Why I Think Voldemort is Actually a Decent Guy

So I was scrolling through Paul’s blog, The Galaxial Word (y’all know Paul, right? He’s awesome), at 7am while I was eating cereal and waiting until the last possible moment before I had to inevitably leave to go to school. And his post, entitled “A Post In Which I Explain Why Narwhals Are Better Than Unicorns And Kill Three People” – yes, it’s as entertaining as it sounds – got me laughing so hard I was choking on my sugary milk. So I thought, I should do that! Not the killing three people part, the part where he answered questions after being nominated for a tag. However, I’m not really calling this a tag because I’m just answering his questions and not making my own to supply – BUT you can answer these questions on your blog if you want to, as well! I TAG ALL OF YOU! MWAHAHA!

So I bring to you…

Why I Think Voldemort is Actually a Decent Guy

… among other things. 

Enjoy!

1. Spicy food. Yay or nay?

Nay! Spicy food is just so annoying. Like, it makes your eyes water and sets your tastebuds on fire. I mean, who in their right minds actually likes spicy food?

*shields self from potential chilli-throwers*

2. What do YA books need more of? (Insert rant)

Ahahaha I’m so glad you asked! You’re going to regret this…

We definitely need more BROODING AND MYSTERIOUS GUYS WHO ARE INCREDIBLY ATTRACTIVE BUT ARE HAUNTED BY ONE SPECIFIC ASPECT OF THEIR PAST. I mean, these guys are totally underrepresented in YA fiction. And they’re so relatable! Honestly, I don’t know why more authors don’t make their love interest in their novels like this. It’d be an instant best-seller, right?

OMG, I’m kidding 😂 But actually I think we need to include characters of all sexualities. It’s great that we’re starting to see more main characters who are of the LGBTQ+ community, but I also feel like their sexuality shouldn’t be their defining characteristic. No one should be defined by their sexuality and it just frustrates me when authors try to build up a whole narrative about a person’s sexuality. I get that we need novels that explore ‘coming to terms with your sexuality’ and all that – and I’m not against that – I just feel like it’d be cool if characters associated themselves as something other than heterosexual and didn’t make a big fuss about it. PRIME EXAMPLE: All of The Above by James Dawson. Finally a book that doesn’t make a big deal of a character’s sexuality! I do have some issues with that book in other departments, but you can read my book review for more details 😇

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3. You are in the Hunger Games with the three characters you hate the most. What do you do?

Well, you’d probably expect me to say that I’d kill them with fire or something… But in all honestly, loving and hating someone is so subjective. I mean, my definition of beauty differs from your definition of beauty, and so on. So why should I kill three characters that I hate just because I hate them? I’m sure someone out there loves them. And in the end, doesn’t everyone deserve to be loved?

I’m joking.

KILL THEM WITH FIRE!

4. Super hot or super cold?

Not too sure what this question was referring to… but SUPER HOT, cos I’m too hot to handl- Okay, no. Sorry.

5. On a scale of one to ten, how much do you hate people who say: “Bob and me” rather than “Bob and I”?

Oh my god. My worst nightmare. What would be more appropriate to rank my hatred by is the length between my fist and your face. Oh look, it’s closing in. Ten centimetres. Five centimetres. Three. Two…

BANG!!

6. How many times in your life have you worn a horse mask?

NEVER. I WON’T EVER SUBMIT MYSELF TO THE EVIL WAYS OF THE HORSES.

7. Name one book that is a strong independent book who ain’t need no man.

Aha LOVE this one! I definitely feel like this one has to go to How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss. I’m in love with that book at the moment! On the surface, it’s about a teenager named Hattie who had to make one of the most difficult decisions she’s ever faced while also dealing with the fact that her two best friends have abandoned her when she needed them most and she’s just found out that she has a great aunt that no one previously knew even existed. But underneath all that it a timeless tale about finding the strength to live your life the way you choose to, and learning not to be held back by your past or people who will continue to drag you down. So not only is this a standalone and in that sense, it’s a strong independent book who ain’t need no man, but the ideas behind this poignant novel also revolve around the same idea.

