Book Chat #8: Happy Birthday, J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter!

Hi everyone! Today is J. K. Rowling’s fiftieth—and Harry Potter’s thirty-fifth—birthday! Here’s a Book Chat that’s rather different than the ones I usually post; one that I’ve poured all my thoughts and feelings about the world of Harry Potter into…

Dear J. K. Rowling,

I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was quite young—all the way back in primary school. As I opened the book and read the first line,

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much,”

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o The battered old book that started it all.

I had no idea what lay ahead. But I read and eventually drifted off into the magical world where anything is possible (which I’m happy to say I still visit quite often). I devoured one book after the other, and when I had finished all the books, back to back, in under two weeks, I read them again and again. They never lost their excitement, no matter how many times I flipped through their pages.

This sounds cliché, I know, but I truly felt as though I was alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione through it all— marveling at the sheer enormity of Hogwarts, raising my hand in Charms class, whizzing through the air in a Quidditch match, sneaking over to Hagrid’s in the middle of the night, fighting all sorts of magical beasts, dueling with Lord Voldemort, banding together with everyone in the epic Battle of Hogwarts. You see, the characters were not simply characters. They were people, just as real as my family and friends.

But, looking back, underneath these thrilling, brilliantly worded accounts of three clever, mischievous students at Hogwarts learning magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and book chat picWizardry, meeting all sorts of magic folk, and bringing together everyone to help defeat You-Know-Who Voldemort, there lie quite a few important lessons—namely about love and determination and human nature—that have stayed with me since that very first book, and for that, J. K. Rowling, I must thank you.

As Professor Dumbledore once said,

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most

inexhaustible source of magic,

capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

You have certainly proved him right, J. K. Rowling. ❤

Happy Birthday to you and Harry! (And Neville Longbottom too.)

Yours truly,


P.S.: I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter… 🙂


Words to Use More Often: #2

Well, hello there!

It’s been a while! I’m finally back home after an amazing vacation and yet I’ve got so much to catch up on in Travel Snippets! 😐 Worry not though, I’m back on schedule (hopefully) and will be posting more Travel Snippets as well as Book Reviews and Book Chats, both of which I was unable to write while abroad due to my lack of books. So, for now, here’s another Words to Use More Often— interesting words that I love and want to bring back into everyone’s daily vocabulary. Enjoy!

>> Ethereal


  1. exquisitely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

>> Bliss


  1. pure joy; perfect happiness

>> Elusive


  1. difficult to find, catch, or achieve

>> Labyrinth


  1. a complicated, irregular network of passages and paths where it is difficult to find the way out; a maze

>> Loquacious


  1. talking a great deal; talkative

>> Briar

noun [alternate spelling: brier]

prickly, scrambling bushes, such as wild roses

>> Discombobulated


frustrated, confused

>> Marginalia


  1. notes in the margins of a book

>> Regal


  1. resembling that of a monarch
  2. majestic and dignified

>>  Nonchalant


  1. feeling casual and calm
  2. not showing interest or anxiety; appearing neutral

❤ Yasimone

Travel Snippets || Part 1: Surprise Delicacies at Frankfurt Airport

Hi! Happy July! Everybody here probably knows that I’ve been abroad lately, so here’s Part I of my mini travel series! I know it’s a little out of the ordinary, seeing as this is a book blog, but I just wanted to share some of the really cool places I’ve been. 🙂 So this begins waaaaay from the start of my trip, back at the beginning of June…

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A photo from the Frankfurt Airport, where I had a transfer flight to my final destination, Turkey.
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Literally the BEST cakes I’ve ever had in my life: lemon cheescake and raspberry chocolate.

I love airports. There’s just something about them— people from all over the world together under one roof, making their way to such amazing places for so many different reasons. It’s enough to leave you in awe. Since I had a couple of hours to spare before my transfer flight took off from Frankfurt Airport, I walked around a little before discovering a McCafé. And guess what? They have the best cakes! (After all, Germany is known for having really good gourmet cakes, but still, I hadn’t expected to find epiphany at a McCafé, of all places.) It was a really nice surprise after getting off a long, exhausting flight. 🙂

To be continued…

❤ Yasimone