My Pottermore Story

My Pottermore Story

I didn't pay a lot of attention to the houses when I first watched the Harry Potter movies. I began reading the books after the first two movies were released, and even then, the houses didn't appeal to me. But then, the more that we delved into the surface beyond the Gryffindor and Slytherin sorts of rivalry, we got to see the houses at their strongest, kindest and most valued. 

That's when I thought maybe I was a Hufflepuff. 

Yellow has always been a colour I've been drawn to. In fact, it was my favourite colour for a long time growing up. There's something about the warm, bright sunshine effect that floods over me just seeing the tones on paper. I wasn't an official Hufflepuff until I took the Pottermore quiz a few years ago and I was delighted that I became who I thought I'd be! People always tell me that I'm kind and hard-working - even before I tell them I'm a Hufflepuff - and it gives me a secure sort of satisfaction to know there's somewhere I belong. 

Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. The house has produced its share of great wizards – not least Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

My Patronus is a Wolf. I'm not sure of the exact meaning of the Wolf Patronus, so I researched a little on the internet to find that it's a common patronus in the Gryffindor house (OMG, what?!) and those with this patronus have a big heart but a darker side to them, although their instincts are to fight for those they love. So I'm actually quite happy with it!

On to my wand! Mine is made of Dogwood wood, has a Dragon heartstring core, 12 1/2 in length and has a slightly springy flexibility! I'm not sure what all that means, but I mean, it looks pretty cool, right? Who wouldn't give to actually have the power to use one of them! Pottermore says that Dogwood wands are quirky and mischievous; they have playful natures and insist upon partners who can provide them with scope for excitement and fun, and that Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. 

I'm also a Thunderbird! They are said to represent the soul and favour adventure in the world. Pottermore says: named by Chadwick Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Thunderbird, a beast that can create storms as it flies. Thunderbird house is sometimes considered to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Thunderbird favours adventurers. Isn't that pretty awesome?!

I love being a Hufflepuff. It's like having a bunch of mutual friends that always have something in common with you! (Plus, getting all the merch! Am I right?!). I'd like to think that I fit in the house nicely and have some of the characteristics of my house. Pottermore always seems to get it right! You can be chosen into your own house here, too!

So, what Hogwarts House are you? 

Let me know in the comments, on twitter @LittleMemoirs or on Facebook!

happy reading, book wizards!
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How to Become the Blogger of your Dreams

How to Become the Blogger of your Dreams

When I first started blogging, I never thought that I should be any way. My love of Books just turned into wanting to express my thoughts through this platform, but an idealistic "blogger of my dreams" had never crossed my mind. That was until I delved further into the Blogger world. Then I saw so many big names that had made their blogs EPIC and here I was, with a little blog no one had heard of and only a few blog posts to my name.
So I made a plan. And it took a really long time to get to a place where I didn't feel like my blog wasn't worth reading. It's dawned on me that a lot of other people might feel the same way as me; totally overwhelmed by all these big-name Bloggers while we're still trying to find a way through the crowd and be noticed. I compiled a few hints and tips that I've learned over the last few years that I wish I had known a few years ago! I'm hoping that even if this only reaches a few of you, you'll get one step closer to being the Blogger of your Dreams. 

One: Forget Design, Focus on Content

The first thing to remember when you're just starting out blogging, or even a few years down the line, is that Design? It's not everything. Sure, a pretty header is nice to look at, but are you going to care about a header when you're reading the content of the blog? Not really. 
You want to remember that content is your best friend. Everyone will come to your blog for your writing, your voice and most of all, the personality that you radiate through the content. Try to type like you're talking to a friend. Want to use cap locks? GO AHEAD. I do it all the time! It's endearing. Want to use Gifs to express a feeling? YAS. They are a huge plus for me. What I'm trying to say is just come across as you. Because you're pretty darn magical. 

