The Harry Potter Spells Tag

Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers and All,
  In a week's time, I'll be getting ready to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and I honestly can't wait to go! I've been once before and thoroughly enjoyed myself, if you're a lover of Harry Potter and live in the UK (or visiting the UK) then, you need to grab yourself a ticket on to this tour. Another reason to why I'm excited about going, is I'm taking my boyfriend and he's never been - last year we marathoned the film series, so it's going to be great waking around the film scenes together. I also never got to see the Hogwarts express when I went last, so that'll be fun to see.
Here's a picture of my friend & I, when I last visited the WB Studios. 
To go along with this post letting you know what I'll be up to in a weeks time, I thought it would be fitting to take part in the 'Harry Potter Spells Tag'. The tag was originally created by TurtleSympathy on Youtube and I'm really excited to answer the questions, so let's get started!

1. Expecto Patronum: A Childhood Book Connected to Good Memories 
There's so many books that I loved when I was younger, but I'm going to go with Roald Dahl's stories. I loved these stories, as I found them so funny and intriguing. I loved the darker take on some of his stories, such as 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Little Red Riding Hood'. I remember receiving 'George and the Giant Peach' as a Christmas present at primary school and I loved it. Definitely holds many primary school memories. 

2. Expelliarmus: A Book That Took You By Surprise 
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass definitely surprised me, I was a little disappointed with the first book (Throne of Glass) but when I read the second book, everything got so much better! So much happened and I couldn't put the book down, definitely surprised me.

3. Prior Incantato: The Last Book You Read
The last book I finished was 'Winter' by Marissa Meyer and I rated it, 4 ½ Stars.

4. Alohamora: A Book That Introduced You To A Genre You Had Not Considered Before 
'Starstruck' by Brenda Hiatt introduced me to the sci-fi genre, a genre that I didn't consider before but I now love the genre (one of my favourite series at the moment is under the sci-fi genre, that series being 'The Lunar Chronicles' by Marissa Meyer). 

5. Riddikulus: A Funny Book You've Read 
I honestly, don't know what my answer would be for this question. I've read many books that have made me laugh and smile, but none that I can say is a total LOL book. I guess Roald Dahl fits in to this category as his stories are so fun and humorous. 

6. Sonorus: A Book You Think Everyone Should Know About 
There are so many books I could mention but I feel like most people have heard of them, such as 'The Lunar Chronicles' but do think everyone should know about these books, as  they really are great and unique. 

7. Obliviate: A Book or Spoiler You Would Like To Forget 
I was spoiled with what happens at the end of 'Mockingjay' by Suzanne Collins and I really wish I wasn't told what happened because it ruined the impact, when I came to reading the scene I was spoiled with. 

These are all the questions and my answers! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I'd also like to say that hopefully I'll be filming my experience at the WB Studio Tour next week, so keep an eye out for that post/video. Have any of you visited the WB Studio Tour? Did you enjoy yourself? 

Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 

Small Changes and Updates

Sunday, 27 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers,
  Before I started this blog, I had another one. On the blog I had before I wrote posts, based on fashion, beauty and lifestyle. I loved writing on it and creating new content but eventually I just lost all motivation to produce content for that blog (I also started to enjoy reading more and more). So that is how this blog came and along and I enjoy creating content for this blog as well! But I do miss the off lifestyle post from time to time and so I have a few little plans for this blog, which I'm going to discuss below (I will apologise as this post is quite a random and rambled);

Firstly I just want to say that this blog 'Tabitha Reads Books' will primarily be a book blog BUT I want to start uploading the odd lifestyle post, like what I've been up to or share some vlogs I plan to upload on to you youtube. I want to do this, so I can widen my blog platform and I also just enjoy writing about what I've been up to and I also love reading what other people have been up to, so only a small change! And on that note, here's a picture of what I was up to last weekend. I was helping out at a lambing event at the farm my college links with and it was lots of fun, showing the lambs to the public and being involved with the event.


I also wanted to let you all know that my reading count may not be that high over the next few months due to college. I have so much work it's ridiculous and reading is really slowing me down as I don't prioritise my assignments. So, I've decided to only give myself two books that I definitely want to try within each month whilst I'm at college as I don't want to stress myself out trying to read as many books as I can within a month as well as getting course work done. So I hope thats all okay and helps me get my college work complete. 

Let me know what you think about what I mentioned in this post! 

Love you all,  
  Tabitha x 

Books I've Recently Discovered #1

Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers,
  How are you all? I have new type of post today and I hope you like it!


  Recently I have been discovering so many books that I am really intrigued about. I thought it would be a nice idea to every now and then update you on these books that I have been finding and most anticipating to read soon! I normally find these books from reading/watching other people's posts/videos or through a few of my friends who recommend me new books!
  So the books above are the books I've recently discovered (below is a list of the books and where how I discovered).

