February 1, 2015

Blog of Erised Goes on Hiatus

This post has been in the thinking for the past three weeks, and in the past few days I have come to a conclusion that is indeed exactly what I both need and want.

I have been juggling a lot of things lately, and they have all been amounting to just too much for me. At last. I have always had so many things going on at the same time it was a miracle I managed it. Now I am officially overwhelmed. I cannot stretch myself any further.

Between my job, my school, my life, and my hobbies, I have to ditch one to retain what little sanity I have left. I have been 'writing' my dissertations for months now, and I've been putting it aside for so long that I will have to reread the whole thing and edit half of it if I am lucky. I just cannot afford to prolong this further. I am graduating this autumn and that is it. I am going to dedicate this time to my dissertation and finish my school era once and for all.

But it's not just my dissertation that's making me want to take a break. I have been having some reading issues as well. First it was a book slump, now it's lack of time. I only read one book in January, and the pressure I feel from it is really driving me insane. I know nobody is forcing me to read and review books, or update my blog regularly (you probably noticed it's pretty quiet around here lately), but to be relevant in this community as a blogger, I have to provide some content. Which I just can't at the moment. I have no time, and I have no will. I am struggling with reading so there are no new reviews, I barely manage some feeble TTT posts that are not required of me in any way but I force myself with them anyway. And I do the Harry thing just because I really love Harry, even though half the time I find it a tedious task.

So starting with February, I am taking a two months long hiatus. I will be posting linkies for my challenge on the page, but more than that is pointless to expect from me. I will hopefully be around on social media and on your blogs if I manage. I must finish my dissertation, and hopefully read some books in the meantime as well, away from the pressure of blogging. I may be back in a month, you never know, but I am taking extra time, just in case.

January 29, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!

Best joke from the series

I find Harry Potter series really funny and I cannot possibly pick my favorite moment! There are of course all the jokes that the Weasley twins pulled, Ron was pretty funny as well, I loved Harry's sarcasm and McGonagall's sass as well. I think the whole Lockhart ordeal was pretty hilarious despite making me really antsy as I read it... All in all there are just so many things that made me laugh out loud - I posted one of them recently with McGonagall's quotes from OotP where she verbally battles Umbridge - those are fantastic! But I am picking something else for this week's moment...

Divination class

Professor Trelawney: Would anyone like me to help interpret the shadowy realms within their orb?
Ron (whispering to Harry): I don't need help. It's obvious what this means. There's going to be loads of fog tonight.

I just love this, it's really funny, and I remember laughing like an idiot when I read it the first time, and then again and again every single time after that, because I am usually forgetting this line is even in the book. Then again most of divination classes were hilarious.

And let's not forget Gred and Forge here...

1st Weasley Twin: Oh, are you a prefect, Percy? You should have said something, we had no idea.
2nd Weasley Twin: Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it. Once --
1st Weasley Twin: Or twice --
2nd Weasley Twin: A minute --
1st Weasley Twin: All summer --
Percy: Oh, shut up!

Fred: Oh get out of the way, Percy. Harry's in a hurry.
George: Yeah, he's off to the Chamber of Secrets for a cup of tea with his fanged servant.

Fred Weasley: Anyone can speak Troll, All you have to do is point and grunt.

Percy: I shudder to think what the state of my in-tray would be if I was away from work for five days.
Fred: Yeah, someone might slip dragon dung in it again, eh, Perce?
Percy: That was a sample of fertilizer from Norway! It was nothing personal!
Fred (whispering to Harry): It was. We sent it.

Fred: He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.

Collected from here. They have a bunch more, so funny!

Image source.

January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Love to Read If I Had A Book Club

I don't do book club because I cannot even stand by my seasonal TBR piles. I'd never be able to read a specific read in a week because I am also a mood reader so this would just get in a way. My perfect book club would be everyone reading for a month and then we'd have a weekend away to gush about books we read and loved for 3 days straight. 
I do suck at reading Slovenian books and I want to change that. I have read some great Slovenian literature and it's a shame I haven't been keeping up with the trend. As a kid I enjoyed 'our' books a lot. So I am not posting what I should read but rather my favorite Slovenian reads I've read in my life. Maybe a book club where we focused on local literature would do many of us good.

Bogdan Novak's books
I read nearly all of his books that were out by the time I was out of elementary and into high school. I loved them all, he was my favorite Slovenian author when I was a child. My favorite books by him were similar to Famous Five by Enid Blyton (my ACTUAL faves from my childhood before HP came along).

Desa Muck's books
I haven't read all of her books but I've read some and they were really funny. She was pretty controversial when I was little, she wrote about sex in one book and people actually dared one another to borrow it from the school library. But her novels were always so life-like and so real, and very educational in a way. And very funny, too.

Janja Vidmar's books
Her books are very life-like as well, she touched topics of gay boys, of emigrants, of body image with girls, and she even wrote a scary book. I liked reading her stories because they were real and very engaging.

Ivan Sivec's books
I read a few of his works and liked the books a lot as well. I haven't followed him after I went to high school though, he writes a lot! His latest series is focused on Romans in Slovenian area and I am very tempted to read these.

This weekly meme is from The Broke and the Bookish.

January 22, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week

This is a meme hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts. The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/films/J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related!

Best spot to chill at Hogwarts

Ohhhhh ugh, everywhere?! I would love to hang by the lake, especially in the warm months, mostly when the school's ending so you're really as care-free as possible. Laying in the sun and so on. It'd also be great to hang out at the cozy common rooms, the one from the movies, of Gryffindor, looked so homey and comfy I would never leave. Dormitories are probably very fun, too, to have a smaller gathering with just your mates (like Harry and Ron had with the boys in one of the books, PoA I think?). Prefect's bathroom! I'd actually try hard enough to become a prefect just for that. FOR REAL. And Room of Requirement of course, if you make it a comfy getaway! Even Hogsmeade must be great, to stroll the streets and such. But I guess that's off limits since we're talking the school. I am picking

by the lake

I know it's not ideal for every day but in the summer it must be awesome! For colder months I'd say common room - warm fire, a drink, a book... Perfect!

The Great Lake (alternatively known as the Black Lake) is a large body of water located to the south of the castle. It is about half a mile in diameter and the Hogwarts plumbing network drains into it. It is home to a Giant Squid, Grindylows, and a colony of Merpeople. The lake was also used as the site of the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament. The Slytherin common room is beneath the lake, accessed through an entrance in the school dungeons. The Chamber of Secrets is also thought to be beneath the lake. At some point, Neville Longbottom's pet toad, Trevor, escaped into the lake, joining other toads that lived there.

Check out a cool map here.

Sources: gif - text

January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Freebie: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Last week I didn't have time to post a TTT post so I am choosing that topic for this week's freebie round. I did manage to read the King though, this year! But I am still putting it on the list for unread books of 2014.

This weekly meme is from The Broke and the Bookish.

January 17, 2015

Book review: The King

It was good but I expected more.