SO YOU’RE A SLYTHERIN… NOW WHAT? // I recommend books based off your Hogwarts house

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with som new Hogwarts House recommendations! I’ve said before onn my blog that if I went to Hogwarts I would be in Hufflepuff, but if we were being a little bit more accurate, I would be a Slytherpuff, which from what I’ve heard is a rare combination (*yay me* I’ve finally achieved something).

FIND MORE HOGWARTS HOUSE RECOMMENDATIONS HERE

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Slytherin produces more than its share of Dark wizards, but also turns out leaders who are proud, ambitious and cunning.

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DIVERGENT

I mean, Dauntless seems pretty Slytherin, right? I recently re-read this one (and loved it omg) and was struck by how similar some of the characters are to the Hogwarts House.

I’ve only read book 1 in the trilogy so I can only talk about that and can’t account for any plot changes or character development/s in books 2 & 3. I think the Dauntless are pretty Slytherin, not because they are “badass” or “bad guys”, but because they are actually pretty smart, in my opinion. I think they really fit the Slytherin house because they are literally the embodiment of the house: proud, ambitious and cunning. They’re super slipper, super smart and I am definitely none of those things, but I love these guys because they would definitely cut a b*tch.

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES

Alex Craft is the Ultimate. I love her.

I would also like to be her best friend but also never cross her because she’s slightly (very) sketchy. Alex Craft is definitely cunning I mean the tag line is this: Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. She’s shady af and definitely goes about pretty much everything the wrong way but, I still love her because she’s also pretty relatable in that I also want to kill terrible men.

THREE DARK CROWNS

This is officially one of my new favourite books series of 2018 and I am so glad I decided to pick the books up. This is a very dark and intense series and it will most definitely give you a headache and it will most definitely be worth it. This series is told from 3 povs (each sister) and has a very dark  tone to it and is very intelligent and is very much focused on the politics in the work of the story.

This si a really dark and intense story and is also really inteeligent and deceiving. It’s phenomenal and definitely underrated. Please read it.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

I love this book and I love Evelyn Hugo and everyone should read (or re-read) this book if they haven’t already. Evelyn Hugo is the total embodiment of a Slytherin. She is intelligent, cunning and definitely ambitious. She goes after what she wants and isn’t afraid to put herself out there.

I love her and I love how brave and ambitious she is and I especially love how many people have been reading this book lately.

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WHICH HOGWARTS HOUSE ARE YOU IN?

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YOU DECIDE MY TBR // what have I done?

Hey Guys! Today I’m coming at you with a fun but short blog post! I’ve felt less than inspired to read lately but I am starting to get out of my funk so I thought that because so many of you guys are always making so many amazing tbrs, maybe you could help me out with my September tbr!

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So, I’m still not entirely sure how this post is going to go, but I know I just want to give you guys the reigns with my tbr for the month. I do have a few arcs coming up that I do need to read which I’ll show you now, but it’s really up to you guys if I read them or not!

These are the arcs you can choose from if you want to! (Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads pages!)

                

The Monsters We Deserve (Sept), Bridge of Clay (Oct), Giant Days (Aug), What If It’s Us (Oct)

So, you guys don’t have to pick one of those arcs but I thought I would let you know about them anyway! And the rest is up to you guys! I’ll link my Goodreads tbr here but, really it’s all up to you guys, so if you want me to read one of your faves or rant with you about your least favourite book ever, this is your chance to make that happen!

So, let me know in the comments what you think I should read in September and I’ll tally up all the votes before the end of the month and let you guys know what you’ve picked for me! I plan on reading 4 books that you guys pick but you can recommend as many books as you like!

I have a whole blog post dedicated to most of the books on my tbr if you think that would help (Link here) or you want to see a Goodreads shelf of all the physical books I own click here. I also have access to a library near me so I can hopefully get any other books you guys recommend!

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DID THIS BLOG POST MAKE ANY KIND OF SENSE?

WHAT SHOULD I READ IN SEPTEMBER? (MALANIE, PLS MAKE ME READ THE FOXHOLE COURT FINALLY!)

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How To: Plan Blog Content

Hey Guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To, and today I’m focusing on how to plan your blog content because let’s be real it can pretty trying at times!

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1 WHERE TO START

The first thing you have to is pretty simple if you’re in the right mood for it. You need to find topics to talk about on your blog. If you already have a little list written down somewhere, fantastic, you’re all ready to go!

If you need some ideas (or ideas for ideas) click here.

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2 SCHEDULE YOUR LIL’ HEART OUT

Now, is the time where you get your calendar or your diary out and you get ready to officially start planning! You have an idea or in my case, you’ve been hoarding ideas for a few months and being slack af and now you have to plan every all at once.

