Favourite Friday: Books

Have you got a favourite book that you’d like to recommend to myself or others to read? Perhaps it’s a book that you read repeatedly or maybe it is one that you are reading just now…

Let me know in the comments what your favourite book is and leave a short description of why for todays Favourite Friday!




The Hamilton Book Tag

( This book tag was not created by myself, I merely found it whilst on this blog: SOURCE )


The Room Where It Happens:
A Book You Would Put Yourself In 

I would LOVE to be able to a part of the Wizarding World from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling! Who wouldn’t?

The Schulyer Sisters:
An Underrated Female Character 

Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.

My Shot:
A Character That Goes After What They Want & Doesn’t Let Anything Stop Them 

Arthur Pendragon from The Adventures of Merlin book series written by various authors.

You’ll Be Back:
Sassiest Villain 

Loki – The God of Mischief from Avengers: The Avengers Assemble by Thomas Macri.

A Series You Marathoned 

The Adventures of Merlin book series by various authors.

Favourite Book With Multiple Point Of Views 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story:
A Book Series That Will Be Remembered Throughout History 

The Harry Potter book series written by J.K Rowling.

A Relationship You Were Rooting For From The Start 

Harry Potter & Ginny Weasley “Hinny” from the Harry Potter book series written by J.K Rowling.

10 Duel Commandments:
Favourite Fight Scene

The Cullens & Wolves vs the newborn vampires in the book Eclipse written by Stephanie Meyer.

Say No To This:
A Guilty Pleasure Read

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

What Comes Next:
A Series You Wish Had More Books 

The Pendragon Legacy series of novels written by Katherine Roberts.

Right Hand Man:
Favourite Brotp 

Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski from the novel On Fire: A Teen Wolf novel by Nancy Holder.

What’d I Miss:
A Book Or Series You Were Late To Read 

The Hunger Games triology by Suzanne Collins.

Stay Alive:
A Character You Wish Was Still Alive 

Astoria Malfoy from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling et. al.

The Most Heart Breaking End To A Relationship 

Romeo and Juliet from the title of their names by William Shakespeare

The Reyolds Pamphlet:
A Book With A Twist You Didn’t See Coming 

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James.





Rapid Fire Book Tag

( I discovered this tag by watching a video uploaded by one of my favourite booktubers, the video is accessible to you by clicking on the following link: SOURCE )



E-Book or Physical Book? 

Physical, preferably. 

Paperback or Hardback? 


Online or Instore Book Shopping? 

Instore, preferably but either or suits me. I’m still buying books! 

Trilogies or Series? 


Heroes or Villains? 

Villains because I’m a sucker for the baddies!

A Book You Want Everyone To Read:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. 

Recommend An Underrated Book:

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy.

The Last Book You Finished:

The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy. 

The Last Book You Bought:

The Fandom by Anna Day.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used As A Bookmark:

A toothpick. 

Used Books: Yes Or No? 

Yes – as long as they’re in good condition. 

Top 3 Genres:

Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi.

Borrow Or Buy? 

Buy, preferably. 

Character Or Plot?

Both are important but I tend to attach myself to a character and continue reading regardless of the plot rating. 

Long Or Short Books? 

Long but short books make for an easy and enjoyable read too. 

Long Or Short Chapters? 

Long chapters are the best! 

Name The First 3 Books You Think Of: 

It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne. 
Hate List by Jennifer Brown. 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling. 

Books That Make You Laugh Or Cry: 

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling.
The Death of Captain America (The Novel) by Larry Hama.
Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Our World Or Fictional Worlds?

Oh, fictional worlds, without a doubt! 

Audiobooks: Yes Or No?


Do You Ever Judge A Book By Its Cover?

I do. I shouldn’t but I do. 

Book > Movie Or Book > TV Adaptation? 

Book to Movie, preferably. 

A Movie Or TV Show You Preferred To Its Book? 

The Mortal Instruments > Shadowhunters (Netflix) 

Series or Standalones? 




