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“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.” – BookNerd

 

There are hundreds upon hundreds of reasons for one to fall in love with the world and characters J.K. Rowling created in the Harry Potter series, the afore mentioned being among them. For me, these are the stories that opened my mind to the wonderful world of books, novels and novellas, making them very near and dear to my heart. Before that, I viewed books as little more than educational tools for teachers, or accumulators of dust bent on triggering my allergies every moment of the day. Upon discovering the school of witchcraft and wizardry, filled with students who almost never seem to attend actual classes after the first book, my views were completely transformed.

At least a few tears were shed as the final chapter of the Harry Potter saga came to an end. None of us wanted to believe that the stories would ever end. We all wanted to believe that someday, we would find ourselves under the sorting hat, shifting anxiously on the stool as we waited to be sorted into our desired house, and then be thrown into a life altering adventure as will no doubt ensue. Those books kept that dream alive,  despite the fact that we all knew it could be nothing more than a dream, but the great thing about dreams is that if they’re strong enough, they can create possibilities from the impossible. And that’s exactly what has happened.

Harry-Potter-Cursed-ChildIf you haven’t heard the news by now, you’d better have a seat. Are you sitting? Good, because it was recently made public that there is indeed going to be an eighth Harry Potter book. When I first hear about it, I was speechless. J.K. Rowling had made it quite clear that The Deathly Hallows was going to be the end, and that anything that happens afterwards is entirely up to our own imagination. So then why the change of heart?

Looking into it a bit more closely, I discovered that, although it is technically the eighth harry potter book, it’s not actually a continuation of the series. The book is actually based on the script for a two part play written by Jack Thorne, based on a story by J.K. Rowling. In other words, the script is going to be published in book form, but in the end it’s still a play script, and therefore not an actual sequel. Still, can’t say I’m not excited to see where this new adventure will take us.

Based on what we know so far, it takes place after the epilogue of the seventh book, whichlandscape-1445606246-harry-potter-epilogue1 depicted Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny waiving goodbye to their children as they were boarding the infamous Hogwarts Express, preparing for the start of their very own adventure. It focuses on Harry, now an Auror working for the Ministry of Magic, and his son Albus Severus Potter, who not only has to deal with being a Hogwarts freshman, but also coming to terms with the fact that he walks in the shadow of the schools greatest legacy. It’s a blend of past and present, and being a harry potter story, you know there will be plenty of moments that will tug on the heartstrings.

You can find more information on both the upcoming Harry Potter play and book at www.pottermore.com. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the eighth installment! Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and until next time, keep on reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

 

 

 

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Celebrating Canada’s Gold and My 100 BookNerds!!!

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

I have never EVER liked watching hockey. For those of you I have managed to offend with that simple little sentence, I apologize, but I have just never had any interest in watching televised sports. I had a ball when I saw my first live Blue Jays game (pun intended), but that’s about the extent of it. However, I went so far as to set my alarm for 6:30 in the morning, just to make sure I was awake and alert for when the big game between Canada and Sweden started, and that’s saying something from a girl who rarely wakes up before 8 in the morning for anything! That game had me on the edge of my seat, and now that it’s over, I’m tempted to see what’s happening on the other sports channels 🙂 A big shout out to both the women’s and men’s Canadian hockey teams; you have made us very proud today!

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I would also like to give a big shout out to all of my wonderful, amazing, super-fantastic, epitome-of-awesome followers! My blog has reached 100 followers, and the reason this makes me so happy is because this is the first blog I have ever started and stuck with, and I never expected to get more than maybe a dozen or so people to read it. Now, I have over 10,000 views and 100 fabulous BookNerds! A big thank you to each and every one of you, and should you ever have suggestions of things you would like to see on my blog, or if you have your own book news and reviews you would like to share, you can leave a message on my blog’s facebook page or in the comments of this post. 

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I’ll be heading back to Ottawa tomorrow, and hopefully my return to Canada’s Capital will provide me with inspirations for many more posts to come. Until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

The Fault In Our Stars Movie Trailer

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I never truly appreciate the arrival of spring reading week until I have spent the week prior doing nothing except studying for midterms, struggling to complete last minute assignments, and then finally writing those midterms right before my brain has turned to mush. It is a much needed reprieve from the stressful academic environment, and hopefully one day it will become incorporated into every University.

