Harry Potter Midnight Release 

I am a first Gen Potter nerd. I was the same age as Harry with each book release. I grew up with them. They were my friends. Mt family. I still cry that I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter. I would have gone to Hogwarts the year Snake was Headmaster. 
This was my first Midnight Release. I’m old and I don’t get out much. Barnes and Nobles was hosting a fabulous event. 😀

My friend was nice enough to lend me her Ravenclaw robe and a wand. 

The most authentic costumes.

Ron and Hermione. 

This made my heart happy. 

They had a deal with owls through one of the local wildlife groups. Her name was Oakley and she was gorgeous.

Muggle wall where you can write what Harry Potter means to you.

The Cafe was The Three Broomsticks.

Photo booth! 

And of course, the long anticipated moment where I could get my hands on this delicious book. I’ve been waiting for a decade. 
Harry Potter made my childhood bearable. It was one of my escape books where magic was real, Hogwarts was real. I wanted to be in Ravenclaw and learn magic. As an adult, I still continue to enjoy them as though it was the first time I read them. 
Barnes and Nobles hosted a fabulous party. It was moderated well and the entire staff participated. They had a great deal of events and going ons and I believed that they should have gotten raises. 
This is what being a fan is about. 


A Million Little Pieces 

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey 


I am alone. Alone here and alone in the world. Alone in my heart and alone in my mind. Alone everywhere, all the time, for as long as I can remember. Alone with my family, alone with my friends, alone in a Room full of People. Alone when I wake, alone through each awful day, alone when I finally meet the blackness. I am alone in my horror.”

I found this one at Goodwill. And it took me longer to read it because I had to walk away and collect my thoughts quite a few times. As most of you know, I have friends and family that have suffered addiction. 

This is a book that is a first hand account of the mind of an addict. James wrote it as a memior, but due to the descrepincies with some of the facts portrayed, it should be read as a book of fiction. It does not make it any less gut wrenching, any less heartbreaking, etc to be read as such. James goes into how he got into rehab and the consequences of his actions and his recovery. 

The only thing I disagreed with was his thoughts on the 12 steps and AA. It is an amazing tool for those recovering and sometimes a life line. 

When going into this book, I treated it like a Speaker Meeting. When someone tells you their story. I have heard some awful and yet amazing things. Alot of people don’t understand the why. Having loved addicts through my life, it is complicated. The hollow looks. The shaking. The lies. The yelling. The crying. Standing in pawn stores at the age of 7 while my dad pawned off belongings to get money for heroine or alcohol. Being brought to dark houses because my dad couldn’t find a babysitter. Do I love him less? No. I have offered him shelter when he went on drinking binges when he relapsed. When I was younger, I would always make sure he had a glass of water at his bedside and made sure he was laying on his side. I understood but did not understand what was happening and I grew up too fast. I remeber my dad sitting me down and explaining why he was going to jail. I was 5. I remeber his heroine relapse at 9 before my little sister was born. I did not love him any less. (My step mom on the other hand is a completely different matter.)

If you know an addict, read this book. It can help you better understand the demons they may be facing. If you are an addict or a recovering addict, read this book because it is a survivors story. 
Here is a link to the controversy:


Fear is only fear. I already know that nothing can hurt me more than I have already hurt myself. I know there is no pain I can not endure. I know that by holding on each hour each moment each day the days add up each week each month if I hold on I will be fine. I know I am strong. I know I am strong enough to confront what I fear and know that I am strong enough to hold on until the fear goes away.


The Fear Institute 

The Fear Institute by Jonathan L. Howard  (Johannes Cabal #3)


Genre: Fiction 

Every waking moment of our lives we spend as hostages to the terrible ‘perhaps’. We dread the unnameable that lurks beyond our doors. We collapse into ridiculous phobias with the most fleeting provocation. Clowns! Birds! The number thirteen! Each one a nail driven into the fabric of our lives, limiting our movements, hemming us in, draining our futures of possibilities. How many better tomorrows have been lost because of natural human timidity? How many wonders have never seen the light because those who dared dream them could never build them?

This is the 3rd book about Johannes Cabal, Necromancer of little infamy. He’s made deals with Satan, became a detective and now he finds himself in the employment of The Fear Institute who proposes a trip into the Dreamlands to capture the Phobia Animus, or the creature of fear. Things don’t go the way you expect (per usual) and Johannes uses his wit and cunning to get through the land imagined by HP Lovecraft. 

