For those of you who don’t know the Hogwarts houses (what are you doing with you’re life?) there are four, Gryfindor, Huffelpuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Gryfindors are brave like Harry Potter, Huffelpuffs are loyal and kind, Ravenclaws are intelligent and witty, and Slytherins are ambitious, power hungry, and almost always evil.
Now your thinking, Clara, what’s your house? Good question. The answer is I don’t entirely know. I consider myself a Ravenclaw. Intelligent? Witty? That’s me. But I took the test twice and the first time it sorted me into Huffelpuff (fun fact Sarah J. Maas is Huffelpuff) and the second time I was sorted into… Wait for it… SLYTHERIN! And guys we all know I’m not Slytherin. I mean I’m the opposite of Slytherin. So yeah my house story is complicated but for now I’m just gonna call myself Ravenclaw. I identify as a Ravenclaw! Comment your sorting story below.
P.S. My Ilvermorny house is Thunderbird. What’s yours?
(featuring Sarah J. Maas, Jay Kristoff, Amy Kaufman, Ryan Graudin, and Evelyn Skye)
In the recent past I have attended two book signings and panels. One (that was up posed to be with Casey but she got sick) with Sarah J. Maas in conversation with Evelyn Skye, and another with Ryan Grauding (the oauther of Wolf by Wolf), Jay Kristoff, and Amy Kaufman (the co-authors of Illuminae).
First lets talk about the ladder. IT WAS AMAZING. I totally loved both of their novels and in conversation together they were smart, witty, and hilarious. Also I won an ARC (advanced readers copy) of Gemina the sequel to Illuminae, out in September 2016, review coming soon. They talked about what Star Wars characters they would be, since it was almost Star Wars day, May the Fourth, Amy said she would be C3PO ven though she would love to be Rey, and Jay said be he would be Chewy because… Have you seen the guy? He’s like seven feet tall! Also they had Australian accents, which I love. Amy said Illuminae came to her in a dream (like Stephanie Meyer) but u like Meyers hers was an anxiety dream where she was do-wrįtïńg a book with Jay but she didn’t know what it was about for the entire dream.
The Sarah J. Maas signing was also great, but less so since Casey was sick. Evelyn Skye was a great moderator and it was unreal to see Sarah in person. She told us about herself in high school (she started Lord of the Rings club and had life size cardboard cutouts of the characters), she had a gossip blog that was practically her diary where she talked about her crush and her life but no one read it so it was okay. Until one day a girl came up to her and said, “Put a lock on your diary” and she realized that the whole school had gathered together every day to read it together. She was cool!
All in all I love bookish events and resolve to go to more in the future.
How do you create the perfect reading nook? This question goes through all book lovers heads at one point or another. Lucky for you… We’re here to help!
Once you have determined where to read, this could be the couch, window seat, or your bed, and picked your book you need to take care of the food and drinks. Some people, such as myself, prefer not to eat when reading, however don’t let this stop from having delicious hot coco. Warm drinks are usually best for cozy reading but if it’s hot outside your welcome to try some cool lemonade or a nice cold iced latte. I’m a huge fan of tea. I love chai and chamomile but my favorite kind is mint. If you want snacks try to go for something that won’t get your book dirty.
Time for music. Again, this is a preference you don’t have to listen to music while reading. It can sometimes be pretty distracting. If you decide to listen to music try something less exiting than the Hamilton soundtrack or Taylor Swift. Movie music is great, especially Miyazaki movies or Twilight. You can also try Pirates of the Carribean. Go for something without words.
Once you have your book, place, edibles, and music all you need is a nice blanket or sunny deckchair and you’re good to go! I hope these tips have been helpful and a post on book signing is soon to come!
-Clara the Capybara