Visual Inspiration // Harry Potter // The Serpent

I always love making my visual inspiration posts, so I thought that it might be fun to make a series of them themed specifically around the Harry Potter houses! Of course I had to start with my house, Slytherin. I’ve been really loving the old-fashioned, creepy vibe that can represent Slytherin, so I thought that I could share some of it with you!

Visual Inspiration Harry Potter The Serpent


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6 Classic Movies To Watch This Summer

As some of your may know, I absolutely adore classic movies. I grew up watching them, and I’ve loved them ever since. That being said, I thought that I’d share with you some of my favourite classic movies for summer. It was a challenge to narrow it down to six! If you’re new to watching classics, I hope that this can give you a bit of an idea of where to start.

Talk of The Town

1.Talk of the Town (1942)

The Story: Nora Shelly, a schoolteacher, finds herself in the middle of a manhunt when her former childhood friend and escaped convict Leopold Dilg, shows up to her house one night in the rain with a bad limp and the police chasing him. Due to a miscommunication, Michael Lightcap, a Harvard law professor and Nora’s new tenant for the summer, arrives a night early and the same night as Leopold. Convinced of Leopold’s innocence, Nora tries to keep him hidden and out of harms way.

Watch When: You’re in need of a laugh, and some witty 40’s humor!

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The Bookish Get to Know Me

(Also known as the Bookish Tag)

I haven’t done a tag for such a long time ( thank you SW for tagging me)! They’re usually not a type of post that I like to write, but I thought that this one would be fun and it made me feel a little nostalgic.

1. Which Book Has Been On Your Shelf The Longest?
Either the Little Prince or Pride and Prejudice… I always want to read classics but never get around to them!

 2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
I’m currently reading both The Whisper by Aaron Starmer(The Riverman Trilogy #2) and the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  by my previous read is The Riverman by Aaron Starmer (The Riverman Trilogy #1), and the book that I’ll read next will either be The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer (The Riverman Trilogy #3), Hunted by Meagan Spooner, or The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Obviously I’ve been really enjoying the Riverman Trilogy Lately!

3. What book did everyone like but you hated?
I didn’t hate it, but everyone seemed to love I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, and I didn’t enjoy it. I tried to like it because other people seemed too, but it just didn’t work for me.

4.  What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?

Every book that I own. I always read library books first!

5. What books are you saving for retirement? 

None! Retirement is too long away for me to think about saving books for.

6.  Last page: Read it first or wait until the end? 

Definitely wait until the end! I only check the page number on the last page, and always avoid looking at the words. I would never read the ending first.

 7. Acknowledgments: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 

I usually don’t read them, but I certainly don’t have anything against them. A waste of paper is the books that have 5 random blank pages at the end!
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
No one! I wouldn’t want to give up my real life. 

9. Do you have a book that reminds of you something specific in your life? (Place, time, person) 
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes reminds me of being sick in bed when I was little. But not in a bad way at all! It was one of my favourite books when I was little, and I loved having it read aloud to me.
10. Name an interesting book that you acquired in an interesting way. 
My Mom got the box set of Narnia books for me when I was just a baby, and I grew up with them being read to me. They’ll always have a special place in my heart.

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? 
I don’t think so, I never give books away.

12. Which book has been with you most places? 
Probably The Great Gatsby, because I’ve been keeping it in my backpack, and I take my backpack everywhere.

13. Any required reading in High School that wasn’t so bad two years later? 
I’m very lucky and even though I haven’t loved all of my required reading, I haven’t hated any of it! With the exception, of course, of Romeo and Juliet. I think that the story sucks (why couldn’t we have read a Shakespeare with a better plot?), and my teacher hated it as well.

14. Used or brand new? 
I love them both, but I have a soft spot for vintage books. 

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? 
No, I’ve never even heard of them.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more then the book? 
I don’t think so, no. I find that so much of a book is lost when it’s translated into a movie.
17. Have you ever read a book that made you hungry (cook books included)? 
I’m sure that I’ve read some delicious looking cookbooks, but no specific ones come to mind.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? 
My parents. Seeing as they’re both librarians and they’ve read a million books each, I trust their judgment. 
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline isn’t a book that I’d pick up on my own, as I’m not too interested in video games, but I ended up loving it and being absolutely engrossed in it! 
I Tag: NabilaEllieNoor, and Lexie ♥ (The rules are 1: You must be honest 2:You must answer all the questions and 3: You must tag at least 4 people)

Can you relate to any of these? What are some of your reading habits?

Little Spring Goals

This spring, I really want to spring clean my life. Maybe it has something to do with the reappearance of the sun and seeing things finally start to grow again, but it’s inspiring to clean out my life a little more. So, that being said, I thought that it would be a fun idea to share a few of the goals that I have for myself this spring (and maybe it will help me stick to them)!
Revamp my blog
I think that it’s time I gave this old blog a makeover. I’m talking new name, domain, theme, and trying to make better quality posts from now on.
Organize my emails
Ok, I have way too many emails. This spring I want to clean them out, and only keep one personal one and one for my blog.
Spring clean my makeup and wardrobe
I have so many things that I never use- out with the old, in with the new!

