Pottermore Mania… the wait until October

This past week, I had the oppoortunity to watch the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and it was indeed magical.  As a fierce supporter of the books, I have always had a tenuous relationship with the film adaptations.  I did see the first film the night it opened, but then quickly lost interest.  You see, like so many fans, my vision of Hogwarts and all that IS magical was too precious to risk.  That being said, when I discovered that I was to watch the film for a class, I couldn’t be unprepared.  I took part in a Potter marathon of sorts and braced myself for the final film.

There are still those who have not experienced the film so I will save the details and my thoughts on matters Harry Potter.  Simply speaking…. I laughed, I cried and I cheered for the boy wizard, his friends and all that is good in the world.

So… I now come to Pottermore.  If you have not heard of it, watch J.K. Rowling’s introduction for I am excited for October.

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Ooh la la… Paris is calling

With the heat of the summer, I have been inspired to dream of getting away.  If you find that world travel is not a reality, take a virtual tour of Paris, France instead.  One place I have visited is the Louvre Museum.  Click here to take you to the virtual museum.

 

Another option is to download Google Earth for free and take a tour of Paris.  If you have Panoramio clicked under the Photos layer on the left toolbar, you can enter panoramic photos and get a sense of being in the location.  Bonjour!

Paris, FranceView from the Eiffel Tower

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Word play with Wordle.net

How fun to play with words in a visual manner!  This year I started using a website called www.wordle.net.  It is free and very easy to use.  Here is a picture of the home page.
Wordle.net Home Page
Wordle.net Home Page

To begin, click on create.  Now comes the fun part.  Type words into the blank screen.  The more times you repeat a word, the larger that word will be in the final visual.  For example, you can type Read Read Read books and Read will be 3 times as large as the word books.  To connect a phrase use the symbol ~ in between words.  If you want to save a wordle, you can screen capture it with a snipping tool and save as a .jpg file.

Here is my wordle for favorite children’s books.

Books I love

A Wordle of children’s books.

 

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Possibly the best YA book ever….

I am well aware that there are many wonderful and compelling books that one can read, but stay with me on this one.  Monster by Walter Dean Myers is truly a masterpiece that has stayed with me for months now.  I have to re-read it for a class and am looking forward to learning more about our narrator, Steve Harmon, and his story.  Written as a screenplay and starring the narrator, Steve Harmon, the reader is taken through a boy’s time in jail and the court system in NYC.  What moved me was the way in which Walter Dean Myers challenges your assumptions of guilt and innocence and leads you to a place without providing you all of the answers.

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Nine Lives of Chloe King

If you are tired of vampires and need a fun summer read, then try Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell.  The story of 16 year old Chloe King is told over a trilogy of books starting with The Fallen and followed up by The Stolen and The Chosen.  If you just love to debate the merits of books and adaptations, then check out ABC Family’s television show by the same name.

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