August 5, 2014
Adventure Guess the Books: Answers Revealed!
Your challenge yesterday was to name the book titles just by looking at these little pieces of the book covers. Did you guess them all?
Here are the answers:
- The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
- The 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson
- Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
- I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis
- Infestation by Timothy J. Bradley
How did you do? Have you read all these books? Then you should totally join us for the rest of the Adventure Books Bash going on all month long!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
August 5, 2014
Adventure Guess the Books
We are celebrating books of adventurous action this August. Can you guess the book titles from this tiny sliver of each cover? I’ll give you a hint: They are all really, really action-filled adventure books!
Leave your guesses in the Comments, and check your answers here.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
August 4, 2014
Create a Caption for Fatboy
It looks like this is one doggie who really knows how to use his puppy dog eyes to his advantage! Who could say no to that face? I would just be giving him treat after treat after treat!
What do YOU think he is begging for? Write your own caption for Fatboy in the Comments!
Here’s my caption: “Oh! Oh! Can I pleeeasse sit on the couch? Billy is reading his Clifford books and I reaalllly want to look at the pictures!”
Amanda, STACKS Intern
August 1, 2014
Find out what these stars are reading this summer.
We are always curious/nosy to know what people are reading. You never know where your next favorite book will come from. So we asked a few stars of Disney shows to tell us what they are reading this summer. Here’s what they said . . .
Francesca Capaldi from Dog With a Blog is reading Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan.
Calum Worthy from Austin and Ally is reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Really?
Maddy Whitby from Radio Disney’s Morgan & Maddy in the Morning is re-reading the Harry Potter series.
Leave a Comment and let us know what YOU are reading this summer!
Photos courtesy Disney Channel
July 31, 2014
Vote for your favorite Harry Potter birthday cake.
It’s Harry Potter’s birthday today! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, dear Harry! Potter fans across the globe have baked and decorated some pretty amazing Harry Potter-themed cakes throughout the years. I don’t know about you, but my baking skills don’t even have a broom to fly on against these delicious-looking Potter cakes.
Which birthday cake do you vote for as the best fan-made Harry Potter birthday cake?! Leave your vote in the Comments.
Marisa, STACKS Intern
Birthday cake image credits: Daniel Drexler, woodleywonderworks, Two Kings Confections, TipsyCake Chicago
July 30, 2014
Please join us TODAY for a live readathon to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday!
Since it will be on Harry Potter’s actual birthday, it will be a combination birthday party/readathon. You can read, eat virtual cake, chat with all your reader friends on STACKS, and participate in some special Harry Potter challenges we have planned.
- When: Thursday, July 31 at noon ET
- Where: Harry Potter Message Board
- How: Sign in to the Message Board at noon with your STACKS screen name. If you don’t have a screen name, it’s easy to get one – and free! Sign up now.
Art copyright Kazu Kibuishi
Hope to see you at the readathon!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
July 30, 2014
2 word puzzles for Harry Potter fans
Harry Potter Week continues, leading up to the big day: July 31. It is the birthday of the Boy Who Lived . . . and also (not coincidentally) the day of the STACKS live readathon. Are you coming? It will be a great chance to chat with other book-lovers and celebrate Harry’s birthday together. You might not know this, but there are a LOT of Harry Potter fans on the STACKS! For example . . .
CatGymnastics173 created this acrostic puzzle. You have to figure out what the letters stand for and complete the sentence. Your only clue is that they are all from the 4th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
- D P F is the P to the P B.
- B C disguises himself as A (M E) M.
- H fights a H H.
- There are F T C.
- V comes back to P.
Your next puzzle is a Harry Potter Word Scramble brought to you by HappyUnicorn108.
- K.J. wolRnig
Leave your guesses in the Comments and if you liked these puzzles, go friend CatGymnastics173 and HappyUnicorn108!
AND, please come to the live readathon! It won’t be the same without you!
July 30, 2014
It’s time for Books of the Month!
WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO! It’s BOOKS OF THE MONTH TIME!!! I know you can’t see me from across the Internet, but I’m doing my little books-of-the-month dance right now. (There’s a lot of wiggling involved.) You guys, I love Books of the Month. I can’t wait to find out your cool new book recommendations!
