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Harry Potter flagship store

Warner Bros. has decided they’re going to open a Harry Potter store in New York (the link below is the original article with the details). Originally reported back in January of this year, this flagship store will be 20,000 square feet and 3 stories, and was set to open sometime this summer. I’ve not heard if they are still opening this summer or not now that we’re dealing with the whole Covid-19 or if the pandemic is pushing that date back.

Will you be visiting the store once it opens? How much time do you think you can spend in a store like that? How much money do you plan on saving up when you do get to go?

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Have you ever…?

Being an avid reader, have you ever thought of writing and becoming an author yourself? Why or why not? Would you ever do it if you had the chance?

When I was going through school and a teacher would ask us to write a story in class, I was always happy to do so. I liked writing assignments in class because I was usually pretty good at it. One teacher even told me I had a really active imagination. This same teacher entered one of my stories in a local writing contest and I ended up doing pretty well in it. I didn’t really expect much going in but I remember being proud of myself. I think I got an honorable mention or something like that.

Anyway, I’ve never thought about making a living out of it and becoming an author. I think it would be nice to do if I had the talents to do it. But I think I’m happy with reading books written by others. I enjoy being immersed in other worlds, even if they aren’t worlds that I’ve created myself.

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“The House on Foster Hill” by Jaime Jo Wright

I wanted to share with you what I just finished reading on my Kindle Fire. This book was told through the perspective of 2 different character in 2 completely different periods in time. It wasn’t hard to follow though despite going back and forth between the two. I was glad the book ended the way it did. I hate it when you spend all that time reading a book and end up with a disappointing ending. If you like a good, clean mystery then you’d probably enjoy this book.

Synopsis: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

Posted in fantasy, Literature

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix illustrated edition

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix is suppose to be released in 2021, making it another 2 year gap between releases. Jim Kay began working on the book in April of 2019. You can go to the link below to see some preliminary sketches and some other artwork by Jim Kay for this next illustrated edition…

Will you be getting this when it comes out? Will you be pre-ordering this or will you wait until it’s released and try to buy it? I will probably be getting this as a present once this is released. Since these illustrated editions usually come out in October and I’ll already have had my birthday by then, then I’ll probably be getting this for Christmas. That’s fine by me.

Posted in fantasy, Literature

Is Winter Coming?

I just found out that we may be finally getting the sixth book in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. “The Winds of Winter”, the sixth book, is supposedly going to be released some time in 2021 for those of you that are fans of the series. For more info, you can read the article here…

Will you be getting the next book as soon as it comes out? Will you pre-order the book or just purchase it when it comes out? How long do you think it will take you to read the book when you get it? What are your hopes for this novel?

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Most in a year…?

What is the most books you’ve ever read in a year? Was that a goal you set for yourself or did you just reach that amount by accident? Do you think you’ll ever beat that number at any point in the future? Why or why not?

In 2018, I did not have a set amount of books I wanted to read. I just kept track of how many books I read that year (I read 22 by the way). Then, I set out to see if I could read more books in 2019 then what I read in 2018 and I did (I read 28 in 2019). Now, I’m trying to see if I can read more this year than I did last year. If I continue the way I’m reading now, then I should be able to beat what I read last year.

So, I’m not really setting out to read a certain amount. I’m just trying to see if I can read more than I did the year before. It’s kind of like I’m trying to see if I can increase my personal best with each passing year. There may come a year when I don’t beat what I read the year before and that’s okay. It’s still interesting to see what I read this year versus what I read last year. There can also be some other challenges I can add to make things even more interesting (like reading more on my Kindle than I normally do or reading some books outside my comfort zone). Feel free to let me know what reading goals you are doing, or have done in the past, in the comment section of this article. I’d love to hear from you.

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Reading books that are considered controversial….?

Do you read books that are considered controversial? If you do, what books have you read? What was controversial about that particular book? What made you read it?

I’ve read the Harry Potter series and there was some controversy surrounding those books. There were some parents that wanted those books pulled from the shelves because they believed it was teaching witchcraft to their children. I read the series because I had several friends and family members that were reading the series and I was mildly curious about what they were reading. Also, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I wanted to form my own opinions on the matter.

Now, I’m not trying to pick on the Harry Potter series and point fingers at one specific literary work. I don’t mean any offense. It’s the only literature that I can recall that has had any controversy surrounding it (out of all the stuff that I’ve read or can remember reading).

Posted in Literature, romance, young adult

“Crave” by Tracy Wolff

I picked this book up recently and began reading it not long ago. I figured that it would take me longer to read this book since it’s over 500 pages long but I was able to read it pretty quickly. Since picking up this book, I’ve heard this book touted as the next “Twilight” series. I can kind of see that based on just the synopsis alone but this book seems a lot like Twilight now that I’ve finished reading it. There are some differences, enough to keep it interesting. There are enough answers so that you don’t get lost reading this book but they’re going to have to explain some more things in the next book. I’m sure they do that on purpose to get you to continue reading but I’m going to be reading the next book, Crush, when it comes out in September of this year (I can’t wait!). Anyway, there is quite a bit of moments where a girl is swooning over a boy (and a little bit of the other way around) in this book but there is a pretty good story line going on if you can look past that. But this is meant to be a romance novel so if you don’t like all that mushy stuff then you may not be interested in reading this book.

Synopsis: My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally―as the bait.

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Main stream versus not so main stream…

The type of literature you read, do you tend to read stuff that is popular with the crowd or with experts? Do you tend to read stuff that is a little less main stream? Why do you go with that over the other?

I’m a little of both. Some of the stuff I read can be considered main stream or well known (for example, the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, the Chronicles of Narnia series, the Inheritance Cycle, etc.). However, I’ve also read some stuff that’s not as well known or as highly publicized. I also like to read books from local authors in my area because I believe in supporting local authors as much as I can.

I choose the books I read because they are books that seem interesting to me, not whether or not they’re popular. If the synopsis sounds interesting enough when I read it (does it capture my attention?) then it’ll come home with me….plain and simple. Yes, I do like to support local authors. But their works are something I’ve come to enjoy as well. I get a lot of enjoyment out of reading their books.

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Summer Reading

How many of you will be engaged in a bit of reading this summer? How much reading do you think you’ll get done over the summer? Will your children be reading over the summer as well? Do you and your child/children read together or do you each do you own reading separately?

My summer reading usually goes the same as it does the rest of the year. I don’t normally go by any list made by any of the “experts” (although some of the stuff I’ve read has ended up on some of these lists without my knowing until after I looked at them). I usually just pick my books at random based on what I am interested in and what I feel like reading at the moment (I tend to move around a few different genre’s, it keeps me from getting bored with the same thing over and over again).

Please, feel free to share any reading you’ll be doing this summer in the comments section. I do take suggestions from friends, even if I don’t necessarily follow what the experts say about a particular book.