Posts By Ron Morris

Celebrating Virginia Hamilton’s Books and Life

Even people who don’t readily recognize Virginia Hamilton’s name have probably read at least one or two of her books in their lifetimes. Born in 1934 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Hamilton became a writer in the same area of Southwest Ohio where her own grandfather grew up after journeying on the Underground Railroad in the 1850s as a baby. Her life was fascinating, from her outstanding school performance to her days as an accountant and singer in New York City, and she became a prolific author whose work has been taken up by many elementary, middle, and high schools as excellent required reading.

This week marks Virginia Hamilton’s birthday, which made me really reflect on how her books impacted my childhood. At the time, the attention to representation in literature was lower, and though I know she’d be thrilled to see diverse books, movies, and comics being popularized now, I think she did a lot for children’s literature. She specifically gave me some of my first understandings about the history of hardship and overcoming that African-Americans have faced, while emphasizing hopeful attitudes and beautiful life stories.

My favorite virginia hamilton books, in no particular order

First was The People Could Fly, which introduces readers to folklore passed down in African American communities. I was inspired by the magic of the world in her eyes, but I also caught some of the underlying themes of oppression and unfairness. I was a kid, so I was often very concerned with fairness in the little details of my life, and these stories opened up my understanding of the complicated wider world, reckoning with the terrible hand dealt to entire groups of people. Stories like these made me connect better to discussions of the Civil Rights era at school.

M.C. Higgins the Great was one of the most absorbing novels I read as a child and it created a permanent love of quirky protagonists who want to change the world. It is also a less-discussed example of cli-fi, or climate fiction, with the precarious pile of rubble from nearby strip mining threatening M.C. Higgins’s way of life throughout the story. Higgins’s intensity and problem-solving nature mirrored my own overly-analytical childhood, and I only dream of someday having a 40-foot pole to sit on above my house.

Lastly, the spooky tale of The House of Dies Drear was one of my favorite mysteries, drawing out how the past affects the present. Read through the lens of modern race discussions, one can see how America is still haunted by past violence toward African Americans, reminding readers that the legacy of slavery seeps into our actions, even if we are carefully guarding against it and working to undo it. That, and the fact that this is just a brilliant mystery that makes me want to read it again even after I’m fully grown up.

happy birthday, virginia hamilton!

Hamilton wrote over 40 books total—which was your favorite growing up? Which are you most eager to share with your own children, either now or someday? Want to know more about Virginia Hamilton’s life and legacy? Check out her biography here.

Read Harder: An Assigned Book You Hated (Or Never Finished)

This list covering an assigned book you hated (or never finished) is sponsored by Libby. The one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

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It’s time for the last Read Harder task! Feeling good about your picks so far? Well, that may be about to change, because today’s task is to read an assigned book you hated (or never finished).

On the one hand, it’s easy to pick out a book: just think back to your school days (or earlier in your school days, if you’re still a student) and choose a book to give another chance. On the other, you have to, you know…read a book you hated.

Your list will (probably) be different than mine, of course, but to get you started, here’s a list of my most loathed literary encounters from my misspent youth. (And to any of my former English teachers reading this: sorry I lied about reading some of these, and thank you for passing me anyway!)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Freshman year of high school, and I’m having one of my first bouts of feminist indignation. As much as I like the mental image of Miss Havisham ghosting around her mansion in her decaying wedding dress, I’m troubled by what our teacher tells us of Dickens’s mistreatment of his wife and his creepy relationship with his sister-in-law. Plus, the book is boring and Pip is a pill. Why do we only read books by male jerks about male jerks? I’m going back to sneaking Piers Anthony books under my desk. (The irony was lost on me at the time.)

I’ve actually reread Great Expectations as an adult and enjoyed it much more, although Bleak House remains my favorite Dickens. That doesn’t make him less of a jerk, though.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’d like to say that I refused to read The Scarlet Letter because I didn’t want to read a book about slut-shaming, but honestly I read a few pages and became comatose with boredom. I’m not even sure I really knew what it was about? Honestly, I have no idea how I got an A in that class. Flagrant lying, probably. Sorry, Mr. White!

