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My Time at #Yallwest | 2016

Posted 6 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fun, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

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I’m home!
So as you should know by now, I went to Yallwest 2016 in Santa Monica,  California. It’s basically a YA and MG book festival for anyone that… I guess loves those kinds of books. Which is to say… Me.  I love them.  And at this festival of the divinely talented, was quite frankly the BEST author line up I’ve ever witnessed.  Ever.  It was unreal and amazing how so much awesomesauce managed in the same vicinity let alone building. And, the authors I did meet, were all so nice and friendly.  Sometimes, like with celebrities, you forget that they are humans too.
I went on my own to LA, and stayed with a good friend who offered me her couch for the 4 nights I’d be invading her home. I then, on the Friday, met up with a friend from Twitter, Molly, who was most kind to offer me a lift to the venue, and we stood in line in the blistering heat (or at least, it was for me), for what felt like decades but was in fact only an hour.  Sigh.
We eventually got shuffled in to separate lines in order to get wrist bands for individual authors.  I didn’t know we’d be standing for two hours, so I gave up and decided to try my luck the next day. While Molly stayed in line,  I went to ask about Press passes, and had a to and fro battle with staff who didn’t know anything about it. Anyway,  long story short,  it turned out to be a big miscommunication and the press passes didn’t cover that evening.  Myself and my roomie friend went out for dinner. Jack in the Box.  Lovely.
Come Saturday, I’m nervous, excited, and already so tired.  We leave early, but not early enough since I missed the keynote speech. Also, turned out the press pass let you in to keynotes without having to pay.  Shame I hadn’t known this before I got tickets, eh.
The first panel I did make it to was the one I wanted all along.  The Booksplosion panel with Christine Riccio, Jesse George  and Kat O’Keefe.  You’ve probably heard of them in the Booktube universe.   
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They were brilliant and it was so worth it. I met Natasha Polis and got a picture taken with her.  Selfie style.DSC00599
I missed out on the meet and greet afterwards because I got confused as to what was happening when it looked like they were leaving…So I went to part of a panel about good writers, bad story telling. Was only there for about 10 minutes.
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Went to a panel about Femship, Bromance and Friendship. Was interesting, but not a panel I was entirely bothered by.
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DSC00603I then went to queue for Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman signing. 
They were really nice and I had asked if I could interview them sometime, but that never came to be. Mostly my fault. I don’t have the confidence to just go up to them unless it’s scheduled like a signing. I’m such a weakling. 🙁 But anyway, at least I got to meet them. I’m gutted I didn’t get an ARC of Gemina but that was mostly due to the lines being so long, I didn’t bother. 
Afterwards we went to the Green Room where all the authors and press congregate to relax, interview, eat, etc. If only I’d had more courage because there were so many of my idols sitting in one room, it was overwhelming. I would look at the booktubers and wish I was friends with them, but they’re so..high profile, it’s not like I could just go up to them and start chatting. I’m too conscious of how young I look and it really does stop me from doing things I’d probably not think anything of if I looked my age. I realise it shouldn’t…but it does. I also asked Jenny Han to sign my new copy of To All The Boys I’ve Loved before. I’ve misplaced my original copy. 
Browsed the booths where organisations such as Epic Reads, Penguin Teen, Freeform and other book related people gave away books/swag via spinning a wheel. Some also had competitions at certain hours to win ARCS, but the lines got so crazy that it was almost impossible to do that AND do anything else. I won a Da Vinci’s Tiger at one of the booths. YAY! 
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The last panel was the Smackdown, which was going okay but then I needed the toilet and I felt like utter shit, what with lack of food, so I left early. I’d hoped to get a snack from one of the food trucks but when I got there, they’d all gone. So that was that. 
We went out for food afterwards, eventually, and after that DAY 1 of YALLWEST was complete!
Wow, the exhaustion was real! 
