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Top Ten Fictional Characters

There are lots of fictional characters that I adore. So many that I can’t even begin to count them, however, in this post I’m going to talk about just 10 of them.

Hermione Granger

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I’ve done a whole blog post about why I love her character, so I won’t say anything more about Hermione!

Feyre Archerson

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Klaus Mikaelson

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So, I know that he’s a villain in The Vampire Diaries, and definitely has many flaws, I still love him. If you’ve watched The Originals, you’ll see why.

Caroline Forbes

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Another character from TVD! I like Caroline mostly because you can really see how much she changes for the better throughout the seasons. She also makes me laugh with her sassiness.

Elizabeth Bennet

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Elizabeth Bennet, to me, is a very inspiring character. She didn’t just conform to what was expected of her as a woman in the time that the book is set, instead she is just herself. She’s an admirable character who I’ve loved since reading Pride and Prejudice.

Harry Potter

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How could I not have The Boy Who Lived on this list? Not only is he the main character in my favourite series of books and movies, but he is also a great character. Oh, and it’s his (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday today, so Happy Birthday! I’d also like to give Ron Weasley a little mention here, can’t leave him out.

Spencer Reid

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Spencer is funny without meaning to be, which makes whatever he’s said even more funny. Plus, have you seen how fast he can read? Super jealous.

Belle

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I love Belle enough to name my blog after her, and have done since I was little and first watched the movie. I had the dress-up dress of hers that according to my parents, I adored. I’ve always been able to relate to Belle, and she’s another character, along with Hermione, who if they were real would definitely be a part of the book blogging community! My love for her grew even more when I watched my favourite actress do her wonderful justice in the live action version.

Rhysand

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Again, credit goes to the artist. If anyone know who said artist is, please leave a comment! I think that anyone who has ever read the ACOTAR series loves Rhys. He’s the opposite of Tamlin, who SUCKS, and he and Feyre compliment eachother so well. He sacrificed SO much for those he loves, and has my respect for it.

Luna Lovegood

hermione and belle.jpgI think that Luna is a great character simply because she doesn’t care what other people think of her. I wish this was a trait I had, and I’m definitely working on it, something that Luna inspired me to do!

Do you have any favourite characters?

-Books&Belle xx

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Book Review – The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries #1) Spoiler Free!

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Synopsis:

A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror…

Elena
Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.

Stefan
Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.

Damon
Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.

The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

Review:

The only thing that made me want to read this series was my love for the TV show adaption of it, the synopsis didn’t intrigue me at all, and the only reason the cover did is because the edition I have has the actors from the show on it, which is something I usually hate.

I found the main character, Elena Gilbert, very annoying and unlikable, she was selfish and didn’t seem to care about any of her friends after Stefan Salvatore came to town. I also didn’t like how arrogant she was, and how she acted when she realised the guy she likes might not like her back. I didn’t really find any of the other characters any better either, Caroline, my absolute favourite character in the show, was weak and needed to be saved, and Stefan just annoyed me with how self-pitying he was.

I disliked the plot, too. I won’t go into it as this is a spoiler-free review, but the plot was boring and there was just so many clichés. I did read all four books, but that’s only because I wanted to give it the chance to get better, and in my opinion, it didn’t. I also felt bad for not reading, as my mum brought them for me for a Christmas present and wanted to know what I thought of them, so me finishing the series was very forced.

Now, I’m not saying that just because I didn’t like it nobody else will, that’s not the case at all. Maybe the reason I didn’t like it is because I was comparing it to the show the whole time? This is the only time I have said this about a book, but I do prefer the show so much more. The show is based loosely off of the books, the only similarities I really see are the supernatural aspects, the love triangle, some of the characters and a tiny bit of the plot.

I do want to put emphasis on the fact that this is my opinion, and others may vary. This series just wasn’t for me, unfortunately.

Overall, I give it 1 star.

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Books From Bookstagram

I reached 6,000 Instagram followers today, which is a massive achievement in my eyes, so I’m very happy! I thought about the different posts I could do in celebration of this, and came up with ‘Books From Bookstagram’. The general idea is that I am going to list a few books that I brought because I saw them on Bookstagram and either liked the look of them, or read great reviews about them.

The ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas

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I thought I’d mention this series first, because it is 100% the one I’m most thankful to Bookstagram for helping me to discover. I hadn’t even heard of it before Instagram, and now it’s one of my favourites!  The reviews were great, and I just saw so many other bookworms raving about it that I couldn’t not give it a try.

Everything Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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I loved the covers to both of these books, so seeing them in the pretty pictures posted by Bookstagrammers really did encourage me to go and buy them both. I haven’t read The Sun Is Also A Star yet, but I have read Everything Everything and I enjoyed it very much, it was a quick read too, which was nice.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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After seeing this, the title intrigued me a little, but I didn’t really plan on buying it. Then, I was browsing on Depop, and I saw someone selling it for only one pound and I recognised it and couldn’t resist!

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I’ve mentioned this series several times since starting my blog, so I won’t go into it too much. Lots of Bookstagrammers told me how amazing this series was, so I brought it for only 15 pounds in The Works!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I only had to see this one mentioned once to know I wanted it. It seems as if it covers a lot of important issues and I’m excited to read it.

So, there we go, just a few of the books I have brought because of Bookstagram! There are definitely more I have brought, and there’s so many in my ‘saved’ area on IG that I can’t even count them.

For those of you who don’t know, my Instagram is http://www.instagram.com/books.and.belle

-Books&Belle xx

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Poetry Favourites

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So, I love poetry. I love reading it, but I wouldn’t even attempt to write it, as I can assure you it would suck. I find when reading it, a lot of the time you can really feel what the reader was feeling at the time they wrote it. It can be raw, funny, heartbreaking, but I can’t get enough of it. I have three favourite poets who I’m going to talk about in this post.

1. Ari Eastman

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I discovered Ari’s poetry through Twitter, and thank god I did, because I fell in love with it. After reading a few of her poems, I ordered ‘Green Eyes’ and ‘I Promised You I Wouldn’t Write This’. She also has two other books of poems called ‘Everything Sucks, But I’m Still Happy’ and ‘Bloodline’ that I plan to buy sooner or later. Her poems are very personal and when reading them, you feel as if you’re being invited in to share her experiences. The poems are beautiful, and Ari is my favourite poet. Oh, she re-posted one of my pictures once, and it was great. Just thought you should all know that.

2. Amanda Lovelace

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When I was buying Ari Eastman’s poems on Amazon, this one popped up in the recommended section, and the title intrigued me. I loved the idea of poetry about a woman lifting herself up and saving herself, rather than needing someone to fix her. When it arrived in the post, I began reading right away and was not disappointed. The poems were very moving and I’m so happy I discovered them.

3. Rupi Kaur

IMG_4874Rupi Kaur’s work is very well-known, so it was social media that caused me to discover it. I put it on my birthday list last year, and my mum brought it for me, which I was happy about. Her poems are empowering and I definitely recommend them. I can’t wait to read her next collection of poems, ‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ on October 3rd.

-Books&Belle xx

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Hermione Granger and The 5 Reasons I Love Her

Hermione Granger is my favourite fictional character ever, from any film, book, TV series. There are plenty of reasons that I love her character, but in this post, I’m going to discuss just five of them.

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1. She is an incredible role model for young girls

When you’re young, you’re taught by your peers at school that it’s uncool to want to learn, and you can often be made fun of for it. Hermione, however, just doesn’t care. She is curious about everything, and despite one of her teachers calling her an ‘insufferable know-it-all’, she carries on being curious and wanting to learn, which I think is an important lesson for any child. Young children, girls in particular, are also told not to be bossy. Now, I was a bossy child, I freely admit that, so seeing Hermione ignore those who tried to put her down really helped me to see I didn’t need to change either.

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2. She’s a bookworm, like me!!!

I love books enough to have a blog dedicated toward them, so I’m instantly drawn toward any character that shares my love for books. I’m pretty sure if Hermione was a real person, she’d be a fellow book blogger.

