My Harry Potter Story

Blame it on the holiday season for making me crave Hogwarts and butterbeer. Like many readers, I crave cozy reads during Christmas time, and Harry Potter happens be one of the most atmospheric choices. Since 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, today I’m going to be talking about my experience with the Harry Potter series and franchise.


I was not the biggest Potterhead growing up. Looking back, this sort’ve surprises me, considering that it was my mom who first fell in love with the series and made sure to get each book upon their respective release. This is a HUGE deal for my mom, who is not only an avid reader, but an avid library user (AKA she rarely buys books). One of my best friends is also a huge fan of the series—she reread it at least thirteen times- and I was a bit envious of her Hermione Halloween costume one year. It came with a wand- I think this was before Universal opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and having a wand wasn’t that usual. 

However, I read at least the first four books when I was about nine or ten years old, but I think I stopped while reading Order of the Phoenix. I don’t know what exactly caused me to stop reading it. I think it might’ve been partially due to the fact that I didn’t really read fantasy as a kid, other than Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy. It’s definitely a bit shocking now, considering that Order of the Phoenix is in my top three favorite HP books. I also saw Goblet of Fire in theaters, so looking back, I am happy to say that I saw at least one during its release.


Flash forward to the summer before my senior year of high school. I think I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but I spent a lot of time following the online book community during my junior and senior year. I discovered Booktube in 2015, and I started consistently reading book blogs. Thanks to Glee, my biggest celeb crush in my middle school and high school days just happened to be Darren Criss, which of course meant endlessly watching StarKid’s A Very Potter Musical. Between the fact that some of my closet friends were HP fans, the obvious love for HP online, and yes Darren Criss, I decided to give the books a try and start off where I left off with Order of the Phoenix. Fast forward to two weeks later, having finished reading Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows. I actually finished reading Deathly Hallows in less than two days!

I don’t know what stuck with me as a sixteen-year old that didn’t as a ten year old, but rereading the last series of the books made me fall in love with Harry Potter. Perhaps it’s that as each book goes, Harry and co. deals with darker and more mature storylines that I was able to relate to more.Yes, I am that person who loves Order of Phoenix and NO , Harry is not just an angsty teen.  After reading the last three books, I went back and read the first four books again– because this reading order obviously makes sense, right?Overall, these books are just so incredibly built and filled with characters that you just easily fall in love (enter my new crush on Neville Longbottom/ Matthew Lewis).


Since ‘rereading’ Harry Potter: 

-Bonded with my HP loving friends and my sister, who read the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets in school. Why was this not a thing when I was in the fifth grade?? She went on to read the rest of the series and owns the paperback versions whose spines make Hogwarts

-Claimed my mom’s first-edition US hardbacks as my own (I promise I let her borrow them whenever she wants)

-Proudly declared myself as Hufflepuff (even though I took the Pottermore Sorting Quiz four times to make sure I really was one…)

-Both book & movie, the scene with the resurrection stone in Deathly Hallows makes me cry EVERYTIME

-Attend the Harry Potter & the Cursed Child release party with my HP-loving best friend. While I am not the biggest Cursed Child fan, I am happy to say that I’ve attend a HP midnight release party.

-I own 10 Harry Potter Funkos

-Went to the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets symphony show

-Went to a HP trivia night at my school. My team lost, but we were pretty proud of our name, Dobby’s Socks


HP Things I’m hoping to do:

–  Cursed Child on Broadway. This isn’t a must-do for me, since I wasn’t a huge fan of the play. However, I’ve heard that it’s much-better performed and I would love to see how the magic works.

-Visit Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando

-Attend the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

-Collect more of Alex and Ani’s HP-inspired jewelry. I really like their HP earrings and bracelets


I think it’s safe to say that Harry Potter will always be a part of my life, and I appreciate that every generation will get to experience HP in some way. I love Brian Seltznick’s 20th anniversary covers (I have a poster that connects all covers and the 20th anniversary tote bag) and I really love the illustrated editions. They’re so detailed and they’re a great way to get kids into HP even at a younger age. And please keep giving me ALL the HP Funkos.


