Friday, August 18, 2017

Notable Quotable: Sarah J. Maas (#160)

"'I like music,' she said slowly, 'because when I hear it, I...I lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play. I'm not...for once, I'm not destroying, I'm creating.'"
     --Throne of Glass

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #106

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

Favorite Hogwarts Founder. Or whichever one fascinates you the most.

It may be because I'm a Hufflepuff, but Helga Hufflepuff has always been someone I had great appreciation for as founder. The other founders had very specific characteristics and traits they wanted for their houses and that kind of exclusivity always seemed a bit weird to me. I loved that Hufflepuff didn't subscribe to that mentality. She valued kindness and loyalty in her students, but she didn't discriminate who belonged in her house.
Said Slytherin, "We'll teach just those
Whose ancestry's purest."
Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose
Intelligence is surest."
Said Gryffindor, "We'll teach all those
With brave deeds to their name."
Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot
And treat them just the same."
   --Sorting Hat's Song, Order of the Pheonix
On a side note, Salazar Slytherin is also interesting to me. Even with all the talk about evil witches and wizards coming out of Slytherin, there clearly must have been something about him that drew the other founders to him. I'd be curious to see them all interact with each other.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

#TheReadingQuest TBR

It's time to go on an adventure... book style.

I came across #TheReadingQuest last week and I have fallen in love with the idea of it! It's like a video game or RPG. You get to choose a character and read books according to their quest, plus there are side quests too. You earn experience points for the books you read, bonus if they are written by marginalized authors. Aentee at Read at Midnight created this quest, go check out her sign up page for all the details.

#TheReadingQuest runs from August 13 - September 10. It's a four week reading challenge! It'll be some much more doable than a weekly read-a-thon. I'll probably do some update posts during challenge as well.

I'm not going to lie, it was difficult picking a character path, however, I've decided to take on Mage's quest.  And if I finish that path I'm going to move onto either the Knight or the Bard.  I'm not going to make that decision until I come to it.

MAGE: As wielders of  spells and witchcraft, these players will conjure and summon their way through the first down path on the quest. Their tomes contain magic and whispers of alternate lands.

I will be starting at the bottom left side of the bingo card and make my way through the challenges. I'm not sure if I'll do them in order, but I will definitely finish all five before moving on to the next character path. I will be completing side challenges as I go along; there are a couple of them that I definitely won't do but the rest are up for grabs.

Here's my tentative TBR for the Mage as well as the Knight and Bard. BUT I obviously reserve the right to change books at my leisure (because let's face it, I love making TBRs and I love breaking them too!)

Mage Quest:
A book with a one word title: S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst / Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith 
A book that contains magic: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A book based on mythology: The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
A book set in a different world: On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
The first book in a series: Taken by Erin Bowman 

Knight Quest:
The first book in a series: Taken by Erin Bowman 
A book with a verb in its title: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
A book with a weapon on its cover: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
A book with a red cover: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
A book that has a TV/movie adaptation: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon / Howl's Moving Castle by Diana  Wynne Jones 

Bard Quest:
A book that has a TV/movie adaptation: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon / Howl's Moving Castle by Diana  Wynne Jones
A fairy tale retelling: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
A book cover with striking typography: Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
A book translated from another language: Brit Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
A banned book: The Handmaid's Tae by Margaret Atwood

Side Quests:
Potions: a book concocted by 2+ authors: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Expansion: read a companion novel or a short story: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J Maas
Mini-Game: read a graphic novel, novella or poem collection: Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Idea 
Animal companion: book referencing an animal in the title: Wolf by Wolf Ryan Graudin
Open World: read whatever you want: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Grind: a book with 500+ pages
Multiplayer: buddy read a book
The Warp: a book set in either the past or the future
Respawn: read a book you previously DNF

Happy reading everyone!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #105

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

If you could change one thing from book 6, what would it be?

There are probably other things that will come to mind later, but the one thing that keeps popping up is Lavender Brown.  I can't stand her relationship with Ron. I know it's played up in the movie, but I still really dislike how obsessive and ridiculous she seems in the book. I realize that their relationship pushes Ron and Hermione closer in the end, but uggg it's hard to read. 

Lavender Brown deserves to be more than a plot device to further Hermione and Ron's relationship, even if I do think she is a pain in the butt. 

But again, Uuuuuuuuugggggggggg!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Harry Potter Month Wrap Up

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!

All month long I've been celebrating Harry Potter and today is his birthday! If I'm doing the math correctly, he is 36 this year. Happy Birthday Harry!

While, I haven't been very vocal on the blog this year, I dove head first into the other aspects of Harry Potter Month. I posted some instagram posts:

My illustrated Harry Potter edition shelf.
My original hardcover editions shelf.
Look at that Hogwarts Van Gogh!!
Handmade Harry Potter greeting cards.

As always, I made an HP craft and this year it's something I can gift others. The cards took some time (especially the lettering, I'm not very good at that), but I really like the way they turned out.

I spent some time trying to watch the Harry Potter movies, but I become distracted by all the books I was reading for the readathon addition to this year. I am usually a very slow reader, but something about this extra challenge gave me great incentive to read. -- Unfortunately, I didn't actually read any Harry Potter books this month, but I'm feeling that a nice long reread will come sometime before the end of this year.

I've been updating my original TBR post as I've been finishing books, but I'd like to make an official end of Harry Potter Month post.  So here's all the books I've finished this month!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:
  • Read the first book in a series
  • 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
  • Read a book with a terrifying monster

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
  • Read a book where someone is wrongfully accused or punished 
  • 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

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
  • Read a book with sports 
    • Hawkeye Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction (7/30/17)
    • Hawkeye Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction (7/30/17)
  • Read a book with dragons
  • 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
  • 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
    • The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson (7/28/17)
  • Read a book with an anti-hero
  • 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!)
  • Read a book that's a spin off or prequel from something else
    • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (7/29/17)
  • Read a book where the main character travels far from home
    • The Hitchhichker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (7/13/17)
I'd say 12 books in one month is the best reading track I've had in several years! So thank you Harry Potter Month for pushing me to read more. 

While I've been much quieter on the blog this year than I have in past years, I had a blast celebrating Harry Potter Month across my social media and in real life. Thank you once again for a great month!  I look forward to it next year. :D

Friday, July 28, 2017

Notable Quotable: J.K. Rowling (#159)

"Words are in my not-so-humble opinion, the most inexhaustible form of magic we have, capable both of inflicting injury and remedying it."
     --Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #104

hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows Reviews.

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.