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Waiting for Wednesday #50: It’s a Harry Potter Bonanza July 20, 2016


Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

My picks of the week are:


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By: JK Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

Coming: 31 July 2016

Publisher: Little Brown UK


Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Why I’m excited:

Really? It’s Harry Potter. I don’t need any other reason to be excited! I’m absolutely giddy for more Harry Potter.

Why I need you to be excited:

See above. Nuff said.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

By: JK Rowling

Coming: 19 November 2016

Publisher: Little Brown Book Group


J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

Why I’m excited:

While not strictly Harry Potter, but years earlier in the same universe, it’s more of JK Rowling’s wizarding world! I am super excited to see how magical creatures are brought to life. I think Eddie Redmayne is going to be brilliant.

Why I need you to be excited:

It’s more JK Rowling. You should want to read it on that principal!


Top Ten Tuesday #96: Top Ten Books Set Outside the US July 19, 2016


Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

I decided to go with actual locations other than fantastical realms for this week.


  1. Die for Me by Amy Plum. Oh, Paris. I love you.


2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book only strengthened by desire to visit Prague!


3. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Historical (fantasy) England, but England nonetheless!


4. Blue Bloods series by Melissa de la Cruz. Various locations around Europe, South America, and even Tartarus.


5. The Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May. Victorian Scotland!


6. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. England and Scotland (with visitors from other nations too)


7. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Ireland, England, Russia, and some other locations too!


8. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Scotland and France!


9. His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers. Duchy of Brittany and France.


10. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Beijing, France, Africa, the Moon.


Where have books taken you?




Top Ten Tuesday #93: Freebie (Summer TBR) June 28, 2016


Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR

Here’s what I’ve selected on previous TBR lists: Winter 2013 6/10 Fall 2013 3/10 Spring TBR 2014 6/11  Summer 2014 3/10 Fall 2014 2/10 Winter 2014 6/10 Spring 2015 5/10 Summer 2015 6/10 Fall 2015 6/10

This week is actually a freebie, but I decided I would share my Summer TBR since I haven’t shared one since back in the fall. Here’s hoping for a 10/10!


  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas


2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows


3. The Last Star by Rick Yancey


4. Lois Lane Fallout by Gwenda Bond


5. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater


6. And I Darken by Kiersten White


7. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany


9. DC SuperHero Girls: Finals Crisis by Shea Fontana


10. Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

What are you planning on reading this summer?


Top Ten Tuesday #47: Authors I Own the Most Books By July 29, 2014


Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Tenish Authors I Own the Most Books By

I was surprised by this week’s results! I knew one author would dominate, but some of the others surprised me!

37 JK Rowling books (duh. Knew she was gonna top the list! Harry Potter: I have all 7 American books in physical, audiobook, and ebook format. 4 British English, 3 French, 1 Spanish, and 1 German. Plus the extra books from the HP realm. Plus her three adult books – 1 audiobook as well )

28 Cassandra Clare books (physical, audio, ebook)

27? Melissa de la Cruz books (I can’t remember which audiobooks/ebooks I have!)

26 Robert Jordan books (Hubby has physical & audio)

22 CS Lewis books (Two complete sets of The Chronicles of Narnia in physical from plus audiobooks. Audio of Mere Christianity)

22 Eoin Colfer books (ebooks, physical, audiobook, ARC)

19 Stephenie Meyer books (ebooks, audio, physical)

15? Jerry B Jenkins books (I can’t remember which Left Behind books I have on ebook!)

10 Lemony Snicket books (really need to complete my set…)

10 HB Gilmour & Randi Reisfeld books

10 George RR Martin books (physical & audio)

9 Charlaine Harris books

8 Anne Rice books

7? Shakespeare book (could’ve sworn I had more)

7 Ann Rinaldi books

6 Jane Austen books

Holy wow! No wonder I just needed a new bookcase! What authors do you own the most books by?  Thanks for stopping by! (:


Throwback Thursday #2: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday is when I’ll review a book I read before I started blogging.

This week’s selection is:

Rating:  5 stars
Pub date: 26 June 1997
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Format: hardback, personal copy
Status: Book one of the Harry Potter series


Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

If you’ve read my About Me page, or know me personally, you know that I got Harry Potter for Christmas in 1999. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, I’ll start at the beginning. My uncle lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a result of this, I always got super cool gifts. I’ve gotten several awesome dreamcatchers over the years. Christmas of 1999 ended up being a disappointment. I was shocked to open my present and see the first two Harry Potter books. BOOKS?! I hated reading! Well, reading on my own, I loved being read to when I was little. After much persuasion from my Gran, I caved and gave the first book a try. I struggled through the first bit until Harry got to Hogwarts. I’ve never looked back. I received book three for a late present from a friend, and was at Walmart at 6am to get book 4 that summer. Books 5-7 I was at midnight release parties at Barnes & Noble. Bliss.

Before I get started, let me say I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this series.

Now, the big players:

Harry Potter (obviously) – Our 10 turning 11 year old protagonist. An orphan living with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. He is visited by a mysterious half-giant, Hagrid, who tells him “You’re a wizard, Harry!”. He’s surprised to learn that not only is he a wizard, his parents were murdered by the most feared wizard of the age – He Who Must Not Be Named!

Ron Weasley – Youngest son of the Weasley family. Poor, but extremely friendly and loyal. Hates being constantly overshadowed by his older brothers and getting their handmedowns.

Hermione Granger – Muggle-born witch to dentist parents. A bit of a know it all. Eventual friends with Harry and Ron, completing the famous trio.

Our story opens in a small neighbourhood in Surrey when Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall and Hagrid bring baby Harry to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousin after his parents had been murdered. Fast-forward 10 years and we see that Harry is living a very neglected life and being forced to sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Mysterious letters start appearing addressed very specifically to Harry’s location. His aunt and uncle freak out and move him into Dudley’s (his cousin) second bedroom.

Once Harry receives his letter, delivered by Hagrid, and he discovers that he’s a wizard. The torment from his horrific childhood instantly melts away with the elation of getting to escape the Dursleys.

Harry is thrown into the Magical World and a crash course of learning of the world he was forced to leave behind due to his parents’ murder. Harry’s first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is full of adventures. He makes friends, learns a new sport, clashes with Professor Snape, and saves the day. (I’ll let you read the book to find out more details on all of these! I don’t want to spoil the adventure for you!)

Things you can look forward to in Sorcerer’s Stone:

  • flying!
  • Remembralls
  • Magic (duh!)
  • Troll
  • Poltergeist
  • Ghosts
  • Speaking portraits
  • Potions
  • Transfiguration
  • Quidditch
  • Invisibility Cloaks
  • Mirror of Erised
  • Evil professor
  • Centaurs
  • Unicorns
  • Sorcerer’s Stone

I owe so much to JK Rowling. Thanks to her creation of Harry’s world, I was pulled into the lifelong joy of reading. Jo manages to pull so much into her series. Her imagination knows no bounds.

The magic continues in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

Recommended for: Fantasy and magic lovers, adventure, levels of mythology spread through the book and the series

Not recommended for: Those who dislike magic or a male protagonist.


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