Heartstopper Volume 1-4 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper Volume 1-4 by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Graphic Novel
  • Young Adult
  • LGBTQ+ Romance
  • Ebook
  • Goodreads ratings: #1 – 4.51, #2 – 4.59, #3 – 4.61, #4 – 4.67,

The Heartstopper series is a LGBTQ+ Romance delivered in a graphic novel. The novels follow Charlie, a teenage boy who was accidentally outed last year, as he is falling in love with Nick, a boy he thinks is straight. Charlie and Nick become good friends and start hanging out together more and more, until Charlie kisses Nick at a party and Nick has to figure out how he feels about that.

I bought the first two volumes in digital edition for 0.99 cents each because I had been seeing them all over Instagram. I bought a bunch of other ebooks as well, but I figured that I’d go through Heartstopper pretty quickly, since it’s a graphic novel, so I decided to read that first. It was indeed a quick read and I went through the first one in about an hour or an hour and a half. The second one took me about the same amount of time. I waited a bit to buy volume three and four, since they were 4 or 5 euros per book and I was hoping for them to go on sale, since 5 euros for a book that I would finish within an hour seemed like a bit much. I ended up buying them for that price after all, since I loved the first two so much and I wanted to read the next two as well. I don’t regret paying the full price, since I loved both of them and Oseman obviously put a lot of work in them. So even though all four volumes can easily be read in one day, they’re definitely worth the price.

This entire series is so incredibly cute. The drawings are cute, the story is cute, the characters are super cute. It’s just so much fun to read. Oseman did a really good job with the drawings and the story is pretty well balanced. Even though it is meant for a younger crowd, it is still very enjoyable as a twenty-something-year old or an adult (I’m still in denial about adulthood).

I loved how Oseman inserts the importance of Mental Health and especially the existence of Anorexia (among boys) into her novels. Considering that her target audience is still pretty young, I think it’s important to address mental health issues in this way. No judgement whatsoever, just an explanation as to what anorexia is and how it feels. I’m not an expert on anorexia since I’ve luckily never had anorexia, but I’m no stranger to other mental health issues and I can tell you from experience that they are so much easier to deal with when the people around you have a certain understanding of what you’re going through. So yay to Oseman for addressing mental health in an accessible way.

The only thing that started to bother me after a few books, is that there is not a single straight couple in any of the graphic novels. The only people who are straight are the bullies and the parents, everyone other character in all four of the books is either gay, bi or trans. I get that we don’t need more straight propaganda, but I’m guessing that the goal of these novels is to show young adults that being gay or bi or trans is perfectly normal and the best way to do that is probably to make the characters relatable. If not a single one of these characters is straight, then straight kids will have nobody to relate to and I think you might not reach as many kids. Of course I’m no expert on psychology and it’s the artists choice in the end, so please don’t take this the wrong way. Plus telling an artist to put more straight people in their LGBTQ+ romance novel is probably kind of missing the point. It’s mostly my personal opinion that I didn’t have a character that I related to.

I gave the Heartstopper series an overall score of 4 stars. I also gave all of the individual novels 4 stars. It is pretty consistent in quality and enjoyableness (if that’s even a word), which I always appreciate a lot. I hate it when the quality of a series is not consistent. “The second book is not that good, but the third one gets way way better!” just doesn’t do it for me, so luckily the Heartstopper series was pretty consistent. If you have not read this series yet, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a series you can easily read on your Ipad or Kindle or something and it’s light and fun in between other reads. Don’t expect hours and hours of entertainment, because it’s a pretty quick read, but definitely worth your money!

Heartstopper Volume 5 comes out somewhere in 2022, so we’ll have to wait a bit for the story to continue. There’s a Netflix series based on the graphic novels coming out soon, though!

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 11

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 11

Hi my fellow bookworms! Thank you so much for clicking and reading again for week 11 of Rereading Harry Potter as an adult. I had so much fun this week with all of Harry’s new classes, Hermione’s crazy full timetable and meeting professor Trelawney. Perhaps not the most eventful time for Harry, Ron and Hermione, but definitely a lot of fun for me.

