“The stories we love best do live in us forever.”

Hello people!
So, like I wrote yesterday I am starting the Harry Potter 30-day Challenge today. But first I have to say a Very Happy Birthday to J.K.Rowling and our favourite wizard Harry Potter!! Thank you JKR for the awesomeness that is Harry Potter!

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So  the question for today is: What is your favourite book?
Hmm…that’s a tough one. I mean, come on, how can I choose?
I am going to cheat a bit and choose two: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The first one is a really obvious choice. It is the beginning of the series! Everything starts from there, we are introduced to this amazing new world and we get sucked right in. Its a wonderful experience reading it for the first time..visualizing Harry in his room under the stairs..seeing Hagrid crash through the door…the first shopping trip to Diagon Alley…the first glimpse of the Great Hall when you see it in your mind’s eye as you read..Transfiguration…Charms…Potions…Defence Against the Dark Arts. Everything is as new to us as it is to Harry and that’s the reason why the first book will always hold a special place in my heart. It is the doorway to the world of Harry Potter!
And I guess the second choice is pretty obvious too. It’s the last book in the series. It’s where everything comes together. Personally, King’s Cross and The Flaw in the Plan are two of my most favourite chapters in the entire series. The book gives me the satisfaction of being with Harry “until the very end”. J.K. Rowling’s writing is brilliant and she brings so many elements and aspects of the story together in the end.
By the seventh book we become a part of Harry’s world and it becomes our world.
The first book is a wonderful beginning and the last book a fitting end to the brilliance that is Harry Potter.
So, I’m going to have to say that Philosopher’s Stone and the Deathly Hallows are my favourite books in the Harry Potter series.
Which one is yours?
P.S. If you didn’t know already, the title is a quote by JKR.

Harry Potter Challenge

If you’ve read my last reblog you’ll know that I have decided to take up the Harry Potter Challenge which spans 30 days. It starts tomorrow.
I will be answering one question every day. I already know what I want to write for some questions and for others I’ll have to think a bit. But I am very excited!! And I fully intend to go through with this. The best part about it is that it is a HARRY POTTER challenge, really do you need another reason about why I am doing this?
But okay, there is another reason. I have never taken up a daily blogging challenge so it’s something new for me. Also since it requires me to answer only one question every day I am sure I can post atleast a paragraph (if not more) giving my answer.
Also do check out A Blast Of Random and Short Story Long who are also going to take it up.
So until the next post then, which is going to be tomorrow!

The Harry Potter 30 Day Challenge (aka How to Come Back From a Hiatus)

I am so taking this up!

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I did not plan on going on hiatus.

And you might say, “Oh, but you’ve been posting reviews. You haven’t been on hiatus.”

The thing is, I want to do more with this blog than just write reviews. I want to write more IMR posts and rants and tags. And it’s been a while since I’ve actually done any of that.

I don’t know if it’s a writing slump (because it certainly wasn’t a reading one) or what. I’m super behind on reviews and I’m not motivated to write them. (I will though, because I’ve been reading some pretty great books…they just won’t be out for a while.)

Then I came across this challenge on tumblr. And since I’m rereading the series this summer and do not want to simply make reviews of them (because, seriously, all I’d be doing is praising them and that’s just boring to read), I…

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Reading Woes

I never thought that I would be the kind of person to write anything about reading woes. And honestly its not really the woes of reading but the single woe of not knowing what to read.
I have been reading since I was first taught how to. And that was a long time ago (even though I am not quite that old!) I always have something to read, until now that is. I haven’t read a single book in the past month! People might ask what the big deal is, but only those of you who love reading as much as I do will understand.
I would pride myself on always having something to read, sometimes 2-3 books at a time. I mean there are so many books in the world! One lifetime is not enough to read everything I want to.
Even right now, while I am complaining about how I haven’t read much, I have a list of books to be read. Some of which I own or, at the very least, are accessible to me. Then why am I not reading something??? Is there such a thing as reader’s block (like a writer’s block, you know), when you have read so much that your brain just can’t take it anymore? I hope that’s not the case. If I don’t read, what do I do?
Okay, let’s not panic here. Always remember The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy in times like these…Don’t Panic. I am sure there’s an explanation. There always is. Maybe I am not reading the right kind of book? I have a lot of options and I just can’t decide what I want to read right now. That’s exactly what this is. Plus, I really want to read the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, but my uncle is still reading it so I can’t borrow that (I am very glad, by the way, to have an uncle who reads just as much as I do and who has many awesome books I can borrow!).
So, two questions for you guys:
Have you ever experienced this reader’s block (as I call it)? And What would you suggest I do, any good book recommendations to get me out of this horrible situation?

What am I doing in life?

I have never been one of those people who knows exactly what they are going to do at any particular stage of their life. I don’t have “plans” and I have never felt the need to make any. I mean, sure, once in a while you have to decide what you want to do, when I decided to do a Bachelors, I knew I would complete it and get the degree at the end of three years. But these are still short-term goals, I had no idea what I would do after getting the degree. Some people have their entire life mapped out, they know what they want to achieve and how to achieve it and they have an idea about where they will be at any point in their lives. I have no such notions. It hasn’t really bothered me before. But now, I don’t know. You tend to start thinking that everyone around you is somehow getting their life in order and you are nowhere close to doing that. Then you start worrying and fretting and maybe even regretting decisions you’ve made in life.

And then you chance upon an article like this one. Of course, only reading an article might not help you in changing your views completely, but then again, it just might. If not anything else it will reassure you that there are people like you in the world, who have no clue where they are headed and you are not alone in this. You might not be able to explain all this to the “society” but it is something that you can know for yourself. You can know that it’s okay if you’re not sure about where you stand, or what you intend to do with your life. You can know that even if you think you don’t belong anywhere, you really do. And you can know that eventually you will figure it out.

So stop worrying and do what you love best. Everything will work out. I know its easier to say all this rather than actually acting on it. But what’s life if you don’t even try to live it like you want to? So here’s to at least trying 🙂

Until the next post!