 

 

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Okay, this is a play and not a book, but we read it junior year so it counts. It’s not that I didn’t know before reading it that I have no patience for stories about Existential Man Angst, but I guess it’s nice to have additional evidence to buttress your conclusions? Give me The Crucible any day; not only does it have actual stuff happen, but we performed it the same year and it gave me the chance to dress up as a murderous Puritan teen and see Goody Proctor with the Devil. #goals (Bonus points for that hilariously inappropriate cover to the left, though.)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I didn’t even make it to the crime in this one, let alone the punishment. For a novel about committing gory murders, there sure is a lot of boring non-murder stuff for a distractible teenager to slog through. I don’t have time for this, I have NSYNC albums to listen to!

 

 

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Technically, this one wasn’t specifically assigned, just included on a list of summer reading—all we had to do was pick one of the listed books to read. But it gets bonus points because I hated it so much that I apparently completely repressed the memory of reading it, and picked it again from a similar list two years later. About halfway through the book, probably during the world’s most boring fishing trip (and that’s saying something!), I dropped the book with a horrified “Oh no.” Damn you, Jake Barnes!

It feels like cheating to reread Great Expectations, since I like it now, and I’m not going anywhere near The Sun Also Rises or the Siberian iceberg that is Crime and Punishment, so it looks like I’ll be spending some time with Hester Prynne in the near future. Did you guys enjoy any of the books above? What books did you hate in school?

6 Books About Rome For The Ides of March

“Beware the Ides of March.” There are few among us who don’t know this phrase, uttered by a soothsayer to Julius Caesar before his assassination, made famous by Shakespeare’s pen. But what IS the Ides of March? (What ARE the Ides? What is an Ide?) Welp, originally, the calendar used to be more lunar. The earliest Roman calendars, in use around 753 BCE, had ten months and each month used three lunar marks: Kalends, Nones, and Ides. Kalends was the new moon, the first day of the month. Nones was the first quarter moon, usually around the fifth-seventh day. Ides was the full moon, usually around the 13th–15th. March 15th used to be the new year and was a time of celebration. Julius Caesar himself was the one who changed the Roman new year from March to January. He consulted with astronomers, then added ten days and a leap year. People liked the new year being in March; maybe changing that holiday was the straw that broke the camel’s back and Caesar made his own bad luck. Probably not, but you know. I had to wonder.

So the Ides weren’t originally associated with anything bad or doom and gloom. It was just part of the old calendar. I rather like it, myself. I have a dear friend whose birthday is on the Ides of March. It was after Caesar’s assassination that the date acquired its darker connotations, and mostly only after Shakespeare’s play. Other things have happened on March 15 that contributed to the date’s bad reputation: the classification of the SARS virus as a global health threat in 2003; Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939; a bigass blizzard in North Dakota in 1941, which occurred without warning; and, probably the worst thing, online chat rooms debuted, triggering the demise of grammar across the globe…way back in 1971. Holy shit. I am an old. Not as old as ancient Roman stuff, but sometimes I feel like it.

Here are a couple books I’ve enjoyed about Rome and its Empire, either in a general sense or set specifically during Julius Caesar’s time.

SPQR by Mary Beard

A great history of ancient Rome by one of the premiere Classicists of our time. This is a big book, but it was a quick read nonetheless.

Calendar: Humanity’s Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year by David Ewing Duncan

Really, this is here because it has a great section on the Roman calendar and how it got changed from the old system they used to the system Caesar implemented. Also, the idea of a micro-history about time has a pleasing irony to it.

The Gallic War by Julius Caesar

I figure a list of books about Julius Caesar ought to include something by the man himself. Gird your loins for some serious megalomaniacal commentary. His ego may have put Trump’s to shame. The difference is that Caesar was literate.

The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George

As the title suggests, this focuses more on Cleopatra. But her story and Caesar’s are so entwined it is hard to imagine one without the other anymore, which is a little sad since Cleopatra was very much her own person, separate from any man.

Caesar Against the Celts by Ramon L. Jiménez

This makes for a good read-along with The Gallic Wars.

Imperium by Robert Harris

A novel about Cicero, told from the first person point of view of Tiro, his real life scribe who really did write a biography of Cicero, which is now lost to us. I thought that was clever of Harris, because it lets him write his books as though Tiro is the author. I quite enjoyed this series.

 

 

What are your favorite books about Rome? Want even more books about ancient history? We’ve got 100 of them. 

