Books, Photography, Sunday Shelfies

Sunday Shelfies

What’s a “shelfie” you ask? It’s a selfie of your bookshelves, and sometimes of you with your shelves. So feel free to play along and share a picture of what’s on your shelves.


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Art, Nature, Photography, Saturdays Photo Finish

Saturday Photo Finish

For a Saturday Photo Finish, we end the week with a random picture from my wanderings. These are just shots that I take that I like and may be of any subject that catches my fancy.

Like them? Share your thoughts in the comments or a photo of your own.


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Art, Photography, Tourism, Travel

Sunday Steps: Life’s a Beach

Welcome to Sunday Steps. Here I will share pictures and stories from the places that I’ve traveled. Sometimes one or the other, sometimes both. I will try to include the location of any images that I share. Leave a comment if you’ve also been to the place in my post, or if you’d like to visit there someday!


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Art, Books, Children's Literature, Harry Potter Moment of the Week, YA

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #8

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Most Cringe-Inducing Scene in the Series

Um, can I just choose every single one that had Gildroy Lockhart in it? Because to me, cringe-inducing means embarrassing or uncomfortable, and that’s what Lockhart makes me feel. That simpering, idiotic blowhard gives academics a bad name (yeah, I really don’t like him). I suppose if I must choose particular moment I’d pick the first time we meet Lockhart at the bookshop, and he forces/guilts Harry into a photo for the newspaper. Lockhart is just so smarmy and gross, and Harry is so uncomfortable that I just feel embarrassed for him.

“The crowd parted, whispering excitedly; Lockhart dived forward, seized Harry’s arm, and pulled him to the front. The crowd burst into applause. Harry’s face burned as Lockhart shook his hand for the photographer, who was clicking away madly, wafting thick smoke over the Weasleys.”

lockhart meets harry

“When he finally let go of Harry’s hand, Harry could hardly feel his fingers. He tried to sidle back over to the Weasleys, but Lockhart threw an arm around his shoulders and clamped him tightly to his side.” (pg 60)

The whole scene is just so icky, and made worse afterward by Malfoy. It makes me cringe. Every time.

 

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own cringe-worthy moments in the comments below!

Art, Books, Children's Literature, Harry Potter Moment of the Week, YA

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #7

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Best Dumbledore Moment

Yeeeeeeesssssssss!! This is a theme I can thoroughly get behind! There are so many amazing Dumbledore moments throughout the series, but the one I love — that immediately jumped into my mind — is this one:

Dumbledore's got style

This scene, both in the books and in the film, was just AWESOME! I mean, Shacklebolt sums it up exactly. Dumbledore protects Harry, basically thumbs his nose at the Ministry of Magic, and escapes from custody via a phoenix, thus proving himself a badass. With style.

“A streak of silver light flashed around the room. There was a bang like a gunshot, and the floor trembled.  A hand grabbed the scruff of Harry’s neck and forced him down to the floor as a second silver flash went off — several of the portraits yelled, Fawkes screeched, and a cloud of dust filled the air. Coughing in the dust, Harry saw a dark figure fall to the ground with a crash in front of him. There was a shriek and a thud and somebody cried, ‘No!’ Then the sound of breaking glass, frantically scuffling footsteps, a groan — and silence.” (pg 621)

“She said nothing, but marched Harry and Marietta to the door. As it swung closed behind them, Harry heard Phineas Nigellus’s voice.

‘You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts…but you cannot deny he’s got style…'” (pg 623)

I remember reading this moment in Order of the Phoenix for the first time and just crowing with excitement and triumph when Dumbledore gets one over on the Ministry. It was so cool, and so well-done. From the moment Harry walks into his office, to the moment he walks out again. All the stuff with Dumbledore’s Army was so incredible, and then this moment pushing everything to a head. It was so much fun to read. It is by far my favorite of all the scenes with Dumbledore!

 

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own favorite Dumbledore moments in the comments below!

