Seven ‘Harry Potter’ Moviemaking Justifications

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You can't hate on the HP movies without acknowledging a few things! Read More »

Potterhead Experiences

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I consider myself to be a Potterhead, and as such, I’ve reread each book in the series no less than fifteen times since I was seven. I used to think it was a pretty normal thing to do, but talking to real normal people made me realize that rereading the same words so many times isn’t common; it’s actually weird. I suppose Potterheads are fairly strange creatures. It’s not like we have superpowers or anything ... Read More »

Book Review: The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris

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The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris Recommended Ages: 12+ The fifth book of the “Squire’s Tales” series continues this Wisconsin-based author’s retelling of Arthurian legends for younger readers with a combination of two knightly love stories with the point of view of a minstrel knight who has fallen out of love with romantic love. Forced into knighthood, though he would rather be a rebec-playing troubadour, Sir Dinadan rides out into the English countryside ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Jackellyn – March 9, 2014

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JACKELLYN Age 23 – Orlando, FL, USA SLYTHERIN How did you become a Harry Potter fan? Started reading the books when I was in middle school for AR points (point system for reading books at my school). Reading the books took me to that world and I LOVED IT. Then the movies started coming out, I would go at midnight and (sometimes) dress up. It really all started with required reading but after I left middle ... Read More »

Book Review: Rotters by Daniel Kraus

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Rotters by Daniel Kraus Recommended Ages: 14+ This book is a thriller and chiller of the sort that probably would have turned stomachs a generation ago. But if you’ve been watching CSI and its spinoffs, you may already have an idea what decaying corpses look like—though, mercifuly, not so much how they smell and feel. So this may be the perfect time to read a book featuring ripening bodies, graveyard dirt, and the last days ... Read More »

Book Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo Recommended Ages: 13+ Published in 1831 in French, under the title Notre-Dame de Paris, this book has been made into an opera, a ballet, several stage plays, two musicals, and at least fifteen films, including TV and animated versions. One conclusion I could draw from this is that it’s a very popular tale, and so there is a good chance that you already have some idea of ... Read More »

Book Review: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

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Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy Recommended Ages: 14+ If I had read Anna Karenina after this book, it would have cheered me up. Hardy’s last novel, written in 1895, stirred up such harsh criticism that its author never wrote another novel, although he lived until 1928. In me, listening to the audio-book while driving a sales circuit of convenience stores in rural Illinois, it stirred up feelings of failure and disappointment in life. The ... Read More »

Book Review: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

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The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens Recommended Ages: 12+ Kate P barely remembers her parents. Heck, she doesn’t even remember her last name; only the letter P. Mostly she remembers the night her parents disappeared, when her mother gave her a cherished locket, told her to take care of her younger brother and sister, and promised to return someday. Since then, Kate, Michael, and Emma have spent ten years moving from one orphanage to another, ... Read More »

Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy Recommended Ages: 14+ Over the past few years, I have frequently experienced the advantages of having audiobooks in my car while commuting or traveling. In that way I have found time, at last, to take in many great works of literature that I might otherwise have skipped because they were too long, too serious, to difficult to focus my mind on during the sleepy time of day when I do ... Read More »

Fantastic Beasts for Muggles: Which Would You Have as a Pet?

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After reading through Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by “Newt Scammander,” I realized there are quite a few beasts that knowledgable Muggles may be able to handle and a few  I would like to have for various reasons. If you are unfamiliar with these beasts, I suggest grabbing a copy of the book or heading over to the Harry Potter Wiki for a refresher. Here’s a countdown of the most useful:  10. Flobberworm – The ... Read More »