10 Stories To Get You Through Your Spring Cleaning

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I never enjoyed chores until I discovered audiobooks. Now, I live for chores. <— LOL Obvious Lie. But the washing up, the vacuuming, the shooing of evil dust sprites out the door does go by when I’m absorbed by an engrossing tale or educational read. With winter on its way out (your six weeks are up, Punxsutawney Phil!), and spring cleaning looking all smug, crouched in the near-distant daffodils, it’s time to gather the mop and broom, and prep that big, necessary audiobook list. With that in mind…

 

10 stories to get you through your spring cleaning:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

And you get a book! And you get a book! An American Marriage was recently selected as the most recent addition to Oprah’s Book Club. Start this one early, while you’re having a cup of coffee and silent, severe words with your pigsty, because you won’t want to unplug until you reach the end. Power couple Celestial and Roy are torn apart when Roy is imprisoned for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Prepare for a powerful look at marriage, racism in the criminal justice system, and what it means to be successful while black in America.

little fires everywhere cover imageLittle Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Yes, Celeste, yes. Get that adaptation. Look, you thought this book was buzzy before…it’s about to get a whole lot buzzier now that Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are taking it to television. This book is engrossing enough that only a brief encounter with kitty litter fumes will have you thinking you’re in white collar Shaker Heights, shook by the adoption that’s tearing its people apart. Seething resentments, unwelcome interlopers, and lines drawn make this the suburban drama you’ll inevitably be happy you don’t live.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria SempleWhere’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Speaking of adaptations, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is heading to the big screen in a film starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer. And I can see why it was picked up. These characters are unforgettable. Especially 15-year-old Bee, who has become one of my all-time favorite narrators. She’s kind of a Matilda—super smart, highly observant, with a puckish streak. Bee is the perfect person to narrate the story of the hilarious and trying events leading up to her mother’s disappearance. You know what they say: laughter is the best medicine for dust-induced sneezing fits.

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

Sachdeva’s debut short story collection is fresh and receiving so much praise. Now is the time to read it (and not just because you’re trying to escape the doldrums of self-imposed menial labor). With stories that are sweeping and diverse, this collection explores how we’re shaped by strange and terrible events outside of our control. The book also got the Goodreads thumbs up from Roxane Gay.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This essential contemporary feminist title is written with crystal clarity and powerful brevity. We Should All Be Feminists was one of my first straight-up all-about-feminism reading experiences, and I dare say I couldn’t have made a better choice for a formal introduction to feminist thought. I have been in love with Adichie’s sharp writing since I tore through Americanah. Read this one while you sweep tired, old ideologies out of your space.

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory was an Oprah Book Club selection and Krik? Krak! was a National Book Award finalist. Need I say more? Okay. If your spring cleaning requires lots of stops and starts—not because you’re taking too many unnecessary martini breaks!—a short story collection is an ideal option. These nine stories from one of the acclaimed writers of our time each offer a deep slice of Haitian life. Touching on themes of loss, oppression, and love from a writer of meaningful, gorgeous prose, Krik? Krak! will make you forget everything but the story (so watch out for that bucket of mop water).

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I’ve read so many Flynn books it’s starting to feel like sadism. What can I say? I can’t get enough twisty, turny, screaming “Run away and don’t look back!” moments. Apparently. Said moments were tenfold in my Sharp Objects reading experience. Camille Preaker’s assignment returns her home to an unsettling mother and a sister she barely knows. In a small town, among old acquaintances best forgotten, Camille grapples with inner psychological turmoil and the mystery of the murders of two young girls. If anyone is in your living space while you clean, tell them to avoid sneaking up on you. And to grab a broom and get to work.

A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Hurry and read it before you watch the adaptation! Oh, you already saw it? Hurry and read it for the first time, or another time—just read it. We can criticize reading for escapism all we want, but do you really want to be 100% present while you scrub the toilet? I’d rather go on a voyage through (across? between?) dimensions with Meg Murry, Charles Wallace, and Calvin is all I’m saying. My mind couldn’t wrap itself around this YA science fiction tale when I read it in third grade, so I got to pat myself on the back when I found my gray matter re-reading it as an adult.

the woman in the window by aj finn cover imageThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

If you liked Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, you might want to pick up this mystery thriller. Anna Fox is a character straight out of a Hitchcock film, tipping the bottle, spying on the Russells next door. When Anna sees something she shouldn’t, everything about her idealistic vision of the family next door and her own perceptions comes into question. Wash the windows before you read the book. Your neighbors will thank you.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

If I was Wonder Woman, I’d intimidate my apartment into tidiness. Lepore’s cultural history of Wonder Woman remains timely. Delving into the fascinating life of the character’s creator and the women that inspired her creation, with interviews and research into Wonder Woman’s role in feminism, The Secret History of Wonder Woman goes on a deep dive into the world of one of comics’ timeless icons.

