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The Bookish Owl – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Owl

Here’s the owl post you have all been waiting for: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling!

It’s really amazing that it has taken me this long to do one of these posts with a Harry Potter book. I mean, really? I have an owl and I take pictures of it next to fantasy books, but for more than a year I never once did it with the most owlish book ever?

Talk about missed opportunities.

But I finally did it and it turned out to be my all-time favorite owl photo… because Artemis is wearing the perfect “Are you kidding me?!”-expression and I find it hilarious.

It’s almost as good as the time a friend and I took him on an improvised Harry Potter cosplay photoshoot, and he tried to eat the letter we gave him.

Artemis does not care to be stereotyped.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Owl

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The Bookish Owl – The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

I present to you: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett!

Are you getting tired of seeing the same grumpy owl next to yet another Discworld book?

Well, too bad. The owl is not going to stop being grumpy and I got enough Discworld books left to reread to last me until the end of February.

This is the very first book in the series and, unlike the later ones, it has absolutely no plot, but lots of humor and insanity, and sometimes that’s just what you need.

Enjoy!

(Or give my some ideas for new blog posts, so we can get a bit of variation on this site…)


The Colour of Magic
by Terry Pratchett

In the beginning there was…a turtle.

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.

Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land.

Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…


The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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The Bookish Owl – The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

I know I’m so bad about posting these, but here’s The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman.

The book is the fourth in the Invisible Library series. It has gangsters, dragons and time-traveling librarians. There’s really no way to disapprove of this combo.

Enjoy Artemis’s gangster face. Or maybe it’s his dragon face…?


The Lost Plot
by Genevieve Cogman

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life…


The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

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The Bookish Owl – The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

Second on this year’s reading list was The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett.

I’m even more behind on these posts than I was the last time I posted, so this is another book I have already read. It’s the last, not only of the Tiffany Aching books, but of the Discworld series, so I’m all melancholic about finishing it, even though I’m still rereading all my favorites (so it’s not like I’m done with the series at all).

But really, I’m just here to deliver your grumpy owl picture, so let’s get on with it.


The Shepherd’s Crown
by Terry Pratchett

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

There will be a reckoning . . .


The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

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The Bookish Owl – Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

First book of the year is Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo.

The beginning of 2020 has not been kind to me, which means I’m already sooo behind on my owl posts. I’m almost done reading my fourth book, so go figure. But hey, at least I’m getting a lot of reading done, even if I don’t have a handle on anything else, right? Always look on the bright side!

But enough with the gloom. This book is the last in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, and after finishing the series I highly recommend it. It’s also part of the Grishaverse, of which I have at least one more book waiting on my shelf, so you’ll probably see more of it in the coming months.


Ruin and Rising
by Leigh Bardugo

Soldier. Summoner. Saint.

The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power―but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.


Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo