Grey” – Oscar Wilde
23. “The Virgin Suicides” – Jeffrey Eugenides
24. “In Cold Blood” – Truman Capote
25. “Devilish” – Maureen Johnson
26. “Harry, a History” – Melissa Anelli
27. “The Name of the Star” – Maureen Johnson
28. “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” – John Green and David Levithan
29. “Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers” – famous and obscure writers, I guess.
30. “Book of Longing” – Leonard Cohen
31. “Don’t Stop Now” – Julie Halpern
32. “Bye, Beautiful” – Julia Lawrinson
33. “Froi of the Exiles” – Melina Marchetta
34. “Girl Saves Boy” – Steph Bowe
35. “Diving In” – Kate Cann
36. “In the Deep End” – Kate Cann
37. “Sink or Swim” – Kate Cann
38. “The Half Life of Planets” – Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
39. “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
40. “Let It Snow” – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Christmas Reading #2: Let It Snow

So I have this cousin, Hannah. She’s the youngest of all my family, and she is pretty Gosh Darn Cool.

The Hungry Kids of Hungary think she’s “rad”, and it’s possible you will too.

Here are a few things to know about Hannie:
– In the past twoish years we’ve become pretty good friends 🙂 🙂 🙂
– She’s a Hufflepuff, like me!
– She’s currently in France and we’re all looking forward to souvenirs her coming back!!
– She doesn’t reread books.

There are two exceptions to this last one. Harry Potter, because, well, it did take her a few years to get into (awkies), but we ARE related, right? And the other is Let It Snow.

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Christmas Reading #1: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Guys. I don’t mean to alarm you, but there are only four sleeps to my birthday six sleeps to Christmas.

Do you have Christmas traditions? At my house we all have to help eat stir the batter of the pudding.

Also, though we’ve been lax on this recently, Christmas doesn’t start until after my birthday. When I was a kid it was a sweet idea… Now I think it’s an excuse for us to be unorganised.

I also enjoy reading the same books at christmastime. And one of those is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

If the names sound familiar, you might know them from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which I adore in the way that the first time I read it, I turned around and read it again about a week after I finished.

But Nick and Norah aside, we’re talking about Dash and Lily.

I’ve read books by David Levithan before. And I’ve read books by Rachel Cohn before. And I’ve enjoyed them. But there is something so much more… I don’t know… amazing when they write together. They balance out.

So we’ve got Rachel Cohn. We’ve got David Levithan. And we have Christmas. What’s not to love?

The story itself. It’s Christmastime in New York. Lily has left Moleskine journal full of clues in a bookshop. I know, right?

It gets better. Dash and Lily strike up a relationship through this notebook and through the dares, and the entire novel drips of brilliance and Christmas goodness and Cohn and Levithan’s typical mix of indieness, nerdiness and music references.

I recommend you read this before Christmas, but up until new year is fine, too (as is any time of year).

And I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the novel:

“You think fairy takes are only for girls? Here’s a hint – ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. … Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much.”

Now go read the rest.

Harry Potter and the Amazing Fandom


Or so the giant billboards, bus shelter advertisements and movie posters told us. According to them, Harry Potter has been all over since this July.

Source: The Leaky Cauldron

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A few weeks ago, my buddy Rhi and my cousin Hannah and I decided that we needed to make the food from John Green’s books, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. Both of which, by the way, you need to read.

I saw a tutorial on Youtube for both these recipes, but it’s pretty straight forward. First of all, what the hell are these things? Why don’t I let John Green explain?

So between the deep-fried burittos, and the sugar-drenched energy drink, we had a heart attack waiting to happen.

Here’s a little video Rhi put together, which shows off nicely what we did.

I wouldn’t try Bluefin like this again (we later simply disolved fairy floss into water, and it was sugary brilliance), but Oh My hweprufhuodhfwirfh bufriedos were AMAZING. We’re making this a monthly do.

Oh, You Like Harry Potter?

First things first. I know it LOOKS like I’m a lazy so-and-so because I didn’t finish Haiku Every Day in June, just like I didn’t finish Blog Every Day in April… but I actually got sick. And, well… no haiku. I’M SORRY, I LOVE HAIKU EVERY DAY IN JUNE.

Now that that’s out of the way, my sister sent me a link to this newspaper article this morning, and if, by some miracle, you don’t know that I’m a Harry Potter Nerd, well… I am. So I accepted the challenge, and I emailed the guy.

And then I thought, well now, these are some lovely thoughts. I might like to share them with my Harry Potter friends. And anyone else who cares to take a look.

So here we go: my thoughts on What Harry Potter Means to Me.

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BEDA2: Blog EVERY Day?

No “after” photo of the hair, today either sorry. Too tired and ugly, haha.

I have nothing in mind for today’s blog, so I’ll just tell you what’s up.

I worked today, for three and a quarter hours. In the middle of the day. Take from that what you will.

I’m currently reading The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe, and it’s really interesting. I got on it, because the other day in a lecture I wasn’t really paying attention to, the lecturer mentioned conspiracy theories. And so I spent the rest of the lecture looking up conspiracy theories, mainly the “Paul is Dead”  conspiracy, and Marilyn Monroe’s death.

And then after the lecture I was talking with a buddypal about it, and she said she had a WHOLE BOOK about it, and now I’m reading it!

What’s the best conspiracy theory you’ve heard, or come up with?