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Liebster Award | Vol. 4

TagTimel12:17Thank you so much for the tag Meeghan, you should all check her out! Her blog is wonderful! This is my 4th time doing this award, but I have to say I really enjoy that each time the questions are different and it keeps things interesting. If you want to see my previous ones I will list them for you to check out.

Rules

  • Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Let them know you’ve nominated them

Questions

  1. What are you currently reading, and are you enjoying it?
    • I am currently reading 4 books; War and Peace, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Clockmaker’s Daughter, and the Familiars. I am enjoying them all, I am actually very surprised by how much I am liking The Count of Monte Cristo.
  2. Who is your all-time favourite character?
    • Jo from Little Women, she is smart, kind, brave, and not afraid to be herself.
  3. What are your thoughts on love triangles?
    • If done right they are alright, but the majority of them are annoying and seem forced.
  4. What is your fave book to re-read?
    • I really enjoy rereading the Little Women series and the Harry Potter series.
  5. What was the last book you DNF’ed?
    • I think it was Emergency Contact, I really did not like the main character and I could not make it past 18 pages.
  6. What is your fave fictional animal?
    • Mogget the “cat” from Sabriel.
  7. How many books are on your TBR?
    • My currently at 44 books.
  8. Which book has been on your shelf the longest (read or unread)?
    • The book I have had on my tbr the longest is From Here to Eternity. It has been on my tbr for a year.
  9. What is your fave book to movie adaptation?
    • The Harry Potter series.
  10. Which character would you swap lives with?
    • None, we only see a small part of a characters life. I enjoy my life and would like it keep it.
  11. What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?
    • I read a small book, a graphic novel, or reread a favorite.

My Questions

  1. What book/s can you not live without?
  2. Your first favorite book?
  3. Goodreads challenge/reading goal for this year?
  4. Favorite series?
  5. Do you read Fanfiction?
  6. Where is your favorite place to read?
  7. Are you a fast or slow reader?
  8. Do you use bookmarks?
  9. What book do you recommend the most to others?
  10. Where do you buy your books?
  11. What book do you dislike that everyone seems to love?

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Tag Time |The Greek Gods Book Tag

TagTimel12:17This tag is way overdo and I apologies for that. I was tagged by the wonderful Zoë, go check her out. I was really excited about being tagged because I have always loved mythology and I have read many stories about the Greek Gods since I was little. I remember always going to the library and eyeing up the books always wanting to take the same one out.

The Rules

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

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Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has been my favorite book for some time. I remember reading it for the first time when I was about 10, maybe even younger. But, I really

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I think one of the most strong badass female characters would have to be Professor Minerva McGonagall. She has no problem standing up to anyone and does not take anyones nonsense. She is smart, strong, and a you can tell she really cares about her students.

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The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was one of the best books I have read this year. It took few turns I didn’t expects and it was truly a roller coaster ride. I loved how the author incorporated the fairytale elements and blended them together very well. I read this book in a single day.

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles is my favorite nonfiction that I recommend to those who really love US History, History of Economics, or just a story of someone who was able to go against the status quo and build their lives up to something amazing. It is well written and throughout. I like how it talked about what was going on in the country and the world at the time to give his story more context.

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Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)

One book I always recommend to people is Jackaby by William Ritter. It is a wonderfully magical story filled with monsters, ghouls, and other creatures. Ritter entwines aspects of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes to create a wonderful main character who is helped by a smart and strong woman who is extremely brave.

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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, this book was pretentious and badly written. I even passed it on to someone else to see if it was just me. My friend read it as well and they couldn’t even manage to finish it.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, it was one of the best books I have read. It is brutally honest in a way that I think a lot of people could benefit from reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is one of the most beautiful book covers I have on my shelf. The picture is a beautiful landscape and the colors used are a wonderful array of blues. It is almost calming even though this is a beautifully treat breaking story.

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Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent is a book I devoured in a day. Liz Nugent is one of my favorite authors, her thrillers will leave you on the edge of your seat even though you know exactly where some of her story are going because she tells you right at the beginning. Not only are the plot twists great, but the entire story line has been amazing.

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Tag Time | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 7

TagTimel12:17I want to say a huge thank you to bookwormmuse for tagging me to complete this Q & A award. I always love answering the questions that others come up with. Where does your creativity come from? I am always at a loss when I need to create questions for others. Anyway, without more of a delay, here we go!

