11 Quotes about Time

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” 
― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” 
― Anthony G. Oettinger

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” 
― Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.” 
― Dave Eggers


“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” 
― Mother Theresa

“Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!” 
― Dr. Seuss


“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” 
― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

“It’s hard being left behind. (…) It’s hard to be the one who stays.” 
― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” 
― Lao Tzutags: time1879 likesLike


Solve It Sunday: A Question of Displacement

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It is hopefully clear that a floating boat displaces a volume of water, and that the weight of the boat is equal to the weight of the water it displaces.

Obviously, then, placing a boat into a partly filled tank of water means that the level of water will rise. It therefore follows that if you place a lead weight into the boat, the water level will rise further.

So what will happen if you then drop that same lead weight over the side of the boat, into the water? Will the water level rise, fall, or stay the same?

This is an easy one to test out of you have a piece of paper and a few pennies.

Best of luck, and as always, answer is in the comments.

How Harry Potter Should Have Ended

Hello my dear Potternerds, today I bring you a new post idea that I came up with.

Endings are a hard thing to create. It can be near impossible to craft a beautiful ending, tying up all the strings of your story.

There are plenty of books or series out there that have disappointing endings. Whether the character ended up in a way that left us unhappy, events took place that make no sense, or even just the author giving us things that didn’t fit with the story.

There are plenty of reasons for why a book or series might have a bad ending, so I thought I would give my ideas on ways a series could have ended in a better way.

These are just my opinions based off of my own thoughts and disappointments, and ideas I found from discussing it with other people. I might not even be upset with certain endings, but just that I had a “better” idea in my head.


I figured I would start with Harry Potter, since it is a very popular series. I wouldn’t say I am 100% disappointed with how it ended, but I do think things should have gone a lot differently for people…so, without further adieu, here are my opinions on how it should have ended.

19 Years Later

Though I don’t think the epilogue should have been included, let’s assume it is, no matter what.

I am not a fan of the relationships that came about in the end, (Ron and Hermione never seemed to have that emotional spark for me, and Harry and Ginny were even worse), it’s their children’s names that really bother me.

James Sirius Potter, Albus Severus Potter, and Lily Luna Potter. I get that all of these people affected his life, but Harry sure has a lack of originality. I’m not saying their names are bad, but maybe give Albus a chance at not being bullied.

I would have liked the kids to have their own chance to be themselves and not be tied to their dads story. We later get the Cursed Child, which lets us explore the idea of living as the son of a legend, and I think Harry makes it pretty rough on his kids, forcing them to be memorials to his old story.

Also, the time jump shouldn’t have been 19 years, that’s too long of a time. It should have been something shorter like five or ten years. IF, and only IF for some reason it needed to be 19 years, I honestly don’t think any of the couples would still be together.

I don’t think Ginny and Harry last for more than a few years because she’s too busy being a famous Quidditch player. Ron and Hermione might have lasted, but with no real connection I don’t think they’d still be together as a couple.

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Following the War

Immediately following the Battle of Hogwarts, I think a more interesting story could have been developed. In the books, we just jump over the time after the battle, but I think if it was more developed, it could have been a better epilogue.

With Hogwarts being cursed and in near ruins, there would need to be repairs obviously. For a year or two, all Hogwarts students are sent to Dumstrang and Beaux-Batons to still get their education.

McGonnagal eventually re-opens the school and resumes her position as Headmistress, before retiring.

Years after the battle, after Ginny has retired from her professional Quidditch career, she becomes the sports teacher at Hogwarts, opening up weekly games at the school for the younger years, and forming a “Hogwarts” team to compete against other European magic schools.

Though Harry only ever felt truly at home at Hogwarts, he wants to find a home that is his, and eventually settles down with Luna, who keeps her family’s newspaper running.

Hermione, after being a keener and returning to school for her final year, eventually publishes a few books in the magical world, both bestsellers. Her books are about rather mundane “adventures” that muggles go on, a hit in the magical world, but wouldn’t sell a single copy in real life.

Ron and Hermione eventually split up and Ron ends up living his life alone, but happy. He and Hermione are still great friends, and speak almost daily.

Hagrid, finishes his education at Hogwarts, and eventually marries Madam Maxine.

AND… Dudley reaches out to Harry, believing his wife has an unknown magical power, meaning his kid, who is almost 11, might need to attend Hogwarts.

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Again, these are just my thoughts and opinions. I’m sure I missed a few characters, but these are the ones that were on the top of my head.

What did you think? How should Harry Potter have ended in your ideal world? Let’s talk about it in the comments, or send me a message on social media!
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The Stay at Home Festival: The Online Literary Festival

We all know the state of the world right now. Many of us have never experienced things like this before, and we all need to stand together in order to get through this.

One thing we can do, to stand beside those indie authors out there that have been unable to go through with their boom launches, is support their hard work and commitment by taking a look at The Stay at Home Festival.

In these strange times all the usual outdoor events are on hold. That includes literary festivals. Authors and readers everywhere were finding long anticipated events were cancelled, book launches postponed and author discussions delayed. So CJ Cooke, award-winning poet and author of I Know My Name and The Blame Game, had a brain wave. An online literary festival. No travel ban worries, no social distancing required. Anyone from anywhere in the world could join in.

