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 »

Love Connection

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I’ve been thinking about writing a post about Potter relationships. How did certain characters end up together? Why? And with the recent news of Rowling’s comments about Ron and Hermione’s relationship, this seemed like the perfect time. There are so many relationships within the series, so I’ve decided to make this post ongoing, posting related articles in the future. But for now, let’s start with the whole Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione thing. I’m going to begin ... Read More »

The 7 Things We Hate About You (Know Who)

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Those of us with a passion for all things Potter can most certainly agree that Lord Voldemort is as sinister as they come. Here are 7 reasons we love to hate him: Read More »

10 HP Characters That We Meet in Real Life

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There are so many distinct characters in the Harry Potter series that are completely believable purely because we have all come across someone like them in our day to day lives. Here is a list of some of those characters and their real life counterparts. Read More »

18 Signs That You Are the Ron Weasley of Your Friend Group

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Let’s be honest. You may not be the Chosen One or the Brightest Witch of Your Age, but where does that leave you? You might be a Ron, a title that may not sound as glamorous as the former two but that is still pretty terrific. Without further ado, here are eighteen signs that you are the Ron of your circle of friends: 1. You find yourself in trouble all the time. 2. You’re the life of ... Read More »