Friday, 26 October 2012

Harry Potter Quote Word Art - First Litspiration Challenge (Term 1)!!!

I finally finished my first litspiration challenge! I decided to make one of my favourite quotes (from HP) -- "It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are far more than our abilities." - Albus Dumbledore -- into some word art....

Choice of colours, images, etc: 
- Quote: I chose this quote because it has a lot of meaning to me. Ever since the first time I read it in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I just fell in love with it. I couldn't stop reading it over and over again! I knew I had to use this quote for my litspiration challenge!
- Colours: I chose these colours (red and yellow) because they are the Gryffindor house colours at Hogwarts. I chose the Gryffindor colours because the Hoqwarts house thing is the first very important choice that Harry made for himself. Even though he didn't specifically choose Gryffindor, he made it clear that he didn't want to be in Slytherin, even if the Sorting Hat was seriously considering it (Harry could've easily followed Voldemort's path!). Speaking of the Sorting Hat....
- Image: I chose the Sorting Hat to go along with this quote for two reasons. The first being the same the reason I chose the colours red and yellow; Harry's first very important choice -- that changed his life -- was the Hoqwarts house thing, and that involved the hat. The second reason being that Dumbledore happened to be talking about the Sorting Hat during the conversation he is having with Harry in which he says this quote. 
- Font: I just chose this font because it looked very magical and fancy to me. :)

Side Notes:
- I made this word art using photoshop for any of you who were wondering.
- The Sorting Hat picture is NOT mine and I would like to give full credits to http://sahinduezguen.deviantart.com for the picture/drawing of the hat. (link to picture: http://sahinduezguen.deviantart.com/art/The-Sorting-Hat-254690969) *ALSO I have gotten persmission from the artist to use the picture...proof (I am @ravenclaw360):

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Uglies Ending....

So, I finished Uglies by Scott Westerfeld yesterday, and my first thought after reading the last sentence? I MUST READ THE NEXT BOOK! The book ended like it was only half way through! I can't wait to read the next book in the series, after I finish some other books that have been waiting patiently on my bookshelf to be read. Anyway I'll be posting a book review on Uglies soon, so stay tuned!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling Book Review (2) - Free Reading Challenge



Harry Potter has lived with the Dursleys, his only living relatives, for as long as he can remember. The Dursleys are an obnoxious and selfish family, who like to think they’re normal, and hate anything that isn’t. Harry spends his whole life being pushed around and treated miserably by the Dursleys, until his 11th birthday…when he finds out he’s a wizard! Before Harry can say “I’m a what?” He has been enrolled to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to fly a broom & play Quidditch, encounters a three-headed dog, and learns about his dark past. Harry Potter is anything but normal!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was an outstanding piece of literature, for J.K. Rowling had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! While I was reading, the characters came to life in my head, because Rowling showed the character’s personalities instead of telling them. She gradually built up each of the characters throughout the book, so that the reader could get to know them personally. Rowling also used her characters to hint the readers about the hidden theme in the book; the theme that I think she shows in the book is the idea of free will. Throughout the book, J.K. Rowling mentions many bizarre similarities between Harry Potter and Voldemort (an evil, horrible wizard). For example the twin wands, their rare relationships with snakes, and many others mentioned throughout the series. When the Sorting Hat thinks about putting Harry into the Slytherin house (it is usually where the bad wizards end up and Voldemort's house), Harry tells the hat he doesn’t want to be in Slytherin, and that’s where the idea of choice and free will comes in. Though Harry could have easily followed Voldemort’s path, he chose not to. Harry is later on told; “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” All in all, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a must read book, and I promise you won’t regret it!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012

The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.

Sounds rather...pleasant, no? As mentioned in my previous post, I had started reading reading Uglies by Scott Weterfeld today. And the first sentence in the book? "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit." Gee, that caught my attention! This is one great example of a fantastic hook, don't you think?

Uglies and third Harry Potter book started!

Super excited to get started on these! There will be an upcoming review on Uglies by Scott Westerfeld! And as you all know already, a book review on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling coming real soon! As for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? I'm just reading it for fun! ALSO look out for a free reading challenge...I will be posting one (or some) in the next 2 weeks. :P Stay tuned!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets...also finished!

The one thing that I love about J.K. Rowling's writing? There's always such an interesting twist in the ending! It makes the book life so much more interesting, seriously! Anyway I can't wait to find Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and start reading it! Also there will be upcoming book reviews on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. Stay tuned!

Foil Characters...example!

