Thursday 26 December 2019

Harry Potter: A Journey through... series (Review)

"The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic."

In the summer of 2019 Pottermore Publishing released four non-fiction short-form eBooks featuring content which is adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic – inspired by the British Library exhibition of the same name.
The four ebooks explored the real History of Magic through the Hogwarts classes. They are done really well and it's a good source for someone to learn a little bit about the History of Magic. 
So, Harry Potter: A Journey through... series was created.

Harry Potter: A journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts (Book 1)

This one focuses on Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts and how they relate to  the colourful characters and curious incidents of the real History of Magic. Spells and charms have captured the imagination for hundreds of years. Warding off evil is also something that has concerned people throughout history. From werewolves to all manner of snakes in the wizarding world, you’d learn how to face a number of strange and frightening forces in Defence Against the Dark Arts classes. It has interesting information and some behind the scenes of the books. I liked it and I was glad there were more of it. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology (Book 2)

This one focuses on Potions and Herbology and it's full with interesting facts about them. Potions have been made for thousands of years – associated with bubbling pots and mysterious ingredients, they have been brewed to make medicines, drugs and poisons. Harry Potter became much better at Potions with a little help from the Half-Blood Prince. Plants have also been important components of medicines as much as myth-making and magic. A source of danger as well as a means of overcoming obstacles, Herbology was a subject which had a major bearing on Harry’s key decisions and mistakes in the Wizarding World.

Rating: 4 Stars

Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy (Book 3)

As the title suggests this is about Divination  and Astronomy.  Prediction and fortune-telling make up the subject of Divination in the real and Wizarding World. From the use of bones and shells thousands of years ago, to peering into teacups in the parlours of Victorian England, for millennia people have strived to see what fate and fortune holds. Trying to read our destinies, the study of the night sky has fascinated people for centuries, from the star atlases of ancient China to the celestial globes of 17th-century Venice. Astronomy holds a special place in the Wizarding World as a source of inspiration and identity for Harry Potter’s life at Hogwarts, and beyond.
This one was the least favorite of mine.

Rating: 4 Stars

Harry Potter : A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures (Book 4)

This is the last one and focuses on the subject Care of Magical Creatures. It has a lot of information about our favorite magical creatures. Well-known folkloric creatures like giants, dragons and merpeople, and lesser-known beings such as Acromantula and Hippogriffs, all play a key role in Harry Potter’s journey. Nevertheless, it seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards. We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us – and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione and Ron.

Rating: 4 Stars

I think that all the ebooks are a very good dose of Harry Potter magic for everyone who misses the Wizarding World.
My favorites were the first two.

Do you know these books?
Have you read them?
If you are a Harry Potter fan (but even if you are not) , I think you should.

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!


Wednesday 18 December 2019

End of the Year Book Tag - 2019

Hello everyone!!

Today we are doing something different. We are doing a book tag. It's a tag that I see a lot around the internet and it's the End of The Year Book Tag , which was created by Ariel Bisset
I think I am a little bit late to this but who cares... It's all about having fun and reading of course!!

Let's start with the questions...

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

We are in the last days of December and I think it's obvious that I want to finish the books that are on my monthly tbr. However, there is one book that I started way back and I want to try and finish it this year. 
The book in question is  The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands by Huw Lewis-Jones (Editor) & Philip Pullman (Contributor).

The Writer’s Map is an atlas of the journeys that our most creative storytellers have made throughout their lives. This magnificent collection encompasses not only the maps that appear in their books but also the many maps that have inspired them, the sketches that they used while writing, and others that simply sparked their curiosity.

I started reading this book in May and I think it's time to finish it.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

No, I do not have a specific book. Any book will do.

Is there a new release you're still waiting for?

If I have done this tag earlier there would be a couple of new releases that I anticipated, like The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. As we are now at the end of the year, I am looking forward to the new 2020 releases that are coming.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White is one book that I want to read before the end of the year and I will probably do as I am buddy reading it with the girls from  #booktalkwithwifey

It's a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

I do not think I have much time for more.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

As we are still in the middle of December, you never know what will happen.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Actually I have started looking into Reading Challenges for 2020. There are a couple interesting ones but I do not know for sure yet. 

That's it for this tag. 
I would love to see your answers to these questions!

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!


Wednesday 11 December 2019

SFF TV or Movie Adaptation News

There are a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy books that are been adapted into TV series or into films and if you wanted to list them all it would take many pages. Recently I read an article about and I decided to select the ones that I am most interested and excited about.

So, in no particular order here they are...

The Witcher

This is adapted into a Netflix TV Series and it's going to air on December 20. 
It is adapted from  The Witcher Saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, which was originally published in 2008, from Orbit Books.

What it’s about: 
Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together (description from Netflix). The series also stars Anya Chalotra as enigmatic sorceress Yennefer and Freya Allan as pivotal princess Ciri.

Season 2 has already received a green light.