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8. Open up 50 Shades of Grey to a random page and post the first thing you see. If you don’t have it, open up the book you’re currently reading (50SOG is funnier though)

You’d better appreciate me downloading 50 Shades of Grey for your entertainment. Okay, here goes…

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Subject: SHOUTY CAPITALS

Date: May 27 2011 08:47  

Hmm, so it appears that Anastasia and I aren’t all that different in our use of CAPITAL LETTERS to further convey our desired meaning. And yes, I did have to read more of 50 Shades to get some perspective to that little part of the… attempt at a novel. Fan fiction would be a better description of this collection of words stringed together into sentences, all of which come together to create something that benefits no one in society.

9. On a scale of one to ten, how likely are you to feed non-Harry Potter fans to hungry pigs? (Hungry pigs will completely digest a human body in about an hour – hair and all and don’t ask me how I know this)

11 / 10. Enough said.

Wait, no. Not enough said. I would like to question why you’ve never picked up this piece of literature? And if you say this isn’t a piece of literature, I beg to differ. These books have impacted us in such a drastic way and they have been ingrained in our culture that we will pass them on to the next generations; to our children and our children’s children. Harry Potter will never be forgotten. And if you have read Harry Potter and you didn’t like it?! I have nothing to say to you. You are out of my mind. I can’t even.

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10. Explain why Harry Potter didn’t just drink good luck potion and go kill Voldemort.

Perfectly simple. Voldemort is the perfect villain, and he understood that, as should we. Voldemort is, debatably, the best villain of our generation. He was so completely evil that you had to admire how determined he was to kill Harry. His unflinching amorality is something to be respected, though probably not replicated. Harry understood that Voldemort was the Yin to his Yang. The dark to his light. Without Voldemort, Harry wouldn’t have been the wizard we know and love. He wouldn’t have had the same growth and developed the same strength as he has because of Voldemort’s acts and while he initially views Voldemort as simply someone who must be defeated, he eventually sees that without him, his life wouldn’t have been the same. Sure, he might have still had his parents if Voldemort had never existed, but perhaps then he wouldn’t have become friends with Ron and Hermione, and that would be a much more terrible thing that having a villain that shows up out of nowhere, creating havoc. Maybe Voldemort isn’t the one-dimensional villain he is always portrayed as. Think about it.

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Well, that’s all the questions! Thanks again to Paul @ The Galaxial Word for thinking of such entertaining things to answer! If you want to answer these questions on your blog, please feel free to do so. I’d love to hear your thoughts – particularly your opinion of Voldemort. What do you think of him? Can you see the soft, kind-hearted side of him, or do you see him as nothing but the Machiavellian archetype? Wherever you land on that spectrum, I’d love to know!

sarah xx

Book Reviews (a.k.a. Spazzing Out on a Keyboard)

I LOVED this book! Just wanted to repost my review from my other blog, Written Word Worlds, because this book is honesty one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Aaaand I gave it 10/10! Highly recommended.

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How Not to DisappearHow Not to Disappear is a poignant and moving book, written by Clare Furniss.

Hattie’s summer isn’t going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to ‘find himself’ and Kat’s in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend, who happens to hate Hattie. Meanwhile, Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama surrounding her mum’s wedding.

Oh, and she’s also just discovered that she’s pregnant with Reuben’s baby…

Then Gloria, Harrie’s great aunt who no one previously knew even existed, comes crashing into her life. Gloria is a woman who’s fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is also in the early stages of dementia.

Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery – for Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are wiped from her memory and…

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20 Questions – February Edition

Hey everyone!

Today I thought I’d do a sort of book edition of 20 Questions. It’s loosely based off the February Book Challenge by @celinereads and @seth.the.reader on Instagram, whereby bookstagrammers can post a picture each day based off the corresponding prompt. However I thought that with a little bit of work, I could change it into a blog post! So I bring to you:

20 Questions – February Edition!

It’d be cool to make this a monthly thing on my blog – so if you like it, I’d love to know!