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway MOCKINGBIRD: Critical Linking, March 15

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One of the year’s most anticipated Broadway plays — the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” — faces a legal challenge from Ms. Lee’s estate, which is suing over Mr. Sorkin’s version of the story.

In a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Alabama, the estate argued that Mr. Sorkin’s adaptation deviates too much from the novel, and violates a contract, between Ms. Lee and the producers, which stipulates that the characters and plot must remain faithful to the spirit of the book.

Tonja B. Carter is kind of the worst.


“There’s not a choice to be quiet about certain things,” said Amber Tamblyn from the stage at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Central Library on Tuesday night. The poet, actress and Time’s Up activist said that the election “felt like a catalyst for me… an intensified catapult” that unleashed a flood of new writing. In the last two years, she said, “I’ve felt much more connected to my rage space.”

Tamblyn, who appeared as Joan in the television series “Joan of Arcadia” joined author Lidia Yuknavitch, who retold the Joan of Arc story in her science fiction novel “The Book of Joan,” as part of the library’s ALOUD series.

Amber Tamblyn and Lidia Yuknavitch in conversation about the patriarchy!


I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK (it’s Dread Nation)

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for March 14th, 2018

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day are sponsored by The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon:


Today’s Featured Deals

How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana for $2.99. Get it here, or just click the cover image below:

 

Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson for $2.99. Get it here, or just click the cover image below:

 

We have something different and special in the Deals today: the newest literary print from Obvious State. Printed on 240 lb archival paper, this 11×14 print features a wonderful quote from Kate Chopin: “She was becoming herself, casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment.” And Book Riot fans can get it for 25% for the next week by using offer code: OSRIOT. Go here to find out more, or just click the image below.

 

 

In Case You Missed Yesterday’s Most Popular Deal

 

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich for $1.99. Get it here, or just click the cover image below:

Previous daily deals that are still active (as of this writing at least). Get ’em while they’re hot.

Want Not by Jonathan Miles for $2.99.

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert for $2.99.

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After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry

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A recommended underappreciated pick: Oreo by Fran Ross for $1.99.

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro for $1.99.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo for $1.99.

The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri for $2.99.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville for $1.99.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson for $2.99.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes for $2.99.

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan for $2.99.

Radium Girls by Kate Moore for $2.99.

No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe for $1.99.

Black Panther Volume 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates for $2.99.

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Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson for $1.99.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde for $2.99.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone for $1.99.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor for $3.99.

Bitch Planet, Vol 1 for $3.99.

Monstress, Vol 1 by Liu & Takeda for $3.99

Paper Girls, Vol 1. by Vaughn, Chiang, & Wilson for $3.99.

The Wicked + The Divine Volume 1 for $3.99

The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin for $9.99

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith for $0.99

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for $4.99

Emma Watson Picks Terese Marie Mailhot’s HEART BERRIES for Her Book Club

Actor Emma Watson has announced her March/April pick for her book club, Our Shared Self, and it’s Terese Marie Mailhot’s memoir Heart Berries.

“Nothing is too ugly for this world, I think it’s just that people pretend not to see.” @oursharedshelf’s March/April pick is Heart Berries, the touching debut memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot; an unapologetically honest and immensely inspiring book. Read my OSS letter here: http://bit.ly/2GozZ8p #oursharedshelf

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Cover of Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot in Emma Watson Picks Terese Marie Mailhot's Heart Berries for Her Book Club | BookRiot.comGiven a notebook during a hospitalization, Mailhot began to write as a way of dealing with trauma. In Heart Berries, Mailhot writes about her childhood growing up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation, her dual diagnosis of PTSD and bipolar II disorder, and reconciliation with her father, among other experiences both painful and joyful.