The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Disclaimer: I’m putting this here because regardless of which form of social media others use to post this tag I’ve seen they often get a lot of hate comments or people trying to start arguments. Please note these are merely my opinions and the questions are ones which I find hard enough answering anyway – books are just that good! So feel free to answer the questions in the comments with your own answers or make suggestions but remember everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even you and myself!


This tag was discovered from the following location: SOURCE


What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like?

I don’t really dislike any popular book series or stand alone novels… I suppose it took me sometime to actually like the Twilight series written by Stephanie Meyer, if that counts as an answer to this question.

What is a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love?

I know it’s not a book as such and is more of a script but I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling et. al. Personally I accept the events which occurred in Cursed Child as canon. 

What is a love triangle in a book or series where the main character ended up with the person you did not want them to end up with?

I’m not really sure if this counts but I am going to say the characters of Cath, Levi and Nick in the book Fangirl written by Rainbow Rowell. With these two boys playing a significant part in Caths life, I just remember wishing for the first half of the book that she would eventually end up with Nick. Those who have read the book know how that guy turned out… 

What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for?

Romance – Just romance novels without any action or twists or mix of other genres such as fantasy. A plain romance novel is a genre of book which I rarely ever read. However, I’m not opposed to being recommended them and will always give them a try.

What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?

Edward Cullen from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I just wasn’t that into him. Team Edward? Team Jacob? I was neither, in fact I was on a league of my own and living in the world of Team Jasper! 

Who is a popular author that you can’t seem to get into?

I’m yet to meet an author whose works I can’t get into. 

What is a popular book trope that you are tired of seeing?

Absent parents. Sure there are books in which the absense of the parents is explained whether that be a permanent absense or just temporary at times. However, with most fantasy novels comes this trope of the parents just never seeming to be around without explanation. Their children go off and have adventures and not once are they even contacted by their parents to ask where they are etc. 

What is a popular book or series that you have no interest in reading?

Game of Thrones by George. R. R. Martin. I did start to read the first book and by that I mean that I read the first page and then just stopped.

What is a movie or TV show adaption of a book or series that you like more than the book/s?

American Assassin. The book American Assassin by Vince Flynn is the ‘first’ novel in the Mitch Rapp series and acts as an origin type tale of how the young man came to be one of the greatest assassins known within the C.I.A. Whilst I enjoyed reading the book, the movie was significantly better for many reasons, the main reason? GHOST. 



Book Review: The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy

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Lets set the scene: You are approached by a mysterious stranger who offers you the chance to make all your wishes come true. The catch? You only have to work one day per year. Do you take the opportunity? 

In regards to the main character of The Gatekeeper written by Scottish Author Kevin J. Kennedy the answer is yes. This short fiction horror tale “was originally written for the Black Candy Halloween anthology by Jaded Books Publishing” as stated within the novel. The tale itself is told to us through the use of the first person narrative and perspective of the main character, The Gatekeeper himself, making for an intriguing read right from the very first page! The Gatekeeper – pre occupation – is a drunk who appears to spend the majority of his time drinking in a bar in which he can get alcohol at a cheap price. It is here that he is approached by a mysterious ‘devil-looking’ individual who offers him the chance of a lifetime and so the events begin to unfold.

Without going into much detail for fear of simply retelling the story I can say that the following events which play out within the story make for an entertaining read! The balance within the story of the gains and consequences of the job which The Gatekeeper must carry out is intriguing and even for such a short story the character is made easily relatable through his choices.

quote from the gatekeeper This screenshot is taken from the Kindle Edition of The Gatekeeper short story and shows a brief overview of the wishes which the character makes. Each wish or request since being granted the assurance that they will come to pass have been selfish ones. Whilst this may not be a part of the story which features one of the monsters which travel through the trap door, the choices made by the character show a different sort of monster: the monsters which we as humans can be when driven by our own selfish desires and dreams… However, if given this chance, how many of us would truly make wishes which benefit others opposed to ourselves? The selfish nature of humanity which is loosely explored in this story and that is one thing which makes this short tale all the more intriguing to me.