Two: Friends not Foes

If you're making enemies in the Blogging world, you're going about everything wrong. Yes, not everyone is going to like you, or your brand/beliefs, but making enemies isn't the right thing. What you should be focusing on is making connections, including: like-minded blogger friends, brand connections, finding your audience, and most importantly, finding people you can talk about the highs and lows of running a blog with. Find your friends, not your foes. There's enough bad in this world, and surely enough drama, already. I live for three rules of engaging in any confrontation: keep it classy, keep it friendly, keep it vague. So, if you're going to tweet about a topic that's going to cause drama, try being vague about the topic, so it's not totally obvious. (But think about it a lot before ever sending anything that's going to be harmful, and never tweet anything offensive.)

Three: Social Media = free publicity

Have you ever thought about it that way? That social media is basically free publicity for your brand? Well, it is, kinda. Tweeting a link, using hashtags, taking an Insta pic, basically anything, is free publicity for your blog/brand. You can use this to your advantage! Want to reach a particular audience? Use a hashtag. Want to make an image that's versatile across all platforms? My go-to is Canva. It's a free site that allows you to create stunning pictures for your posts. Do you want to go that little bit further and invest in your blog? Try using a call-to-action post on available social media platforms, or purchase an Ad. But basically, all in all, our free social media accounts are the best free publicity you'll ever get. 

Four: Start and Finish your Goals

There's nothing better than a #GirlBoss notebook to get your goals written down. But if you're one of those people that makes a lot of goals but doesn't finish them (I'm kind of guilty of this myself) then I have the perfect solution! Every time you complete a goal, reward yourself. So, if you're needing to write five blog posts about Fashion, reward yourself with something at the end of that task. Or if you want a new book but haven't read your TBR, try reading five books and then reward yourself with that book you wanted! A reward system is the best system, I mean, it works for kids, right? The whole gold star thing might not be your thing, but taking your goals one step further surely is.

Five: Listen to your heart, and your head

There's a saying about that, right? Do you choose your heart or your head more? I personally prefer the method of heart over head, except when it's a life-changing decision. Your heart basically makes 90% of your emotional decisions, whereas your head is more of the logical thinker. But when it comes to your blog, it's both your job and your hobby, so the wires between heart and head thinking and choices can get super messy. I live by the rule that if it's a big decision, go with the choice that scares you the most. Another saying I've seen on Pinterest is that being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave, and that's okay! But if it's a business approach, involves a lot of thought and is long-term, I always go with my head. It's not because it's always right, or anything, but because it's going to have that edge over your emotional-based decisions. But what I'm trying to say is listen to both, because more often than not, you'll know which is right. 

Six: Never forget where you started

I will never forget that teenage girl that felt like books were her only friend, starting a blog, barely a shot in the dark. You have to remember where you started, because there will be thousands more people just like you who are desperate to be a blogger, who are struggling. Maybe they look up to you (which is honestly an amazing thought). If anyone ever asks for a little guidance, never turn your nose up. Remember where you started. Ask yourself if that person who started out would turn away from someone who wanted a little help. That's why I have a HELP page on my blog dedicated to new bloggers. It's because I know how stressful it can be when you don't have a big following or any blogger friends. So never forget that you were once someone with a ten followers to their name, who still didn't know what HTML meant. Trust me, the best things in life come to those who help other people.

So, maybe you haven't become the Blogger of your Dreams yet. But can I tell you a secret? 

I haven't either. 

But we're all in this Bloggers boat together, boosting each other up and reaching for the stars. And I'm hoping my little words of wisdom have given you a bit of inspiration today. 

happy blogging!
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Blog Tour: "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo (+Giveaway)

Blog Tour: "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo (+Giveaway)

Hello, book lovers! Welcome to a new week with a spectacular read to start it with! Unfortunately I couldn't read the book because it was an eBook and my eReader is broken, so today I'm hosting an Excerpt instead! I can't wait to read this in physical form when I can.