The Witches

It is adapted into a movie and it's going to premiere in October 2020. 
It's adapted from the book The Witches by Roald Dahl, which was originally published in 1983,  by Jonathan Cape

What it’s about:
 “Would you know a real witch if you saw one? They don’t ride on broomsticks. They don’t wear black capes or pointy hats. In fact, they don’t look like witches at all. But one thing is certain: A real witch is the most dangerous of all living creatures. So you’d better learn to know one when you see one! The young hero of this award-winning story learns that lesson in a hurry when he encounters a whole gruesome gang of them. He’ll need all his wits about him to foil their wicked scheme—a dastardly plot to rid the world of children forever!” 

The latest version of the movie will take place in 1960s Alabama rather than 1980s England, and the main character will be a Black American child instead of a white British boy.
The film will be directed by Robert Zemeckis, from a script by Zemeckis and Kenya Barris, and will star Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock.


This is adapted into a film and it's going to premiere in December 2020.
It's adapted from  Dune by Frank Herbert, which was originally published in 1965, by Chilton Books

What it’s about: 
Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, whose family accepts stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the coveted “spice” in the universe. After a betrayal, Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control over Arrakis.

Legendary Entertainment has reached an agreement with the Frank Herbert estate in which it has acquired the film and television rights to Dune. The agreement calls for the development and production of possible film and TV projects for a global audience. Brian Herbert has confirmed that Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve will helm the project. The cast includes: Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban, Zendaya as Chani, David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries, Charlotte Rampling as Gaius Helen Mohiam, Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho, Javier Bardem as Stilgar, and Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh. 

Thor: Love and Thunder 

This is going to be a film from Marvel Studios and it will premiere on November 2021.
It is adapted from various Thor comics (character created by Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, and Jack Kirby, 1962)

What it’s about: 
No specific plot details available yet, but Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) will be taking over the role of Thor, weilding Mjolnir and everything. This may suggest an adaptation of the recent Thor comics run by Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman.
Taika Waititi is back to direct. Waititi will also reprise his role as Korg, starring alongside Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie). 

Fantastic Beasts 3

It is going to be a film from Warner Bros and it will premiere in November 2021.
It is adapted from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, which was originally published in 2001, by Bloomsbury (UK) / Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic (U.S.)

What it’s about: 
The next installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, following 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Production is expected to begin in spring 2020.

The Wheel of Time

This is going to be a TV series from Amazon Studios/Sony Pictures Television but the premiere is yet to be determined.
It is adapted from The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, which was originally published in 1990, by Tor Books

What it’s about: 
 “Set in a sprawling world where magic exists but can only be used by women, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interest in these five lies in the fact that she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual who prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.” (The Hollywood Reporter ).

In 2017 came the announcement that Sony Pictures Television would adapt the epic fantasy series alongside Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures, with Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hemlock Grove, Chuck) serving as showrunner. In mid-2018, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke confirmed that the streaming service was developing the TV series; later that year, Amazon gave a full series order. Rosamund Pike’s casting as Moiraine was announced on June 19, 2019. More of the cast was announced later in the summer, and since then they’ve shared a group photo and short video of a table read! No word on an official premiere date, but Judkins indicated that the writers are already working on season two. 


It is adapted into a film by 20th Century Fox.
It'sadapted from Artemis by Andy Weir, which was originally published in 2017, by Crown

What it’s about: 
Jasmine Bashara is an occasional smuggler on Artemis, the first and only city on the Moon. But when Jazz gets the chance to commit the perfect crime, she instead stumbles into the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis.

20th Century Fox acquired the movie rights to the novel months before publication. The Martian producers Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood are onboard for the adaptation, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing. A script has been written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (late of Captain Marvel and Tomb Raider), and in April 2019 The Observer quoted a casting notice for main character Jazz Bashara that was rumored to be circulating.

The Chronicles of Narnia

It is optioned for film and television by Netflix.
It is adapted from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis and the first book The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was originally published in 1950, by Geoffrey Bles.

What it’s about:
 Lewis’ beloved series follows the four Pevensie siblings as they step through an ordinary wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia.

The Mark Gordon Company, Entertainment One (eOne), The C.S. Lewis Company, and Netflix are partnering on various adaptations of all seven books in the series. Coco’s Matthew Aldrich will oversee the production of both series and feature-length adaptations.


It is optioned for television by HBO Max.
It is adapted from Circe by Madeline Miller, which was originally published in 2018, by Little, Brown and Company

What it’s about: 
This reimagining details the life of the witch Circe, a supporting character in The Odyssey, as she is banished to an island in the mortal world, where she harnesses her witchcraft and encounters Daedalus and Icarus, Medea, and of course Odysseus.

HBO Max gave an 8-episode, straight-to-series order for an adaptation from writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who co-wrote and produced 2015’s Jurassic World as well as the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy.

City of Ghosts

 It is optioned for television by The CW.
It is adapted from City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, which was originally published in 2018,  by Scholastic

What it’s about: 
After a near-death experience, college grad Cass discovers that she can pull back the Veil between the worlds of the living and the dead—and she’s not the only one with this gift.

I. Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars) will executive produce alongside Lauren Wagner (The Following, Time After Time), Karen Wyscarver, and Sanford Golden (Bones, Time After Time, Taken).

