Happy weekend, readers! I am yawning at my desk right now after a very late night of applauding, crying and gasping in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (more on that later). Did anyone else go see it?

Before I went to the movie, I very much enjoyed playing the "Paperback Game," thanks to New York Times reviewer Dwight Garner. His explanation of the game came out a couple weeks ago, but I'm sharing the link now because it's so darn fun.

All you need for the game is a stack of books, a group of friends and pen and paper. One person reads the back copy from the book, then everybody writes down what they think is a plausible first line of the story. Then, everyone guesses what they think is the correct first line (the reader writes down the real first line). Find the full description of the game here, and try it this weekend! If you like playing Balderdash and you like books, you'll love this game.

In other Harry Potter-related news, Laura Hibbard of the Huffington Post has written about why Hermione is "The Heroine Women Have Been Waiting For." She writes: "Essentially, without Hermione, Harry wouldn't have been 'the boy who lived.'" Do you agree?

Finally, Jennifer Weiner is on a roll. Her new novel, Then Came You, came out on Tuesday, and her TV show The Great State of Georgia debuted a couple of weeks ago. Some readers may scoff at this link, but I thought TV Guide did a good interview about the show, if Weiner's book fans are interested. Best quote of all: "While Weiner, whose book In Her Shoes was adapted into the 2005 Cameron Diaz-Toni Collette film, loves her new role as a television writer and executive producer, she doesn't plan to give up novel-writing anytime soon."

Have any links to share? Let us know!

Also: What are you reading this weekend?

 

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