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The Ickabog

I just found out that Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling, has written something else called the Ickabog. It’s a story for children (something she had written for he own children) but she’s bringing it back out during the lockdown due to Covid-19 and she’s publishing it for free on a website. Anyway, there is a link to the website at the bottom of this article if you want to read it for yourself or if you want to share it with someone else.

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Gifts for Christmas

Have you thought about what you want to give that book lover for Christmas? With Black Friday only a couple of weeks away, here are some ideas and suggestions from one book lover to another….

Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire : The Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire will be great for any Potterhead (like me). I’ve personally asked for one of these for Christmas. I plan on re-reading the entire series once again using all the illustrated editions once I’ve collected every single one of them.

The Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher

If you have someone on your list who likes alternate realities….this trilogy would probably be a good gift for them. It also has a sort of coming of age story like Harry went through in the Harry Potter series.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

If you have a book lover on your list who is looking for a little romance then this may be something that they’ll enjoy. It is equal parts romance and fantasy but it’s still a great read. Shown below are the 3 main books in the series but there is a fourth novel that revolves around a couple of the supportive characters if 3 is not enough.

The Asylum series by Madeleine Roux

If you have a horror junkie on your list then this may be something that they’ll enjoy. It starts out as a trilogy but there is a prequel book that revolves around different characters and you can find all the novellas from this series in one book (separate from the main series) that will give you more back ground into the story if they want to continue reading.

Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

For that person on your list that enjoys a good mystery then this would be a good read. Anyone who is a fan of Agatha Christie would like something from this author. Plus, he has some other books that would be of interest if you enjoy this one.

Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

For those of you who have kids on your list that are avid readers, here is something you can get them. Whether they read on their own or you want to read it with them, this is a good series to share.

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston

For that teen on your list, check out this book from Natasha Preston. This is equal parts thriller/suspense and romance if your teenager likes that sort of thing. There are other thrillers from this author that they may like if your teen likes to read that sort of thing.

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Author Spotlight (Chapter 4)

J. K. Rowling is one of my favorite authors. She is best known for writing the Harry Potter series. Since then, she has written an adult book called “The Casual Vacancy”. She has also written the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I’ve read the Harry Potter series and I’m in the process of collecting the illustrated editions so that I can re-read the series again with illustrations. I’ve also read “The Casual Vacancy” when it first came out. It was pretty good but I enjoyed the Harry Potter series more. The crime fiction that she is currently writing, I have the first three books so far but I haven’t read them yet. They are on my “to-be-read” list.

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Looking forward to….

Finally…..we get a release date and the cover art for the illustrated edition of the 4th installment of the Harry Potter series, Goblet of Fire. The release date is October 8, 2019 (according to Amazon) and you can view the cover art below. I have been collecting each copy of the illustrated editions ever since I found out they were being released. I plan on re-reading the entire Harry Potter series once I get my hands on each of the illustrated edition of each book. It’ll be nice to get to see all the cool artwork they put into these books as I’m re-reading the series. Anyway, since this comes out in October, it’ll be too late to get this for my birthday but I’m sure I’ll get this for Christmas.

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If you like Harry Potter….

If you are a Harry Potter fan like I am, here are a few books below that I’ve read that you would probably find enjoyable.

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox = This is one of the books that I read earlier this year and I enjoyed it quit a bit. I found this book in the bargain section while browsing my local bookstore. Even though it’s suppose to be a kids book, it is still very interesting.

The Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher = This trilogy includes the books Stoneheart, Ironhand and Silvertongue, which were published from 2006 though 2008. The story follows a 12 year old George Chapman through one of the many layers of London. This trilogy happens to be a favorite of mine.

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer = I’m still in the process of reading this series but it has been enjoyable so far. The story follows twins Alex and Conner on their adventures through the Land of Stories.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grendelwald

My hubby bought me this movie on blu-ray yesterday. We’ve watched this movie at the theater when it was released and enjoyed it a lot. Now, we have it on blu-ray along with the first installment. Whenever I have all of the movies on blu-ray, I’m thinking of binge watching them back to back. My hubby will probably watch them with me. The Fantastic Beasts movies have been really good so far. You should watch them if you haven’t yet.