Are you a HP fan? What have been some of your HP experiences? Share in the comments!


My Favorite Holiday Movies & TV and Christmas Watchlist

One of my things to do in December is rewatching my favorite Christmas movies or holiday-themed TV episodes. With plenty of hot chocolate and popcorn for company. Today I’m going to be discussing my favorite holiday movies and TV, along with *gasp* some I still haven’t seen.



Love Actually– I love movies that follow multiple storylines that somehow all connect at the end (hello New Year’s Eve and What to Expect When You’re Expecting), and Love Actually is absolutely classic. I’m so happy that it’s been on Netflix for all of the rewatching glory, and I may have bought it on DVD for a Secret Santa gift. Basically, it’s my goal in life to get everyone to love this movie.

Home Alone & Home Alone 2 You’ll probably begin to realize that I have a thing for ‘90s and 2000s movies (I have a love/hate relationship with many of today’s fluffy Christmas movies). Home Alone and Home Alone 2 (let’s not talk about the other sequels) are from of my favorite Christmas movies from my childhood. I can easily watch these anytime of year.

Arthur Christmas– I love animated movies, so I have notshame in saying that I loved and watched Arthur Christmas as an eighteen-year old when I first watched it two Christmases ago. As Santa’s very festive son, Arthur is just so flipping cute and this movie overall is just so heartwarming.



The Santa Clause & The Santa Clause 2– Speaking of Santa Claus, The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 are another two of my childhood favorites. My family has a tradition of watching them on Christmas Ever every year (we watch A Christmas Story while we decorate our tree).

Gremlins– Definitely getting away from those cozy Christmas feels, but Gremlins is just such a fun (and jump scary) movie. Plus how could you not love Gizmo??



Elf – I totally agree with the fact that Elf is considered to that the best Christmas film of the century and that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

The Princess Switch– As I mentioned above, I’m not the biggest fan of fluffy Christmas movies (aka Hallmark specials or as much as I appreciate book to movie adaptations, those based on Harlequin romances). However, The Princess Switch took me for surprise.  just really loved Vanessa Hudgens as its star, and most of the humor was cute instead of cringe-worthy.


Glee S2 “A Very Glee Christmas” and S3 E9 “Extraordinary Christmas”– While I love  the music from all the Glee Christmas specials, I also just genuinely loved Season 2 and 3’s specials as episodes themselves. While nothing too significantly happened in either of them, I always loved Rachel and Finn’s moments. The S2 Christmas album is definitely my favorite.

Full House S6 E12 “A Very Tanner Christmas”- Full House has three Christmas episodes, but “A Very Tanner Christmas” has always been my favorite. I love the scene with the Santas at the Tanner Christmas party- another moment where DJ and Steve stole my heart- and the snow scene in the backyard.



Parks & Recreation S5 E9 “Ron and Diane”– “Ron and Diane” is one of my all time favorite Parks and Rec episodes. The episode follows Ron receiving an award with Leslie, Diane, and Tammy at the ceremony, while the rest of the characters go to Jerry’s Christmas party. I think my favorite part is Andy realizing that Santa has made an appearance at Jerry’s party.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine S3 E “Yippie Kayak”- Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Christmas special is one of my favorite episodes, and its Die Hard (another Christmas movie I like!) situation makes it all the more funnier.

My To-Watch List

A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding– Netflix’s A Christmas Prince is another fluffy Christmas movie I actually enjoyed, so of course I have to watch the sequel!

The Family Stone – Sarah Jessica Parker is one of my favorite actresses, so I’m looking forward to watching it.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Holiday Special– As someone who has been really disappointed by Riverdale, I enjoyed The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a lot more than I expected. I’m excited to see where the series goes with its holiday special on December 14.




What are some of your favorite Christmas movies and episodes? Share in the comments!

