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i was gifted these for my birthday by a friend last year. they are part of a trilogy, but the bookstore didn't have the third book available at the time.

so, now, i'm left waiting for the library hold to come in before i can finish the series, which is when i'll also review it because i want to do them as a whole. overall, though, this trilogy seems to have the same issues as the author's precious gemstones trilogy, and i'm not holding my breath for the third book to fix all the problems. i do want to know how it ends though, so there's that. more thoughts once i've read the last book.

have you guys read these books or this author? what was your experience?

#grimdragon - welcome to the matrix

these books are about lucid dreaming and the realm of dreams, so close enough 😁😋

comment 1 star 66 3 days ago

I'm not going to do traditional reviews for these. instead, i want to pick quotes that, for me, point to the heart of that particular book, and encapsulate its main themes.

“dobby cannot let harry potter lose his wheezy!”

“i sometimes find, and i am sure you know the feeling, that i simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind."

“he had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother.

“numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

“constant vigilance!”

“remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of lord voldemort. remember cedric diggory.”

the goblet of fire is the book that separates the first three from the three to follow. thematically, it's so much darker. content-wise, it's the first book in the series to be that long. narratively, it finally expands the world we have known until then to the larger wizarding world in which hogwarts resides.

from the quidditch world cup, to the triwizard tournament and our subsequent introduction to other schools of magic, to the history of the wizarding world, to characters from the ministry and around it who will be important to the story to come, to the first death of consequence, this book ups the stakes in a very real way. this shift in tone is marked by the actual return of lord voldemort and harry's first real encounter with the evil that wiped out his family.

characters, especially harry, start to come into their own and not only because they are already on the cusp of growing up. for me, this is the book where we begin to see why it is harry who must eventually defeat voldemort. (i particularly loved all the details in harry's preparation for the third task.) on a lighter note, am i the only one who loves to read about harry and his flying? there's something wonderful about having an inborn talent and being able to passionately pursue it - and i feel that rowling is able to capture that rare joy of being exactly where you're supposed to be and just knowing what to do.

comment 3 star 70 21 hours ago

#grimdragon - i'm not crying uncontrollably, you're crying uncontrollably, and also i'm crying uncontrollably

this above prompt and this photo should be pretty self-explanatory? 😭😭😭 so many feels.

are you the kind of person who gets overwhelmed (in a good way) by books, movies, or music? i'm definitely firmly in the yes camp.

what was the last thing that made you feel like that?

comment 3 star 75 Yesterday

This is 100% my idea of the ideal saturday morning - a big latte and my book at a coffee shop while it’s raining outside. 🌧
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not pictured: my huge rice pudding breakfast/dessert that tastes like heaven. ☺️
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i’m about 140 pages into my brilliant friend and i’m obsessed! i’m purposely reading it slowly (and also reading other books at the same time) so that i don’t finish it too quickly.
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so many people have recommended this book (aka my mom and @welldonebooks ) but i could never get into it. and now i can’t stop! must have just been the wrong time.
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comment 30 star 247 2 weeks ago

"give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. we are all vulnerable and we will all at some point in our lives fall; we will all fall. we must carry this in our hearts...that what we have is special. that it can be taken from us and that when it is taken from us we will be tested...we will be tested to our very souls. we will now all be tested. it is these times...it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves."

friday night lights
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this, from the show's pilot episodes, is one of my favourite lines of dialogue ever. i've been rewatching it after ages and thought it was about time to update the piece i wrote (and published) back in 2013 about why this show means so much to me. if you would like to read it, the link is in the bio. the book the movie (and to an extent the tv show) is based on is one of my top non-fiction books and i hope to get to it again for #anurereads in 2019. i also want to believe i can convert at least a few more of you into fans 😉😏😃🤓

what are some of your favourite book to tv adaptations?
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#grimdragon - i want to believe!

