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Fictional Libraries We Wish Were Real

Hogwarts LibraryHarry Potter

 

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The Hogwarts library is by far the most well-known when it comes to modern literature and pop culture. Our favorite trio of student wizards often sought out answers to problems from books in the library (magical stones, spells to breathe underwater, regular teenage stuff). Who among us didn’t dream of attending Hogwarts? Or of sneaking into the restricted section of the library under a cloak of invisibility?

 

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Beast’s Librarybeauty and the beast

 

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This library, literally from a fairytale, is as dreamy as you can imagine! Were you as shocked and surprised as bookworm Belle when you first saw the Beast’s library? Who wasn’t jealous of her for being gifted this incredible room? It almost makes the whole hostage thing okay.

 

 

Jedi archives, star wars

 

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Just imagine historical records dating back thousands of years, with maps and geographical archives of entire galaxies. This library literally contained ALL the information about cultures and species spanning centuries of time and space. All of that knowledge in one place sounds like the most complete library to ever exist (in our minds, at least).

 

 

the library, Doctor who

 

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A planet-sized library containing every book ever written? Sounds like the perfect planet to me. It even has a teleportation system to ensure that you can find your next read with immense speed. I can’t think of a better planet to live in than this one!

Sunnydale high library, buffy the vampire slayer

 

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The nostalgia is creeping in with this 90’s cult classic. Who didn’t want to have old supernatural texts and medieval weapons in their school library? So many emotional moments happened to the Scooby Gang in this very spot. With a library like that, we definitely wouldn’t mind staying after school to study.

 

Erudite headquarters, The divergent series

 

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Described as a large library with bookshelves covering the walls, the compound is where Erudite members study and work in their expertise: knowledge. Thought to be set in a dystopian version of Chicago’s Millenium Park, we’re pretty sure this tops the “Bean” sculpture when it comes to tourism.

 

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The breakfast club libraryThe Breakfast club

 

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The Breakfast Club library was where a brain, an athlete, a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal found out they weren’t so different after all. Not only did this movie give us all the feels, but it sort of made us want to be sent to detention. This one’s less about the books and more about the iconic moments and relationships built amongst them.

Which library do you wish was real? Check out the video in full here.

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7 Magical Harry Potter Facts

 

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Even though the Harry Potter books and the movies have ended, the brilliant J.K. Rowling is still rolling out surprises and interesting tidbits about her wizarding world. These are seven of the most fascinating facts about Harry Potter.

 

 

1. Hogwarts Has No Tuition

J.K. Rowling responded to a fan who wanted to know how much it costs to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rowling stated on Twitter that there is no cost in order to attend Hogwarts. The Ministry of Magic pays for everything.

So…where’s my Hogwarts letter? Please and thank you!

 

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2. Hermione’s Handbag was not Legal 

From an update on Pottermore back in 2015, J.K. Rowling confirmed that Hermione’s expanding handbag was not legal. The bag, which was seen being used by Hermione in Deathly Hallows, was not confiscated from her since it was not that important. Fighting Lord Voldemort was more important than an illegal handbag. 

 

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3. Hagrid Has No Patronus

Even though Hagrid is a lover of all magical creatures, Rowling had stated in a tweet back in 2015 that the reason for his inability to conjure a patronus was because it was too difficult.

What would his patronus be? Maybe a hippogriff? Or Norbert, the cutest dragon ever! (Sorry Drogon).

 

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4. How to Pronounce Lord Voldemort

In case you didn’t know, the t in Voldemort is silent. J.K. Rowling confirmed the pronunciation of the infamous Dark Lord’s name on Twitter back in September 2015.

 

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5. There are ‘Hatstalls’ for the Sorting Hat

This is a term for a student who takes longer than others to be sorted into a Hogwarts house. This usually happens when it takes more than five minutes for a student to be sorted.

 

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6. Uncle Vernon Loves to Watch Top Gear

Top Gear, a show on the BBC, is Uncle Vernon’s most loved television show. Rowling mentioned this on Twitter in July of 2015 when she talked about the British Broadcasting Company.

 

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7. Moaning Myrtle Isn’t the Weeping Ghosts’ Real Name

The Ravenclaw ghost who lurks in the Hogwarts girls bathroom, does in fact have a real name. Rowling confirmed on Twitter in May 2015, that Moaning Myrtle’s real name is Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.