Basically, get a cup of coffee, a calendar and whatever device you use to schedule/write your blog posts with. Now, go through your ideas and decided when you want them to go up on your blog and then write them into your diary/calendar/memory apparatus. And, if you want to go that step further you can also properly schedule them with dates and titles into your actual WordPress schedule. I do this with all my posts (written or not) and find it super helpful in terms of readily knowing what to write next and also accountability!

Here’s an example of what my March looks like for 2019! (Yes, I know, I know I plan maybe too far ahead sometimes).

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3 OUTLINE

Now, steps 3-5 are optional depending on how you go about scheduling and planning your content but hey, you do you!

Personally, when I schedule posts into my WP schedule & my Google calendar, I also like to outline the posts or at least bullet point what I want the post to be because as you guys saw, I plan really far ahead. Seriously, I think I have full months of posts planned until around June/July and this is me trying to slow myself down on that front.

So, outline or bullet point these posts – even if you just write some buzzwords in your calendar square for that particular date – and try not to stress about it!

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4 GIVE YOURSELF A PAT ON THE BACK

And now, probably the most important (but hardest) point of all. Give yourself a pat on the back, make yourself a nice drink and feel good about yourself. You just planned 1 or more blog posts and, to quote Mario,  you’re a superstar!

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HOW DO YOU PLAN OUT YOUR BLOG CONTENT?

DO YOU PLAN OUT YOUR CONTENT?

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GRYFFINDOR RECS! // I recommend books based off your Hogwarts house

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new Hogwarts house recommendations post and today I’m recommending books for Gryffindor house! Enjoy!

HUFFLEPUFF + RAVENCLAW BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

*Remember to click on the covers to go the Goodreads pages!

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Gryffindor is the house which most values the virtues of courage, bravery and determination.

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1) The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) The Princess Bride The Giver (The Giver, #1)

STEELHEART

The mc in this trilogy, David, is the ultimate Gryffindor. His most defining trait (in my opinion) is how he always acts before he thinks. In fact, this series is called The Reckoners trilogy and I would say the Reckoners group s comparable to Dumbledore’s Army if you want to continue the link to HP.

If you want a superhero book about a Gryffindor trying to live his life and also get the girl (who is maybe a tiny bit shady and definitely a Slytherin) then this is the book for you.

PERCY JACKSON SERIES

There seems to be a trend with Gryffindors, in that they act/speak before they think. Percy Jackson definitely fits that mould. Apart from that, Percy is absolutely loyal to his family and friends but, always seems to put his foot in it with everyone else. He’s a fantastic fighter and brilliant with his family, but he has a short attention span and sometimes he gets frustrated and starts fighting his Math teacher who is secretly a Fury… it’s good, please read it!

THE NAME OF THE WIND

Honestly, Kvothe and Percy Jackson are the ultimate Gryffindors. They are both super smart in their respective fields/interests but, they never seem to fully think their actions through before they act. Kvothe, in particular, is really intelligent and could certainly be a Ravenclaw, but honestly, I think he is too brash for that house.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

I love this movie, but I haven’t read the book so all I can go off is the story that I know, and from that, I think Wesley is definitely a Gryffindor (although, lbr he could totally be a Ravenclaw). He definitely thinks about his actions more than most of the other characters in the books on this list, but he also then has his real Gryffindor smart-ass fighting moments. And, also I love him so… if you don’t know this story please watch/read it!

THE GIVER

I love this book and it will forever be one of my favourites. The main character, Jonas, is definitely courageous, which is a very big part of being a Gryffindor. I also think that at the end of the novel especially, Jonas just becomes really brave and determined and basically becomes a full-fledged Gryffindor.

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THE UNDERRATED FEMALE HEROES TAG // The One where I Gush About All My Superhero Ladyloves

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a book tag, which is a fun break from all the discussions and recommendations I’ve been posting lately. So thank you so much to Rebecca @ BookishlyRebecca for tagging me because maybe you just saved a life???

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  • Please pingback to me at Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities. Make sure to pingback to one of Kate’s posts. She won’t see the post otherwise!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Choose female characters from books, movies, TV, anime, Webtoons, etc.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but at least one person.
  • Have fun!

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1 NAME A HEROINE YOU LIKE, BUT WHOM YOU FEEL IS ALWAYS OVERSHADOWED BY THE MALE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY

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SCARLET WITCH! This chick is fab and needs all the rep! I feel like she’s only in the MCU for the love story but I think she’s amazing so… what’s up Marvel???

I honestly think she gets a lot of flack and definitely isn’t used to her full potential in the movies because come on, are you telling me *spoilers* that Wanda can hold off Thanos with one hand and kill the love of her life with the other but that she’s too weak for pretty much anything else? Nope, I want a Scarlet Witch spinoff about her cooking with Vision and kicking butt on her off days.

