AN ULTIMATE HARRY POTTER TAG

Hey guys! I saw this booktag @jazminheavenblog and it was so interesting that I decided to do it here, on my blog. The tag contains 30 Harry Potter related questions for me to answer, pretty simple. So, without further ado let’s get into it.

1. Favourite Harry Potter book?

πŸ‘‰ It is either Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I am confused between the two.

2. Least favourite book?

πŸ‘‰ Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

3. Favourite movie?

πŸ‘‰ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1

4. Least favourite movie?

πŸ‘‰ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

5. Favourite quote?

πŸ‘‰ “The ones that love us never really leave us.” -Sirius Black

6. Favourite Weasley?

πŸ‘‰ The twins.

7. Favourite female character?

πŸ‘‰ Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.

8. Favourite male character?

πŸ‘‰ Ron Weasley and Harry Potter

9. Favourite professor?

πŸ‘‰ Professor Mcgonagall. I just love her queer, strict and sensible character.

Then she said, “Have a biscuit, Potter”. 😁😁😁

10. Favourite Villain?

πŸ‘‰ A good villain is the one you completely loathe. So, without a doubt it is Umbridge.

11. Would you rather wash Snape’s hair or spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

πŸ‘‰ I would rather wash Snape’s hair. It would be good for his usually greasy hair as well.

12. Would you rather fight an elated Bellatrix or an angry Molly?

πŸ‘‰ I like Molly too much to fight with her. So, I would rather fight an elated Bellatrix.

13. Would you rather travel to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express or by Flying Car?

πŸ‘‰ Hogwarts Express! I want to try all the sweets the trolly has to offer.

14. Would you rather kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a bubble bath?

πŸ‘‰ I would rather give Umbridge a bubble bath. Ugh! But whatever.

15. Would you rather ride a hippogriff or a firebolt?

πŸ‘‰ I would prefer riding a firebolt. I think I would be too anxious to maintain an eye contact with a hippogriff.

16. Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies?

πŸ‘‰ I think Ginny’s character was far better in the books. Also, Kreacher’s role in the books was more justified than the movies.

17. Is there a movie you preferred to the book?

πŸ‘‰ Harry Potter and the order of Phoenix, maybe.

18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

πŸ‘‰ Michael Gambon. I don’t know why but I remember him as Dumbledore because we saw him more than Richard Harris.

19. Your top thing (person or event) that wasn’t in the movie that you wanted there the most?

πŸ‘‰ A) Peeves! Where was Peeves in the movies?

B) First kiss shared between Harry and Ginny in the Gryffindor common room after Gryffindor won the Quidditch match. The scene in the book was beautiful.

C) Kreacher (with all the house elves) fighting against death eaters in the Great Hall during the Battle of Hogwarts. Actually, the whole battle scene after the chapter ‘the forbidden forest’ was great in the book.

20. If you could remake any of the movies which one would it be?

πŸ‘‰ Prisoner of Azkaban.

21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

πŸ‘‰ I thought that I was either a Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff.

22. Which house were you actually sorted into?

πŸ‘‰ Hufflepuff!😊

23. Which class would be your favourite?

πŸ‘‰ I think Transfiguration would be my favourite class.

24. Which spell would be the most useful to use?

πŸ‘‰ For me, it would be Accio becuase I am always asking people to pass my stuff to me. ‘Could you please pass me the remote?’, ‘ Bring me my glasses, na, I am unable to read’, so, that is basically me.

25. Which characters do you think you’d instantly become friends with?

πŸ‘‰ Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger and Hagrid.

26. If you could own one of the three hallows, which would it be?

πŸ‘‰ The Invisibility Cloak. It would be perfect for someone like me.

27. Is there any aspect of the books that you’d change?

πŸ‘‰ Nope.

28. Favourite Marauder?

πŸ‘‰ Moony! I love the character of Professor Lupin. He was the one who was sensible and practical out of all marauders. So much like me, not that I am sensible in every way but I do think twice before getting into troubles and pulling practical jokes.