The last thing we talked about last week was the Gryffindors walking back from the feast to their common room and being told their new password. The next morning, it’s time for everyone’s first classes of the year. Draco Malfoy has made it his new hobby to pretend to faint in front of Harry and pretend there’s a dementor behind them. Also some Slytherin girl named Pansy Parkinson whom I’d never heard off before, is suddenly EVERYWHERE Malfoy is. Fred tells Harry that Draco won’t be smiling anymore after the first Quidditch match of the season, which just so happens to be Gryffindor versus Slytherin. It just occurred to me that every team literally only plays 3 games per year. They practice all year for literally three games. The average football team plays 30 to 40 matches a year. Either Rowling does not really know her sports or she doesn’t care, but it doesn’t really make sense to practice all year to play 3 games.

After breakfast, it’s time for the first class of the year, Divination with Sybill Trelawney. The trio has a bit of trouble finding the classroom, which is located in one of the highest towers, so they ask one of the portraits. I’ve always loved the Hogwarts portraits. The way that the inhabitants can move through each others portraits and talk to each other and the way that the they each have their own personalities. Some are probably made-up (technically they’re all made-up of course, but you know what I mean) and some are old Hogwarts headmasters and other important people.

It’s no secret that professor Trelawney and Hermione will never become best friends. Trelawney is such an interesting character, though. Even more so in the book than in the movie (but I guess that goes without saying). I love the predictions she makes during their first class about how there will be a nasty flu going around in February that will interrupt classes and around Easter someone will leave them forever (my guess right now is that she means Hermione, who is going to quit Divination after working with the crystal ball and being told that she has no gift whatsoever). The movie really portrays professor Trelawney as some lunatic who has no idea what she’s talking about, but she obviously has some idea. Fun fact: Trelawneys first name, Sybil, comes from ancient Greek mythology. A Sybil was a priestess of Apollo who told prophecies.

As we know, Harry sees the Grim in the tea leaves from his cup and professor Trelawney predicts that Harry is going to die. Maybe Rowling wasn’t feeling it anymore and was looking for an out. Anyway, McGonagall tries to ease his mind a little bit by telling him that professor Trelawney predicts the death of a student at least once a year and nobody has died so far. Of course considering a murdering lunatic is supposedly looking for Harry, she might actually have been right this year.

After Divination and Transfiguration, it is time for the trio’s first lesson in Care of Magical Creatures, taught by Hagrid himself. I think we all remember the beautiful little Hippogriff called Buckbeak. I don’t really remember all the other Hippogriffs, though. I guess they left them out of the movie for practical reasons. After all, I’m sure that making one fictional creature move around and interact with Harry is already difficult enough.

Malfoy gets injured in Hagrid’s first class, because he disrespects Buckbeak and she decides that he needs to be put in his place. I think we can all agree on that, although of course Malfoy told his daddy and gets Hagrid and Buckbeak in trouble (spoiler alert). Malfoy drags out his “injury” as long as humanly possible, making Ron cut up all his ingredients during potions class. Every time there is an interaction with Snape and Malfoy against the golden trio, I kind of want to punch both of them in the face. What is happening in those next few books that will make me love those characters so much? What is it??

During their first DADA class of the year, the third years get to defeat a Boggart. I guess pretty much everyone knows what a Boggart is by now, but just in case: a Boggart is a shape-shifter that will turn into whatever frightens you the most. In Rons case, it turns into a giant spider, in Harry’s case, a dementor (though he doesn’t get to defeat one yet) and in Lupins case, it turns into a crystal ball, or as we later figure out: a full moon. Everyone gets to face the Boggart except for Harry and Hermione, which means that we don’t know Hermiones biggest fear (yet). I’m not sure if we will ever know what the Boggart shape-shifts into for her, but I’m pretty sure it’s a bad grade or something.

A few weeks after Harry’s first DADA class with Lupin, Harry runs into him while everyone is in Hogsmeade (Harry didn’t turn in his permission slip plus Sirius Black is still on the loose, so he’s not allowed to go). Harry asks Lupin why he wasn’t allowed to face the Boggart and Lupin lets him know that he was afraid that Voldemort would be appearing in front of them. Harry tells him that he wasn’t thinking of Voldemort, he was thinking of the Dementors. According to Lupin, “That suggests that what you fear most of all is – fear”. Apparently that is very wise. I wouldn’t exactly call it wise, though. Being afraid of fearing something? I would call that anxiety. Especially with the knowledge that Rowling created the Dementors to portray the feeling of depression. While Lupin and Harry are having their conversation, Snape walks in with a potion for Lupin. Lupins excuse for the potion is that he’s been feeling “a bit under the weather” but we all know what’s really going on, don’t we?

When Ron and Hermione return from Hogsmeade, it’s time for the Halloween feast. After the feast, the Gryffindors walk to their common room together. Except, to get into the common room, they need to tell the Fat Lady the password and the Fat Lady.. is gone.

