I was so incredibly sad when I finished the Harry Potter series (both times that I’ve read the entire set of seven books). You can imagine my excitement when I found out that she was going to publish some of the textbooks and other books mentioned within the Harry Potter series. One of these was The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Within the magical world that Harry Potter lived, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was a collection of children’s fairy tales that taught children certain morals that pertain to the magical world, like not abusing magic and using magic to help others. The neatest thing about the way J.K. Rowling wrote this book is that it’s write as though Professor Dumbledore had written commentary about each of the stories so not only as readers do we get to read the stories that young wizards and warlocks learn, we also get Professor Dumbledore’s thoughts about each of the stories, the reason why each of them were or were not included in the “nicer” versions that were printed later, and how young ones in the magical world were supposed to act in accordance to each of the story morals. I just love how this book lets Potter fans like me delve slightly deeper into the magical world. Besides, it’s important I learn these fairy tales because I might get my Hogwarts letter soon!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the state

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUIsouthern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fish

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trail

I guess I’ve been really into reading about futuristic dystopian societies recently like in 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. Most recently, I read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. I feel like Brave New World is one of those books that you read in high school, but for some reason in my high school English classes we never read it. I do think some of the classes read them though because I remember seeing many copies around in the library. In any case, Brave New World is perhaps even scarier than both 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale only because people seem to have more liberty and freedom and yet are completely brainwashed. I mean, babies are born and bred in the hatchery. Sex is a completely non-relational thing. People essentially don’t have relationships or even families anymore. It’s scary! Of course, like in the other books, this “Brave New World” was created because things had become so bad that everyone thought there must be a better way and so the powers at be agreed. I guess the question is, is it better to live in a scary totalitarian society (like the other two books) or one where you are just completely brainwashed? Hmmm … Of course, I suppose all totalitarian governments involve themselves in brainwashing …