So, my final thoughts on The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy? Well, first of all, let me start off by stating that I do not normally read short works of fiction. Normally the books and novels I read are filled with pages and pages of detailed fantasy worlds and characters with complex backstories and the likes. However, after reading this short fiction novel I have discovered a love for short fiction that I didn’t know I had! Whilst I may have missed the lack of detail which I normally get in the other books I read and despite the lack of character information – such as a name to put to The Gatekeeper as well as any sort of description – the short fiction story provided me with an easy and enjoyable read overall and a desire for more!

Book Rating?
7/10 Stars!

If you are interested in reading Kevin J. Kennedy’s other works and collaboration pieces then feel free to have a look at his website or goodreads page, the links of which will be provided below:

Website: Kevin’s Website

Goodreads: Kevin’s Goodreads Author Page




(This tag was dicovered on the following blog: SOURCE )


1. What was the last book you read? 

The last book that I read was called “The Cycle of The Werewolf” by Stephen King. 

2. Was it a good one?

It was a good once, I really enjoyed it! 

3. What made it good? 

The story and the way in which the events of the story took place (especially how it was formatted in the novel – also there were illustrations featuring gorey details which made the events all the more real. 

4. Would you recommend it to other people? 

I would recommend it to other people, especially those who like Werewolves or horror type fiction. 

5. How often do you read?

I read a lot! At least once every day or night… Recently I have just gotten back into reading now that I have finished University so I have a lot more reading to look forward to. 

6. Do you like to read? 

I like reading fantasy fiction in particular, although I am open to reading other genres. 

7. What was the last bad book you read? 

Hm… The last bad book? That is a tough one but I am going to have to say The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. It’s not that it was bad, really, it was just the weaker of the books I have read in that series. 

8. What made you dislike it?

It was too slowly paced for my liking and I couldn’t get into the story – that changed though when I began reading the book which follows it in the series. 

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

I wish to be a journalist, which is a form of writing so I suppose that my answer is yes. Who knows, I may even write a book one day. 

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?

Yes! The Harry Potter Series – I suppose if you are asking for a single book I will have to say Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone as it is where it all began but reading that book series/book helped me through a LOT of difficult times and influenced me as a person. 

11. Do you read fan fiction? 

I do read fanfiction! 

12. Do you write fan fiction?


13. What’s your favourite book?

At the moment, my favourite book is still Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling. 

14. What’s your least favourite book?

My least favourite book has to be Twilight now – and the series, excluding Eclipse, by Stephanie Meyer. Eclipse is the only book of that series I think I would ever read again and even then I’m not planning on reading it. 

15. Do you prefer physical books or read on a device?

I prefer physical books. Anyone who knows me will know this. I LOVE physical books. However, after being completely against devices as a form of reading for so many years I’m actually coming around to the concept of reading on a device… Slowly… Very slowly… 

16. When did you learn to read?

I can’t remember that, young though. I know that much. 

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school?

Any of the books from the Harry Potter series, I didn’t read anything else until Primary 7 and even in High School the teachers had a difficult time trying to get me to read anything else. 

18. What is your favourite book series?

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.

19. Who is your favourite author?

OH… THAT is a good question. I’m going to have to say J.K Rowling, although closely behind are Rainbow Rowell, Nancy Holder and Ken Follett. 

20. What is your favourite genre?

Fantasy/Adventure novels… Closely followed by Horror. 

21. Who is your favourite character in a book series?

Baz Pitch from the book entitled Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. 

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Every single book within the Harry Potter series written by J.K Rowling has transported me to Hogwarts each and every time that I read the novels. Hogwarts is my second home. 

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

24. Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel?

The Jurassic Park series of novels written by Michael Crichton. 

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

It really depends on the book and what is going on in my life when I am reading it. 

26. Do you like when books become movies?

I do… Although there are a few times when the movies could have been better but it doesn’t really ruin the movie experience for me. 

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Probably The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones novel by Cassandra Clare. There I was thinking the book was maybe going to be saved by the making of a movie, I was wrong…  

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

29. Do you read newspapers?


30. Do you read magazines?

Occasionally – mostly Empire magazine. 

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines, I suppose, although it really does depend on the articles. 

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yes, I do! You can’t go wrong with a good bed-book. 

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Yes, I do.

