Jul 26, 2013

Guest Post -- Amanda from I Solemnly Swear


I want to let you guys meet Amanda. She has become a good friend of mine here in the blogging world. So of course, she was someone I knew I wanted a guest post from this week!


"One of these things is a lot like the other..."
Hello, all! Big thanks to Amber for having me here at Paradise of Pages! :) Its actually my first guest post ever, so I sat here racking my brain trying to figure out what it is I would like to talk to you all about. And then, for those of you who know me, the obvious came to mind - DUH - Harry Potter... well, sort of.

Once upon a time, summers for me were synonymous with Harry and J.K. Rowling, a release of some sort coming almost every summer once the movies got going. Are you guys big fans like me? I'll tell ya, I've spent the last few years trying to find something similar that I enjoy as much as the Harry Potter series and I'm sure you can agree - it hasn't been easy!

The closest thing I've found that somewhat satisfies the nostalgic feeling is the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Have you read it (or at least heard of it, I hope!)? Percy Jackson, 12 years old, finds out he's not just a troubled young boy, but his dad is a god and he's basically got magical powers as a demi-god, and goes away to Camp Half-Blood to train and learn how to save the world. Sound familiar? The similarities aren't a bad thing though. I love getting lost in this series also, and there will still be more releases which, for now, satisfy my need for a release while Rowling writes other things.

Another series I've found that gives me the same tinglies is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Its a little different in the sense that there's no alternate world that the characters enter. Some of the characters do find things out about themselves, powers, secret pasts, etc. But I think what I love about not that important to them, as compared to other aspects in a novel.
these books is the worlds we have the opportunity to enter, such as we do when we enter the wizarding world and Hogwarts. Is world-building a important to you guys as it is to me? I guess this may seem like an obvious question to some, but I've actually heard from fellow bloggers that world-building is.
I've mentioned two newer series that I love in comparison to Harry Potter, but how about some of the older series, things that were published a long time ago and preceded Harry Potter and paved the way for Rowling's work? The Chronicles of Narnia. One of my favorites - I love being in that world. Lord of the Rings. Havent read it, but I've heard that if you're looking to escape good old earth, its the place to go! How about A Song of Fire and Ice? I've only read half of the first book, A Game of Thrones (I've seen every episode of the TV show, twice, lol), but the world in this series is like... mind-blowing. If you haven't read it, and you are into fantasy, and world-building is important to you, this series by George R. R. Martin is for you!
For those of you who wish for the same thing, books - old and new - that have the same characteristics as the Harry Potter series, you have my suggestions and here's a Goodreads list with suggestions of almost 200 book that other recommend for HP-lovers! And though there are so many on this lists and the few I've mentioned, I know there are gems hiding out there that our fellow bloggers have heard about and read.

So for those of you who have been who have been looking and who have found: share! Please! I'd love to hear your input on what you think would make it on our own personal "If you like Harry Potter then you might like..." lists. Lets put one together for our fellow readers. I cant wait to hear what your suggestions are, and I promise I will add them all to my TBR and read them!

It was great visiting, today! Please, come visit my blog after taking a tour around Amber's awesome blog! I have a Harry Potter read-along/discussion series going on that my fellow fans might enjoy. Hope to see you all around soon! :)
Amanda @ i solemnly swear
Thanks Amanda!! Great post! I loved reading it, and I'm sure all my readers will love reading it too!!

1 comment:

  1. I love Harry Potter and the Lunar Chronicles as well. You have very good taste in books! Great guest post.


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