2 FOR THAT MATTER, NAME A HEROINE WHOM YOU FEEL IS ALWAYS OVERSHADOWED BY THE OTHER FEMALE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY

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I wasn’t totally sure what I would answer for this question because my immediate answer was Jessica Jones because I was thinking about MCU women (and The Defenders). But, that doesn’t *totally* work for this one because she has her own show and how can she overshadow herself??? So, I’m going with Trish Walker for this one (keeping in mind that I haven’t seen season 2) because I really enjoyed her character in season 1 and thought she was interesting and complex which I loved about her.

3 NAME A CHARACTER WHO HAD POTENTIAL BUT WAS GREATLY UNDERUTILIZED IN HER STORY

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I mean, I feel like the answer could only be Laurel??? From Arrow??? (It could also high-key be Lyla Diggle from Arrow). I was never a big fan of her in the first couple of seasons but, I did start to like her as the show went on (probably around season 3ish) but I felt like the show never really treated her well and she was always getting the short end of the proverbial stick.

4 NAME A FEMALE CHARACTER WHO YOU EITHER FIND BETTER IN HER BOOK THAN HER MOVIE, FIND BETTER IN HER MOVIE THAN HER BOOK, OR WHOSE PORTRAYALS YOU FIND EQUAL

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^^ The actual love of my life

I have only read a few comics with Gwen actually in them and I read them a while ago but, I think os far I definitely enjoy her more in Andrew Garfield’s run of the Spider-Man movies. I just love the character so much in the movies that I am immediately underwhelmed whenever I read Spider-Gwen or see her in a comic.

5 NAME A CHARACTER WHO YOU WANT MORE BACKSTORY ON

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I’m going to have to go with you on this one, Rebecca and say Velma Dinkley. We almost never get any info on her, compared to the rest of the gang. In my favourite Scooby-Doo cartoon (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated [LINK]), we definitely get a bit more background on her and we get to meet her parents and stuff like that, but we more get background on other characters like Daphne and Fred (oh my lord his father has the best phrases my life is better because of his dialogue).

Bottom line, I would love to actually learn more about Velma outside of Science classes and love stories.

6 NAME A CHARACTER WITH TRAITS YOU FEEL ARE SADLY OVERLOOKED BY EVERYONE

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SAMIRAH AL-ABBAS aka. the most badest ass to ever bad an ass. I don’t know that she’s necessarily overlooked by the characters in the Magnus Chase trilogy, but I feel like she is overlooked in general, in Riordan’s world. I mean, I love Annabeth Chase (with my whole heart) and I think Piper Mclean is an actual badass BUT you know who is also a beautiful and complicated badass? My love, Samirah Al-Abbas.

7 NAME A MORALLY GREY CHARACTER. (VILLAIN OR ANTI HERO!)

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Katharine from Three Dark Crowns! She is absolutely nuts and she’s one of my absolute favourite characters! She is a total hardass and take-control villain!

8 A CHARACTER YOU’RE STUNNED ISN’T MORE FAMOUS

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Audrey Rose Wadsworth. The actual love of my life (I seem to have a lot of those, don’t I?)  I’m honestly, just stunned in general that this series isn’t more popular. But, I love pretty much all of the women in this series and they all have a special place in my heart, Audrey Rose most of all.

9 A CHARACTER FROM A PIECE OF FICTION YOU’RE AMAZED ISN’T MORE FAMOUS

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I don’t know if this is cheating or not, because I haven’t finished the book yet, but I feel like Pity Jones from Gunslinger could do with a bit more love? I mean, she’s a total badass with a gun and she’s here to show us what westerns should really look like (aka. women should be front and centre, not just the men).

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Destiny @ HowlingLibraries because I love her very much and she should be tagged in every post ever.

Charlotte @ Charlotte Annelise because her blog is actually goals

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WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE FEMALE CHARACTERS?

WHICH FEMALE CHARACTERS DO YOU THINK NEED MORE OF A SPOTLIGHT?

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BOOKSHELF TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS #3 // My Favourite 2018 reads!

Hey guys! Today, I’m coming at you with a new shelf in my Bookshelf Tour series! Today I’m going through my 2018 Book Haul shelf (yes, I’ve kept them all on the same shelf) but because I’ve been so privileged this year I have acquired so many books (thank god for second-hand stores) so I might have to make include some more books from this shelf in a future instalment!

CLICK HERE TO FIND MY “FAVOURITE SERIES BOOKSHELF TOUR RECOMMENDATIONS”

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER & HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA

books books books books booksStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)     Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)

I know I know, I’m talking about these books again but honestly I kind of don’t care?? I’m currently re-reading them again (for the 100th time this year) in preparation for book 3 and I’m loving it. I know that Stalking Jack The Ripper isn’t the best or most original thing in the world but I love it with my whole heart and almost nothing else makes me happier. Also, book 2 is 1000x better and if you weren’t fussed on book 1 you should at least give book 2 a chance because the author really steps up her game with that one!