 

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I would love to go to Hogwarts for free, make the Sorting Hat have a hatstall, hang with Myrtle Elizabeth Warren, and watch some Top Gear with Uncle Vernon. (If only he were a bit nicer, of course).

 

 

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Books to Enjoy With Your Favorite Dessert

Desserts and books are arguably two of life’s greatest pleasures. Everybody seems to have a soft spot for desserts to a certain extent, whether you have a big sweet tooth or you’re more of a “special occasion” kind of person – who can resist a little bit of sweet?

To match your favorite dessert, here’s a book that will pair well with it. Enjoy!

Ice cream

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Ice cream is a frozen treat that never gets old. Although we traditionally indulge during the heat of the summer months, it’s really one of those desserts that can be enjoyed at any time during any season. If ice cream is your favorite dessert, grab a pint of your favorite flavor and indulge while reading Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is perfect for anyone who loves ice cream because just like ice cream, it never gets old. You can read this book over and over and find something new each time you read.

'The Invisible Man'

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Chocolate Lava Cake

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If you’re someone who loves chocolate lava cake, chances are you love a good surprise. The warm, gooey interior of chocolate lava cake offers a complete contrast from its outer crust. Books with twists and turns are exhilarating – they keep the pages turning while keeping you on your toes. Here’s one to enjoy with your chocolate lava cake! Gone for Good by Harlan Coben is perfect for you if you love a book that keeps you guessing. Coben tells this invigorating story with plot twists woven into every chapter and achieves the rare feat of writing a novel which is genuinely unpredictable in every aspect.

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Tiramisu

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Ah, the traditional Italian dessert. Coffee-dipped and delicious, flavored with cocoa, it’s hard to go wrong with Tiramisu. If you’re in the mood for some Italian, why stop at food? Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman is set in Northern Italy and will give you a beautiful glimpse of the country while crafting a compelling coming-of-age story.

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French macarons

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If your favorite desserts are these delicious, little cookies, you might prefer your sweets in moderation. No need for a gigantic piece of cake or pie – a few of these mini French treats will do! Pair some French macarons with The Stranger by Albert Camus and indulge in a short, magnificent novel by one of the most renowned French writers of all time.

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5 Books Inspired by Norse Mythology

Norse mythology is definitely a favorite for many people, and I think we can see why. We have some fantastic deities, like Loki and Thor, who have appeared in comic book serializations for decades now. We have myths that are hilarious enough to hold our attentions. I’m thinking of the Mead of Poetry in particular (a myth that Neil Gaiman retells in his book Norse Mythology). Frankly, these are myths that draw us in because of how epic and enthralling they are in their scope and storytelling. We have warrior gods and goddesses, jötunns, elves, and dwarves – to name but a few.

So it’s only natural then that some authors would refer back to this mythos for inspiration.

Here are five books inspired by Norse mythology.

 

 

 

1. The gospel of loki

 

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Written by Joanne M. Harris, this is the first book in her Loki series which, you guessed it, follows Loki, the trickster god. If anyone is interested, Harris also has a book series simply called Runemarks, which plays with Norse mythology and retells it in a fun, modernized way. The Gospel of Loki retells how the trickster god was recruited by Odin and how he is treated by the other Asgardians. Plus, to make this story even more appealing, it is told from Loki’s sarcastic, snarky point of view.

 

2. Hilda and the troll

 

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You might be familiar with the Netflix adaptation of this adorable graphic novel. Written and illustrated by Luke Pearson, Hilda and The Troll follows Hilda, a young girl who loves to explore and befriend mythical creatures with some distinct Norse roots. She eventually moves to Trollberg, a human city, with her mother, but her adventures only continue in the cityscape with her new friends. The artwork is beautiful and the story is absolutely endearing. While this series is definitely geared towards younger audiences, I am of the mind that all ages can enjoy it. After all, there are little elves, trolls, moving mountains, talking crows, and so much more.

 

3. The Long dark tea-time of the soul

 

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Typically, I try to keep most of the books on lists like these to more recent publications that may not have gotten a great deal of attention. However, Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) is one of those writers who definitely needs a place on this list. This is the second book in Adams’ Dirk Gently series, which has also recently been adapted into a television series. Dirk Gently is a detective who doesn’t just handle the possible, but also the impossible and improbable. In The Long Dark Tea-Time of The Soul, it comes to Dirk’s attention that a passenger check-in desk at Heathrow airport has disappeared into a ball of light. This is being perceived as an act of god, but this then begs the question: which god?

