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How to Have Hufflepuff Spirit During COVID-19

If you’re a Hufflepuff, today is your day. If you’ve been sorted into this house, you are dedicated, honest, hard-working and loyal. Most Hufflepuffs correspond to the element of earth. So you all probably have some plants to tend to, which is just darling. It’s rough out here for everyone right now, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t celebrate!

 

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Wear your house colors with pride

If you have your robes, wear them to go nowhere. If you don’t have any robes, find whatever you have in yellow and black and slap it on.

 

                 

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Read

Read the Harry Potter series again for like the 100th time. Let’s be real unless you have to work, what else do you have to do?

 

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Be a great friend

Maybe you are in a position where you can’t see your friends but call them, face time them. Have game night over Skype. Just keep in touch, especially now.

 

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But most importantly If you are bored from being at home, check out this video and I guarantee it will make your day better.

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7 Quotes to Celebrate Hufflepuff Pride Day

1. “I’ll teach the lot, and treat them just the same” – Helga Hufflepuff

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This first quote comes from, of course, the founder of the Hufflepuff house. This quote shows that not only will a Hufflepuff learn, but they will be treated kindly and with respect.

 

2. “I feel that if a single pupil wants to come, then the school ought to remain open for that pupil.” – Pomona Sprout

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This quote comes from the head of herbology herself, Professor Sprout. This quote embodies what it means to be a Hufflepuff, caring about the well being of everyone, even if that everyone is only one individual.

3. “Forgive and forget, I say, we ought to give Peeves a second chance ” – The fat Friar

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This quote from The Fat Friar shows a great deal about the character of a Hufflepuff. Even though Peeves has done wrong, they should still forgive him because everyone deserves a redemption.

 

 

4. “Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.” – J.K Rowling

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This quote comes not from a character but from the creator herself, J.K Rowling. If anyone knows the Hufflepuff house best it is going to be the woman who wrote the books. Her quote shows what it truly means to be part of the Honey Badger house; patient, true, and unafraid.

5. “They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless, that’s the essence of Hufflepuff.”- J.K Rowling

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When asked if any Hufflepuffs stayed behind to fight in the battle of Hogwarts, she said that virtually all of them did, followed by this quote. They wanted to fight because it was the right thing to do, not for any sense of pride or validation.

 

6.  “Only the gentle are ever really strong.” – James Dean

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Okay so James Dean obviously wasn’t talking about Hufflepuffs but this quote really describes those sorted into the house to a tee. The Hufflepuffs are often passed on because they are seen as weak, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are the strongest, because they care.

 

7. “My philosophy is if you worry, you suffer twice.” – Newt Scamander

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This final quote is not only a synopsis of a Hufflepuff, but advice. Do not worry, because worrying is half the battle. Put your best foot forward, and you’ll be okay.

 

 

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5 Fantasy Books Inspired By Chinese Mythology

Mythology remains one of the greatest sources of inspiration for fantasy literature, and literature in general, today. For me, stories that draw from mythologies that I am not overly familiar with encourage me to then seek out the tales and legends that inspired those books. That’s how I began to read Chinese mythology. There is a genuine beauty to the myths, and I truly can’t even begin to express how amazing some of these stories are.

Here are five books inspired by Chinese mythology.

1. “The Poppy War

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R.F. Kuang’s first installation in her Poppy War series introduces Rin, a young orphan who managed to pass the Keju, a test that allows her to enter one of several academies for prodigal children. From there, she manages to enter Sinegard, a military school. However, because of her skin color, her gender, and her impoverished background, Rin is the target of her peers’ cruelty. The Poppy War follows Rin as she learns that she can harness the powers of shamanism, and with the help of one of her teachers, she learns that the deities that had fallen into legend do still exist. She is chosen by the Phoenix, a vengeful deity that may sap her of her humanity. With the third Poppy War on the horizon, the cost of winning that conflict may, indeed, be her humanity.

