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HOW I FEEL ABOUT JOHNNY DEPP IN THE FANTASTIC BEASTS FRANCHISE+ Introducing HP Discussions

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a Harry Potter discussion talking about the casting of the character of Gelert Grindlewald. This is my first post in my new series.  Next year I will be re-reading all of the HP novels so I thought I would create a new feature, in which I discuss my thoughts and feelings about the Potterverse. The topics I discuss with you guys will be ones I really want to talk about like why I like or dislike a certain character and how I feel about the movies vs the books.

**Obviously, there will be spoilers for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise within these talks

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So…as most of you probably already know, Johnny Depp was cast as Gellert Grindelwald way back in 2016 and the Harry Potter (and pretty much everyone else) had something to say about it. At the time Fantastic Beasts was arriving at the cinema, Johnny Depp was being accused of domestic abuse by his then wife. And as a lot more scandals are being revealed around more famous people like Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein, who have both lost gigs because of this, are wondering why Johnny Depp’s role as Grindelwald has not been re-cast.

HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT THIS DECISION?

Honestly, I think that anyone accused of any kind of assault should not be cast in tv or film, no matter how big or small the project is. I know I am definitely not alone in this opinion, with a large portion of internet-goers agreeing with me, whether they care about the film franchise or not. Is this fair to the actors? How far could this rule go?

I honestly don’t know but I am not here for actors being rewarded for assault, while fantastic unknown actors who have never assaulted (and would never dream of assaulting) a person go unnoticed.

However, there is still a few (I have only seen a couple) of people who still believe that Depp should be allowed to stay in the role. I don’t begrudge them this, if they don’t have a problem with him in the role then that’s up to them, but I just don’t agree.

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Do you have any HP topics you want to me to discuss in this new feature? How do you feel about Johnny Depp’s casting?

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HOW TO: GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AUDIBLE PURCHASE

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post. I haven’t done one in a bit and as you guys know, I really enjoy talking about audiobooks, so I thought I would combine the two (again).

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First up, make sure Audible is the right site for you. There are plenty of other sites you can use like Audiobooks.com, YouTube, Overdrive. Audible is a  monthly subscription, so make sure you want it before you sign yourself up.

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Get the narration you want. Before you purchase or use a credit to get a book, you should always listen to a sample. What’s the point of buying a book if you don’t like how it’s told?

If you find that you don’t love the narration you should always try YouTube or Overdrive.

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This is going to sound bad, and maybe it is, but if you find by the time you’re finished listening to your book, return/ refund it. Get a credit back, if you’re never going to listen to it again, then what is the point of keeping it?

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Buy the long books. Okay, so this is a bit hypocritical of me as I mostly listen to audiobooks for all my reading and will listen to anything from 5 to 40 hours. For example, the Sherlock Holmes collection goes on for hours because it is all the SH stories. The benefits to this are that you get all the content, all narrated by the same person, and you pay the same price you would pay for a 3 hour audiobook.

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Just do it guys, buy the collections. It is so worth it and you will really get your bang for your buck. These are really great for readathons and long commutes, I generally listen to mine on the way to school or work.

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There will be sales so take advantage of them. You can always get email updates for the site, or if you’re anything like me, then you’re already on the site on thee ties a month anyway. Audible often has promotions and sales and sometimes they even have free books, so you should keep your eye out.

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Now this one is pretty obvious, but actually, listen to the books. I know I have over 5 books in my account that I haven’t listened to yet. I’ve been meaning to get to this but life’s gotten in the way and they are still just sitting there…

Don’t let them sit there on your phone/ computer calling to you. As soon as you buy your audiobook, listen to it.

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Do you use Audible? Do you agree with any of my tips?

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My “To Buy” List

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with my “To Buy” list. These are books I know I will love/ have already read and really want to own. This is different to my normal tbr, purely because these are books/comics that I want to own because I love them.

Also, there won’t e too many books on this list purely because you guys know how nuts I’ve gone lately with my buying of ze books.

**Okay, so I lied and there are two books on here that I haven’t read but I swear I actually plan on reading them by the end of the year anyway.

