What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
|I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.||
|38253 votes in total|
Asti: I will look for the cooker.
Good Lord! Now the hate moon pies:
Hey all! Checking in from the road. About an hour and a half from Phoenix.
Asti, yep for school. I’ll be going to Arizona State’s journalism program for my bachelor’s degree.
Lady Hawke In some ways I am pleased that BigG has taken up bike riding because he spends a lot of his day sitting at the computer. His only other exercise has been walking and his bushcraft activities so this should be good for his health. Let’s hope that he manages to avoid road traffic accidents.
There have been a lot of good tennis matches at Wimbledon so I have been glued to the TV.
Asti I have been deep in my copy of The Silkworm but it isn’t a book you would like to fall into your daughter’s hands. This detective story is no Agatha Christie-style murder.
PB Congratulations on reaching the next big stage in your life. I hope that you have a great experience.
Helloooo leaky!! Hope everyone is doing well! NBC has a special on making the new diagon alley part of universal studios! Neat!! Tho it looms like one giant ad, still neat! It’s on fr 8-9 eastern!
I’ll be lurking!
They came to take me away today but I told them I was to far gone to find so they left without me.
Sorry, disappeared for a bit – had to do some work. I’m doing ok, busy as usual. The special was interesting! Nice to see the actors again!
Ironsos – LOL!
Pavlov walks into a bar and suddenly the phone rings. He jumps up and says “Dang I forgot to feed the dogs.”
Read that on “buzzfeed” today.
By reading the post I remember that I recorded the HP special. I have to look up when they are going to be on as soon as they are advertised or I will miss them.
I am sitting here sweating up a storm. I mowed my grass today even though it was very humid. It is suppose to rain today so I wanted to get it done. ^The part outside my fense did not get mowed for two weeks so needed it bad. This will be the last time this year that I will be able to put my hair up in a pony tail. I am getting it cut tomorrow so wanted to wash my hair today after mowing. I won’t have time to wash it tomorrow before going to get it cut. I will probably have close to 4 inches cut off.
Just said on news the heat index will be 101 today. Good thing the mowing is done. Forget the weed eating for today.
PB Will you have a roommate? Sometimes it helps when you move into an apartment for the first time. So many unexpected expenses.
Ella So nice to see you here-Also * BWJen*.
Graymanyne Nice to hear about Big G. I think of him everytime I see ……… sling shots?…. on the history channel. He is riding bikes but my daughters are running in 5K. I think I will be walking in one sometime soon. My daughters are in their early 40’s except for my youngest. She is still in her late 30’s.
We have already started paying for the shows and things we are going to when we go on our trip to Gattlinberg. We plan on having everything paid for by the time we go so we can have lots of spending money available. Lol
Good evening, and good luck to the US team in their World Cup match………even though my DS has a bet on Belgium winning the whole thing!
SO SO SO SO nice to see lots of very missed people! Love and hugs to you all, especially PB; I do hope you’ll let us know how you’re settling in, and how you get on at Uni. xx So proud of you!
LEW, I thought of you…….my cousin is getting married in September, and it is going to be quite a big, traditional, formal wedding. Her fiance is Australian, and she is currently living and working over there. She has had one week in this country, just after the engagement was announced, one week recently for her hen weekend, and she is not back until the week before the wedding. My Aunt is apparently approaching meltdown, especially as she is making the wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses. Some of the bridesmaids are Australian, and will never have had a fitting until they arrive for the ceremony. My own personal very favourite retired Priest is doing the ceremony, and she is also pulling out her hair, trying to chase down both bride and groom for details and pre ceremony chats!
Graymayne, did you see the Nadal match? I unfortunately didn’t, but what a shock!
Asti Yes, I did watch the Nadal match but not from the very beginning, I switched on late into the first set and saw Nadal lose it, so I just stayed, absolutely rivetted by the performance of both players.The young Aussie won through power, accuracy, self control, stamina and self belief against Nadal who was fighting every inch of the way.
We are in deep depression over the US loss. :(
We may surface over the weekend to light a candle. :(
Please leave food outside our door as we recover. :(
asti, why would you think of me?? (just kidding! ;) )
I really hope that my mom isn’t that stressed out. I talk to her every day, and she doesn’t seem too bad. She is having to do a lot more now – she’s ordering a few things for the rehearsal dinner (which is at my parents’ house) and working on proofs for the wedding program, but hopefully not too much more. I did just talk to them as they were going into Home Depot for pine straw, so I think they are going a bit overboard on gardening (again, because the rehearsal dinner is at their house), but I honestly think that’s more fun than stressful (especially since they have beautiful gardens and landscaping to begin with)! And we are definitely not having dresses hand-made! THAT sounds crazy for a long-distance wedding!
