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The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

The fact that this is a spy story set in Britain just makes me ridiculously happy. There are so many stories that are based in America, so every time I read something that is so obviously not American. Combine this with the fact that it’s a story about kid spies – the series is a winning story. At least in my opinion.

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The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

It took me a little while to become enthralled with The Bloody Chamber. It was recommended to me by a lecturer, and, although it didn’t fascinate me in the first words, I decided to give it a go. And, in a round-about way, I’m glad that I did. This isn’t a story that I would read again and again and again. But, it is one that I would recommend to anyone who likes to read and wants to broaden their horizons.

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Switched Mediums

There is nothing. I repeat. Nothing more frustrating than watching a book-turned-movie and finding that they have all of the facts wrong. Especially when it’s a story that you have loved and become emotionally tied to. Watching it get butchered on the big screen is possibly one of the worst pains of the twenty-first century.

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The Tale of Katherine of Aragon

The tale of the Tudors, Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon has captured minds and hearts for generations. Falling Pomegranate Seeds, the newest book by Melbourne-based author Wendy Dunn dives straight into this world of mayhem and mystery and brings forth a shining gem in the form of Katherine of Aragon. Katherine’s story as the sorrowful, replaced woman takes you deep into the depths of the time of the Tudors. The mayhem, mystery and murder of the time.

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NCIS Season One – Review

I grew up watching NCIS, version 2.0 (with Ziva the main lead). So it was really good fun going back to the very first season and re-watching the entire saga. Plus, getting to know Special Agent Kate Todd was like a breath of fresh air. The mixture of Agent Gibbs, Anthony DiNozzo and the forensics team creates a dynamic cast and on-screen family that you immediately fall in love with.

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

This is my all-time favourite Harry Potter extra. It is just so sweet, and made me feel like the Harry Potter universe was a reality. Something which I always appreciate when I read fiction. It’s nice to imagine that young wizards grew up on fairy tales like us muggles. And being able to read the stories of right and wrong in that world (much like our own morality-pointing fairytales), is something that I plan to do again and again and again.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I always feel like this is the Harry Potter book that goes from a childish fantasy tale to a series that is complex and a little too serious. Partly it’s because of the content, but I it’s also because if you look in the book case, this book is a LOT thicker than the first three tales in this epic story. Since the first Harry Potter book, I have loved J.K. Rowling’s investigation of relationships. From Ron, Harry and Hermione’s rocky start to their friendship to Malfoy’s jealousy, the relationships follow a really realistic pattern and feel real. And the Goblet of Fire follows this progression.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Growing up, The Prisoner of Azkaban was my least favourite Harry Potter book. It just seemed slightly slower and a little off-topic. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve finally gotten a good appreciation of how wonderful this story actually is. I love the character of Sirius and finally getting to meet him and watch the story of James Potter’s childhood unfold is really interesting. After reading the whole series numerous times, the set up in this story makes the rest of the series make so much more sense. The small pieces that seemed so insignificant when I was a child are actually what make the series so potent.

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