The book is out and reviews are extremely mixed. J.K Rowling has written a rather dark story for a new audience which has turned off many of her long-time followers, and at the same time, captured a more mature and life saturated group of readers. I have to say, I’ve become rather intrigued with this book from the buzz that is growing around the new and disruptive qualities that Rowling has explored. The characters of her novel are described as “real” and “raw.” Rowling herself says that not all of them have redeeming qualities.

I listened to Rowling speak about her book on NPR and I find her explanations of the book very refreshing. With magic and fantasy stripped away from the characters, the audience is left to deal with the vulgarity and offensiveness that surrounds the dark nature of real life, and unpleasant human experiences. Rowling taps into her life prior to fame that held her in a lower socioeconomic class and “a life of poverty” as she describes it.
Thanks to Rowling, and many other great authors, I have another book to add to my too-long list of books I MUST read. I’m highly anticipating my own reaction to this novel as I read and listen to the reviews of others. Go ahead and listen to the interview on NPR, it’s well worth it. You can hear the sincerity in her voice as she speaks of how liberated she feels after writing this novel. Especially at the end when she said this: “One of the ways in which I am fortunate is, Harry Potter set me free to write whatever I want to write.” You go girl! I look forward to reading The Casual Vacancy, and the yet to be published, by J.K. Rowling. Author Interview: J.K. Rowling


For me, beginning a blog takes a great deal of courage. I’ve never published anything before and the idea of putting my thoughts out there for the world to see is frankly, quite scary. For anyone that knows me, I am a talker. I’m not often found lost-for-words. I’m hoping this will give me something to work with as I start this blogging journey. Although talking and writing is not difficult for me, I don’t want to just talk (or blog) in vain. My hope is that I can find something valid to say, something that is worth sharing or spreading around.

Before I go any further, I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Marissa and I live in a small town in Upstate New York. I’m a Christian, and a huge family person. I have a small family and a small circle of close friends who keep me grounded and sane. I’m an avid reader and very passionate about reading and books. I love to swap books with friends, talk about books and authors, and I have a bad habit of buying dozens of discount books at a time which creates a bit of a storage issue. Secretly, I would love to join or host a book club, but I’m afraid no one would attend. I love food and wine, and chocolate (which is it’s own category for females) and I am trying to turn my desire to be a good cook into actually being a good cook. I’m still a work in progress. I love football, go Giants!, and one day, I want to be in Met Life Stadium watching the GMen play.I have two cats, one is an adopted 14 lb. orange and white whose name is Woody, named by his original owners after Tiger Woods (insert personal opinions about Mr. Woods) and the newest addition is a little grey and white kitten named Finnick, named after the Suzanne Collins character in the Hunger Games trilogy. We call him Finn, Finny, “No!” -for the many things he does that are bad, Superman cat- for the way he launches off the furniture, and “Get!” -which is what my dad is always yelling at him.

I could go on and on about all the things I like and do but I’ll wrap this up by telling you a bit about what it is that I believe I was gifted to do on this planet. Like I said in my “about me” blurb, I am just 8 months away from graduating with my Master’s in Literacy Education (grades 5-12) and I currently have a Bachelor’s in Education (grades 7-12) and English. I love to teach and it is a gift that I am proud to have. I have yet to truly hone my teaching skills and specific gifts within teaching, but the passion that I have for it is alive and thriving. I highly anticipate the day where I receive the call that I have secured a teaching position and begin my teaching career. Hopefully, that call isn’t too far away! So that’s all for now. Hopefully I will return to this blog next with a purpose for writing and it will be much less of me, talking about me.