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3. She fights for what she believes in

Whether it’s punching Draco Malfoy in the face for being a git, starting S.P.E.W to help house elves or fighting in a war at such a young age to defend her blood status and fellow muggle-borns despite the danger, Hermione Granger fights like hell for what she believes in. She’s an extremely brave character!

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4. She is flawed

I think when a character is written to be flawless in both personality and appearance, it makes them unrealistic. Hermione has flaws in her appearance, she has frizzy hair and teeth that aren’t perfect (although this is fixed after Malfoy hexes her). She has flaws in her personality… She is unforgiving at points, she thinks that she knows best a lot of the time and she is very skeptical. These flaws make her a believable and lovable character, and without them, she wouldn’t be Hermione.

5. She taught me that it’s okay to be me

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A lot of the traits Hermione has, I have too, which is probably why I love her so much. When I was younger, I got to the age of about 12, and started hiding certain things about me from people. I stopped reading so much, I focused more on what people thought of me, and a lot of the time, I kept my mouth shut about what I thought, especially at school. After discovering Harry Potter, and seeing Hermione, I started thinking, well why shouldn’t I let people know I like books? Why is it such a bad thing I’m a bit opinionated? Why can’t I do well in school, and why do I have to make out like I hate it here? Then, I stopped hiding all of these things about me, and instead I embraced them, and it made me a much happier person. Hermione Granger made me see that being me is okay, and for that, she’ll always be my favourite fictional character.

-Books&Belle xx

 

 

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Several Series of Books

This blog post is going to be about several series of books, as the title says. Some I’ve read every single book in the series, some I’ve started, and some I haven’t.  In no particular order of favourites, (I’ve always wanted to say/write that…) here they are.

The Night World series by L.J Smith

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This is one of the series that I haven’t yet picked up. f I’m being honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up at all if my mum’s fiancé hadn’t seen it in a bookstore and brought it for me. It does seem like my sort of book, so well done to him for knowing me so well, but I didn’t really like L.J Smith’s other series, The Vampire Diaries, but I’ll get to that later. I will read it, eventually… My TBR is just soooo long!

Harry Potter

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This is my all time favourite series, I absolutely love it! I think that J.K Rowling is a genius, and she created some of my most loved characters, such as Hermione Granger, so she’s great. Although, she did kill a few of them, too… (*cough* FRED WEASLEY *cough*) So there is always that to remember.

The House of Night by P.C and Kirsten Cast

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith

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As I mentioned before, I didn’t really like this series. I found Elena really annoying and selfish and I just don’t think that the characters were written very well. However, I really like the TV series, and Elena’s character is so much better in it. My favourite is Caroline Forbes, though. There is just so many differences between the books and the TV series, and this is the only time I’ve ever thought this, but the TV adaption is much better than the books, in my opinion. The plot makes more sense and more effort went into the development of the characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Do you have a favourite book series?

-Books&Belle xx

 

 

 

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Book Review – The Second Sister (spoiler free!)

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Synopsis:

It is ten years since Ella’s sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for murdering several women. Is it possible that Miranda knew him?

At thirty, Miranda’s age when she vanished, Ella looks uncannily like the sister she idolized. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s child and her work as a self-defence expert helping victims.

Haunted by the possibility that Thorne took Miranda, and driven by her nephew’s longing to know about his mother, Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth – no matter how dangerous…

Review:

I love Thrillers, it’s one of my favourite genres. However, it is rather rare that I find one that I can’t put down. In the last year, the only ones like this are Local Girl Missing and The Second Sister.

This psychological Thriller had me hooked from the first few chapters. I was constantly questioning what happened to Miranda, and who might’ve been involved in her disappearance. There are twists that had me holding my breath in anticipation and that genuinely scared me a little, the night after I finished the book I stayed awake for an extra hour or so just thinking about the ending!

I think that Claire Kendal represents the love between two sisters extremely well, and shows how hope can keep you going. I loved the relationship between Ella and her nephew, Luke, and really appreciated how Ella managed to keep the memory of her sister alive for him. She went through everything she does in the plot to get closure for not only herself, but for Luke and her parents, too.

