The House Cup Reading Challenge | TBR

House Cup Reading Challenge is being hosted by Lauren of Live Love Read Ya, Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs. 


Name: Ashley 
Hogwarts House: Slytherin 
Wand Type: Redwood wood with a phoenix feather core, 13 ¾” and supple flexibility
Pet: Cat
Favorite Subject: Defense Against The Dark Arts 
Favorite Professor: Professor Minerva McGonagall

The House Cup Reading Challenge TBR 

I am going to do the Main Challenge which is a book for each year at Hogwarts and its readers choice. I also want to attempt some bonus challenge reads but 7 books in a months time is more than I have been able to read lately.

Main Challenge

I had already created my October TBR which has 7 books although I am currently reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl. So for the Main Challenge I will be doing my October TBR plus a few additional.

Bonus Challenge 

Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world – Legend by Marie Lu 
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain-  Vicious by V.E Schwab (Its about anti-heros so those are basically villians right)
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers- Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs 

Let me know if you are going to join and what house you are repping!


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Book Review


Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Series: Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part tale of Harry Potter’s training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal — even by wizarding standards.

And in this case, different can be deadly.[Goodreads]

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This was by far my favorite one so far! I love the elements of the tri-wizard tournament and the other schools that you learn about throughout the book. I really wish we learned more about both Durmstang and Beauxbatons schools and characters. There is so much mystery still involved with their storylines and it was elements of the book I really enjoyed! This book was just packed full of excitement, adventure, trouble, character growth and lets not forget dragons! Since this is the first time reading it and I have seen the movie several times, since it is my favorite one, there were some surprising shocks and information that cannot be found in the movie. I really wish the movie would have incorporated more about the house elves because I just love Dobby and thought the sections of the books about him and the other house elves were so entertaining! Overall I truly enjoyed this books  (no surprise there) and cannot wait to continue on with the series, although I will be taking a bit of a break because I want to drag it out as long as possible!


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets| Book Review

harry-potter-new-chamber-of-secrets-cover-630  HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS  BY J.K. ROWLING

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Series:  Harry Potter Series                                            Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (#1)

Synopsis:                                                               The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.                                                                                                                    And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.                                                                                              But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself! [Goodreads]

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Well, on my quest to finish reading the Harry Potter series for the first time I have to say I was quite fond of this book (a lot more than I thought I would be) I know that the books are always better than the movie, but the second movie was one of my least favorites so I thought that would affect the way I felt about this book. These books are packed full of details that the movies definitely miss out on. Reading this book was like learning the story for the first time and it was absolutely wonderful! Another thing that made reading this book even better was that I got Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads to read some of it to me! I don’t know what else to really say about this book. Trying to collect my thoughts and create a semi-review on a book that is so widely known and something I am so late to the club reading is extremely difficult. So I will just say I can’t believe I didn’t read these books earlier, they are so youthful and fun and although I didn’t read them when I was younger it makes me all nostalgic about my childhood!


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling |Book Review]


Genre: Ya,Fantasy,Paranormal

 Series: Harry Potter

“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
– J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports ,and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.[GOODREADS]


So since I am like the last person in the world to read this I thought I would change the way I approach this and kind of just give a couple of my thoughts since everyone should know what this is about.

I am so happy that I finally picked this book up! I was not disappointed at all. I read a great majority of this book all in one day and that is always a good feeling when you read a book. I am not sure really what else to say about this that hasn’t been said before.

J.K. Rowling is a master! The world is absolutely amazing, the details and characters are fantastic. The book has everything and is incredible entertaining. Although I have seen the movies and know whats going to happen, nothing beats reading the book and I was still completely enthralled by the story!


Third Sentence Thursday


Hosted by: Thatswhatsheread

(Take any book you are reading and flick to a random page. Share the third full sentence from that page with the blogosphere as a “taster” of the book! You can also share your thoughts about the sentence (does it affect the novel? did you like the language used? was it so short that it adds suspense?) It’s a fun, fast way to offer your readers a ‘snapshot’ of a particular book.)

“He had a large pink face, not much neck, small, watery blue eyes, and thick blond hair that lay smoothly on his thick, fat head.”

– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I am only at the beginning of the book. It is my first time reading it but I already love it so much, which I knew I would! This quote is describing Dudley. I feel like the description sets up the feelings towards Dudley for the rest of the series.