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Harry Potter Book Night

The Worldwide Harry Potter Book Night Is Coming Your Way!

Book nights with friends are charming events; they consist of a group of people gathering to read and discuss their thoughts on literature. They swap books, give recommendations, and there are also refreshments involved (sweet deal). But have you ever had a book night with hundreds of thousands of other people in several countries? Well if you haven’t now is your chance… Especially for you Harry Potter fans!

 

Harry Potter Book Night

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The Harry Potter Book Night on February 1st, 2018 is a huge event that happens every year and beautifully enough… this year’s theme is Fantastic Beasts! It revolves around all the original creatures that brought the Harry Potter series and movie franchise to life. Libraries and schools can join in with their own gatherings through a digital sign up sheet. Here they can follow an interactive map that shows all the events happening in their area. This way, you and other witches and wizards could get together in honor of the one-day-only event!

 

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For those who are worried they won’t have access, fear not: this is a worldwide bonanza of witchcraft and wizardry! And schools participating are eligible to win a ‘Professor of Potter’ Book Festival along with a copious amount of Potter books. The Hogwarts Library box set of books along with illustrated works and additional collections will be part of their winnings. Seven runner-ups will also receive a similar prize!

 

So what are you fiends waiting for? Put February 1st in your calendar as the most magical day of the year and check out this site about what’s going on near you.

 

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PBS NewsHour

PBS and New York Times Begin the Definitive Online Book Club

The PBS NewsHour has teamed with The New York Times for a wonderful online book club called Now Read This. At the beginning of every month, the club will announce a book that, at least hopefully, sheds some light on current events or cultural concerns. The book may be fiction, nonfiction, or anything in between.

 

Throughout the month, members of Now Read This will participate in discussions about the book, and the page will also be posting anything related to the book or author, such as writing advice, interviews, or the occasional New York Times book review.

 

The best part is that at the end of the month, the book’s author will appear on the PBS NewsHour and field questions from Now Read This members. Pretty cool!

 

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This month’s book is Jesmyn Ward’s celebrated Sing, Unburied, Sing. If you don’t already have a stacked TBR list, then Now Read This might be just the way to find your next read. Best of all, you get to talk to other readers. Join the group here, and happy reading!

 

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Books

5 Books out This Week to Add to Your Reading List

There’s no better news than news about a new book! There are five books in particular out this week that caught my eye. Feel free to add any books you know of in the comments that are hitting shelves this week!

 

1. The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

 

Lee Child

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Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.

 

Official synopsis courtesy of Penguin Random House 

 

2. Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza and Barack Obama

 

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Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza’s behind-the-scenes images and stories–some published here for the first time–with a foreword from the President himself.

 

Courtesy of Hachette Book Group 

 

 

3. The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves 

 

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Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend—which seems impossible.

When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program, he meets Zach and Amy, whose friendship inspires Marcos to open up to his Maesta crew, too, and starts to think more about his future and what he has to fight for. Marcos ultimately learns that bravery isn’t about acting tough and being macho; it’s about being true to yourself.

 

Official synopsis courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers

 

4. The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson

 

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Wilson’s Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband’s long absence, to the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before.

 

Synopsis courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company Inc.

 

5. Bonfire: A Novel by Krysten Ritter 

 

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From actress, producer, and writer Krysten Ritter, a gripping, tightly wound suspense novel about a woman forced to confront her past in the wake of small-town corruption
 
It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’s biggest scandal from more than a decade ago, involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good

 

Official synopsis courtesy of Penguin Random House 

 

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Urkel

Every Bookworm Needs These 11 Nerdtastic Office Supplies

I truly believe we all have that one side of ourselves that we don’t like to show anyone, that we like to keep private, that we let loose when we’re alone or in a bookstore. Our nerdy side!

 

We all have things we like to geek out on. Fun facts? Literary character merchandise? Musical duets of the classical variety? I love all of those! Who the hell doesn’t?

 

I feel just as strongly when it comes to work supplies. I’ve made a list of eleven supplies that I just can’t get enough of. Yes, it may be nerdy and unnecessary, but I am always ready to mark, stick, highlight, clip, and organize anything you may need. You’ll thank me later.

 

1. Nerdwax

 

Nerdwax

Apply to your glasses and they will not fall off your schnoz. | Image Via Storming Gravity 

 

2. Clip-on Book Lamp

Book Lamp

Let there be light… | Image Via Exactly What I Needed

 

3. Multi-colored Pens

 

Multi-ink pens

I can only make serious decisions when it comes to pen inks. | Image Via Pentrace

 

 

4. Animal-shaped Paperclips

 

Animal shaped paperclips

Is it a dog or lion? Maybe both. | Image Via AliExpress

 

5. Triple Pen Holder

 

Triple pen holder

Three’s a party. | Image Via Amazon

 

6. Funky Flash Drives

 

Flash drives

These scream professional. | Image Via Four Letter Nerd

 

7. Pocket Calculator

 

Pocket Calculator

I don’t care if there’s one on my phone. I need this one. | Image Via Dollar Tree

 

8. Filofax Planner Inserts

 

Filofax

Stay organized, my friends. | Image Via PlanCademy

 

9. Sticky Notes of All Shapes and Sizes

 

Sticky notes

Never limit yourself to just one… | Image Via Top Printers

 

10. Literary Backpack

Backpack

This is perfect for holding all the other things you’ve just seen. | Image Via Pinterest

 

11. Funky Highlighters

 

Teddybear Highlighter

Go on a highlighting spree with these little guys! | Image Via Geddes School Supplies

 

 

I think it’s safe to say I have many, if not all of these things. No matter what your go-to supplies look like, we all know that nerdy is just an umbrella for fun, creative, quirky, and energetic. These are fun and hold their purpose and we know you were eyeing those multi-colored pens. Buy them now, rejoice later.