 

2. “The Dragon Warrior

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The Dragon Warriorwritten by Katie Zhao, follows Faryn Liu, a twelve-year old girl who wishes to honor her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. However, since their father disappeared, Faryn and her brother have been brushed off by the Jade Society, which has made Faryn’s dream a near impossible feat. Yet when she is caught in the middle of a conflict, it is revealed that Faryn is the Heaven Breaker, a being who can command an army of powerful dragons. She has until the Lunar New Year to prove her worth, but she will soon learn that the position she has found herself in requires a great deal more sacrifice than she had originally expected. This book is middle-grade fantasy, so it is meant to appeal to a younger audience; however, that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out if you’re interested!

3. “The Crystal Ribbon

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Celeste Lim’s novel takes place in medieval China. The Crystal Ribbon follows Li Jing, the twelve-year old daughter of a poor tea farmer based in Huanan. Her family decides that, in order to survive, Li Jing must be married off. The money that her husband’s family gives her parents will help them live. The Koh family, one that Li Jing marries into, treats her poorly. She is expected to be the wife and nanny to her husband, Ju’nan, who is only three years old. When she is sold off once again, Li Jing runs away. With the aid of a spider and a nightingale, she makes her way back to Huanan. Be warned that this story does deal with themes of parental abuse and sexual violence.

 

4. “tiger’s apprentice

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Laurence Yep‘s middle-grade fantasy The Tiger’s Apprentice follows young Tom Lee–a young boy who learns that he is the most recent addition to an ancestral line of guardians. His grandmother, a woman who has always been perceived as eccentric, has been the guardian of a phoenix egg for several years now. When she is killed protecting Tom, Tom must step in to become the egg’s protector. Tom gains a father figure in Mr. Hu, a talking tiger who can turn himself into a man. Other mythical beings from the Chinese zodiac, such as the monkey and the dragon, are also present in this story. This is a fast-paced and quick read, and it is definitely worth checking out!

5. “silver phoenix

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Cindy Pon‘s Silver Phoenix is the first book in her ‘Kingdom of Xia’ series. This book follows Ai Ling, a woman who has not been viewed as marriageable, and she was content with this, because that meant she could not be hidden away in the quarters of a potential husband’s household. She slowly becomes more and more aware of her own inner powers–she has the ability to read people’s spirits. Chosen by immortal beings, she must enter the emperor’s palace to save her father and defeat the old evil that lies within. There are mystical creatures and goddesses packed into this tale, and it is definitely worth checking out! This books does contain themes of sexual harassment and an attempted assault scene, so please be aware of this if you give this book a read.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ 3 Stops Due to Coronavirus

There have been so many television shows and movies that have stopped production due to the Coronavirus and the latest movie in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 3 is the latest one to suspend filming, to stop the spread of COVID-19.

If only there was a spell to make this pandemic go away!

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Filming was supposed to begin this past Monday in the UK. However, Warner Bros. has decided to halt production. At this time there is no information as to when Fantastic Beasts 3 will start filming again.

There is also no news on if the release date will change either. It all has to fit around the actors schedules. The same cast will reprise their roles for the third movie which includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler.

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The film is not the first to stall production due to the current pandemic, with everything from Batman to Riverdale halting filming. With Broadway gone dark and Daniel Radcliffe’s London performance cut short, COVID-19 has truly wreaked havoc on the industry this month.

In times like these it is important to remember to stay healthy, enjoy time with your family, while also being thoughtful of anyone else around you who might need help.

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Bookstr’s Three To Read This Week 03/13

Welcome back, book lovers! These are some scary times, with what seems like every major city taking drastic steps to limit the spread of a certain novel virus. Take some time out from the panic and take a look at our Three to Read. After all, with schools closing and people working from home, the books on our TBR lists finally have a shot at getting read! Settle down, brew a tea, and let’s get into it.

 

hot pick

The body politic

by Brian Platzer

The Body Politic: A Novel by [Platzer, Brian]

Synopsis:

New York City is still regaining its balance in the years following 9/11, when four twenty-somethings—Tess, Tazio, David, and Angelica—meet in a bar, each yearning for something: connection, recognition, a place in the world, a cause to believe in. Nearly fifteen years later, as their city recalibrates in the wake of the 2016 election, their bond has endured—but almost everything else has changed.

