Christmas Reading #2: Let It Snow

So I have this cousin, Hannah. She’s the youngest of all my family, and she is pretty Gosh Darn Cool.

The Hungry Kids of Hungary think she’s “rad”, and it’s possible you will too.

Here are a few things to know about Hannie:
– In the past twoish years we’ve become pretty good friends 🙂 🙂 🙂
– She’s a Hufflepuff, like me!
– She’s currently in France and we’re all looking forward to souvenirs her coming back!!
– She doesn’t reread books.

There are two exceptions to this last one. Harry Potter, because, well, it did take her a few years to get into (awkies), but we ARE related, right? And the other is Let It Snow.

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The Time I First Heard… July Days

So it was the afternoon of my Year 12 History exam in which I’d studied the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. And I got home from the exam, and I was doing a little browsing on the old Facebook, and one of my friends had “liked” the “July Days”.

And I was sitting there wondering, “why would you like the events in 1917 that took place in Petrograd, Russia, between 3 July and 7 July ( Julian calendar ) (16 July – 20 July, Gregorian calendar ), when soldiers and industrial workers engaged in spontaneous demonstrations against the Russian Provisional Government?

So I clicked. And I listened. And I enjoyed.

And that’s it. You should listen to July Days, because they’re pretty delightful. They remind me a bit of Jet, except I’ve heard that Jet are kind of jerks in person? July Days didn’t seem that way when I saw them, which, you know, is always nice.

Click. Listen. Enjoy.

Christmas Reading #1: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Guys. I don’t mean to alarm you, but there are only four sleeps to my birthday six sleeps to Christmas.

Do you have Christmas traditions? At my house we all have to help eat stir the batter of the pudding.

Also, though we’ve been lax on this recently, Christmas doesn’t start until after my birthday. When I was a kid it was a sweet idea… Now I think it’s an excuse for us to be unorganised.

I also enjoy reading the same books at christmastime. And one of those is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

If the names sound familiar, you might know them from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which I adore in the way that the first time I read it, I turned around and read it again about a week after I finished.

But Nick and Norah aside, we’re talking about Dash and Lily.

I’ve read books by David Levithan before. And I’ve read books by Rachel Cohn before. And I’ve enjoyed them. But there is something so much more… I don’t know… amazing when they write together. They balance out.

So we’ve got Rachel Cohn. We’ve got David Levithan. And we have Christmas. What’s not to love?

The story itself. It’s Christmastime in New York. Lily has left Moleskine journal full of clues in a bookshop. I know, right?

It gets better. Dash and Lily strike up a relationship through this notebook and through the dares, and the entire novel drips of brilliance and Christmas goodness and Cohn and Levithan’s typical mix of indieness, nerdiness and music references.

I recommend you read this before Christmas, but up until new year is fine, too (as is any time of year).

And I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the novel:

“You think fairy takes are only for girls? Here’s a hint – ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. … Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much.”

Now go read the rest.

Make Me Little Audrey

So, today I bought a scarf.

I know, I know. IT’S ALMOST SUMMER (believe me, I know!!! KEEN!). What am I doing buying a SCARF?

Well… It’s this scarf made by Melbourne brand, Make Me Iconic, and it’s just hit the shelves at Blackbird and Fox, and it’s the Skipping Girl (AKA Little Audrey), and well, I couldn’t resist.

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Harry Potter and the Amazing Fandom

“IT ALL ENDS”

Or so the giant billboards, bus shelter advertisements and movie posters told us. According to them, Harry Potter has been all over since this July.

Source: The Leaky Cauldron

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NANOWRIMO YEAH

Guys. It’s November.

You’re growing a moustache? That’s cute.

I’m writing a fifty-thousand word novel. In thirty days.

I just gave a little impromptu pep talk on the Australian Muggles Alliance off-topic facebook page, and thought I’d share it here as well. Partially because I haven’t blogged in… too long. Uni’s almost over. I’ll love you then.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Guys… It’s my bloggerversary.

I’ve been writing here for ONE WHOLE YEAR.

Get excited! I’m excited!

Happy birthday to ALL of us!