 

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Fall Books

7 Reasons Why October Is the Month of the Bookworm!

It’s almost two weeks now that we’ve been rolling through October, as slow as the drying leaves on the sidewalk. However, we as readers need to step up our game.

 

October is a month in which we have tons of opportunities to embrace change. Don’t wallow in the dying sighs of a soft summer and days that lasted into the evening. Instead, lets face the winds of change and welcome all things new! Books, stories, movies, weather, clothes, food, activities, traditions… The list is basically endless. This month seems to enchant many and inspire all. Don’t look at this as an end; for us, it’s just a beginning. Don’t believe me? Here are seven reasons why fall is the most magical season for readers.

 

 

1. October is National Book Month!

 

Old Books

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Here’s an obvious one! This should be enough inspiration for us all; in fact, every month is our book month. But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t up the reading now, because, well, why not? Aim for a new book every week or even short stories if you want to get more out of your time. The days are short and the nights are long so before-bed reading is always a good choice. Tell your fellow bookish friends and swap your favorites for something out of your comfort zone. You could even start a book club! Will you be the next Oprah? I make no promises, but it will be enriching to get a discussion going. Isn’t everything better with a friend?

 

2. The Thrill of a New Season

 

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This is one of the best feelings of October. This applies for every change of season, of course, but the metamorphosis of summer to fall holds a lot of feeling within in it. We’re beginning to face the inevitable goodbyes of warm afternoons and easy clothing. Though it’s not all bittersweet. We send away our odes to summer in a bottle and open our arms to the chilly air. It’s simply the feeling that something is coming. There are new things to do that we couldn’t do in summer and with the start of fall means the holiday season not too far into the future. To those dreading the start of classes, think of it as the next chapter of a book. You think you know what’s going to happen? Think again.

 

3. Book Releases EVERYWHERE!

 

Book Release

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Speaking of all things new… Books, books, and, oh right, books! October is a popular month for book releases. Authors also know it’s a heightened time for change and new reading lists and tastes. Everyone is over their beach day reads and they want something they can snuggle up with. It’s also because the 2017 National Book Award cut-offs are in November, so authors are racing to publish their work. Every thing in October so far has been making a big splash. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado, Manhattan Beach: A Novel by Jennifer Egan, and The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman have been highly anticipated. Old, new, or used, just get a book already.

 

4. Hot Drinks With a Good Book

 

Hot drinks

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There are very few things in life that are as perfect together as warm drinks on a cold day. That is something that remains unbeatable. Stepping outside on a chilly October morning usually makes you want to run back inside and hibernate for a while, but you’re beginning the season of warm beverages… Plural. As readers, we love to curl up anywhere comfortable with a good book, that’s a given. So, when it’s cold we just need a steamy mug next to us as we read on our couch, our bed, or by our window with a view of the falling leaves. Like black coffee with your biographies? Want some English tea for your Brontë? Espresso could be good for those lengthy epics. Hot apple cider seems rustic enough for books of poetry. And let’s not forget hot chocolate for those spooky October tales. If you actually want to read about the perfect hot drinks and how to make ’em, try this: Some Like It Hot: 50 Drinks to Warm Your Spirits by Holly Burrows and Katie Walter. For the adults who need something stronger, you’ll find it in there as well.

 

5. Amazing Autumn Activities

 

Vineyards

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This is the month for taking part in all things fall! Wake up early on a Saturday to go for a quiet walk along a tree-lined avenue. Search your nearest community farm or market to pick up the perfect pumpkin and fresh produce. Check out your local bookstore for upcoming book releases, author signings, and giveaways of the season! Say what you want, but my personal favorites are trips to the vineyards, homemade pie shops, and fall festivals. Everything cozy and rustic you can think of is going on and you want to be part of everything. If you can’t make it to the rolling vineyards or pick up a golden brown pie, check out these books that teach you the art and steps to both: The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France by Ray Walker and Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott.

 

6. Sweater Weather!

 

Fall clothes

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I love a good sweater that feels like home and a scarf to match. Doesn’t everybody? Wrapping yourself in layers on a cold evening is the only thing to do, especially when you have a book to read. Grab your comfy socks and that hoodie with the hole in it, perfection. Or, if you know people will be seeing you, a soft sweater and your best worn boots will do. Check out these bookish socks along with these Harry Potter ones! Or, if you are like me, you desire this Pride and Prejudice infinity scarf. Yes, yes we do agree fall clothing is the comfiest and coolest of all.

 

7. Um… Halloween?

 

Full Moon

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This is the witchiest day of the year and I can’t get enough. Even from a young age Halloween brought a feeling of anxious excitement. Getting out of school to go trick-or-treating in your awesome costume is equivalent to the red carpet, am I right? Nowadays, as a serious adult, I prefer to take my look to a ridiculously nerdy level with costumes like Frodo Baggins or Daenerys Targaryen, Daisy Buchanan, or Madeline. There are actually endless choices for book-lovers to be the characters they dream of. Check out some cool costumes here! And want to spook yourself for the upcoming night of eeriness? Check out Goodreads‘ endless list of bone-chilling books! 

 

So, get your scarves out, your old boots, a worn sweater, and a funky mug. Autumn is here and the spirit is just beginning.

 

 

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