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by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: TV Talk
Topic: Breaking News (Aka The Dreaded Rules)
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: Breaking News (Aka The Dreaded Rules)

Bumping Ari’s fabulous rules to draw your attention to a couple (less fabulous) alterations from me. Also to highlight the change-over of the Mod for ‘TV Talk’. *waves shyly* I’ve also done a tiny bit of summer-cleaning. I’ve removed those topics that were specific to a particular year and those abo...
by Sky Alton
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: HOL Appreciation Month - GOLD SPIRIT AWARD
Replies: 22
Views: 617

Re: HOL Appreciation Month - GOLD SPIRIT AWARD

Finally earn over 2000 points (Seriously, needs to happen, Sky)
Pass 6 OWLs
Help organise at least 2 activities for HOL
Help organise at least 3 activities for Gryffindor
Submit At least twice to house papers other than the Paw Print

Sounds simple enough ... right?
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Between the Pages
Topic: Flavours of Fantasy: What do you Look For?
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: Flavours of Fantasy: What do you Look For?

Another challenge and another dive into the many and varied realms of fantasy fiction. I’ve encountered a few more definite (or indefinite) ‘types’ this time and I’ll profile them below (and do my best not to spoil anything that isn't already in the blurbs). Briar Rose by Jana Oliver Synopsis (curte...
by Sky Alton
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 932

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2017

*drops in again to remind everyone to please update their pledge posts above with links to their reviews, discussions and what not and then vanishes into the mist* (Seriously guys, it's a massive help with keeping track of your amazing progress!) ;)
by Sky Alton
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Ask a Prefect
Topic: Forgotten Hol-id
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: Forgotten Hol-id

Your HOL ID is el1378. If you've forgotten your password, post on the topic called 'Forgotten Hol Office Passwords' in the 'Administrator's Office' section of the forum-someone will email you. If you've forgotten your passwords for the Common Rooms, then it's best to check on each of them for their ...
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 932

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2017

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer of reading! And for anyone yet to pledge, you still have plenty of time to join us! Wherever you’re at with your target, I just wanted to remind you that you have about 2 and a half weeks - until August 27th, 11.59 PM Hol-time to be exact - to finish those bo...
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Monthly Book Discussions
Replies: 16
Views: 583

Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Who will guard the living when the dead arise? In September, we’ll be diving into The Old Kingdom with ‘Sabriel’ by Garth Nix! . Synopsis courtesy of the publisher: Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After recei...
by Sky Alton
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Book Talk
Topic: Book Lovers Day
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: Book Lovers Day

World book day! Well, technically it's just a UK thing (the rest of the world celebrates World Book and Copyright Day on another day entirely) but we call it that because we like to be the centre of attention. Children get book vouchers and are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters. A...
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: Alanna, Chapters 1 and 2
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Alanna, Chapters 1 and 2

Katelin, I can totally see where you’re coming from. The writing is more than a little jerky and even stilted in places and could be off-putting. It’s part of the reason why I much, much prefer the later novels about Tortall -Tamora Pierce improves a lot as a writer as she goes along. The later nove...
by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 130
Views: 2292

Re: Quick Quotes

This week's prompt is....

Strange First words for a child....

From the Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien
The road goes ever on and on....
by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 130
Views: 2292

Re: Quick Quotes

This week's prompt is....(or is it?)

Text from a book about conspiracy theories

From Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Never trust a duck
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Bulletin Board
Topic: Happy Birthday, Sky!
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: Happy Birthday, Sky!

Thank you, everyone! I have a wonderful day and you lot were definitely one of the reasons why <3
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 130
Views: 2292

Re: Quick Quotes

This weeks prompt is...

A stage direction from a comedic play

From Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Exeunt, pursued by weasels
by Sky Alton
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: The Bookshelf
Topic: Book Review: Pride and Prejudice
Replies: 0
Views: 36

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice

Title: Pride and Prejudice Author: Jane Austen Series: N/A Genre: ‘Regency Romance’ Synopsis (a bad one by me because I couldn’t find a better one): The second eldest of five sisters in the 1790s, Elizabeth Bennet has to cope with the wilful eccentricities of her father, the oblivious tastelessness ...
by Sky Alton
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 932

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2017

I keep forgetting to pledge so before it slips my mind again, I pledge 5 books And my first post is a review of Pride and Prejudice over on the Bookshelf http://forum.hol.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=391&p=275290#p275290 For my next three books, Briar Rose by Jana Oliver, Throne of Glass by Sarah Jane...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 932

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2017

It's great to see so many pledges already! As a quick update to the requirements above, we'd also appreciate it if you could edit your pledge (IE your reply to this thread) each time you post about a book . It just makes it easier for us to keep track of your progress and work out what is part of th...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Philosopher's Stone 20th Anniversary Celebrations
Topic: PS - Week 3 - Exams
Replies: 7
Views: 185

PS - Week 3 - Exams

Though Harry, Ron and Hermione had plenty on their plates with their concerns over the Philosopher’s Stone, there was no getting away from the end of year exams. It must have been especially hard to concentrate… working late into the night, trying to remember the ingredients in complicated potions, ...
by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 130
Views: 2292

Re: Quick Quotes

This weeks prompt is (drum roll please)....

Step 5 in my evil plan to take over the world

From Matilda by Roald Dahl
The bottle of PLATINUM BLONDE HAIR-DYE EXTRA STRONG
by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 932

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Find somewhere comfy to sit, pour yourself a cool drink, let the sun beat down and turn the first page! It’s time for the Summer Reading Challenge. The golden, lazy days of summer are ideal for making a dent in that list of books you’ve been meaning to read for a while. Wouldn’t it be great if, as w...
by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge-Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Summer Reading Challenge-Questions

If you have any questions about the Summer Reading Challenge, please pose them here and a Book Club staff member will get back to you ASAP.

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