Thursday, July 27, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #104

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Which books would you recommend to Lupin?

I feel like giving him a bunch of werewolf books suggestions would be in poor taste. Or maybe it would give him a good laugh at the inaccuracy of some of their portrayals. I'm going to steer clear of that for now, but here a couple books I think Lupin would enjoy. 


The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - I think all the marauder's would enjoy this series, but Lupin seems the most imaginative of the group. He would enjoy getting out of his world with the prejudices and expectations on him and into a world of adventure and unknowns and a misfit character with a  higher calling. I think this book would have been a good solace for him, especially before he met James, Sirius, and Peter.



Friday, July 21, 2017

Notable Quotable: J.K. Rowling (#158)





"'I am what I am, an' I'm not ashamed. 'Never be ashamed,' my ol' dad used ter say, 'there's some who'll hold it against you, but they're not worth botherin' with.'"
     --Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #103

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Favorite Dean moment?

There are some pretty good Dean moments throughout the books even though he was pretty much nonexistent in the movies. He's one half of the Dean and Seamus brotherhood. He's a talented artist and is athletically inclined; he takes over for Katie Bell as chaser in his 6th year. Ginny dated him for a period of time so there had to be something special about him. And he had to go on the run when Voldemort's reign swung into full gear, but that didn't deter him from supporting Harry.

All of this makes him a great character, but there is one moment I love that just encapsulates his character and that's the moment he returns to Hogwarts near the end of Deathly Hallows.

"We're fighting, aren't we?" said Dean, taking out his fake Galleon. "The message said Harry was back, and we're going to fight! I'll have to get a wand, though..." - Deathly Hallows
His absolutely willingness to fight for good, despite the fact he doesn't have a wand just indicates who he is as a person.  Yes, he's flawed, but being ready to jump into the thick of things without having a weapon besides his fists is incredible!  Go Dean, go!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #102


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Which character would be your study partner?

The obvious answer to this is Hermione because between the two of us, we would have everything done with excellence.  However, I think I'm going to go off the cuff today. Depending on the subject, I would choose different people.  

For Defense Against the Dark Arts, I would absolutely choose Harry.  The way he commanded and taught everyone in the DA is so impressive.  I know that I'd be able to master the practical aspect of that class with Harry helping me. 
For Herbology, Neville is the only person I want studying with me. Aside from how much I love this guy, he actually becomes the herbology professor at Hogwarts once he graduates.  If that doesn't tell you he's exceptional at the subject, I don't know what will. 
For Transfiguration, Sirius, James and Remus would be my study partners of choice. Granted, I'd probably only get work done with Remus, but it would be incredibly entertaining to be around these hooligans.

For Muggle Studies, Arthur Weasley would be a great study partner.  He loves all things muggles, so he would absolutely love to research everything that has to do with this class. We'd know so much extra information as well.
For Charms, Ginny would be perfect.  She's got a reputation for being able to cast a good hex, but I know she's got a lot more in her than hexes.  She'd be perfect to help with casting charms; plus she's just an awesome person. She wouldn't let us get too bogged down in studying.
For Care of Magical Creatures, I would ask Luna and Hagrid. Hagrid can be zealous about all the creatures, which is great. Luna has an expertise on what many people consider the fantastical creatures, the ones that supposedly aren't real. It's good to have all your bases covered, and besides I really like Luna. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Harry Potter Month Readathon TBR

Faith of GeekyZooGirl and Micheline of Lunar Rainbow Reviews are hosting the Harry Potter Month in July and I'm on board! People can compete in the House Cup by accumulating house points. I'll be earning house points by posting about Harry Potter among other Harry Potter related activities! This year I will be representing Hufflepuff!

As part of Harry Potter Month, Faith and Micheline have come up with a readathon. You can read all the details here.  I thought I would put together a list of possible books for a TBR. I'm not sure how much extra reading I'll be doing this month, as I'm hoping to get through a couple Harry Potter books as well. But it's always fun to find books to match the categories! -- I'll be updating this post as I read.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:
  • Read the first book in a series
    • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Read a book where someone finds out they're not who they thought they were

  • Read a book with a great friendship
    • Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (7/9/17)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
  • Read a book that features a funeral, a feast or a party
    • Geekerella by Ashley Poston (7/27/17)
  • Read a book with a ghost
    • The Raven Boys be Maggie Steifvater
  • Read a book with a terrifying monster


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
  • Read a book where someone is wrongfully accused or punished 
    • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Read a book where a person hides who they are or wears a disguise 
    • Safekeeping by Jessamyn Hope (7/20/17)
  • Read a book with time-travel
    • The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
  • Read a book with sports 
    • Breakaway by Kat Spears
  • Read a book with dragons
    • Dealings With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Read a book with a contest of some kind
    • Fireworks by Katie Cotugno (7/20/17)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
  • Read a book with a character you hate

