I spent the better part of my high school & college years reading novels for tests or essays, but rarely for pleasure. I missed out on so many good books and decided that my post-grad life would be full of reading books of my choosing. While on the Race last year I did a bit of that, but not enough. This year I’ve decided to read 50 books before ringing in the 2015 year with a bang. I’ll post my personal reviews after every five I’ve completed.
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
As much fun as the first two books were, I think this is where all the action starts. Sirius comes into play, Harry gets the Marauder’s Map and ups his sneaking around a bit. They save Buckbeak with the Time Turner and Harry conjures his Patronus to save Sirius. All the action.
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I love the detail in this one, though I kept thinking of scenes from A Very Potter Musical the entire time. I love that Rowling pulls in different schools from across the continent to create a larger expanse of culture and wizardry around the world. The events of this book made HP so much more broad and realistic than if she’d simply left it all up to Hogwarts. I just hate how much Ron & Hermoine fight. Too much.
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
I wasn’t a fan of Harry at the beginning of this one with all his self-centered whining and silliness, though I do understand being on the outside of knowing what’s going on and how one’s mind can over analyze and create story after story, fake though they may be, and convince itself that the circumstances are much more negative and heartbreaking than they actually are. I do love the part where the Death Eater gets his head turned into a baby. I’m really not sure why they left THAT part out of the movie.
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
So, let’s talk about Snape. Wait, let’s not. I love all of the back stories that Rowling includes in the later books – Snape’s vow with Narcissa, and all the things Harry learns through the Pensieve with Dumbledore. And then the horcruxes. The plot twists and turns in this one and Rowling’s writing only gets better.
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I laughed. I cried. I closed the book in sheer disbelief and fear. I made it to the end. I felt like I’d made friends only to lose them. Ginny Weasley is my favorite. A dear friend of mine paints the culmination of this series so well: “They seem to strike a chord deep within and impact you in ways you never saw coming. The characters become your friends and you recognize qualities in each of them from people in your own life, yet the books also create this incredible escape painted so vividly in your imagination that you wish to be part of.”
Any book suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated! I would love to know what you’re reading and what you recommend.