Harry Potter Re-Read 2017 (HP & The Chamber of Secrets)

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 February, I read the second book in the series, The Chamber of Secrets, in the illustrated format.

Somehow the illustrations were even more stunning in this edition, though the pages with the spiders were super creepy because I’m with Ron concerning them. One page was so unexpected and realistic that I actually jumped.

I loved re-reading this one as well. I also liked the story/mystery better than the first, though I’m not sure any of the books will ever top the nostalgia from the first book. I felt the same about the movie.

Sadly I didn’t make any recipes from my Harry Potter cookbook because of life. I still haven’t made any new recipes though I’m hoping to get back into them soon.

Anyway, I loved the addition of Dobby and Moaning Myrtle (especially Myrtle from the movies!). I also love to hate Lockhart and I feel the actor who played him in the movie did an amazing job.

And I totally cried when Hagrid returned in the movie. Not even going to lie.

I feel like a lot of the scenes from the books like the Quidditch Match and the Polyjuice Potion worked a bit better in the movie but I still loved both versions.

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

March & April Book Haul

My goal for 2017 is to try and buy less books overall and to try to buy more that I will read this year. Here’s how I did this month.

I plan on reading The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers around July. I had a few credits on BookMooch so this was basically free.

Booktuber and YA author Maggie Ann Martin sent me Hotel Ruby for a giveaway I entered. I plan to read this one around Halloween. It sounds similar to Evil in the Walls so I am curious about it.

I got The Daughter of the Pirate King with my March Owlcrate box. If I have time this summer, I definitely want to squeeze it in. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel that focused on pirates.

All of the wonderful bookish goodies in my Owlcrate.

I plan to read Rise of Empire next month. I also hope to squeeze the 6th One Piece manga in for this month. I may read Proven Guilty later on this year if I have time. I saw the Irish Fairy and Folk Tales and had to get it. These were bought used on eBay and Amazon.

James Alexander released a new sweary coloring book called Road Rage. It is hilarious. I sat on my patio and laughed until I cried as I flipped through the pages. Unfortunately he is having some issues with Amazon and CreateSpace refusing to stock his work. I am really glad I grabbed it when I did and hope they will re-instate his books.

I didn’t care for any of the library editions for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn so I decided to get this adorable Puffin edition off eBay. I plan to read this for my classic next month.

I found Illuminae at my local Ollie’s Discount store for $6 so I found it hard to resist. If I don’t get to it this year, I would like to make it a goal to read it next year. Sci-Fi is a genre I rarely read from and this one actually interests me.

James May’s Toy Stories was at my library’s outlet store. I scored it for a couple of bucks and will probably gift it to my Father-in-law, who enjoys James May and these sort of books.

I got Suite Scarlett with BookMooch points.

I also got Vampirella, a comic, and Shark Movie Mania in March’s Horror Block. I definitely want to try to get to both of these this year since I am obsessed with sharks and would like to read more comics.

I have been hearing great things about You and I found a brand new hardcover of it at Dollar Tree. Definitely going to get to it soon.

This isn’t a book but since it’s book related, I thought I would add it. I found this at Target.

I also found these adorable Harry Potter magnetic book clips at Target!


I acquired 15 books during these months and plan to read 9-10 of them this year. Not bad!


Books in April 2017

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


New Favorites: Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis & The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Least Liked: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Classic: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Gates of Paradise by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.

The Crown was decent and I really liked Toxic (though this series has gotten so ridiculous). I also liked Peter Pan but I probably wouldn’t re-read it or the rest of the books. Some of the re-tellings could be interesting though.

Overall I had a great reading month. I was disappointed that I didn’t love The Sun is Also a Star but my two new favorites made up for it.


My new favorites for April.

My classic read for the month.

So far Goblet of Fire is my favorite. Forgot how good it was.

Another V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman) re-read. Check out my re-cap of it.

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


Books in March 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In March, I read 8.


New Favorite: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

I had a great reading month. I couldn’t even pick a Least liked book so I left it off for this month. While I didn’t love Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews as much as I used to, I still really enjoyed it. Mara Wilson’s book, Where Am I Now? was a much more emotional read than I was expecting (in a good way). I also loved Little Women.

The Heir, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Deadly were all pretty good.



My new favorite read for March.

My classic read for the month.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the series so far.

And while Fallen Hearts isn’t my favorite VCA novel any longer, I still really enjoyed it. The recap I did was fun, too. Check it out here.

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


Books in February 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In February, I read seven and a half (I’ll explain).


New Favorite: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Least Liked: Roseblood by A.G. Howard (I actually DNFed it halfway)

Classic: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Dark Angel by V.C. Andrews, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

When You Came Back was decent, I really liked Happily Ever After: Selection Stories, and the Jane Eyre graphic novel was okay.

Overall I had a great reading month though I regret pushing back one of my planned reads (The Wrath and the Dawn) to read Roseblood instead. Oh well.



My new favorite read for February.


My classic read for the month.


The Illustrated Chamber of Secrets was even better than the first.