So the Stay at Home Literary Festival was born. From 27 March to 11 April a myriad array of authors will take part in online events.

Because I’m slow off the mark we’ve already missed three days. But from today onward here is the programme for this week. Check back for part 2 later on.

There are dozens of different “classes”, speeches, and opportunities for writers, readers, and everyone who is interested in literature in any way.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, make sure to give it a look. There’s tons of information and I plan on hopping in on a few chats myself!

Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award

Dear readers, I am proud to announce that I was chosen to be one of the Panelists for the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award!

There were’t actually any cuts this year, so whoever applied to be a panelist was chosen, but I am excited for the opportunity!

But, what I came here to tell you is that the author entries are finally open! Yep, authors are now able to submit their books to the BBNYA!

Entries are open until May 10, 2020 at 23:59GMT, so make sure you spread the word. If you know any authors, tell them to submit their work.

If you want any more information, you can check out the BBNYA website.

I will be posting updates whenever I have more information for you, but for now, here’s a rough timeline for anyone interested.

May 10: The author entries close at 23:59GMT
May 13: Deadline for authors to send the excerpts and pay entry fee at 23:59GMT.
May 19: Start of round one. We will supply you with all files and links needed by then.
June: We aim to have the judging of round 1 done during this month.
July: Depending on how quick we have the results of round 1 ready, we will start round 2.
July 20: Deadline for the announcement of the results of round 1.
July/September: Depending on how quick we have the results of round 2 ready, we will start round 3.
September 30: Deadline for the announcement of the results of round 2.
Late November: Around this time we aim to have all judging of the books of round 3 done.

December 21: Deadline for the announcement of round 3.


If you want to enter for the Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award, let me know! I’d love to know if one of my fellow readers submitted their book!
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10 Books With One Word Titles

Hello dear readers, we are back for another Top 10 Tuesday, which is a weekly meme brought to you by That Artsy Reader Girl and was previously hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is books with a single word title.

I’ll be limiting this too books I have on my shelves right now…so I hope you enjoy.

Remember to chat with me in the comments whether you have some of these same one word title books, or which ones you enjoy!

Steelheart/Firefight/Calamity

The reckoners series books all consist of one word. They are very important to the story in each book, and really only make sense once you’ve read them.


Inferno/Origin

Two books by Dan Brown. I love the mystery and intrigue behind them all, and I am a sucker for a good conspiracy theory.


Oathbringer

A Brandon Sanderson book, and #3 in his Stormlight Archive Series. Both a beautiful looking piece, and a great story. It is one of my favourite books of all time.


Legend/Prodigy/Champion/Rebel

A YA series by Marie Lu. I loved this series back in high school and needed to see it to the end. They’re easy reads, but full of adventure and thrilling moments.


What are some of your favourite books with one word titles? Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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TV Review: Supernatural Season 13

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We are coming to an end dear readers. There is only one season left until we are caught up to what is airing on TV now, and part of me is glad.

It took me a while to get through this season due to a few reasons, but I just can’t binge it like earlier seasons…but I’ll get into that more now.

There are two story telling tropes that I hate with a passion. The first is time travel. It’s a boring way to give characters an out, and too often the rules are all different and aren’t followed. There are a rare few instances where time travel is used tastefully, but not often enough for me to enjoy it.

That’s not really my concern this season, but the second trope is.

The other one I can’t stand is alternate dimensions. It’s another pathetic attempt at story telling, because too often the alternate dimension just introduces characters, stories, or ideas we already know…but now they’re new because they’re from an alternate earth.

Well that’s the reality Supernatural adopts in Season 13. Two alternate dimensions.

One where it’s basically monster heaven, and there are things we’ve never even seen before walking around.

The other dimension is an alternate earth where Sam and Dean were never born, and the archangel Michael introduced the apocalypse.

Humans are fighting to survive against the last remaining monsters and hordes of angels.


13 seasons is a lot of story to maintain, but I can’t believe this is what the writers resorted to. I still believe the show should have ended a few seasons ago, but since we have to watch the crybaby Jack struggle to stop crying this season, I’m going to tell you why I disliked it.

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Jack, the son of Lucifer, is probably the third strongest being we have met, behind God and Amara.

I get that, after just being born, he can’t control his powers and he’s brash. I understand the reasoning behind it, but by the end of the season, after fighting a war against other angels, he’s still the same foolhardy buffoon.

PLUS, being the third strongest being in the world, he should be able to snap angels and monsters out of existence.

We see Lucifer do it several times over the years, and we know Jack is stronger than Lucifer, so why can’t he do anything more than force push the bad guys against a wall while the humans take care of them?


If you take away the alternate dimension story line, the whiny Jack, and a few other annoyances, this season does not live up to what the show used to be.

Before we got to see two brothers, crossing the country killing monsters and saving people. The family business. Now, we get to see them together less and less.

We lose the dynamic that has been built up for so long.

It’s unfortunate, because the relationship between the two brothers was the best part of the show for so long, and it still has its moments, but they are definitely fleeting.


What did you think of Supernatural Season 13? Let’s talk about it in the comments or on social media.
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