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It’s Harry Potter weekend around here! Our city holds a Hogwarts Halloween event for kids each year and I am taking my own little Hermione. It sold out last year before we could get tickets, so we’ve been looking forward to it for a long time. (I was probably the only weirdo buying tickets on the first day they went on sale–in early August. Ask me how on top of things I felt!).
I’m not sure what exactly is involved, but I’m hoping she’ll get to be sorted into a house (she’s convinced she’s a Ravenclaw) and eat some chocolate frogs.
Anyway, since we are starting the Halloween festivities, it feels like the official kickoff of the holidays. Yes, I group Halloween with the “holidays,” because it really kicks off a busy season of planning and events.
If your season isn’t quite as busy, or even if it is, you might be in the mood for some spooky reads. Some of my fellow bloggers have you covered. Check out their recommendations, and the rest of the links from this week.
Spooky Books for Halloween
Both Allison at My Novel Life and Rachel at Never Enough Novels put out some excellent lists of spooky reads. They had some overlap, but between the two there is something for every kind of reader (even people like me who don’t actually like scary stories).
What I Learned from Reese Witherspoon’s Ideal Reading Situation – Cupcakes & Cashmere
The reality is that all readers wish they had more time to read. It’s not always the ideal situation, but that we’re reading at all is sometimes enough.
The Books that Defined the Decades – LitHub
LitHub started this series on the books that defined the decades of the 20th century this week, and it’s been interesting to see which books made their lists. There are more to come, so keep checking back for the rest of the century.
When Pop-Up Books Taught Popular Science – The Atlantic
The interactivity of these books is interesting and I can see how they would be useful for learning. It reminds me a little of a coloring book we used in a college anatomy class.
A Book Made from Shelf-Stable American Cheese Slices – BoingBoing
Gross. And, why?
On the Blog
Mini Reviews of Recent Reads – including Crossing to Safety, Vox, Tin Man, Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, In the Woods, Wonder, and On Such a Full Sea.
Have a great weekend!