I went to the first keynote. Tahereh Mafi and Marie Lu were the panelists. It was such a good talk and so inspirational. I could honestly listen to these two for days if possible. Tahereh and Marie talked about their experience as writers and stories of their career. Tahereh said she once read all the 1 star reviews written about her, and it was the worst decision ever. They both explained that if you’re kind to people, it will come back around to you. There were lots of points they gave that were so valid and I found myself agreeing and nodding along, almost like they were talking about me.
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After this I went to line up for Tahereh’s signing, but before that I went to the booth where they were giving away copies of Furthermore, the soon to be released Middle Grade novel by Tahereh. Watch this space for a giveaway! The waiting for the signing was so hot but so worth it. She was so nice, and she said (though sometimes they do, even if they don’t mean it. Either way I’m flattered.) that she remembered me from Comic Con last year. 
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After that we went back to the Green Room to get food. But on the way, guess who I got to have a picture with? AGAIN! I love Christine. I don’t care if she’s several years younger than me, she’s my idol in the Youtube world, and I’d love to be her friend. Sigh. Oh god, I look hideous! But anyway…here you go. 
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I also met Jesse, who remembered me from ‘social media’ which I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Probably because I’d tagged him in a photo the night before. 
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While getting food, I met Margaret Stohl who asked me where I was from and upon telling her “London” she…well, I think it was a high five. Or a side five? I’m not sure. But it was cool, anyway. 🙂
Inside the green room, after a few moments of wondering if it was her or not, I got the courage to ask Victoria Aveyard for a picture.  I also got up the nerve to talk to Marie Lu and ask her to sign my new copy of The Rose Society. 
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I felt a bit stupid because logically I should have known it was her, but yknow, twitter pictures and real life version can be deceptive. Anyway, she was nice and I’m so glad I got to meet her! I just wish I’d been a bit more articulate and less…me. Haha.
When we were leaving, I couldn’t find my phone. Cue panic! I went back to the place I last saw it, and thank god it was still there! I mean, anywhere else, when not surrounded by book lovers, I’m pretty sure it would have been a lost cause. But given how stressed I was, I decided to miss a panel I actually wanted to see, and went back to the green room to relax and calm down before my interview with Alexandra Bracken. Sitting there in the green room, all alone, it was daunting and I kept on kicking myself for not being brave enough to go talk to authors I so admire. Like Veronica Roth, author of one of my favourite dystopians ever, was sitting RIGHT. THERE. and like an idiot I didn’t say anything. The interview went really well! i was so terrified and nervous but she’s such a nice person and I couldn’t believe my luck when she agreed to let me interview her. It meant so much to me. I hope I came across okay. 
The last panel I went to, I only caught the last twenty minutes or so. It was a storymob game, with Veronica Roth, Ransom Riggs and Victoria Aveyard, where they would create fanfiction given certain prompts.  It was funny. 
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After the panel there was a closing of the event thing where flowers and thanks were given. 
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I have a lot more photos, which I’ll post on a video I’m doing this weekend. I’ll upload that when it’s done. 🙂
Well, I hope you’ve liked this post. It’s  long, I know, but I had a lot to say and talk about. I had a fantastic time at YallWest. Sure, it had it’s down points, and there was blood, sweat and tears (almost quite literally at times), but it was so worth the trip out there. Another big thanks to my friend Miranda who put up with me for 4 days and she really didn’t have to. I will always appreciate what my friends do for me. I just wish it was always reciprocated. Sigh. Anyway, I met a few new people this time, who I hope I can keep in contact with.  I accumulated a lot of books over the week I was away, since I went to Barnes and Noble the day after. 
I have a book haul going up in a week or so, so watch out for that. As for now, I say, have a good one! xD
XX KAT XX
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Deweys 24hr #Readathon | The Verdict

