DIY Book Page Mini Top Hat

Materials Needed:
A book
Card or light cardboard
Glue gun
A Disposable coffee cup
PVA glue
Scissors
Pencil

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Movies about Books

I love a good movie about a book. It adds another dimension to the story of the movie since we can’t get our hands on the book (in most cases) leaving us with an unfulfillable desire to discover the contents of the book.

Here are some of my favourite movies that centre around a book or books.

Inkheart

A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook’s hero. – IMDB

The Pagemaster

A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life. – IMDB

The Ninth Gate

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. – IMDB

The Princess Bride

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. – IMDB

The Never-Ending Story

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. – IMDB

The Hours

The story of how the novel “Mrs. Dalloway” affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. – IMDB

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as “the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past. – IMDB

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. – IMDB

The Evil Dead

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. – IMDB

Harry Potter: A History of Magic Review

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Title: Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Author: Ben Davies, Natalie Dormer
(narrator), J.K Rowling, Britsh Library

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:  
Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures. Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears. This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.

Format: Audiobook

Pages/Hours: 11 hours 39 minutes

Ownership: Library

My Rating: ★★★★★

Tags: History, Alchemy, Interviews, Exhibition, Behind-the-Scenes

Harry Potter A History of Magic
Instagram @elainehowlin_

Review:  This was so interesting! I loved the interviews with Stephen Fry, Jim Kay and Jim Dale and all the little snippets about Rowling writing the first Harry Potter book. And I loved all the actual history of magic and creatures that inspired Rowling.
Natalie Dormer was a great narator as well.

You will love it if you’re a history fan or a Harry Potter fan.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

DIY Book Page Rose

Decorate your bookshelves with these DIY book page roses. They are pretty quick and easy to make using this template from Lia Griffith.

To create your rose you will need a book you don’t mind cutting out the pages of, scissors, pencil/pen, glue gun, wooden skewer, the template and watercolour paint if you decide to paint it.

And if you’re not already, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel. I post bookish videos twice a week.

https://www.youtube.com/elainehowlin

The Irish Readthon 2019 Announcement

The Irish Readathon 2019 will run from March 1st – 31st and we have 5 challenges but there’s absolutely no pressure to do these. You only need to read one book in order to take part in the readathon.

☘ The Challenges

  • Read a book with a green cover
  • Read a book by a female Irish author
  • Read a book by one of the hosts favourite Irish authors; Louise O’Neill, Marian Keyes, Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Read a book that isn’t a novel
  • Read a book published before your birth year

I am co-hosting The Irish Readathon on YouTube with Aoife from Fred Weasley Died Laughing and Leanne Rose. Be sure to check out their announcement videos too 💚