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

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Previous Editions

TAG | Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 6

TAG |The Sunshine Award Vol. 5

TAG | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 4

TAG | Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 3

TAG | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 2

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

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  1. What do you think is your defining quality?
    •  I think it would have to be how eggar I am to help in anyway that I can
  2. What book changed your way of thinking? Or your overall outlook towards certain things.
    • This would have to be Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, I think because I read it so young it really taught be a lot about family, making though decisions, and more.
  3. What is more important for you, the plot or the characters? What can make you stick it out to the end if everything else is failing in a book?
    • this is so hard I really despise an annoying character, but if the entire plot is bad the book is bad in my eyes. so I would say plot is more important. Honestly if the book is really failing I will just stop reading it or skip to the end if I need to know what happens to a particular character.
  4. What do you do to get through a reading slump?
    • Listen to an audiobook or reread a favorite.
  5. Do you have book buying bans for yourself?
  6. What is the one thing that you can not stand in a book?
    • Romance where there doesn’t need to be any.
  7. What do you consider yourself, introvert or extrovert?
    • Introvert
  8. What is the one thing on your bucket list that you want to do more than anything?
    • Honestly, I have never created a bucket list so I have no idea. Anyone have any ideas?
  9. What do you wish there was more of in your life in general?
    • I wish there was more quality time with those that I love.
  10. Can you describe your style?
    • Classic and nerdy
  11. If you could, what would you change about your life?
    • Honestly, I would change nothing because that would probably change something else that I would want to keep the same.

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Tag Time | Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

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 I was tagged by Jenn to do this wonderful tag. If you have not checked out her blog before, you should. She is a very passionate blogger. This tag is such a fun idea to see if you will be getting a wonderful bookish goodie this time of the year or you will be visited by Krampus. Just, what I needed to get into the spirit of the holidays. Without more delay, here is the tag!

Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

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  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it  
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
  • Rated a book on goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
  • Folded down the page of a book
  • Accidentially spilled on a book
  • DNF a book this year
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
  • Skim read a book
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it
  • Broke a book buying ban
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
  • Wrote in a book you were reading
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
  • Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
  • Broke the spine of someone else’s book
  • Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
  • Sat on a book accidentally

Score: 7/20

Woohoo, I am not as naughty as I thought I would be getting. So it seems I might be getting some bookish goodies in a few weeks!

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Tag Time | My Bad Reading Habits

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Bonus post! I was tagged today by  the wonderful Whitney over at Whit Reads Lit. and I needed to do it today. It is such a fun idea for a tag. Anyway, Whitney is a lovely person and you should check out her blog. She is always writing something fun to read.

Like Whit said in her post, “If you enjoy reading, you likely have some reading habits that you are embarrassed by or ashamed of”. So here we are, reading about my bad reading habits that I don’t always share with everyone, but I often do.

Bad Habit #1: Rarely finishing series

I am horrible when it comes to series, I love the idea of them. Spending so much time with characters and a world you love. The bad part for me comes when I put off reading the next one because I feel guilty about not reading the other books I already own instead of going out to buy the next book in the series. It has gotten so bad that I actively look for stand alones, if I find out a book I a part of a series, even if it sounds amazing, I won’t pick it up. So I think I kind of miss out.

Bad Habit #2: Impulse buying an authors books if I find them on discount and I enjoyed one of their books.

When it comes to finding new favorite authors, I get really excited. So excited if I read a single book by an author and love it, I will then be on the lookout to buy EVERYTHING they have written at a discount shop or on bookoutlet. I won’t even be interested in the description, but in the past few months I have gotten better with this.

Bad Habit #3:I don’t always stick to my buy 5, read 1

While I have been buying a lot less books this year with my buy 5, read 1 challenge. I do end up not following it from time to time. This could be because I go to a book sale or a friend invites me to go shopping with them. I am not going to say no to hanging out with friends and books. Perfect combination.

Bad Habit #4: Sometimes if I don’t like a book after 5 pages I will DNF it without giving it a “good” chance.

I am very brutal when it comes to DNFing. If I am bored early in the book I put it down for good. While I have never regretted doing this. I do wonder from time to time if I missed out. But, then I remember that the writing style annoyed me or the characters already annoyed me only that far in and chances are it would have continued.

Bad Habit #5: I feel like I could read more broadly than I do.

At times I feel like I read the same type of book too often, so I would love to read more outside of the circle I currently do, or at least type.

Bad Habit #6: If I am bored I will skip sections in a book.

I will admit it, I will skip sections of books from time to time. It could be because I don’t care about that event or I don’t like the characters so I want nothing to do with them. Do I miss things from time to time? Yes. Do I care? No, not really.