Holiday Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Summary: For the first time in years, the entire Birch family will be under roof for Christmas. And it’s only slightly because they have to. Andrew and Emily’s daughter, Olivia, who is often off saving the world, is forced to stay in quarantine for a week after treating an epidemic abroad… and her family should stay in quarantine too. For the next seven days, the Birches will be cut off from humanity- including decent Wi-Fi, in their aging country estate. While younger daughter Phoebe focuses on her upcoming wedding, Olivia struggles to accumulate herself into her family’s life, especially as Andrew and Emily hide their own secrets.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars


My Thoughts:

This Christmas fangirl-yes that’s totally a thing- is always looking for holiday or Christmas-themed books to read during the holiday season. Enter Seven Days of Us, a holiday contemporary taking place in the UK. Seven Days of Us is the perfect read for a cozy night, featuring plenty of blankets and hot chocolate, for the holidays.

Seven Days of Us is a third person multi-POV story, following each of the Birch family members’ experiences being quarantined together over a week. The book is broken down into sections, labeling each day the family spends together.. Call it oldest-daughter syndrome, but I enjoyed Olivia’s perspective the most. Although she struggled, I liked seeing her transition back into the everyday and her family’s life. She also had the most complicated relationships with each of her parents. I also liked Phoebe’s perspective, as she was much more down to earth than I expected.

My favorite element of Seven Days of Us was seeing the Birches’ relationships develop over the course of the novel. Their development fit the rhythm of most Christmas-themed movies and books—and I definitely wouldn’t mind a Seven Days of Us adaptation. In addition, it might be because of the cover, but I kept picturing the Birches’ Weyfield Hall as a fancier and BIGGER version of the house from Home Alone!

While Seven Days of Us should definitely be considered a Christmas-themed read, I wish there was more Christmas! The holiday season more so acts as a background for the book, as the Birches decide to quarantine with Olivia because of the holiday. The family does decorate their tree and put stockings together with one another, but I guess I was expecting a few more holidays elements? Would Santa be allowed to visit their quarantine??

Overall, I enjoyed Seven Days of Us for its family-centric story, although I wish there would have been a few more holiday elements.

Have you read Seven Days of Us? What holiday books are on your TBR? Share in the comments!

Crazy Rich Asians: Book Vs. Movie

2018 has been filled with some pretty amazing book to movie adaptations, and Crazy Rich Asians is no exception. Me being the fangirl that I am, I had to read the book before I saw the movie. I obviously loved both book and film, but today I’m going to be discussing which bookish or movie elements I liked better, and whether book or movie is the ultimate Crazy Rich Asians winner in my fangirl heart.

Laugh-out-loud funny: BOTH

Both book & movie are absolutely hilarious. Book-wise, so much of the humor comes from ALL the characters’ dialogue and he ridiculousness of their lives. The movie is again laugh-out-loud funny, my favorite characters being Oliver and Peik Lin.

Family’s Character Development: BOOK

I loved how the book jumped from perspective to perspective, allowing the reader to get to know so much of the Young clan. While their depiction was spot-on in the movie, I wish we got to spend more time with Astrid, Eleanor, and even Eddie’s family. Also, where was Nick’s dad?

Rachel’s Development Character: MOVIE

The movie spends much more time with Rachel and Nick than the book, as the book more so follows his family’s reactions to Rachel and their own storylines. Played by Costance Wu, Rachel was a strong female protagonist, with tons of humor of her own. I also like how the movie showed a bit more of Rachel’s professor side, and I loved the addition of her study on game theory.


Best Peik Lin: MOVIE

Peik Lin, played by Awkwafina, was even funnier on screen. Her family was even more ridiculous than I could have imagined (what else could you expect from Ken Jeong as her dad?).

My Jealously over Astrid’s jewelry collection: BOTH

Seriously, I need Astrid’s earrings and wardrobe ASAP.

The wedding ceremony: MOVIE

Colin and Araminta’s wedding was absolutely stunning, and its beauty made Rachel and Nick’s moment all the more sweeter.