Without further ado, let’s begin!

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1. February TBR?

So many books! Realistically though, we’re about halfway into February and I’m in my last year of high school, so I’ll be lucky if I even get to read three books in the rest of this month. I’m thinking of reading Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy, How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss and Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. Keep an eye on my other blog, Written Word Worlds, to see the reviews when I post them!

2. Pink books?

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3. Books you want to reread this year?

I always say that I want to reread books, but I never get the time to do it! It’s always like, go go go for me. Reading new books. Receiving ARCs (not that I’m complaining about that point). Reviewing books. Blogging about books. That sort of stuff. But if there’s one book I’d love to reread sometime soon, it’s Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. OH, THE FEELS.


4. Book boyfriend / girlfriend?

It’s always so hard to decide and I tend to change my mind with every book I read, but I think it’s fairly safe to say Will from The Internal Devices by Cassandra Clare. Dark, mysterious and brooding guys are my favourite types of book boys.


5. Currently reading?

I literally just finished reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and I’m about to start reading Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy. Keep an eye on my book reviewing site, Written Word Worlds, for the book reviews!


6. Favourite romance novel?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Simon and Baz are honestly the cutest couple 😍


7. Over 600 pages?

I’m actually surprised I don’t have more books over 600 pages! All the thick books on my shelf are still under 600 pages. I did have two, however:

  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


8. One book that broke your heart?

Oh my God, how do I just pick one?! If I’m emotionally-invested in a book, it has a 99% chance of breaking my heart. Of course we have the obvious heart-breaking books, like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Allegiant by Veronica Roth, but some of the less obvious ones that I recommend a tissue box for are:

  • The Program by Suzanne Young
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  • Champion by Marie Lu
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


9. Red books?

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10. Favourite OTP?

Alec and Magnus from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. They are so adorable.


11. Book that’s made you most happy?

Again, just choosing one book for this category is so hard! I’ve been reading a lot of contemporaries at the moment and they usually make me really happy. But I’m going to have to go with my go-to book if I need to have a laugh – and that’s Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow’s been getting a lot of praise in this blog post, but she honestly deserves it. Her books are utterly amazing and I hope she releases a new one soon!


12. Cutest cover?

The ‘Cutest Cover Award’ would have to go to My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins and a whole bunch of other amazing authors. Just look how sweet those illustrations of the characters are! And I’m so excited for the next one, Summer Days and Summer Nights, which is basically the same as My True Love Gave to Me but ‘summer’ themed and of course, with different short stories. AND it comes out on June 14th (apparently)! Squeal!

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13. Favourite book read so far this year?

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard. Check out my review here 😇


14. Most romantic cover?

Y’all, The Starbound Trilogy has the most romantic covers ever. End of story. I mean, just look at them…

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15. Favourite book quote?

“You’re like a gray sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.”
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16. Favourite series?

This is another really hard question! I feel like choosing between my books is like choosing between my metaphorical children. I might secretly hate one of them, but I wouldn’t tell the world for fear of judgement. Wait. No, that’s not right, is it?

*whispers*

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.


17. Longest title?

Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy. It’s not as interesting as the title would suggest.

18. Books with flowers on the cover?

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19. Most creative title?

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Great title. Even better book.
No seriously, read it.

20. Book haul (so far) from February?

I’m actually surprised by how much I managed to restrain myself this month! I guess I didn’t work at my bookshop a lot because I’ve been back at school, so maybe that’s why. I swear, every time I work there I end up spending around $200. Every. Single. Time.

No wonder I’m broke 😅

Books from this month:

  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy
  • How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this little book Q&A-type thing. If you did, I’d love to know so that maybe I could make this a monthly thing! I’d love to know some of your answers to these questions too! What’s on your TBR at the moment? Have you bought many books this month? Who’s your book crush? I’d love to hear from y’all!

