Books in November 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In November, I read seven.

 

New Favorites: Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga; Sister’s Fate (Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Classic: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Least Liked: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

I also enjoyed Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts, Knee-High Lies by Dawn Ford, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K. Rowling.

 

 

My new favorite reads for November.

 

My classic read for the month.


 

My Harry Potter read for the month. The book is beautifully illustrated and the screenplay itself is well written. It made me want to re-watch the movie (which I plan to do soon)

 

 

I got this book for review and it ended up being pretty good.

 

Here’s some fun pictures of what my animals like to do when I take my pics. I plan to make a post in the future on how my book pics are done so consider it a sneak peek!

 

 

 

 

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

 

jnc

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Books in September 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In September, I read eight.

 

New Favorites: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz & Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood.

Classic: Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Everything I read this month was enjoyable. I also loved Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer and The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. I had a great reading month. I also read two review books, Ban This Book, and Cold Summer by Gwen Cole.

 

 

My new favorites for September.

 

 

 

My classic read for the month.

 

A great addition to the magical world of Harry Potter.

 

I got Cold Summer by Gwen Cole for review and really enjoyed it.

 

 

Wires and Nerve was a great addition to the Lunar Chronicles.
It was a lovely graphic novel as well.

 

 

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

jnc

Books in August 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In August, I read seven.

 

New Favorites: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh & I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Classic: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

I enjoyed everything I read this month. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush (very bottom of pile) by Tomie dePaola was technically a re-read from my childhood. I also liked the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them handbook, Rebel Heart (Dust Lands #2), and the 6th OnePiece manga.

 

My new favorites for August.

 

My classic read for the month.

Can we just admire this edition? It’s interactive, too, and has lots of fun and well designed elements inside (my favorite is a map!).

Since I have decided to re-read the Harry Potter books this year, I decided to read the other related books that go with them. This is a pretty edition but sadly lacked the illustrations I’m pretty sure other ones have.

The illustrations in this are stunning.

 

And here’s what my cat does while I take pictures on the patio. Every time.

 

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

jnc

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.

 

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.

 

 

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

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