The wedding reception: BOOK

Sorry movie, but I was so much more impressed with the wedding’s weekend long events in the film. I wanted more drama with Kitty, although one aspect involving Kitty and someone who is not Alistair have a funny moment.

Food: BOTH

Crazy Rich Asians overall just made me hungry, between Nick and Rachel’s adventures exploring Singapore’s food stalls and the lavish dinners at Ama’s house.

Winner:  BOOK

Even with its 500+ page length, Crazy Rich Asians just completed sucked me in its glitzy and funny story. The ride isn’t even over yet, with China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems on my TBR.

However, I was really impressed with Crazy Rich Asians not only as an adaptation, but also as a movie itself! It really helped me visualize the book’s world. People who have no interest in reading the book would still absolutely love this film. Although its ending is slightly altered from the book’s, does the book trilogy mean were going to get two more movies??

Have you read or watched Crazy Rich Asians? Which one was your favorite? Share in the comments!


November, you were filled with school, books, film, AND all the holiday season prep. I am a firm believer that the earlier you start celebrating Christmas, the happier you’ll be (and hopefully that happiness will translate to reading motivation!)

I read 6 books in November, which I’m really happy about because I mostly LOVED everything that I read. I also hit 100 books for the year- live love Goodreads for telling me this (I’m currently at 105). I think one of my New Year “resolutions” is going to be keeping better track of what I read on my own—I tried and failed to do so in 2018, despite some pretty amazing Excel sheets.

I’m also happy with how much I read, considering the 980 page beast that is Kingdom of Ash and that November brought on tons of homework school-wise. With a week left in the semester to go, I cannot wait to put ALL the books on hold from my library and dive into some holiday reads and ARCs.

I also watched more TV and movies than usual this month. With all of my schoolwork and other commitments, I think my brain needed a rest from written words and turned to TV for rest.


The Wicked King by Holly Black (ARC) | 5/5 Stars

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas | 5/5

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | 5/5

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Mafi | 3.5/5

The Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak | 4/5

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke | 4.5/5 




Friday Night Lights S3- S5 (Amazon Prime)– I really don’t know what I’m going to do with my TV life- until The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S2 comes out next week- now that I’ve finished Friday Night Lights. FNL was easily one of the best shows I watched this year, and I’m looking forward to picking up the book and watching the film (even though I have a feeling neither will live up to the TV show for me). NBC, can we have a Season 6 please??

Crazy Rich Asians– I wanted to watch Crazy Rich Asians’ film adaptations IMMEDIATELY after finishing the book, but I waited until I could rent it from iTunes before Thanksgiving. Me being me, I did enjoy the book better, however, the film was also phenomenal! Awkwafina as Peik Lin stole the show for me.



The Princess Switch & A Christmas Prince (Netflix)- As much as I love Christmas and all the holiday-themed things, cheesy Christmas movies can be pretty hit or miss. However, Netflix’s The Princess Switch and A Christmas Prince were really enjoyable and fun Christmas movies for me. I totally watched The Princess Switch for Vanessa Hudgens and I was blown away by its adorableness and humor. I was also shocked by how much I enjoyed A Christmas Prince, but I will soon be watching its sequel, A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding.

Other things I continued or started watching this month: Dynasty S2 (CW), The Good Place S2 (NBC), Dogs (Netflix), and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix).




MY TYPE OF SHAKESPEARE: Always Never Yours Review

My Throne of Glass Story & Kingdom of Ash Thoughts

Favorite Fantasy: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden Review

Royal Review: Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Scarecrows, Sawkill, & School Mysteries: My Spooky October Reads

FRIENDSHIP & LOVE: Odd One Out Review

Bookish & Fangirl Fun

My UK Edition Wishlist

Book Expo & Book Con: What You Need to Know Guide

Top Five Wednesday: End of 2018 TBR

25 Fangirl Facts About Me

My The Hunger Games Story

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Character Book Recomendations



Since I didn’t do anything too fangirlish or bookish IRL in November, here’s some fangirlish things I am highly anticipating for the rest of the year and in 2019.