You STACKS regulars can probably do this in your sleep, but for those of you new to the ~*mAgiC*~ that is Books of the Month, here’s the deal: at the end of June I asked you all what books you were reading. Then I made a word cloud to show which titles are most popular. As he has been for some time now, Percy Jackson leads the pack in popularity, but some other titles have been steadily rising in rank over the months. (Percy had better watch his back! Dork Diaries is sneaking up there!) See for yourself:
Summertime Books of the Month posts are the best because summertime means UNLIMITED TIME FOR READING, which is just the greatest thing in the whole wide world. And you get to read in awesome places, like in your backyard or on your roof top or on the beach. Summer reading rocks! Even better, you can read in our super-crazy-cool event at tomorrow’s Harry Potter Readathon!!!
Let’s keep this going. What books are you reading now? What books do you absolutely, positively love and think everyone in the whole wide world should read? Leave the title (or titles!) in the Comments below. I can’t wait to see what new books you recommend!
— En-Szu, STACKS Staffer
July 29, 2014
Personality Quiz: Which Harry Potter character are you?
Have you ever wished you could go to Hogwarts after reading one of J. K. Rowling’s books?! OK. Stupid question. OF COURSE YOU HAVE! Whether you’ve read the series or watched the movies, all the characters are so relatable that there always seems to be that one character you have a lot in common with.
Which Harry Potter character are you most like? Take this quiz and find out!
- While working on a group project you . . . A) tend to get wrapped up in your own work and are quick to correct others. B) are very well organized and take your responsibilities very seriously. C) are the natural leader but take everyone’s thoughts and ideas into consideration. D) hate doing the work if it doesn’t involve you totally being in charge.
- Your favorite subject at school is . . . A) Arithmancy (Mathematics). B) History of Magic (History). C) Defense Against the Dark Arts (English). D) Charms and Potions (Science).
- You notice that someone has left a bag in the corridor so you . . . A) give it to a professor. B) bring it to the main office hoping the person who lost it will look there first. C) try to figure out whose bag it is and return it. D) take it back to your room and rummage through it.
- You spend your time after school . . . A) reading and studying in the library. B) supervising a group activity or club. C) playing on your school’s Quidditch (sports) team. D) challenging your friends to duels in the schoolyard.
- You usually come across to others as . . . A) intelligent and goal-oriented. B) responsible and reliable. C) brave and loyal. D) overly confident.
- Your tragic flaw is . . . A) sometimes acting like a know-it-all. B) judging others too harshly. C) getting too absorbed in your own personal pursuits. D) being conceited.
Ready for the moment of truth? Count up your answers and find out which Harry Potter character you are!
If you answered mostly A’s: You are Hermione Granger!
Like Hermione, you are a smart, natural born thinker. You love problem solving and learning, and you tend to get caught up in your own studies.
If you answered mostly B’s: You are Minerva McGonagall!
Like Professor McGonagall, you are very well organized and always get the job done. People come to you to help solve their problems or give them advice. You have a very strong set of morals and always try to do the right thing.
If you answered mostly C’s: You are Harry Potter!
Like Harry, you are very easy to get along with. You are a loyal friend and are very independent. People look up to you and trust you to lead the way. You learn best by doing and taking things apart to figure them out.
If you answered mostly D’s: You are Draco Malfoy!
Like Malfoy, you are quick-thinking and adaptable. You are sometimes pessimistic, but you are also strategic and usually predict how things will play out. You are intuitive and very confident in yourself and your abilities.
PS. You are invited to celebrate Harry’s birthday with us at a live readathon on July 31. Happy birthday, Harry!
—Amanda, STACKS Intern
Harry Potter illustration by Mary GrandPré
July 29, 2014
Harry Potter Name Meanings
What is in a name? Harry Potter could hardly go by anything else! Okay, except for “The Chosen One,” I suppose. In celebration of Harry’s birthday on July 31, we’ve compiled a list of Harry Potter name meanings! Whether you’re a seasoned Harry Potter fan and honorary member of Dumbledore’s Army, or you’re just starting your first year at Hogwarts, you’ve probably noticed J. K. Rowling’s characters have some quirky names. From Hermione to Bellatrix, it turns out their names might signify more than you realize. Check out the following Harry Potter name meanings to see just how much thought went into naming our magical friends of the wizarding world. Continue reading