Book Review: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

8217236Title: The Yellow Wallpaper

Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Genre: Classic, Short Stories, Horror

Number of Pages (Kindle edition): 63

Date Published: first published January of 1892

Synopsis (through Goodreads):

First published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper–a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, “The Yellow Wallpaper” stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 of 5)

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I’ll keep this short and to the point mainly because I have hardly anything to comment into this. This is, after all, in the classics league. I don’t think further personal interpretation is needed. Another factor is that it’s a short piece so I think it’s just fitting to keep my thoughts on it brief.

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Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

18383325Title: The Most Magnificent Thing

Author: Ashley Spires

Genre: Children’s, Short Stories, Picture Books

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 32

Date Published: April 1st of 2014

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Synopsis*:

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

For the early grades’ exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl’s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it’s okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn’t just make her magnificent thing — “she tinkers and hammers and measures, she smoothes and wrenches and fiddles, she twists and tweaks and fastens.” These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

I want to thank the publisher for making it possible for me to have an access to the book in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley.

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I have a weakness for all things children and illustrated and I thought this was so cute! I greatly admired the artwork here, especially because the author did them–talk about multi-talented!

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Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) by J.K. Rowling

31538647Title: Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

Author: J.K. Rowling

Series: Pottermore Presents, #3

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult

Number of Pages (Kindle Edition): 79

Date Published: September 6th of 2016

Publisher: Pottermore

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Rate: 4 of 5


Hogwarts is teeming with secrets.

Now THAT’S a Potter book–at last! Since I am a Potterhead, it is with a little sadness that I’ve already finished the short stories series released by Pottermore. I was actually holding it off for the longest time but oh well.

I enjoyed this very much because I have always loved the air of mystery that Hogwarts imposes right from the start of reading this series. That’s also the reason why my favorite movie of the series is the Sorcerer’s Stone because there was such a massive world-building effort.  To get a glimpse on the mysteries and to have answers on the questions I’ve been itching to ask in so long about Hogwarts was so satisfying. Additionally, I loved the approach of this book because instead of characters, the magical things of the wizarding world was cast into the limelight. This has the cohesiveness I was looking for. Although I might say, I’m very confused with Cursed Child all the more with this time-turner section tackled. I’m just SO confused. Blasted Cursed Child. 

 Of the three short stories releases, I enjoyed this the most–this is a very nice close to the Pottermore Presents series. Although, I’m quite sure there will be more because, erm, Rowling hello? 

Do I recommend it? Yuppsss! This is perfect for all the Potterheads out there! Great, now I want to reread Harry Potter again.


*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2) by J.K. Rowling

31538614Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists

Author: J.K. Rowling

Illustrator: MinaLima

Series: Pottermore Presents, #2

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Young Adult

Number of Pages (eBook): 71

Date Published: September 6th of 2016

Publisher: Pottermore Limited

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Rate: 3 of 5



Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists includes the background of well-known characters such as Dolores Umbridge, Quirinus Quirrell, etc. and includes a glimpse on the name inspirations behind them. Peeves’ story is thrown in somewhere there. I finished this in one sitting because it is just a compilation of short stories–it’s the perfect book to sit down with a cup of coffee and a plate of cookies!

Now, this is a rare occurrence, i.e. I don’t really have anything significant to say about this. It’s a solid it’s okay. It’s a work of Rowling, so in that aspect I can see the excellent writing and such but I guess I didn’t really particularly cared for the characters (or some magical things) discussed together with their background stories. I mean, sure, a chapter on Umbridge is nice but I mean, I don’t really care. I would be sugarcoating this if I didn’t say that I just picked this up for the sheer want of getting immersed again to the wizarding world. I desperately wanted to redeem my thoughts on Harry Potter ever since I read Cursed Child. (Read my review here: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (HP #8) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne) Perhaps, I need to reread the Harry Potter series again? 😛

On the other hand, the chapter on the Ministers for Magic was particularly fun. I liked how the composition of the Ministers across time has been so diverse. Some of the stories were also hilarious.

I was particularly looking forward to the chapter on Peeves but I was extremely disappointed because there was hardly any information about him. Of all the stories in this book, I was so excited for Peeves only to be let down. 😦 It feels like his chapter was just a filler chapter.

Of the three Pottermore Presents series, this is my least favorite because I seem to be having the impression that the short stories were just thrown in together whereas I was looking for some kind of cohesiveness. However, for the Harry Potter fan, you should definitely read this!

But wait, wait, wait. Don’t go yet. Is it just me that missed that that blasted quill thing of Umbridge’s was really her invention?! LIKE WHAT HOW DID I MISS THAT.

Do I recommend it? Yup
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*Cover image and Synopsis via Goodreads.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents #1) by J.K. Rowling

31538635Title: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

Author: J.K. Rowling

Series: Pottermore Presents, no. 1

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Fiction

No. of Pages (eBook): 71

Date Published: September 6th of 2016

Publisher: Pottermore Limited

Synopsis (via GoodReads):

‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

Cover art by MinaLima

Rate: 3 of 5


First of all, hope you’re having a happy new year! I thought I’d start off the year with putting my two cents on this little book of backstories of Harry Potter characters–all professors–that we loved. It’s good to reconcile some little questions that I might have had with the characters included namely those of Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Sybill Trelawney, and Silvanus Kettleburn. In my narrative to be found below, I’ll be voicing out my thoughts on each single characters and how Rowling has stretched my perceptions and understanding of them. (Before proceeding, if you’re reading this, I’m assuming you have read the Harry Potter series…I mean….who hasn’t?)

Of all, I have been particulary excited for Professor McGonagall, with her stern and always composed demeanor, I just knew there’s a good backstory to her. What I just wasn’t prepared was how heartbreaking her love life was. I have always wondered if she was one of those women who just somehow went along life perpetually single but surprise, surprise, that’s not the case. But oh the heartbreak!

Meanwhile, with Remus Lupin, I have to confess that I was not really endeared as much with his character since his general participation in the series, though proving to be very pivotal and important, was quick in my opinion. I would say though that he is the coolest Defense Against the Dark Arts professor ever. Imagine how he would whoop Gilderoy Lockhart’s ass. It was really satisfying to finally understand how he really became a werewolf and the real reason why Tonks was so sad towards the end of the HP series–via heartbreak yet again.

Sybill Trelawney, ahh, the quackest of all. My footing on her is the same as that of Hermione’s. She’s just full of bullshit, most of the time, that is. Her character had always irritated me but after reading this little backstory of hers, I may have seen her in a better light. It’s heartbreaking how her insecurities made her so withdrawn from other professors because she knew that she is not as good as them. And also, who knew she had a husband?!

Lastly, Silvanus Kettleburn, the magical professor who retired to enjoy his remaining limbs. A sheer backstory to the professor who Hagrid had to replace certainly threw a better roundedness on the professor-lineup of Hogwarts–and how they are all so brilliant in their own way.

I rated this 3 of 5 because I really didn’t want to sugarcoat it just because it’s another backstory of Harry Potter characters. I loved HP but it is just a book of backstory. It felt good to be immersing myself again to J.K. Rowling’s writing since Cursed Child. But I guess, nothing special really came up in this book and it is certainly not something you have to read. It just sheds a better light on the characters, giving them a more well-rounded nature.

P.S. This one has a handsome cover, don’t you think?


Do I recommend it? Yeah sure.


Cover image and Synopsis via GoodReads