Harry Potter Re-Read 2017 (HP & The Prisoner of Azkaban)

I’m really behind on these but I promise that I will finish them!

For 2017, I decided I wanted to re-read the Harry Potter books since it has been a long time, and to also read HP related books. In March, I read the third book in the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban, in the paperback edition.

Since I’ve already completed my re-read of the books, I’m going to go ahead and say that this one is my third favorite of the series. It used to be my second favorite but somehow GOF beat it with this re-read.

I love the plot and new characters (Professor Lupin, Crookshanks, and Professor Trelawney). It was also interesting seeing how some of the older characters, such as the trio, continue to develop. Their development seemed a bit more apparent in this one.

Sadly I didn’t make any recipes from my Harry Potter cookbook. I haven’t made any since January. Hopefully I can resolve that next month!

The movie is probably my favorite out of all of them so far (I am way behind on my re-watches).

I loved a lot of scenes but The Knight Bus & the Boggart scenes are probably my top favorites. This movie’s climax also worked really well. I’m always sad when Harry has the chance to finally have a nice home life and has it ruthlessly taken away from him though.

I am so glad I decided to re-read this series.

 

 

May-July Book Haul

Here are my most recent additions!

I got P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han from eBay but it didn’t have a dust jacket so I ended up buying an edition that had it. Animorphs #33: The Illusion came from BookMooch.

Here’s the other copy of P.S. I Still Love You. I’ll probably trade the other one in at the used bookstore or donate it. Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout came from BookMooch.

 

When I heard Hulu was doing a series, I decided to get The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood from Book Depository because it was taking so long to get from the library. And even though I already own a copy, I got this edition of Oliver Twist from the library outlet. It also has golden edged pages.

 

I got all of these at my library’s outlet store.

 

 

I loved this book (Heckedy Peg) as a child so when I saw it on eBay, I couldn’t resist.

 

My last Owlcrate came with TWO books! The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson & New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson. This was a great box.

 

I also tried out Nerdy Post and got some cool bookish/fandom items, including some really nice bookmarks. I’ve been using the one on the left for a couple of months now.

 

Along with the Owlcrate books in a previous picture, I also got Of Fire and Stars (originally from Owlcrate but I found it on Ebay), a Jeremy Clarkson book (library outlet), Outlander (library outlet), Anna and the French Kiss (Book Outlet), & Sweep (Book Outlet).

 

I think that’s it. Summer tends to be a big book buying time for me so I don’t feel I did as bad as last year and while I don’t regret any of my purchases, I probably won’t get to most of these this year. I did read The Handmaid’s Tale, though!

 

Still, 16 in 3 months isn’t too bad for books themselves. I’m not counting the extra Jenny Han since I’m getting rid of it.

 

What books have you bought lately?

 

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

So I’m a bit late on this one, but ah well. Better late than never!

The original tag was created by Chami (who’se video has apparantly been taken down).


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017:
Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017:
Dark Angel by V.C. Andrews (re-read)

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
There’s Someone in Your House by Stephanie Perkins

5. Biggest disappointment:
RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

6. Biggest surprise:
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you): 

Angie Thomas

8. Newest fictional crush:
Levi from Fangirl

9. Newest favourite character:
Alex Craft 
from The Female of the Species, though re-reading Blood Red Road made me love Saba even more.

10. Book that made you cry:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

11. Book that made you happy:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (re-watch but I haven’t seen anything new yet).

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:
Honestly, no idea, haha.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
Definitely The Deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone, given to me as a gift from my husband.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?:

From my 17 Books List: This is Our Story, Slice of Cherry, I’ll Give You the Sun, Rooms, The Dead House, Rage Within, Meg, & Hotel Ruby.

From Last Year: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rebel Heart: The Dust Lands, Afterparty, Crank, & Smashed.

Series: Pretty Little Liars (Ali’s Pretty Little Lies & Vicious), Cahill Witch Chronicles (Star Cursed & Sister’s Fate), Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers, Game, Blood of my Blood), Dust Lands (Rebel Heart, Raging Star).

Classics: The Jungle Book, Hamlet, Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, & Alice Through the Looking Glass.

So a good bit but I’m fairly sure I will get most of these read.
 I feel I’m doing a pretty good job so far.

 

If you want to do the tag, consider yourself tagged! Let me know you’ve done it so I can see how your reading goals are going!

 

 

Books in July 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In July, I read six.

 

New Favorite: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Classic: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Blood Red Road by Moira Young; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

I enjoyed everything I read this month!

 

My new favorite read for July.

My classic read for the month.

My favorite re-read.

Even though Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows isn’t my favorite in the series, I still loved it and thought it was a great ending.

I also got this awesome Shark Movie Mania Rue Morgue magazine and even though I was a bit annoyed that I ended up with two copies, it was really cool.

So what did you read in July and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?

jnc

July Writing & Reading Goals Check (August Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR JULY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Two Towers for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read Red Blood Road
✓ Read Vicious by V.E. Schwab
✓  Do Book Pics

I feel I did pretty good with this month’s goals even though I still haven’t gotten to The Wrath and the Dawn. That will be my next read for sure. And even though I haven’t done my Book Pics yet, I plan to do them tomorrow so I will be able to to mark that one off too. I got the rest of the books on my list read and actually managed to finish editing all 51K of Whispertown so I am very proud of myself this month.

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR AUGUST

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Jungle Book for my classic book
✓ Finish Whispertown edits from beta reader
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read I Heart Killers
✓ Read Rebel Heart (Dust Lands)
✓ Read I’ll Give You the Sun
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them handbook
✓ Participate in Pitch Wars
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for July? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

Books in June 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In June, I read five.

 

New Favorite: Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

Classic: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews

June was a slower reading month but I still enjoyed everything I read. Hoping to get a little more read next month. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was a re-read but since it was my least favorite of the series (still gave it 4 stars), I decided it didn’t count as a favorite.

 

My new favorite read for June … and also for 2017 so far. It was hard to put down!

Also ❤

My classic read for the month. I enjoyed this one even more than Tom Sawyer.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is my least favorite of the series so far but I still enjoyed it.

 

And My Sweet Audrina managed to make me love it even more this time around. It’s one seriously messed up story with even more messed up characters, but I can’t help it. I love it!

So what did you read in June and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?

jnc

June Writing & Reading Goals Check (July Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

 

GOALS FOR JUNE:

✓ Read at least six books
✓ Read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for my classic book
✓  Work on Whispertown re-write
✓  Read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
✓  Read My Sweet Audrina
✓  Read Blood Red Road
✓  Read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
✓  Do #PitMad on June 8
✓  Finish Six of Crows
✓  Do Book Pics

It’s been a very hectic month but I’m glad I at least got this far. Guess I will have to tackle some of these goals later on!

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR JULY

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Two Towers for my classic book
✓ Work on Whispertown re-write for Camp NaNoWriMo (30K Goal)
✓ Read Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
✓ Read The Wrath and the Dawn
✓ Read Red Blood Road
✓ Read Vicious by V.E. Schwab
✓  Do Book Pics

 

If I have time, I might read and do a re-cap of Whitefern by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman). But only if I finish everything else.

 

What were your goals for June? Did you meet any of them? What are your plans for July?

 

jnc