Comfort Books

Sometimes when I'm feeling down, angry, or have a need for familiarity, I turn to one of my comfort books. These books are ones that I can read over and over and still enjoy, they're like family members. Generally mine fall into the category of fantasy fiction, with alternate worlds, differing dimensions, secrets & make-believe. I know I'm not the only one with books like this, we all have special books that we turn to in times of torment – or even just because they're so damn good that they need reading again – but here is my list of comfort books. ...more

Harry Potter, Running and a Guilt Free Work Life

I confess I've been a tad discombobulated (is that not one of the finest words in the English language?).  Mostly because I made a conscious decision to relax.  For a whole week.  Yep, you read me right.  Work life balance for me often plays out as family, work, family, work, family, work.  It's about choosing the things that give me the greatest joy.  And those are the things that do.  But in the process, I've not been charging my own batteries as well as I should.  ...more

Amused and Diverted and Sometimes Flustered: Theme Parks Worldwide

One of the most widely anticipated amusement park entertainment experiences ever created – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort – is set for a public grand opening on June 18. --PR Newswire ...more

I'm so excited!! I don't know when I'll be able to make it, but hopefully very soon. Just me and ...more

Is There a Hungry Harry Potter Fan in the House?

All the young muggles of the world are aflutter again, thanks to the opening of the latest Harry Potter movie. ScreenCave writes, "It’s already sold out hundreds of theaters across the country, but is it worth it? Absolutely. If you can wait, the experience will be even better in IMAX, but the story and the visuals hold up no matter what theater you’re in." But the food, what about the food? (Yes, for food bloggers, even movies must have a food angle!) ...more

Since a cookbook wasn't mentioned in all the posts I explored, it didn't occur to me to look. ...more

Summer Reading Program

OK, so maybe we're a little late to the party, but can I tell you? My son is so into Harry Potter right now, it's becoming a problem. He has declared that the back yard will soon be transformed into Hogwarts, complete with Quidditch Field, a lake, the castle itself, and Hagrid's house. The other night, he listed for a friend of mine the titles to each of the seventeen chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.  In order. Correctly. ...more

I might recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society books. They are kind of long but puzzles and ...more

Are You Going To Let Your Kids Watch The New Harry Potter Movie?

It seems that everywhere you turn there's talk about the opening of the latest Harry Potter movie. The wait has not been without its drama, with Ruper Glint (who plays Ron Weasley) catching the swine flu during filming and Jamie Waylett (who plays Draco Malfoy's crony Vincent Crabbe) getting arrested for possession and production of marijuana. ...more

I disagree completely. In a world where television, video games and the web are such a prominent ...more

Where Is My Big Summer Book Release?

I don't consider myself an adrenaline junkie. I don't leap out of planes or off bridges. I don't race cars. I understand the adrenaline rush though, the build up and the anticipation. I get it from book releases. The anticipation of a good book that is just waiting for you around the corner. The itching to get your hands on it. The midnight release parties. I love it. I thrive on it. But if feels like there's none to be found this summer and I find myself feeling flat. ...more

I can tell you I'm overwhelmingly excited for Chicks On Bikes to come out - the first ...more

Harry Potter Lexicon In Stores Now: Does Anybody Care?

Last week the Steve Vander Ark finally saw his Harry Potter Lexicon hit bookstore shelves. Yes, the one that is based on the Harry Potter Lexicon website. And yes, it is the book that J.K. Rowling sued Vander Ark over and won. So how did it make its way to shelves? Good question. ...more

Beedle was okay.  A cute little book with cute little storie that I'll be able to read to my ...more

JK Rowling Wins Lexicon Lawsuit

Author J.K. Rowling has won her case against the publishing house RDR and author Steve Vander Ark over the Harry Potter Lexicon. It was a case that had people contemplating copyrigt and fair use. Was Vander Ark's copy and pasting of information from the books, without attribution, covered in fair use? If the case went in JKR's favour would it be a blow to all reference books? The answer to both, as ruled by Judge Robert Patterson, is no. ...more

If/when JKR decides to publish a Lexicon herself. More court dates? ...more

Final Harry Potter Movie, The Deathly Hallows, Split Into Two Parts

Blogworld and message boards are abuzz with the news that the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is being split into two parts. Immediately I am suspicious of the motives behind this, as there are already more Harry Potter books in circulation than people on Earth. (Yes, I just made that fact up. But it sounds true, doesn't it?) They couldn't possibly be trying to shake more money out of their rapt muggle audience, could they? ...more

Ha ha! Yes, a "brilliant" and yet totally transparent idea. Sometimes I wish they would just ...more