This has been such a weird year, that nothing should surprise us anymore. Our heroes are dying, protests are inflamed all over the nation over police brutality, millions are infected with a serious and highly infectious disease, the election race is full of lies and pandering and corruption, and most of us have spent three … Continue reading What Would Harry Do?
At risk of beating a dead horse here, I am so sorry for being so ridiculously irresponsible with this blog! We were doing so well and then I fell off the map and well, long story short, I'm back and I'm ready to talk books. Let's pick up where we left off shall we? In … Continue reading January Reads
My holiday readathon of Harry Potter lasted a little longer than anticipated, so Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows became the first book I read in the New Year. This review will be short because I haven't had much time to write and reflect with the post-holiday funk I'm feeling and work and all of … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Today, I want to chat about my current obsession: bookmarks. I am crazy about these things right now for no other reason than that there are so many artists putting out amazing designs. These cheap, useful, and beautiful little quitter-strips are the perfect just-because gift for any reader in your life, or the perfect I-care-enough-to-send-you-something-but-not-enough-to-get-you-something-fancy … Continue reading Gift Guide: Bookmarks
The beast is conquered! The longest and most convoluted of the Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chose a terrible time to be my current read: I started it the weekend before Thanksgiving, and the holiday season, working, and a death in the family all arrived very shortly after so … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
I'm so excited because this week I received my very first Owl Crate! I was so excited that I didn't even film an unboxing on my Instagram (@abigailsbookself). This month's theme is Castles, Courts, and Kingdoms, and wow what a great first box. Let's get to the goodies! Up first, probably the most important: the … Continue reading November Owl Crate
This has gone so much faster than I anticipated! It's been only a touch over a week and I've already powered though four books in this incredible/amazing/magical/fantastic/perfect series! I began book five today, but I also got my holiday work schedule and, friends, the book reading train is about to be derailed. But! Enough of … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I've been on a HUGE craft kick lately, and that, paired with my current Harry Potter obsession, has led me to experiment with some materials and build my very own bowtruckles! These guys were a huge hit in the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Pickett really stole each scene he was … Continue reading DIY: Bowtruckles!
This installment has far and away been my favorite of the Harry Potter series, and no small part of that is the introduction of Remus Lupin and Sirius Black. Since they're my favorite ever, ever, ever, I'll spend almost the whole post talking about them and then add a few observations at the end! A … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I'm on a roll! Two books in two days! I finished Chamber of Secrets this evening (and will maybe, possibly start Prisoner of Azkaban tonight?) after a lovely day of more cats, more tea, and some rain. I'm moving quickly through the earlier novels partly because they're smaller, partly because these are the ones I'm … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets