Sunday, 12 May 2013

Showcase Sunday #25

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.

It's been a few weeks since I did a Showcase Sunday, so here are a couple of things I've picked up recently, and a few reviews!

BUT FIRST: Yesterday some of my friends and I went to the Harry Potter Experience at Warner Brothers Studios outside London! It was a lot of fun, and there was so much to look at - a lot more than I was expecting. It was quite overwhelming at times, trying to take it all in - there were lots of little details and things you could quite easily miss (for instance, I loved that they had the house points counter in the Great Hall, but totally missed the Black family tapestry later on!).

I will try and write a full post on it sometime soon (and I am thinking about a HP re-read if anyone is interested in joining me over the summer), but I thought I'd post a couple of pictures here:

4 Privet Drive (ext.)

Diagon Alley

Hogwarts scale model
Highlights: Walking down Diagon Alley (a lot smaller than I expected!), seeing the complete model of Hogwarts, the exterior of 4 Privet Drive, walking across the Hogwarts bridge, and the Gryffindor common room / boys' dormitory sets - including the jumpers knitted by Mrs Weasley for Harry and Ron in the first film. :)

Anyway, on to the books...


A couple of weeks ago I picked up The Dinner by Herman Koch, a Dutch novel that I reserved a while ago. I read this within a couple of days (short chapters = excellent for train commute!), and thought it was excellent. Highly recommended - review here! (This also counts for my 2013 Translation Challenge, run by Ellie, which I am having a lot of fun with.)


I received an eARC of Confessions of An Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett - thanks to MiraInk/Harlequin UK. I have started reading this on my Kindle to and from work, and am really enjoying it so far.

Recent reviews

The Hidden Child - Camilla Läckberg (7.5/10) - Swedish crime novel with some realistic domestic subplots.

Steal My Sunshine - Emily Gale (7/10) - New contemporary Australian YA with some interesting historical elements as part of the backstory.

It's Different for Girls - Jo Brand (5.5/10) - Funny novel about growing up as a teenage girl in 70s Hastings.

A Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett (6/10) - The return of Tiffany Aching, as she learns how to be a witch (and why it's not quite as glamorous as she thought).

(After reading Steal My Sunshine, I wanted to find out more about the laundries that girls like Essie were sent to, so last night I ended up watching The Magdalene Sisters, a 2002 film made with Irish/Scottish backing and documenting what life in these laundries was like. Recommended.)


  1. The Harry Potter pictures look AMAZING! I really want to go! :D Though I just know I'd want to take everything home with me!

    I was part of the blog tour for The Dinner at the beginning of this month and I really enjoyed the book, glad you did too!

    Have a lovely Sunday,

    Megan xxx

  2. Diagon Alley does look really small when you see people standing in it. I guess if you wnat to walk through Hogwarts you can visit most of the locations used to film it anyway (we went to Alnwick Castle a few times as kids).

  3. Fantastic experience! I'm determined to head to Diagon Alley this year too :). I've got the Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend egalley, and after the first one I'm looking forward to a what I'm thinking will be a good read.

  4. I am GREEN with envy! Definitely the best trip ever. I'd like to see Diagon Alley like that.
    I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself. :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Your trip to the Harry Potter experience sounds wonderful Kit. The photo of Diagon Alley looks so cool! I can't wait to see another post on this. I also received Confessions of An Almost Girlfriend, I can't wait to get started on it, so I'm glad you're enjoying it! :)


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