 

 

4. Hammered

 

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Just to preface, this is the third book in Kevin Hearne‘s Iron Druid series. There are several novels and novellas, and this series is most certainly the gift that keeps on giving in my not-so-humble opinion. These stories follow Atticus O’Sullivan, the last druid who has relocated to Arizona where he runs a bookshop and sells magic teas. Hammered portrays Thor, the god of thunder, as a bully who has ruined lives and killed many. Now, Atticus’ vampire viking friend, Leif Helgarson, enlists the druid to help him get revenge on Thor. This story involves an army of frost giants and battle with the forces of Asgard… with plenty of other pantheons and other mythologies joining the fray.

 

5. the blood-tainted winter

 

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Written by T.L. GreylockThe Blood-Tainted Winter follows Raef Skallagrim, a man who wants to set sail on the ocean, following the sea road. He and his crew wish to be famous and recognized by the gods themselves. Yet Raef’s father and an impending war make it so that Raef must set his dream to the side and answer the call of duty. He must learn to navigate the tides of war while also seeking out revenge. Yet in the end, this will be a war that affects even the gods. This is the first book in The Song of The Ash Tree series.

 

 

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Explore Audible’s Top Picks of 2019

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that reading doesn’t always have to be you, a book and a comfy seat. More so than ever before, people are listening to their literature on laptops, on smartphones, and on the go. Audible is the best option for this, as it’s available across plenty of devices with a wide range of titles.

Audible has released a map that takes a look at 2019 listening data to see which titles were “more uniquely popular in some states compared to the rest of the country”. Our map below shows each state’s top Audible titles from 2019.

 

 

The shortest route across the US in a car would take four days or ninety-six hours. Forget about your killer soundtrack and instead, think about how many audiobooks you could get through in that time! If you wanted to do it properly, you could go state-by-state and take on each state’s favorite audiobook as you move. Luckily, Audible and Bookstr are here to help. The above infographic shows us which audiobook has been most popular (i.e. listened to more than any other) in each US state.

Let’s take a closer look.

 

Northwest

 

Midwest

 

Southwest

 

Southeast

 

Northeast

 

 

One thing is for sure, self-help is popular country-wide, with many states learning how to Stay Sexy, set Atomic Habits and Not Give a F*ck. George R.R. Martin reigns in several states, proving himself King of The North(east). Fiction and non-fiction are popular all over the country, with fantasy and celebrity novels not contained to any one region.

 

 

Now that you have all you need for a literary road trip across the United States, fill up the tank, download Audible and get moving. Happy listening!

Here are the titles by state:

Maine The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Maryland  The Woman in The Window by A.J. Finn

New Hampshire The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Vermont City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Virginia Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis, Bing West

Massachusetts Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

New York Principles by Ray Dalio

Pennsylvania The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Connecticut Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Delaware Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Ohio Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Rhode Island Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Kentucky Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

West Virginia Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Tennessee The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile

Indiana Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

Illinois Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler

Iowa Take Control of Your Life by Mel Robbins

Missouri The Institute by Stephen King

Oklahoma Killers of The Flower Moon by David Grann

Kansas A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Nebraska #IMOMSOHARD by Kristen Hensley, Jen Smedley

South Dakota Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Wyoming Wolf Pack by C.J. Box

Colorado Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Utah Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Nevada Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop

Arkansas Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Mississippi Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

Alabama It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

Florida How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Georgia 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

North Carolina Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Michigan A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Wisconsin Heads Will Roll by Kate McKinnon, Emily Lynne

North Dakota Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Montana The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Washington Dune by Frank Herbert

Oregon Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgarrif, Georgia Hardstark

California Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss

Arizona The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

New Mexico Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light by Stan Lee, Kat Rosenfield

Hawaii Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

South Carolina The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Minnesota Neon Prey by John Sandford

Idaho Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Texas Atomic Habits by James Clear

Alaska Good Omens by Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

Louisiana A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

New Jersey Unfreedom of The Press by Mark R. Levin

District of Colombia Becoming by Michelle Obama

 

You can explore it even closer below: 

Created by Parisha Patel, who you can find here and here.

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