34. Do you read while in the car?

I do, occasionally but I tend to get distracted by what is going on outside of the car. 

35. Do you read while in the bath?

I don’t have a bath and I’d NEVER take a book near water. However, I do listen to audiobooks whilst in the shower. 

36. Are you a fast reader?

More often than not, again it depends on the book. 

37. Are you a slow reader?

Depends – as stated previously. 

38. Where is your favourite place to read?

My favourite place is actually the living room – it is spacious and not filled with other interesting stuff to distract me like my bedroom is. 

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read?

Yes. There are times where I’ll read a book and become so immersed in the novel that nothing in reality matters. However, depending on the location in which I am reading… I can get distracted. 

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

Yes, or quiet background noise such as music – preferably classical. 

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My Nan and my teachers at school. 

42. What book is next on your list to read?

Geek Girl by Holly Smale 

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I always have. 

44. Who is your favourite children’s book author?

Jaqueline Wilson. 

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Rainbow Rowell – so if you’re seeing this Rainbow Rowell drop me an email! ❤ 

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Nancy Holder, definitely. 

47. What book have you reread the most?

On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder. 

48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’?

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling and true classics such as Tess of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. 

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Those belonging to the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, The Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn and the books focusing on the Arthurian Legends by Mary Stewart. 

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?




Movie Madness (20 Questions)

These are just a few questions quite a lot of people ask me on a regular basis so for those wanting answers, here they are! 

Favourite Movie?

Jurassic Park (1993).

Least Favourite Movie? 

Jack Frost (1998). 

Movie I Hated Then Loved?

Ghostbusters (2016).

Movie I Loved Then Hated? 

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013).

Movie I’ve Seen Most?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – which I have watched at least over 20 times. (2005).

Movie I Wish Was A Book? 


Book I Wish Was A Movie?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Movie That Wasn’t As Good As The Book? 

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009). 

Movie That Was Better Than The Book? 

American Assassin by Vince Flynn (for ONE reason: GHOST) (2017). 

Favourite Movie Series? 

Harry Potter Series (2001 – 2011).

Favourite Action Movie? 

American Assassin (2017).

Favourite Horror Movie? 

Mama (2013).

Favourite Romance Movie? 

Waiting For Forever (2010) 

Favourite Fantasy Movie? 

Inkheart (2008)

Favourite Superhero Movie? 

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) 

Movie I’d Love To Be In? 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 2, to be specific) (2015).

Movie I’d Hate To Be In? 

World War Z (2013). 

Overrated Movie? 

Twilight (2008).

Underrated Movie? 

Like Minds (2006).

Movie I Would NOT Recommend? 

Jungle (2017). 

Movie I Would Recommend? 

The Apparition (2012).



The Ultimate Book Tag

(I take no credit to creating this tag, I merely found it on the following page: SOURCE )

Let’s begin…

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

I don’t – In fact, I don’t tend to read in the car a lot. I get too distracted by things outside the car.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Ken Follett – The amount of detail which that man puts into his books is delightful, I love it!

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter, without a doubt. My points are:

  • The writing style is just a lot better, in my own opinion and I love the intricate details which Rowling includes in her novels.
  • There is not a character in Harry Potter which I can’t relate to whereas in the Twilight series I can only relate to one or two characters and not even completely.
  • Call me picky but I’m just not a great fan of vampires – especially in books. Magic, on the other hand… YES PLEASE!

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I have many books bags. Any bag big enough to allow me to carry at least three books with me whenever I go out is one which I shall buy!

5. Do you smell your books?

Yes. I admit it, right here and now. Yes. I smell my books.

 6. Books with or without little illustrations?

Without, mostly. I don’t really like illustrations in books – if the characters are to be brought to life then I prefer it to be in the form of a TV show or Movie adaptation.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)

Whomever added what is in the brackets above… I agree with them, Twilight is something which I only read once completely – with the exception of reading Eclipse three times in total. However, the series now is not one which I will ever read again and I think back on my reading experience of Twilight now and how fangirlish I was and think… “Why?”

