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New edition of a childhood favourite

Ravenclaw House

“Where those of wit and learning will always find their kind” – The Sorting Hat. 

Absolutely adore these new editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published by Bloomsbury to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this magical book being published. There’s beautiful additional content and illustrations, specific to each house. The covers are so simple and slick, both in design and colour.
I’m so grateful to have experienced the joy and wonder that these books created as I grew up – to have been part of that spectacular atmosphere. J.K. Rowling will always be a hero to me, like she is to countless others around the world, whatever Hogwarts House they may belong to.

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Monday Musings: A dash of magic

Today was a long, busy Monday at work.

I needed a dash of magic to relax and recover so I made a cup of tea (this mug is a favourite of mine) and started re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Returning to Hogwarts is always a pleasure. 

I recently downloaded the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook, narrated by Stephen Fry, and it was ridiculously good. He’s such a talented actor, and he really portrayed each character so uniquely. I could also hear how much he was enjoying reading/performing the book – hearing that undertone of excitement really added something to my own listening experience.

Oh, and I love the artwork that goes with each audiobook – so simple and striking.


There’s nothing quite like turning the pages of a book though, which is why I decided not to download The Chamber of Secrets (yet). 

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Instagram account (and other news)

Afternoon all!

I’m deciding to use Valentine’s Day to celebrate my love for books by setting up an Instagram account linked with this blog. 

If any of you are on there, search for: @life.with.literature – and give us a follow.

Would love to follow and support your accounts there too – leave a comment on this post so I can find you.

In other news:

My review of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time is in the process of being written.

In relation to my previous post, I finally decided to read The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry. Harry Potter will have to wait.

Have a good day, everyone.

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Dilemma: New Reads or Old Favourites?

Does anyone else ever have an excruciating experience choosing whether to pick up a new, shiny, unspoiled book or a much-loved, repeatedly-read favourite?

I’m currently in the midst of such a dilemma. I finished ‘A God In Ruins’ 10 days ago, and though I’ve been at work a lot, I’ve still spent too long internally debating this choice.

You see, I have a pile of books that I’ve bought in the last six months but haven’t had time to read due to uni commitments. That’s not even the full pile in the picture above. I’m desperate to read them, because there’s nothing quite like diving into the unknown, experiencing new worlds and characters, getting to grips with the author’s style (if you’ve not read any of their work before). The one that is really grabbing my attention is The Essex Serpent, mainly because of the amazing reviews it’s had, but also because the cover is stunning and it keeps catching my eye.
However, I’m also aching to return to Hogwarts. I haven’t read the Harry Potter series for years, but as my friends and I are going to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (beyond excited!) in March, part of me thinks I should be reading them, like a sort of ‘preparation’ for entering that world in a new story. And also because the Harry Potter series is every kind of wonderful anyway. I may leave a discussion regarding why I think this for another post because I have a long list of reasons. 
Ok, I know that technically I could read them at the same time but I like to give proper time and concentration to books, especially new reads, because I think I can appreciate them more when they’re the only object of my attention. (Although maybe my brain just isn’t up to dealing with multiple reading goals at the moment – it’s been a long few months!)

Basically, I’m torn over something that doesn’t seem like it’s a huge decision, but I’m worrying about it anyway. I don’t want to buy any more books until I’ve worked through the current ‘to be read pile’ but my ‘to buy’ pile is ever-growing.

Has anyone else ever had this dilemma? 

Do you prefer new books or much-read ‘favourites’?

Hope everyone is having a good week!