The Great Harry Potter Re-Read: Half-Blood Prince

hp re-read 6It’s been a great journey, but I finished my Great Harry Potter Re-Read just before Thanksgiving! However, I’ve been super lazy about writing about the last two books. I procrastinated on my write-up of the sixth book, and now that I’ve finished the whole series, I haven’t felt like going back and writing about it. I planned on just doing a combination post on the sixth and seventh books, but it turns out I have a lot more to say than I thought! So you get two posts after all, you lucky ducks!

As a reminder, the plot of the book goes something like this (spoiler spoiler spoiler): Continue reading

Quotable Friday: From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

You guys are probably getting sick of my Harry Potter posts, but don’t worry; I’m almost done! Two more books posts, and this will probably be the last quote. I couldn’t resist sharing this passage, which is one of my absolute favorites in the series.

Fred looked around at the assembled students and at the silent, watchful crowd.

“If anybody fancies buying a Portable Swamp, as demonstrated upstairs, come to number ninety-three Diagon Alley — Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes,” he said in a loud voice. “Our new premises!”

“Special discounts to Hogwarts students who swear they’re going to use our products to get rid of this old bat,” said George, pointing at Professor Umbridge.

“STOP THEM!” shrieked Umbridge, but it was too late. As the Inquisitorial Squad closed in, Fred and George kicked off from the floor, shooting fifteen feet into the air, the iron peg swinging dangerously below. Fred looked across the hall at the poltergeist bobbing on his level above the crowd.

“Give her hell from us, Peeves.”

And Peeves, whom Harry had never seen take an order from a student before, swept his belled hat from his head and sprang to a salute as Fred and George wheeled about to tumultuous applause from the students below and sped out of the open front doors into the glorious sunset.

In other words, Fred and George are the greatest.

The Great Harry Potter Re-Read: Order of the Phoenix

order of the phoenixHello lovelies! I’m still having a fabulous time with my Great Harry Potter Re-Read! This week I got to read one of my favorite books of the series (does it seem like I say that in every recap post?), Order of the Phoenix! Things get seriously dark in this installment, and I love it. It’s just so delightfully angsty.

As a reminder, the plot of the book goes something like this (spoiler spoiler spoiler): Continue reading

Quotable Friday: from Harry Potter

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Quotable Friday post, but this week I’m back with a gem from my reading rampage of the Harry Potter series!

“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”

– Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

The Great Harry Potter Re-Read: Books 1-3

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Happy Friday! I posted last week that, since I don’t have any books I have to review until January, I’m going to take advantage of the downtime to re-read the entire Harry Potter series. Since I started last Wednesday, I have read the first three books and gotten nearly halfway through the fourth book. My original intention was to write about each book individually, doing one HP post a week, but I would also like to be blogging fairly close to my real-time reading. Since the first three books were such quick reads, I’m just going to keep things simple and write about them all in one post. Continue reading

Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Book Review: Burial Rights by Hannah KentTHE CUCKOO’S CALLING
by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Fiction: Crime/Detective
Mulholland Books; April 30, 2013
Hardcover; 455 pages
Source: Purchased

As most of you surely know by now, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I read The Casual Vacancy when it came out last year, and although it wasn’t my cup of tea, I thought it was a strong piece of literary fiction. When Rowling’s authorship of The Cuckoo’s Calling was revealed over the summer, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. I love me some JKR, but crime novels aren’t really my thing. In the end, curiosity won out and I picked up a copy. I finally read it in the last few weeks, and it restored all of my Rowling love that was lacking after TCV. It even made me interested in crime fiction!

Cormoran Strike’s life is kind of falling apart. His private investigator business is failing, he can’t get his office’s landlord off his back about overdue rent, his amputated leg may be getting infected, and he has split up with his fiance, moved out of her swanky apartment, and is now effectively homeless. Continue reading

Book Review: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

book review: the casual vacancy by j.k. rowlingTHE CASUAL VACANCY
by J.K. Rowling

Fiction
Little, Brown, September 2012
Hardcover, 503 pages
Source: Purchased

The Casual Vacancy opens with the death of Barry Fairbrother: a husband, father, coach of the girls’ high school rowing team, and member of the parish council of the picturesque English town of Pagford. His death leaves a “casual vacancy” in the village council, and the town must elect a replacement. Vying for the council seat are multiple forceful personalities with their own secrets, vendettas, and aspirations.

As elections can sometimes do, this one brings out the worst in people; dirty secrets are posted on the council website by anonymous sources close to the candidates, damaging the reputations of formerly respectable residents of the town. Continue reading