This book club pick comes on the heels of what has been a stellar few months for the first-time author. Heart Berries has been recommended by everyone from Roxane Gay—who calls the book “an astounding memoir”—to the New York Times. Mailhot has also been on The Daily Show and featured on BuzzFeed.

Watson’s feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, began in January 2016 and has amassed over 200,000 members on Goodreads. Members discuss each bimonthly pick on the discussion board of the Goodreads group, where Watson also posts her thoughts to kick off the conversation. You can read more thoughts about Watson’s book club on Book Riot right here.

Of Heart Berries, Watson writes, “I read this book in one sitting, but I know I will come back to lines in it to refer to again and again and again. I felt transformed by having read Mailhot’s book as if she channeled some of her brilliance to me through osmosis. As though magically just through having read her writing, I myself became more intelligent and a better writer without having to do ANYTHING!! That’s how good she is!”

Mailhot has an MFA in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and has written for The RumpusThe Toast, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. She is presently a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University. Heart Berries is published by Counterpoint Press in the US and Doubleday Canada in Canada.

Acclaimed Scientist and Author Stephen Hawking Has Died

World renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He passed peacefully in his home in Cambridge, England on March 14, 2018 — on Pi Day, which many have called fitting for this icon of scientific discovery. His children released a statement on Wednesday morning lamenting the loss of the famed British cosmologist. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

Stephen Hawking, born on January 8, 1942, studied at both Oxford and Cambridge universities. In 1973 at just 22 years of age, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was given only a few years to live. Though the degenerative disease left him wheelchair-bound for the remainder of his life and unable to speak without the help of a vocal synthesizer, he went on to defy the odds and live for another five decades.

During that time, he achieved groundbreaking discoveries in theoretical physics. He was the first to propose cosmology as a union of Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He reshaped the science in 1974 with his theoretical argument that black holes emit radiation and later evaporate. This radiation is now referred to as Hawking radiation.

a-brief-history-of-timeHawking was also an acclaimed author. In 1988 he published A Brief History of Time, a work that made complex scientific theories accessible to the masses and sold millions of copies in over two decades. He went on to write numerous other books, including The Universe in a Nutshell, A Briefer History of Time, and On the Shoulders of Giants.

Scientist, tech leaders and the internet at large have joined in an outpouring of sadness over his loss, but also in tribute and appreciation of Hawkings’ work and legacy. Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted, “His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure.”

Stephen Hawking will be undoubtedly remembered for his genius, his tenacity, and the persistent pursuit of his unrelenting curiosity.

Why you should read A Brief History of Time

Stunning Harry Potter Cakes for All Potterheads!

Who doesn’t love cake? I know I do! And these amazing Harry Potter cakes will definitely make you want to accio them right towards you:

Sorting Hat cupcakes. “You could be great, you know. It’s all here in your head.” 🦁🐍🐾🦅 . Photos & styling: @allmommywants . . . #cupcakesbyCCC #Sortinghatcupcakes #harrypottercupcakes #orangechocolate #harrypotter #harrypotterparty #harrypotterbirthday #harrypotterdesserts #harrypotterdesserttable #potterhead #sortinghat #gryffindorpride #gryffindorcolors

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10 points to #Gryffindor 😏⚡️ I’m now trying to think of what other Harry Potter cakes I can make 😄 P.S. Happy snow day! ☃️ ・ ・ ・ #cake #harrypottercake #unicorncake #unicorn #swissmeringebuttercream #youreawizardharry #Wednesday #fondant #gold #layercake #vanilla #HarryPotter #homemade #potterhead #snow #baking #undiscoveredbaker #unicorns #cakestagram #happy #pretty #bakinglife #maisieskitchen #sponge #buttercream #frosting #recipe #foodie #London

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Harry Potter cupcakes 🧙🏼‍♂️⚡️#cupcakes #harrypotter #goldensnitch #wands #glasses #maroonbuttercream #vanillabuttercream #harrypottercupcakes #dandeebakery

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Two of my favorite things, Harry Potter and Cake! #darkchocolatecake #mintchocolatechipbuttercream #harrypottercake #potterheadforlife #nevertoooldforharrypotter #ashevillebirthdaycakes #layeredbylex

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#harrypottercake #slytherinthistime #bookcake #snitch #wand #cakeguide #cakemenu #maariapatel #blackburn #blackburncakes

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Harry Potter cupcakes #harrypottercupcakes #harrypottercake #harrypotter

