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The weather is a bit dreary around here, all gray skies and spitting rain and singing winds. It’s the perfect kind of weather to stay curled up in bed with a book or watching movies with a mug of a warm drink.
Rachel does a lot of work at home now, and I was so jealous seeing her sticking on one of the extended edition disks of The Lord of the Rings as I was leaving for work!
I’m actually looking forward to the cooler seasons, and the rain and wind from these past few days seem to be heralding them in. Heat and humidity are not my friends!
Why couldn’t my teachers be this epic?
There’s a middle school teacher who decorated his classroom into a “Harry Potter wonderland” for his incoming students. Having that dedication to a book series is just amazing, but to share that passion with students is wonderful.
Most of the decorations seem to be trinkets that the teacher had for years since he was a teen himself and reading the books, so it wasn’t that pricey for him to splurge on decorations. It’s incredibly heartwarming to me for a book series to touch someone enough to want to share that with others, especially students. It shows his passion for not only Harry Potter but for reading in general, and his decorating skills are going to forge such a special connection with his students that I’m a little envious about. I can only hope that the teacher’s passion will shine through enough to inspire the students to show their passion about something just as much.
Here’s to everyone who has that special book or series or television show or song that they can gush about just enough to bond with another!
Because I don’t have enough books to read on my shelf…
Saturday morning, Rachel and I found ourselves at our local Barnes and Noble, like we tend to do most weeks. Generally, we write or edit or plan out our stories, and while we had every intention of doing so, our feet carried us from the cafe to the bookshelves instead of a table to work.
I knew I had wanted to pick up Wonder Woman: Warbringer when we first walked into the bookstore. The book is actually the first in a not-quite series of four novels about some of the more popular DC heroes, all written by some of the most popular authors nowadays. Warbringer happens to be the first that was published — which makes sense considering the amazing popularity of the movie, even if the timing is merely coincidence — and was written by Leigh Bardugo. Bardugo is also the author of the Six of Crows duology. I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom each in a day, and I’m confident that Bardugo is an author that will do Wonder Woman justice.
Warcross was a find by Rachel and is authored by Marie Lu, who is best known for her Legends series. While I have never read any books by Lu, the premise of Warcross sounded interesting enough for us to pick up the novel. The main setting seems to be a massively popular video game world with the story revolving around a hacker who has been commissioned to weed out a security problem in the game’s biggest tournament.
What books have you picked up recently?
OwlCrate is a monthly box subscription service with a YA box and an OwlCrate Jr. box for the younger readers.
For Rachel’s birthday, I got her a couple of months subscription of the YA box. It was something that she always seemed to want, and I was more than happy to splurge for her birthday.
Even if her birthday was at the beginning of the month and the boxes ship out between the fifteenth and twentieth of every month, but it gave her something more to look forward to!
The box came today, and September’s theme was Mythical Creatures. It involves a lot of dragons! There was a pin, a gorgeous bookmark, a cozy book sleeve, bath salts and, of course, a book. Before She Ignites is the first of Jodi Meadows’ Fallen Isles trilogy and was published, like, a couple of days ago. It definitely sounds interesting, so check it out if it wasn’t on your radar!
Have you ever subscribed to OwlCrate? Know anyone else who has?