Also, make sure you check out my bookstagram account, @written_word_worlds, for more bookish photos!

sarah xx

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger (tag)

Thank you to Paul @ The Galaxial Word for tagging me in the very new and very exciting ‘Secret Life of a Book Blogger’ tag! Read on for a behind-the-scenes look into my own blogging world and to discover my true thoughts on this community!

Let’s get started!

How long have you been a blogger?

Oh gosh, this question makes me feel like a senior citizen on here! I’ve been blogging for over three years now on Written Word Worlds, but I recently started this particular blog so that I could have the freedom to talk about more things, not just post book reviews. Even though I’m currently in my last year of high school… and go to bed at 1am because of all the homework I’m doing… and am struggling to find the time to read at the moment… Listen, I was young and ambitious. And by young, I mean two weeks younger than I am right now. But dare to dream, right?

At what point do you think you will stop?

I WILL NEVER STOP. NEVER. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME. I won’t even stop when the internet is ‘so 2020’ and it has been surpassed by something way better and way cooler. Blogging and book reviewing online is a part of me. I need to share my thoughts, otherwise I’ll explode.

What is the best thing?

I think this has been said by a lot of other bloggers and it’s kind of cliched now, but I honestly think it’s the sense of community I feel when blogging or book reviewing. It’s honestly so great to hear other people’s thoughts on their books and have little conversations down in the comments. Everyone is so friendly and passionate about reading and blogging, which makes this a place where we can all come to and share our thoughts without the fear of being stabbed through the computer screen. Unless you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments. THEN imma come for you. 😉

What is the worst thing?

I wouldn’t say it’s the worst thing, but writing book reviews does take up a lot of time. I love writing them and I love sharing my thoughts, but sometimes I think it would be a lot more convenient if I could mentally convey everything that I wanted to say onto a Word document, already spell-checked and grammatically correct with beautiful, poetic language and a few jokes here and there. Someone please make that a reality!

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

The only pictures I really use on book reviews is one of the book cover – which takes literally two seconds to find from Goodreads. I don’t use gifs 1) because I’m kind of an internet noob and wouldn’t know how to put them onto my blog, 2) because I like everything on my blog(s) to be mine and not have to have that constant worry in the back of my head that I’ll be sued for stealing someone else’s work and 3) because I like my book reviews to be more of a written record of my thoughts rather than a compilation of moving images. Call me old-school.

Who’s your book crush?

Oh my God – too many! Honestly, I form a crush in almost every book I read. If I really had to narrow the list down, I’d have to say Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Will from The Infernal Devices, Patch from Hush Hush, Adrian from Bloodlines, Finch from All The Bright Places, and every male protagonist from all the books by Rainbow Rowell. My whole life is made up of swooning, swooning, and more swooning.

Which author would you like to have on your blog?

I would love to have any author on my blog, to be honest! Preferably an author who wrote a book that I have read and liked. As a writer and an aspiring author, I think it would be very useful to get some more hints and tips about everything book-related. And yes, I classify ‘writer’ and ‘author’ as two completely different things. I think that to be a writer, you just have to write and enjoy it. Anyone can write an essay for school, but that isn’t writing. And writing isn’t being an author. To me, an author has to be someone with published and buyable works.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

I wear whatever I happen to be wearing at the time? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I could be wearing anything from pyjamas to a ball gown, and you’d never know. I’m going to leave that up to your imagination. 😉

How long does it take you to prepare?