  • Abarat by Clive Barker - My boyfriends aunty recommend this book to me. 
  • Justice Buried by Hilary Thompson - I discovered this book when I was watching Ben on Benjaminoftomes over on youtube and it sounds FAB. 
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury - This book has been popping up on youtube quite a lot recently and I love retellings and Aladdin so this book seems right up my street. 
  • The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury - I discovered this book when I was book browsing with my friend Ellie and in fact, my friend actually bought the book and she say's it's pretty good, so I want to read that at some point. 

I honestly can't wait to get my hands on them, they're a real mixture of genre but they are all genres I'm really in to. I've heard many good reviews of them all, which makes me want to read them even more.. unfortunately, I'm refraining myself from buying any new books at the moment as I have so many I already need to read, but maybe over the easter holidays I'll treat myself. Have you heard of any of these books? or have you read any? If so, I would love to know your opinions down below in the comments :)

Love you all,
  Tabitha x

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige - Book Review #3

Sunday, 20 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers,
  Today I bring to you another book review, this review is on the second book in the 'Dorothy Must Die' trilogy. I have tried my best to keep any spoilers out of this review, as I know how frustrating it can be to read spoilers, because of this, the review may seem a little short, apologies for this.

*NON-SPOILER REVIEW*

Title// The Wicked Will Rise 

Author// Danielle Paige 

Genre// Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Fairy Tales, Paranormal, Witches 

Published// 31st March 2015 

Source// I received a copy at Christmas from my mum

Edition// Paperback 

Rating// 2 Stars 

Synopsis (Can be a spoiler if you haven't read the first book!)// My name is Amy Gumm - and I'm the other girl from Kansas. After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz. But it wasn't like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch and the Wicked Witches who were left? They'd joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me. My mission? Kill Dorothy. Except my job as an assassin didn't work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn't wait to leave behind might be in danger. Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down - and try to figure out what I'm really doing here. 

My Review// I was really excited to read this book as I found the first book so captivating and detailed, so I had high hopes for the sequel to the first book. I wasn't disappointed but I did prefer the first book as I feel this book is more of a filler/bridge to the third book that is coming out later this month. I was also incredible confused with how the story ended, I felt like so much happened and then the book had ended, so all I hope is that my unanswered questions will be answered in the final book.
  When it came to Danielle Paige's description of the new places we saw in Oz, it was brilliant. I could really picture out where Amy Gumm was and I was never disappointed with the descriptions within the book, it made the book easier to follow. I loved Amy even more in this book as I felt she blossomed in to her own character, as she was put in to situations where she needed to decide what to do and she wasn't taken orders from anyone, she only had a direction and that was it. I think she did well with the unfortunate situations she was put in, I also hope to see her character develop even more in the final book.
  It was nice to see a little more of Ozma and learning about the shock we learnt at the end of the first book, I also enjoyed meeting a few new characters such as Polychrome and Queen Lulu. Overall I did enjoy the book, I just hope we get a bit of an explanation to the ending of this book in the new book to come!

I hope you enjoyed this review, have you read the 'Dorothy Must Die' trilogy?

Love you all,
  Tabitha x 

Fictional Items You Want // Top 5 Wednesday #3

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Top Five Wednesday was created by Lainey gingerreadslainey on YouTube. Check out the T5W goodreads page here

It's been a while since I last took part in the Top 5 Wednesday meme but I thought this weeks topic was a real interesting one, as there is many items I would love from the books I have read. I also look forward to see what other individuals pick, so if you have written a post or filmed a video of you doing this meme, please comment it down below. 
  In no particular order, here are the 5 items I'd love to have from books I've read... 

1. A wand from the Harry Potter Series - Who wouldn't want a wand?! I think it's many peoples dreams of received their Hogwarts letter when they were younger so by having a wand it means I would then be a wizard and that seems pretty awesome to me. 

2. Hermione's bag from the Harry Potter Series - If I could have a bag that had an endless amount of space, SO many problems would be solved. Can you imagine having a tiny bag but within have ALL your stuff and not having to worry about carrying a huge heavy bag around!? 

3. Cinders new and improved cyborg hand - When cinder gets her new hand within the series it's awesome, the amount of things she can do with it is super cool, so if I ever was a cyborg, I know I'd want her hand. 

4. Katniss' bow and arrows from Mockingjay - Katniss's bow and arrow (especially in Mockingjay) is so badass it's ridiculous. Not only does it look beautiful, it has awesome arrows that do awesome things, such as blow up and catch things a light! I'm also a scout warden at a scout camp, so can you imagine how cool archery instruction would become?? 

