Category: Pastime Pleasures

Pastime Pleasures #33 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Posted June 9, 2017 by Charlotte in Pastime Pleasures, Reviews / 0 Comments
Pastime Pleasures #33 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This has to be my favourite Harry Potter out of the whole series. It is the pivotal point in the Harry Potters and a complete game changer. Goblet of Fire is the starting point for Harry and co to grow up. Before Harry’s adventures were limited to in-school activities. And Voldermort is still a shadow of himself. And it is now all going to change. Because now that he is back. There is a lot of Quidditch, adventure and thrills. As Harry races to the end of the Triwizard cup and starts to realise that he is a teenager. The fact that Harry and co are growing up lead to some hilarious moments as hormones take the better of them. And we get to learn about other schools. I loved that we finally get to know so much more about the wizarding world rather than just Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and Harry’s life in the summer holidays. “We are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided.” – Albus Dumbledore Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 752 other subscribers […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #32 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #32 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Pastime Pleasures is a book that I have read and loved over the last few years. Five to be precise. When I first read this book I wasn’t a huge fan. Harry Potter was so much better than this! But over the years as my love for all things Harry Potter have grown so have my feeling for this little book. Because after this book the Harry Potter books double in size.  Also can I mention Crookshanks?! He is like a secret ninja secret spy agent cat. He knows what is happening and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. While it this Harry Potter was never my favourite in terms of magic and adventure. It is still a great book and essential to the series. Basically our wizarding world is expanded. We get to know about an all magical wizard village, sweets with really cool names and a big history lesson. And then there is the time-turner. It would literally give me all the time in the world to go back and read for a few hours more so that my reading pile would be a lot smaller. Maybe… “You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #31 – Artemis Fowl

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #31 – Artemis Fowl

Pastime Pleasures is finally back after a long absence! I’m not sure it will be posted as regularly as before but it is good to have this feature back and to share books that have given me joy in the past. As before the book must have been published five years ago. I loved this book as a child, but it is only recently that I managed to read the entire series, I think I only got to book four before deciding I was too young to read such nonsense. How foolish was I? This is a book that you just have to take it as it is. A good fun, silly caper that involves fairies. And yes you did read that correctly. As a kid this was a gripping story about 12 year old who basically got away with EVERYTHING. What kid would not want that? And while he is a clever, cocky thing you can’t help but root for him, despite the snarky comments and the issue of whether or not he is actually a bad guy, or a guy with good intentions doing bad things. Make sense to you? A fun modern take on mythology of faeries and that pot of […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #30 – The Magicians' Guild

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #30 – The Magicians' Guild

Pastime Pleasures is finally back after a long absence! I’m not sure it will be posted as regularly as before but it is good to have this feature back and to share books that have given me joy in the past. As before the book must have been published five years ago. This is always a joy to read and it is so so easy to read this series one book after the other with no pause for anything else. This is a book that is impossible to put down and from the moment you start this book you will be engulfed in the world. From the moment Soena finds out she has magic until the very end, every moment can be imagined and every moment is magical. While not stuffed with action, this is a book that is pretty exciting and makes it hard to put down. Add to that multiple characters to love and cherish, relationships to believe in and truth to be uncovered. This is a book that I can garentee will be loved and enjoyed. And with effortless dialogue and witty statements, its hard not to laugh and enjoy as well. “How am I going to […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #29 – The Valley of Adventure

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #29 – The Valley of Adventure

Welcome to my  feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago. Based on the fact that the spine of this book is the most damaged in this series I have had to conclude that it is my favourite book! And what is there not to love – four children on on their own having an adventure with a parrot – Kiki who is hilarious. I mean Diana, Philip, Jack and Lucy could survive a few days without adult supervision and in my child-brain it was perfectly reasonable that I could too. This was an inspiring and exciting book from my childhood, and one that I still read now if I want something comforting. I mean the children (because that is what they are) do clever and extremely brave things – the waterfall scene is hilarious! – they are resourceful and prepared. Also they somehow manage to end up in an unknown / unexplored valley that has some priceless treasure. And […]