In Honor of Dystopian Novels: What Would Be In My Bunker

| Nov 1 | 0 Comments

little women coffee

There have been some excellent dystopian novels published recently, with new ones and several sequels set to come out in 2011. In most dystopias or authoritarian societies, there are rules against owning certain items because of their potentially subversive qualities, such as books or cell phones. Here’s what I would have stashed in my bunker to preserve for future generations and prepare for the revolution: [...]

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Books That Have Changed My Life

| Jul 27 | 3 Comments

caitlin books changed life

I taught myself to read when I was three. I was sitting on my mother’s lap and she had drawn pictures of these stick figures with captions underneath explaining what these poorly drawn people were doing—like, “run” or “sit” or “stand”—and she made me figure out what the words said. Then she gave me a book her first grade class was reading from and made [...]

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[Harry Potter Book Challenge] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Thoughts and Links

harry potter and the half-blood prince book cover

We are almost at the end of our Harry Potter Book Challenge, and it’s time to share your thoughts/links for the sixth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This month since Jose wrote an excellent article about Felix Felicis, I will use the question he asked at the end of the article: “What would you do if you had a little [...]

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Felix Felicis: Everyone Needs a Little Luck [Harry Potter Book Challenge]

| Jun 27 | 1 Comment

Harry Potter and Professor Slughorn with felix felicis

“The potion within was splashing about merrily; it was the color of molten gold, and large drops were leaping like goldfish above the surface, though not a particle had spilled.” – Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince Felix Felicis is a very curious and interesting potion. Drinking it grants the drinker incredible amounts of good luck, although how long this effect lasts depends on the [...]

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[Harry Potter Book Challenge] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Thoughts and Links

harry potter and the order of the phoenix

We’re getting close to the end as month five of the Harry Potter Book Challenge has ended and it’s time to share your thoughts/links for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Alright I’ll get right into it, since my BEA trip sort of threw me off schedule (yikes!) and so this month’s question is: “If you could use Umbridge’s special feather, what would [...]

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Literary Destinations: Has a Book Ever Inspired You to Travel?

| Jun 7 | 6 Comments

Prince Edward Island

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will tour Canada this summer, and the newlyweds plan to spend two days on Prince Edward Island. Reportedly, this stop was added because the Anne of Green Gables series, which is set on the picturesque island, were Kate’s favorite books when she was growing up. I love this story because it sounds like Kate is a [...]

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DEAD RECKONING (Sookie Stackhouse #11) Discussion and Spoilers

| May 5 | 11 Comments

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

SPOILER WARNING: Major Dead Reckoning spoilers ahead! This post is intended to be a place to discuss everything that happened in Dead Reckoning. If you haven’t read it yet, check out our spoiler-free review here. So now that we’ve finished Dead Reckoning, we’re (Jose and Kristen) dying to talk about it! Let’s start with our general thoughts about the book and then move on to [...]

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[Harry Potter Book Challenge] Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Thoughts and Links

harry potter and the goblet

Month four of the Harry Potter Book Challenge has come to an end and it’s time to share your thoughts/links for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I’ll admit this is my favorite book of the series, so it was quite a treat to be able to reread it. This month, since Kristen wrote a great Book Chat (which you should read) about the [...]

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Here is What eBooks 2.0 Might Look Like [VIDEO]

mike matas ipad ted

Check out this video of software developer Mike Matas demonstrating the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — “with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with”. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.” (Source: TED)

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The Triwizard Tournament: Which Task Would You Tackle? [Harry Potter Book Challenge]

| Apr 18 | 4 Comments

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

One of the things I’ve always loved about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is that it takes the reader into two of the ultimate magical events of the wizarding world: the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament. At the beginning of the book, the diverse crowd of wizards attending the World Cup gives us a sense that a large magical community exists [...]

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