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Lost Boy by Christina Henry

LOST BOY

I don’t think I’ve talked to you guys about Lost Boy yet, but damn you guys need to understand how much I love this book. Basically, because of this book I fell in love with the whole world and idea of Peter Pan. I had honestly never cared before, nor had I really thought about the whole idea of Neverland. Now I need to read all the books about Pan and his Lost Boys.  I need to know how Neverland came about and how Peter got there; was he brought there or was born/ created there??? I NEED TO KNOW

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INVICTUS

I am currently reading this one and let me tell you, I love it! I have only read a couple of time travel nvels before, but this by far my favourite. This novel talks about time travel in the way that I love, it actually acknowledges th travel adn takes us along with the characters, unlike so many other time travel books.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

SCYTHE

This book is so good and I love how much it makes us, as readers actually think. This i a fantastic novel and the amount of times I have had to put the book down in the bookstore is ridicuous, this is a fantastic novel and I cannot wait fo book 2 to come out earlier next year.

Unearthed (Unearthed, #1)

UNEARTHED

Unread book #1

Okay, so I am never on top of the new releases but this coming out next month in Australia and Amie Kaufman and Megan SPooner are doing press for it and I swear this never happens with authors I like, so I am seeing them December 1st and hopefully will be buying the book there and getting it signed. *fingers crossed*

The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)

THE SHIP OF THE DEAD

Unread book #2

Ah, yes. I still haven’t read book 2 but you guys, book 1 was so much fun that I know this trilogy is going to be amazing even to the end. I love the characters and I have heard such amazing reviews about the third book and I mean, I already own books 1 and 2 so why not complete my trilogy?

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1) Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars, #2)

VERONICA MARS DUOLOGY

Okay, so technically I have only read the first book, but my love for V Mars is so great that I only need to have read one book to know that I will 5 stars the hell out of that second book.

Mistborn Boxed Set. Brandon Sanderson

THE MISTBORN TRILOGY

I have already read this trilogy (I have not continued, should I?) but I don’t own any of the books. I somtimes (often) get the urge to re-read the trilogy but that’s quite hard to do when you own none of the books. This trilogy is amazing and massive, if you have the time you should definitely give it a shot, the world building is 👌👌👌.

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Alex + Ada, Vol. 2 Alex + Ada, Vol. 3

ALEX & ADA VOLUMES 2 & 3

I read volume 1 earlier this year and loved it, it discusses one of my favourite topics so I really can’t wait to see how the trilogy continues and how it finished, especially because I know that it got cancelled.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyLumberjanes, Vol. 2:  Friendship to the MaxLumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible PlanLumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of TimeLumberjanes, Vol. 5: Band TogetherLumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or SwimLumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View

THE LUMBERJANES SERIES

Ahh, Lumbejanes. I love this series and am finally up to date so I am hoping that one day I will finally be able to own all the volumes. I love this series, it is so uplifting and duh, who wouldn’t want to read about girl power and crazy adventures at a girlscout camp?

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Have you read any of these? Which should I pick up next?

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Hyped Book Recommendations!

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with some recommendation of books I think are totally worth the hype! I know that usually when we hear about hyped books they are either too good to be true or they are overhyped so today I thought I’d talk about some of the hyped books I’ve read, but in a more positive light.

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Invictus Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Caraval (Caraval, #1) Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) Eating Animals Gone Girl

INVICTUS

I haven’t read that many time travel books but the ones I have read haven’t really done the whole time travel thing properly. As in, they’ve said, hey we’re time travellers but then they haven’t actually time travelled or anything.

But, in Invictus, the characters ACTUALLY DO THE THING THEY’RE TELLING US THEY’RE DOING and it’s great and I appreciate it. Also, I just really enjoy this novel in general.

LUMBERJANES

Lumberjanes is a fun adventure graphic novel series with LGBTQIA characters, amazing artwork and all the girl power. I know I recommend this a lot, but it’s for a reason, this series really is worth the read.

CARAVAL

A circus mystery is always fun, especially when it involves magic and plot twists. This is why you should read Caraval. Also, the imagery and the writing that the author uses makes the novel SOO much better. The plot is A+ and the writing is fantastic, I definitely recommend this one.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

This novel has brilliant writing, a wonderful main character, girl power (in a time when women were pushed to the side) and romance that doesn’t take over the plot (in fact it’s not even a side plot, it’s like a side side plot). This series is pretty gory but aside from that, it is fantastic. But if you don’t like violence or to hear about dead bodies this probably isn’t your book.