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TAG | The Literary Dinner Party

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I was tagged by the wonder Whit over at Whit Reads Lit, you should all check her blog out and her other social media accounts, she is so kind and sweet and talks about some pretty awesome books. Anyway, when she tagged me in this I was so happy because it is such a fun tag and asks some pretty fun questions about a literary dinner party.Divider

1: One Character Who Can Cook/Likes to Cook

Sally from Practical Magic, she is always cooking good food for her family even at a young age so she has to be a pro by now.

2: One Character Who Has Money to Fund the Party

Feyre from the Court of Thorns and Roses, I mean she is a High Lady so she has to have some series resources.

3: One Character Who Might Cause a Scene

Weylyn Grey from Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang, I mean he lived with wolves and odd occurrences always seem to follow them.

4: One Character Who is Funny/Amusing

Fred/George Weasley from the Harry Potter series… they are one character because you cannot separate them!

5: One Character Who is Super Social/Popular

I honestly cannot think of a single character/person for this, fiction or nonfiction.

6: One Villain

Bellatrix Lestrange, once again from the Harry Potter series, because I feel like she may be a more controllable villain? Also, she is an aristocrat and probably knows a lot about dinner parties.

7: One Couple – Doesn’t Have to Be Romantic

I am going to go non-fiction here and pick Teddy Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. I would love you have them both at a tea party. Such interesting human beings.

8: One Hero/Heroine

Bilbo Baggins, from The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series, because he is the best adventurer and hero! He would have loads to talk about.

9: One Under-appreciated Character

Raven from the DC comic book universe. I say she is underappreciated because I feel like they could throw her into more than teen titans. Although, lately she was given her own comic book, so many I am wrong here?

10: One Character of Your Own Choosing

May from Little Women, because she is such a nurturing and lovably strict character I think she would be able to keep everyone in line.

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Tag |What’s In My Bookshelf

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Hello, I am here with a way overdue tag. I was tagged by the amazing Misty over at Misty’s Book Space to do the What’s in My Bookshelf tag. As soon as I saw her post I was so excited to be tagged for it. I love learning about the bookshelves of others and sharing information on my ever changing shelves.

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The Rules

  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Naty’s Bookshelf)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people

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A Library Book

I currently have two books from the library, I have American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Songs of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My FamilyThe Song of Achilles

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Over the years I have gotten many editions of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, which is my favorite book of all time. P.S. you may not realize that this book is actually a series.

Little Women

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 The first book to pop into my head when I think about my childhood is Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel. These were my absolute favorite books as a small child.
Amelia Bedelia  (Amelia Bedelia #1)

 

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Harry Potter, the entire series. It is magical, do I really need to say more? I am picturing my favorite of the series. If you want to know my ranking order please see my post Tag | Ranking Harry Potter Books & Characters.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

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The first “romantic” book I saw on the shelf is The Seafarer’s Kissby Julia Ember. It a wonderful F/F retelling of The Little Mermaid, apparently there is a second one coming out that I am very excited about.

The Seafarer's Kiss (The Seafarer's Kiss #1)

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I have none, sorry. I don’t often read classic “romance” or “steamy” books anymore. If you asked this question 5 years ago I would have a list read for you.

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The oldest book I own is A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. I cannot find my edition on goodreads, so I linked to a different edition. Here is a picture I took of it over on instagram nearly a year ago.

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The funniest book I own is Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen. It is hilarious and I actually made an entire review on it. REVIEW | Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen.

Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)

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Even though this is non-fiction The Witches by Stacy Schiff, what that town went though and the story of the individuals that should not have lost their lives. It was heart breaking, it made me very angry. One of the best non-fictions books I have ever read.

The Witches: Salem, 1692

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I got rid of every book I did not like the ending of, so there are none of my shelf. I think the one that I can remember was the second book in the Lara Jean Duology, I was not happy with who she ended up with.

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Honestly, I wish all books were required to have some images in them that were approved by the author. That was I can really see what the author envisioned. I think that would be fun, but if I had to pick one I would go with Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. It is no shock that I love her writing and I would love to see how she pictured each of the narrators. If you wanna see all my thoughts on this book you can see my review, REVIEW | Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.

Lying in Wait

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Any book is perfect for a rainy day! But, once again if I had to pick one genre for a rainy day it would have to be a thriller. I mean, creepy weather mixed with a suspense filled read would be perfect!

