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"The sweet, sound passage of time." "What's she dribbling on about?"

So. 2013. This feels pretty good. Yeah. I'm likin' this year so far.

This post is mainly to remind people that TWO events are happening this week.

1) The Harry Potter Readalong of Amazing Awesomeness or whatever I called it is starting FRIDAY

The first post for what will surely be the greatest readalong in the history of the internet is going to be introductions (I DON'T KNOW ALL OF YOU) and things that might be harder to discuss in the weekly book discussion posts. What do you see in the series as a whole? Are there issues/random things you think we should look out for while we re-read this (or in Meg's case, 'read this')? Really it's a 'do whatever you want' post. 

As mentioned before, the people who usually take part in these readalongs tend to respond to books with keyboard mashing and GIFs. So if that's not for you, mayyybe don't do it? And this is pretty much about discussion, so be prepared to visit other blogs and tell people they and their opinion SUCK but you love them anyway. Or however you want to put it — I'm not Harry Truman; I don't know things.

So let's get ready for talking about whether Dobby is the Jar Jar Binks of Harry Potter, how much Sirius Black does, in fact, suck eggs, and why Luna Lovegood's Quidditch commentary is MAYBE the best part of the entire series.

2) Second thing this week is A TIKA-HOSTED MINI READATHON.

Tika (who is super-cool) is hosting a mini-readathon for those of us who're tired and not overly ambitious and can commit to maybe eight hours so long as snacks are involved. All the details on the mininess can be found on her blog (which you should subscribe to, fyi).

It's starting at 10 a.m. CST, which is perfect, because then I have time in the morning to trawl Tumblr for hilarious gifsets of a puppy trying to challenge a cow. The cow doesn't acknowledge you, puppy! You are too small!

I feel like that's enough for the first week of the new year. I'm gonna go try to start Gone Girl so I can attempt to be on the dull edge of popular literature (the cutting edge for Gone Girl passed by, what? six months ago?).


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