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Just finished reading Charlotte’s Web for my Children’s Literature class. These are just a few of my favorite quotes. Enjoy.

“What does sedentary mean?” asked Wilbur. “Means I sit still a good part of the time and don’t go wandering all over creation. I know a good thing when I see it, and my web is a good thing. I stay put and wait for what comes. Gives me a chance to think.”

“Patiently he awaited the end of winter and the coming of the little spiders. Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. The winter ended at last.”

–E.B. White

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read it and weep

I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately. Well, I’ve been on a reading kick for the past few years, being an English Lit major and all. I try to convince myself that I’m picking up the books I read for class by choice, that My Antonia and White Noise have been on my “must-read” list for ages. Oddly enough, I normally can’t seem to forget that this is homework. But last semester, I reeeeally enjoyed the books I read. (Shout out to Dr. Billone and her stinkin’ awesome Children’s Literature class) I cried reading Peter Pan (who knew?!), I was freaked out by Alice in Wonderland, I fell in love with Clive Staples Lewis, and I was shocked Wizard of Oz wasn’t like the movie. This semester, I’m in a Chaucer Middle English class (eeeesh) and drumroll please…another children’s literature class. But this time, it’s definitely Kiddie Lit. (even though my teacher told us never to refer to her class in that way.) I’m talkin’ picture books. We’re reading Charlotte’s Web next week. WHAT? Sign me the heck up. And I might just write my huge, final paper on Holes if I’m feeling crazy.

Point being…I’ve loved that I’ve actually been able to enjoy and even love some of the books I’ve been reading for class lately. But I’ve loved even more the fact that I’ve been on my own reading-for-pleasure kick. On Sunday, I finished Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. A-mazing. I laughed, I cried, I highly recommend it. I could type out bunches and bunches of quotes…but I will show some restraint and let the two people who read this enjoy it for themselves. Shout out to Jessica Hoaglin and our two-whoa-man book club who read it along with me. Read it and weep. Literally.

mission accomplished

Dear party people, I actually did it. If you ran across my blog a year ago, you may or may not remember me promising to myself and to the entire world that I would finish the Harry Potter series by the time the last movie came out. And being that I was absolutely non-existing in the blogging world this summer…I didn’t get to acknowledge on the world wide web the fact that I actually accomplished this goal!

Here’s to you little Harry, Ron, & Hermione—I watched you grow up from May to July. Kids grow up too fast these days.

Harry was a big part of my summer. I hung out with him many-a-night and frequently took him to the pool with me and my friends. After reading through the entire series, I figured out what all the Potter-mania was all about. I doubted its awesome-ness, but it is all it’s cracked up to be. Border-line life changing. Okay, so I’m being a little dramatic, but they seriously are on my top-favorite books list now. I tip my hat to J.K. Rowling. (Side note: Does anyone know if she is a Believer?! There is so much good v. evil and Christ imagery in there–she just has to! I really hope she does.)

I literally read the last page of Book 7 hours before I went to the theater downtown for the midnight premiere. Just call me last-minute-whoa-man. I was there sporting my Dark Mark in honor of Severus Snape. Also, I am now one of those people that says with confidence, “Holy moly. The books are so much better than the movies.”

friends getting ready for the midnight premiere extravaganza

So glad I ventured into the wonderful world of Hogwarts. Thank goodness I somehow lived under a rock long enough to not find out the ending so I could read them on my own. Better late than never, right?

Long live Harry Potter.

HP

After a long sabbatical from JK Rowlings, I picked up The Sorcerer’s Stone this summer. (After reading it in 3rd grade and failing the Accelerated Reader aka AR test. It’s still a touchy subject.) Let’s be honest, I’m such a wannabe-hp-fanatic. I really do want to be able to be extra nerdy, dress up for the very last midnight premiere, and say “omg i love harry potter”–but I just have not earned that right…yet. So I have a not-so-new goal that I’ve decided to make official by blogging about it in a dramatic fashion. DUH.

I, Jennifer Elizabeth Campbell, do hereby state that I will read Harry Potter, books 2-7, before the Deathly Hallows Part 2 release date: July 15th, 2011.

Mark my words, it will happen people.

ps: Whatttuuup Weasley? You be lookin’ good. Call me.