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Tag | Mid-Year Book Freakout

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I cannot believe that 2018 is almost already halfway over, where has the time gone? I have a sneaking suspicion that I have been just having too much fun and that is why time has gone by unnoticed. Whether that is the reason or not I want to check in on my reading regardless and make sure I am on track with my reading. So, here is what my reading has been like so far in 2018!

Books I Read in 2018

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Best book you’ve read so far in 2018?

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent, it was an absolutely wonderful thriller.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018?

The Dire King by William Ritter, it was fun and wonderful just like every previous book in the series.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, I have no idea why I have not read this book yet.

Most anticipated release for the second half of 2018?

Honestly, I am not too sure. Lately I have been focusing more on what I have.

Biggest disappointment?

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, it just was not for me.

Biggest surprise?

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, I did not expect to like this classic as much as I did. Now I keep telling everyone to get it and read it.

Favourite new author?

Liz Nugent, I have read two of her books this year and I loved them both.

Newest fictional crush?

I don’t  have one oddly, that usually happens a lot.

Newest favourite character?

I can’t decide! I found so many awesome ones this year.

Book that made you cry?

None made me cry, but some made me come very close.

Book that made you happy?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, it just made me feel happy and I flew through it.

Favourite book to movie adaptation you saw this year?

I haven’t seen any so far, any recommendations?

Favourite review you’ve written this year?

REVIEW | Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent or REVIEW | The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Most beautiful book you bought so far this year?

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

What books do you need to read by the end of the year? 

The Heart's Invisible FuriesUnder the DomeThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Tag | Ranking Harry Potter Books & Characters

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I was tagged by Whitney to participate in a week long celebration in honor of 21st anniversary of the UK release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This was created by  Margaret from Weird Zeal. Today I am combining day 2 and 3 of the tag. For day 2 you are asked to rank the books from your favorite to your least favorite. On day 3 you are asked to name your top 7 characters.

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Harry Potter Book Ranking

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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My 7 Favorite Harry Potter Characters

Teddy Lupin – Amazing professor and is so positive even though what happened to him.

Rubeus Hagrid – I mean, he has the biggest heart I have ever heard of.

Nymphadora Tonks – She is just awesome in my book, but a Hufflepuff!

Fred Weasley &George Weasley – They are just good ol’ trouble makers with golden hearts.

Severus Snape – I love the complexity and the divide dealing with this character, just makes me think a whole lot.

Minerva McGonagall – Awesome witch, total role model.

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What character is the most memorable to you?

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Tag | The Hogwarts Tag

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I was tagged by Whitney to participate in a week long celebration in honor of 21st anniversary of the UK release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This was created by  Margaret from Weird Zeal. Since this is day one of the celebration I am here to share with you a wonderful tag!

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1: What house are you in?

I am a Hufflepuff!

2: What is your patronus?

Mine is a Blood Hound, which I love because it is a puppy!

3: What is your wand?

My wand is a Alder wood with a Phoenix feather core 11″ and Hard flexibility

4: What would your boggart be?

Snakes, I get so afraid of snakes. I have nightmares all the time about them.

5: What position would you play in Quidditch?

I would be in the position of sitting in the stands, I am not athletic in any shape, way, or form.

6: Would you be a pure blood, half blood, or muggle born?

I have no idea, I mean any of these options would work for me because in any situation I would be a witch.

7: What job would you want to have after graduating Hogwarts?

Potions Master, I always loved mixing and making things. The bonus is that it can help others too.

8: Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

I would pick the Invisibility Cloak, I feel like the others would be more detrimental to my wellbeing.

9: Favorite book?

I loved the Half-Blood Prince, I think because that is when things get very serious.

10: Least favorite book?

I never really was a fan of The Chamber of Secrets.

11: Favorite film?

The Prisoner of Azkaban I think was the best for me. I felt like the magic was very noticeable in this movie more so than previous ones.

12: Least favorite film?

The Chamber of Secrets, I really did not like this book/movie.

13: Favorite character?

I think overall Lupin is my favorite character even though we don’t meet him until a few books in.

14: Least favorite/most hated character?

Professor Umbridge, she is a monster.

15: Favorite teacher at Hogwarts?

Teddy Lupin of course!

16: Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?

Professor Quarrel, letting that troll into the school was just not cool.

17: Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

I don’t think I do?

18: If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?

HOW CAN YOU EXPECT ME TO ANSWER A QUESTION LIKE THIS?! I WANT TO SAVE EVERYONE! If I did HAVE to pick I would pick Fred, I always felt so sad for George losing his twin.

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