Since my return home, I have finally had the chance to view all of the trailers for upcoming movies and television series, of which there are many. There was really only one I was looking for, and given the title of this post, it shouldn’t be too difficult to guess which one it is. It was in 2012 that the book was published, and now, a mere 2 years later, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green is coming ever closer to the big screen. The movie is set to appear in theaters on June 6th of this year, and although that may feel like a lifetime away, that just means more time to give the book a few more reads through. If that’s not enough to tide you over, then you can follow John Green and his brother Hank on their Vlogbrothers channel in the hopes that they reveal a little bit more of what we can expect in June. John also has several videos that will take you behind the scenes of the TFIOS movie, providing a glimpse of what actually goes into making a movie.

In the meantime, and if you haven’t seen it already, here is the official TFIOS movie trailer, which was released back in January, but it’s the closest thing to seeing the movie at this point so it won’t hurt to watch it a few more times 🙂

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Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Ansel Elgort (Augustus) are the stars of this heart warming love story that will tug at your heart strings from beginning to end. This movie really will be one of a kind, and if you haven’t read the book yet, then you are missing out on an amazing experience that will never come around again.

Adapting books into movies is like a coin toss; you either succeed or you fail, with very little wiggle room in between. Still, when done right, they can be some of the most amazing films you have ever seen. What books would you like to see turned into movies? If you have any in mind, I’d like to know. Leave the names of those books in the comments, and if there are some book-to-movie adaptations that already exist that you feel very strongly about – positive or negative – you can throw in a comment about that as well. By my next post, I’m hoping to have finished the first book in the Mistborn series, and will be able to provide a first hand review for all of you wonderful BookNerds. Until then, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

Drawn Forth Publishing – An Inside Look

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

I hope everyone has been able to brave the cold weather we’ve been seeing this past month. I know I can’t even walk to class without losing most of the feeling in my toes. If you ask me, this kind of weather is only ideal for curling up in bed with a hot cup of your favorite beverage – in my case, lemon & ginger tea or hot chocolate – and a good book open in your lap 🙂

This week, I had the greatest pleasure of being able to interview Mr. Don Lucas, one of the founders of the up-and-coming publishing company, Drawn Forth Publishing, which I mentioned briefly in my last post (link). I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like starting ones own business, although after talking with Mr. Lucas, it’s definitely something I might want to consider doing one day.

Drawn Forth Publishing – An Inside Look

Q & A with Don Lucas

BookNerd: What Inspired you to begin this business in the first place?

Don: Well it kind of started in two different places. For me, I was looking to eventually find meaningful yet financially gainful employment. Since I wasn’t finding a lot of options out there for jobs for when my year of service ends I became more interested in starting my own business. For Emma, she had written a number of children’s stories over the years while working with children’s classes in Toronto and was now looking for ways to share them with the world. Ultimately we ended up talking and then put 2 and 2 together and after some reflection and prayer we knew that we had to start a publishing company because we also knew a lot of people who are in the same positions.Yeah, looking back we really feel like we were both like…being prepared individually so that we could come together for this because everything just aligned so well when we did.

BookNerd: What have you accomplished thus far, since starting your company?

Don: Well… we learned how to start and run a company! To begin with anyway. I think for us, just breaking out of the mould and starting something new gave us such a feeling of accomplishment. Right now we’re working with 5 authors whose books will make up our launch line-up! We’ll be announcing those names and titles publicly on February 1st. We’ve also raised 1000$ through donations on our website. Our most important long term accomplishment though, is probably developing our ability to consult and communicate effectively as an organization- something that if we aren’t able to develop than we might as well not start something new, we might as well just work with the systems that are already established. Consultation is so important for the progress of society. It has honestly happened so much faster than we had expected… it’s not overwhelming yet, but Emma works full time and I’m on my year of service. The confirmations just keep showing themselves though.

BookNerd: It’s just the two of you running things?

Don: Yeah. We’ve sub-contracted out some work to some wonderfully talented individuals who, thus far, have volunteered their time. Web Design and Graphic design and we are so grateful. But yeah, for the most part, Emma and I do everything.

BookNerd: What kind of tasks are involved in running a publishing company?

Don: Well initially it was mostly developing our business model and vision. Consulting about our logo design, our web design. Now that we have all of that setup and regular donations coming in, it’s become more about our authors. So we had an initial round of submissions that we looked at, and once we had our line-up of authors and books, its been steady communication with them; sorting our things like the publication details(copyright, titles, artwork, etc), doing rounds of editing which…is no quick task. I spend a lot of time reading and researching…things like formatting, printing and binding techniques, marketing strategies, book design, etc. And then beyond that networking, and just reading all kinds of books whether we like them or not because it helps us understand and see patterns and just really live literature.