I don’t really prepare my book reviews – it’s just the writing-up of them that takes a while. Usually, I can write and upload a book review within the hour. If I’m doing a random blog post, like the three I have on this blog *hides face* it doesn’t take me that long. Usually, I’m inspired to write those, so the words don’t seem to come  from me but through me. *Aaaand cue the end scene of Ruby Sparks*

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

It’s literally the most loving, enthusiastic community online. LET’S NEVER BECOME LIKE YOUTUBE.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

Write. Just write. Honestly, just write whatever you feel like writing. It’ll help you grow your confidence about sharing your words with the world and inevitably, you’ll get some followers and some likes, and that’s good because it makes you feel like your views are valued, therefore you’ll keep blogging. Don’t worry about how many followers you have or that another blog’s posts get more likes than yours. If you’re doing what you love, it won’t matter how many people see it. Yes, it’s great to be acknowledged, but at the end of the day, the main person you should be trying to please by doing this is yourself. That’s why you started, right?

Who do you tag?

Oh no, this is always the hardest part! There are so many amazing blogs! I’ve narrowed it down to just a select few, and these people are…

Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds

Alicia @ #LoveBooks

Alyssa @ Reading, Reading, READING

Miguel @ The Quirky Reader

Faith @ Fangirl World

Even if I didn’t explicitly tag you, you’re more than welcome to take part in this! I’d love to know a little bit more about you all, so make sure you drop me a link to your answers if you decide to take part in this tag!

sarah xx

#bookstagramming

BOOKSTAGRAM
/book-sta-gram/
noun.

1. An Instagram account dedicated solely to pictures of books, bookshelves (or “shelfies”) and/or reading.

2. An Instagram account that fangirls/fanboys own to spread their uncontainable excitement about books with the world in aesthetically pleasing photographs and/or colour schemes.

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So ever since I did my Dangerous Lies photoshoot, I’d been wanting to start a bookstagram account. And a few weeks ago, I did that. There’s just something so pleasing (and time consuming) about choosing photos, putting a filter on them, and then coordinating your account so the colour theme is aesthetically pleasing.

If you’d like to check out my bookstagram account, you can go to @written_word_worlds on Instagram or click here!

sarah xx

 

Dangerous Lies – Photoshoot

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A little while ago, I had the opportunity to take part in a thing called the #FitzBlitzTour, which was run by Simon & Schuster Australia. This was a competition which allowed a few lucky Aussie YA bloggers to show off their skills and creativity when asked to make something to represent and celebrate Becca Fitzpatrick’s latest book, Dangerous Lies.

After practically begging to be a part of this, I worked on my entry for weeks, determined to have the most original entry. The first part of my entry, as you may have guessed from above, was a photoshoot of the book. I have a passion for photography (and Instagram!), so a couple of days I took the book and my camera down to my local park and took some photos.

But that wasn’t enough. I also decided to make a video based on the book Dangerous Lies where I discussed the book (spoiler free!) and played the game Two Truths and a Lie with one of my friends…

There was an abundance of other amazing entries – everything from themed food to book trailers. Seriously, us YA bloggers are a talented bunch.

I really hope I get to do something like this again soon, because it was really fun. It also prompted me to start a bookstagram account (which is a book-themed Instagram account). You know when you have two book-dedicated blogs and a boostagram account that you’re a fangirl. But I didn’t choose the fangirl life, the fangirl life chose me. I will forever be reading fanfiction, sobbing over the deaths of my favourite characters and dedicating my life to being a part of these worlds that authors have so lovingly created.

I’m a fangirl.

sarah xx

 

Welcome to my world…

Hello everybody!

My name’s Sarah. I’m a reader who often suffers from book-hangovers, a writer prone to procrastinating, and a full-time fangirl. After already having one blog for my book reviews and one for my writing, I thought I’d add to my growing collection of social media and blogs to create this baby!

On here, I’ll be posting a whole mish-mash of things – ranging from snippets of my writing, book reviews from my current favourites (which will originally be posted here) and general fangirlish rants.

I hope you enjoy following me on a journey through this fangirl-inducing world!

Check out my other sites and social media too, if you’d like…

Book reviewing blog – Written Word Worlds

Writing blog – Write the Worlds

Twitter – @_sarahdreams

Instagram – @_sarahdreams

YouTube – Sarah Dreams

sarah xx