I found Ella very likeable, and there was not really anything that annoyed me about her, which is rare in any book! I loved how driven she was to discover the truth about her sister, despite the risks, and the loyalty she had toward her family. She was an extremely brave and strong character who I couldn’t help but admire, and the way Claire Kendal wrote her was brilliant.

There are some things that I found a bit annoying about the book, but I was able to over look them because I was so intrigued by the plot. I dislike it in a book when nearly all the male characters want the main female, and there was a character or two that knew something about Miranda, and I think that this was made a bit too obvious, it was screaming ‘suspicious person right here!’ It was also quite a slow burn, however, this didn’t stop me from becoming hooked, so it wasn’t really a problem.

Overall, I really did enjoy it, and I recommend it to any Thriller lover that can overlook the few minor problems mentioned above!

Four stars!

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– Books&Belle xx

 

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TBR – This Summer

So, it is officially Summer for me! I had my last day of Sixth Form today, and now I have six weeks off. I have a pretty busy schedule, it’s my 18th birthday in 2 weeks, I’m visiting Rome for a week, I’m going to the theatre several times, and have plans with a lot of my friends who I don’t see very often. However, I’m still hoping to read at least two books a week. I probably won’t stick to it, but that is the plan!

A Court Of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

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I started this a while ago, and I’m usually a really fast reader, but I’ve been dragging it out as I don’t want the series to finish! It’s amazing, and I don’t want to not know what’s going on in their world anymore. I do plan on finishing it by Monday, though!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

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It was the cover that encouraged me to buy this book, I just think that it is really interesting. I brought it on Depop for only a pound, which I thought was great. I’m really excited to read it. If anyone knows of any spoiler-free reviews, feel free to link me to them!

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

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This one is a mystery, which is definitely my type of book. A lot of the time I predict the ending though, so hopefully this one will shock me. The plot line is definitely interesting!

A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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We started reading this in my English Lang and Lit class, and we’ve gotten about half way through and broken up for Summer. I cant wait that long to find out what happens, so I’ll definitely be reading this in the next few weeks!

Never Assume by J. Joseph, K. Joseph

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@GoForGriffs on Instagram kindly sent me a copy of this all the way from Australia! It’s a short story about Mr. Griffs and his neighbour. I’ll be reviewing this on my blog once I’ve read it, so look out for that!

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Saving June by Hannah Harrington

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I think that this one is a bit of a sad one, which I usually avoid as I can’t stop thinking about the plot for absolutely ages after I’ve read a sad book, but it’s been on my shelf for a while, so I’m determined to read it this summer!

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

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This one was also only a pound from the same seller on Depop, which was great! I didn’t realise, but after I posted this picture on my Bookstagram, my friend saw it and messaged me saying it was a book Emma Watson recommended a few years ago. I love Emma Watson and am a part of her book club, Our Shared Shelf, and her recommendations have always been great, so it’s made me even more excited to read it!

Hopefully I’ll read more than this, but these books are the ones that I am going to try my absolute hardest to read before returning to Sixth Form in September.

Have you read any of these books? Or are any of them on your TBR?

– Books&Belle xx

 

 

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

The lovely Rachel tagged me on Twitter and her blog for this award, so a big thank you to her! I am very very grateful. You can find here blog here: Rachel’s Rambling Reviews.
I need to tag 15 other bloggers for this award, which I shall do at the bottom of this post and on Twitter. Some of you may have already been nominated, so double congratulations! 😊

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

 

How My Blog Started:

I’m a very new blog at the moment, not even a week old yet, so still a newbie. However, I’ve been a Bookstagrammer for several months now, and I saw lots of my bookish friends had book blogs and BookTubes, and I enjoyed reading the blogs and watching the videos. Originally, I was going to start a BookTube channel but decided against it in favour of a book blog instead. I think the reason was because I’m decent at writing and not-so-decent at editing videos together, like BookTubers have to do! I received lots of encouragement from my followers on Bookstagram for both the blog and BookTube, so decided to go for it!