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Harry Potter drip cake 🎂 #cookies #cupcakes #dripcakes #chef #pastrychefsofinstagram #harrypottercake #harrypotterdripcake #bakedbybarnes

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Harry Potter theme cupcakes 🔮⚡️🦉 12 vanilla sponge cupcakes with multicoloured buttercream and gold glitter ✨ #harrypottercupcakes #cupcakes #harrypotter

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Mauraders Map birthday cake

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Thanks @nations_creations for my super awesome birthday cake😍⚡️ Top cake is a vegan vanilla with jam and vanilla frosting, bottom cake is a vegan chocolate mud with chocolate frosting. So flippin’ tasty👅💦

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good…

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“You’re a wizard Harry” A magical Harry Potter themed cake for the Hufflepuff birthday girl #crumbscakeskent #harrypottercake #hufflepuff

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The book of Godric Gryffindor. #cakesofinstagram #shinecakes #bakingwithshine #harrypotter #harrypottercake #gryffindor #magiccake

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Felix felicis para todos os fãs de Harry Potter!!! #danilzabolos #boloharrypotter #hp #harrypottercake #hpcake #facsantos #encontrandoideas #cakedesign #confeitaria

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Harry Potter cupcakes out today to a lovely lady ordering for her friends birthday 😍 the perfect gift ❤️👌🏼 #harrypottercupcakes #fondant #cake #cakedecorating #baker #eastsussex #hastings #LoveKelliesCakes ❤️🎂

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#thecakespecialist #harrypottercake #omahacakes

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The Monsters Book of Monsters, Harry Potter. Bolo especial para o aniversário da queridona Dora!! #cake #chantilly #harrypotter #bolomonstros #harrypottercake #confeitariaartesanal #guloseimasegostosuras #marielaconfeitariaartesanal

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#tanitachispitas #reposteríacreativa #parla #tarta #torta #cake #dripcake #harrypotter #cakeharrypotter #ravenclaw #ravenclawcake #tartaharrypotter #cumpleaños #tartaspersonalizadas #😍

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It’s a birthday kinda week! Today was our favorite dishwasher extraordinaire’s birthday! Happy birthday John- we love you! ❤️ 🎂 🎉 #dedicatedgf #dedicatedglutenfree #vegan #nutfree #eggfree #dairyfree #allergyfriendly #hufflepuff #harrypotter #sortinghat #hufflepuff4life #sortingcake #fondantcake #harrypottercake #hufflepuffcake #whatsupwiththebadger #gumpastesculpture #sculptedcake #cakedesign

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Harry Potter inspired cake for a sweet muggle. Covered in buttercream and decorated with fondant and gum paste. . . . #Harrypottercake #Hufflepuffcake #Dementorcake #coolcakes #cakedecorating #cakestagram

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Un cumpleaños al mejor estilo de #harrypotter Escoge tu estilo y nos encargamos de hacerlo realidad! #thesugarshopbta #fondantcake #cupcakesBogotá #tortasBogotá #tortasbogota #pasteleriabogota #eventosbogota #cupcakes #cake #cakedecorating #fondantdecoration #cake #awesomecake #instacake #bogota #bogotá #cakeColombia #tortacolombia #cakestagram #cakedecor #ponquesbogota #tortapersonalizada #harrypotterbirthday #harrypotter cake #hufflepuff #hufflepuffcake #tortaharrypotter

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Just helped my sister @kathrynyemm make her first ever cake using fondant and it came out so good! 👏🏻👏🏻 #harrypotter #harrypottercake #cake #cakesofinstagram #baking #cakedecorating #slytherin #slytherincake

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#harrypotter #harrypotterfans #harrypottercake #quidditch #quidditchcake #goldensnitch #goldensnitchcake #birthday #happybirthday #birthdaycake #celebration #occasion #funtomake #baker #localbusiness #midlothian #clarnicocakes 😃

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Slytherin Themed Cake #slytherincake #harrypotter #fondantcake #fondant #fondantcakeph #detailedsugar Visit our fb page at www.facebook.com/detailedsugar Call/Txt/Viber 09222025760 Globe Landline 02 8017090 www.detailedsugarcakes.com

