The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, As Determined by Science*

As posted from original poster. A great collection of literature to check out.

Sorry Television

IMG_0092It’s been a trying year here at Sorry Television. Sidetracked by work—and, let’s be honest, an endless procession of binge-worthy Netflix inventory—I am set to close out 2014 with a mere 32 books under my belt, near enough to bi-weekly that I should probably rebrand as You’re Welcome Television (subtitle: Reading Books Every So Often, Like When the Power Goes Out). I’m already planning redemptive 2015 reading goals (a book a day? a book an hour?) but for the time being I’ll have to accept mediocrity, and foist as much blame as possible on a shorter commute’s ability to stymie even the most dedicated bibliophile.

But I can claim a smidge of productivity this month, which is why I’m Indiana-Jonesing under the content door that is Christmas week to bring you The Irrefutable Best Books of 2014, a master list of this year’s greatest hits, as determined by 21 other “best of”s written by people who have actually read them…

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Harry Potter ‘Quidditch’ becomes Unofficial ‘sport’

Harry Potter ‘Quidditch’ becomes Unofficial ‘sport’


Teams from Australia, the United States, France and the United Kingdom participated in a special 2 day event where the fictional sport became a reality involving a worldwide movement, based in Oxford, England, earlier this week.

The Olympic torch relay would be passing through the city over the period, and was said to have seen the sport commemorate the gesture, while adding a technical game of their own.



The final was won by the US team. The sporting event became the largest so far. Quidditch has been played minimally beforehand, in January.

The game sees 7 members on a team, riding broomsticks attempt to catch a golden snitch, made famous from the novels and screen showings of the Harry Potter series.



National teams competed in Cutteslowe Park before the final two teams faced one another during the torch arrival celebrations at South Park on Monday 9th July.

Leah Farrar, of the International Quidditch Association, said it was the UK’s biggest Quidditch event to date. She went on to state “For obvious reasons we can’t fly but it’s a very physical, intelligent and complex sport.”


The players have aspirations the sport will one day be an Olympic one.



“Maybe one day, we’re still learning and having fun, but it’s good to be part of all the celebrations surrounding the Olympic torch.”

Children also were able to learn the ropes, in a mini game of now dubbed “Kidditch.”

JK Rowling’s vision has never been broader.