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text 2019-01-01 02:48
favorite books of 2018 part 3
Checkmate this is effortless - Kennedy Fox
A Quiet Kind of Thunder - Sara Barnard
A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J. Maas
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Girl Made of Stars - Ashley Herring Blake
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen
Jar of Hearts - Jennifer Hillier
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review 2018-12-27 20:30
Time Spent With Old Friends...
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

...That's what it feels like to be back in the world of Harry Potter again.  This time I am listening on Audible, and it is an absolute treat!  

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review 2018-12-27 19:11
Some of the Glamour Has Fallen Away
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

It's so weird. I first read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when I was 19 years old. Now reading it when I am 38 I am just seeing all kinds of issues. Maybe some of it is colored by the fact that I am older. And maybe some of it is by the fact that I am realizing that I don't particularly care for J.K. Rowling that much.  It could also be because I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and loathed that play. Either way, this book didn't sing for me the way it did when I was 19. 

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets finds Harry 12 years old and back at the Durlseys. He is a little hurt his school friends haven't written him anything in the way of happy birthdays. A house elf named Dobby pops up though and warns Harry that he can't return to Hogwarts this year. Dobby kinds of sucks and uses magic in order to get Harry in trouble at Hogwarts, it doesn't work, and Harry is able to return. That is not the only weirdness though, Harry and Ron try to go through the magical platform and are stopped. The twosome decide to fly to Hogwarts (the justifications for this mess still makes me shake my head) so these two are in a lot of trouble when the school year starts.

 

This book kind of sparks more of the beginning of why Slytherin didn't get along with the other founders though. We hear more about those who come from Muggle backgrounds (like Hermoine) should not have been allowed entrance to Hogwarts. And we see a warning about the chamber of secrets being opened with leads Harry, Hermoine, and Ron off to investigate. Weirdly though most of the book is set up to try to show that Harry should not be in Gryffindor, but Slytherin. We also get Ron's sister Ginny in this one that made me sigh along with the whole introduction to someone we will get to know more of, Tom Riddle. 


The writing is okay, I just found myself bored throughout. Maybe because I read this before and knew what was coming. Or maybe because it just didn't grab me since I saw too many plot holes, don't get me started on the whole Ginny thing. It just makes zero sense. The world building in this one was weak (the whole house elf thing just made me sigh) and I don't know. I think that it could have been stronger. Dumbledore read as clueless to me in this one. 

 

The flow was not good. I just started to feel like this book was endless. 

 

Hanukkah

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text 2018-12-26 07:20
24 Tasks of the Festive Season: Day 15 / Task 1 - St. Nicolas / Sinterklaas
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Stephen Fry
True Grit - Donna Tartt,Charles Portis
Jurassic Park - Micheal Crichton

Task 4: List your 3 favorite books involving children being rescued from serious peril.

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Uhm, Ginny (and a whole lot of other children in the rest of the series, I guess).

 

True Grit: Mattie Ross is 14, she is fierce and she wants to revenge the death of her father. But that doesn´t mean that she doesn´t need to be rescued in a specific situation, which I´m not going to spoil. Btw, if you never have heard of this book, it is fantastic!

 

Jurassic Park: Yes, the (annoying) Hammond grandchildren. The whole book is about them being rescued.

 

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text 2018-12-11 00:17
Favorite books of 2018 part 1
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
the princess saves herself in this one - Amanda Lovelace
One True Loves: A Novel - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taming Him - Kennedy Fox
Restore Me - Tahereh Mafi
Radio Silence - Alice Oseman
Moxie: A Novel - Jennifer Mathieu
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
Bottoms up - Holly Renee
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

 

Part  2  comes  December  31  

 

 

What  were  your  favorites  of this  year   .

 

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