Friday Favorites

September 26, 2014

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Happy Friday!  Let’s talk cuteness.

1. Bird dress from Old Navy, sweater from Target, and boots from ModCloth.

2. Dress from my latest StitchFix, books are Steve Madden.

3. Graphic Tee from Old Navy, sweater from Target, Levi Jeans, and boots from ModCloth.

4 Sailboat shirt from StitchFix, sweater from Target, Levi Jeans, and moccasins from Minnetonka.

Other favorites from around the net:

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Book one done.  And I’m happy to say, it was a delight.  Newsflash, Nikki: the Harry Potter series is good.  Welcome to the party.

When I started The Sorcerer’s Stone I was worried that it was going to be slow and obvious because it’s written for young children.  J.K. Rowling though has done an excellent job of making things simpler, not dumber.  The reader is just getting to know the characters, so I know that over the course of the next few books they will grow in complexity.  The character’s in this book aren’t transparent.  They are just being known to each other and to the reader as a 10-year-old would know a character. 

The way that Rowling starts world building in this book is also a relief.  I thought that there would be chapters explaining the moving staircases in Hogwarts and the complexities of how dangerous the Forbidden Forest is.  Instead, she masterfully weaves descriptions of the school and the world of magic throughout action scenes and dialogue.  The reader is learning right along with Harry, so we don’t feel like we have to catch up.

Some of the reason I was so resistant to this series is because of the world building.  The Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite movie series.  When I tried reading the books, I couldn’t get past the pages and pages of explanation of lands and languages.  Now I realize that Harry Potter is for children and Tolkien isn’t, but the fear was there.  I went into reading this wanting so badly to like it and already committed to reading the other 6 books, that it’s such a relief that it’s not what I expected. 

I feel like the door on the Harry Potter insider information is ajar for me now.  I have a peek of understanding. 

I’ve already started The Chamber of Secrets.  And I think that’s a really, really good sign.

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