But luckily the minister is more laid-back than I am. He’s waiving our need to have two pre-wedding counseling sessions before the wedding to just one. So we’ll meet with him when we get into town the week before the wedding.
And sadly, no hen weekend for me. May drinks and dinner with some friends on Thursday night…
LEW, I think with this cruise, I’ll look at it as a chance to “preview” the islands we’re stopping at, and the ones that I really like (which, let’s face it, could very well be all of them!) I will return to some day to stay longer and explore more! :)
Asti, I do still love my school and the people I work with. We had some budget difficulty this year, and the interim superintendant was planning to cut the library program from the entire district, but my principal fought really hard to save it, and she won, so I’m safe for another year. Hopefully our new superintendant will be more supportive, but even if not, it’s awesome to know my principal is willing to go to bat for me and the other librarians. I love her!
Things went more smoothly this year than last, as I was more comfortable in the role, and I know it will keep improving every year going forward as I build on what I’ve done in the past and figure out what works best. Because I was able to spend a little bit less time on work stuff at home, I was able to do a bit more pleasure reading than last year and even joined a book club with some of the other teachers. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t say I’ve loved any of our selections so far – I don’t think any of us really have – but it’s been a good chance to try out some different things that I might not have read on my own. Interestingly, The Goldfinch (Hopefully I’ve correctly remembered how to format italics!) was our most recent book, and none of us really cared for it. Two in our group couldn’t even finish it. I still had 50 pages to go when it was time for us to meet, but I did at least finish it off the next day. I just didn’t like any of the characters and found that for an awfully long book, it seemed like not that much happened…it felt like it dragged on in so many parts without seeming to go anywhere, and in the end I just didn’t “get” what the point of it all was. I was feeling bad for having that reaction to a book so many people have been raving about – and which won the Pulitzer – so I was relieved to learn that the rest of our group had felt similarly, though some did appreciate it a little more than others. We’re definitely in the minority though, and I’m glad you enjoyed it so much, Asti!
For my trip I will definitely be leaning toward lighter reads, taking into account authors who will be at LeakyCon so I’ll have the books with me for signings. I know that I will definitely bring My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten, who is actually on the Leaky staff as the liaison for those of us with RockStar passes. It’s about a girl working at a Renaissance Faire for the summer, and I’ve been dying to read it but am making myself save it for the trip. I’ll also have Landline by Rainbow Rowell, who has become one of my absolute favorite authors. She had two books out last year that were both at the top of my list of best reads of the year. Eleanor and Park is a YA romance about an overweight girl and Korean boy who unexpectedly come together; it is one of my favorite YA books of all time. And Fangirl is a book I think everyone who has participated in a fandom (like us!) would appreciate, especially those who have ever written or read fanfiction. Rainbow Rowell is a HUGE Harry Potter fan (she had attended LeakyCon on her own in the past, before she was invited as an author guest last year), and the book has very clear parallels to the HP fandom. So awesome! Anyway, Landline comes out next week and is about a women having marriage difficulties who discovers a way to communicate with her husband in the past. Like her first book, Attachments (also good!), it is not YA.
Graymayne, I did read A Discovery of Witches and enjoyed it, though I fall obsessively in love with it. However, I do own the second book and have preordered the third, so I will go back to them at some point. I also have The Silkworm, but I think I will probably save that for after my trip.
Right now I’m reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, the first in a fantasy series recommended by a teacher friend. She had asked me for help in locating a first edition hardcover for her husband’s Christmas gift because he had read it and loved it so much that he wanted a collectible edition. She ended up reading it too and became hooked, so I had to give it a try. However, like with A Discovery of Witches, although I’m enjoying it while I’m reading it, I don’t have that obsessive drive to go back to it when I’m not reading, which is usually one indication of a book I really love. I’m still only early into the book though, so that may change.