Cliffhanger! We’ll find out next week where the Fat Lady has gone and what has happened. I’m going to be in Nottingham for the weekend, so I’ll try to make sure the next post is done before then. Have a great week and I’ll see you next week for part 12!

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 10

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 10

Hello fellow bookworms and welcome to week 10(!) of Rereading Harry Potter as an adult. I guess we made it to our first milestone! I never would have dreamed that so many people would actually want to read what I have to say about books and this book in particular, so thank you so much for that and keep reading!

We left off with Harry arriving at the Leaky Cauldron by Knight Bus. Fudge was there to receive him and tell him to stay in the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley for the next few weeks until school starts. Harry complies, for once in his life. He roams through Diagon Alley and does the remainder of his homework (isn’t it a little cruel to give children homework during summer vacation?) at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour. I stumbled across a page on Florean Fortescue on the Wizarding World Website and apparently Rowling had originally intended Florean to be Harry’s source of information on a couple of the Horcruxes. He was supposed to be kidnapped by Voldemort and rescued by the golden trio, but Rowling finally decided that it would be much more fun to get the information they needed straight from the Grey Lady and Phineas Nigelus Black, so she had Florean kidnapped and killed. He is the descendant of a former Hogwarts headmaster, so he just knew too much..

Harry goes to Flourish and Blotts to collect the rest of his books (the Monster Book of Monsters is already in his possession, to the manager’s relief) and sees a book about Death Omens with a large black dog on the front cover. I feel like the whole grim omen is a lot less prominently present than it is in the movie. But then again, it isn’t really an omen anymore in the movies, more of a flashing neon sign yelling “DANGER DANGER”. Speaking of omens and warnings, Harry’s room in the Leaky Cauldron has a talking mirror.. I mean if that isn’t a red flag for your privacy, I don’t know what is.

Harry finally meets up with Hermione and the Weasleys on the last day before they have to leave for school. Ron is telling Harry and Hermione that Scabbers is looking funny, so they walk to the Magical Menagerie to get it looked at. While they’re inside the shop, the trio is attacked by a huge orange cat named Crookshanks. Crookshanks made such a great first impression, that Hermione decides to buy him. After all, no one wanted him. Poor thing.

Harry and Hermione have dinner with the (almost) complete Weasley family that night. They are leaving for Hogwarts in the morning. The Ministry has arranged for cars to take the whole gang to King’s Cross. Mr. Weasley tells them that it’s because they don’t have a car anymore, but we know better, don’t we? Late that night, Harry overhears Mr. and Mrs Weasley arguing about telling him that Harry is Sirius Black’s target. Nobody has said anything about Sirius being Harry’s godfather, I think, but I don’t think he will find out about that until he slips into the Three Broomsticks with his invisibility cloak. A little piece of information you don’t get from the movies: apparently Sirius has been whispering “he’s at Hogwarts, he’s at Hogwarts” in his sleep, which everyone of course assumed meant that he was going to kill Harry.

The Weasleys, Harry and Hermione are getting ready for the Hogwarts Express the next morning. Ron is having another argument with Percy, probably caused by some prank of Fred and George’s. I always hated Percy in the movies, he is so shallow and flat. Don’t get me wrong, book-Percy is still a Humungous Bighead (Fred and George’s words, not mine), but there is just so much more to the character than there is in the movies. He even has a girlfriend! That’s a big deal for a Humungous Bighead like Percy.

Just before the train leaves, Mr. Weasley makes Harry swear that he will not go looking for Sirius Black. Harry is confused as to why he would go looking for someone who wants to kill him. I was also a little confused, until I realised that Mr. Weasley probably knows that Sirius is Harry’s godfather, so he is afraid that when Harry finds out, he will go looking for him.

“I don’t go looking for trouble,’ said Harry, nettled. ‘Trouble usually finds me.”

When Harry, Ron and Hermione get on the Hogwarts Express, there is only one compartment left with room for them, the compartment with Professor Lupin in it. Hemione, being the misses smartypants that she is, quickly guesses that Lupin is the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. He is also the world’s deepest sleeper, seeing that three 13-year-olds are yapping away for hours next to him and he doesn’t wake up. Only when the Hogwarts Express stops, all of the lights go out and Ginny and Neville stumble into the compartment, does Lupin wake up. Before he can reach the door, it opens and the Dementor enters. Harry faints like a big wuss after hearing someone scream (his mother, obviously). Lupin gives him a large chunk of chocolate, so that he will feel better. I love that Rowling thought of chocolate as a remedy after a Dementor attack, since Dementors suck all of the happiness out of you and chocolate does actually trigger the production of endorphines, one of the hormones that makes you happy. So the chocolate makes actual scientific sense (if you leave out the Dementor part, because luckily they are still fictional).

