Books, General

House Cup Reading Challenge: Wrap Up

So, for the last month I have been taking part in (another) readathon. This wasn’t just any old readathon though, it was Harry Potter themed. I got to read and think about reading for a Harry Potter themed readathon, to earn House Points, to go towards a Team Gryffindor total. I mean have you heard of a readathon that is more suited to me? If you’ve heard of a Disney readathon you absolutely need to tell me about it, like, yesterday.

A huge, mahoosive thank you has to go to the wonderful ladies who put this awesome readathon together:

Gryffindor: Lauren @BetweenDPages
Hufflepuff: Kelsey @Kelsenator
Ravenclaw: Alex @booksydaisy
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October: It’s a Wrap

Howdy folks! It’s awfully chilly these days, isn’t it. Must be all the spookiness around, eh? I have been reading and listening to an eclectic mix of stories, once again. I’ve actually read some of my favourite books of the year so far this month, in fact, they’re some of my favourite books EVER! Without further ado….

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah | 28 Sep 17 – 04 Oct 17 | Audiobook | 5 Stars

I am not sure that I can quite string together the correct words to describe how incredibly brilliant this book it. At the time of reviewing, I’ve read over 100 books this year, and can say that this is by far my favourite read.

To start with, the stories and tales that Trevor Noah is telling somehow feel so much more real as I have fairly recently visited Johannesburg, where the majority of the book is set. Secondly, Trevor Noah has a brilliant way of telling a story. I’d expect this, considering he is a comedian, but the book is so well done that it doesn’t actually feel like a book at all.7

For me though, the magic was in the audiobook. There is something special about hearing the writer narrate their own work, especially when it’s autobiographical. At no point did it feel like he was reading a book, he was just telling me about stories from his life. He is a comedian, so of course he is funny and has great comedic timing, but there was something harrowing about the hilarity of the some of the events he was talking about.

A very impressive, funny, and eye-opening must-read!

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T5W: Favourite First Lines

118368I like doing a quick Top 5 Wednesday, and this week is such a good one that I couldn’t resist! This week, T5W is favourite first lines from books. And unlike some weeks, it was quite simple, no ruling things out and no struggling to think of the last option. Once again, there is a children’s book theme. I just can’t help it:

  1. ”All children, except one, grow up” Peter Pan J M Barrie
  2. ”It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” Matila Roald Dahl
  3. ”If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.” The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Lemony Snicket
  4. ”Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss
  5. ”Once Upon a Time” Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm