Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by JK Rowling and Jim Kay

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly spot hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is meant to showcase the books that a blogger is anticipating in the next couple of months. Today I'm going to be talking about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by JK Rowling and Jim Kay.


Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: JK Rowling, Jim Kay
Page Count: 272
Publisher: Bloomsbury 
Release Date: 4th October 2016

Format Available: Hardcover
Original Language: English
Genre: Graphic novel


Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters - including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart - await inside this fully illustrated edition. With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this inspired reimagining will captivate fans and new readers alike, as Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart .


I mean, do I really have to tell you why I can't wait for this to be released?

Harry Potter is pretty much the epitome of young adult fantasy books, and these illustrated versions are such a gorgeous idea. It means that the wizarding world can be accessible to an even younger audience than before, and for those of us who were there when the books first came out, we have another collectable item for our ever-growing HP collection.

Yeah, that's right, I know you have at least one wand and the scarf from your House.

The Chamber of Secrets was one of my favourite books too, so this is set to be a very exciting book for my own personal Potter collection. Prisoner of Azkaban was obviously my all time fave, so it looks like I'll have to wait another year for that one. But in the mean time, this one will do just fine.

Is anyone else excited for this beautiful second book in the series? 

Tell me in the comments below!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: What's a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly spot hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is meant to showcase the books that a blogger is anticipating in the next couple of months. Today I'm going to be talking about What's a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne.


Title: What's a Girl Gotta Do?
Author: Holly Bourne
Page Count: 432
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Release Date: 1st August 2016

Format Available: Paperback
Original Language: English
Genre: Contemporary/Feminist YA


Lottie is starting a supersonic feminist experiment. For one month she's going to call out every instance of sexism she sees. But when her project hits the headlines, the trolls come out to play - and they are VICIOUS. Lottie's not a quitter, but best friends Evie and Amber are worried. What if Lottie's heading for burnout...or worse?


Holly Bourne is one of my favourite YA authors, hands down. She is the Queen of contemporary feminist literature for young people, and she manages to write important issues in her humorous writing style, which always keeps you entertained.

This is another instalment in The Normal Series or as Holly calls it, The Spinster Club. This book is in the point of view of Lottie, who is taking being a spinster to the extreme, and is trying to destroy the presence of sexism. I have no doubt that this is going to be a hilarious novel and I can't wait to see where the story goes.

I'm excited for this book because I've read Holly's books before and I really enjoy the Normal series.

Has anyone else read any of Holly's novels before?

Are you excited for this new release?

Tell me in the comments!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Thinking about Therapy

So I have been thinking about this for a while now, and I don't know what I should do.

I have been to therapy one time in my life, and I didn't like it. The thought of spilling my guts out to a stranger who I knew didn't really care and wouldn't be here if they weren't getting paid made me feel really uneasy. But then again, I don't even speak to my closest friend about things, so I've been pretty much holding things in for almost a decade.

Most of the time, I can cope with the things that I have inside my head. I have a lot of secrets, and due to the nature of them I don't ever talk about them for various reasons:

  1. My parents know most of it and understand, but can't really do anything about it
  2. I feel as though it would be pointless to tell my friends these issues for the same reason
  3. The secrets I have are life-changing and I'm not sure if I'm ready for the consequences

And most of the time, like I said, I can keep it all in and get on with my life.

But sometimes, like right now as I'm writing this, the biggest secret I hold affects me as a train going at full speed would affect a stray fox crossing the railway. 

It is always in the back of my mind, of course, and there is never a day I don't think about it, but sometimes I spend entire days thinking about it, and it just kills me. I cast the day off as ruined and either go to bed or keep my head burrowed in Youtube videos for the rest of the day. A day in this headspace is never a productive day.

And due to recent events, these days are becoming more frequent. 

This is why I have been reconsidering therapy. One of my best friends has just graduated from university with a degree in Psychology, focusing on cognitive behaviour therapy, hoping to have a career in CBT. So, I already have someone in my life who is literally qualified to listen to me. Yet I don't utilise that - I pretend everything is okay in front of him. 

Maybe it isn't the best idea to have one of your best friends as your therapist anyway, but I'm starting to think that I need one nevertheless. There is too much in my head and if I don't say it to someone I am in danger of taking it out on myself. 

Does anyone reading this go to therapy? Is it a good thing for you, or have you had bad experiences with it?

I'm not totally sure that I will end up going to therapy. Maybe I'm just desperate to tell someone my secrets and once I do I will be okay again. But for how long will I stay okay? There are things from years ago that I want to forget but I can't. 

Maybe therapy will never be for me. But I'm beginning to think that I'll have to get used to it, because I want to recover in the best way possible, and this may be a big step in recovering. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Fun Science by Charlie McDonnell (charlieissocoollike)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly spot hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is meant to showcase the books that a blogger is anticipating in the next couple of months. Today I'm going to be talking about Fun Science by Charlie Mcdonnell.


Title: Fun Science: A Guide to Life, the Universe, and why life is so Awesome
Author: Charlie McDonnell
Page Count: 256
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing

Release Date: 20th October 2016
Format Available: Hardcover
Original Language: English
Genre: Educational Non-Fiction


Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the the world of FUN SCIENCE! I'm Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.
In my book, I'll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!).
Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favourite mind-bending science facts.
So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us… and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!
(Written by a Science Fan NOT a scientist!)


Charlie McDonnell is the original well-spoken nerdy British boy who hit the big time with his Youtube channel charlieissocoollike, which includes everything from making a cup of tea to short films which he has produced.

And then there's painting himself purple, which I think falls right in the middle of both of those things.

I used to be, for want of a better word, obsessed with Charlie. He was like the original British Youtuber, and I saw him as a complete celebrity, because he managed to do so well just by playing up on the things that make him inherently British.

I also used to love his TRock band (Timelord Rock) called Chameleon Circuit, but then Alex Day was... well, Alex Day, and the band stopped making music. It was a really cool band that sang songs about Doctor Who, and if they had gone on a tour I definitely would have bought tickets. Just saying.

However, the thing I used to love the most about Charlie was his Fun Science videos, in which he explained science in a really easy way. It was so understandable that even I understood it! I remember my physics teacher showing our class this video about sound:

Embarrassingly, I can still remember all the words to this song about sound.

Its not like I spent hours re-watching it, consciously trying to learn the words off by heart...


So, as you can probably tell, my 12 year old self is bursting out of my with excitement. And also my 19 year old self, because I still watch Charlie despite him not being as active on Youtube anymore. Its also pretty cool that he is bringing out a book about science, because his viewers (most of them being pretty young I guess) can actually be educated from buying this book, and so I doubt parents will have much of a problem with buying this book for their children.

I hope I'm able to get a copy of this book nearer the time of release, because this is pretty much a dream for pre-teen me. Plus, I've waited for so long to hear more of Charlie's voice, and now it is packed into a book for me to keep and open up whenever I want!

Did/Does anyone else love Charlie? Will you be getting this book?

Let me know in the comments!