EATING ANIMALS

I seriously love this book. I don’t think it should be compulsory, purely because I don’t enjoy pushing my beliefs onto people, however, it is definitely one of the top 3 best books I’ve ever read. This novel, if you can guess from the title, is about eating animals – it discusses the consequences we are facing now and will face later because of the meat industry (In the US) and I really enjoyed it. This book will make you think and it will make you question why you eat the way you do, and I really hope that you guys pick it up one day, even if you only read a chapter of two.

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What does this book have going for it?

  1. Fantastic film
  2. Unreliable narrators are the best
  3. SO MANY PLOT TWISTS
  4. You guys know all of this already, please just read it

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Did you read any of these books because of the hype? Do you agree with my recommendations?

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The Sandcastle Empire | SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

The Sandcastle Empire by  Kayla Olson

my rating: ★★★★☆

tags: dystopian, young adult

goodreads rating: 3.64

The Sandcastle Empire

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores…

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE

Okay, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually read a proper dystopia so this was quite the change of pace (and storyline) for me. Since I haven’t read a dystopian novel in what feels like years I really didn’t know what to expect with this, and it also didn’t help that I haven’t read a survival story like this is months didn’t really help. Honestly, I don’t know why I requested this book, but I am really glad I did? This book is a survival story, a dystopia (the general x group takes over, people run & hide) and a mystery all tied into one, and I seriously had a great time reading it.

THE ROMANCE

I think in general, the romance was my least favourite part of the novel. I didn’t feel like it was necessary for most of the novel and because of it some of the plot twists felt lacklustre and obvious.

IN SUMMARY

As a whole, I did really enjoy this novel but I thought the romance felt slightly forced, but I did really enjoy the novel.

So far this is a standalone, but you know how publishers are. Honestly, if they did continue this series I don’t think I would continue it, the story just flows so much better as one book wonder.

I feel like my review has come off as sort of negative, but I really did enjoy this novel and I would definitely recommend it if you feel like a change of pace or want to try something new (especially if you enjoy the mix of genres).

 

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When was the last time you read a dystopian? Have you read The Sandcastle Empire?

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DO WE PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON OURSELVES?

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new discussion, in which I discuss blogging pressures!

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FULL-TIME BLOGGING

I’m pretty sure that most of us on here are full-time bloggers, at least I know that I am one. By full-time blogger, I mean that we post regularly, answer comments and still manage to pay attention to the posts coming in on our reader.

Being a full-time blogger myself, I know that it can be quite daunting knowing that I should have at least one post up per week (according to my anxiety-inducing schedule inside my head) and that I should have my posts up by a certain time each day.

So, my question here is, why do we put all this pressure on ourselves? Because I feel like our followers would be chill with a hiatus and would understand if we didn’t put up a post along with our usual schedules. So why do we put the pressure on ourselves?

I don’t know why I do it, to be honest, but I know that my anxiety certainly plays a big part in it, also stats have really started to bug me lately so there’s always that.

KEEPING IT COOL (AS A CUCUMBER) & STAYING RELEVANT

I find that’s also hard to keep my cool (especially when it comes to stats) a lot of the time, especially around school exam time (which is now over haha suck it high school).

What I struggle with most on my blog is remaining calm about whether or not my posts are relevant and whether or not they actually make sense. I try to split my posts up into sections which is what the pink writing is for, but sometimes I just don’t make sense to myself or I’m really tired and then posts like this happen.

WHY AM I NOT READING RIGHT NOW?

I think the main thing for most of us though, is that as book bloggers we feel like we should always be reading, and this really doesn’t help if we’re in a reading slump (*cough* like I am now*).

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DO WE PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON OURSELVES??? 

I think the short answer is yes, we do. But, I think as the year goes on and as we get more comfortable with our blog and our followers, we end to care slightly less about whether our posts go up at the exact right time. That being said, I don’t think that the blogging pressure and stress ever fully goes away.

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How do you handle blogging pressure? Does the pressure ever go away?

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