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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set In Other Countries

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s theme is books that take place in another country. Since I live in Australia, I come across plenty of books set outside of my country, especially in the YA genre.

So without further ado, here are ten books that are set outside Australia and make me want to visit the location.

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The YA Chronicles September ‘Squad Goals’ | Unboxing

The YA Chronicles 'Squad Goals' September box

This was my first book box for this year, because money has been tight.
But, I had to get this one because I had a feeling what the book would be, and I was very happy to be correct. So without further ado here is what was inside The YA Chronicles ‘Squad Goals’ box.

The YA Chronicles 'Squad Goals' September Unboxing

The YA Chronicles is an Australian subscription box company. They release a monthly box, which contains: one newly released YA (Young Adult) book, and about three to five amazing items (that are usually book related).

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The Liebster Award | Book Tag

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I was extremely pleased and honored when the wonderful Emily from A Bookish Adventurer, nominated me for this award. She is such a genuinely nice person; check out her Instagram, her pictures are phenomenal (@abookishadventurer).

Thank you for considering me for this; please make sure to check her blog out, as she is amazing.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is all about building out the book blogging community. Specifically, it’s a way to highlight newer blogs that don’t necessarily have a large following (less than 200). You get to discover hidden gems of blogs, make new book blog friends, and learn more about the bloggers you already follow.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their site on your blog
  2. Display the award on your blog
  3. Answer 10 question about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you
  4. Nominate 5-10 bloggers for the award
  5. Create a new list of questions for your nominees to answer
  6. List these rules in your post
  7. Inform the people/blogs that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post, so they can learn about it. 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Fandoms

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is a Fandom Freebie, so I chose to do the top ten fandoms I’m in. There are many more, but here are my top ten fandoms in no particular order.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Film Review

Fantastic beasts and where to find them movie ticket, with the text book, my copy of The Creature Vault and a Newt Scamander pop figurine.

4.5 stars

The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. (Source: IMDB.com)

One of my most anticipated films of last year was Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, my boyfriend took me to the midnight screening as an early birthday present. So I know this review is incredibly late, but alas life and other things piled up and catching up on reviews fell to the wayside.

Attending the midnight screening was incredible, being in a room full of Potter-heads, all equally excited about this extension of the universe that defined our childhood; it’s the best thing. It’s one of the reasons I love attending pop culture conventions, the sense of community and ease you feel when surrounded by people you know don’t think you strange for fangirling over things. It’s the best feeling. So to say I was excited about this film is an understatement.

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Owlcrate’s December ‘Epic’ | Unboxing

The full unboxing of the Owlcrate December Epic box, including the book 'Of Fire and Stars' and all the bookish items.

This month’s unboxing is from one of the most popular book subscription boxes ever, they are practically infamous among the online book community. This month I’ll be posting a review on Owlcrate’s December Epic box, which I know is late since it’s already January, however, I didn’t receive my box until the new year.

Owlcrate is an American based subscription box company. They are a monthly subscription service that delivers newly released Young Adult novels and a variety of bookish treats.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Special Rehearsal Edition) | Review

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4 stars

“In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”

So, now that things have settled and most people have had the chance to read this extension of the Potter universe. I feel like I can sort through my thoughts about this. So this review will contain spoilers so please don’t read any further if you haven’t had the chance to read the script, or see the show. I would love to see the show, see it in the format it was meant for. But alas I’m in Australia, and don’t have enough for the flight over, so I will just have to wait and hope it either goes international, or the show is filmed and released on DVD.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series. It’s also the first official Harry Potter story to be portrayed onstage.

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.” – Summary from Goodreads

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