Origin by Dan Brown

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery… and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

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Thoughts on the Game of Thrones Finale

Bittersweet bi-ter-sweet (adjective)

1: being at once bitter and sweet

especially: pleasant but including or marked by elements of suffering or regret

I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. I mean, it’s no secret that Tolkien has been a huge influence on me, and I love the way he ended Lord of the Rings. It ends with victory, but it’s a bittersweet victory. 

George R.R. Martin, The Observer 2015

It wasn’t just about Game of Thrones ending, it was about the end of an era. An era where fantasy and geek reigned supreme. Coming out of the finale after following the show for a decade feels like waking from a pleasant slumber only to be assaulted by the next Netflix teen drama.

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Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness

Please raise a hand if you haven’t read the All Soul’s Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Ok, now for those who haven’t read this incredible, outstanding trilogy, you need to read it, like yesterday. If you’re interested in reading my review for the trilogy you can do so here, there is a warning at the end that there are a bit of spoilers regarding the final book in the trilogy so be sure not to read that part if you don’t want to be spoiled.

When I began reading A Discovery of Witches in June 2011, I was completely enraptured by the story. My entire summer became consumed with Matthew and Diana, I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to the series. Can you imagine Richard Armitage as Matthew? Swooooooon. When I read that Harkness was writing a spin-off series? Stand alone? All about Matthew’s son, Marcus Whitmore, I screamed in excitement. Continue reading “Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness”

How to Visit the Wizarding World on a Budget

When my friend, Julie, and I decided to take a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we agreed that we wanted to keep the costs down. As busy Moms and new homeowners, it was an extremely important factor in our decision to go. While my friend has been, I have never been and in my opinion, it’s sacrilegious! As big a fan as I am, I should have experienced this a long, long time ago. Responsibilities and finances have always held me back, after having a discussion with my husband, he was ready to support my going on a “girls trip.”  I finally felt ready to experience this magical place. Continue reading “How to Visit the Wizarding World on a Budget”