A Darker Shade of Magic

It is optioned for film by G-BASE.
It is adapted from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, which was originally published in 2015, byTor Books

What it’s about: 
Traveler-magician Kell’s official job is to deliver correspondence between the parallel Londons, but his unofficial job is smuggling visitors to see the flourishing magic of Red London, or the eerie control of White London (though no one is allowed in Black London). When a thief from boring Grey London robs, saves, and then joins Kell, he discovers the perilous magic at the root of everything.

While the original plans for the adaptation was a limited series along the lines of Game of Thrones, the project changed direction in 2017: Schwab will be a producer on the movie version of the first book, with the other two volumes serving as material for a potential franchise. John Wick screenwrite Derek Kolstad will adapt the books for G-BASE.

The Lord of the Rings

It is optioned for television by Warner Bros. Television/Amazon Studios.
It is adapted from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, which was originally published in 1954, by Allen & Unwin

What it’s about: 
According to the press release in late 2017, the series will also explore “new storylines” preceding The Fellowship of the Ring, making this a prequel series… possibly following young Aragorn?

Amazon Studios will adapt the trilogy into an epic fantasy TV series alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust as well as New Line Cinema. Amazon has made a five-season commitment but must begin production by 2020 per the terms of the deal. Writing duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek 4, Jungle Cruise) will develop the series. In October Deadline reported that the show’s villain Oren, will be played by Joseph Mawle. Mawle will be familiar to fans of epic fantasy from his turn as Uncle Benjen in HBO’s Game of Thrones. And, as the road goes on and ever one, the show has already been renewed for a second season, years before its premiere.

Shadow and Bone

It is optioned for television by Netflix.
It is adapted from Shadow and Bone, from the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo, which were originally published in  2012, by Macmillan

What it’s about: 
Here’s how Deadline describes the series: “In a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at war now, and it will take more than magic to survive.”

Shadow and Bone will combine both the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows duology into one TV series. Eric Heisserer (Bird Box, Arrival) will serve as creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Bardugo will also be an EP alongside Pouya Shahbazian (the Divergent series) and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) of production company 21 Laps Entertainment. In October the first round of casting was announced with Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Amita Suman as Inej, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, and, Ben Barnes as the Darkling.

What do you think? Which one do you anticipate the most?
For me it The Darker Shades of Magic for sure!!


As a disclaimer the majority of the information is from Tor and if you want a bigger list of adaptations you can visit their site for it.

Wednesday 4 December 2019

November 2019 Wrap Up

It's time for another monthly wrap up and this one is, as the title suggests, for November 2019. It was a good reading month but I hope to do better in December as I am a little bit behind on my Goodreads Challenge.

Let's see together the books I read this month.

Serpent & Dove - Shelby Mahurin

This is a book that I wasn't expecting to like based on its synopsis, but I loved it and became one of my favorites.

Read my full review here

Help Wanted, Must Love Books - Janet Summer Johnson & Courtney Dawson (ill.)

This is a cute little picture book. It has beautiful illustrations and the story is so sweet. It's main theme is the special bond between a father and his daughter and the importance of family time.
I highly recommend this picture book.

It comes out in March 2020. - I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, the first book in The Folk of Air series is full of hype but let me tell you that the hype is real in this case.
Magic, fairies and politics all in one book. What else do you need?

Read my full review here

Aesop's Fables - Aesop

I have read a collection of Aesop's Fables before (as a child) and I found it very interesting. Reading it as an adult is still interesting but I think more suited for kids.However, there are very good messages coming through and some of them contain life lessons.This particular collection is very good as it contains a very good selection of the fables.

Where's Spot? - Eric Hill

I just love this book!!
It was one of my favorites when I was growing up and now it is time to pass it to my daughter. It's the first book from the Fun with Spot series that feature the little puppy Spot and his adventures. This is a board book version which is perfect for little hands.

 Shades of Magic, Vol 2 - The Night of Knives - V. E. Schwab

I love anything that Victoria writes and this is no exception. 
The story of Maxim Maresh and how he got the title of The Steel Prince is very very good and the illustrations are just gorgeous. 

A full review will follow soon. 

Antiracist Baby - Ibram X Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (ill.)

A beautiful board book that shows parents and children how to say no to racism. In the book there are nine easy steps that our little ones can take so we can have a more equitable world. It's the perfect gift and it will start many conversations between parents and children. Also the illustrations are bold and beautiful and they accompany perfectly the book.

It comes out in June 2020. - I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review

Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Truth with Socrates -  Duane Armitage, Maureen McQuerry, Robin Rosenthal (ill.)

This is a beautiful board book that introduces deep questions to small children with an accessible way. This particular one is about the philosopher Socrates and truth. The meaning of being honest and the importance of asking questions to learn more. Also, it has very pretty illustrations.

It comes out in July 2020 - I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review

I also read a comic book with stories from Disney. It comes out every month and I try to buy it when I remember.

That's it for November!
Have you read any of these? What do you think?

See you in the next post and don't forget to keep reading!!!


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