harry potter

Do you Book Club?

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.

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I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)

But what about real life book clubs??? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.

Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!


Do you attend a book club or use Goodreads groups?

Goblet of Fire

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Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 
Author: J.K. Rowling
 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series: Harry Potter #4
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.52/5
 
 
Synopsis: The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and there are spells to be learnt and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to be attended. But Harry can’t know that the atmosphere is darkening around him, and his worst enemy is preparing a fate that it seems will be inescapable …With characteristic wit, fast-paced humour and marvellous emotional depth, J.K. Rowling has proved herself yet again to be a master story-teller.
 
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What I thought about the book: (I find it so hard to review Harry Potter…so many people have read them and have already formed their opinion it kind of seems pointless…) Amazing book!! We get a bit of fun with the tournament and then it all kicks off. The books get darker and much more serious from here.
When I read the books for the first time, this was my least favourite. I didn’t like the Triwizard Tournament and I was shocked by the character death. I enjoyed it a lot more this time. There’s so much foreshadowing in the books I never noticed before.
 
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My Rating: 
5 paws

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The Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling

464164Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
 
Author: J.K. Rowling
 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series: Harry Potter #3
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.52/5
 
 
Synopsis: Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…
 
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What I thought about the book: I just can’t decide if this one or Order of the Pheonix is my favourite….
Prisoner of Azkaban gives us a little break from having Voldemort breathing down our necks, establishes the wizarding world more and gives a lot more character development. The story is starting to mature, it’s the turning point for the books going from Children’s to Young Adult.
Since I’ve read this twice already I decided to listen to the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry. Fry is awesome but he occasionally makes the characters sound whiny especially Hermione.
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My Rating: 
5 paws

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The Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

22841994Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
 
Author: J.K. Rowling
 
Genre: Young Adult / Childrens
 
Series: Harry Potter #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.43/5
 
 
Synopsis:
When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
 
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What I thought about the book:
So we kicked off the Harry Potter read this week. We’re reading it on Goodreads and on Facebook. Facebook is pretty inactive…I guess they’re just not as into reading there….nutters. Goodreads is of course much more active! A few of us are reading it on My Vampire Book Obsession.
Do I even need to say what I thought about the book?….It’s great! Really sweet and there are a few hints for what’s to come later in the series.
 
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My Rating:
4 paws

Harry Potter Read Along

Hi, guys!

I (like a lot of other people) love Harry Potter! It’s been long enough now since I read the books that a lot of the details are no longer fresh in my mind, some things from the movies have replaced my memories of the books as well. So I decided it’s time to do a reread of the entire series and this time include the other books set in the Potterverse as well (like Fantastic Beasts).

I would love to do a series read along with a few people for this. It’s just such a fun story (well, it get’s a bit darker later) and I would love to do chats and Q&A’s on each book. Talk about favourite scenes, characters and how they compare to the movies.

I haven’t decided on a platform yet, it depends on how much interest there is in doing the read along. It will most likely be on either Goodreads or Facebook and I will of course post here as well.

If you would like to join in please comment below and I will update soon with all the details for the read along.

Thanks for reading!

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The Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling

626F6F78747265616D=7474747474727576707<7473Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
 
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
 
Genre: Young Adult
 
Series: Harry Potter #8
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.88/5
 
 
Synopsis:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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What I thought about the book:
I have mixed feelings about this one… I enjoyed it but it took me awhile to like it.
I’m not really into time travel stories, though. They always reset in the end which makes the whole story seem pointless.
 
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My Rating:
3 paws