Listen… I’ve Heard There’s A Boy Called Harry Potter, and…

Hi all! So I recently became obsessed about getting all things related to Harry Potter, and was thinking about getting some new editions of the Harry Potter books either the American or adult editions just to see how they were like, as the front covers looked pretty awesome. Then I stumbled across the Harry Potter audio books, I started researching about them all and found two versions, the British and American. I’ve never listened to an audio book before so I was going into uncharted territory.

But then I saw the price of them! They were in the region of around £400, I thought I must have read the prices wrong and I wasn’t looking in the right places. I wanted the physical CD’s as it felt more authentic to which I could have a nice collection at home to always be able to go back to. I kept on looking and then I found the Pottermore Shop and assumed they would have them. They did but in the digital version so no physical CD which is what I was after, in the end I went for the whole collection as it seemed a reasonable price (£167.34) considering you can download each book up to 8 times on different computers/laptops and so on. So I bought The Complete Harry Potter Digital Audio Book Collection and chose the Stephen Fry version because come on he’s so totally British!

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I’m currently listening to Order of the Phoenix on my iphone as I’ve been going through each book in order. I generally listen to them on journeys on the tube to work/university and at home. I have to say Stephen Fry is amazing with the voices. I do have some gripes with certain voices though. I wasn’t so sure about the VERY SQUEAKY voices in the Philosopher’s Stone which nearly all of the kids have, which I can understand is necessary as they really haven’t reached puberty yet, and I was glad that their voices grew deeper as the books went on. I have to say that I really love Hagrid’s voice I wasn’t sure that Stephen could pull it off, but boy did he! It’s supposed that Hagrids from the Bristol area, and the voice was so spot on! Although I have to say that I thought all the Weasley voices were a bit TOO posh for my liking except for Ron’s, I know Stephen Fry is extremely posh but I didn’t imagine the Weasleys to have that kind of voice.

From listening to these books I learnt how to actually pronounce the words, because when I’m reading I pronounce the words totally differently then how it’s meant to. Like Accio which I have been pronouncing wrong for years!! I’ve re read these books lots of times and have picked up lots of foreshadowing moments along the years, but as the books are being read to me, I’ve actually picked up more and also little details that J.K. puts in. The one that got me was Dumbledore in Goblet of Fire, I don’t think I have fully appreciated how clever and the reason why he is the most revered wizard in that world. This really hit me when I noticed how he was trying to figure out all the mysterious goings on that were happening during the year. Crouch, Bertha and Frank Bryce…

I really loved the snippet from the 4 marauders in Prisoner of Azkaban, where the marauder’s map was tormenting Snape, and I can’t wait to hear them again in Order of the Phoenix in the Snape’s Worst Memory chapter. I’m excited to listen to the next three books as it gets darker and more intense for Harry. I really enjoyed the first 4 books and Goblet of fire the most which isn’t exactly my favourite out of the 7, but I loved the darker tone and I remembered when I was a kid when I first read the book that I was pretty scared especially with the change in direction where the first chapter is not from Harry’s perspective and there is a death straight away. It’s scary for a 10 year old!!!

I have to say I really enjoyed my first furore into the audio book world, it wouldn’t be my first choice normally but I’m really glad I invested into it. And I’m really excited to finish the next 3 books!!! See you soon!

Here’s a link to the Pottermore Shop site: http://shop.pottermore.com

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Okay One Word… TWILIGHT

I finally have my copy of twilight; the postman took his time to deliver it! As soon as I had it I started reading straight away. (THIS POST MAYBE SPOILERISH!)

I have never read the books but I have seen the films, and usually when I read books I mentally have my own image of what each character looks like with the help of the author’s description. But for this read I just couldn’t get an image in my head, I just felt this girl Bella had such a bland description, so then every time I read the book I just had Kristen Stewart’s image in my head! I really don’t want to hate on this book as there is a massive following for Twilight and I can sort of see why. The relationship between Bella and Edward, he’s described as the dream guy and the only person he notices is Bella, I’m sure there are a lot of girls and maybe guys who would love to be in her shoes *vomits*. The thing that got me was how dependant Bella was on Edward, it just didn’t feel realistic and I felt pity for her but also how pathetic can someone get? Like seriously what about your family and friends, she would literally drop everything to be with him. Maybe some people find this romantic and you could argue it is, that a couple are so in love that they’d do anything for each other. But come on Bella! It the 21st century don’t you want to be a strong independent woman? Okay I guess not…

My book history is not an enormous one, and I hope it will expand but I don’t think I’ve read a book like this where every minute detail is described. Oh I did this and I did that, I pressed the button on the computer to turn it on. The part where Bella was on the computer may be the worst bit of writing I’ve ever read. It was literally so boring!! Don’t tell me what Bella is doing… show me with your words what she is doing!

“I ate slowly, chewing each bite with care. When I was done, I washed the bowl and spoon, dried them, and put them away. My feet dragged as I climbed the stairs. I went to my CD player first, picking it up off the floor and placing it precisely in the centre of the table. I pulled out the headphones, and put them away in the desk drawer. Then I turned the same CD on, turning it down to the point where it was background noise.”

“With another sigh, I turned to my computer. Naturally, the screen was covered in pop-up ads. I sat in my hard folding chair and began closing all the little windows. Eventually I made it to my favourite search engine. (This was literally the funniest line in the whole book, I did actually LOL. YOU MEAN GOOGLE BELLA!!!!) I shot down a few more pop-ups and then typed in one word.”