Title: The Poet X
Author:  Elizabeth Acevedo
Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Find the Author: Goodreads 

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A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.


The summer is made for stoop-sitting
and since it’s the last week before school starts,
Harlem is opening its eyes to September.
I scope out this block I’ve always called home.
Watch the old church ladies, chancletas flapping against the pavement,
their mouths letting loose a train of island Spanish as they spread he said, she said.
Peep Papote from down the block as he opens the fire hydrant
so the little kids have a sprinkler to run through.
Listen to honking gypsy cabs with bachata blaring from their open windows
compete with basketballs echoing from the Little Park.
Laugh at the viejos—my father not included—
finishing their dominoes tournament with hard slaps and yells of “Capicu!”
Shake my head as even the drug dealers posted up near the building
smile more in the summer, their hard scowls softening
into glue-eyed stares in the direction of the girls in summer dresses and short shorts:
“Ayo, Xiomara, you need to start wearing dresses like that!”
“Shit, you’d be wifed up before going back to school.”
“Especially knowing you church girls are all freaks.”
But I ignore their taunts, enjoy this last bit of freedom,
and wait for the long shadows to tell me
when Mami is almost home from work,
when it’s time to sneak upstairs.

I am unhide-able.
Taller than even my father, with what Mami has always said
was “a little too much body for such a young girl.”
I am the baby fat that settled into D-cups and swinging hips
so that the boys who called me a whale in middle school
now ask me to send them pictures of myself in a thong.
The other girls call me conceited. Ho. Thot. Fast.
When your body takes up more room than your voice
you are always the target of well-aimed rumors,
which is why I let my knuckles talk for me.
Which is why I learned to shrug when my name was replaced by insults.
I’ve forced my skin just as thick as I am.

Mira, Muchacha
Is Mami’s favorite way to start a sentence
and I know I’ve already done something wrong
when she hits me with that beginning: “Look, girl…”
This time it’s “Mira, muchacha, Marina from across the street
told me you were on the stoop again talking to los vendedores.”
Like usual, I bite my tongue and don’t correct her,
because I hadn’t been talking to the drug dealers,
they’d been talking to me. But she says she doesn’t
want any conversation between me and those boys,
and she better not hear about me hanging out
like a wet shirt on a clothesline just waiting to be worn
or she would go ahead and be the one to wring my neck.
“OΓ­ste?” she asks, but walks away before I can answer.
Sometimes I want to tell her, the only person in this house
who isn’t heard is me.


To win a copy of The Poet X, open Internationally, click here!

Author Bio
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.

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What do you think?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter @LittleMemoirs using the tag #ThePoetXBlogTour 

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World Book Day: Spread the Word & Win!

World Book Day: Spread the Word & Win!

Hello book lovers! 
It's almost World Book Day, aka THE BEST DAY EVER. I am so excited that I get to share something incredible with you all today! I'll be telling you all about the fantastic ins and outs of World Book Day and how you can win a Book Bundle of the five chosen books this year, thanks to The Corner Shop and World Book Day!

This year something very different is happening. One week before World Book Day, (today!) is the launch of a brand new film trailer featuring some very familiar people! It's presented by the lovley Grace Victory, featuring some well known book lovers and authors including Muhammad Khan, Gemma Cairney, Camilla Thurlow, Penny Joelson, Afrikan Boy, Connie Glynn (Noodlerella), Slay in Your Lane (Yomi and Elizabeth), Laura Dockrill, Greg James and Chris Smith, E. Lockhart, Sara Barnard, Yas Necati, Maya Jama and Nikesh Shukla. It's the start of a new movement called "BookClubbing" - no, not that kind of clubbing. A book clubbing movement. And you (yes, you reading this!) can get involved! Ways teens and young adults can get involved is by:

  • Sharing your favourite stories with friends and family and online under #ShareAStory
  • Picking up one of five special edition full-length YA titles by bestselling authors at an exclusive price with a World Book Day book token
  • GET BOOKCLUBBING, setting up your own book club to talk about your latest and favourite reads with classmates and friends.