29. If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?

πŸ‘‰ Fred! Fred! Fred! I kid you not, Fred’s death hit me so hard that I kept thinking about his mischiefs and pranks for days. I mean think about George! Please!

30. Hallows or horcruxes?

πŸ‘‰ Hallows! Horcruxes are just pure evil.


That is it for today guys. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I had fun writing it. If you are in the least bit interested in doing this tag, I tag you! Go ahead and have fun. Until next time, happy reading!😊

– Prashansa

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DIARY ENTRY

January 20, 2018

Dear Diary,

It is chilly out there and today, as the sun was preparing to set I was covering the plants to save them from the wintry night and fog, I saw three women followed by their kids who were in rags, walking. My mother, who was folding fresh laundry told me they were the labourers who would now collect firewood from the construction site nearby and cook food on a wood stove. On some distance there were three men who were walking in a way which indicated it had been a tiring day at work. The women slowed their pace and waited for the men to join them. They were almost in front of my house when one of the men pointed towards the Plumeria tree near our front porch. A boy who seemed to be five or six years old came towards our house. I saw him reaching out to a small wooden stick lying near the tree. He was about to pick it up when he sensed my presence. He raised his head and met my eyes. I saw something shifting in his body. He took a step back but his eyes never left mine. Then, all of a sudden he turned back and walked to his mother. My mother called out and told him that he can take the stick. She told him that it was of no use to us but the boy did not glanced back even once. A boy, slightly taller than the first one came and took the piece of wood. After that, they were all gone. I watched the first boy walk away as far as my eyes would allow. He was clutching his mother’s hand tightly like a person who needed support and security not a carefree being whom I initially saw. I stood there thinking about those little eyes searching something in mine. The boy was afraid of me. Or was he afraid of his poverty? That skinny boy was feeling vulnerable by my presence. Or was he terrified of me being stronger than him? Those hands were mortified to pick up that wooden stick. Or were they shivering because he thought that the stick was mine? Was he too afraid to snatch something that belonged to someone else which was not his to take? I did not understand his fear. But today, I saw sight of a kid with a distorted childhood whose eyes said,”I am afraid”. I still remember those glistening eyes searching assurance in mine.

Yours,

Prashansa


Hey guys! If you are reading this I wish you all the happiness and compassion in the world. Thank you. Until next time, happy reading!😊

Serial Killer – a broken man

His mother was shot by a rival. He was brought up by his father who was a gangster. This criminal environment affected his mental health. The broken kid stepped into manhood to become a broken man. Eventually, his brain started to develop creative ideas for inflicting pain on others. His brain wanted him to cause mayhem and to kill people. He stood on the path that diverged into two roads. One was to shake hands with his father’s gang and the other was to build a new life. Obviously, building a new life was not easy, so, he took the easier path. His first bidding was to kill the mastermind of the rival gang. All plans were pain and maps were plotted. While he was about to kill his target, his hands shook and his mind went numb. His prey, sensing his numbness, escaped. He was confused about what happened. Why did he let his prey flee in front of his eyes? Was there a soft corner in his broken heart? He decided to take the second road and build himself a new life. But the horrific scenes from his childhood still troubled him. His mind still created ideas to kill people, to wreck lives. Although, it was certainly diminished but some cruelty was content in him. He started to lay out these plans to get them out of his mind. His newly evolved human side wrote the counterparts of all the plans he laid. The broken man was still broken but instead of widening the cracks he was filling in his voids. The plans piled up so did the counterparts. The broken man created what world now knows as the bestselling thriller novel. His fictional hero killed his villainous reality. A potential serial killer became his own peacemaker by settling disputes between his cruelty and humanity.

Hey guys! I hope you had fun reading this. Comment below for feedback. Thank you. Until next time, happy reading!😊

-Prashansa

RAPID FIRE BOOKTAG

Hello guys! I saw the rapid fire booktag at nickimags @TheSecretLibraryBookblog and decided to do it on my blog.