LOST BOY & THE MERMAID

books books books books booksLost Boy     The Mermaid

Okay, so technically I’m a dirty cheater because I’ve only read Lost Boy (but I’ve also read Alice by the same author and I thought it was amazing tbh) but I plan to read The Mermaid by the end of the year I SWEAR! Lost Boy is one of my favourite books ever and I honestly wish everyone would read it because it’s amazing and it will force you to appreciate and love Neverland.

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls, #1)

Do you love Twilight? Do you wish you could have a really cool (slightly slow burn romance), more adult version? Well, now you can (God, I feel like I’m selling a product here) because I kind of feel like A Discovery of Witches gives off the perfect Twilight vibes, only that Diana is much more capable and I like her much much more than I ever liked Bella. Also, they’re making a show which is coming to tv really really soon (sometime this year) and it looks AMAZING and I want it now!

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER

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I know this book wasn’t for everyone but I personally loved it, so much I had to buy my own copy! I really love Batman as a character because I find him so interesting and I really loved this one because we got to see him as a kid but still with his detective style routes (I haven’t watched Gotham so I don’t know what their interpretation of him was)/. I feel like the latest movies have sort of glossed over the fact that Bruce Wayne is actually pretty smart and not just a bag of money (I mean… he is…). I mean, he’s basically a detective, just in spandex, a cape and some bat ears. Totally normal.

Either way, I love detective Batman and I’m so glad he’s making a come back. Also, this is the book that finally got me into reading Marie Lu so kudos for that! Also also, it was my first buddy read and how I became such good friends with my bff Rebecca!

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WHAT BOOKS HAVE YOU BOUGHT/BORROWED/READ THIS YEAR?

HAVE WE LOVED ANY OF THE SAME BOOKS?

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SHOULD BOOK RATINGS INFLUENCE WHAT WE READ? // BOOKISH DISCUSSIONS

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a new discussion and today I’m talking about whether or not we should let rating influence what we read! Because y’all know we let our blogger friends and Goodreads influence our tbr!

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If you are anywhere in the bookish community then you know, book ratings are everywhere! Even if you don’t go anywhere near bookish social media, your local bookstore probably has little staff reviews for books on their shelves which have been known to even steer my book buying at times.

So, should we let ratings or reviews influence our reading? Is it a good thing to take a book off our tbr because a few people said it was bad or are we saving ourselves from a dnf?

I’m kind of torn on this tbh. If a bunch of reviewers say a book is hella problematic and/or offensive to a particular group of people I will 110% take it off my tbr, but what if my favourite reviewers/bloggers say they just felt meh about a book? Honestly, that influences my thought on it too. Maybe next time I go to the bookstore I won’t bother to even look at the book, whereas, if I hadn’t read those reviewers I might have bought the book at the store.

SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS [ARE THE RATINGS HIGH?]

books booksStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)  Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)  Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Lost Boy

Rating: 4.02                  Rating: 3.87                  Rating: 3.94                  Rating: 3.87

So, contrary to my massive 2018 book haul (coming late December because I need Jesus), I don’t actually buy books that often, and I especially don’t buy full price physical books pretty much ever. So, I usually check Goodreads before I purchase a book I haven’t already read or I just get them out from the library.

I think for me, now that I check reviews and other opinions on blogs or Goodreads, I am definitely a lot more selective about what I read and even more selective about the books and comics that I buy.

WHERE THE RATINGS WENT WRONG FOR ME

books booksThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)  Carry On  Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)  The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

Rating: 4.23                  Rating: 4.21                  Rating: 4.13                  Rating: 4.08

So, what are the reasons for and against being influenced by the ratings others give to books?

FOR 

  • So many different/mixed opinions and different views on a book!
  • Easy access to #ownvoices reviews! + therefore, it’s easy to find out about problematic content.
  • So much variety of review types and experiences reading, also everyone describes a book differently.

AGAINST

  • A book could totally be up my alley, but what if I didn’t pick it up because a bunch of people didn’t like it???
  • I usually check Goodreads before purchasing a book I haven’t already read. Is there something really wrong with trusting ppl I don’t know over my own gut?
  • The whole what if situation

ON MY TBR

books booksThe Mermaid  Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #3)  Girl Made of Stars  The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Rating: 3.78                  Rating: 4.6                  Rating: 4.26                  Rating: 4.14

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DO RATINGS INFLUENCE WHAT YOU READ?

SHOULD RATINGS INFLUENCE WHAT WE DO AND DON’T PUT ON OUR TBRS?

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