When they arrive at Hogwarts, there are at least a hundred stagecoaches waiting for them. I love how Rowling describes Harry thinking they are probably being pulled by some invisible horse or something. We all know it’s a Thestral, of course. It just goes to show how much thought was put into building this entire world and every creature in it.

“They are stationed at every entrance to the grounds and while they are with us, I must make it plain that nobody is to leave school without permission. Dementors are not to be fooled by tricks or disguises – or even Invisibility Cloaks. It is not in the nature of a Dementor to understand pleading or excuses. I therefore warn each and every one of you to give them no reason to harm you.”

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

At the beginning-of-the-year feast, Dumbledore gives another one of his epic speeches (I typed it out above). I always loved this speech in the movie, until right now. Turns out, 80% of this speech was made up. Even the WORLD FAMOUS quote and one of my favourite quotes ever, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” was made up. It doesn’t appear anywhere in the books. I am so disappointed. Anyway, Dumbledore also announces two new additions to the teaching staff: Remus Lupin and Hagrid. When Lupin is announced as the new DADA teacher, Snape is apparently looking at him like he wants him dead. The trio assumes that this is because Snape wants the DADA job, but we know better, right? I just can’t really imagine a young Lupin bullying Snape.

The feast ends and Percy, as new Head Boy, leads the Gryffindors to their common room and tells them the new password. Not many of you may know this, but I have a degree in Safety and Security and AS a security expert, I have to say that using passwords doesn’t really seem like a watertight security method.. especially with people like Neville Longbottom walking around Hogwarts, oh and of course Sirius Black..

That’s it for this week! We’re picking up next week with Harry’s first classes of the year, including Professor Trelawney’s class, divination. Spoiler alert: he finds out he’s soon going to die. Oh well, plenty of other great books out there. Thank you all so much for reading and I’ll see you guys next week for week 11!

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Rereading Harry Potter – Week 9

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 9

Hello my fellow bookworms! Another week has come and gone and it’s the weekend again, which means that it’s time for another Rereading Harry Potter blog post. Thank you for clicking and reading, it means so much to me that you guys actually read the nonsense that I write!

We finished reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets last week, which means that it is now time for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! The Prisoner of Azkaban may very well be (one of) my favourite Harry Potter books, though I’m pretty sure that I say that about every single one of them except for the Chamber of Secrets (although that one surprised me as well). The Prisoner of Azkaban has some of my favourite characters in it, such as Remus Lupin, Sirius Black (we’ll have to cherish the time we have with him, since it’s not much) and Buckbeak. The Prisoner of Azkaban is also my favourite PC game, though it has little to do with the book.

“Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of year. For another, he really wanted to do his homework, but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night. And he also happened to be a wizard.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Prisoner of Azkaban already starts out brilliantly. The quote above is the very first paragraph from the book and it already put a smile on my face. This is going to be great, guys. We’re going to have so much fun the next few weeks. We better cherish every funny thing we can find in this book, because we all know things are going to take a dark turn from the fourth book on.

As always, the story opens at Mr and Mrs Dursley’s house in Little Whinging where Dudley is getting fatter, Mr and Mrs Dursley are getting meaner and Harry is getting lonelier since his friends never seem to write to him during the summer. Ron did make an effort to try and call on the phone this summer, though just like my boyfriend, he doesn’t seem to realise he doesn’t need to shout all the way to Little Whinging for Harry to be able to hear him, that there is actually a phone in between them.

Harry finally receives letters from Ron, Hermione and Hagrid on his birthday, along with his Hogwarts letter. Ron tells him Mr Weasley won 700 galleons, so they’re spending their summer in Egypt. They’re also buying Ron a new wand. That explains why they couldn’t afford the wand last year, when they could buy one this year, I’ve always wondered why that was. Also, since “the wand chooses the wizard” and Ron has been walking around with a second hand wand, I guess he should be becoming a lot more powerful as of this year, right? Since he’s now got a wand that actually chose him. I guess we’ll see.. Ron also tells Harry that Percy was elected Head Boy and he got him a Pocket Sneakoscope for his birthday, a device that lights up when there’s someone untrustworthy around. I suppose that means it should’ve lit up around Scabbers, since (spoiler alert) he is Peter Pettigrew.

“Don’t let the Muggles get you down”

Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hagrid sends Harry a copy of The Monster Book of Monsters for his birthday, the mandatory literature for the class that Hagrid is going to teach (though Harry doesn’t know that yet). When Harry arrives at Diagon Alley to buy his school supplies further on in the book, we learn that the manager of Flourish and Blotts absolutely hates the books, that are being kept in a cage in the bookshop, since they’re ripping each other apart and attacking his hands. Only Hagrid can think of making a dangerous, biting book mandatory literature for a class. I suppose since the class is called “Care for Magical Creatures“, it kind of fits. I hate that they left all of this out of the movie, though. They changed all this to one scene where Harry opens the book in his room at the Leaky Cauldron and then gets attacked and jumps on it. But I’m getting ahead of myself, we left off at the Dursley’s residence.

The Dursleys announce that Aunt Marge is going to stay with them for about a week. Aunt Marge is Uncle Vernon’s awful sister who lives in the country and breeds bulldogs. She spoils Dudley with expensive presents and has a lot of terrible things to say about Harry. Harry puts up with it for a whole week, because he needs Uncle Vernon to sign his permission slip for Hogsmeade, but loses it when Marge decides to voice her opinions on Harry’s parents on her last night in Little Whinging. Harry blows her up. Not in the BOOM kind of way, but she just slowly inflates until she looks like a giant balloon. She doesn’t fly away through the back door and float through the UK with a bulldog holding on to her leg, though. I guess that was added to the movie for dramatic purposes.

After blowing up Aunt Marge, Harry packs his stuff and flees, figuring that he will be arrested by the Ministry of Magic for underage magic very soon. He decides that he will go to Diagon Alley and collect all of the money from his safe at Gringotts, after which he will travel the world as an outcast. He’s so cute, sometimes I forget he is only 13 years old. Instead, he is picked up by the Knight Bus, the purple triple-decker bus we know and love. I never really understood how the Knight Bus works. Is it some kind of taxi? It helps that I now know Harry had to pay for it, since he doesn’t (visibly) have to in the movie. It is supposed to appear when it’s called, but how do you summon it? What did Harry do to summon it? So many unanswered questions.

Harry is greeted by Stan Shunpike, the conductor of the Knight Bus and Ernie Prang, the driver. When I think of Stan, I think of the creepy, skinny, shabby conductor from the movie, not the eighteen-year-old guy with pimples. I also forgot who Ernie Prang was. I remembered the name, but not who it belonged to. Now I know.

“Take ‘er away, Ern.”

Stan Shunpike, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry and Stan chat about Sirius Black. Harry has seen him on the Muggle news (I love that he was on there too, with Uncle Vernon shouting “Wait! You didn’t tell us where he has escaped from!”). I can’t really remember why Sirius escaped and why now? He has been in there for thirteen years, what was the need to escape now? Also, do we ever find out how? It is the big question that is asked a couple of times, but I don’t really remember the answer. Was it because he was an animagus? Plenty of people ar animagi, right? Stan tells Harry that Black killed thirteen people and then just stood there and laughed. We know Peter Pettigrew killed those people and then turned himself into a rat, but why was Sirius laughing? Going to Azkaban is not exactly a laughing matter.

The Knight Bus takes Harry to the Leaky Cauldron, where he is greeted by Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic. Fudge (typing his name makes me hungry) has Innkeeper Tom take them up to a room where they can talk. The way they displayed Innkeeper Tom in the movies always really annoyed me. They used a different actor in the first movie than in the rest of the movies. The first one was perfectly fine, but then from the Prisoner of Azkaban on, they display him as some kind of Hunchback of Notre Dame. He hardly talks, he just wheezes like he has about three braincells and a severe case of Bronchitis. I don’t really understand why they would change Tom so much.

While Harry was afraid that Fudge would expel him and send him to Azkaban for what he did, he lets him off the hook right away and gives him a room at the Leaky Cauldron for the next few weeks. They took those few weeks out of the movie, of course, Harry just walks in and all of the Weasleys and Hermione are already there.

I actually had much more for you today, but since this post is already quite long, I’ll save it for next week. As always, thank you so much for reading. Click the subscribe button down below if you want to be kept up to date! I’ll be back next week with Harry’s stay at the Leaky Cauldron and his first encounter with a dementor. All very exciting stuff. See you next week!