Posted 24 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Readathons, Updates / 2 Comments

Okay, guys. Okay. It happened!
I did the 24hr readathon and…promptly got defeated. I fell asleep at 10.30pm. Yeah.
I managed to read a total of..250 pages. It was a 500 page book, so…yeah. But I’d started at page 49, so that gave me a head start. 
I honestly feel so ashamed. I can’t believe the people that have read five or six books in 24hrs, though. That’s insane! I wish I had that ability to speed read. 
Anyway, I just thought I’d tell you all what a massive fail I made of this challenge, as I intended on staying up, but my body just…no. I couldn’t!
Maybe I’ll do better next time. I applaud those that did amazingly well and read more than 1 book. Wow. 
So what’s next? Well, besides me having to speed write and finish my Camp Nano story, I have YallWest next weekend, and then who knows? Something great, I hope.
Have a lovely Sunday evening (or morning/afternoon, wherever you are)!
-Kat
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The Readers Confession Tag

Posted 22 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates, YA / 4 Comments

Hey guys. So I was tagged by Alisha over at Reality’s A Bore to do this and I will give it my best shot. I can’t promise it’ll be as interesting as hers, but hey…
1. Have you ever damaged a book?
Not intentionally, no. I like to treat my books with the care I don’t always treat myself. It’s like…no…I love my books. Maybe the odd one or two gets roughed up, but that’s probably from back before I gave a crap. Haha.
2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?
I…no. I don’t borrow from local friends (well, I’d have to have some first…) but I do borrow from the library. Can’t say I’ve ever damaged them. Whether they come to me damaged in the first place, though, is another matter. 😛
3. How long does it take you to read a book?
It really depends on the length of the book and/or how hooked I am. I mean, some books, like contemporaries that don’t involve a whole lot of plot can take me a day, maybe 2 days. Though there have been times I’ve spent a couple weeks reading.
 
4. Books that you haven’t finished? 
Jeez…so many. I have 7 books on my TBR shelf that I’ve started at some point and just not been in the mood for. I keep meaning to pick them back up but…then new books come out and the cycle starts over again. 
Some of these books are, regrettably:
Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (though I have just gotten the audiobook as well so maybe that’ll help)
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
and a few others. 
5. Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like? 
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  
6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?
Not really. I do read a lot of what others who read YA do…I’m generally not ashamed of what I read. 
 
7. How many books do you own?
Um…a lot? I know that I have over 45 unread books, but I couldn’t begin to count the others that I’ve read. Maybe 150 altogether? Maybe more. I don’t know, since a lot are in storage boxes. I know, I hate them being in boxes, too. 
 
8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
Slooooooooow…
 
9. Do you like to buddy read? 
I’ve never done it. It sounds like a blast, though. Hmm. 
 
10. Do you read better in your head or out loud? 
Hmm…occasionally I enjoy reading out loud because I always enjoyed theatre, so I guess there’s that element involved. But then I lose my voice so….I guess I’d have to say in my head. lol
 
11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why? 
You can’t ask a book lover that question! 
Um….um…can I phone a friend?
No..really…I just can’t choose. Um…um…Clockwork Angel? I don’t know. 
 
Okay, I tag Jen from https://combustiblereviews.com/ lol You better do this, Jen!
And Heather from https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/
So that’s it. I hope you found it somewhat interesting. I had fun. See ya next time,
-Kat x 
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I’m doing the…Dewey’s 24hr Readathon April 2016

Posted 22 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Contemporary, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Readathons, Reading Challenges, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

Are you?
I’ve not done a readathon in ages (and I can’t exactly say the TBRtakedown was a success), but now, in the middle of all the writing I’m SUPPOSED to be doing before I go away, I’ve decided I’m going to take one day out to READ. Not that I haven’t been reading all this time, because I have been. Even if it’s just a couple hours here and there, I manage it. But I’ve been so disconnected with books lately, what with me writing my own one. 
So here’s my choices to read (because lord knows I’m not going to manage more than one book):
Passenger
Blood of Olympus.
I’m going to try one of these, and of course if within the first hour or so I decide I’m not feeling it (though I’ve tried the second one and I love the story, but maybe it’s clashing too much with my own story), then I can change.
Let me know if you’re taking part and what you’ll be reading. 
-Kat

 

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Waiting On Wednesday – The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted 30 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Book Promo, Fun, Updates, Waiting On Wednesday, YA / 2 Comments

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 
(Psssst! Click picture to link back to Goodreads!)
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Released: April 26th 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press

 

I am so looking forward to this, not just because it’s the last in the amazing Raven Cycle series but  I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO GANSEY! I think it’s pretty much all us fans want to know, and I won’t rest until he’s safe. I swear to god if Maggie kills him off, I’ll riot! There needs to be a loophole or SOMETHING! Grr!!
In other news, this is my first Waiting on Wednesday post. YAY! ME! I’m finally taking part in things other bloggers do. hehehe.
-Kat
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Get Up Offa That Slump – An Interview With Myself

Posted 9 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Updates / 8 Comments

Blogging Extravaganza

Well hello there. I love challenges, especially when it comes to blogging because it really helps me stretch my boundaries. So here’s the first task – to interview myself. Okay, so that might sound weird but hey, trust me. It’ll be fun. I hope. 🙂

 