The film adaptation of Dumplin’ comes out on Netflix on December 7th and it’s trailer is definitely making me watch this one upon release date. Dumplin’ seems to be filled with all the Jennifer Aniston, Dolly Parton, and plus-size protagonist goodness.

Rainbow Rowell’s Wayward Son is coming out in 2019 instead of 2020! I obviously cannot wait for this sequel to Carry On, but I’m also so happy that one of my absolute favorite authors is coming out with 2 books next year—Pumpkinheads with Faith Erin Hicks has been on my TBR for too long!

It was announced that Brooklyn Nine-Nine S6 is coming out on January 10th. B99 has become one of my all-time favorite TV shows this year, and I’m so excited that its joining NBC, aka the home of my all-time favorite show, Parks & Recreation.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 comes out on Amazon Prime on December 5th. Although I’m a little confused as to why this one comes out on a Wednesday, I cannot wait to dive back into The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It’s first season was my favorite show that I watched this summer.



What did you read and watch in November? Did you do any holiday prep?Share in the comments! 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Character Book Recomendations

One of the best fangirlish things that happened in 2018 (AKA EVER) was Neftlix’s adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. As many of you know, Lara Jean is one of my all-time favorite characters. This trilogy holds a special place in my heart, being one out of three sisters like Lara Jean and the Song Covey girls. Like many, I was beyond impressed with its film adaptation, and I’m not-so patiently waiting for that sequel. Hellloooo Jon Ambrose McClaren.

In honor of all the TATBILB love this year, I’ll be sharing YA book recommendations based off some of the main characters from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.



Lara Jean: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Almost any contemporary book would suit Lara Jean, but I think she could especially relate to experiencing first love — and getting to eat lots of sweet treats. Our main characters, Ren and Lina, share a lot of humor and heart-warming moments that are similarly found in TATBILB.

Peter Kavinsky: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Peter K. needs some sort of sports tie-in, right? Well how about the mysterious deaths of five cheerleaders? Kara Thomas’s The Cheerleaders is the type of book that even Peter K. and his lax bros wouldn’t be able to put down. The book follows Monica, who just can’t let go the deaths of her sister and her fellow friends because she knows that even five years later, some things still don’t make sense.


Margot: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Even mature & sophisticated Margot would love this middle-grade taking place in her college town of Edinburgh! Between its Harry Potter references and ghostly companions, City of Ghosts is a very atmospheric read that takes readers along Cassie and Jacob’s Scottish adventure. I could see Margot sharing this one with Kitty.

Kitty: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

A sassy and witty Kitty calls for a book that stars a similar protagonist: Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi. Like Dimple, I could so see Kitty throw an iced coffee in a guy’s face. This well-deserving of the hype book follows Dimple and Rishi, who have been set up by their parents at a summer app development camp.

Dr.Covey: American Panda by Gloria Chao

Dr. Covey would probably love to read about Mei’s track to become a doctor at MIT. If you’re looking for more Asian American rep after reading or watching TATBILB, American Panda is the one for you. The book follows Mei’s life as a college freshman, whose parents still keep close eyes on her and will likely not approve of her crush on decidedly-not Taiwanese Darren.

Chris: The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

I wouldn’t call Chris a bad girl, but I think she could be close friends with The Accidental Bad Girl’s turned-into-a-rebel main character, Kendall. Chris would even get Lara Jean into this fast-paced mystery with kickbutt female characters.

John Ambrose McClaren: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Sweet boys like Jon Ambrose McClaren call for books that also feature sweet boys, like Reid from The Upside of Unrequited. John and Lara would bond over Molly’s love for baking, and anyone who loves TATBILB before will swoon over Reid and his relationship with Molly.


I’m so excited to keep doing book recommendations based off my favorite fangirl things, and here’s to hoping for an adaptation of P.S. I Still Love You!

Have you read any of the books above? Share in the comments!

