Melissa Ratcliff’s January 2017 TBR: J.K. Rowling, Patrick Rothfuss and More

Starting off the New Year with new takes on old favorites.

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Last year, I did not have a lot of time to read for pleasure; I was busy finishing up college, which required a lot of reading on its own. To get back into reading regularly for my own enjoyment, I went back to what I know and love: J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter. I grew up reading the books; in fact, I have read them hundreds of times. So, when I finally had time to read on a regular basis again, I turned to the series that has always been an important part of my life.

I’ll be dedicating my January 2017 TBR list to all the authors that I love. This month’s focus will be on author’s whose books I’ve been looking forward to reading for a long time. From revisiting my roots with the fantasy genre to taking a look at a memoir written by one of my favorite people, here is my TBR list to start off the new year:

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, J.K. Rowling

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Pottermore Limited/ Carl Court

Synopsis: No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Thoughts: I have always been interested in how the Ministry of Magic works. Sure, we learn about the different departments, but Rowling only goes into detail about a few of them. I would love to see more detail about the departments of the Ministry. I am also hoping that there will be more clarification about how power is distributed across the wizarding world. We know that there is a Minister of Magic and various heads of departments, but how does international law work? Who has power and why?

It will also be great to finally learn more about why Umbridge is such a cruel bitch. So many of her actions in Deathly Hallows remind me of a younger Voldermort. I am really looking forward to learning more about the dark side of the wizarding world through this collection of short stories.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, J.K. Rowling

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Pottermore Limited/ Carl Court

Synopsis: Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing from the Pottermore archives: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship, and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way

Thoughts: We get to learn more about McGonagall and Lupin?! While we see brief glimpses into their past lives and emotions throughout the Harry Potter series, it will be a real treat to learn more about these two in particular. What happened in McGonagall’s life that made her so strict and seemingly cold, when there are small moments when she shows elements of sympathy and compassion? How has Lupin’s condition affected him? Do we learn more about his childhood? I might be hoping for a little too much here, as I am dying to know more about Lupin, Lily, James, and Sirius, but I am really looking forward to this e-book and what it has to offer.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete & Unreliable Guide, J.K. Rowling

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Pottermore Limited/ Carl Court

Synopsis: ‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Thoughts: The title of this e-book strongly reminds me of the encyclopedia that Rowling mentioned years ago, wherein she was going to provide more information about the characters, objects, and aspects of the wizarding world that didn’t make it into the Harry Potter books. As the main focus of this e-book seems to be Hogwarts, hopefully, we will learn more about the sorting hat, the house common rooms, and school subjects. Sure, we know the basics of these things, but it would be great to learn more about them. Here’s to hoping that we get more detail about the inner workings of Hogwarts.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss

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Synopsis: Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows…

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world

Thoughts: I actually pre-ordered this book with the intention of reading it immediately. However, college caught up with me and I found that I never had time to read it. The longer I waited, the more I wanted to read Patrick Rothfuss Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear again before delving into Slow Regard. Even though I have read them both before, multiple times, I really wanted the story to be fresh in my mind, which is rather silly, as Slow Regard only requires you to be familiar with Auri’s character. I bought this book because I love Auri. She is my favorite character from the series because she is so mysterious and strange. In some ways, I relate to her character, and I am hoping that I enjoy this book as much as I adore her.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day

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Synopsis: From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world… or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

Thoughts: I have always looked up to Felicia Day as an internet personality. From her work on the Guild to her popular internet channel, Geek and Sundry, I have watched her grow and expand her network of a geek, nerd and gamer culture with awe. I have always had a strong attachment to Day, as I see a lot of myself in her. I can’t wait to finally read her memoir to learn more about her life, as well as her struggles with being a girl and an active gamer.

Have you read any of the books on this list?!

Tell us which books you’re most looking forward to reading in the comments below!
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Written by Melissa Ratcliff

Reader, Writer & Translator. Cats, books and video games are my life.