5. A daemon from Northern Lights - I know this is quite an odd one (and I'll be honest I haven't fully read the book) but when I watched the film, I thought it was so cool that their souls were a daemon. I always wanted to have my own little daemon to keep me company. 

So that's my T5W post for the week, I hope you enjoyed reading it and if you've written a post don't forget to comment it down below! 

Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 

The Lunar Chronicles - A Book Series Review #1

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers,
  Today I have a book series review to share with you, as you may know I have recently finished 'Winter' by Marissa Meyer and because it's become one of my favourite series to date, I thought I would write a review to share all my views on the four books in the series.
  Disclaimer: There may be some spoilers in this post (apologies in advance, I do try my best to not include spoilers as I know how annoying they are! and also, these are my views so please respect that but I would love to know your opinions as I find it interesting to hear other peoples views!).


// Cinder // 5 Stars // Date Read, 06/01/16 // 

I heard so much hype when it came to the first book, it took me a while to finally pick this book up but when I did, I was glad that I did. It was my first sci-fi book and I really did find it really interesting when exploring the ski-fi futuristic world, I loved the aspect of cyborgs and androids living among humans. I thought it was brilliant that Cinder was a cyborg, as you could learn about the many struggles that a cyborg faces in their day to day life and it really is heart breaking learning about what Cinder went through, especially with her step-mother Adri. There were so many relationships in this story and every one of them were unique, all having many emotions thrown in to them. An iconic friendship that grows is Cinder's and Iko's, you learn to love an android and most of the time when I was reading this book (series in fact), I forgot she was even an android. I also can't not mention Cinder's relationship with Kai, the beginnings of a cinderella and prince charming story (just not like how you remember). Overall I loved this book and it's what convinced me to continue on with the series. 

// Scarlet // 5 Stars // Date Read, 01/02/16 // 

The main aspect I loved about this book, was seeing how both stories intwined with one another, learning about the story of Princess Selene and being introduced to new characters. Scarlet and Wolf were great assets to the story, really bringing something different to the story and there was so much action incorporated in to their story, making this book a little more exciting than the first. Whilst following the story of Scarlet and Wolf, we also got to witness Cinder's growth as a person and watch her many struggles of what she should do (with everything that was thrown at her at the end of the last book), as well as dealing with her new companion Thorne, who none the less was a handful for her. Saying that, it was interesting to have such a different personality bounce off of Cinder. This book was so action pack yet had again so much emotion thrown in to it that, I couldn't put it down and it also made me decide to marathon the rest of the series as I loved the characters so much and I wanted to see where their story led. 

// Cress // 5 Stars // Date Read, 11/02/16 // 

What made this book interesting was seeing the team (that was made up by the end of 'Scarlet') go different directions due to unfortunately being split up and watching them try their hardest to find each other. During that experience we met Cress and the ship Cress and Thorne was born. Even though, their little relationship became quite childish, there was no way I couldn't love them both together as Cress was just adorable and you felt sorry for her because she has never felt love before due to being locked up in a spaceship most of her life. We also got to see the struggle of Scarlet and Wolf being split up and really learning how strong their relationship has become. You also feel sorry for Cinder due to the stress she's been put through and really not knowing what to do. Again there was so much action in this story as well as emotional heart ache but it was all worth it as it was a great book. 

// Winter // 4 1/2 Stars // Date Read, 04/03/16 // 

So much happened in this book, I can't believe the story is actually over. I loved this book and it was definitely a great ending to the series. Why the 4 1/2 stars though? You might be wondering, well I only gave this book that rating purely down to how long it was, it was just too long for me. I felt there were a few scenes within the book that weren't necessarily needed but other than that it really was a great book. We met some new characters, such as Winter who I do have mix feelings on but at the end of the day she did bring something new and quirky to the book which I loved and I soon fell in love with her character and her love story. It was a lovely book full of action, suspense and emotion, what isn't there to love about that?! A great final piece to a superb series. 

Out of all four books, I would say 'Cress' was my favourite. I loved Cress' story and I just loved the journeys all of the characters went through. I'm sad that the story is now finished but its definitely a series I plan to pick up again in the future, I'll also pick up Marissa Meyer's novella's that link in with the story to learn even more about this futuristic world. 
  Overall it was an A* series, that I definitely won't forget. 

Have you read the Lunar Chronicles? Or are you currently making your way through the series? Tell me your opinions below!! 

Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 


Buddy Book Reading!

Sunday, 13 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers,
  A few weeks ago I was with my friend Ellie and we went on a little bookshop adventure (you can see my haul from that here) and we both learnt that we love a lot of the same books. So, from that information we thought we would buddy read a book series and that series we both decided on reading together is the 'Percy Jackson' series by Rick Riordan! 