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

It isn’t really a funny story but I used to get laughed at a lot whilst at school for putting my book in a plastic bag before putting it into my backpack so that it wouldn’t get ruined. I also completely refused to ever put any bottles of water or juice in my bag even if it hadn’t been open yet and was sealed.


9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Sherlock: A Sign of Three (Book adaptation of the TV Show Sherlock (BBC).

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do write, not that I think I’m good at it, I just enjoy making up characters and backstories. Mainly these characters turn into Sims whenever I play the game. I love reading fanfiction though and other peoples writing whether it be canon or not!

12. When did you get into reading?

When I was very young. I was read to by my Nan who read and I eventually began to read myself – granted the only books I would read were the Harry Potter novels until I reached Primary 7.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

English ❤

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Probably try it again – it was a gift after all and maybe reading it a second time would end up with me having a different opinion. If not, I would see if anyone else would like to read it.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

The Adventures of Merlin series which is made up of a good number of book adaptations of the episodes of the TV show Merlin which used to feature on the BBC Channel.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I don’t really film.

18. What is your favorite word?

Like. I ALWAYS say like, it drives people crazy.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I’d say nerd but I’m sure others have a lot of other names for me. Geek? Some others… I won’t mention them here but those people are cruel.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies! Especially when books go out of their way to make the fairies different.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?


22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves, definitely! Now we’re talking… I LOVE werewolves.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Ah… This time I will pick Vampires.

 24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Oh, that’s a good question… I love both but I really love reading books featuring love triangles.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in! Full on romance books just aren’t for me.



The Fictional Boyfriend Tag

(This tag may have an original owner but the source which I found the tag can be found by clicking the following link: SOURCE ) 


The Most Romantic Boyfriend:

Jack Jackson (The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett) 

The Dark & Moody Bad Boy (With A Good Side): 

Derek Hale (On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder)

The Paranormal Boyfriend:

I actually… don’t have one.

The Boyfriend You Want To Tame: 

Marco Campbell (Avalon High by Meg Cabot) 

The Boy You Friend-Zoned: 

Jace Herondale (The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare)

Your Soulmate:

Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling) 

The Boyfriend You Would Elope With: 

Peter Rumancek (Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy) 

The Boyfriend You Would Venture Anywhere With: 

Damen Auguste (The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel) 

The Boyfriend You Want To Be Stranded On A Deserted Island With:

Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell) 

The Most Bad-Ass Boyfriend:

Mitch Rapp (Mitch Rapp Series by Vince Flynn) 








The Reality of Fiction

Stories? We all spend our lives telling them, about this, about that, about people. . . But some? Some stories are so good we wish they’d never end. They’re so gripping that we’ll go without sleep just to see a little bit more. Some stories bring us laughter and sometimes they bring us tears. . . but isn’t that what a great story does? Makes you feel? – Dustin Hoffman

A story can be true, a story can be false, it can be whatever the storyteller makes it and that is a type of power which some people still fear today. There are many who still restrict their children from reading novels or watching certain television shows, and even still, there are those who hear or see the word fiction and roll their eyes. We aren’t here to criticize or insult those individuals since everyone has a right to live their lives how they wish along with having their own opinion. However, we are here to hopefully highlight and provide some enlightenment on the importance in which fiction holds.

Firstly, just what makes fiction so important to people? Of course, there’s the idea that fiction provides individuals with an opportunity to escape and it’s most likely that many individuals would agree that. When things are tough, all it takes is picking up a good book or sitting in front of the TV and diving into a fantasy world of your choosing and suddenly – for even a moment – all the problems of ones’ reality are gone. In addition to this, this escapism theory is also a reason which is both similar yet different. With fiction, whether it be books, movies or TV shows, we can embark on epic adventures filled with mystery and danger whilst never leaving the comfort of our own bedrooms or wherever you enjoy reading. There are many reasons why fiction is incredibly great and the list truly is endless. The importance of it is something that cannot be stressed enough and there are even studies carried out by psychologists which shows that expanding ones’ imagination with stories and the possibilities and opportunities which they offer is advantageous to the individuals’ health.