BookNerd: What books does your company specialize in, and do they have to meet any specific criteria?

Don: Genre-wise we’re not looking for anything specific. We look at three main things when we review a submission. 1) Does this books recognize the inherent nobility of humanity 2) Does it recognize and respond to our inherent attraction to beauty and 3) Does it demonstrate and contribute to the ever-advancement of society. It also helps if it’s well-written. Right now, we have 4 children’s books and 2 novels that we’re working on.

If you would like to learn more about Drawn Forth Publishing, or would like to make a donation to help them reach their goals, you can visit their website at www.drawnforth.org, or you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

New Publishers, New Books, New Year!

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

How quickly time passes sometimes. It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly two whole months since last I posted something, and it is not for lack of nothing to say. The month of November was plagued with essays, projects and exam preparations, while December… well, aside from exams, it really wasn’t all that busy, but my brain has a tendency to shut down for a few weeks following that taxing exam period 🙂 That does not, however, mean that my love of books and reading them has waned in the least! I have many new books to share with you all, but first, I have some BIG NEWS!

A dear friend of mine has recently started his own publishing company, which you should know as fellow book lovers is a pretty big deal in the world of literature. Its official launch is in January, but you can already get to know a bit about them by visiting one of the following web locations:

Drawn Forth Publishing - Stirling, Ontario Drawn Forth Publishing: Books for a Better World

Facebook: www.facebook.com/drawnforth

Website: www.drawnforth.org

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DrawnForth

Whoever said that literature was a dying art was greatly mistaken, for it is alive and well so long as there are skilled writers with limitless imaginations, and publishers willing to give them the opportunity to share them both with the world. I’d like to wish them the best of luck, and I hope all of you lovely BookNerds will do the same.

Now on to the next bit of news!

As I am sure I have mentioned time and time again – to the point where you guys are probably sick and tired of hearing it but I’ll probably keep mentioning it anyway – I am a bit of a slow reader. I like to take my sweet time while I read, which means that months can pass and I’ll still be on the same book. However, that hasn’t stopped me from building up my reading collection, providing me with even more books that I’ll be able to enjoy as I’m sitting in my rocking chair, poking the ceiling above me with a broom every time the upstairs neighbors get a little too rowdy.

One of the new books I purchased is actually one I had been meaning to get my hands on for quite some time, but I could never seem to find it. Although thinking back, I’m sure I could have found it on Amazon and ordered it in no time, but I’ve never been a big fan of online shopping. I like to go out and physically see and feel the things I’m going to buy, so that there’s less of a chance of me wanting to return them later on for whatever reason. Fortunately enough, I succeeded in finding the one I was looking for…

Good Omens Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

So many people have accused British humor as being dry, lifeless and just the kind of humor that goes right over your head. Well to those people, I say go buy any of the books written by Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman, and tell us what you really think. This book is witty, clever and at times I literally feel like my side is going to split because I’m laughing so hard! I never thought a book about angels, demons and the anti-Christ could be so wonderfully funny, but I guess that’s what happens when you get two of the worlds most brilliant authors working together.

On top of finding this little treasure, I also received the best birthday present one could get; an entire book series! Admittedly, I had never even heard of the series before, but after reading the first couple chapters of the first book, I felt guilty about my ignorance, as it is just so bloody amazing…

mistborn-trilogy Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Just another fantasy book? I think not. Sanderson has a way of making every character relevant to the story, even if they only make a five second appearance. The protagonists are very multi-layered, making it hard to tell whether they’re the good guys or the bad guys, but either way you can’t wait to see what they do next. I’ve always had a hard time finding books that had a good, strong female character, who doesn’t immediately become a damsel in distress as soon as a handsome, muscular man appears. Vin is an excellent female heroine, one whose strength lies in her ability to read situations and react to them in a way which benefits her, without being annoying or too full of herself. Then there is Kelsier, the kind of male protagonist who you can’t help but be on his side, no matter what horrible thing he does. I’m only two chapters in, and already I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble they get into next!

