What posts on book blogs have you enjoyed this week? A few bookmark-worthy links...
Monday contest: Win a copy of ‘Unbroken’
Posted by Trisha on The Book Case
Okay, okay. Maybe this falls in the category of "tooting your own horn." But really, what I want to do is toot your horn, because I have so enjoyed reading the comments on this week's Monday Contest. Every week, we try to ask a question that will inspire a good bit of variety in the contest entries. This week's question was inspired by Laura Hillenbrand's remarkable talent for taking her readers back in time: "If you could go back in time to observe any historical event, what would it be?" The responses include wanting to see Babe Ruth hit a homer, walk the deck of the Titanic, observe Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, watch the signing of the Declaration of Independence and countless other experiences.
What a great reminder of all the journeys we can go on through nonfiction historical accounts and historical fiction! (Also, don't forget that it's not too late to enter the contest and win Unbroken.)
A fond Farewell to Davis-Kidd
Posted by Paige on Examiner.com
From BookPage Editor Lynn's blog post last Friday to novelist Adam Ross's recent piece in the Nashville Scene, I have read many odes and tributes to the beloved Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville, which will shut its doors before Christmas. This post on Examiner.com includes a comprehensive roundup of authors mourning the loss of the beloved bookstore, from Tasha Alexander to Susan Gregg Gilmore (and more).
Books-turned-movies: An OOM chat about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Posted by Morgan on Scholastic's On Our Minds blog
Who better to turn to for a chat on analyzing how the Harry Potter movies stack up to the books than Scholastic (J.K. Rowling's U.S. publisher)?
The bloggers have different opinions on what makes a great adaptation and how they experience the Harry Potter movies. But here's one comment I can get behind: "Helena Bonham Carter is the ultimate Bellatrix Lestrange!"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Scholastic • $34.99 • Originally published July 21, 2007
It feels like yesterday that I was waiting in line at a bookstore in New York City—at midnight—about to explode with excitement over the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (It seems like I can track my childhood in terms of where I was when I bought the Harry Potter books. Like, the time when I had one overnighted to rural Tennessee so I could read it at summer camp. Or the time I made my parents pull over to a Books-a-Million in Hattiesburg, MS, so I could read the latest Harry Potter en route to Florida on a family vacation.)
If you don't know what Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is about, then you probably have no interest in the series at all, because there's no way you could read earlier books and not make it to #7, in which Harry continues on his quest to find the final horcruxes and destroy Lord Voldemort once and for all.
I'm always shocked when I meet people who didn't read Harry Potter when it was coming out (especially people who are now in their '20s or '30s—wasn't everybody you knew reading it?). The Harry Potter series is fantastic. Even if you have never liked fantasy or children's/YA books, I'd encourage any person of any age to start the series. Forget about reading them because they're popular, or because the movie is coming out this week (woo-hoo!). Read them because J.K. Rowling's world building and character development is so detailed and alive that these stories will truly stick with you forever.
Here's a short excerpt from Deathly Hallows:
I had proven, as a very young man, that power was my weakness and my temptation. It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.
A new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is now available:
Not gonna lie, it gave me goosebumps. (And made me think that it's time to start dusting off that Gryffindor scarf I got for Christmas a few years ago.) What about you? The trailer also raises some questions. Certain scenes (the face-off between Harry and Voldemort) will logically appear in Part II of Deathly Hallows. So this trailer is for both parts of the movie? The entire movie (Parts I and II) were filmed back-to-back, but I can't think of a natural separation point in the book. What do you think? Are you concerned that Part I will end at an awkward point?
Finally, what are your thoughts on watching a Harry Potter movie in 3D? I will tentatively say that I'm not crazy about the idea; I'm afraid that the effect will distract from the story and the characters, plus I like for the movies to be somewhat cohesive.
By the way, anyone had a chance to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?