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February Reading Wrap-up

February Reading Wrap-up

Hi my fellow bookworms! Wow, I just blinked twice and all of a sudden it was March. Uhm, I’m still living in 2020, can we please slow down? February always goes by so fast. After almost 24 years, the 28 days-thing still takes me by surprise. The fact that I’ve been working 6 out of the last 7 days didn’t help much either, which is also the reason why I temporarily only delivered 2 blog posts a week instead of two and why I have been a little late on some of my posts. I apologise for my slacking off, but since I’m writing this blog for fun and I’m not getting paid, I decided not to push myself too much. Thank you for understanding. My reading month started out really well, but I have hardly read a thing this past week. I’ve still got a few busy days ahead of me, but I’m hoping to get my nose back into a book ASAP.

For my February Reading Wrap-up, I wanted to share some of my reading stats from this month, along with a list of the books that I read in February and all of this months reviews and other posts. I didn’t review a lot of the books I read this month, since some of them weren’t really worth the review, some of them I wanted to review as a complete series and some of them I just haven’t had the time for yet. If you’re curious about a book that I haven’t reviewed yet, let me know and I will move it up on my To-Be-Reviewed list.

Reading Stats

I read 7 books in February, which brings my 2022 total so far to 16 books. I set myself a reading goal of 75 books for this year. Currently, I am ahead of my reading goal by 3 books. About halfway through February, I was ahead by 6 books, because I read the first two volumes of Heartstopper in one day, but then work and COVID happened and I didn’t read much for the rest of the month. The only book I finished in the second half of February, was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I really hope things will calm down a little in March, so that I can pick up some books again.

  • I am currently at 25% of my pages goal for 2022. I have read 6.334 pages out of 25.000, so far;
  • I gave 5 out of 7 books a 4-star rating;
  • Out of 7 books, 2 were Graphic Novels, 4 were Romance, 4 were Young Adult and One was Self Help.
  • 6 out of 7 books were Fiction.
  • 5 out of 7 books were digital. The other two were hardcovers.

Books Read in February

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Just wow. This book blew me away. The plot, the originality, the depth of the characters, the world-building, the character development, it was all so good. There’s a full review linked below if you want to know more.

A Bookshop in Algiers by Khaouter Adimi

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Bookshop in Algiers was one of the books I didn’t think was worth a review. It had been sitting on my bookshelf for ages and I was looking for a short read in between The Wrath and the Dawn and its sequel, so I decided to pick it up. I think the story had so much potential, but it just didn’t deliver. A bookshop in Algiers in the middle of multiple wars and uprisings and all they can write about is the paper shortage. Such a shame.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adhieh (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The sequel to the Wrath and the Dawn was possibly even better. I didn’t write a review for this one, since I didn’t really see the point of writing a review to the sequel. I mean, it was amazing, what more can I tell you? If you liked the first book, you’re going to continue reading anyway. If you didn’t like the first book, why would you read the second one? If you’re curious about the sequel anyway, let me know and I will see if I can write a mini-review!

Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Heartstopper books were so much better than I had expected. I’m not usually one for graphic novels or sappy high school romances, so I was afraid I’d be disappointed or that it would be cringey, but it was actually very good. It is so cute and sweet and only slightly cringey every now and then. I’m going to postpone writing a review until I have read volume 3 and 4 as well, since I’d rather review them as a series, but I can definitely recommend the first two volumes.

How Not to Die Alone by Logan Ury

Rating: 4 out of 5.

How Not to Die Alone was my only nonfiction book from February. I got a digital copy on sale and it looked interesting. I also hadn’t read any nonfiction in a while, so I thought: why not? The book mostly focuses on dating and finding a partner, so I skimmed through that part, since I already have a partner. The last few chapters focus on how to communicate with your partner to get and stay on the same page with them, building a healthy, lasting relationship through discussing the future. Not a bad read at all if this subject interests you or if you think your relationship could benefit from it (and I think every relationship could benefit from this).

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book hardly still needs a review, right? It almost feels like an insult to even suggest such a thing. I finished the Chamber of Secrets last week for my Rereading Harry Potter series. I’ve been having so much fun rereading the Harry Potter books, I would really recommend it to everyone, especially if it has been a while.

February Posts

Elevation by Stephen King

Every Book I’ve Read in January

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 5

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adhieh

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 6

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 7

My Guide to Annotating Books

Rereading Harry Potter – Week 8

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