Dog Days of Summer

We’re in the dog days* of summer … a time when we don’t want to do much except enjoy the air conditioning. Here are some things to do while you’re holed up inside.

  • Reread your favorite book.
  • Draw your own comic. Or something.
  • Go see a movie, maybe based on a book.
  • Listen to an audiobook.
  • Listen to a podcast.
  • Start writing your memoirs.
  • Dress up as your favorite literary character.
  • Read cookbooks and try new recipes.
  • Make lists of the books you want to read.

*The dog days are periods of hot, humid weather in July, August, and early September. The name originated with the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, who believed that Sirius, the dog star, which rises simultaneously with the Sun at this time of year, caused the hot weather by adding its heat to that of the Sun. Since people tend to be become listless this time of year, Sirius was thought to have a detrimental effect on human activities. Another reason for the name may be the belief that dogs are subject to spells of madness during this time. 

Source: dog days. (2017). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from:

New Harry Potter Books Coming this Fall

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the original UK publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

The magic is still very much alive.

Two books inspired by the British Library’s new Harry Potter exhibition, A History of Magic, will be released this fall:

  • Harry Potter: a History of Magic – the Book of the Exhibition
  • Harry Potter: a Journey through a History of Magic

A third book, due out October 3rd, is the illustrated edition of the original third novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.