  So many books to read, yet so little time to read them in. I guess I’ll just have to keep doing my best, and perhaps stop buying books for a little while so I can catch up on the ones I already have… nah! I’ll come up with a much better new years resolution than that. Speaking of new years resolution, I would love to know what my book loving followers have in mind regarding their vows for the new year! If you feel like sharing, feel free to do so in the comments below. I’ll try to get things started, as soon as I can figure out what my new years resolution is going to be 😉

That’s all for today. For my next post, I’m hoping to get a bit more insight into the up and coming publishing company Drawn Forth, in order to give you guys more details as to what kind of services they will be providing, and possibly even point some of you up and coming writers in their direction. Until then, bundle up nice and warm next to the fireplace, and happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

Happy Birthday J. K. Rowling!

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

I don’t normally go out of my way to make a fuss about the birthdays of people I only know through their work, and who I will probably never even get the chance to meet in person, but when it’s the author of one of the first books I ever read . . .  well, there’s an exception to every rule ^_^

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Today, July 31st,  marks the 48th birthday of fantasy, magic, and most recently, crime solving author J. K. Rowling, whose fame is not only well deserved, but well earned. She managed to create an entire fictional world full of characters we have come to know and love, and in some cases miss come the end of the series. Just so her fans would not be too down in the dumps without their Harry Potter adventures, she created the Pottermore website so that they could visually and interactively relive the experience they could only read about before!

In order to break away from the genre she had come to be known by, Rowling published a novel called The Casual Vacancy, a novel which was targeted more towards the adult audience as it touched on themes ranging from politics to drugs, prostitution, and even rape. Although it could not fill the void that most of her fans felt after having read The Deathly Hallows, it still did remarkably well, showing readers everywhere that just because you’re good at one genre, that doesn’t mean you can’t give something new a try.

Most recently, it was discovered that Rowling had, in fact, published yet another novel, only it wasn’t until months later that anyone even knew she had been the one who wrote it! Assuming the pen name Robert Gailbraith, she published a novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling, a mystery crime novel which starts off with the a supermodel committing suicide.  The novel did not do all that well when it first hit the shelves, but once it was revealed that this literary work was actually the work of non other than J. K. Rowling, I imagine it became quite popular.

We can only hope that she will continue to bless us with her writing talents for many years to come, not matter what other pseudonyms she assumes or genres she dabbles in. There may never be another Harry Potter, but so long as the her pen continues to move, and her fingers continue to glide across her keyboard, the legend shall continue to live on.

 

Happy Birthday J. K. Rowling!

 

What are your favorite moments from the Harry Potter series? Let me know in the comments below, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

J.K. Rowling New Mystery Novel No Longer a Mystery

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

Fame can make people do some crazy things, but is it really that crazy for J.K. Rowling to want to stay out of the spotlight for a little while?

It was recently discovered that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling managed to sneak below the media radar by taking on a new pseudonym for her newly published book “The Cuckoo’s Calling”. The book was published in April, but it was only recently that suspicions grew concerning Robert Galbraith, the supposed author of this mystery novel, and certain similarities between his writing style and that of a certain fantasy author.

After having a couple of specialists analyze the writing, they were able to compare it, with a great deal of accuracy, to Rowling’s writing style. When they brought news to those who worked on her behalf, she had no choice but to come clean. According to Time Entertainment, Rowling made the decision to do this “because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience!”

So, what is this new novel about?
CuckoosCallingCover The Cuckoo’s Calling is a mystery crime solving novel, which centers around the ‘apparent’ suicide of a supermodel, and the struggles of Detective Cormoran Strike as he tries to not only solve this case, but also to finally earn himself a decent living as a private detective.
 
I have yet to read this novel myself, but if I do decide to pull out my chapter’s gift card, I won’t be purchasing it just because it happens to be written by one of my all-time favourite authors. I have a soft spot for mystery novels, which is evident by my almost weekly posting about another one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpieces. What Rowling did was show that it’s not so easy to make it in the publishing world, at least not right away, and how people will buy books only because they were written by someone famous and already known to all.
 
 
What do you think?
 
 
Whether you have read her new book or not, I’d like to know what you think about Rowling writing a novel under a pseudonym, and keeping it quiet from not just the media, but her devoted fans. Personally, I see nothing wrong with it, but that’s just my opinion.
 
 
That’s all for today. I have been rather lax in my writing lately, but I will strive to post on a more regular basis for the remainder of the Summer. So until next time, happy reading!
 
 
Cheers,
 
 
BookNerd