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10 Quotes about Reading!

I’ve put together a list of some quotes about reading that I enjoy and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Have fun!

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” (Diane Duane)

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.” (Fernando Pessoa)

“No. I can survive well enough on my own–if given the proper reading material.” (Sarah J. Mass)

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” (Dr. Seuss)

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” (Groucho Marx)

“It’s a great thing to start life with a small number of good books which are your very own.” (Arthur Conan Doyle)

“Reading for me, is spending time with a friend.” (Gary Paulsen)

“For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.” (Audrey Hepburn)

“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.” (Edgar Allen Poe)

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” (W. Somerset Maugham)

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If you like Harry Potter…

I’ve comprised a list of books that I thought you could read if you liked the Harry Potter series. So, pick these up at your local library or your favorite book store the next time you get the chance.

After moving to a seemingly quaint and quiet new town, Lucy faces a new reality in which fairies exist, weather can be bottled and witches hold grudges. Accompanied by gorgeous color paintings, this novel is perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Hazel Wood and Gregory Maguire.

It has been a year since Lucy Crisp graduated from high school and she still hasn’t found her calling. That is, until she discovers an exclusive arts college called Ladywyck Lodge. On a whim, she applies and is thrilled to be accepted into their program. Lucy moves to Esther Wren, the charming little town where it’s based, and stays in the house her father buys as an investment: a magnificent building built by a sea captain in 1876. The house has history and personality –perhaps too much personality. . .

Strange things start happening: Lucy hears voices and footsteps in empty rooms. She sees people and things that should not be there. Furniture disappears and elaborate desserts appear. What’s worse is that the strange events are not restricted to her house. Lucy begins to understand that the town and its inhabitants are hiding many secrets, and Ladywyck is at the heart. As the eerie happenings escalate, Lucy fears she is being threatened — but she is determined not to let fairy potions, spells and talk of witchcraft scare her away.

Janet Hill’s enchanting debut novel is part mystery, part supernatural thriller and all fun.

Synopsis for “Stoneheart”: A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. Not all the layers are underground, and not all the lives belong to the living.

Twelve-year-old George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. When, in a tiny act of rebellion, George breaks the head from a stone dragon outside the Natural History Museum, he awakes an ancient power. This power has been dormant for centuries but the results are instant and terrifying: A stone Pterodactyl unpeels from the wall and starts chasing George. He runs for his life but it seems that no one can see what he’s running from. No one, except Edie, who is also trapped in this strange world.

And this is just the beginning as the statues of London awake

This is a story of statues coming to life; of a struggle between those with souls and those without; of how one boy who has been emotionally abandoned manages to find hope.

Synopsis: Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do….

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.

Synopsis for “The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane”: With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who’s a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she’s sure she won’t fit in.

But then she finds a box of mysterious medallions in the attic of her home with a note reading: These belonged to your father.

When she arrives at school, she finds the strange symbols from the medallions etched into walls and books, which leads Emmy and her new friends, Jack and Lola, to Wellsworth’s secret society: The Order of Black Hollow Lane.

Emmy can’t help but think that the society had something to do with her dad’s disappearance, and that there may be more than just dark secrets in the halls of Wellsworth…

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Favorite book covers….

What are some of your favorite book covers? Why do you like those?

This is the 3rd book in the series and my favorite book in the Harry Potter series. Ironically enough, it is the only book in the series that doesn’t directly deal with Voldemort.

This is my favorite book by author John Connolly. I read this book several years ago but I still have it. I may end up re-reading it one day (or I think I may do so anyway).

This book is a favorite of mine from Patrick Ness. They even made a movie based on this book. Sadly, I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater is a romance and fantasy series I read a few years ago. I really enjoyed the book covers for this trilogy.

Anyway, I’m sure my favorites probably won’t end up on any best book covers list. But it was nice taking a trip down memory lane and looking back at some of my favorites. Tell me in the comment section which book covers you enjoyed the most.

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Extra Magical Resources

If you are a teacher or you’re stuck at home with the kiddos, here are some extra activities that you can do with the children. I like that they are Harry Potter related (I am a Harry Potter fan myself). You’ll find the activities at Bloomsbury at the link provided at the bottom of this article. It looks like they have quite a bit to do there. They even have guides for dressing up as Harry Potter or Luna Lovegood. Those would be cool for dressing up at Halloween time so you could even save this for later. Anyway, I hope you enjoy…

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Hogwarts Legacy

“Hogwarts Legacy” is an action role-playing video game that was suppose to come out this year. It was announced yesterday that the game will be delayed until 2022. I’d heard about an open world Harry Potter game being made but this is the first time I’d heard of the actual title for the game.

Also, the game is being made for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Well, I don’t have any of the consoles (I’m a console gamer, by the way) because I’ve only ever had whatever consoles Nintendo has put out. So that means I’m going to have to purchase one by the time the game is released if I ever want to play this game.

Will any of you be playing this game? Why or why not? What are you looking forward to with this game?