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Recent Reads Part 5

I always enjoy typing up these little round-ups, and I hope that you enjoy reading them, too! This is the fifth installment in my Recent Reads series, and I don’t have too many books to share today. I’ve read a lot more than this since my last Recent Reads post, but I wanted to share with you only the ones that I actually enjoyed and would recommend to you.
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This story revolves around Count Alexander Rostov, and his life from 1922 on after he is placed under house arrest in the Metropol hotel, across the street from the Kremlin. His world now revolves around what happens in the hotel, and the story spans many years of his life in the Metropol.
Even though I really liked this book, I didn’t find it super engaging. But maybe that was the whole point, to get a look into a world where time seems to pass so fast. I loved the way it was written, though.

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.3/5 stars
My Rating: ⅘ stars

This is a retelling of the Illiad, told by Patroclus. The story starts when the young prince is exiled to the house of King Peleus and his son Achilles. Achilles is the perfect prince, and everything that Patroclus is not. However, Achilles decides to befriend him, and they grow closer and closer as the years go on. But when Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in Troy. Little do they know, this war will change everything that Achilles and Patroclus thought they knew.
I think that this is a beautifully written book. I quite enjoyed the first parts, but I found that it started to drag around the last ¼. However, I did really enjoy this book, especially because it’s rather different than what I usually read. I also got so caught up in it that I finished it quite quickly!

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5 stars
My Rating: ⅘ stars

Anna is happy with her life in Atlanta, with her best friend, great job, and a crush that she suspects soon might be more. But her world is flipped upside-down when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris. She’s terrified of living alone in a new country, without any friends or family. This is made easier, though, when she meets Étienne St. Clair. The only problem is his girlfriend… But magical things can happen in the city of love!
I honestly didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It was a cute, light, fluffy book, and I couldn’t take it too seriously, but it was the perfect book to relax with, and I quite enjoyed reading it.

Average Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Otis and Meg were the best of friends, until Meg and her family suddenly moved after a horrible accident left Otis’s younger brother dead. Ever since the move, Otis hasn’t heard a word from Meg, until he gets the sudden news that she’ll be coming back for the summer. Now he must face how much both he and Meg have changed in three years time. Otis’s life has also been taken over by Dara- half best friend, half coach, who wants to make Otis into the Olympic swimmer that she can never be. But when Meg comes back, Otis must face some difficult truths.
I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t love it. I’m not sure why, but something about it didn’t work for me. It was still an interesting read, though, and I’d still recommend it.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite recent reads?

Visual Inspiration- Cold & Classy


I used to make inspiration posts like this all the time, but I haven’t in quite a while. I’ve been using Pinterest a lot lately, though, and it inspired me to compile some of my favourite images together into one big post. I tried to stick with somewhat of a theme, though, and I noticed that a lot of my picks were cold and classy.
I hope that you enjoy posts like this! If you want to see more like this, then feel free to follow me on my Pinterest.

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Recent Reads Part 4

I always love to talk about books on here, and I thought that it was time for another Recent Reads post. I’ve read all of these in the past few months, and they’re all quite different from each other. I think that there’s something for everyone in this compilation of books!
My rating: 5/5 stars
Average goodreads rating: 4.05/5 stars
Blue, the daughter of a psychic, has been told her whole life that her true love will die because of her. As she stands next to her aunt at an old church on St. Marks Eve to watch the parade of the soon to be dead, she sees a spirit for the first time: that of a raven boy, a student a the local private school. Blue has always stayed away from the rich raven boys, but soon finds that her and fate and that of four of theirs are unchangeably intertwined.
I absolutely love this book. I love the writing style, and the characters of the boys are perfect. Though I wasn’t completely happy with the ending and I thought that Blue could have been characterized better, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would very highly recommend it.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Average goodreads rating: 4.31/5 stars
In 2044, the world revolves around OASIS, a virtual world. Wade Watts is a “gunter”, someone who spends most of their time trying to find the clues left in the creator of OASIS’s will. Whoever completes a set of challenges will become increadibly wealthy and the most powerful person in the OASIS. These “gunters” spend most of their time memorizing seemingly useless facts about 80s video games and pop culture; the creator was born in the 80s, and obsessed with the decade. It’s been years since the creator died, though, and only a few elite “gunters” still care about the quest- that is, until Wade stumbles across the first clue. Then the race truly begins, and it’s more dangerous than Wade ever imagined.
I was never really into video games, but this book made me way more interested in vintage video games and 80s culture. It’s not the kind of book that I usually read, but I loved it, and would recommend it 100%. 

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