Art, Books, Children's Literature, Harry Potter Moment of the Week, YA

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #6

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Least Favorite Book

Awww. It’s sad to talk about the things we DON’T like about Harry Potter, and for me, there are very few things that I didn’t like. But, if I’m going to have to admit to this, I’d have to say it was probably an easier selection than it should have been. Drum roll please……………

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

I feel so bad picking even one book in this brilliant series, but I’ve got to say, while very good for explaining many aspects of Wizarding Society to the reader; this book is kind of a snooze. At least, more so than the others. I can’t imagine it’s going to be easy for any kid to grasp all of the finer points and underlying commentary on racism that exists in this volume, and let’s face it, the action is pretty minor in comparison to the other books. Also, I think I can sum up my main reason for picking this book in just 2 words: Gildroy Lockhart. My least favorite Hogwarts professor (yes, I even hated him more than Dolores Umbridge). How in the hells was that blowhard sorted into MY house? A Ravenclaw? Really? He is a stain on our reputation.

Now, possibly book one might be considered as boring to some people, but I found that the introduction to all the magical parts of the story were fascinating enough to make up for the lack of tense action that we find in the later novels. To be completely honest, each book had its own less-than-great moments, and on the whole I still really loved them all. Even Chamber of Secrets.

 

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own least favorite volumes in the comments below!

Art, Books, Children's Literature, Harry Potter Moment of the Week, YA

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #5

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Favorite Editions of the Books

So this week is all about looks. Which version of books is your favorite? Well, I’m torn between 2 editions. The first editions are of course, the original US Scholastic editions:

Original Scholastic edition

How can you not love these? They are the first versions, and for me have a special place in my heart because these are the editions that I read over and over again. Also, the wrap-around artwork on each book is really fantastic. I remember with each of the final 3 covers, looking at them and trying to discover clues as to what was going to happen before getting my hands on them. Especially Deathly Hallows.

My other favorite editions are the new 15th Anniversary Editions of the books (also from Scholastic):

Harry Potter Series Anniversary Covers

The reason why I would like the re-makes of my favorite covers?? Um, look at the artwork and tell me it’s not stunning, I dare you! lol  But seriously folks, I cannot even begin to talk about how much I love the art now that the publishers aren’t worried about spoiling major parts of the stories. The first cover with Diagon Alley is beautiful and so awesome, and then there are books 4 and 5. Wow. Just gorgeous with the detail and the choice of each particular moment. Plus the new edition of the box set comes with bonus art:

boxset

Who could ask for anything more?

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own favorite editions in the comments below!

Art, Books, Do It Yourself Projects, Libraries, Society, Travel

23 of the most creatively designed Little Free Libraries

23 of the most creatively designed Little Free Libraries | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

Have you seen one of these around?

little-free-library

These “little free libraries” are popping up all over the country, and I have to say, I just love them.

Not only do I love the creativity, and ingenuity of design with which most of them are made, but I love what they stand for. Taking books, sharing them with each other. Especially in communities that might not have a library available to them readily, or where budget cuts might make it hard for locals to get access to one. I also just like the idea that people want to share what they have read and enjoyed with the world. Take a book, pass it on. Take a book, leave a book. Take a book, share a book. These slogans that occasionally accompany these libraries say so much with so little.

 

I will be on the lookout for these when I travel, hopefully I will find a few to take a snapshot of and share here on my blog!

Art, Books

Books + Nail Art = Love!

ala-conCool Nail Art Designs Inspired By Books

Some of these are really elaborate and creative, but they are really eye-catching! Have you read these books? Or do you have some similarly great nail art based on other favorite titles??

Art, Crafts, Librarianship, Libraries

Literary Elements Book Display

thisisasentence: the literary elements

I love book displays and bulletin boards! It’s totally nerdy of me, I know. But I find that librarians (and teachers) who create these displays to be so creative and resourceful. If you’d like to see more displays and bulletin boards, check out my Pinterest boards linked below!

 

Library Book Display Ideas

Library Bulletin Boards