“I want to discuss something with you, but I need you to remain calm while I tell you,” my friend Traci caught me as I was entering my dorm room. Wondering what was coming next I waited. “I’m planning a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and the hotel will be cheaper if we split it between 4 of us. I need one more person.” Remain calm?? Who was she kidding? YES YES YES I WANT TO GO! When do we leave?!?!
Recently a friend, and fellow librarian, shoved a small booklet at me and instructed me to read it. “It’s a graphic novel travel log,” she said. Knowing how I like to travel log, she said I needed to read it. “It’s about Harry Potter Wizarding World, Orlando,” she said. I was sold. She knows my weakness for anything Potter related. I read the whole thing that night and was amazed.
I have been a fan of Sharon Kay Penman’s novels since before there was Facebook, and before every author had a blog. If you’d have told me then that thanks to social media I would one day not only meet the author that inspired me to choose history as a college major, but that she would hand me a cupcake for coming to her book reading, I would not have believed you.