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Something weird is happening to me. I’ve been possessed. By the Holiday Spirit. I can honestly say this has never happened to me before. I don’t like Christmas songs. I think they’re annoying. I’m the perennial family member that only shows up on holidays for the food.
But this year, I’ve already listened to the Christmas Spotify playlist multiple times. I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner AND a Christmas party. I have a holiday baking board on Pinterest. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?
I don’t know, but I LIKE IT SO MUCH. I’m floating into the holiday season like
Christmas shopping, caroling, cookie baking, egg nog drinking (jkjkjk egg nog is still so gross), ginger bread house decorating, and…
A HARRY POTTER READ-A-LONG!
Because, seriously. Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit like Hogwarts at Christmas. They have floating candles, warm butterbeer, the biggest trees you’ve seen in your life, and low-key Voldemort threats that won’t get real until the end of Spring.
Something for everyone.
This year I’m going on a quest for greatness. I am going to attempt to read all seven Harry Potter books before Christmas. And I want you to join me. Because READING IS BETTER WITH FRIENDS.
It’s a scientifically proven fact that has been proved by science.
Plus, don’t you just want to dedicate a huge portion of your time to curling up under a fluffy blanket with the warm beverage of your choice and a giant book anyway? I know you do.
Here’s the game plan:
I’m picking up The Sorcerer’s Stone on November 15, whenever I wake up. I will then proceed to marathon read until my eyes bleed. Just kidding, this is a for fun exercise! I will proceed to read as quickly as I can while still enjoying every little bit of the best series of books ever written.
Does it sound like fun yet!? Still need convincing?
For those of you that are more numbers oriented, there are 4,224 pages total in the Harry Potter series. There are 40 days between November 15 and December 25. That means to meet the goal, I’d need to read a little more than 100 pages per day.
THIS IS TOTALLY DOABLE! I am going to punch this reading goal in the face like
In addition to the read-along, I’ll be hosting some Harry Potter themed contests and giveaways over on The Book Ship Project Instagramto keep us inspired (and because I have recently discovered some of the most amazing Harry Potter swag, including this unreal advent calendar!
So join me in the insanity! And keep in mind, these are loose goals. I know it’s not realistic for all of you to have enough free time to read seven books in the next six weeks. There is no failure in this endeavor, and in my opinion, there’s never any failure when reading is involved. The only failure is in giving up, and will we ever give up on our reading goals?
Get your books ready, mark your calendars, and join the fun by tweeting, Instagramming, or commenting below and telling me which house you’re in, and which book is your favorite!
For the record, I am a tried and true Slytherin, and my favorite book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!
Elle is a Portland-based writer and founder of The Book Ship Project, an online library connecting readers around the world. When she’s not working you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook while listening to big band and soul music, working on stand-up routines that will probably only ever be performed for friends and family who are obligated to laugh, or out chasing high scores on every pinball machine in sight. She’s always up for conversations about what you’re reading, what you’re watching, and really minute details about Gilmore Girls episodes that everyone else has probably forgotten. Twitter // Instagram // Website
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