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The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

I’ve recently found this list from Penguin Random House of the best fantasy novels of all time while browsing the internet (I’ve provided the link at the bottom of this article). Some of the books on this list are books I have but haven’t read yet and other books are some that I have read. There are some books on here that I’ve not even heard of but I’m at least familiar with the author. What are your thoughts on this list? Do you agree with this list? What novels would you add or subtract from this list?

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Assassin’s Apprentice (The Illustrated Edition) by Robin Hobb
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
The Broken Crown by Michelle West
The Changeling by Victor LaVelle
City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
The Devourers by Indra Das
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Dreaming Tree by C. J. Cherryh
The King of Elfand’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
A Game of Thrones (HBO Tie-in Edition) by George R. R. Martin
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
The Hobbit (Movie Tie-in Edition) by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Bloody Crown of Conan by Robert E. Howard
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Book of Jhereg by Steven Brust
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The Library of Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson
Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Fiest
The Magician’s (TV Tie-in Edition) by Lev Grossman
Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Name of Wind: 10th Anniversay Deluxe Edition by Patrick Rothfuss
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Night’s Master by Tanith Lee
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition) by Diana Gabaldon
Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Riddle-Master by Patricia A. McKillip
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks
Sorcerer and the Crown by Zen Cho
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Throne of the Cresent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

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Merry Christmas!

First of all, I want to wish everyone out there a Merry Christmas. I hope you are enjoying your holiday as best you can during this pandemic. So, what did you get for Christmas this year? Did you go out and buy it yourself? Did someone else buy it for you?

I’ve gotten “A Tale of Witchcraft” by Chris Colfer (signed by the author), an autographed photograph of the Weasley twins, the latest version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that is designed and illustrated by MinaLima, a Wrebbit 3D puzzle of the Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter world, a Harry Potter ornament that lights up, a little Christmas tree that has some ornaments from the different houses hanging on it, and some Christmas candy stuffed in my stocking. My hubby spoiled me this year (like he does every year).

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11 Reasons Literature is Sweeter Than Christmas Morning

We all have fond memories of waking up on Christmas morning and finding our Christmas presents under the tree. Here are 11 reasons why literature can be better than Christmas morning….

Surprise: You get a surprise when you reach the ending every time you open up a new book. Much like the surprise you experience when you see the present under the tree on Christmas morning except you can enjoy this any time of the year.

Fall in love: You’ll fall in love with a new character when you open up a new book. There are some really well written characters out there…like Professor Snape from the wizarding world of Harry Potter for example.

World: You’ll want to live in that world that author has created. There is a part of me that wish Hogwarts or Narnia are real so that I could visit them.

Stress reducer: Reading a good book can help lower your stress level. You can mentally be transported to other places and help forget the stress from the day at school or work. That’s one of the main reasons why I read…to help relax after a long, hard day.

Free: It’s free to visit your local library and check out your favorite books. So you’ll have a free source of entertainment. Even if you can’t visit your local library, there are some libraries that have the option that you can borrow their books virtually on your e-reader/tablet.

Endless Entertainment: There are so many books out there that you can read that you’ll never run of of stuff to read. New books are coming out all the time whenever an author writes something else.

Movies/TV: Books have produced some pretty cool movies or tv shows, which can add even more to your entertainment level. It might be a little more costly unless someone you know already has it on dvd or you can find the dvd for cheap on clearance (or you know someone willing to buy it for you for Christmas or for your birthday).

Discussion: Literature can give you a way to open up a conversation with other people around you that may not have presented itself previously. Whether someone is wearing a cool t-shirt or their in the process of reading a book.

Vocabulary: I feel like reading can sometimes increase your vocabulary. If you’re an avid reader, you’re probably introduced to new words on a regular basis.

Quiet: Reading is a quiet activity that won’t disturb your neighbor. How many people do you know of that have complained about your book being too loud? Even if you stay up late to read, it’s better than hearing your neighbor drive up at 2 am with their stereo rattling the windows.

Portable: Reading is something that is also portable. Because of this, you can keep yourself entertained while you are riding the bus or the train to and from work/school, especially if you don’t have someone to talk to during your commute.

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Wizard of Oz from Madame Alexander

I had some dolls given to me. They originally belonged to a great aunt who passed it on to my grandmother (her sister) and it’s now been passed down to me. They are the Wizard of Oz dolls from the Madame Alexander collection and they were made exclusively to go in a McDonald’s Happy Meal. I have the entire set (listed below). I haven’t thought about what I want to do with them but I do plan on keeping them.

The set includes….
Glinda the Good Witch
Winged Monkey
Cowardly Lion
Wicked Witch of the West
Winkie Guard
Tin Man
Flower Munchkin
Lullaby Munchkin
Lollipop Munchkin
The Wizard of Oz

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Favorite Halloween songs….

First of all, let me wish everyone a Happy Halloween. I hope you are staying safe out there regardless of what your Halloween plans are. Anyway, I thought I’d do something fun this year and share some Halloween type music to listen to. Here are my top 3 favorite songs to listen to for Halloween….