Top Ten Tuesday #55 – Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child

Hey everyone and happy Tuesday! It is almost May and I am super excited to get some more of that warm weather. Reading and sitting outside in the sun is one of my favorite summer activities, so as soon as I am able to get to that maybe quarantine won’t be so bad, right? 😅

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Books I Wish I Had Read As A Child

(1) Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

(2) The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series – Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

(3) Matilda – Roald Dahl

Matilda

(4) A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snickett

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)

(5) The Oz series – L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)

(6) Winnie The Pooh – A.A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)

(7) Where The Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

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City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) Book Review

Happy Tuesday everyone, hope everyone is enjoying their day! I read this book last month, and finally getting to the review. This is my first Victoria Schwab read, so I was pleased with what I read, I thought it was a decent middle grade. I will definitely be checking out her books that are more geared towards my normal reading range.

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

Title: City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Paranormal, Fantasy

Pages: 272 (5 hours audio)

Format: audiobook, borrowed from Overdrive

Number in Series: 1

⭐⭐⭐/5

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Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. 


I thought the writing was incredible. When people say Victoria’s writing is fantastic, they aren’t lying. She writes her character’s really well and it flowed pretty easily. Most of the star rating is just because of how well the story was written.

What I didn’t like was mainly the style. I think this is more of a person preference, but Middle Grade just isn’t my style. Cassidy wasn’t a relatable character for me, even though she was written pretty well. I also didn’t feel interested because the whole ghosty paranormal stuff just didn’t interest me.

Sadly, I also think I fell victim to author hype, and had super high expectation for this because it was Victoria Schwab, but I don’t think it shows how much of a writer she is. I might continue on with the series, maybe try the next one which comes out later in the year, but I think for now no more paranormal readings for me.

What do you guys think of Paranormal books? Yay or nay?

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire Book Review

Good morning and Happy Thursday all my bookish friends! Well, I have made it a little more than halfway to my goal of reading the entire Harry Potter series. I am so excited, and honestly super proud of myself. So now, onto the review!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Title: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction

Format: Hardcover, borrowed from library

Pages: 734

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⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly

What I really enjoyed about this book was the obvious character development. I thought there was so much of a difference between Harry and Hermoine than how they were in the first 3 books. Harry kind of got a little angsty and it felt more like he was a teenager. Hermoine showing her passion about the working elves, it developed her character more for me and made me able to learn something more than I have with the last three. Of course, the writing was amazing. I don’t think there has been a point in any of the four books that I have read where I did not enjoy the writing style. It flows so freely, and honestly I have never read a book with a better writing flow.

Okay, I have to be honest, the story fell really flat for me. The whole tournament, the Quidditch match in the beginning, it just didn’t interest me at all. I know people have said they really enjoyed the whole plot and the story, but I could not get into it. Even when Voldemort pops up, I really just didn’t care. At first I thought it might be me, because I just read 4 Harry Potter books in a row, and that’s a little crazy in itself. But then I realized, no I don’t actually think it’s me, I just think it’s the book. I honestly was going to give it 3 stars, but the writing and the character development I saw, and us FINALLY getting into some action with Voldemort, which was due, that’s why I decided to give it a four. AND, we found some background info on Hagrid, which made me happy because he is easily my favorite character in the series right now.

Well what do you guys think? Thoughts on book 4 of Harry Potter?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling Book Review

Happy Sunday everyone, I am finally back to posting now! Yay! Back to Harry Potter month! So as we continue on with Harry Potter month, I figured I should do a book review for the second in the series. I have some more creative post ideas for the month, so just stay with me.

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J.K. Rowling

So, although I didn’t give it a five out of five stars like I did for the first one, it was still a good book. I don’t know, it just wasn’t as interesting to me as much. Like *SPOILERS* when we found out Ginny was behind letting out the giant snake from the chamber of secrets, I just didn’t find myself caring as much. It just lacked that magical feeling I got from the first one. I think the only reason why I didn’t decide to give this a 3/5 is because the writing is just really good. For middle grade, this is really solid writing, and I love how smooth it is. It isn’t hard to understand, it isn’t so complex where I just can’t follow it. I find myself being able to read like, 100 pages, yet remember everything and I can’t even tell that any time has passed.

Although the writing was excellent, the plot fell short for me and I just wasn’t as interested. I’m reading the third one now, and I’ve heard it’s the best in the series and I am excited. It already has me hooked, and man, am I on a reading kick. I read about 3 (@timtracker) books all in a day on Thursday and I feel so powerful after that, I would love to get through most of the rest of the book tonight and then watch movie #3.

I actually thought that the movie was better than the book. I just felt more interested in the movie, and that doesn’t usually happen. Not that it’s a bad thing, I think I just needed to visualize and see the movie to understand the story more and enjoy it.

How did you guys feel about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) Book Review

Hello everyone, hope your having a happy Sunday so far. I have finished the first Harry Potter book and.. wow. I am very happily surprised with the outcome. I don’t think I have ever been so excited to read and finish a series, other than Caraval of course. So, let’s get on with my first Harry Potter review!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (#1) – J.K. Rowling

Obviously, I gave the first one a 5 stars, if you couldn’t tell by the little introduction I gave. I can’t believe how much I loved it, it was amazing! The writing, the characters, the world you dive into. The whole story is breathtaking. Harry Potter is a great character, but I have to say Hermoine is awesome and one of my favorites.

When I was in like elementary school and middle school and these books were super popular, I never understood, but it’s because I never gave it a chance. I will admit though, if I tried to read this when I was in high school, I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. It wasn’t my reading preference back then and if it wasn’t for my recent interest in fantasy, I probably still wouldn’t have an interest.

I think one of my favorite parts of the book was when Harry retrieved the rememball for Neville that Draco threw. That whole scene is what got me fully engaged to the story, and everything after that was brilliant and incredible.

I watched the movie last night and wow, am I obsessed. I mean it did a pretty good job pulling the book into a movie and doing it right. Yes some things were left out, but I mean, a movie can’t be 3 hours long, a little over 2 hours is fine with me, the movie got the point across.

What did you guys think of the book that introduced you to the wizarding world of Harry Potter?

February Harry Potter Month + TBR

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Today is the official first day of Harry Potter Month here on my blog! This is my first time reading Harry Potter, so to keep me motivated and moving along in the series, the whole month is focused on Harry Potter!

I will be posting this month all about Harry Potter, which is going to be filled with Harry Potter book reviews, quizzes, and a GIVEAWAY! Which will be announced sometime this month!

So my TBR this month is pretty clear, it will be all of the Harry Potter books. I know. 28 days to do this sounds insane, but I am determined.

I decided to read the first 7, because I have heard mixed things about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so we will see. Some people may say it’s not going to be a successful challenge, but I think 7 books in one month is pretty great for me.

Can’t wait to celebrate my blog’s Harry Potter month with you all!