It's the start of a new initative that means young people can get one of five full-length books for £1.50 with a book token (or £2.50 without). The special edition books included in this years event are:

  1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Penguin)
  2. Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
  3. I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson (Egmont)
  4. Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu (Hachette)
  5. Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury)

*Available in participating retailers only

Don't forget what World Book Day is all about. It's the biggest celebration of reading in the UK and Ireland. Last year 1.2 million £1 book tokens were redeemed, meaning 1 in 4 children (1 in 3 for those having free school meals) could "purchase" their first ever book. So from late this month, children in the UK and Ireland will be given their book tokens in schools which they can then claim/put towards reading one of these awesome special editions in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 26th February to 25th March 2018.
You can find out everything you need to know about World Book Day on their website!
sponsored by the event

To celebrate World Book Day, we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win 5 of the books on offer this year from the World Book Day Teen & Young Adult book collection!

How To Enter:

For your chance to win just answer the question below and fill in this form with your name and address!

How many years has World Book Day been running?

12 years

19 years

21 years

Closing date: Midnight Thursday 1 March. See my Review Policy for competition rules.

Good luck, book lovers! Don't forget to get involved any way you can, by following the event:
Twitter | Facebook | Website | #WorldBookDay #ShareAStory

happy reading!
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Why YA is for Everyone

Why YA is for Everyone

Whenever there's a big dilemma/discussion on Twitter, I tend to stray from it. Not because I don't believe in standing up for my opinion, but because confrontation and me just aren't a good mix. As a lot of you may know, I have anxiety, so the thought of getting into heated arguments just isn't my thing. 
But a few days ago, there was this Author. Let's call her Lady. Lady was in a rather unpleasant discussion with a good friend of mine, saying that YA books are not to be read/enjoyed by Adult readers. That they are for eleven year old's. I was outraged. The clue is in the name of the YA genre - it means young adult. When you are eleven, you're not a young adult. You're barely just out of being a child, on the verge of being a teen. I did a tweet about it here, but didn't direct it at the person in question. When Lady left twitter, a lot of people were still in discussion about it. A few other twitter goers said that YA should be a "Teen Space". While I agree that Teens are the main demographic YA is written about / for, in no way should we be singling out and pushing out different age groups from genres of reading. I would never tell a child/teen they couldn't read an Adult book and I would never tell and Adult they couldn't read YA. A lot of people shared my same opinions. I have always been a YA blogger/reader and grew up reading a variety of the genres within YA. I'll always love and read YA and don't think that's a bad thing at all. There's something in YA for everyone and we can all learn from the genre. No one should tell you what you can and can't read. 
Some people might not share the same opinion. You, reading this, might think that YA is for Teens. You are completely okay to have that opinion. But logically, and physically, it's not right. If you asked an author - one published and read by thousands of readers - that she should tell Adults they can't read YA, do you know how many readers/fans they would lose? As a YA Blogger since a teenager myself, I helped build some of the foundations in the YA community with my Blog and putting it in the best way I can, I will not be pushed out because I'm not a Teen. 
I am allowed to have this space. We all share this space. It's called a Book Community. There isn't a need for cliques, dividing people by age, ranting, threatening. . .because at the end of the day, it's books. They are meant to be loved and enjoyed. Can't we all stick together? To not divide ourselves up? Still, you might not agree. And that's okay. But I'm not going anywhere, and like so many of my friends, we are barely in Adulthood. I am twenty one years old, and will be reading YA for as long as I please. I have far more in common with it than Adult fiction. And that's okay. Whatever you want to read, that is okay. Don't let anyone tell you what you can't find joy in. 
I held a poll on twitter with an overwhelming amount of you saying YA is for Everyone. And I am so glad you think so.

happy reading!
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