Book Review: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp

Hey Folks!
To get into the magic spirit before watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Review coming in the days, right here), I finally read the last Hogwarts Library book missing in my collection. So let’s find out some stuff about Quidditch!

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

Quidditch Through the Ages Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
Kennilworthy Whisp collected many interesting facts about every wizards favourite game, Quidditch. First of all, we find out about the history, the development of the game itself, famous teams and all the rules!

 

The Rating:
As usual: lovely. JK Rowling excelled herself with this one. I really like Fantastic Beats and Where to find them (the original book, not the screenplay) and The Tales of Beedle The Bard, so I was excited to finally check it out. Quidditch Through the Ages is another great supplement to cure the post Harry Potter blues. Not only has she created an amazing world but also gives it more depth with each single book she publishes. She pays attention to every detail, like inventing a magical writer or giving a foreword by Dumbledore. Even the illustrations are on point. But what I liked best about this one is the humor. I can’t even tell you how often I laughed out loud! Continue reading

Book Review: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7)

Hello folks!
I just finished The Vile Village, part 7 in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Only 6 more books to go, but before I get started with the Hostile Hospital, we’ll take a look on this one!

Goodreads Cover – The Vile Village

 

The Plot:
The Beaudelaire orphans are in trouble. After their last guardian turned out to be Count Olaf’s evil girlfriend, Mr. Poe has trouble finding a new home for the children. They end up entering a program where an entire town takes on the responsibility of raising them and the town’s name is: VFD. Are Violet, Klaus and Sunny one step closer to solving the mystery? Or is it just another cruel joke? Continue reading

Book Review: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)

Hello folks!
I’m almost half-way through. The Ersatz Elevator is part six of thirteen in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Let’s follow the Beaudelaire orphans on their journey!

Goodreads Cover - The Ersatz Elevator

Goodreads Cover – The Ersatz Elevator

 

The Plot:
After getting kicked out of boarding school and watching their friends being kidnapped by Count Olaf, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are sent to live with the Squalors. The super wealthy couple takes the children in, as orphans are currently “in”. But believe me, that’s not the only thing that feels off right from the start.

 

The Rating:
Well, this one really was interesting.
It will really take you a bit before you figure out where exactly this is going. Right when you think you’ve got it all figured out, one huge plot-twist comes along. The fire in which the Beaudelaire parents were killed becomes even more mysterious. We don’t learn anything new about the circumstances but by now it’s clear that something huge had been going on there. Continue reading

Book Review: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)

Hey guys!
Time for another part of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I just finished the fifth installment, let’s see whether it is any good!

Book Reads Cover - The Austere Academy

Book Reads Cover – The Austere Academy

 

The Plot:
After escaping Count Olaf’s clutches at the Luckysmells Lumbermill, the Beaudelaire orphans are sent to boarding school. You might think that things will get better there, but it soon turns out this school won’t be a save haven either. The only silver lining: Violet, Klaus and Sunny befriend the Quagmire triplets who also have a sad and mysterious past…

 

The Rating:
After reading The Miserable Mill I was wondering what would happen in the next books to get me motivated to check out all thirteen novels. Things had gotten a bit repetitive but let me tell you, The Austere Academy saves the day. Continue reading

Book Review: Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

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A while ago I wrote a Book vs. Movie post on Forrest Gump. But I decided to give the book a review by itself as it rarely happens that I get so thoroughly disappointed. Usually it’s the movie that’s a letdown, but in this case it’s the book. So let’s check that out in detail.

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom (Goodreads Cover)

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom (Goodreads Cover)

 

The Plot:
Forrest Gump is an kind-hearted young man. Some people might call him slow-witted. Nevertheless he experiences many adventures and goes through life like no one else does…

 

The Rating:
Well, how do I begin. I’m not too fond of Winston Groom’s novel. First of all, his Forrest is not half as relatable and amiable as the movie version. To be honest, throughout the entire book I never really began to care for his character. Continue reading

Book Review: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another post on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I finally finished part three, The Miserable Mill!

Goodreads-Cover for The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Goodreads-Cover for The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

 

The Plot:
After their last encounter with Count Olaf, the Beaudelair Children are sent to the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. It soon turns out that many things are quite irritating their: the workers get paid in coupons, only get chewing gum for lunch, and the kids (including Sunny) have to start working at the mill. So far Count Olaf is nowhere to be seen, but why does the house across the street look like his tattoo?

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, so far this is my least favourite book in the series. There’s a lot of stuff going on but it feels just a little more superficial than the novels before. Although there were some funny and sad moments, The Miserable Mill failed to pull me in as much as the rest of the series did. Continue reading