As freshmen at Cooper Union, Tess and Tazio were the ambitious, talented future of the art world—but by thirty-six, Tess is married to David, the mother of two young boys, and working as an understudy on Broadway. Kind and steady, David is everything Tess lacked in her own childhood—but a recent freak accident has left him with befuddling symptoms, and she’s still adjusting to her new role as caretaker.

Meanwhile, Tazio—who once had a knack for earning the kind of attention that Cooper Union students long for—has left the art world for a career in creative branding and politics. But in December 2016, fresh off the astonishing loss of his candidate, Tazio is adrift, and not even his gorgeous and accomplished fiancée, Angelica, seems able to get through to him. With tensions rising on the national stage, the four friends are forced to face the reality of their shared histories, especially a long-ago betrayal that has shaped every aspect of their friendship.

Why?

With the backdrop of societal uncertainty and political tyranny, this novel switches point of view periodically, introducing us to the inner workings of both the mind and human relationships. The novel has been praised for how it honestly – and brutally – hones in on the American political climate, which is particularly relevant in light of this year’s presidential race. It captures exactly how people felt during the trying times following two major events in history. The novel shows us just how linked our physical and emotional selves are to our political body. It is as insightful as it is truthful, and likely to resonate with a lot of readers, American or otherwise. 

“Brian Platzer has done something marvelous — transmuted the queasy early years of the Trump presidency into a novel that’s a delight to read. The Body Politic is a book about many things — what it means to be unwell, what it means to heal, how deep and strange friendships can be, and how hidden things never stay hidden for long. I was grateful for its engaging, empathetic company during these fractious times.” —Rachel Monroe, author of Savage Appetites

 

COFFEE SHOP READ

american animals 

by Eric Borsuk

American Animals: A True Crime Memoir by [Borsuk, Eric]

Synopsis:

American Animals is a coming-of-age crime memoir centered around three childhood friends: Warren, Spencer, and Eric. Disillusioned with freshman year of college, and determined to escape from their mundane Middle-American existences, the three hatch a plan to steal millions of dollars’ worth of artwork and rare manuscripts from a university museum. The story that unfolds is a gripping adventure of teenage rebellion, from page-turning meetings with black-market art dealers in Amsterdam, to the opulent galleries of Christie’s auction house in Rockefeller Center. American Animals ushers the reader along a gut-wrenching ride of adolescent self-destruction, providing a front-row seat to the inception, planning, and execution of the heist, while offering a rare glimpse into the evolution of a crime—all narrated by one of the perpetrators in a darkly comic, action-packed, true-crime caper.

Why?

This memoir is fascinating, largely due to its completely true story. Little imagination is needed to see the story, when you can watch the film of the same name, and digest the media coverage of the case itself. American Animals takes the age-old story of young rebellion and a search for more, and turns it on its head. Borsuk’s writing is darkly comedic and bizarre, sure to keep you hooked. Plus, the novel rings in at a concise 147 pages, making it quickly digestible. You’ll be racing to the end.

“American Animals is a book unlike any I’ve ever read. The twist and turns and audacity can lend themselves to incredulity, but at the heart of this book is a humanness that even those shaking their heads the most will have to recognize. Eric Borsuk’s work here is as daring as any heist.”– Jared Yates Sexton, author of The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage. 

 

dark horse

you let me in

by Camilla Bruce

You Let Me In by [Bruce, Camilla]

Synopsis:

Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy—everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body—just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript.

Then again, there are enough bodies in her past—her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.

Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story—but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods—and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare…

Why?

This novel is a genre-bending mix of fairytale/folklore and mystery. It is frightening and thrilling all at once. Perfect for fans of Shirley Jackson, the story is unsettling and, at times, horrifying. It is a dark family drama that just so happens to have its fair share of evil faeries. You’ll be left guessing throughout the novel, making up your own assumptions, just to have them dashed at the next turn. The story is fast-paced and the fantasy elements set it apart from many other novels under the dark mystery umbrella. One thing is for sure, this is no bedtime story.

You Let Me In is a bewitching, beguiling, and deeply unsettling tale of one woman’s strange life. It will ensnare you from page one and keep you riveted until the end.” ―Caitlin Starling, author of The Luminous Dead.

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