P.S- I am a newbie blogger. I have never done a booktag before. So, I am excited!πŸ™Œ

Let’s get started

1. Physical books or ebooks?

πŸ‘‰ Physical books! Ebooks are easy to read while traveling but they can never replace physical books. A physical book is the real thing. You can smell it, cover your face with it when your favourite character embarrasses her/himself (I do that a lot). You can hug the book when it ends and sleep. You can feel the pages underneath your fingertips (feel the journey of the book). The reasons are so many that I will have to do a separate post about them. *chuckles*

2. Paperback or hardback?

πŸ‘‰ Hardbacks if they are up for good bargain otherwise paperbacks.

3. On-line or in-store shopping?

πŸ‘‰ Online! We don’t have any good bookstores where I live so I have to shop online.

4. Trilogies or series?

πŸ‘‰ Neither, actually. I don’t read trilogies or series that often. I prefer standalones.

5. Heroes or villains?

πŸ‘‰ Heroes! I like reading the stories revolving around villains too but I don’t get it when they are mean without a purpose. I believe that every mean or bad person is like that for a reason. It can be past experiences, mental issues or their lifestyle. I am not saying they are not wrong but being baselessly mean is not a thing I can get my head around.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

πŸ‘‰ There are many I would like to suggest but I will go for Harry Potter series here not just because I am a potterhead through and through. Harry Potter series has a little part of everything in it to get you going and teach you something in an interesting way. List of things you can learn/experience from Harry Potter Series.

β€’ Suffering

β€’ Friendship

β€’ Love

β€’ School life (interacting with different people)

β€’ Mischiefs

β€’ Celebrating with others

β€’ Helping others

β€’ Sacrifice

β€’ Jealousy

β€’ Loneliness (Coping up with emotions alone)

β€’ Believing in others and above all ourselves

β€’ Facing reality

β€’ Sticking to the right path

β€’ Hope

β€’ Good in bad

β€’ Death

β€’ Selflessness

β€’ Fighting till the very end.

β€’ Happiness of the moment..

P.S- I must have missed many…

7. Recommended an underrated book?

πŸ‘‰ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz. I love this book.

8. The last book you finished?

πŸ‘‰ By Your Side by Kasie West

9. Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?

πŸ‘‰ I always end up misplacing my bookmark so I use anything in the vicinity as a bookmark. I used my mother’s hand once…πŸ˜‚ I use my glasses as bookmark too.

10. Used books, yes or no?

πŸ‘‰ Yes.

11. Top three favourite genres?

πŸ‘‰ Contemporary fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction (I have not read much historical fiction but I like it and it is a genre I want to explore more)

12. Borrow or buy?

πŸ‘‰ Buy.

13. Characters or plot?

πŸ‘‰ Characters. I feel even with a boring plot you can get something good out of a book if the characters are good.

14. Short or long book?

πŸ‘‰ Both! Short books have an advantage, though, when you are in a reading slump or having a tight schedule.

15. Long or short chapters?

πŸ‘‰ A lot of short chapters, please!

16. Book to movie or book to TV adaptations?

πŸ‘‰ TV adaptation. The scriptwriters will not be pressurised and will not be cruel to skip the good parts in this way. Less damage!

That is it for today guys! I enjoyed doing this booktag. I hope you had fun reading it. It is open for anyone who wants to give it a shot! Until next time, happy reading!😊

– Prashansa

BY YOUR SIDE -BOOK REVIEW

Name- By your Side

Author- Kasie West

Genre- Teenage/ Contemporary Fiction

Pages- 342

Rating- 5⭐/5⭐

Plot

By your Side is the story of a girl named Autumn Collins who has anxiety issues. Despite her problem, she pretends to fit in and do things she doesn’t want to do really. The story starts when Autumn finds herself locked in a library for an entire weekend. The situation gets worse because she is not stuck there alone. Dax Miller, a rumored druggie from her school is locked in there with her. The story follows his exchange with Autumn and unfolding of his true character which is way better than his apparent image in the school. What will happen when they get out of the library in the real world?