So for a while now, I have been looking for an example for a foil character, to help me understand them better, and I think I finally may have found one! A foil character is a character that, by contrast (difference), highlights aspects of another character (usually the protagonist). So the example I found is Draco Malfoy. He is the mean bully in the Harry Potter Series and in fact, he is quite the complete opposite of Harry Potter (the protagonist). So you see, one reason why Malfoy could be Harry's foil is because Malfoy's rudeness makes Harry seem more generous. For example, when Malfoy called Ron (Harry's best friend) poor, Harry had shared his treats that he had bought with Ron. Though Harry would've shared anyway (because Harry is just generally generous), Malfoy being rude to Ron highlighted the fact that Harry was a generous person. Would've you have thought right off the bat that Harry was a very generous person when he shared his treats? I think not. It was thanks to Malfoy's character that we see the generosity factor in Harry. You got that? ALSO I think (from the books that I have read so far in the series) that Malfoy isn't much use to the story other than the fact that he is Harry's foil and maybe a couple other minor things. What do you guys think? IS Draco Malfoy Harry Potter's foil?

Anyway...stay tuned for that book review on this book (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone). I'm working on it and it'll be posted really soon!

Wise words from...Dumbledore :)

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
- Albus Dumbledore

Came across this quote in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and I loved it! Such wise words..no? :)

Friday, 12 October 2012

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone...finished!

WOW! I finished it in what? 3 days?! It was a fantastic book...I loved it! I'm already halfway through book 2 (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and I only started it today! Anyway, stay tuned for a book review on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. :)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Want lots of book suggestions according to YOUR taste?

I know I give the occasional book suggestion for those of you looking for something to read..but sometimes, it feels like theres never anything that interests YOU. I know that happens to me A LOT. So here are 2 tips that are bound to work!

- Tip 1: Go to google and type in "books like ______" and fill in the blank with a book that you enjoyed or loved!
- Tip 2: Tip 1 didn't work? That's ok because, we have goodreads.com! Go and sign up for their website, rate some books that you loved/liked and goodreads will find a hole bunch of other books that are similar to the books you rated! I found about 13 or so books that I really can't wait to read now off of there!

So go ahead and give the tips a try!

A Poem...by me!



Cracky dry leaves fall from the trees in vibrant colours of orange, green, and yellow on the dry tufts of grass, as a gentle cool breeze whistles in the hollow silence. Birds fly about chirping; their voices muffled by the buzz of the distant busy highway. The crispy air smells of pine, as the heat from the golden sun in the bright blue sky touches the earth.







This is one of my favourite quotes! I love damaged books, they're so much more precious than books that are in perfect condition!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Amazing Bookstore!! - My Dream :D

So I was looking at pictures of cool bookstores and saw this image of a bookstore in Paris called Shakespeare and Co. 



OH. MY. GOD. !!! Anyway I remember my teacher telling us about this bookstore and how is was such an awesome one..and I bet it is! So my dream until now was to visit Paris, but now it is to visit Paris and go to this bookstore! If I don't get to go to this bookstore sometime in my life, my life wouldn't be complete! Have any of you been here? Here is a look inside...







IS THIS LEGITIMATE?!? AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Hunger Games Series Reflection & Goodreads Discussion: When in the Books did Katniss Realize her Love for Peeta?


I saw this disscussion on Goodreads and HAD to contribute my opinion on the question..."When in the Books did Katniss Realize her Love for Peeta?" This also includes my reflection on the series as a whole...what's reading without reflection? ALSO, sorry if you don't agree with my reflection/opinion. Everyone has different views and opinions right? Comment what YOU think...do you agree or disagree? :D

**** WARNING: This contains HUGE spoilers... so DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read this if you haven't read ALL 3 of the Hunger Games books!!!!! ****

In my opinion, Katniss never really did realize her love for Peeta. Does that make sense? This was sort of disappointing. Not the fact that she didn't truly realize her love for Peeta (which was sad indeed), but more because she didn't make up her mind -- not really to me anyway -- about who she really wanted to be with and who she loved. She did admit at the end that she needed Peeta and not Gale...but does that really mean she really realized that her needing him was her loving him? In my opinion, no. It feels as if, even though we were inside Katniss' head, we still didn't even know her thoughts very well. Mockingjay was just a bit of a blur for me.

Katniss, the strong and determined character who we got to know in book one, sort of just started to fade away somewhere in Catching Fire, and definitely was gone in Mockingjay. I guess it was realistic of Katniss to start to become a bit emotionally unstable after all she had been through, but I was sort of expecting Katniss to stay the way she was in the beginning until the very end. Instead of admiring her throughout the entire series -- I hate to say it but -- I started to hate/dislike her more and more as I progressed into the series...she had just become a whiny, lonely, child to me.

This series had a lot more potential than it delivered (at least to me). In the first book, I thought of Katniss as sort of a hero who would make a difference (the ending of book one [the berries, rebel, etc]) in the world that she lived in. I thought her determination to show the Capitol that they didn't own the rest of them would keep going. And I admit, it did. Katniss stayed determined the entire series, but that spark was gone. Where did the girl on fire go? A part of determination comes from your own values...and for Katniss, I saw that in Prim. Why did Katniss volunteer in the first place? Prim. It feels as though Prim was completely pushed into the shadows after the first book or so, and THAT was the biggest disappointment.

