My book club is pretty Harry Potter obsessed, so of course we almost always have something Harry Potter related at our meetings. Usually it’s homemade Butterbeer, but this time I made Polyjuice Potion! I adapted my recipe from this recipe here.
“The Polyjuice Potion, which is a complex and time-consuming concoction, is best left to highly skilled witches and wizards. It enables the consumer to assume the physical appearance of another person, as long as they have first procured part of that individual’s body to add to the brew (this may be anything — toenail clippings, dandruff or worse — but it is most usual to use hair). The idea that a witch or wizard might make evil use of parts of the body is an ancient one, and exists in the folklore and superstitions of many cultures. The effect of the potion is only temporary, and depending on how well it has been brewed, may last anything from between ten minutes and twelve hours. You can change age, sex, and race by taking the Polyjuice Potion, but not species.”
I decides to skip the hair and such 😉
Polyjuice Potion Punch
- 1L of Sprite (or similar)
- 1 small can (6oz) of Pineapple Juice
- 1 bottle of “green juice” of choice. I used Bolthouse Farms Green Goddess, but there are all different kinds, use what you like! (ex. Naked, Suja, Odwalla) The green juice gives it the “murky” appearance.
- 1 package lime or green apple jello, prepared
Mash the jello and place into a pitcher. Add the sprite, pineapple juice, and green juice. Stir and serve!
Last year in my book club we decided to start annual book exchanges for our February meetings in honor of International Book Giving Day! We just held our 2nd Annual Book Exchange Wednesday night, and it was a hit!
I received a copy of Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler with “Get ready to piss yourself” written on the book plate, obviously I cannot wait to read it. I brought a wrapped copy of A Monster Calls as my book exchange pick and I hope my fellow book-clubber that received it loves it as much as I did.
We had so much fun at both of our Book Swap meetings that I wanted to share how we did it! If your book club (or just your group of friends) would like to start holding book exchanges, here are some ideas and free printables that I used to set ours up. I’ll include the template I used last year as well!
I sent out bookplates prior to the exchange for us to fill out and stick inside the book. Here is the bookplate from this year. (Click Here for the blank image to customize)
Here is last year’s bookplate. This one was made with a Card Catalog Generator, which was so much fun to use! Check it out here.
I printed these out at home on sticker paper, but you could also have them printed for you at your local Staples.
We did the exchange Yankee swap style and next year we are considering trying out a Secret Santa style swap.
Oh we can’t have a book club meeting without adding in something Harry Potter related. Usually it’s homemade Butterbeer, but this time it was Polyjuice Potion. Want the recipe? Check it out here: Make Your Own Polyjuice Potion!
I MADE IT THE FULL 24-HRS OF THE READATHON!!! Last year I was heading home from vacation during the 24in48 readathon, so I didn’t get to complete it. This year I am so happy my husband decided to join me and together we both reached the full 24 hours!
I started out with a nice stack of books from my TBR; Some comics to get me started and onto some Uppercase books that I hadn’t gotten around to previously. Harry Potter was for my #hpchapteraday reread on Litsy. I’m excited to say I made it through all of them with enough time to spare to start Windwitch, the sequel to Truthwitch.
Here are my ending stats!
24 hours, 7 minutes
7 Books Completed
2 Books Started
Final time for each day:
Last Summer I participated in an amazing readathon – 24in48 – where I read for 24 hours of a 48 hour weekend. It was amazing! I even won a copy of Amy Stewart’s Wicked Plants Coloring Book.
The next 24in48 Readathon is scheduled for January 21 and 22, 2017 and signups are open! It’s a fun and relaxing way to spend a weekend and you could win some fantastic bookish prizes! After you sign up, you can follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, and 24in48.com for checkins, challenges, and more! (@ 24in48 #24in48)
For more information and to sign up, head over to 24in48.com! Also, follow along with me on Litsy (@ MatildaBaggins), I’ll be reading all weekend as well!
I am participating in a few fun reading challenges this year. I’m going to compile that list and my progress here! I’ll keep it updated as I read. Feel free to join me and sign up for a few as well!
Goodreads Challenge – 75 books
read 3 books toward
her goal of
Read Harder Challenge hosted by Book Riot:
Check it out here: Read Harder Challenge
Litsy A to Z:
The Litsy A to Z Challenge was started by a fellow Litten, @Bookishmarginalia, over on Litsy. The challenge is to read 26 books that correspond to each letter in the alphabet (title or author). Head over to Litsy and follow #litsyatoz! For more info, check out the post here. Follow along with me, @ Matildabaggins!
Mount TBR Reading Challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block:
I am so pumped to participate in this challenge! Pick a peak and challenge yourself to read the amount of books from your already owned TBR to reach that peak! I’m shooting for Mt. Vancouver – 36 books from my TBR stack.
Popsugar Reading Challenge:
Check it out here: Popsugar Reading Challenge. I participate in this one every year, it’s always so much fun!
I saw the preview for the movie adaptation of A Monster Calls when I went to see Rogue One last week. I went home and requested a coy from my library that night. When I first picked up the book, I knew immediately that it had to be my first read of 2017. Have you seen the illustrations? They are marvelous! They reminded me of Lorenzo Mattotti’s illustrations in Neil Gaiman’s Hansel and Gretel.
The first chapter sucked me right in! After reading about twenty pages, I decided to pop one of my Ghoul’s Gate tarts from Frostbeard Studio in my warmer. Mossy graveyard scent? Perfect!
A Monster Calls is a quick read and I finished it in a few hours. It hit me right in the feels, though! Conor’s struggle is heart-wrenching and I literally ugly cried through the last few chapters.
This book is beautiful, powerful, and emotional. It’s a story that will definitely stay with me. I don’t want to give away too many details because I think this is a book that is even better when you are unsure of what to expect.
I am definitely looking forward to watching the movie adaptation. I will update this review after I have gone to see it! For those of you who have read it already, what did you think? Are you looking forward to the movie adaptation? If you’ve already seen it, what did you think?
In the meantime – here’s the trailer!
I finally got to see the movie! I think they did a great job with the adaptation. There were very few changes and they kept very true to the book. I loved the adaptations of the monster’s stories; the animations were lovely! I highly recommend checking out the movie if you haven’t already! You won’t be disappointed.
One of my goals this year was to actually write out proper reviews for the books that I read. I love reviewing on Litsy (because everything on Litsy is just so fun), but there is a character limit. I decided that for 2017, I would start writing out full reviews and journaling about books and bookish things. This lead me to the decision to create a book blog! I’m so excited to have an outlet to get all of my thoughts out after reading a book!
This is basically how I felt starting this blog:
I hope you enjoy my future posts!