I am weeks away from flying across the pond and spending 5 days packed with everything British. For those who know me, the fact that I am an anglophile is not surprising. If there was any doubt, check out my tea collection, multiple copies of Pride and Prejudice, and British chachkies adorning my apartment. On this kind of trip I want to make sure I am maximizing the experience since who knows when I will have the chance to be back. However, I am conscious of not getting my hopes up. I find that I get overly excited about something and then when it happens or I purchase whatever it is, the excitement decreases and I am filled with doubt. Although my preparation for the trip has been extensive, I am doing my best to be open-minded to the experience and learn a lot (about the city AND myself).
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
Currently Reading: Welcome to Utopia by Karen Valby, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Recently Finished Reading: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Audio Book),Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Audio Book), The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, and A Wild Affair by Gemma Townley
Reading Next: Henry V by William Shakespeare, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Today is the day!!! After 2 decades since the first installment of the Harry Potter series was released, a public, Twitter-led forum for the cherished book series kicks-off – The Wizarding World Book Club! After seeing this announcement and signing up online, I realized I had never taken the official Pottermore Sorting Ceremony…… Lo and behold my official house:
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
How I wish more than ever that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was real as well as the wizarding world. The environment created here in Universal Studios andIslands of Adventure inspired by JK Rowling goes beyond my wildest dreams in terms of complete immersion. I admire the thought and intention behind even waiting for the rides in line – from the goblins in Gringotts bank to the sorting hat rhyming away next to the talking portraits through the Great Hall. This gives me that much more motivation to write – not to have a theme park after but the power of imagination and beauty of sharing ones thoughts in a strong, relatable story, fiction or not. Now all I want to do after getting back is also binge watch the whole movie series (abcfamily/freeform weekends do not count as they cut out scenes and have too many commercials). Maybe Easter weekend 🙂 I’ll whip up a pint of butterbeer and attempt pumpkin juice!