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review 2017-09-12 19:35
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

My reread of CoS this time included the audiobook (read by Jim Dale) and the illustrated version. 

 

The audiobook is great. I'm not sure how I feel about the illustrated version. The illustrations are beautiful, but sometimes they don't match up with my own vision of Diagon Alley or Hogwarts or even the characters. I think they're nice as a supplement to the original series, but I don't feel any need to own these copies (the books are so large that I found reading this copy awkward). 

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review 2017-09-12 19:26
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - ... Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

If you are a fan of Harry Potter and have never listened to one of the audiobooks read by Jim Dale, check one out if you can. Rowling's writing makes for easy listening. And Jim Dale is a brilliant reader. 

 

Books one through four were bedtime listening when I was a kid. This proved to be dangerous when I tried to listen to them while driving as an adult (I got veeerrry sleeeepy). 

 

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text 2017-09-11 22:22
Reading progress update: I've listened 615 out of 1230 minutes.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling,Jim Dale

Apparently Jim Dale set a world record when he used 125 different voices for this audio. I can believe it! He is absolutely fabulous! I am going to use this one for the magical realism bingo square for obvious reasons! :)

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text 2017-09-11 22:01
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling

Two of my friends were raving about the audio books of Harry Potter and since I have been wanting to re-read the series for some time now, I decided to get the audios. They are absolutely fantastic! I read the books so quickly years and years ago (because how could you not devour them), and there are small details that I had forgotten. I love that I can experience them again in this different way (after reading and seeing all the movies). The narrative is Jim Dale and he keeps you so engrossed with the subtle changes of his voice for the characters.

 

I decided to use this one for the werewolves square because of the prevalence of Professor Remus Lupin in this book as the new Dark Arts teacher.

 

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text 2017-09-09 03:29
Harry Potter Themed Cookbooks
Cooking for Muggles - The Harry Potter C... Cooking for Muggles - The Harry Potter Cookbook: Harry Potter Recipes with Desserts, Snacks and Drinks Inspired by Harry Potter Food - Martha Stephenson
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: A Magical Christmas Menu - Dinah Bucholz
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: 10 Summertime Treats - Dinah Bucholz

These were fun to read through and I marked several to try and make for my family, especially for Halloween and/or Christmas. There are drinks (Butter Beer alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and treats and meals. They give some of the background on where the foods were used in the stories and sometimes their usage in the History of English meals. 

 

The one that I think will get made first is an Irish Soda Bread. I have other recipes for this and have made them successfully and they were delicious, so I am interested to see how this version turns out. 

 

 

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