Seven Uses for Your Harry Potter Books

Seven Uses for HPHarry Potter has shaped a generation, and whether you were there for every midnight release party at bookstores, or you joined after Deathly Hallows Part II premiered in the theater, we probably can all* agree on one thing: just reading the books isn’t enough. BUT WHAT ELSE DO WE DO WITH OUR PRECIOUS BOOKS? Have no fear! Below I list seven further uses for your beloved series.

* “All” referring to those who regret the fact that they were born a muggle and are still convinced Errol was in charge of their Hogwarts acceptance letter

1) Shelf Porn

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I mean, look at that. One entire shelf dedicated to Harry Potter.

2) Keep Your Mind Sharp

photo 1I’ve had The Philosopher’s Stone for what… seven, eight years now? And I still can’t figure out this riddle on my own. I cheated on Pottermore.

3) If You Need an Excuse to Get Out of a Social Event

photo 2-2“Oh I can’t come over, I have to study zoology.” “No, sorry, I have to study the minute details of this obscure sport from another country for a report. You probably haven’t heard of it.” See? Socializing avoided.

4) When You Need a Good Cry

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In the 10+ times I’ve read The Deathly Hallows, I have yet to have a dry eye at the end of it. If I’m having a bad day – BOOM! – there’s your tears.

5) When You Have Kids

photo 3-2Cinderella is so last year. MY children will be raised on Babbity Rabbity and The Fountain of Fair Fortune.

6) Someone Breaking Into Your House?

photo 4-2Boom. Weapon.

7) When You Just Need a Friend

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No matter how many times I break their spines, my books always take me back for another reread.

What about you? What other uses have YOU found for your HP books?

Top Ten Items on My Bookish Bucket List

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Five Things On My Bookish Bucket List. This sounded good at first… but now I can’t quite think of many! I’ll give it a go anyway.

1. This one is easy… Meet JK Rowling. Even if I’m in her vicinity for two seconds and I just say “Hello” and “thank you” it will be good enough for me! Or maybe I should just write a letter…

2. Meet Rainbow Rowell. I told you guys how much Fangirl means to me last Thursday, and now I really need to meet her so I can at least see the face of the woman who wrote that magnificent book. And this one is actually plausible, since she’ll be at the LA Book Festival next April, and I already have a ticket to see her! 

3. Read the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I’ve always meant to, but never have. I’ve even read The Fellowship about five times over when I start the series, but always trail off in the middle of Two Towers. Which is really ironic, since the Hobbit is one of my favorite books and I’ve read that one like six times. 

4. Go to the Harry Potter world in the UK. My friend’s grandparents are going this summer and I’m 99% sure I’m going to stuff myself in a suitcase and tag along. 

5. Read 200 books in a year. My goal this year is 150, and I’ve been able to keep up with that pace, but I’m hoping that one year I’ll hit the 200 mark. 

Honestly, I can’t think of any more. When I started blogging, I didn’t even consider that I would be where I am now. I never thought I’d be talking to authors, making friends all over the world, reading ARCs – that wasn’t even a possibility in my head! So I am so thankful for what I have, and there’s not much else I could wish for. 

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!


Top Ten Books To Save From a Disaster

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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books/Series I Would Save In the Case of Alien Invasion or Other Natural Disasters. This week was a freebie for our TTT topic, and in the name of some really old fun we had when I first started my blog, I decided to bring this topic back. A fear of mine has always been my house burning down – HOW DO I SAVE MY FAMILY AND MY DOG AND MY BOOKS WITH THESE TWO *very tiny* HANDS. I’m serious about the small hand thing – they’re like permanently child sized.

Also: this is a list that pretends I have twenty extra hands and can carry fifty to one hundred pounds of books all at once. Proceed.

1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Not my new pretty box set – my original copies. So much more sentimental!

2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. It’s signed, and the sequel is my favorite over Shadow and Bone. I just couldn’t part with it!

3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I could replace Shatter Me and Unravel Me, but Ignite Me is the crown jewel of my shelf right now. New favorite book for sure!

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is one of my favorite books – the kind that sits in the back of your head and you forget about it but then you read a quote or excerpt and all the feels come back and you just sit there like “Oh THAT’S why I loved it.”

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It’s easily replaceable, but my copy is underlined and marked up – something I rarely do to books. I’ve only read it once, but it was during a really hard time in my life, and I’ll never forget how not-alone that tiny book made me feel. 

6. The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. So I’ve not even read them yet, nor finished VA, but these are all beautiful, perfect hardbacks. Plus, they used to be Veronica’s, so they’re like children to both of us.

7. The Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry. These books convinced me that it’s okay to read a fluffy romance for the heck of it – plus I love them with all my heart! And they’re all beautifully matching hardbacks and they’re just so shiny on my shelf.

8. The Legend series by Marie Lu. They’re all hardback, all signed, and one of my favorite series ever. MUST GRAB.

9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve recently been hooked onto these – haven’t read Cress yet but I loved Cinder and Scarlet and plus Scarlet is signed! 

10. Avalon by Mindee Arnett. Just because it’s a truly incredible sci-fi book and I cannot get enough of every single bit of it ❤

So, bloggers, what we have learned today is that I need the strength of Superman in the case of a disaster. Because realistically I probably would have to grab my HP box set, since they’re all bound together, and run out of my house. Which is a horribly depressing thought and I’m going to go cuddle my books now because I think they feel rejected about me having to think which I would save.

That’s my list for this week – link me yours below!

WWW Wednesday (6)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Just answer three questions about your current state in reading!

I used to do this one all the time, and I want to get back to it. With my New Year resolution of not pressuring myself to get through a book and instead enjoying it at whatever pace I choose for that book, I don’t have as many to review. So I might end up just doing a review on Monday and Friday. There’s another resolution satisfied – don’t stress about blogging! Man, I’m actually doing well with this thing this year.

What are you currently reading?

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. This is more of an ongoing back project. I got the new boxed set for Christmas, so of course I have to read them all!
  • Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. I told Veronica I would get on it, so I’m going to get over my fear of feels and just make sure I have a box of tissues with me instead.

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you plan on reading next?

  • The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver. I’ve started this one actually since it’s on my phone and I read it when I’m waiting in line for stuff while I’m out. I’m at 6% and it’s… meh. I’m not grabbed. A potential DNF if it doesn’t pick up anytime soon.
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West. Andi might get on a plane and break down my door if I put this one off any longer!

That’s it for me this week; link me your WWW list below!