Friday Favorites

October 24, 2014



I looked adorable this week!  Here’s where my outfits are from:


1. Shirt and pants from StitchFix and shoes by Franco Sarto.

2. Sweater and pants from StitchFix, shirt from Old Navy, and booties by Gianni Bini.

3. Dress from StitchFix, scarf bought in Germany (don’t remember where from), boots by Steve Madden.

4. Sweater from H&M, thrifted dress, tights from UO, and boots from ModCloth.

Now on to some things that tweaked my brain this week:

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I might have been a little ambitious to challenge myself to read one book a week with this Harry Potter Project.  The Order of the Phoenix is 870 pages.  The Goblet of Fire was 760.  Add in two jobs, grading papers, crossfit, volunteer responsibilities, looking cute, and NaNoWriMo novel planning?  That’s a mentally exhausted Nikki.

On Instagram I noted that by judging the cover of this book to the ones proceeding, this one looked much more promising of the complexity of characters and emotions I was hoping for.  And finally, Harry is starting to feel more than one emotion at a time.  However, it seems his default emotion for this book was angsty anger.  Harry’s anger is a self-centered, teenage anger.  So I tend to be more patient with this kind of emotion.  Having been a self-centered teenager myself in the past, I know what it feels like.  However after almost 900 pages, it gets a little old, which brings me to Hermione.  I love how she keeps putting him in his place in a loving and gentle way.

This book might have been 200 pages too long, but the story kept me entertained the whole time.  It wasn’t that I felt that the story was dragging, but rather that I kept thinking, “What else could happen that’s going to take another 150 pages?!”  And then I found out.

The characters are getting more complex and feeling more emotions, which means I’m getting more attached to them.  That’s what I love in literature, getting attached to characters.  Falling in love with fictional people or wanting to befriend fictional people is one of the reasons that I love books.  I want to be friends with Fred and George.  I want to have dinner at The Burrow.

Favorite part: Fred and George Weasley going rogue and making a swamp in the school then jetting off on their brooms from Umbridge’s office.  So.  Perfect.


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