Advice For New Bloggers:

I’m not sure how great this advice is going to be, because as I said, I’m not an experienced blogger, but this is what I have learnt in the week that I’ve been blogging so far.
  1. Use social media lots. I’ve met a lot of new blogger friends, and I’ve learnt quickly that having friends in this community is not only a good way to grow your blog, but it also makes blogging so much more fun and helps grow your confidence.
  2. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for opportunities, rather than waiting for them to be give to you, because they most likely won’t be. For example, I’ve reached out and made friends with other bloggers, I’ve joined NetGalley, I’m always searching the #BloggersWanted hashtag and I’ve put out my own #BloggersWanted to see if anyone is interesting in collabing with me!

Here are the bloggers that I nominate for this award:

If you’ve already been nominated or just don’t want to do the blog post, I won’t be at all offended. I just thought that this was a great way to share some amazing bloggers, and obviously thank Rachel for nominating me.
Books&Belle xx
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Judging Books By Their Covers

Now, I do know that people say that you’re not meant to judge a book by it’s cover, but I cant help doing it anyway. I know for a fact that there are brilliant books out there with covers that aren’t so brilliant, and I know that there are books out there with amazing covers that aren’t so… well, amazing. But I am still pulled toward the pretty book sat on the shelf in a bookstore. I’m sure I’m not the only one, so in this post, I am going to talk about whether a book I’ve judged by it’s cover has met my expectations after I’ve read it.

The Lie Tree by Frances Harding

I brought this book in a second hand book shop on the harbour when I was on holiday visiting family. The minute I saw it on the shelf, I knew that I had to have it. It was just so pretty! I hate to admit that I didn’t even read the blurb or check the price before grabbing it off the shelf and going to buy it, luckily for me it was only four pounds. Even the cashier commented on how beautiful it was!
I started reading the book pretty much straight away as I had only brought one other book with me on holiday and had already finished it. I discovered the lovely illustrations drawn by Chris Riddel, which made me love the book even more!
After reading the book, I can confidently say that I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t something that I would normally read, and I doubt I’d have picked it up had the cover not been as nice as it was, so unfortunately, it didn’t really meet my expectations. It is still a wonderful book, though! Just not my style.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (screenplay) by  J.K. Rowling

Okay, so it definitely wasn’t just the stunning cover that lead to me ordering this as soon as I saw J.K. Rowling had tweeted about it, the fact that I am a massive Potterhead did encourage me to buy it, too. However, who knows if I would have brought it as quickly as I did if it had a different cover?! (I most definitely would have done, but shhh..) I also loved the film, so perhaps that played a part in my decision.
I do read the occasional script every now and then, but I had never read a screenplay before. If it hadn’t been from the Wizarding World and had such a nice cover, I’m very doubtful that I’d have even considered buying it. This one is a bit of a grey area, though, as it wasn’t just my judgement of the cover that lead to me ordering it. However, there’s no denying that it’s truly a beautiful book and I did enjoy it.

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

I brought She Is Not Invisible from a seller on Depop for only a pound! I went on there to look at clothes, and ended up buying books, which is completely typical of me! Again, it was the cover that appealed to me and made me click on in, along with the intriguing title. After reading the bool, I can confirm that I loved it, and it was definitely my type of book. I won’t go into details, because I don’t want to spoil it for any potential readers, by I will say that I am 100% glad that I judged a book by it’s cover in this case, and it definitely met and exceeded my expectations of it!

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone, Illustrated Version by J.K Rowling

This one is similar to Fantastic Beasts, as it wasn’t just the beautiful cover that appealed to me, but it was also the author and the franchise. However, I already own a copy of The Philosophers Stone, and have never brought any of the new editions until this one was released, (I also plan on buying the 20th anniversary Slytherin edition sooner or later) so perhaps it was just the cover that I liked.
Even before getting this book, I knew that it was an amazing book, so I guess my judgement of cover doesn’t really apply here. I couldn’t not feature this one, though, it’s so pretty. The picture is from my Bookstagram (www.instagram.com/books.and.belle) which is why I’m holding Hermione’s wand as a prop!
Have you ever judged a book by it’s cover?
– Books&Belle xx