Listening to this on audio while some what following along in the book. I'm listening to it mostly when I'm on the computer & not listening to music. As before, the book is cute & I love the characters. Hermione has grown on me a lot. I wasn't wild about her in the first book, but by the end, I was warming up to her. I tend to lose focus on the audio sometimes and have to go back and scan the pages to get an idea of what I may not have heard or make sure I am getting the story enough to know what's going on.
I've always known H.P. just as books about magic/wizardry, but it wasn't until I picked up this one that I thought back to the first and it clicked that these books are like little mysteries but with a lot of magic and for middle graders. It's hard for me to focus sometimes because I am still not huge on middle grade but I will find some that I like sometimes & H.P. seems to be one of those. I didn't finish the Lovecraft Middle school series but I liked it & thought about going back to it. I recently bought the Series of Unfortunate Events books (I don't have them all & need to search out some of the first ones and a couple in the 'middle'). I quit reading those because the "explaining" got on my nerves but I now know to just take it one book at a time & to take breaks between them. If I read them back to back, they will start to irritate me...lol...I know why he does it, but as an adult..You can't help but roll your eyes sometimes....But um, how did I get on other books when this is about Harry Potter? lol
Okay. So, you know how sometimes you read a book that is beloved by almost everyone on the planet, but you’re not really as into it as everyone else because you have absolutely no nostalgia attached to the book itself or the author, but it’s also been so long since you read it that you can’t really put into justifiable words why you thought it just wasn’t that awesome, and you’re kind of afraid all the raging fans will jump down your throat but you’ve got no defense because of the aforementioned long-ago reading of said book?
That’s basically where I am with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I absolutely can’t wait to be done writing reviews for books I finished almost two (!) years ago because I feel kind of like an idiot for how few notes I took and also for waiting so long to type up how I felt about these books. The Harry Potter series is one where I know I’m in the minority (like…way, way down there), but I don’t have much I can defend my opinion with because, like I mentioned, I made the amateur decision to take no notes.
So here is a short and simple review of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Fortunately, I know I felt very similar to it as I did to Philosopher’s Stone in most regards. It wasn’t bad by any means, but it just didn’t stick with me. My complaint with Rowling’s writing style in these early books is that they’re far too immature, and they focus more on action-action-action than any thought process or reflection in the characters. This book was even slower than Philosopher’s Stone in reaching a climax, so I was pretty bored by the time we got anywhere exciting.
One of my favorite parts of the first book was the world-building, but that took a backseat to everything else in the sequel. There wasn’t the same draw into the wizarding world because we already knew it existed, so this book lost a lot of sparkle for me. In addition, I felt like there was an increase in annoying characters and a decrease in the ones I enjoyed—Hermione wasn’t around for a good chunk of the book, but I really sometimes cannot stand Ron or Ginny. They are easily two of my least favorite characters in the series so far, and this book focused in large part on them (either because Ron was always with Harry or because Ginny was involved in a large part of the conflict).
Overall: Definitely not my favorite Harry Potter novel, and unfortunately, I’ve already read Prisoner of Askaban prior to writing this review, and I know I enjoy that one even less than I did this one. However, I’m certainly not giving up on Harry Potter this time around; I’m determined to see this series through to the end at least once, and hopefully fans will forgive me since I’m reading these books for this first time with no childhood nostalgia.
I'm now officially in love with Jim Dale's narration of these books. His take on Gilderoy Lockhart was amazing: he makes Lockhart both funny and infuriating.
This is my second time going through the series. I read the books as they came out from the very first one to the last, and now I realize how much I'd forget during the downtime from one to the next. And, of course, I'm catching all the little clues that were leading up to the finale from the very beginning.
Prachi Utreja (7b),Mind Tree School
The final battle is Harry's destiny and the destiny demands that he rises to meet his true fate without fear. Harry Potter is ready to decode another mystery but this time about Tom Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets. On his long journey of decoding Tom Riddle to be Lord Voldemort, he faced a mix of emotions of betrayal, amazement and baffledness.,his intelligence and his friendship turned out to be the most powerful weapons in the entire book. Thus, Education is the most powerful weapon that can change one's world.