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REVIEW: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

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'The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil' is the first graphic novel I have read that isn't The Walking Dead or superhero themed. The only graphic novel I knew was the fast-paced, action-packed adventure where someone dies every other page, so this was quite refreshing. However I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.
Firstly, from reading a few reviews, I was expecting to be blown away by the artwork because people rant and rave about it. However unfortunately this wasn't the case. Yes, it's simplistic and beautiful but I couldn't bring myself to appreciate it as much as others had. Maybe I just don't have an eye for art, who knows. I do have a few favourite pages where I particularly like the artwork and the clever positioning of the drawings on the page, but I definitely think it didn't live up to the hype.


Secondly, the story line did not go the way I thought it would. I was half expecting a Spirited Away-esque type plot where the gigantic evil …

REVIEW: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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(I know I am INCREDIBLY late to review this book but ... oh well.)

I read TATWD in two days. Two days. 48 hours. Given that last year my Reading Challenge goal was to read one book a month, reading a whole book in two days is quite an accomplishment for me. Safe to say I absolutely loved it.
Prior to this I had only read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns when I was much younger. When TATWD was announced, I was simultaneously excited and apprehensive. The last time I had read John Green I was probably around 14 and my reading tastes have changed drastically since then. I look back fondly on that era of my life, even though I also majorly cringe about it. 
Because of this, I was apprehensive to ruin this fond memory I have by reading a book that is too 'young' for me and find it annoying and cringey. However I was too excited to not ask for it for Christmas. So I did. I asked for it purely on the basis of hype; I hadn't even read the blurb yet. 

If you've already rea…

First Impressions of Harry Potter

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I think I'm in a pretty rare situation. Before a couple of months ago, I had never (and no desire to) read any of the Harry Potter books. I had also only seen the first film, and wasn't that into it. Not really sure why.

But when Asda was selling the 20th anniversary editions of the books for only £3, I couldn't resist. My thought process was basically it's cheap so why not. And here we are!

I didn't have that much to say about The Philosopher's Stone so I thought I'd combine my review of the first two books in one 'first impressions' post. Hope you like it!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone




As I mentioned, I had seen the first film of the series a few years ago and was familiar with the story. Because of this, I was a bit underwhelmed with the book because I knew exactly what was coming - there was no element of surprise. However I fell in love with Hogwarts and the magic that surrounds it. My favourite aspect of The Philosopher's Sto…

Bethany's bookshelf: currently-reading

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