Do you see what I’m getting at? Or maybe it’s just me. I think what saves this book in my opinion, is one character. Jacob Black. Usually in these types of books there are characters you root for and you would think as the book is in her point of view it would be Bella. But alas… No for me there is something unlikable about her, and especially when she manipulated Jacob to get info, that I did not like. So I guess this means I’m on TEAM JACOB!

I think overall the book was okay, just okay. Nothing majorly special about it, nothing really happened till the end. There was no character development apart from Bella and Edward’s relationship, I wanted to know more than she gave, especially the whole story of Alice’s background. This was the easiest book I’ve ever read. I had to stop many times when I was reading because it was making me very bored and I felt like it was just dragging on. I read this book in ONE DAY! I’m a very fast reader, but man this was a piece of cake! And I will not be reading this again, unless I’m actually forced to. I haven’t actually made up my mind whether I want to read the next book New Moon, is it really worth it? Hmmmmm…

My next post should be soon. I’ve recently purchased the complete digital audio harry potter books from Pottermore. Which I’m freaking out about! Why haven’t I delved in to the world of audio books until now??!!?! Anyway see you soon! 🙂

Why I haven’t opened my copy of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

I’m impatiently waiting at my front door, I’ve just seen the postman through my living room window and he’s coming towards my house next. And YES!! He’s holding an Amazon package. I wait till he leaves my front door as he always leaves my packages outside. I finally have my hands on it, I rip open the cardboard and there it is… The book I’ve been waiting for, J.K. Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy…

Okay that’s not what exactly happened; this is what usually happens when I order books. But for some reason not this time round. I received my copy a few days after it was released. My first thought was what an amazing cover, it’s very simple but the colours are bright and it really stands out on my book shelf. Yet I still didn’t open it, at the time I was re reading A Clash of Kings from A Song of Ice and Fire series (ASOIAF), and I told myself I would read it after. But that never happened.

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I think the reason why I haven’t read the book is because I’m not sure I want to read J.K’s words which have nothing to do with Harry Potter. I’ve grown up with Harry, Hermione and Ron… and I don’t think I’ve ever let go of them. I think it will feel weird hearing her words about a totally new set of characters that I have to get to know. And coming from the asoiaf series where I had to get to know thousands of characters it can really be a chore. A thing that I have realised whilst I was contemplating reading this book is what if it isn’t any good? I read reviews that haven’t been very complementary about the book, that it doesn’t get really good until near the end. Will my opinions change of J.K. Rowling? I really hope not…

This book is only one book, from beginning middle and the end; I’ll know what’s going to happen. There’s no sequel no trilogy, I love series of books. The more books the better I say. I love cliff hangers, which makes you wanting more and the feeling of what’s going to happen next. And thinking of far-fetched crazy theories on what you think will happen in the next book. Obviously the time between books is just excruciatingly bad… but that only means RE-READING!!! Is this book re readable??  Hmmmmm…?

Only time will tell, I will eventually read it. I hope… But I’ll make sure I’ll come back here to tell you all about it!

Right now I’m anxiously waiting for my copy of twilight. I’ve ordered it why are you not here yet!?!!! I bet I’m writing this now and the postman has left it outside my door. *runs downstairs* It’s not there 😦

Just to let you know my background of twilight. I’ve watched all the films, honestly not what I intended, but my friend dragged me as she loves the books and films. I saw the final film which weren’t bad at all, but she told me read the books because there even better. I’ve read a sample of the first chapter and I can’t believe how similar it is to the fifty shades of grey books (yes unfortunately for me I have read those books *vomits*). How EL James has not been sued I do not know or made millions from a book that for me was absolutely rubbish (hmmm… maybe I’ll say this about twilight).

When I eventually get my hands on the book I’m hoping to do some chapter reviews and some first impression of my first read of twilight! See you soon!! 🙂

Is anybody out there?

Hello!!!

I’m Jubz and this is my first furor into the blogging world. Just so you know how unprepared and unfamiliar this is for me, while I was trying to find a blog site I stumbled on the fact that I don’t even know what BLOG actually means! Well now I do… WEB LOG!! How crazy I’m so late on this. I’m pretty scared lots of buttons and lots of editing. Help me!!

The reason why I’m starting a blog is because I have a lot of things to say on many things and no platform to share my musings. I’m on Facebook and Twitter but they don’t let me express my views and opinions how I want them to. So I thought let me start a blog, and I wasn’t mulling over should I shouldn’t I but it popped into my head and here I am 2 hours later writing my first post. Exciting!!

So would you like to know about me and what my future posts will be?? I hope so…

The names Jubz.. just… Jubz…

I’m 20 years young whoooo don’t want to get older 😥 I’m a student going to university ahhh this is pretty boring.. oh and I’m from England and live just outside of the hustle and bustle of London town.

Now down to the nitty gritty… My future posts will be literally any random thing that I want to share. My interests and the things I love are very varied. I love reading books especially a bit of fantasy where I can just delve into a different world and not worry about the world I left. It’s a massive hobby of mine to read and I cannot get enough of words. I’m into music, I listen to many different things and I do love me some hip hop. I try to know whats going on in the world so lots of things in the news may crop up in my posts. Lets keep it real people!

So here we go…. Welcome to my blog!!!

Wow my first post done… If there IS anybody out there… would love some comments and feedback the good, the bad and the ugly. They are all welcome. And a heads up that my next post will involve J.K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.