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Harry Potter Classroom

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!

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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Home

 

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New Books

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?

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Home

 

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A Living Fire

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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Home

 

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Book Quote – “Tale”

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Posted by on September 11, 2017 in book quotes

 

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Sunday Scribble – “Optimism”

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She was cursing herself for not having the foresight of wearing a veil around the back of her neck. With her dark hair up in its ponytail, the tiny grits of sand were having a field day stinging her tanned skin, the wind whipping the pieces as if her neck was a target. Her eyes glanced at her partner’s back, promising herself not to utter a word of complaint, seeing as he did not mumble any curses against the sand flying by his narrowed, unprotected eyes as he gazed stubbornly at the sea of sand surrounding them.

“What are you thinking about?” she asked softly.

His response was her only indication that he had heard her words above the wind. “How Aknia will survive this threat…”

“We will survive it brilliantly, just as we do whenever unfortunate circumstances happen.”

His chuckles were bitter, humorless. “I am glad you still have some of your optimism,” he said, his light cape being tugged and pulled as the wind tried desperately to yank the material off of his shoulders in order to brand him with its hot sand. The cape, like its wearer, would not yield to the desert’s arrogant power, however. With a flourish, he turned back from the deep hills that he had been staring at and walked past her. She followed just a few steps behind him obediently.

“The Sword of Fire is not here,” he said, his shoulders slightly slumped as the pair trudged through the heavy sand.

“Perhaps another part of the desert?” she suggested, handing him a flask of water. Although warm, the liquid at least quenched the dryness of their throats. His head shook slowly, allowing drops of precious water to spill out of the flask, evaporating before they had even finished their run down the leather covering.

“Not that I can sense. It must already be gone.”

Her eyes stared at the sand that she passed by as the two walked back to the outpost. “How…?”

“The same way the Sword of Water has disappeared, I suppose,” he said with a grumble. “You are certain the Sword of Earth has been sealed?”

“The Earth Guardian had guaranteed it,” she said. His steps halted, causing her to almost knock into his back, and he turned to her in a fluid motion, his crimson eyes hard like the steel of his daggers.

“You did see the Sword sealed with your own eyes?”

She hesitated to respond and immediately cursed herself for her pause. “No,” she said. “I am afraid I did not. I took the Earth Guardian at her word, without demanding to see the Sword for myself–”

“By the Light…”

He seemed to have growled out the words, turning away from her. His walk began again, his steps longer, faster, and she struggled to keep up. Eager to redeem herself for her foolish mistake, she said, “I will return to the Forest of Illusions once we get back–”

“You will not,” he said. “I will go to the Earth Guardian myself while you remain with the queen.”

Her face burned hotter than the sand scorching her feet, but she nodded. “As you wish.”

“I need to see the Sword with my own eyes.” His voice drifted back to her on the wind, and she allowed herself to smile behind her protective veil at his reasoning. Silence brushed over the pair for a while, until she spoke again.

“What are we to do about the Swords that have disappeared?”

“Find them,” he answered without hesitation.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Scribbles

 

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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Home

 

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Switching Places

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If I could switch places with any book character, it’d be Bailey Clarke from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

People read books to escape, to imagine themselves in another world or just to tune out the real one for a while. While some people wish that fictional characters were real, I wish that I could go into their worlds, to witness the imagery that I only see in my head with my own eyes, to meet these heroes and misunderstood characters in person.

Bailey Clarke is one of the main heroes of Morgenstern’s book. The timeline of his narrative crosses over the other heroes’ until they meet together in the climax. Bailey isn’t one of the main magicians or performers of the circus — instead, he’s a young man who just falls in love with the circus itself. Just like the readers, he becomes entranced with the magic and becomes pivotal in helping to rescue the circus. His journey to save the circus also saves himself, as he finds where he truly belongs in the world and what he is meant to do.

There are, of course, plenty of other literary characters that I would love to switch places with — Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Aech from Ready Player One, Bilbo Baggins or Éowyn from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings — but I believe Bailey Clarke fits me best. To see the wonder of the Night Circus, to figure out the purpose of my life, to find and keep a beloved ring of family and friends…

I wouldn’t mind being Bailey Clarke in Morgenstern’s world.

What about you? Any certain characters that you wouldn’t mind trading places with?

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Home

 

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