  • Read a book which features a rebellion
    • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Read a book with a prophecy
    • The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (7/13/17)
  • Read a book of 800+ pages


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
  • Read a book that you expect will make you cry

  • Read a book with an anti-villain (or someone who's doing the wrong things for what they feel are the right reasons)
    • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (7/25/17)
  • Read a book with a romance element
    • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (7/16/17)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
  • Read a series finale

  • Read a book with an anti-hero
    • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
  • Read a book with unrequited love

  • Read a book of 600+ pages


Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them:
  • Read a book with mythical or supernatural creatures (vampires, werewolves, dragons, magical animals all valid!)
    • Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
  • Read a book that's a spin off or prequel from something else

  • Read a book where the main character travels far from home
    • The Hitchhichker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (7/13/17)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #101


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Would you rather face a dragon or the acromantula?


My absolute first thought was dragon, no doubt dragon.  I think I'm going to stick with that because I don't do spiders.  Ron and I are one and the same in this regard. Giant spiders are even worse.  I know the acromantula can talk, but I'm positive I couldn't talk my way out of an encounter with one of them. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. The dragon isn't much better, but at least the sight of it wouldn't induce fear.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Harry Potter Month 2017!

Faith of GeekyZooGirl and Micheline of Lunar Rainbow Reviews are hosting the Harry Potter Month in July and I'm on board! People can compete in the House Cup by accumulating house points. I'll be earning house points by posting about Harry Potter among other Harry Potter related activities! This year I will be representing Hufflepuff!

Hello fellow wizards and witches! I have good news, Harry Potter Month is back and I'm very excited to bring you the first of many posts. It is, once again, time to flood this blog with a bunch of Harry Potter content! This is my third year participating in this amazing event and I've got some good stuff planned. I can't wait to share it with you!

For those who might be new, here's a quick snapshot of who I am:

My name is Alex.
Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff (Last year, I gave you an entire post about how I was almost a Ravenclaw. Talk about identity crisis!)
Ilvermorny House: Pukwudgie
Patronus: St. Bernard Dog (I always thought it's be a wolf, something fiercely loyal and protective. This is just the more cuddly version. ;) )
Wand: 11 1/2", birch wood, dragon heartstring, slightly springy

I want to know who you are! Feel free to share all this information in the comments, I'll be looking for any fellow Hufflepuffs. :D (The other houses are great too...)

Happy Harry Potter Month.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Notable Quotable: Fredrik Backman (#157)




"The currency there is imagination; instead of buying something with coins, you buy it with a good story. Libraries aren't know as libraries but as 'banks,' and every fairy tale is worth a fortune."
     --My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books for 2017


hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

There are a lot of great books coming out in 2017. These are nine of the books that I'm excited to read in the second half of 2017.

1. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (June 13) - This is the sequel This Savage Song.  I own it, but haven't read it. This duology sounds like a really interesting story!

2. The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (June 6) - This one sounds like a fun, lighthearted summer read; perfect for a day at the beach.

3. Lucky in Love by Kasie West (July 25) - I will always pick up a Kasie West novel knowing that it will be a great romantic read. I loved her novel P.S. I Like You and am excited to explore more of her books. This might just be the next one!


4. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (July 18) - This sounds like a great magical adventure and it's set in past and present day New York!

5. Warcross by Marie Lu (September 12) - A female hacker and a game crazy world, I'm ready to read this book!

6. Renegades by Marissa Meyer (November 7) - I don't know much about this book, but if Marissa Meyer wrote it, I will absolutely read it. Superheroes and villians out for revenge, what could possibly go wrong.


7. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (May 30) - This book just sounds so interesting.

8. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (September 17) - I'm all about female empowerment and especially when it's the focus of a novel.  I can't wait to see the friendships build between the characters and the antiquated rules they bust up.

9. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (September 7) - This one might seem a little out of place on this list since I've only read Throne of Glass so far in the series. However, I really enjoyed that book and Chaol happens to be one of the stand out characters for me so far. I just hope I can get to through this series by the time this book comes out!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Notable Quotable: S. Jae-Jones (#156)




"Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head."
     --Wintersong

Friday, April 14, 2017

Notable Quotable: Fredrik Backman (#155)




"The currency there is imagination; instead of buying something with coins, you buy it with a good story. Libraries aren't know as libraries but as 'banks,' and every fairy tale is worth a fortune."
     --My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Friday, April 7, 2017

Notable Quotable: Felicia Day (#154)




"You made something great. And something new will come around. Or not. Either way, do the work you love. And love yourself. That's all you can do in this world in order to be happy."
     --You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #100

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Favorite Fred and George Moment

There are so many great moments for the Weasley twins. I especially love how well they treat Harry, just like a brother.