So why would anyone feel the need to shut themselves away and deny themselves or others the incredulous tales which are provided to us through fiction? It’s most likely that you know someone of the sort and as I said before, we’re not here to judge, but it is merely an attempt to coax them into acceptance. Anyone who is out there and reading this who doesn’t see the good in fictional worlds and characters in books, you truly do not know what you are missing. Does the attempt to draw non-fiction lovers in sound almost familiar? Perhaps it’s a conversation that you’ve had with someone or perhaps you’re a fan of the TV show, Once Upon a Time. The following is a quote taken from Season 1, Episode 17 entitled ‘Hat Trick’:

Emma Swan: This is it. This is the real world.

Jefferson/Mad Hatter: A real world. How arrogant are you to think yours is the only one? There are infinite more. You have to open your mind. They touch one another, pressing up in a long line of lands, each just as real as the last. All have their own rules. Some have magic, some don’t. And some need magic. Like this one.

In this particular scene, Emma Swan (portrayed by Jennifer Morrison) is given a reality check – pun intended – by the Mad Hatter (portrayed by Sebastian Stan). The words spoken by Stan’s character, Jefferson at this moment are somewhat harsh within the context of the show itself, but they are true to an extent and also have the ability to spark any fantasist with a sense of hope and wonder.

Hope and wonder are key elements to any story whether it be fiction or not, but magic? Magic is something else entirely. Magic is an element which gives fiction a bad reputation among some and an aspect of a story that will make others want to devour the story and never want it to end. One particularly well-known book series which manages to do just that is the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Avoiding a biased opinion, it is understandable why some may believe the story is not for them and that choice must be respected. However, there are those out there who shun the books and movies alike because they are “too farfetched”, “too fanciful” and “merely a children’s story”. How wrong that is…

Keeping in mind the Harry Potter series is merely the example being used in this article and it does not necessarily mean the issue here does not apply to other works of fiction. That issue being that one can not simply judge a story so callously. Harry Potter – and indeed other fictional works – aren’t just about wand waving, potion brewing, imaginary creatures and imaginary locations. . .  They are about so much more than that. They are about characters who much like us all spend their lives trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into the world they are in. They are about friendship, loyalty, and betrayal among other issues which affect us all in reality.

All of these things come together to make a great story, a great work of fiction in which fantastical and realistic factors come together effortlessly. It can be easily seen that fiction is a form of art which speaks to us individually and allows us as individuals to interpret whatever content it provides us with in our own unique way. Stories are just another means of allowing us to learn what it is to love, to lose, or to live…

Fiction helps to teach us what it is to be human.

[ This article can also be found by clicking on the following link: The Reality of Fiction: The Nerd Daily ]




The Darker Side to Always Being Nice

Faith Marie – “Little Girl” Song [CLICK HERE]

be nice

If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all.” Now, let’s be honest, we have all heard that saying at least once in our lives. Most likely you were given that piece of advice by your parents who in turn were told the exact same thing by their own parents when they were young as well. It’s nice to be nice! WELL, that’s very true but even being nice has it’s limits.

May I just state now that I’m in no way attempting to or looking to encourage or condone any harmful behaviour – this isn’t what this blog post is about. What this blog post IS about is how being nice to others often results in the individuals own unhappiness. It’s something which is often overlooked by the majority and whilst I, personally, would not consider myself to be an unhappy person overall, the scenario is something which I frequently find myself in: changing my own view or actions or basing a decision as to ensure that someone else is happy even if it means sacrificing my own, even if it is only for a brief moment.

too true coming last Unfortunately, this is something which I agree with. You may disagree and that’s fine but from my own personal experience this does seem to be the case with myself and many others who go out of their way daily to make others happy BEFORE themselves.

cant say no

I can’t speak on behalf of anyone else but for myself saying no is actually a lot harder to do, especially when the person or situation itself is intimidating… Or if I merely like them too much, saying no to someone I like or love fills me with a terrible sense of guilt that I can’t help but be annoyed with myself… and then the vicious circle occurs and I grow even more annoyed at myself for being so annoyed in the first place.