  The plan is, that each month we will read one of the books from the series, starting of with 'Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief' this month (March). Each month we also plan to upload a post sharing our views on the series as we go, it'll also be quite cool for us to compare our views with one another. I know I'm really excited to start this series with Ellie and I know she's just as excited, so hopefully you'll see a review on my blog on the first book in the series next month! 
I hope you like this little update and are excited to see mine and Ellie's views on the book series, like I said before, I can't wait to get into this highly raved about series and I hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else does!
  Have you read the series? Tell us your thoughts on it down below in the comments! 

Love you all, 
  Tabitha x 

Currently Reading #3

Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers,
  I'm coming to you today with another currently reading post, I enjoy writing these posts as I feel it gives you a quick idea of what I'm thinking of the book I'm currently reading and it's a nice little update to give you all. I'm on to my second book this month and I feel like this month will be a little more successful that last months, so I hope to read a few more books!
  On to what I'm currently reading...


This book is the sequel to 'Dorothy Must Die' by Danielle Paige and I really enjoyed that book, one of my favourite reads of 2016. I received this book at Christmas as I enjoyed the first one so much, I asked if my mum could pick it up. Another reason why I'm reading this book is that the sequel to this book is coming out really soon (March 15th) so I want to have read it before it's released or so I can pick up the final book as soon as possible.
  So far I'm enjoying the book, remembering what happened in the last book and also getting reintroduced to the characters from the first book too (I'll have to admit, I don't 100% remember all of the characters names, so I'm glad it's kind of got a recap at the start of the book). I haven't got much else I can say about it due to not being that far in to the book but I am excited to visit Oz again and to see whether Amy succeeds in her tasks.

Have any of you read the 'Dorothy Must Die' books? What are you're opinions on them?

Love you all,
  Tabitha x

March TBR #2

Sunday, 6 March 2016
Hey Book Lovers,
  So this month isn't going to be an ambitious month as I know I'm going to be quite busy with work and college assignments. Although, I still want to get a lot of reading done (because what book addict wouldn't?). Last month I managed/attempted to read the lunar chronicles and even though I didn't quite manage to finish the series last month it's definitely become one of my favourite book series. How was everyone else's reading month? Read everything you wanted to read? Let me know what you read in the comments I'd loved to know!

Here are the books I want to read in March//


The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

I really want to read 'The Wicked Will Rise' by Danielle Paige as the final instalment to the trilogy is being released on March 15th, that book being 'Yellow Brick War' and I want to be able to pick this book up in March or at least in April. I also plan to read the first book in the Percy Jackson series this month as my friend and I have decided we are going to buddy read the series as we both haven't read it yet! I'm going to write a post on Ellie and I's buddy read, so keep an eye out for that post as that will be coming soon!
  Again, I want to try and read 'Goblet of Fire' by J. K. Rowling this month as I failed to read it last month.

That's all the books I hope to read this month, what books do you plan to read this month?

Love you all,
  Tabitha x

February Wrap Up #4

Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Hey Book Bloggers,
  How was your February? Did you have a successful reading month? As you can probably see, I have had a full on Lunar Chronicles month. I loved the first book so much I decided to try and marathon the series this month and I almost succeeded in reading all of the Lunar Chronicles this month, but I just missed out on finishing Winter which is annoying. On my behalf though, Winter is a REALLY big book and I've had little time to really read it. I know I'll be finishing it soon and the plan is to write a little series review! So here's to the books I read this month! 
  I have also linked the goodreads pages and where you can buy the books that I have mentioned below!

// Scarlet (Book 2) // Marissa Meyer // 5 Stars // 


Another fabulous read written by Marissa Meyer. I also think I enjoyed this book more than the first! So much more happened and I loved seeing the individual story lines link together and see more mysteries unravel. Scarlet, Wolf and Thorne are great assets to this story and I loved all of them, they really were great characters and they all had incredible interesting back stories. 
  This book made me so excited to read the next book as when it ended I had so many questions, which is why I picked up Cress straight after! 

// Cress // Marissa Meyer // 5 Stars // 


It's official I LOVE Marissa Meyer! Her writing style and her imagination is just brilliant, I honestly adore these fairytale retellings. They have such a different take on the original fairytales but they are SO GOOD. 
  I really enjoyed Cress, so much happened. Even more happened in Cress than in Scarlet and I thought Scarlet was action packed! It was lovely meeting Cress and she's such an innocent character, with a great imagination. I also love the idea of Thorne and Cress (they were SUPER cute, pretty much throughout the WHOLE book, I love them!). It was also interesting to see Levana's point of view and witnessing her opinions on the events that happen in the book. Overall I adored this book. 

My Total Page Count so Far in 2016: 2,018 Pages 


I really do love this series and I'm so close to finishing Winter, I really don't want it to end... Here's to another month reading amazing books!

Love you all, 
  Tabitha xx