5 Things I Do Not Want to Read

5 Things I Do Not Want to Read

I like reading. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. Love a good book as much as the next person. I like short stories too, magazines on occasions, articles, opinion pieces, reviews. I even like reading the graffiti on bathroom doors. There are things, however, that I do not want to read, some of which are as follows:    1. Someone else’s favorite book   Via Mashable    Them: “…and THAT’S why it’s my absolute favorite book in the whole world ever.”   Me: “Oh cool, I’ll definitely put it on my to-read list.”   *next time I see person*    …

This Dad Built Diagon Alley in His Driveway for His Daughters, Which Is Adorable

This Dad Built Diagon Alley in His Driveway for His Daughters, Which Is Adorable

You might need to whip out your floo powder and head to Jon Chambers’ fireplace in Seattle because that is where Diagon Alley is. At least, that’s where Chambers built a Diagon Alley of his own. It’s in his driveway.   Photo By Kurt Schlosser Via Geek Wire   Formerly director of design and development at OpenCar, a traffic analytics company, Chambers returned to his artistic roots with this project. Speaking to Geek Wire, Chambers said, “I’ve always wanted to do something massive for Halloween or Christmas. I was born the day before Halloween, and October is like my power …

Houdini’s Hidden Writing Career and the Legendary Writer Who Made It Happen

Houdini’s Hidden Writing Career and the Legendary Writer Who Made It Happen

Happy Halloween! It’s time to talk about ghost writers! Not the lingering spirits of tormented authors, though they are all around us. S’up Ernest. No, rather the real writers behind the big names. Did you know that, among others, James Patterson and Alexandre Dumas have used them? They’re not spooky like actual ghosts, they’re only scary when it comes to the realm of egomania and intellectual property. But they are interesting.   It was news to me that famous authors use ghostwriters. I thought ghostwriters worked mainly for celebrities whose perfume lines hadn’t done well so they were moving on to books. Or perhaps for survivors of freak …

These 12 Literary Mugs Will Help You Sip Your Troubles Away

These 12 Literary Mugs Will Help You Sip Your Troubles Away

If there’s one thing bookworms love more than a good book, it’s a good cup of coffee…or some other kind of drink inconspicuously poured into a coffee cup.   Lucky for readers everywhere, there is no shortage of awesome literally-inspired coffee mugs. From mugs decked out with your favorite book phrase, to mugs representing your love of all things books, here are some cup ideas to plan out your next reading session!   1. $11.09, You Can Find it on Etsy Here     2. $10.67, You Can Find it on Etsy Here     3. $12.95, You Can Find …

The Weasley That Never Was

The Weasley That Never Was

It has come to light that Mafalda Weasley, Ron and co’s unpleasant cousin was supposed to be in Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s year in Hogwarts. She was, however, supposed to be sorted into Slytherin…   The daughter of Molly Weasley’s second cousin, a stockbroker in the muggle world, Mafalda was supposed to be as academically brilliant as Hermione, sparking a rivalry between the two. She originally served the purpose that Rita Skeeter ultimately fulfilled, of leaking information surrounding the Goblet of Fire.    Via Fanpop   “Rita was always going to be in the book,” said Rowling, “but I built …