I went to Harry Potter world!

I went to Harry Potter world!

Not long ago I was in Orlando Florida for work. Pretty boring destination — no beaches, just strip malls and Disney. Well there’s one thing you can count on for a good time if you are a book lover: Harry Potter! Universal has HP covered in their two connected parks. One section has Diagon Alley and the other Hogsmead and Hogwarts. Both were fantastic in their own ways. The first site we visited was Hogsmead and Hogwarts. I seriously started getting giddy as soon as I started walking on the bridge. Look at those snow-covered rooftops!   The castle has a ride within, and walking through to the attraction is very cool. The talking portraits are there, you run into Harry, Hermione and Ron, and Dumbledore talks to you too. Every little corner has something impressive. Especially the sorting hat: We were lucky enough to be visiting at the beginning… Read more »

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Why isn’t there more time in a day?

Why isn’t there more time in a day?

If I could live off of four hours of sleep a night, I would be so happy. Essentially, I am amazed by everyone who has the ability to post blogs every day, find the time to read books to blog about, and still have social lives. I usually blame my lack of posts on not making this hobby too hardcore planning-wise. And while that is true, not feeling like you have enough time to do everything you want to do because you are exhausted mentally really sucks. I have been putting off finishing my NaNo book for, oh, I don’t know, almost three months? I get home from work and just want to stuff my face with food and then lay on the couch reading or mindlessly zoning at the tv. Maybe I should learn to drink coffee. I’ve heard of this cool site called Habit RPG where you can set… Read more »

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These ladies are the tops

These ladies are the tops

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. I’m particularly excited for this week’s topic: my favorite heroines. Let me break this down for ya. Best bookish heroines 1. Phèdre from Kushiel’s Dart is simply amazing. I devoured all six books in the Kushiel’s Universe series — anything for a glimpse of this saucy, but sharp, minx. I wish this was a TV show. PLEASE, someone help make this happen. 2. Claire from Outlander is another given. She’s strong-willed and fights for what she wants. So beyond pleased with the show, so no gripes here in that department. 3. Sybella from Dark Triumph has had a dark past, but that doesn’t stop her. She’s kicking ass, falling in love and taking names. Need to read this again soon. 4. Liadan from Son of… Read more »

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We survived Fifty Shades of Grey

We survived Fifty Shades of Grey

Like moths drawn to flaming piles of garbage, Ashley and I went to discover the awesome awkwardness that is the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Going in to it, I knew two things for a certainty: 1) I would be laughing senselessly and 2) the only way is up when your source material is terrible. Still, Fifty Shades of Grey actually was not as terrible as I expected it to be. There were parts of it I did not roll my eyes at (wink), and Dakota Johnson actually did a fantastic job considering her partner was as exciting as wet cardboard. The following are the highs and lows I found from this soft-core Lifetime movie. High: Ana is actually pretty awesome I hated book Ana, she’s essentially a tween developmentally; her wide range of emotions and inner turmoil was psychotic. Johnson’s Ana was smart and funny, and kind… Read more »

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Dragon Age Inquisition, or what I’ve been doing instead of blogging

Dragon Age Inquisition, or what I’ve been doing instead of blogging

I managed to get out of my little, warm Dragon Age: Inquisition cocoon the other day only to be sucked back in by an excellent breakdown review of the game by Kat at Not Yet Read. At least I was perusing a book blog, I seriously tried checking in. If I looked back at my free time over the last few months, it has been overwhelmingly consumed by DA:I, the third and most expansive installment of the Dragon Age franchise. Complete with beautiful graphics and wonderfully crafted characters, I have to confess that I don’t feel guilty at all for neglecting my blog in order to play. Right now I am on my third and probably final play through, at least for a while. I have to share game time with my husband, who is also on his third round, and it is pretty obvious that we need to get out and see… Read more »

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TTT: Books we can’t believe we’ve never read

TTT: Books we can’t believe we’ve never read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. Anne and I are both separately traveling for work, so our posts might be a little sparse this week. Alright, so I’m slowly getting less and less concerned about my TBR list and part of me didn’t really want to participate in this week’s post, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll be sticking with classics I haven’t read. 1. 1984 by George Orwell I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale and it was said to be the female version of Orwell’s classic. Well, if it’s half as good as Margaret Atwood’s novel, then I’ll definitely make it a priority! 2. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The whole concept of this novel just really intrigues me, and I actually am… Read more »

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SIBS: Hot dish hot list: MN bucket list

SIBS: Hot dish hot list: MN bucket list

I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats, just dying for part two of my bucket list series. Well, believe it or not, there are a fair amount of things I haven’t done in my home state. I guess we can all take for granted what’s right in front of us. However, I have managed to knock off a majority of the items from this list. So that makes me feel better. These aren’t necessarily literary, but important to me nonetheless. Here goes! 1. Prairie Home Companion You might think this is super boring, but the Prairie Home Companion series holds a special place in my heart. My mother’s side of the family is actually from central Minnesota, where the fictional town of Lake Wobegon was supposedly created. So, while I’m very familiar with the area and people, I can’t believe I’ve never seen the show or the iconic… Read more »

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TTT: Books we’ve read for our book clubs

TTT: Books we’ve read for our book clubs

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. Anne and I were in a book club together, but since a majority of the members didn’t read the books, it fizzled out. On top of that I was also in a book club through neighbors of my parents, but that also kinda died. We haven’t had much luck with book clubs! I had to do enough prescribed reading through school, so I would much rather read what I want, whenever I want. And, I have a long enough TBR list already, so I don’t really need additional book recommendations. (Although they are always welcome for phenomenal books) :) 1. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber I did this one backwards, by watching the BBS mini-series before… Read more »

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SIBS: New York State of Mind

SIBS: New York State of Mind

Anne and I both got off track a bit with our regularly scheduled themed posts, but it’s a new year and time to get back into the routine. So, the reason why I’ve been so absent (again, another reason why Anne is so awesome!) is because I’ve had quite a few personal changes over the last five months. My maternal grandmother passed away unexpectedly in early fall and while it may be hard to believe, I’m still going through the grieving process. Everyone has been very supportive and I’ve definitely felt the love among family and friends. Shortly after her passing, I was approached by my boss with an incredible opportunity – a promotion at work. However, not only was it a promotion, but also a relocation as well. Yep, you guessed it. I’m moving to New York City! So, while I’m sad to leave behind family and friends, I’m… Read more »

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24 hours before destruction? Challenge accepted.

24 hours before destruction? Challenge accepted.

A friend shared this publicity stunt with me today: James Patterson’s new book will destruct in 24 hours if you can’t finish it. I admit, it is kind of an interesting take on getting your ARCs out there and having your new book rise to the top. It worked for me — I wouldn’t have given a Patterson book a second thought before this — I certainly would not have a post about one otherwise. But not only does the eARC erase itself, but you can pay more than 200K on a copy that will actually self destruct: That’s, actually, pretty cool. But, two things: 1. Is this is the only way he can get people to read his books? 2. Is it really a challenge to read 416 pages in 24 hours? I’m thinking about all of the books I have read in less than that time. Outlander is a… Read more »

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