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  • WWW Wednesday, 23-Jan-19

    Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.     The Three Ws are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?     Currently Reading   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry Potter, Book 1 By J.K. Rowling I’m still catching up on the Potterhead Readalong! “Harry — yer a wizard.” Ahhhh! All the feels are back!! ⚡️     A Curious Beginning Veronica Speedwell, Book 1 By Deanna Raybourn I’m getting back to this after putting it down during my mini…

  • Mini Reviews: Kids Save the Day

    Wizard for Hire Wizard for Hire, Book 1 By Obert Skye A wizard can go weeks without water, but only days without books. Wizard for Hire was a delight to read! I was really impressed and entertained by this story full of mystery, heart, and humor. It can be read as a standalone book, but I’m happy that there is a series to look forward to—I want more Ozzy, Clark (the independently thinking and talking metal raven), and the one and only Rin (wizard of Quarfelt)! You look at me and see a wizard. I look at everything and see magic. The Son of Neptune The Heroes of Olympus, Book…

  • Mini Reviews: Back to Hogwarts!

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them By Newt Scamander I needed a little magic in my day… and this did the trick! I absolutely loved Eddie Redmayne’s narration as Newt Scamander in the updated version of Fantastic Beasts!! The sound effects were spot on, as well. The accompanying book was wonderful, and I really enjoyed the new ink illustrations by Tomic. There was a lot of subtle humor throughout that kept me entertained! Nifflers are still my favorite of course!! 😉 Audiobook Performance: ★★★★★ The Hogwarts Collection By J.K. Rowling I loved this Pottermore collection! It re-wet my appetite for the magic of the Wizarding World all over again…

  • Mini Reviews: Roald Dahl Favorites

    Fantastic Mr Fox By Roald Dahl My first introduction to Mr. Fox occurred while heading up to 15,000ft sitting on the floor of a puddle-jumper, wondering when in hell I decided jumping out of an airplane might be the bravest or stupidest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. I was psyching myself out that in mere moments the door would open and I would die. …OR as the plan was, I would freefall for 60 seconds prior to my parachute successfully opening, float over Lake Taupo, and safely land back on solid ground with everything intact—including my sanity. While still in that situation (mentally and physically), I was…

  • Mini Reviews: 3-Star Streak

    The Serpent’s Secret By Sayantani DasGupta A fun middle grade adventure featuring a bull-headed 12-year-old female protagonist, Kiranmala. I really enjoyed the introduction to Bengali folklore as I am not familiar. I liked the world-building of the Kingdom Beyond Seven Oceans and Thirteen Rivers full of vibrant colors, magic, and shifting maps. I really enjoyed the comic relief of Tuntuni (the talking bird). However, I didn’t connect well with the first person writing or the gibberish rhymes of the rakkhosh (demons), but the latter could be a lack of exposure to Bengali tales? I appreciated the character development of Kiranmala as I don’t think I would have finished the book…