Part of it may be that I’ve been somewhat distracted from my reading time by my rewatch of the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it! It’s a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with Lizzie as a grad student studying mass communications who decides to start a vlog (video blog) as a school project. Each episode is about 3-6 minutes long, with Lizzie describing the things going on in her life – bringing in the events of the book. It’s really interesting to see how they’ve modernized the storylines, and I just found the show’s versions of the characters so endearing. The whole format/concept of the show was very cool too, because the characters all “existed” on social media to extend the storylines. So, for example, in addition to the vlogs, “Lizzie” would also be tweeting and posting on Tumblr, giving additional details or building on what was happening in the videos. It actually even won an Emmy for best Original Interactive Program. Anyway, the reason my obsession has been reignited is that last week The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet book was released. It is supposed to be Lizzie’s actual diary, giving additional details that she hadn’t revealed through the vlogs or social media posts. I loved the book (especially the audiobook, which was narrated by Ashley Clements, the actress who played Lizzie, so it was like being back with the actual characters), and as soon as I finished, I had to start a rewatch of the series. If you’re interested, this site has more info, along with links to where you can either just watch the videos or follow the full story/world, including the Twitter and Tumblr posts: http://www.lizziebennet.com/
And now that I’ve talked about it, I’m off to watch a few more episodes before I head out to run errands. I suppose I’ve made up some lost time with this ginormous post, lol!
I’m definitely going to have to check out The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Thanks for the tip, BW Jen!
And I’m glad to hear that things are going well at work. Knowing that your boss has your back makes work 10x better!
Thanks for coming and giving an update, JEN. I often find the books that win the intellectual prizes leave me rather cold. I suppose that means I am not much of an intellectual and fail to recognize the brilliance of the book. I like good characters, good plot and witty writing. I tend to use reading of fiction as entertainment rather than a means of self improvement. The Secret Life of Lizzie Bennet seems more my speed.
We are having a quiet day. My DS stayed home to go meet with the attorney about setting up our daughter’s trust. Since then we have done nothing much useful.
I think I’m going to try a recipe for “unstuffed cabbage rolls” tonight. I don’t have the patience to wilt the cabbage leaves and wrap everything up in packages. This is all just shredded up and cooked in together. That will make me stand up and do something. I think I only pulled out about half the necessary meat to defrost. So, I need to go back to the freezer and pull out another pound of ground meat and defrost it quickly.
Jen, how lovely to have a book chat with you again. I’m sorry you didn’t really get on with The Goldfinch, although I must admit I thought the ending was a bit odd……no real resolution, apart from the obvious atonement. I thought it was a shame he was still drifting, whilst still trying to atone. I did think very very highly of the writing though. An immense amount of depth without being over wordy or hard work. lots of layers.
I have come across Eleanor and Park, but haven’t read it; it’s good to see it so highly recommended.
I am not usually a fan of retellings of classics, but your Lizzy Bennet sounds a LOT of fun! Have you come across the project for modern authors to retell all of Jane Austen’s books? I read the Sense and Sensibility, which was DREADFUL, but am looking forward to Curtis Sittenfelds version of Pride and Prejudice, due out in the Autumn. I also enoyed Longbourn by Jo Baker, a PandP from a servants POV.
LEW, I’m sorry if that came across wrong! I thought of you as I thought my cousin’s wedding might be more stressful in the planning than yours, and was hoping to reassure you, lol. I think my Aunt is suffering quite a lot!
Sorry about the football, to you and MM both!
Adella, yep. Hen nights and stag parties :)
Graymayne, Wimbledon oooops.
Asti I reckon that Andy relies too heavily on his standard tactics and lacks strategic skills. I just wish he would control his emotions better and hide his dissatisfaction with himself when things aren’t going well. He gives too much away to his opponent, he should learn from Roger Federer. I think he needs to observe his opponents more and note strengths and weaknesses and adapt accordingly. He doesn’t have the mindset to defeat the top guns consistently.
I had two surprise visits today from my daughters. It seems my phone shut off so they both were stressing because I had not answered my phone nor texted replies to the numerous text they had sent. They had sent me messages thru facebook which I had not got on to see them. So my youngest daughter surprised me by coming over. When I saw her at the door during a week day, I started worring something was wrong. I pluged in my phone and started receiving a whole lot of text messages. These were group messages so they did not start worring right away. When they saw I had not read the messages is when they got worried. So it was nice to have a visit from both of my daughters at the same time. It is good to know that they come to check on me when I don’t answer phone, text, or not on facebook.
I did not take my phone from my purse when I got back from getting my hair cut. That is why I did not hear the phone ring or beep. My hair cut was something else. It started out ok. She was cutting the back to the length I wanted. The trouble came when she too my side and cut it with a razor. So instead of the side being longer than the back, it is shorter. To me this does not look like a bob haircut because of the shorter sides. At least I can put the sides behind my ears and it stays and looks good. I hope it stays looking good as it grows out. At least this is cooler for the summer.
I need to get something to eat.