Bookish News: TFiOS Trailer, Potter Buzz, Plutarch Heavensby



Bookish News is a feature in which I scour the farthest corners in the virtual land known as the internet in hopes of learning what’s happening in the book world.

The Fault in Our Stars Trailer

For those of you that have read John Green’s latest novel, here is the trailer of the movie adaptation. I have to say that I had hesitations at first but after watching the trailer I am oh so excited. I love how the two main characters are so ‘real’ looking and not especially glamorized.



J.K. Rowling Drops a Bomb on Potter Fans

Saturday J.K. Rowling gave all her Potter fans a heart attack by claiming that she regrets having Ron and Hermione end up together. She went further to say that Harry and Hermione should have actually ended up together, claiming, that it made more sense. What’s even more interesting is Emma Watson was the one interviewing J.K. Rowling and she agreed with her, going on to say that she thought fans would always wonder if Ron could truly make Hermione happy.

Apparently when Rowling first started the series she envisioned Ron and Hermione together but as the series developed she forced the two together instead of letting the series take its natural course.

Twitter exploded with emotions as people immediately started taking sides and starting a war among those loyal to Ron and Harry. In my opinion it doesn’t matter. The books are written, its done, the end. She wrote Ron, Hermione and Harry so brilliantly that each one seemed real. Ron in particular seems to represent the everyday man, not the smartest or bravest, but loyal and to me he was the most inspiring.

It changes nothing, except adding to Rowling’s brilliance. If her forced writing is that believable than her capabilities are far more than we ever imagined.


Plutarch Heavensby Needs Replacing

Sunday was a very tragic day indeed, and not just for Bronco fans. Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed way due to over dosing on heroin. Needless to say he was an extremely talented actor that influenced film and helped shape what it is today. For those of you that don’t know he played Plutarch Heavensby, the new game maker, in the movie Catching Fire. I think the majority opinion of fans of Suzanne Collins series is that he gave an excellent performance and exceeded all expectations of that character.

The question is now, what happens to the Mockingjay movies? They have all ready started filming, so did they get enough of Hoffman to make the movie work or will they have to erase what they have done and replace him. And if so, who will they replace him with? Besides all that though, Hoffman will be sorely missed.


Are you excited about The Fault in Our Stars movie? Do you think Hermione should have ended up with Harry? Who do you think they should cast as Plutarch Heanvensby? Share below and happy reading!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 15

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 15: You Five Favorite Characters of All Time

I don’t know if anyone realizes how big this question really is but let me tell you it gave me a complex. I mean, how does somebody ask a reader that and not expect a baffled response? I cherish so many characters in a variety of novels and each character gives me something the others can’t. It’s like my dreadful Deserted Island Interview dream when I was asked which five books I would bring with me to be stranded on a deserted island. (Maybe a manual for how to get off a deserted island)? But unfortunately the book lords of this challenge demand an answer and an answer I shall give (though reluctantly).

Please note that though the characters I am about to announce are among my favorites, I HAVE NO IDEA IF THEY ARE MY FAVORITES OF ALL TIME, I just can’t put somebody under the category right now. I know you book readers understand.

First off, I fell in love with two characters in one book and since then they have followed me throughout life; guiding my decisions with her wisdom and giving me the giggles at non-funny situations with his humor. They are two characters that I watched grow up, fall in love (with each other) and support their very best friend who happens to have a scar in the shape of a lightening bolt on his forehead. Can you guess now? That’s right, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

It comes down to the way Rowling was able to portray these characters, she made them feel so real as if they were sitting in front of you arguing over whether Hermione’s cat ate Ron’s rat. (Oh how we wish). I could relate to Hermione in the sense that I cared a great bit about doing well in school and I was a somewhat of a stickler for following rules. I loved the fact that Hermione gave smart girls in literature more respect, proving that a boy would not unravel her brains and that she was capable of facing danger as much as any boy. (I don’t know who would have the guts to stand up to the girl, honestly).

Good old Ronald Weasley. Harry was so lucky to have him as a guide to the wizarding world as Ron would talk about something even if he didn’t know anything about it. He was a real, breathing character to me. He was overshadowed in his family and so craved attention, he was a mediocre student and he was loyal to almost a fault. His dry humor made for such fun moments in the books and I often think of what he would say at real life situations I encounter. He was a normal boy who did extraordinary things and (even though many try to pass it off) that is rare to find in today’s literature. (Plus he’s a red-head, which automatically scores him points in my book).

That’s two, I owe you guys three more. (You guys have no idea at how hard this is).

Another favorite of mine became a favorite only recently but won me over from the first page. She was a young girl who helped readers understand things grown ups didn’t get. We watched how her innocent days of playing outside were stripped away as she learned that the world isn’t always a great place. Oh, and her last name was Finch, can you guess now?

