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text 2019-01-01 13:51
My December 2018
In Rache entflammt: Roman (Eve Dallas, Band 33) - J.D. Robb,Uta Hege
Ohne Spur - Haylen Beck,Shenja Lacher,Der Hörverlag
Phantastische Tierwesen: Grindelwalds Verbrechen (Das Originaldrehbuch) (Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind: Die Originaldrehbücher) - J.K. Rowling,Anja Hansen-Schmidt
Matilda - Roald Dahl
In Rache entflammt - 5 stars
Ohne Spur - 4.5 stars
Phantastische Tierwesen: Grindelwalds Verbrechen - 4.5 stars
Matilda - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: every single book I read this month

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Wahrheit gegen Wahrheit, Die Rote Königin, Manga Classics: Macbeth

 

I'm so happy with my last wrap up of the year. I seriously loved all the books that I have finished and I really enjoy the books I'm still in the middle of. I hate that I go into the new year with unfinished books. I like to have a clean slate at the end of the year. But oh well.

 
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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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review 2018-12-26 20:18
Grindelwalds Verbrechen // The Crimes of Grindelwald!!!
Phantastische Tierwesen: Grindelwalds Verbrechen (Das Originaldrehbuch) (Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind: Die Originaldrehbücher) - J.K. Rowling,Anja Hansen-Schmidt

german and english review (spoilerfree)

 

Ich werde meine Bewertung ziemlich kurz halten. Ich habe von dem Buch nur schlechtes erwartet, weil ich eigentlich nur negative Kommentare dazu gelesen habe. Beim selber Lesen, wurde ich wirklich positiv überrascht.

 

Ich hab es nicht so geliebt, wie den ersten Band. Aber ich fand es trotzdem wieder schön in die Welt einzutauchen und all die Charaktere wieder zu sehen, die ich im ersten Band geliebt habe. Vor allem Queenie, ich liebe Queenie so unheimlich dolle. Deswegen habe ich dem Buch auch Punkte abgezogen, weil ich nicht mit ihrer Storyline zufrieden bin. So absolut garnicht zufrieden. Ugh.

 

Ich weiß, dass das Ende bei vielen für Wut gesorgt hat, aber ganz ehrlich. Der Typ kann viel erzählen, ich glaub es erst, wenn es wirklich irgendwie bewiesen ist. LOL

 

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I'm gonna keep my review short and sweet. To be completely honest, I was really scared starting the book, cause I only read negative reviews and I expected the absolute worst. But when I actually started reading it, I was pleasantly surprised.

 

I didn't love it as much as the first book. But I still enjoyed going back to the story and the world, and going back to the characters that I fell in love with in the first book. Especially Queenie, I just love Queenie so damn much. And that's why I had to reduce the rating, cause I seriously hate her storyline. Just no. Ugh.

 

I know that a lot of people are mad about the end, but seriously. This dude can say a lot of things, I will believe it when there is actually some real evidence. LOL

 
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