What’s your name?
Hey! How’re ya doing? My name is Kat.
Kat…?
Well, Katheryn. But whatever, right?
How old are you?
*looks away* I don’t want to say. Okay…I’m 29.
When’s your birthday?
Soon. April 13th.
Okay, enough personal stuff.  What are you reading these days, Kat?
Too much. I’m a part way through Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Grey. Such a great series. I implore you to read the series.
Oooh, I’ll take you up on that. So bought any good books lately?
Some. *squints mysteriously* But I’m not saying until my book haul post is done.
Ah, meanie.
Sorry.
Back to basics, what’s your favourite colour?
Damn, that’s so hard. See, I used to love red. Swore by it. Then I changed to pink, then mauve, but now It’s more….Purple. Violet? I dunno. I just like those kind of shades.
Sweet. If you could be a colour, what one would you be?
*thinks* Peach?
Really? Why that?
I just like peaches. 😛
Nice. The world is ending, what two items do you keep on you at all times?
Hmm…Phones wouldn’t work, right? So…maybe a book, yeah. Definitely a book, a small one, though. Also…a pen and paper. I know that’s technically 3 things, but…really.
I’ll let you off that one. 
Phew! Thanks.
Watched any good tv shows lately?
Yeah, actually I’m watching The 100 while I answer these questions.
Ooh, cool. Anything else?
I love Supernatural. I recently got into Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which is so funny.
Favourite book series?
SHADOWHUNTERS SHADOWHUNTERS SHADOWHUNTERS
So…you like the Shadowhunters books?
Yus! Cassie Clare created a gold mine.
*laughs* Okay then. Hardback or paperback?
Can I choose both? I used to be against hardback, mostly because I didn’t have room for them, but since I got new book shelves, I just love the really pretty hardbacks. I’m slowly losing space, but man…they’re so  nice. Sigh.
If you could live in any fictional world… where?
I’d love to be in the Doctor Who-verse. 🙂
What’s your bookish pet-peeve?
When I go to signings and the authors bend back the front page to sign. I know it’s a necessity, but man does it make my insides squirm. Also when the books don’t fit in my bookshelves because they’re too tall. Grr
When did you start reading books as a hobby?
Oh…I used to read contemporary, and Harry Potter, of course, when I was about 16. Then there were many years when I was at college and stuff, didn’t read much. I don’t know why. I started up again properly in 2008, when I read Twilight.
Right, well, I think that’s about it for this interview. It’s been great talking to you…uh…me?
And you, me. Um…This is weird. Let’s just…uh…go. Bye! *waves*

That’s it for this first challenge. It was fun. A bit confusing, but yeah. I talk to myself on  a daily basis so yeah. 🙂

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get

Posted 8 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Fun, Reading Challenges, Top Ten Tuesday, Updates, YA / 3 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by the delightful girls at The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks Top Ten is all about Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. Honestly, there are so many, but anyway. (P.S. This is my first time taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, so I’m rather excited.)

First off, really, I’ll start with:

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  1. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices: I’m sorry, I really am, but I just don’t like him. So many people do, and it’s baffling to me, but each to their own I suppose. I can see why he’s popular, I suppose. But in my honest opinion, he’s the polar opposite to Will. Boring, doesn’t speak up, bland, uninteresting. Yes, he’s ill, but that doesn’t excuse him. Maybe my reasons aren’t valid enough, but it’s enough to annoy me whenever I had to read his scenes. I guess I could have skipped but…no. That wasn’t an option. Haha.

 


 

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2) Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass series: Now, I’m sure he’s got a great physique, but I’d like more than that. Brains, perhaps some personality, would be nice. From what I read of him in the first book, he didn’t seem to have either. Sure, he had his moments but to be honest I kept on waiting for someone to kill him. Not that he couldn’t have beaten his way out of the biggest paper bag possible, but still….I was hopeful. And then Crown of Midnight came along and he was in it MORE and this killed me. I know he wasn’t the point of the story, but his presence alone was annoying.


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3) Cress from The Lunar Chronicles: I thought Levana was the only one that was going to drive me batty in this series. Then along came this girl, one who I thought might be strong, fun, slightly unhinged maybe but overall a decent person. Cress was no such thing to me. It might have been because she was all over Thorne from the get go, but I just couldn’t handle this insipid creature that thought she should have been the sole focus of Thorne’s life. No. Also, her complaining all the time about Thorne not loving her like she loved him, and I mean…this was after a day. She had this whole image set up about him. I just wanted her to buck up her ideas and grow a pair (of brain cells, despite being a computer genius.) lol.  She drove me nuts.