Scout Finch won me over from the minute I learned that she was only seven years old and ready to whoop anybody that insulted her or her family. She showed us how far kindness can take you and how hopeless some situations can be. When it comes down to it though, its her age that I love about her most. I love the way she thinks so logically because her mind isn’t clouded by all the boring grown up stuff such as “He said hi, now what could that mean”, Scout would simply say “Hi” back and not give it another moment’s thought. For being only seven years old Scout has a strong voice and you can’t help but smile as you hear it.

Few! Three done and only two more to go…

This is another character that I read recently and fell in love with immediately. She has to be one of the most different characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. She’s tattooed and weighs less than 100 pounds, she has her own ethics code and will not hesitate to kill someone (SERIOUSLY, don’t sneak up on this woman) but as tough as she maybe she’s still just a girl vulnerable enough to have body issues. She is Lisbeth Salander.

What I love about Lisbeth is that I’ve never read anyone like her. She’s funny in the way she thinks and acts in almost a computer like way completely without emotions just to show the reader that not only is she capable of feeling emotions but capable of showing them too. She made me feel like I could take anyone with just a hammer and she taught me not to be afraid. I also like how hard it is to get to know the real Lisbeth as if you have to keep hacking away at her shell but once you do it’s so rewarding. You discover her dry humor, her fears and her failures as person. She suddenly transforms from that weird kid in class who you are slightly afraid of to a friend you’ve known forever (and are slightly afraid of).

Thank goodness this is the last one because I could feel all the characters from books I’ve read giving me dirty glares. (The book lords made me do it, I swear).

This is the kind of guy you want on your side. In fact if he is on your side you’re pretty sure you’re going to dominate. But it’s not because he is an especially skilled fighter (although he kind of is) it’s because he knows what to do in every situation. He’s always got a plan (though he doesn’t always explain them) and he speaks in riddles. Okay, now you’ve got to know who I’m talking about! Here’s a hint he’s one of the two most famous wizards in literature, not Dumbledore but the other one.

Gandalf the Grey (and later the White). This guy is a figure-head in literature and lets face it you compare every wizard you come across to him (and Dumbledore). While I love that he is brilliant and determined, I love most his compassion. For a grumpy wizard sometimes, he cares an awful lot about Middle Earth, about peace and mainly about four little hobbits who have gotten themselves wrapped up in a mess. It is because of his compassion that he succeeds, he believes in Bilbo even when the dwarves do not, he believes in Frodo when the Fellowship does not and above all he believes that great things can come from small creatures. Gandalf is without a doubt the fictional character I would want to meet in life (partly to see his fireworks)!

That was hard and I don’t want to do it again. 😉

What is you favorite character of all time? Can you name your top 5? Share it below and happy reading!

100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader


So while on pinterest (when I should have been reading) I came across this really awesome link, 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader. When I clicked on it, (I, being conceited) I figured that I would recognize all the names on the list; but I am ashamed to say that I have only read a fraction. Now of course there are a couple of names on the list that have been on my get-to-eventually list for a while but there were books I’ve never heard of: Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis and The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds being included in that list.

The books I have read on this list:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
  • Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Six! Six out of 100 books, I mean thats-thats- I don’t know what percent (I’m a reader not a mathematician) but I know its low! Now I can vouch for all six I have read, not only were they excellent reads but they also displayed a great amount of girl power.

I do have a few additions:

  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke- This follows the point of view of Meggie, a 12-year-old girl who has inherited her father’s gift, the things she reads aloud become real. Sure Meggie is a little troublesome but she is clever and brave enough to go against a real story book villain. Meggie definitely earned her spot on the list.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling- Yes, we follow the point of Harry Potter who is not of the female gender but that does not mean that there is no girl power demonstrations throughout this novel. Ginny, Hermione and Professor McGonagall are all excellent examples of turning the conventional role of females upside down. Most of all is Lilly Potter, Harry’s mother. I think the reader forgets that the reason Harry can defeat Voldemort is because she sacrificed herself for him, with Lily there would have been no Harry Potter. (In more ways than one 🙂 )
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson– I was very surprised not to find this one on the list as Lisbeth Salander is basically the poster child of a feminist.

So after discovering that there are many books I still have yet to read, I decided to formally accept challenges. I will be adding challenges to the menu above and along with all the other books I have decided to review I will also be doing any and all challenges I find. 40 books that you won’t be able to put down will be added to the challenges category as well as this one.

If you have any challenges you can recommend please throw them my way. Also if you have any books you would add to this list or any you would take off comment below, let your voice be heard!

In the meantime check out some of these great reviews!