Harry Potter Re-Read 2017 (HP & The Goblet of Fire)

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 April, I read the fourth book in the series, The Goblet of Fire.

 

This has always been one of my favorites but it made it to the second position for the re-read, which had previously belonged to Prisoner of Azkaban for many years. I have fond memories of first reading this in the car on the way to the beach.

The plot is probably one of my favorites in the series and there’s so many scenes I loved it might take a novel to list them all. I definitely loved when Mad Eye Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret and like the second task best.

I have always loved Cedric Diggory. So much that I actually named my albino guinea pig after him when I first read the book (RIP both Cedrics). I feel like the character development, particularly of the trio, especially gets interesting.

The movie was better than I remembered and I liked that Neville got more screen time even though it took more away from Dobby. Aside from Cedric, I loved the addition of Mad Eye Moody/Barty Crouch Jr.

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

 

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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

 

 

Camp NaNo 2017 Session #2: Week 4

 

Camp NaNoWriMo is over and somehow I wrote over 12K today. Yeah, I’m not sure how that happened, either. I planned to stop but it was hard to so I rolled with it. I didn’t really get anything else done today but that’s OK. The re-write/edit of Whispertown is finished!

Here are my final stats:

Goal: 30,000 Words.
Total Words Written: 51,138.
Word Count Remaining: 0.
Days Remaining: 0.

 

I am thrilled that I managed to finish. It was unexpected. I plan to take a short break before looking over some notes from my beta reader and then I will make a few changes here and there. Despite all of the edits, some scenes still need some work. I think my character voice has improved a lot, though.

I can’t wait to do another draft of this where the plot changes. Should be an interesting adventure!

How did you do for Camp NaNo? If you made (or went over) your goal, Congrats! If you didn’t but still wrote something, Congrats! Every word written is another step to success! I have loved doing both sessions of Camp NaNo and can’t wait for NaNoWriMo. I have a really fun story idea and can’t wait to start writing it!

Expect more regular posts in August. Unless we decide to move, and then I’ll let you know.