#cleareyesfullheartscantlose

comment 4 star 66 6 days ago

#grimdragon - i'm glad you're with me, here at the end of all things

i could go for any number of pseudo-philosophical captions here, but i just wanted to share a memory from what has been an eventful year. photo credit goes to the lovely @anaraclariu.

usually, i am not immune to the introspection that infiltrates the environment around this time of year. so, today is part of an increasing realisation of its waning allure. going deeper, i think it's because i've reached a stage in my journey wherein i'm in a state of perpetual micro changes (or at least that i'm more aware of them), so that the marks of a month or a year don't seem as pointedly relevant, if that makes sense, and i am considering everything in the context of the larger picture.

for everyone, new and old, who has played a positive part in my life over 2018 - you know who you are, thank you ❤🙏🏽 i hope you're with me for this continuing adventure, let's make 2019 a good one, a day at a time, a moment at a time!

happy new year 🎆🌠

comment 11 star 235 3 weeks ago

The rest of us just live here - patrick ness
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"not everyone has to be the chosen one. not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. all the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway."
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it's taken me a long time to pick up another ness book after how amazing a monster calls was. not a conscious decision, but one that appears so in retrospect. and i'm glad i waited so long, because while this is a good book (not to mention very different to amc in message and tone), it doesn't pull you in and sucker-punch you like that one does.

but that's okay. this isn't about those special chosen ones and the drama and destiny that goes with them. this is about those "normal ones" on the sidelines, the ones whose lives carry on regardless of any prophecy, whose lives might even be collateral damage. what ness makes us realise is that these kids have their own lives and deserve the chance to tell us their stories.

there isn't much of a plot and the pace is pretty slow, but i enjoyed the careful character building of the protagonist mikey and, through his eyes, the development of his best friend, his sisters, and his sister's best friend.

all the while, the "indie kids" are in the background with their adventures. each chapter opens with a predictably cliche synopsis of what's happening on their side.

this is a strange, dialogue-heavy story that raises important questions without always having the answers or tying up loose ends. but that's okay is what we take away. that's life. that's what these teens with just a few weeks left before their high-school graduation finally realise. ness is wonderful at writing teen minds and their angst, stupidity, truth and intelligence.

there is also some wonderfully organic diversity as well as discussion of important issues like ocd, anorexia, alzheimer's, sibling and family relationships and more. and, as sort of the perpetual icing on this messy cake is patrick ness's dry wit and pop culture references.

comment 3 star 65 2 weeks ago

#grimdragon - the devil you know

let's talk editions. specifically for the harry potter series. for me, though i appreciate the newer editions, the original bloomsbury ones will always be special because of a nostalgia factor. i'm trying to trace my original copy of the philosopher's stone and hoping it will turn up somewhere.

i love a pretty cover as much as the next person, but i have an emotional connect with certain editions for various reasons.

what are some of yours?

comment 7 star 80 2 weeks ago

#grimdragon - best reads of 2018 (i picked this prompt a day early just because 😂) when you read over a hundred books, it's a tough ask to pick your favourites, but i tried 😅

these are in no particular order of hierarchy or preference, there are many honourable mentions that didn't make the list, and i haven't included rereads. i have also reviewed most of these on here or on my blog (link in bio) throughout the year if you want to read my thoughts on each.

1. leaf by n****e - jrr tolkien
2. our souls at night - kent haruf
3. 84, charing cross road - helene hanff
4. the noctis magicae trilogy - sylvia izzo hunter
5. the ocean at the end of the lane - neil gaiman
6. the bear and the nightingale - katherine arden
7. the girl in the tower - katherine arden
8. how to travel without seeing - andres neuman
9. the graveyard book - neil gaiman
10. howl's moving castle - diana wynne jones
11. beartown - fredrik backman
12. us against you - fredrik backman
13. circe - madeline miller
14. the colour of magic - terry pratchett
15. past tense - lee child
16. an odyssey - daniel mendelsohn
17. the odyssey - translation by emily wilson
18. tolkien biography - humphrey carpenter

most of the authors on the list (and in general this year) are new authors for me and i look forward to further exploring their work in 2019. if you look a few posts back on my profile, i've talked about my favourite discovery of 2018 as well as my favourite authors for the year.

invariably, such year round-up posts have to include goals for the coming year. but, apart from having a few books and series that i wish to get to in the new year, i'm not setting myself any reading goals as such, though i do want to be more selective in the books i choose without impacting the number i read. and i want to continue reading, as much as possible, from my unread shelf and from my local library.

for more statistics, check out the link in my bio.
what do you hope your 2019 reading looks like?

#anureads2018 #anureviews2018 #anurecommends2018

comment 1 star 84 3 weeks ago