A little while ago I took a glimpse at the books I’ve read so far and noticed that I had started quite a few series of which I have finished none. It made me wonder just how many series I’m currently reading and how far I’m into them. The result isn’t looking too good …
I started a crushing amount of – wait for it – 22 series. I nearly fainted. Well, not really, but I did find myself shocked when I came to that conclusion. I had an inkling that I wasn’t doing very well, of course. Even so, 22 series … That’s a lot of books left to be read. Luckily, I don’t plan to continue all of them, but my problem with unread series needs to be addressed. Let’s go back in time and take a look at the series in chronological order, starting with the most recent.
Near the end of May 2017 I read Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, the first volume in a series of the same name. It’s an enjoyable middle grade story about a living skeleton that can do magic and works as a detective. As you can see I’ve still got a long way to go, with number ten published this month.
I’m not sure yet if Skulduggery Pleasant will manage to keep me interested for duration of the entire series, but the first volume was entertaining enough to want to tackle the second one in due course.
Today we celebrate Harry Potter, since the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published exactly twenty years ago on the 26th of June 1997. Bloomsbury released special house editions for the occasion.
You’ll see Harry Potter pop up basically everywhere and The Story Burrow has no intention of being an exception. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, I’m sharing my 20 most favourite Harry Potter moments from the entire series. You can read part one first, or start part two immediately and turn to the other post later, if you feel like. It goes without saying that this post contains spoilers.
Exactly twenty years ago, on the 26th of June 1997, a little children’s book that wasn’t supposed to make any money was published. Back then, nobody expected the sales of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone to go way beyond the initial print-run of 500 hardback copies, let alone to have a profound impact on the book trade. As soon as newspapers started noticing the book and awarded it with glowing reviews, the sales went through the roof. Today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is one of the best-selling titles of all time.
In celebration of twenty years Harry Potter Bloombury released special anniversary editions of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. For the very first time you can buy your favourite children’s book in your house colours. It’s total bliss.
Across the world 26 June 2017 is set to be a Harry Potter day with thousands of events planned in bookshops and libraries, on Youtube, social media and bookblogs. It will be extremely hard to avoid the magic if you are crazy enough to want to do so. I, for one, am more than glad to do my bit in celebration of every reader’s favourite wizard. In no particular order, here are my 20 favourite moments from the Harry Potter series. It goes without saying that it will contain spoilers.
Spring sadly has ended once again. While I do think that every season has its charm, I’ve always had a soft spot for spring. In part because it’s the time of year when everything comes back to life. Colour returns to the flowers and the trees, the animals wake up from hibernation and even us humans tend to feel happier when spring comes around. Well, I know I do.
It’s usually also the time of year that Belgium is blessed with sunny, yet bearable weather. Nothing like the heatwave temperatures we’re having right now. While I do enjoy summer – the sun always makes my day – , I don’t like the mercury to rise above 30 degrees Celsius.
Today, just as summer kicks off, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve been enjoying in the past months.
First of all let’s spread some love for a BBC 3 documentary called Queer Britain. It is presented by Youtuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf and tackles a wide variety of topics relevant to homosexuality in Britain. According to BBC 3 there are currently six episodes available to watch for free on its Youtube channel, although that might not be correct. I, for one, couldn’t find the fifth episode.
The documentary is not only eye-opening, it also deals with subjects you might not have known were an issue. The third episode, for example, is about homelessness. According to a statistic one in four young homeless people in the UK is LGBTQ, so that’s definitely something that needed to be adressed. Just like in the episode on religion Riyadh Khalaf does a wonderful job portraying heartbreaking life stories, without turning it into cheesy X Factor sob stories.
If you don’t feel committed to watch the entire documentary, I’d suggest you watch either the first (on religion) or the third episode (on homelessness). It’ll be worth your time, I promise.
If I had to rank my cultural interests, music would only come in third. Most of my spare time is, as you might guess, spent on books and TV series/Movies. I do like a bit of music – who doesn’t? – but I’m not even close to being an expert on the matter. Nor am I familiar with a lot of artists. Usually, I’ll go to Deezer and choose between the CD’s of a dozen artists including Ed Sheeran, Adele, Hurts and Keane.
The group of artists I’ll follow closely is even smaller. There’s literally only a handful of musicians I love enough to care about when new material is released. One of them is London Grammar. Ever since I read that they were working on a second album I was counting down the days for the release.