This may seem like a rant of sorts and I apologise for it seeming like so but I suppose it is just a way in which I can vent about something I normally wouldn’t discuss with anyone. Perhaps this is a way in which I can discover that I’m not the only one like this if I am not…





Haiku 02
the sun will set slow
people go home for shelter
sun will rise again


I’m going to compare the selected Haiku to a quote – one of my favourite quotes, in fact – from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The quote is by Dumbledore who in times of distress I find myself looking toward despite him being a fictional character.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling.

Now you might be thinking, “Well, that has nothing to do with the sun, the sun isn’t a means of light that you have control over.” However, to me, the Haiku and that quote are similar.

The sun will set slow – To me this represents the long and hard days by which all of us have to go through. We all have a life, we all have stories and troubles and hard days.

People will go home for shelter – Where better to retreat to after a long day than our home. It’s the place where we should and often do feel safest, our little bubble which shelters us from the harsh reality which exists outside the door.

Kind of depressing, isn’t it? The suns set, darkness creeps in and it’s almost suffocating. Until…

Sun will rise again – And here comes the light, think back to what Dumbledore said, what so many other Philosophers and Optimists say. Tomorrow is a new day, things might still be hard but tomorrow is always there presenting new ways to fight through the challenges life throws at us, new opportunities… Tomorrow gives us another chance.

And for that, I’m grateful.


This post was the 4/10 of the IBMC Challenge: https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/ibmc/




Random Thoughts


Waking up is always easier and more pleasant when done naturally and without alarm.
I wonder how long it takes for a candle to burn out without someone blowing it out unfairly.
Has anyone every asked why it takes longer to charge something, like a phone, than it does for the battery to run low?
I’m not going to lie, the two ideal pets that I would love don’t exist and that’s either a Dragon or a Dinosaur.
They say money can’t buy you happiness but with money I can buy more books that would bring me happiness so money has something to do with it at least.
You might be wondering why these sentences are in different colours, maybe there’s a reason but I’m not going to tell you if there is or what it is.
I live in Scotland and I can honestly tell you that I have never seen the Loch Ness Monster but then I live no where near the Loch Ness so maybe that’s why!
Why is it so much more fun to tidy every room in the house aside from ones own?
If I had one super power it would be the ability to be invisible and, oh, how I would prank so many people!
To be honest these are just ten of the random thoughts which I could have in a day. 


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This post was the 3/10 of the IBMC Challenge: https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/ibmc/






This photograph is of myself, taken by my Nan whilst we were out a walk in Lanzarote. As much as I like this picture of myself (something which I rarely do), it is somewhat amusing to me to see as I always seem to effortlessly pose in any picture that someone else captures of me. Is it just me or does it look like something out of a movie? Ha!

This post was the 2/10 of the IBMC Challenge: https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/ibmc/





Tick Tock Tick Tock. . . In the silence the clock on the wall is loud and the ticking drowns out all thoughts from my head. As I listen now to that sound that keeps the deafening silence at bay, I realize that I’m only wishing my life away as I sit here thinking of what the future holds. The future, I’m told, is uncertain and can’t be predicted. Don’t live in the past, they say, don’t worry about the future, it’s best just to live in the present. The present is what is important, it’s your life right now that you should enjoy. The ticking of the clock just grows louder and now it’s impossible to drown out as I realize how much time I’m wasting just pacing and worrying about what’s to come. Now that present is already the past and it is a past I can look past as I decide to finally live in the present and enjoy making my life last.

The gist of this post is that the past should no longer matter, the future is uncertain, and it’s your life right now you should focus on.


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This post was the 1/10 of the IBMC Challenge: https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/ibmc/






So, given the amount of Uni work that I still have at the moment I am unable to post as much as I want but over the next few hours I am going to prepare some posts and have them upload over the next few days – even though I won’t necessarily be active of sorts.

What To Expect:

(Not necessarily in order)

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book review.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie review.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book review.
  • Sherlock Season 1 Review.
  • Goodreads Reading Challenge (2018) screenshot update.
  • Suggestions and recommendations: accepted and given.

In the meantime, I shall be working on my two assessments and finalizing my HONS Dissertation. When I am not actively working on those I shall be reading – to know what check out my Currently Reading Shelf on Goodreads.