Review

This book is a real page turner. I read it in less than 24 hours. It is an easy read. The storyline is strong. The characters are all so gorgeous. The language is very simple. The exchanges between the characters are interesting. I liked the fact it is not just a romance book. It has got different themes which are relatable and important to understand. You will find friendship, teenage crush and the all so familiar quest of a teenager to get along with everybody else. I like how the author doesn’t exaggerate about the issues Autumn has due to her anxiety. The problems are portrayed in a way that is relatable. It is an amazing book. I loved this book, completely worth reading! I would highly recommend it for someone who loves teenage fiction.

I have been so eager to read this book ever since I read it’s plot. Being a nerd, I have procrastinated way too many times about getting locked in a library. This fact made me buy this book. I expected it to be an average read but I ended up loving it. Everything about this book is so lovable…be it it’s cover, storyline, characters, writing style.

That is it for today guys. I hope you are all doing good. Until next time, happy reading😊!

OF KNIGHTS AND LILIES -BOOK REVIEW

Name- Of Knights and Lilies

Author- Sonali Dabade

Genre- Romance

Pages- 279

Rating- 4⭐/5⭐

Of Knights and Lilies is a simple love story about a lively girl, Shruti, who happens to meet the love of her life, Abhishek, in a nightmarish situation.

What did I like about this book?

● This book has a warm story.

● The writing style is simple yet the language used is rich.

● The characters are strong and alluring.

● The puns and conversations are relatable to a great extent.

● The book contains a poem at the end of each chapter. This is the speciality of the book. The poems are enticing and compelling. It is like a book within a book.

What didn’t I like about the book?

● The book is a little bit too descriptive. Description in a book is very important to give the reader a vivid image of the universe in the book but too much description sometimes kill the essence of the story.

Overall, this book has been great. It is a power pack romance story. I would highly recommend it to someone who loves romance. Also, if you want to enhance your vocabulary in an entertaining way this is just the book for you.

That is it for today guys…until next time, happy reading!😊

WRITER’S BLOCK

Hello there! As the title suggests this post is about Writer’s block . When I talk about Writer’s block here I share my personal opinions and your interpretation of any subject can be different than mine and I appreciate and respect that. Also, I must tell you that I am not a professional writer.

What is Writer’s block?

Writer’s block is a condition where a person is unable to think about what to write and how to proceed writing. This is a common and recurring condition in the writing community and can be dealt with in a positive way.

DO’sβ˜‘

● It is OKAY to be stuck and have writer’s block. Accept it. There, I said it.

● You are not a machine which churns out content without any wear and tear. It is completely fine for your brain and soul to be worn out. Breathe in, breathe out.

● Read a new book or an old favorite. In this way you will still be productive and might as well ignite your writing fire.

● Step out. Stroll in your locality. Observe things and people to write about.

PS- Don’t stare. It is rude. πŸ˜‰

● Try writing prompts. Write about prompts trending on Instagram or any other platform. It will give you a topic to pour your thoughts around.

● Read your old write-ups and edit them. You can add something new to it.

● Pick up on your other hobbies. Try a new recipe and treat yourself or sketch. Tend to your garden or do something you love.

● Change your surroundings. Write somewhere else instead of writing at your study or anywhere you usually do. Write in a park or on your terrace.

● Talk to your friends and family.

● Play board games with your family. Go through old photographs and look at old memories. Retell funny moments and stories.

● Take a long shower. Let your thought wander in your head while the running water relaxes your body.

● Change your writing style. Do experiments. Create something new.

● Play Scrabble.

● Write. Writing during a writer’s block is very important. So, write!

DON’Ts❎

● Don’t fret and force yourself to write about the very topic or thought which is not taking you anywhere.

● Don’t feel dejected that you did not write something good. Not everything you write have to be your best but try to make it your best. The difference between the two is slim but there.

● Don’t stop writing. Don’t tell yourself you cannot write.

That is it for today guys. Tell me how you feel about Writer’s block and how you deal with it. Thank you for reading. Until next time, happy writing and reading!😊