My The Hunger Games Story

If you’ve been around Fangirl Fury for a while, you’ll know that I love what I consider to be “throwback YA.”Aka, YA books that typically came out before 2013 and those that personally, I read while I was in middle school and in my early teen years. One of the series middle school me and the entire world was obsessed with? The Hunger Games. 2018 marks the tenth anniversary since The Hunger Games was published and three years since the final film, Mockingjay-Part 2 came out.

In anticipation for the first film adaptation, I read THG trilogy in 2012 when I was in the eighth grade. I remember a few of my fellow nerdy friends freaking out about it, and me being me, I had to see what the hype was about. And give myself an excuse to see a new movie starring Liam Hemsworth, my middle school celeb crush courtesy of The Last Song. Needlessly to say, the hype was worth it and I absolutely fell in love with THG. At the time, I was not the biggest dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy/anything that was basically NOT contemporary read, but THG encouraged me to pick up new genres. In my opinion, THG also additionally opened doors to the dystopian genre in YA—sometimes I wish I could say I was a THG hipster and started reading this series in 2008.


What also made my experience with THG especially important was that my dad read the books along with me. While my mom is a huge reader like me and inspired my interest in literature, my dad is on the complete opposite spectrum. I’ve never seen my dad read anything other than sports memoirs or a few other non-fiction titles before reading THG. Traveling back to the dark days when book sleeves didn’t exist, my dad would borrow my copies to read during his work commute and keep them protected in a grocery bag.

Before jumping into the movies, I’ll say that Mockingjay was my favorite book in the trilogy- because I must be a sad person right?? I will say though I was and STILL am Team Gale throughout, I was pretty satisfied with the ending even though some sad things definitely happened. I also just tend to love series conclusions, especially in trilogies (see Marie Lu’s Champion and Jenny Han’s Always and Forever, Lara Jean). Catching Fire was my least favorite book (I think a series reread would be needed to confirm this) because I was basically waiting to go back to the Games. Surprisingly though, the build-up in the film adaptation of Catching Fire was one of my favorite aspects in my favorite film of the series.

I saw all four films in the theaters, each time with my dad and then also with my sisters for Mockingjay-Part 2. I even saw Catching Fire and Mockingjay-Part 1 twice in theaters, the former with a friend and the latter with my sister who was just getting into the series. I liked seeing the movies again for catching details I hadn’t noticed before. While I’m definitely the biggest THG fan in my family, my sisters and I enjoy having THG movie marathons together during the holiday season.

Some other THG Fun Facts about me:

-I have a framed The Hunger Games film poster.

-Some of my other merch includes: a District 12 tribute shirt, a charm bracelet, magnetic bookmarks- my Team Gale one hangs proudly on my dorm room fridge-, Katniss “The Girl on Fire” Funko, the US Weekly Collector’s Edition for Mockingjay-Part 2, and the illustrated movie companion guide to Catching Fire.

-I’d love to add Katniss “The Mockingjay” and “Wedding Day” Katniss to my Funko collection.

-I’m still upset I don’t know what happened to my Seventeen magazine featuring Jennifer Lawrence on the cover (let alone my beloved Seventeen and Teen Vogue collections—warning to my high school readers to hide your precious teen magazines before leaving for college).


The coolest fun fact, which yes I think deserves its own paragraph, is that my high school graduation cap was THG-inspired. A fun play on our federal student aid system for college here in the US, I wished my fellow graduates that “May the FAFSA be ever in your favor.” A few of my English teachers got a kick out of it. I was also terrified when I decided to throw my cap in the air, with my beloved Mockingjay pin (which I received from my dad in the eighth grade as a gift) attached. It luckily stayed in upon landing.

Overall, THG will always stick with me  because of when I read it and whom I shared the experience with. THG sort’ve ended two “eras” for me as a teenager: I read THG in the eighth grade, when I was graduating from the same school I’d gone to for basically my entire life. The last film in 2015 coincided with my senior year of high school, with another graduation and new start on the horizon.

And yes, I definitely have my eyes on that new 10th anniversary collection.

Are you a The Hunger Games fan? Share some of your favorite THG memories in the comments!