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The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries

I found the article below talking about some pretty old books from 12 different libraries (you’ll find the link at the bottom). I thought it was an interesting article but I didn’t know there were so many different old books. I’d be afraid to touch them for fear of damaging them (they probably don’t let you touch them anyway). I’d even be afraid to take a look at them for fear I’d sneeze at the wrong moment when I got to close.

Anyway, do you have any books on your shelves that you think are rare, old or collectable? Are there any books that you have that you treasure more than the others? Why?

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Top Literary Blogs

There is a site called Feedspot that has a list of the top 100 literary blogs that are on the internet (see the link at the bottom of this article). The Fireside Chats is currently #10 on that list. I thought that was pretty cool. I figured if I even made the list that I would be way down at the bottom somewhere.

Anyway, there are a lot of neat blogs/websites on that list. I’ve visited a few of them myself. Whether you’re a writer, publishing agent or just an avid reader like me then it might be worth your while to check out that list.

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Hagrid’s Hut

My husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary today. I woke up this morning to find that my hubby had gotten me a 3D puzzle from Wrebbit. It’s of Hagrid’s Hut from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I’m going to have a lot of fun putting this together. Of course, I always have fun putting these puzzles together.

I have all of the 3D puzzles from the Harry Potter collection except for the Ford Anglia, which is suppose to be a Collector’s Limited Edition. I’m going to have to get it while it’s still available. I wonder if I can talk my hubby into buying this for me for Christmas….?

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Favorite literature quotes

I’ve gathered some of my favorite literature quotes together. My favorite is obviously the quote from Gustave Flaubert that is on the main page of my blog directly underneath the title. However, here are a few more for you to enjoy….

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”  (J. R. R. Tolkien)

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”   (Maya Angelou)

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”   (Anne Frank)

“I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”   (H. P. Lovecraft)

“There is no Frigate like a Book 

To take us Lands away

Nor any Coursers like a Page 

Of prancing Poetry – 

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll – 

How frugal is the Chariot 

That bears a Human soul.”   

(Emily Dickerson)

“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.”   (Benjamin Franklin)

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Harry’s Birthday

The bookstore that is near my house, it usually has a “buy 2 and get the 3rd free” on the Harry Potter books (paperback version only). They usually do this in July and I figured it had to do with the fact that Harry’s birthday is in July. Those of you who are a fan of the series, do you do anything special during the month of July since it’s when Harry celebrates his birthday?

Which Harry Potter book is your favorite? Did you like the movie better than the book or the book better than the movie? How often have you read the books? How often do you watch the movies?

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Explore Science Fiction & Fantasy Week!

At Goodreads, they’re celebrating science fiction & fantasy week. One thing they’ve done is listed the 100 most popular science fiction books on Goodreads, the 100 most popular fantasy books on Goodreads and more (you can view it all at the link below). What are some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy novels? Which do you like more… fiction or fantasy? How much time do you spend reading each? What are you doing to celebrate science fiction/fantasy week?

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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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The Three Broomsticks

Well, this just showed up in the mail yesterday (much to my surprise). I think this is going to be a little bit more difficult to put together because of the parts of the roof that have snow on it. There are a lot of white pieces here that I have to figure out how they go together. I think I’ll have fun with it anyway. I always love doing these puzzles. After this one, the only one that I won’t have will be Hagrid’s Hut. I hope I end up getting that one for my birthday.

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Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes / Daily Prophet

My wonderful hubby surprised me by getting me one of the Harry Potter 3D puzzles from Wrebbit. The one he got me is part of the Diagon Alley Collection…specifically the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Daily Prophet building (seen below). I had noticed that his one and another one (the other one being the Three Broomsticks) on the Wrebbit website not too long ago and I told my hubby about it. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to get any of the latest puzzles until my birthday in July. But I will tell you I was able to finish this puzzle in less than 24 hours. I just have to put it with the others in the spare bedroom.

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Harry Potter At Home

For those of you looking for something to do while you’re being quarantined, you can go to the link below and have something to do for a while (especially if you are a Harry Potter fan). There seems to be plenty to do with craft videos, fun articles, quizzes and puzzles. I plan on looking into this in more detail on my next day off but at least there’s something to keep me entertained if I ever run out of stuff to read.