All in all though, I really did enjoy the series and it is one of my favourite book series. I just think the end could've been a bit better written. :)

Well, there is my reflection on the series. If you read my book review on The Hunger Games (which you can find here if you haven't) you would know that I really enjoyed the book and I'm a huge fan of the series. But also, I was a bit dissapointed with the ending. So many questions left unanswered!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Harry Potter...

So I started reading the first book today...and I think a new Harry Potter fan is born. It's such an awesome book! Why haven't I read these books yet? :D

Goodreads.com

So I decided to sign up for goodreads today...and I'm so glad I did! If you haven't already, go sign up for it! I was able to find so many books that I never would've found before...and I'm so excited to read them! Unfortunately, my library doesn't have any of the books I wanted. :( Anyway, I also joined the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge!!!! My goal is to read 15 books by the end of the year (I kept the amount low since it's already October)..lets get started!

Don Aker and One on One


I picked up this book because I remember having the author, Don Aker, come into our school and talk to us about his writing, books, and his inspiration. The thought of reading a book from an author who I had met was so cool (plus I love basketball)! He had told us one thing that really surprised me, and that was that you don't need imagination to write...what? He told us about how he got ideas or quirks for his characters and stories by little things he saw around him. For example, one time when he went to watch a movie, he saw a lady eating french fries in a totally weird way! Even though he missed half of his movie, he still had a quirk for a character he could use in his future writing! You just have to pay attention to little details in the world around you...and the ideas will start flowing into your brain! Anyway, as for the book, I thought it was great, and basically all of the characters had something about them that made them so realistic. Though there were some stock characters, they still felt real, and not completely stock...you get that? ANYWAY, this book is definitely a quick must read book! Stay tuned for the free reading challenge and more book reviews!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Lost my blog :( ..and Book Suggestion!

Well, my old blog had to be deleted. :( So I have this new one up, but it's the same link so fear not! In the meantime try out Radiance. It's a book about the afterlife...interested anyone?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Book Review (1) - Free Reading Challenge



In a dystopian future lies the country of Panem, which is what used to be North America. Panem is divided into twelve districts, and each one is dedicated to one kind of economic activity. There had once been thirteen districts, but one had supposedly been wiped out in a rebellion against the Capitol, the city that rules the country of Panem. To keep the districts in line, each district has to pay a tribute in the form of a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18, who must fight to the death in an arena, until a lone victor remains; the victor is then entitled to live a life of luxury from then on. When her little sister is selected to be the girl tribute for District 12, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place, knowing that it will probably result in her death. Alongside Katniss, Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son (who Katniss has had connections with in her past) is also chosen. Throughout the games, Katniss and Peeta make allies, enemies, and sacrifices…but who will make it out of the arena? Will District 12 finally have a victor again?
I found The Hunger Games to be a spectacular book, despite the amount of books I've read, I've rarely been so engaged in a story. Suzanne Collins’ first-person narrator, Katniss Everdeen, who comes from a poor coal-mining area, is a tough and resourceful hunter, who protects and feeds her family. Collins, who stayed inside Katniss’ head, wrote short and descriptive sentences that were precise about Katniss’ apprehension and physical experience throughout the games. In my opinion, the theme that this book is portraying is generally inhumanity, and in this setting, it is a big factor. Examples of this include, the way the Capitol sends children out to be murdered, the way the Capitol suppresses everyone that aren’t like them, or even the way the rebels are sometimes just as bad as the people they are fighting (the Capitol). One historical “event” I found relevant to The Hunger Games was the Roman Gladiator Fights, where gladiators fought to the death for the entertainment of the general population and martyrs (someone who is killed or suffered because of their beliefs) suffered and died as crowds bantered and jeered; does that sound a little familiar? Katie, a book reviewer, made an excellent point in her book review of The Hunger Games. It was that, “the fact that an entire city population could enjoy watching men of any age tear each other apart shows the sad and frightening reality that all of humanity, even today, is perfectly capable of taking pleasure from the worst kinds of evil;” which is exactly the message I think that Collins has written into the book. Another message I took from the book was about what it means to be yourself and to not give in to society’s expectations. All in all, I thought The Hunger Games was a fantastic, action packed book, and would recommend it to anyone (of a proper age) who is looking for an alive, fast, thrilling, and engaging book.


Citation for Katie's point in her book review: http://parchmentgirl.com/book-reviews/the-hunger-games-suzanne-collins/

Need Something to Read?

Need something to read? Try The Giver by Lois Lowry! I had to read it for a novel study in grade 6...to be honest, i was dreading having to read what looked like a horribly boring book. But once I started it, I didn't want to put it down! Lesson learned? Don't judge a book by its cover!


First Book Review Coming Soon!




Finished reading The Hunger Games today...for the third time! Even for the third time, it was such a thrilling and exciting book! I was glued to it the entire time! Suzanne Collins is such an exceptional author! Full book review will be posted Tuesday. September 18 so stay tuned!
Read a book. Get Litspired. :)

The Free Reading Challenge!



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“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.”  ~James Russell Lowell
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.”  ~Harper Lee
“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”  ~Edmund Burke