I absolutely love this series. It’s funny. Johannes is so unlikable he’s likable and I can really see this as a graphic novel someday. 

Be warned, there is a rather gruesome cat death but it ends on a good note. (The guy responsible ends up getting eaten by feral cats). 

I highly recommend this one. 🙂
And because I was cat less again, here’s a Betsy, whom I am dogsitting for the week. 😀


The Forever Song 

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa  (#3)


Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

I can’t change what I’ve done, but I CAN try to make things better. I want to live, and I want to spend forever with you.

Jesus my heart. T.T I’ll try to review this one without too many spoilers. 

So this is the end of the Blood of Eden Trilogy. The last book ended off with Jackyl, Alli and Kerin on the hunt after the psychopath vampire Serrin. They fear he’s headed to Eden, the last human compound, armed with a deadly virus that would make the Red Lung virus look like a mere cold. They meet old friends along the way, Alli battles her inner demons, and finds out what it means to live. 

Kagawa is a YA writer but her fight scenes were vicious and morbid and had you on the edge of your seat. For a vampire love story it WASN’T TERRIBLE and their version of Vampire hanky panky isn’t really sex. XD Jennifer would be pleased to know that vampires act like vampires in this one. 
I highly recommend this series.
And because I was cat less when I took the pic, here’s some prime bean poking for your viewing pleasure:


H is for Hawk 

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald


Genre: Memior

It was the rage of something not fitting: the frustration of trying to put something in a box that is slightly too small. You try moving the shape around in the hope that some angle will make it fit in the box. Slowly comes an apprehension that this may not, after all, be possible. And finally you know it won’t fit, there is no way it can fit, but that doesn’t stop you from using brute force to try to crush it in, punishing the bloody thing for not fitting properly. That is what it was like but I was the box, I was the thing that didn’t fit, and I was the person smashing it, over and over again, with bruised and bleeding hands.

I read this one because Amanda Palmer recommend it. It’s an award winner and considered one of the best books of last year. I liked it, however, most on Goodreads remain baffled. 
It is a memior. About a young woman who loses her father suddenly and takes up falconry. She gets a Goshawk, which is one of the bigger breeds, and with no hesitation, trains her. Facing depression and the madness of losing her father, she embraces Mabel and her wild side and learns alot about herself in the process. 
There was ALOT about T.H. White and his book about falconry. It runs almost parallel to Helen’s story, and how each faced their own separate struggles. I know alot of people disliked this aspect because it is a memior and not historical fiction. Helen is an accomplished nature enthusiast and Mabel is not her first hawk, but it is her first Goshawk. 
The prose was beautiful in parts as you travel along with Helen, and you can feel her grief in the pages. 
I do recommend this, but keep in mind it’s not for everyone. I learned more about falconry than I ever thought possible. XD


A Wrinkle in Time 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Classic 

I read this once as a kid and I couldn’t get my mind around it. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t much like it either. I remeber trying to start the second one and then never finishing it. 
As an adult, I find my opinion hasn’t changed but it makes more sense to an adult mind. I didn’t much care for Meg, I still skipped over the religious bits, and wasn’t left with much at the end. 
It’s not a bad book, don’t get me wrong. It’s very good at defining love as the ultimate master over darkness. And what is darkness? Is it the devil? Is it hatred? Is it ill will in general? Is it the government? Who knows what IT is. 
I have placed the second book on hold and we’ll see if it makes a difference for me.


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane 

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Kathrine Howe


Genre: Historical Fiction

I’m taking a break from Eddings and the Mallorean.
If you read A Discovery of Witches and found you disliked it, I highly recommend this one. No, there isn’t any vampires, weird time traveling or goddess incarnates. It’s about a young woman who discovers a mystery behind the Salem Witch trials and decides to get to the bottom of it, and is searching for a long lost Shadow Book. 
This appealed to the history nerd in me and it was wasn’t bogged down by fluffy crap writing. The lauguage was a bit much at the begining but you tend not to notice it later in the book as you become engrossed in the story. The history of the Salem witch trials has obviously been well assessed but this book was definitely one of the better ones. 
There is a bit of a love story but it doesn’t engross the whole story. It’s about coming into your own and embracing who you are. 
I highly recommend this one.