Category: Book Culture

Quiz – Which Troubled Bird Are You?

The Mincing Mockingbird’s Guide to Troubled Birds is one of the most amazing and inexplicable thing I’ve ever read. Those birds have been through some stuff. Which one are you?


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Top 7 Harry Potter Memes

Harry Potter has had twenty plus years to percolate in popular culture, and it’s produced a lot of content, including memes. Here are some funny ones.


He Takes His Job Seriously


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The last thing Snape needs is art teacher vibes. I hate to let them down! It does make me feel like I understand Neville’s suffering though. Once in grade school, an art teacher told me I was bad at collages. I was stunned. I’m just glad I didn’t need to eat it.



Harry Potter, King of Shade


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I’ve always said, if you can’t beat them, annoy them. It might not kill Voldy to get his name wrong, but I can’t imagine him reacting calmly. Sometimes you don’t need actual magic, just a really sick burn. Think of “no need to call me sir, professor.”



I’ve Connected Them!


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Dumbledore, you ridiculous jumble of contradictions and eccentricities. Say what you will about Dumbledore and the wisdom of his choices either way, but he is objectively a TERRIBLE judge of character. Think of Quirrell.



Grammar is Life


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While this isn’t cannon… it’s cannon. It would be so like Hermione to just absolutely reject being killed by a mispronounced spell. Like, kill me, sure, but do it right. Here, let me help you with your murder technique. She just really couldn’t watch someone flounder.



There’s a Reason He’s Not in Ravenclaw


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Obviously danger does follow Harry, but Harry does also follow danger. Like, anything dangerous happens, and Harry is like *butterfly meme* “Is this a situation I should get involved in?” I guess it’s what Godric Gryffindor would have wanted?



When you and Your Roommate fight


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I think we’ve all been there. Just pointedly staring at undone dishes and listening to top 40 music from across a small apartment. What are you guys going to do, slam your curtains? Hum loudly? You’ve got real problems, work it out!


Hermione’s always Been Metal


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I mean, yeah, it would have made for a much shorter book, but I’m also not convinced it didn’t happen. Hermione is the sort of person who would be like “this is something I’ve been working on, it’s just simple” and then summon a dragon or something.



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13 Horror Quotes to Celebrate Friday the 13th

Another year means another Friday the 13th and another excuse to read horror fiction, watching scary movies and start to break out your Halloween decorations. Here are thirteen quotes from some of our favorite horror novels by some of our favorite horror writers that might make it hard to sleep tonight!


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“We’d stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You’d think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn’t.”
― Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave


“I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded,
Without knowledge, or lustre, or name.”
― H. P. Lovecraft, Nemesis


“[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
― Clive Barker


“Eddie discovered one of his childhood’s great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.”
― Stephen King, It


“It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula 


“Blood is really warm,
it’s like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.”
― Ryan Mecum, Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your…Brains


“Vampires, real vampires, didn’t nibble on the necks of nubile young virgins. They tore people to pieces and sucked the blood out of the chunks.”
― David Wellington, 99 Coffins


“Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.”
― Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger 2: Down to Earth


“He lives down in a ribcage in the dry leaves of a heart.”
― Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs


“It was so close to October that Halloween was knocking at his heart.”
― Barry Eysman, Candles for November


“-there was something in her, something that was…pure horror. Everything you were supposed to watch out for. Heights, fire, shards of glass, snakes, Everything that his mom tried so hard to keep him safe from.”
― John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In


“Walking out in the middle of a funeral would be, of course, bad form. So attempting to walk out on one’s own was beyond the pale.”
― Steve Hockensmith, Dawn of the Dreadfuls


“What looked like morning was the beginning of endless night.”
― William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist


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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 9/13/19

“Back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhhh, back to school.”

-Adam Sandler, Billy Madison


Back-to-school season is a whirlwind of classes and checklists, but hopefully you’ve settled back into the rhythm of things. If you’re no longer in school, then you can either empathize with the following stories, or find yourselves entertained and relieved to no longer be dealing with these school-time conundrums. Here are some picks to celebrate that school spirit!

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!

Our Hot Pick

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph




Dove “Birdie” Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she’s on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past… whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family’s apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded—she’s also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she’s known to be true is turned upside down.



In life, you’re either reminiscing about your youth, or you’re currently dealing with the difficulties of teenager experiences for the first time. Either way, author Brandy Colbert reminds us that growing up can feel like rebellion and salvation at the same time. It’s not always pretty, but neither is building a life that fulfills you. According to Booklist, “Colbert’s latest novel brilliantly delves into first loves, forbidden romance, rebellion, and family expectations—all of which teens will strongly relate to.”


Our Coffee Shop Read

Just Beyond: The Scare School




Middle school feels like the worst place imaginable, but for Jess, Josh, and Marco, their school may actually be the worst place in this world… or any other!

After a chance encounter with a deadly creature stalking the school halls, these three unsuspecting students are whisked away to a horrifying realm beyond the school boiler room where they must unravel a terrifying mystery. Can they save the kids they find there and escape themselves, or will they be forever trapped Just Beyond?



It’s R.L. Stine. You already know that you’re in for a good time. If middle school wasn’t exciting enough for you as a kid, then you can venture through the hallways with the school-terrorizing monsters of Stine’s latest fantasy, all brought to life by the art of Kelly and Nicole Matthews. Reading comics is also cool these days. You can read this one proudly without hiding it behind another book while at your local coffee spot or the school dining hall.


Our Dark Horse

Going Dutch




Exhausted by dead-end forays in the gay dating scene, surrounded constantly by friends but deeply lonely in New York City, and drifting into academic abyss, twenty-something graduate student Richard has plenty of sources of anxiety. But at the forefront is his crippling writer’s block, which threatens daily to derail his graduate funding and leave Richard poor, directionless, and desperately single.

Enter Anne: his brilliant classmate who offers to “help” Richard write his papers in exchange for his company, despite Richard’s fairly obvious sexual orientation. Still, he needs her help, and it doesn’t hurt that Anne has folded Richard into her abundant lifestyle. What begins as an initially transactional relationship blooms gradually into something more complex.

But then a one-swipe-stand with an attractive, successful lawyer named Blake becomes serious, and Richard suddenly finds himself unable to detach from Anne, entangled in her web of privilege, brilliance, and, oddly, her unabashed acceptance of Richard’s flaws. As the two relationships reach points of serious commitment, Richard soon finds himself on a romantic and existential collision course—one that brings about surprising revelations.



Graduate students have enough problems (like debt) without having to deal with larger-than-life drama on the side. James Gregor’s debut novel captures both the excitement and stress of living the unexpected, especially when life changes so quickly that it practically slips from your fingers. Gregor delivers a complex protagonist with Richard, and “pulls off something many psychological novelists aspire to and few achieve: he convincingly captures the thinking of a character who earnestly sees himself as sympathetic, even as he behaves terribly,says author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, Adelle Waldman. This novel offers a gende- and genre-bending diversion into modern dating.




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