Monday, March 28, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Books, Books, and More Books!

Every Christmas break I tell myself, "I am going to read books for fun," and before I know it, break is over and I have not picked up a single volume.  Nothing takes the joy out of reading like being told you have too, sad truth of human nature.  But, this last Christmas I did it!  I read all of these...

I concluded this AWESOME series (books 4-7), and I am super excited for J.K Rowling's new volume coming out this summer!

A very interesting modern fairy tale.  I had seen the movie first so I already knew the basic plot-line, but the book has a lot more depth and details (as they usually do!).

These stories were just plain fun, and a bit odd.  I find most folk tales are a bit on the strange side, no matter what part of the globe they hail from. 

Tea and murder, how could I resist?

The dud of my reading list.  Amazon kept telling me I would like the movie, so I decided to read the book first (a habit I am trying to get back to).  It was extremely depressing.  Imagine everything tragic and unsavory (and I mean EVERYTHING) that can happen to a modern teenager, and it happens to our main character or someone he knows.  Sorry Amazon, not my style.
Since Christmas break I have discovered a new favorite author, Truman Capote,

and I am currently starting my Spring break with this bad boy...or girl... or thing.

"It is a truth universally acknowledge that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."

Ahhhhhhhh, free time is such a luxury.  :)  Happy reading!

Friday, December 18, 2015

To Elizabeth...

...who stayed up until a very early hour to finish the last book in the Harry Potter series! 

(P.S. I, Lydia, am still on book six, so no spoilers please.) 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Welcome to Hogwarts

For a Halloween treat, one of our local cafes dressed itself as Hogwarts School of Wizardry. 

Complete with floating candles. 

Looks like Peeves the Poltergeist may be up to mischief. He appears to have pantsed the wall!  

Friday, November 13, 2015

Calling all Wizards

What with school and life, our poor book club has been shoved to the back of the closet. But every once in a while I'll take it out, dust it off, and look at it with remembrance of days gone by.

Although the HBP Society is not officially meeting, we girls have together been enjoying reading through J.K. Rowling's modern sensation: Harry Potter.

In my experience, Harry Potter often gets brushed off as "not that great", "okay", or even "not that original." I know because for years I was one of those people. My Mom had read The Sorcerer's Stone when it first came out many years ago, and Elizabeth read it sometime after that. They both agreed "There's nothing wrong with it, it's okay." Then earlier this year Rachel expressed an interest in reading Harry Potter. And before I knew it, I was bringing the next book home from the library every week or two, (and they were getting bigger!) we were watching the movies, discussing plot lines, laughing at the jokes, reading the books finally, and just falling in love with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, and you can't help but love those Weasley Twins! And I asked myself: "Why did it take me so long to read these books?" At least I don't have to wait for the next book to be written like the early Harry fans.

For Rachel's birthday present we added the entire series to our library. Rach just finished book seven last night, Elizabeth just started book four, and I'm holding off on starting book three until I finish a book series about Merlin the Magician by Mary Stewart. Yes, there is a theme here.

Happy Reading (or watching.)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Here Ye, Here Ye!

Attention readers! The Harold B. Pricklepants Society is starting up again for the summer. We will be reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows to start, and from then on, who knows? It's summer and anything is possible!

"Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today."