Do I Have That Book? Tag

I saw this tag on Kristin Kraves Books forever ago. She always does the most interesting tags! She didn’t tag me, but it was just such an interesting post that I saved it! And then … never got to it. So here we are! This should be interesting because I have a lot of books, but not that much variety. Well, let’s see what happens, shall we?

1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?

Oh, thousands. The first one that comes to mind is Eragon, which I was absolutely obsessed with in high school. Personally I’m not that in to deckled edges (GASP!). I like to play with the pages while I read, and that’s a lot harder to do with deckled edges. But I’m not going to complain about them either.

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Sorting Hat Sunday: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Lara Jean looked nervously at the barrier between the platforms. Margot had already told her what to expect, but Lara Jean was still nervous. It’s not going to hurt, she reminded herself.

She wished her mom was here. She shouldn’t be doing this alone. Margot didn’t have to. That was the thought that did her in. Tears poured down Lara Jean’s cheeks.

“It’s okay Lara Jean,” Margot whispered, pulling her into a fierce hug. “I’m here. You’re not alone.”

“How do you always know exactly what I’m thinking?” Lara Jean sniffed.

“That’s what sisters are for.”


Lara Jean

Lara Jean actually reveals her Hogwarts house during the course of the book, possibly more than once, so there’s not much for me to say here. Sorry if I’ve remembered incorrectly, but I also feel like this is pretty obvious.

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Calendar Girls July: Bookish OTP

Good gracious, 2019 is halfway over?!?! Summer vacation is halfway over. *cries* This is getting a little too intense. Cue the Grease music please.

Ah, much better.

This month we’re talking about our bookish OTP. For those of you unfamiliar, OTP means “one-true-pairing”. This is your favorite romance in a book, the one you were holding your breath waiting for it to happen, the one that makes your heart stop just a little. For once I had absolutely no difficulty making a decision, because my one-true-pairing is the couple that I have been shipping (putting into a relationship) since I was eleven years old. I’m sure you won’t have any trouble guessing.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite Review

This Friday Harry Potter Wizards Unite, the Pokemon Go-style game Niantic created for the HP-verse, was released in the US. I’ve been playing every day since, and here are some of my initial thoughts.

Not as fun without the hype.

I downloaded Pokemon Go the second it became available despite terrible service and no Wi-Fi (it took thirty minutes) and then played it for well over a year, long past when the hype died down. Comparing the first weekend of Wizards Unite, the most striking difference to me has been the lack of community. What made Pokemon Go so stinkin’ fun was that after you convinced yourself that yes, it was worth it to go out in 110 degree heat, drive thirty minutes to the nearest urban area, and walk around for a few hours, there were literally hundreds of other people all doing the same thing. When you got to wherever you were going you bonded with complete strangers over the excitement of catching (or not catching…) your first Magmar. You competed with people sitting on the other side of the courtyard for the gyms, shooting them dirty looks the whole time. It was like the world’s biggest block party, and it was a blast.

Going out to play Wizards Unite this weekend was … not that. Granted, as a mom of multiple kids who still have to organize the entire day around nap-time, I know I don’t keep the same hours as the target audience. But y’all, I have yet to see see one single other person playing. And I can’t convince anyone I know to play with me. It’s just … not as fun by yourself.

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Sorting Hat Sunday: Brooklynn 99

“Hey Gina,” Jake said, looking nervously over his shoulder, “what’s the sorting?”

“Dude, Jake, you just gotta stop worrying about it, man. You’re cramping my style.”

“Gina, we all look exactly the same.”

“No, you all look exactly the same. I am a goddess.”

“Yeah, you’re right.” Jake looked around again. Everyone else seemed so confident, and he … wasn’t. Maybe it was time to make another joke. “Do you think we’re going to have to fight a troll or something?” A girl standing behind him giggled.

“Jake, don’t be rediculous,” Gina said, “it’s not going to be a troll. It’s going to be way scarier, like a dragon or something.”

“WHAT? A DRAGON? Gina, we have to get out of here,” he whispered, panicking a little.

“Good evening students,” a tall, black teacher said in a shocking monotone as he walked through the door. “I am Professor Raymond Holt, and I will be your defense against the dark arts teacher this year.”

“You want us to call you Professor Raymond Holt?” Jake asked. The girl behind him giggled again.

Holt turned and stared at him. “Don’t you think that if I wanted you to address me as Professor Raymond Holt I would have instructed you to call me Professor Raymond Holt?”

Jake gulped. What does that even mean?

“Now, if no one else would like to make any other ridiculous attempts at humor, you may follow me into the Great Hall for the sorting.”

Jake Peralta

Jake is a classic goof-ball who is surprisingly competent and dedicated to doing the right thing. He’s like Fred and George. To me he is characterized by his loyalty to the 99 and to his captain. He always does the right thing, even when it sucks, and is brave enough to go under cover, turn in dirty cops, and wait it out in prison.

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The Wonderstruck Book Tag

Confession time: I’m a Swiftie!. After I graduated from college I listened to Speak Now basically on loop. I have all of her albums memorized beginning to end. Except for the newest one… Reputation. Not as much my thing.

So a T-Swift book tag??? YES PLEASE! When I saw this on Hammock of Books I knew I had to do it.

RULES

  • Link back to the creator: Olivia from Purely Olivia
  • Answer as many or as few of the questions as you’d like.
  • Feel free to use any of the graphics in her post. 
  • Tag however many people you’d like at the end!

You’re Not Sorry

A book that unapologetically broke your heart

You guys are probably going to get tired of hearing me go on about Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, but it 100% qualifies for this question. I ugly cried for about 30 minutes after I finished reading it. In the best possible way. God, I am obsessed with this book.

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Sorting Hat Sunday: The Lord of the Rings

Frodo looked gloomily out of the window of the Hogwarts Express. The countryside was beautiful, he supposed, but it was nothing to the Shire. His home. Which he might never see again.

“Cheer up, Mr. Frodo,” Sam said, patting his back. “It can’t be all bad where we’re going.”

Frodo smiled at his friend, though the smile didn’t quite reach his eyes. “No Sam, I don’t suppose it will be all bad.” He sighed. “And if Gandalf says I need to go, well, there’s nothing else for it, is there?”

“Mr. Gandalf thinks the Ring will be safe at Hogwarts,” Sam said.

Frodo watched all of the children, all bigger than he, running past his windows through the corridor. Once again he felt the familiar urge to disappear. His hand itched to grab the ring. Frodo turned back toward the window.

“I hope so, Sam.”


Frodo

“I will take the ring to Mordor, though I do not know the way.”

Any other arguments aside, this is Frodo’s defining moment, and he does the right thing even though he doesn’t want to.

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