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by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 119
Views: 1875

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: 80

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: 119
Views: 1875

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: 22

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: 29
Views: 586

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
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 586

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: 167

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: 119
Views: 1875

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: 29
Views: 586

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: 2
Views: 78

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.
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Philosopher's Stone 20th Anniversary Celebrations
Topic: PS - Week 2 - Hogwarts: A History
Replies: 7
Views: 146

PS - Week 2 - Hogwarts: A History

It's bewitched to look like the sky outside. I read about it in Hogwarts: A History Hermione was certainly well-informed about the magical wonders she would encounter at Hogwarts (and willing to inform anyone else who would listen!). Just imagine poring over a book full of the rich and mystical his...
by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 119
Views: 1875

Re: Quick Quotes

To celebrate the end of term, this weeks prompt is...
Advice to Graduating Students

From Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
You could rattle the stars...You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too.
by Sky Alton
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Between the Pages
Topic: Whose Stone is it Anyway?
Replies: 11
Views: 194

Re: Whose Stone is it Anyway?

Before I jump into the discussion, just wanted to provide a bit of cultural clarification which I really hope will help. For me (as a UK dweller) philosopher doesn’t mean anything mystical . It is just as likely to say ‘Plato’ or ‘Aristotle’ to me as it is to you. As far as I know, it doesn’t have t...
by Sky Alton
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: General Harry Potter
Topic: Picking a Passage
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Picking a Passage

(Not a hidden one behind a statue of a one eyed witch....) The other day, I was at a formal event for one of the UK’s big literary societies (no, I don’t know how I ended up there either….). The entertainment was a celebration of literary anniversaries with a dramatic reading of a passage from the p...
by Sky Alton
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Between the Pages
Topic: Does Magic Last?
Replies: 7
Views: 177

Does Magic Last?

A soft hooting came from a dark shop with a sign saying Eeylops Owl Emporium - Tawny, Screech, Barn, Brown, and Snowy. Several boys of about Harry's age had their noses pressed against a window with broomsticks in it. "Look," Harry heard one of them say, "the new Nimbus Two Thousand ...
by Sky Alton
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Between the Pages
Topic: Whose Stone is it Anyway?
Replies: 11
Views: 194

Whose Stone is it Anyway?

A book by any other name…. As you probably know, in America, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published as ‘… And The Sorcerer’s Stone ’. Fun fact: for the 2001 film, the actors had to shoot two versions of the scenes where the stone was mentioned because of it. Apparently, The Publisher...
by Sky Alton
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: Summer Prompt: Objects of Power
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Summer Prompt: Objects of Power

The ancient study of alchemy is concerned with making the Philosopher’s Stone, a legendary substance with astonishing powers. The Stone will transform any metal into pure gold. It also produces the Elixir of Life, which will make the drinker immortal. -J.K. Rowling The stone is an interesting objec...
by Sky Alton
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: Alanna, Chapters 5 and 6
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Alanna, Chapters 5 and 6

Mostly all spoilers.... “You can be a woman and still be a warrior.” I’d completely forgotten how wonderful a character Coram was. He goes from doubting Alanna’s scheme to being the first one who truly accepts and believes in her for who and what she is and wants to be. The same with Raoul (cand...
by Sky Alton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: Alanna, Chapters 3 and 4
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Alanna, Chapters 3 and 4

Beware, here be spoilers... “I wish you would thrash him, he deserves it.” “I will one day, sir, I’m getting tired of falling down.” Perhaps you could call this section of the book a bit too violent for younger readers. But you have to admire Alanna’s tenacity in the face of her bully’s continuous o...
by Sky Alton
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Monthly Book Discussions
Topic: Alanna, Chapters 1 and 2
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Alanna, Chapters 1 and 2

First, general personal reflections…. The first chapter of Alanna really means a lot to me because I have experienced her frustration and to have it written out like that (is that all I’m good for?)…it makes me feel vindicated. The fact that she had the courage to do something about it gives me a bo...

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