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review 2017-06-14 01:13
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Review)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling

Alright, once again, I finished the book almost two years ago and because I was in school and had other nonsense going on, I took very few notes and put off writing the review until now. I have few details to give, which is especially depressing when you’re giving a low rating to a book that is beloved by thousands, if not millions, of readers. You want to have more to say to defend your opinion, but… well, yeah.

 

When I first tried to read this series at the age of thirteen or fourteen, Prisoner of Azkaban killed me. I quit partway through, and this is a big deal because I never just quit a book. I have not finished exactly two books since Prisoner of Azkaban all those years ago, and both of those were because they had graphic sexual content—obviously not the case here. Even the second time around, it took me months to finish this book.

 

This book is just boring. There’s not a lot happening, and it follows a very distinct pattern from the first two books. I enjoyed Lupin, but that was about it. There’s an incredibly interesting story lurking somewhere underneath the side plots and downright boring writing. Without the nostalgia of reading this as a child, I don’t have a lot of patience for the childish nature of the side stories and writing. Most of the story happens in a few exciting chapters, but everything else is muddled and boring. I get that these books are sentimental to lots of people, and I know there are things I love to read that others find boring, but this one was just kind of painful to get through.

 

Overall: Fortunately, I’ve already read Goblet of Fire, and I actually enjoyed that one. For me, this is where the childishness ends and we can move forward into a grown up and intricate plot. I’m relieved to put this one behind me and move forward with the series. I can’t count how many people told me to skip to Goblet of Fire to begin with, and they’re certainly right.

 

Read this review on my blog!
http://thaliasbooks.tumblr.com/post/161793118862/harry-potter-and-the-prisoner-of-azkaban-review

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review 2017-06-06 02:24
(Audiobook) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7 - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

I'm so sad that I've come to the end of the audiobooks. :( I drew this one out as long as I possibly could. Jim Dale is a fantastic narrator.

 

I'll give them all a re-listen in the near future.

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review 2017-05-29 07:11
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

My Thoughts-Will Open in New Window/Tab

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text 2017-05-29 01:12
Reading progress update: I've read 90%.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7 - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale
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text 2017-05-25 18:14
Reading progress update: I've read 161 out of 341 pages.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

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

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