The moment when Harry gives them the winnings for the Triwizard Tournament. The guys are so floored that multiple times they try and give it back and make Harry change his mind. They can't believe that someone would ever do that for them. They were trying to figure out how to open their joke shop and with the winnings they were able to. I love them for being humble enough to take it (after some major convincing) and they did well with it.

I think my absolutely favorite Fred and George moment has to be when the make their grand exit in Order of the Phoenix. They have style, they have class, they have fireworks and floating swamps! When they realize they have nothing left at Hogwarts to keep them there after being banned from quidditch, they take to the sky. It was an epic, hilarious, and beautifully defiant way to leave. It was their big f-you to Umbridge and I love it. I grin ear to ear and laugh every time I read it!



Friday, March 31, 2017

Notable Quotable: Patrick Ness (#153)




"You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do."
     --A Monster Calls

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #99

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Would you have joined Dumbledore's Army? Even with Umbridge breathing down your neck?

Alright, let me lay it out. I hate Umbridge so much, it wouldn't matter at all what she disapproved of or made "illegal". I would have joined Dumbledore's Army because she forbid it. And if I got caught, it would have been a great moment for me to give her the f-you she deserves.

Aside from that, I would absolutely have joined Dumbledore's Army. To be able to practice with friends in an encouraging environment, one that fosters progress and not humiliation is amazing. Just look at how much progress Neville made when he was in the DA. I would have thoroughly enjoyed that as well as the thrill of sneaking around and not getting caught.  That would have been a highlight.



Friday, March 24, 2017

Notable Quotable: Fredrik Backman (#152)




"Never mess with someone who has more spare time than you do."
     --My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Friday, March 17, 2017

Notable Quotable: Stephanie Tromly (#151)




"He carries around a notebook where he keeps a list of suspects and motives so the police will have leads if he ever turns up murdered."
     --Trouble Makes a Comeback

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #98

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Which cast member do you think was a perfect fit for their character?

First thought: Alan Rickman. Second thought: Maggie Smith. Third thought: Richard Harris

I couldn't come up with just one actor, so many of them were absolutely perfect fits for their characters. When I think about the characters, there's no one else I'd want to play them.

Alan Rickman was the perfect Severus Snape. I know he's technically supposed to be younger, but I don't care. I think he portrayed Snape beautifully, flaws and all.


Maggie Smith knocks Professor McGonnagall out of the park. She's equal parts sternness, sass, and affection. Maggie Smith embodies it all. I had a picture in my head when I read the books and it was very close to Maggie Smith's McGonnagall!


Richard Harris was the Dumbledore we didn't deserve, but the Dumbledore we needed. He was the calm and collected and a bit odd, just like his book counterpart. Michael Gambon was alright and he got better over the course of the films, but the infamous scene (you know the one) always makes me sad that Richard Harris passed away before completing his role in these films.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Notable Quotable: Jack Thorne (#150)




"They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what -- flaws almost made them greater."
     --Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #97

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If you could change one thing from book 5, what would it be?

Okay there are so many things that I could change about this book that would make me less frustrated with it. Don't get me wrong I like this book and what it does for the character and plot development of the series (and Ron's quidditch playing.)

I think the thing that makes me the most angry would be the fact that Harry forgets about the mirror that Sirius gives him to communicate. This would have potentially solved so many problems. When Harry sees into the mind of Voldemort, he could have checked the mirror instead of using Umbridge's fireplace.  There is a chance that Kreacher would still answer the mirror instead of Sirius, but highly unlikely since it's in Sirius's bedroom. Everything at the ministry could have been avoided AND Sirius's death might not have needed to happen. Agh!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Notable Quotable: Kass Morgan (#149)




"That was the worst part about losing someone--finding a place to store all the thoughts and feelings you'd otherwise share with them."
     --Homecoming

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #96

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Which books would you recommend to Sirius?

I never pegged Sirius for a hardcore reader, but the right book I think that he'd really enjoy reading.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly - I think Sirius would get a kick out of Digby. He'd probably find Zoe annoying, but he'd laugh at Digby's antics. The mystery and the rest of the ragtag group of kids would be a major plus too.

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan - I think Sirius would thoroughly enjoy this comic series. It's about kids who want to overthrow their evil parents, so you know Sirius would fit right in.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen - This book and the rest of the trilogy would probably have given young Sirius a very good outlet. Sage is a clever, snarky, and pretty much everything Sirius strives to be. I think he would very much enjoy this story.