Welcome, class, to Muggle Studies!
Through the Book Blogger Creativity Project, hosted by Nori @ ReadWriteLove28, several other book bloggers/Hogwarts professors and I collaborated on various classes to enhance book and blogging repertoire through classes at the Hogwarts School of Blogcraft and Bookistry series.
Today, we applied our magic to a different sort of lessons. I adore spells and incantations, and am happy to whip my wand out for just about any task, but it is also important to recognize non-magical practices. Acknowledging and understanding Muggle activities can allow us witches and wizards to be open-minded and expand our own horizons in terms of creativity, imagination, and bravery.
Our class discussion highlighted book bloggers who have enchanted us with their incredible discussion posts on current issues. We will also cover some contemporary book recommendations to explore a divergent genre.
Here are a few points that came up during our discussion. Feel free to take notes!
Bloggers Who Excel at Discussion PostsProfessor Claire (Ravenclaw): I applaud all who strive or have striven to communicate their thoughts on a discussion topic; discussion posts require a lot of determination and critical thinking! Notably, though, Nova @ Out of Time consistently and successfully presents her unique perspective on sometimes controversial topics. Her posts make great reads!
Tuzi: Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales has interesting insights to what's going on in the blogosphere. Check this post out.
Angel: Cait @ Paper Fury does the best discussion posts ever! She makes everything funny and relatable.
Aentee: I love the discussion posts done by Kayla of The Thousand Lives. Also have to add that I am a huge fangirl of Cait of Paper Fury like many others, I love her creative discussions and the energy she brings.
Aimee: I have to agree with Claire on this one--Nova has some of the best discussion posts out there. She writes about topics that we all think about but don’t have enough courage to post.
Joey: Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner has been killing it with highly relatable posts dealing with the reader/blogger life with a super positive and forward-thinking attitude that’s sure to bring a smile.
Best Contemporary Books
Professor Claire (Ravenclaw): A few of my favorites are Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.
Tuzi: Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Fat Cat by Robin Brande, Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne, Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Angel: Kissing in America, Ketchup Clouds, If He Had Been With Me
Tiffany: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, Golden, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, Made You Up
Shanelle: *gaps* My heart! Curl up with Anna and the French Kiss, or a Sarah Ockler book! ESPECIALLY The Summer of Chasing Mermaids.
Nori: Oh contemporary- I could go on forever and ever with recommendations! But I’ll try to keep it short. Just to name a few...Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid, Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell, and For the Record by Charlotte Huang.
Aentee: My favorite contemporary of all time is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell for it’s startling relatability.
Aimee: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids (Sarah Ockler), Emmy & Oliver (Robin Benway), Faking Normal (Courtney Stevens), Dangerous Girls (Abigail Haas), Written in the Stars (Aisha Saeed), All the Rage (Courtney Summers) and many more!
Joey: The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Ness), The Thing About Jellyfish (Benjamin)