{First Look} Illustrated Chamber of Secrets

GUYS! WE GOT OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE SECOND ILLUSTRATED HARRY POTTER BOOK TODAY OMG!HP2_Phoenix_layers_editClearly I’m really stoked. The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has become one of my most prized possessions, so this news is seriously so exciting. I mean, that phoenix. And Hagrid.ChamberOfSecrets_5It’s just too much beauty to handle. Especially since we have to wait until October to get our hands on this beauty. It’s ok… deep breaths and we’ll be fine…

Happy Reading!

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For My Besties {National Best Friend Day}

Happy National Best Friend Day! I think a lot of us bookworms would say that our books are our best friends, but people can be pretty great too. I know I’m lucky enough to have really great friends, both people I’m related to and humans that happened to grace me with their presence post-womb evacuation!

Best friends also happen to be some of my favorite relationships in novels. These can come in the form of siblings, lovers or just people characters have met along the way.

National Best Friends Day // Novels and Nail PolishObviously it wouldn’t be National Best Friend Day without acknowledging one of the most epic friendships in all of YA Lit – Harry, Ron and Hermione! And then there are friendships of the twin variety – in the form of Cath and Wren or Jude and Noah. We also have family love – all of the cousins in We Were Liars. And, of course, interspecies friendships – Cinder and Iko!

Whether your closet friends breath via lungs or words on a page, today is a day to celebrate those you love! Happy Reading!

Literary Mamas {Happy Mother’s Day}

A mother holds her child’s hand for a moment, and their heart for a lifetime.

Happy Mother’s Day all! Grab all of the incredible women in your life and tell ’em ya love ’em. While thinking about how awesome my mama and Nonna are, I realized that there are so many iconic moms in literature, both LEGIT and terrible.

Mother's Day Book Stack // Novels and Nail Polish

Ladies I LOVE

Mrs. Weasley – “Not my daughter, you bitch!” What a badass, am I right? Molly Weasley is one of those moms you wish you knew in real life. She is kind, loving and inviting, but at the same time fiercely protective of her brood.

Lily Potter – While we never actually meet Lily, we get to know her kind heart throughout the 7 books. Her love for her son is what keeps him alive time and time again, and I think we all can agree that if she had lived, she would have been pretty damn awesome!

Marmee – Mrs. March is the central figure in the 4 girls lives as they grow up in Little Women. She is incredibly strong and takes so much pride in helping her daughters grow into wonderful women.

Mad Mamas

Amy Dunne – This is one crazy B that should never procreate, yet she used her evil powers to impregnte herself at the end of Gone Girl. Lord help her future children.

Linh Adri – Like the classic evil stepmother she is based off of, Adri of The Lunar Chronicles is pretty foul. She probably loves her biological daughters, but she sort of uses Peony’s death to leverage other situations which makes her terrible!

Which literary moms do you love and hate? Happy Reading!

{Ranked} Harry Potter Books From Least To Most Magical

#LongLiveExpelliarmas my friends.

After spending the first part of 2015 rereading the most spell-binding series known to muggles, I believe I’ve solidified my ranking of books 1 to 7, from least to most magical!

Harry Potter Series Ranking // Novels and Nail Polish

7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Is this really a surprise? I’m willing to bet that Chamber of Secrets takes last place in almost 100% of HP fan’s lists. It’s hard to put my finger on why it fails so hard, but it just isn’t my cup of tea.

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: I want to love Order of the Phoenix, I really do. But there are too many character issues that keep me from ranking it any higher. First off, um Sirius dies. NOT OK. Second, Harry is a little baby brat for the whole book. Pull that stick out of your ass and grow up… my thoughts through all 800 or so pages.

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The only reason this guy scores so low on the list is because it’s so short. I think it’s also a true testament to Rowling’s skills that her later books continued to only get better, because so many series fizzle out and let book one outshine the rest!

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: What a way to wrap up the series. It was emotional, exciting and placed the perfect cherry on top. It really is like splitting hairs when it comes to my top four favorites, and Deathly Hallows only shows up here because it gets a little slow in the middle.

3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: I am a sucker for character development & back-story, and Half-Blood Prince covers that base pretty thoroughly. On top of that, I’ll admit that I love when books have the ability to make me cry, and boy did I cry during this book!

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Let’s just list out the events of this book: Quidditch World Cup, Triwizard Tournament, dragons, Voldemort’s return, Cedric’s death. Hi, my name is MOST EXCITING BOOK EVER, nice to meet you!

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Here it is friends. The best of the best, Prisoner of Azkaban! This little book packs a real punch when it comes to twists. Scabbers? Crazy. Lupin? Awesome. Sirius? The coolest. Lupin and Sirius are two of my all-time favorite characters (and both happen to end up dead… funny how that works out). Over the years and multiple rereads, Prisoner of Azkaban has stood the test of time and held its spot up top. Its magic is completely undeniable!

How do you rank the HP books? Happy Reading!

Just Take My Money {HP Edition}

There are certain franchises that can literally take the money out of my pocket without asking. If you’ve been around Novels and Nail Polish at all (especially recently), you can probably tell that Harry Potter is number one on this list for me. Merch, books, movies, you name it. I’ll buy anything and everything HP related, and I ain’t even mad!

Last month, Scholastic and Bloomsbury released the cover for the first fully illustrated Harry Potter book, HP and the Sorcerer’s (or Philosopher’s) Stone. You excited? Because I AM! This illustrated series gives the massive army of bookworms another 7 years of excitement and anticipation, which is something we thrive on. October 6 – start your countdown now.

You better start working on your book nerd game if looking at the cover art below doesn’t get you all hot and bothered!

Harry Potter Illustrated Cover

And if you’ve missed some of the images they’ve released from inside the book, take a look below:

enhanced-23058-1427391521-3Now that’s what I call magical! Happy Reading!

8 Truths I Realized While Rereading Harry Potter {Part 2}

My time in the Wizarding World has come to a close once more. I laughed, I cried, I cried some more. Even though I’ve read this series multiple times, I’m in awe of how moved I am every single time I pick it up. There is nothing like it out there and there never will be. But I have faith that long after we’re all gone, this series will continue to touch young readers hearts the way it did mine & countless others, and turn them into the future’s bookworms!

Now enough sap. Let’s talk about some of the (ridiculous) thoughts I had while reading the final three books of the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter Series Books 5-7 // Novels and Nail Polish

  1. But really guys, what were the first 20 Educational Decrees? I think we missed something here!
  2. I’m pretty sure these History of Magic students have been learning about Giant Wars for the entirety of their magical education.
  3. I’ve always wondered what you look like from the outside while looking into the Pensive. You fall in, but Snape is still able to grab and pull Harry out.
  4. Roonil Wazlib (result of the dying spell-check quill) – the original Adele Dazeem!
  5. Dumbledore is ALWAYS a gentleman, even when Harry is acting like a fool.
  6. I felt real sadness when starting book 7, knowing that the series is going to be all over again!
  7. There is a TON of underage drinking that goes on in this series. Teenagers drinking mead left and right!
  8. Would it be acceptable to just continuously reread the HP series over and over? Because it seems like a completely reasonable thing to me. Who needs new books?

There ya have it friends. Some of the thoughts I had while rereading the Harry Potter series. If you missed the first installment of Thoughts While Rereading HP, check it out!

Have you ever wondered any of these things? Tell me about them! Happy Reading!