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Imagens maravilhosas captadas pela lente do @degugas 📸 ❤️ Uma produção de @scottiproducoes 👏🏻Harry Potter 🔮 #festa #party #festaharrypotter #harrypotterparty #fotografia #cupcakes #cupcakesdecorados #harrypottercupcakes #cupcakesharrypotter #doceluz #docesartesanais #trabalhoartesanal #floripa

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Close up. #camdencakeschinchilla #camdencakes #hufflepuffcake #harrypottercake #acdnmember

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Swish and flick, “Wingardium Leviosa” ⚡️🔮 #cakesbymaryelizabeth #harrypottercake #bakersfieldharrypottercakes #deathlyhallowscake

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Harry Potter themed cake for my friends daughter! She’s Harry Potter mad!! #cake #baking #bakingaddict #kitchenaidmixer #kitchenaid #harrypotter #hufflepuff #hufflepuffcake #sprinkles #sugarpaste #fondant

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🍂 #deathlyhallowscake #deathlyhallows #harrypotter #bitpartbakery #bake #baking #bakery #chocolate #cake

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Can’t let the day go by without a huge THANK YOU to @lunacakesco for making Berkley’s Hufflepuff cake. She absolutely loved it and so did everyone else! Lemon with buttercream… It was delicious! 😋

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This absolute STUNNER of a trip down my childhood was made by none other than Isloo-based @minttobe. Please to note all the geeky details i’m totally fangirling over! #harrypotter #cake #harrypottercake #minttobe #dessert #islamabadcakemaker #lifestyleblogger #foodblogger #asinpink

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Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble (you’re a Potterhead if you sang this in your head 😉) Harry Potter cupcakes⚡️🏰🌌 #cakeologybychic #cebu #cebubased #cebucustomcakes #customcakescebu #cebucustomizedcakes #customizedcakescebu #cebucakes #cebucakesupplier #igerscebu #cebusweets #cebudesserts #dripcakescebu #dripcakecebu #cebudripcake #cebudripcakes #kitkatcakecebu #cebukitkatcake #mermaidcakecebu #unicorncakecebu #harrypottercake #harrypottercakecebu

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Still haven’t had your fill of cakes? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are some bookish cupcakes that are (almost) too pretty to eat.

Literary Funko POPs I’d Like to See

I’m 37 years old and I’ve started to collect toys. Actually, they’re collectible figures, so that makes it okay.  I think. Yes, I may be several years late to this trend, but I’ve finally gotten into Funko POPs. Perhaps their big heads just finally wore me down, but I found myself putting a few on my Elfster gift list for two holiday Secret Santa groups I was in—and was gifted Princess Leia, DC Bombshells Wonder Woman, and Jessica Jones. Then I got Bombshells Harley Quinn. Then Antiope and Captain Marvel…and eventually Dopey and Batgirl as well. Ahsoka Tano and Batwoman are on my wish list, as are Ms. Marvel, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa (Hoth edition), Amy & Sheldon (The Big Bang Theory), Maleficent, Rainbow Brite (coming out in May), Mary Poppins, and the 3-pack of Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit from A Wrinkle in Time. You know, just in case anyone wants to surprise me.

I may or may not have been obsessing  doing research for this post, and gotten sucked down the rabbit hole of POPs. They have Disney POPs, DC and Marvel POPs, NBA POPs, TV and movie POPs…but it got me thinking: which literary POPs would I like to see? So many to think of.

Esther Greenwood, complete in a clear plastic bell jar.

Audre Lorde, holding her fist aloft.

Scout Finch and Boo Radley. Maybe with a little tree.

Joan Didion.

Virginia Woolf, holding a copy of A Room of One’s Own.

Maya Angelou, setting a bird free from its cage.

For the hipsters, a little David Foster Wallace, looking pensive.

Pippi Longstocking.

Carrie Fisher, giving the finger (I’m counting her as literary because she DID write fiction and nonfiction).

Holden Caulfield in his red hunting hat. He’d think this was such a phony thing to do, anyway.

G. Willow Wilson, wearing her hijab and holding a tiny Ms. Marvel.

Gail Simone, standing on a refrigerator.

Ramona Quimby. At age 8, of course.

Kelly Sue DeConnick, wearing Bitch Planet noncompliant overalls.

I could go on and on, thinking about which literary Funko POPs I’d like to see. So, hey, Funko…if you need someone to develop this line, hit me up. I’m available.

Which POPs would you like to see?