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4) Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: What? Why are you giving the evil eye? I must clarify, I don’t hate Percy. I just don’t…I guess I don’t get what the fuss is. There are many other characters I prefer in this series. I enjoyed this series but I must admit, not as much as the Heroes of Olympus series. ( I haven’t read the last book yet, though.) Percy, to me, was whiny, stupid sometimes, and despite the fact he was practically the ‘chosen one’, boring. I didn’t really feel any connection to him, no dedication. If he’d gotten killed, I probably wouldn’t have minded apart from the fact he was apparently the main character. I know, it sucks, but there you have it.


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5) Adam Kent from the Shatter Me trilogy: When I read the first book, I really liked Adam, but then Warner came into it and I gradually found myself not liking Adam. Especially in Ignite Me, though the dislike actually started in Unravel Me. He got possessive, controlling, and just plain irritating. I know a lot of people like Warner, but many also love Adam, and I can’t. I reread this series not that long ago and I disliked Adam that much more.


 

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6) Alec Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments: I guess I can’t say I dislike him so much, but he was one that was more of an irritation than anything. Alec was one of those characters that couldn’t do ‘grumpy’ in an appealing way, not like, say Will from TID could. No, Alec was moody and whiny, seemed far too stuck up for his own good, and though I could, for the most part, deal with it, he grew to be one character I wouldn’t mind seeing die in a fire. And then when that thing happened with Magnus in book 6…You know what I’m talking about. One word: idiot.


 

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7) Jacob Black from the Twilight saga: This is one of those old school debates. Team Edward or Team Jacob. I was always, from the beginning, team Edward. I know, it sounds petty now but I still hold a small candle for him despite his faults. Jacob, however, I had a love hate relationship with. I really couldn’t stand him in the first two books, and though the actor (Taylor Lautner) wasn’t too bad, (I didn’t find him attractive, but that’s not to say he isn’t) I just wanted him gone. It’s fair to say I still wish he hadn’t gotten involved. Damn love triangles. They’re so stupid sometimes. *grumble grumble*


 

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8) Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games trilogy: Girls, girls, calm down. I know you love him. But I’ve always been a Gale fan. I know it’s another old school debate, but I must explain. I don’t care what your excuses are about Gale not being a good guy *la la la la I’m not listening!* From the get go Peeta annoyed me. (In the books. Movie Peeta was seriously a LOT better…grrr). Gale got sidelined for this idiot? Jeez. Suddenly Peeta was the man, despite Gale having been Katniss’s best friend for YEARS! WHAT THE HELL, GIRL?! Anyway, whenever he was mentioned, I wanted to cry, scream, rip the pages. I guess I could understand why he’s appealing, but no…no I can’t. I hate that the movies made me feel something for Peeta. Had nothing to do with the actor, but the acting…the portrayal…damn you Josh.


 

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9) Four (Tobias Eaten) from Divergent trilogy: I thought I’d like him. For the most part I did, but then came Allegiant. Man, did he WHINE! Also, I don’t like the guy playing him in the films, so that kind of amps up my dislike for the character as a whole. Tobias was one annoying guy, and really, I can’t say why without spoiling the last book, and wow we wouldn’t want that, would we? So please, just take my word for it that I have my reasons.


 

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10) Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter series: Basically, all of them. All the books. I disliked Ginny from the very beginning, but it wasn’t until the fifth/sixth book that she REALLY got on my nerves. She was just always THERE. Also, again, the portrayal of her in the films was abysmal and doesn’t help my dislike. I don’t think I realised how much she annoyed me until she got with Harry. UGH.

 

So there you have it. 10 characters that I don’t like but other people seemingly do. This has been one interesting post to create, and I look forward to doing next weeks. 🙂 Let me know if there are any characters that you don’t like, and/or if you agree with any of my choices.

xD

Kat x

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(Video): Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Posted 4 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Booktube, Fun, Updates, Video, YA / 0 Comments

I have the strangest feeling I’ve already done this before on here, but never mind. It was fun to do again, and I probably have different answers this time. haha

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