[12 Days of Christmas] #4: A Sleigh Ride with the Boy Who Lived

On the 4th day before Christmas, Hazy (and Weatherly) recommend:

BOOK – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

When I first read this book back in 2000, I got sucked into its world. It wasn’t a difficult read, and it was interesting. I thought the characters were fun and relatable (even though I’m a muggle). And so, every time Ms. Rowling released a Harry Potter book, I eagerly read it and usually finished it in a day because I found it very hard to put it down!

SONG – “Sleigh Ride” by Pentatonix

I’ve never ridden a sleigh. Have you? Looks like fun.

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[Event] Banned Books Week 2013

I’m actually a little confused with the dates. ALA says it’s Sep 22-28, but a website by Random House that encourages readers to Support Banned Books Week lists the dates as Sep 29-Oct 6… Anyway, it’s the act of reading that counts, no?

According to the American Library Association (ALA):

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 

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[Book Review] The Cuckoo’s Calling

The_Cuckoos_Calling_coverTitle: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling)
Genre: Mystery, Crime fiction
Published: April 2013 by Little, Brown & Company
Source: Purchased from the bookstore

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the publisher:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.  Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. 

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