Bookmarks: September 13th

IT’S FRIDAY THE 13TH, and things can get a little crazy, but we have so much great news to even the day out!

1. Queen J.K. Rowling has announced that she will be penning a screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

This textbook, mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is written by magizoologist (someone who studies magical creatures) Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling specified that the film will not be a prequel or a sequel to Harry Potter, but will take place in the same wizarding world that she created. She hinted that it will take place in New York, 70 years before Harry’s birth!

Click here to see how some of the HP cast reacted. Evanna Lynch had me rolling!

2. Janie Chang‘s debut novel Three Souls is so good that it’s our new Savvy Reader Book Club pick! Are you a fan of Amy Tan? Have you already read Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride? This is definitely the book you want to check out next! Haunting and atmospheric, Three Souls takes you to 19th century China where a restless ghost must find her way and make a life or death decision.

3. The weather is getting colder, but there is nothing like the feeling of curling up with a good book and something hot to drink. I know I’m ready to spend the night with Amy Tan‘s The Valley of Amazement. Shifting from Shanghai’s courtesan culture to the mysterious fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village, The Valley of Amazement is a tale of two women in search for their identities. Plus, as Amy Tan pointed out on twitter, this lovely book has a “double-duty.” You can read it and wear it!

We’re excited to see your Valley of Amazement faces on twitter in November!

4. Who doesn’t like free books? Especially when said free book is Max Lucado‘s You’ll Get Through This?


5. And no, I didn’t forget that it IS Friday the 13th, and so here is my toast to this superstitious day! Did you know these five Friday the 13th facts?

  1. Daniel Defoe and Samuel Beckett were born on Friday the 13th.
  2. Today is Roald Dahl Day, so nothing can go wrong! He was born on September 13th, 1916, and would have been 97 today!
  3. Friday, the Thirteenth is a 1907 novel by American businessman and author Thomas W. Lawson, which tells the story of how a broker chooses that day to bring down Wall Street.
  4. Italian culture generally considers 13 to be a lucky number. The number 17 though…!
  5. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia. Try saying that three times.

And just a little something to cheer you up:

#FF on twitter! Follow @notquiteanitwit and @SavvyReader for more bookish fun.

Happy Friday the 13th!


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