My favorite book of all time. It was great re-reading it!


First book I have DNFed in a while. 😦

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


Harry Potter Re-Read 2017 (HP & The Sorcerer’s Stone)

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. For January, my husband got me this beautiful edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.



Re-reading the story and seeing all of the beautiful illustrations was a wonderful experience. There were so many little details that I had forgotten, and several I hadn’t. It was a very nostalgic reading experience. I remember my dad giving me the first book. He’d gotten it from a friend and thought I might like it. I loved it. I also seemed to be one of the few people at my school who loved this series until much later on as well. Waiting for new books to come out was torture.

My heart warmed at some moments and I actually found tears in my eyes during others (particularly when Harry, Ron, and Hermione become friends and when Neville wins house points for standing up to his friends). I felt the same when I re-watched the movie as well.


Along with the movie, I made my first recipe from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook I got for Christmas: Bourbon Glazed Pork Loin with Peaches for Adults. It was pretty good and probably one of the most complicated recipes I’ve attempted. My husband really liked it as well. I plan to make at least one recipe from the book this year.


I also got my first Chocolate Frog card. It was fitting considering I was watching the first movie.


In summary, I loved immersing myself into the world of Harry Potter again. I cannot wait to read the next one, in illustrated form, watch the movie, and make a new recipe. I didn’t get to color in my coloring books yet but I’m sure I will do a few sometime this year.

While I like most of the characters in Harry Potter, Hagrid and Hermione are my favorites. I love Harry, Ron, Neville, and Professor McGonagall as well though.

Until next time!





January Book Haul

One of my goals for 2017 is to try and buy/receive less books or at least get more that I’m actually going to read this year. I don’t think I’ve done too bad for January since some of these really are books I plan to read for 2017. Trying to do a total book buying ban has proven to backfire so I’m going to try and just aim overall for less. Anyway, here’s the books I couldn’t resist!


First of all, here is the beautiful special illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim McKay, a Christmas gift from my husband. However, it shipped from England and took over a month to arrive but it was definitely worth it. I’m sad it won’t fit on my current Harry Potter shelf though. This is the nicest book I own now. Pictures don’t do it justice.



These were in my library’s outlet section. The hardbacks were $2 and the other were $1. While I already owned Rose Madder and Needful Things (that edition is missing the dust jacket but the spine is beautiful so I grabbed), they were ratty paperbacks. I decided these hardcovers were in great condition so I replaced them. I also got The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, a children’s book I remember loving, and Meg, a book I plan to read later this year.


I can usually never resist Book Outlet. They were having some kind of winter sale and they had the last two Jasper Dent books for a bargain. Since I want to finish this series this year and my library only has the first one, of course I snagged them.

They also had the Puffin Bloom Classic edition for Anne of Green Gables, which I’ve never read but since I already have the edition for Little Women, I snagged it too. This set is expensive but Book Outlet occasionally has the singles for $6-7.

My library also doesn’t have Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, though they have the rest of her books for The Lunar Chronicles so I decided to get it. It was decently priced and I plan to eventually buy the series when we have a house with more space.


I found Burial Rites at Dollar Tree. I’ve heard of this one and it sounded good so I couldn’t pass it up for a dollar. Most of the time Dollar Tree’s book selection is depressing but every once in a while they will have some good ones so always check!


I signed up for my first Owl Crate because they were doing a classic re-mix and the last box, which I saw someone reveal on Booktube, looked excellent so I decided to try it. It is more expensive than my Horror Block but I’m thinking I might do Owl Crate when I’m not interested in the other. Like for February 🙂 The box came with this Phantom of the Opera re-telling and a signed bookplate. While I’ve never read the classic, it has always sounded good and I am excited to read this!


And here’s the contents of the box itself since it is book related. I loved everything in this box (though I haven’t tried the tea yet, it sounds good). It came with the hardback of Roseblood by A.G. Howard, a letter from the author about the book, a signed bookplate, a Phantom of the Opera magnet (the purple thing, it’s gorgeous), book soap inspired by The Secret Garden (so cute it’s going to be hard to use it), a pretty watercolor bookmark with a quote from Slaughterhouse-Five, Little Prince inspired herbal tea, a 2017 calendar with classic book quotes and art, and an Owlcrate pin (currently on my purse). Very cool stuff.

I signed up for Feb box as well in place of my Horror Block since the theme is circus and the HB theme wasn’t wowing me. While I’m pretty sure the book is going to be one I already have, I’m okay with it because my edition is a review ARC and the new one (if I’m correct) will be hardcover and have a signed bookplate and letter from the author.

Honestly I don’t think I was too bad for January. One book was a gift, one came with neat bookish stuff, and the rest were fairly cheap. Out of the eleven I acquired, I’ve read one, plan to read five-six of them this year, and replaced two for books I already had. So really only two were complete impulse buys. I feel good about my haul.

I also unhauled about 30-40 from my shelf. All books I’d liked (like the Pretty Little Liars books) but also ones I knew I’d never re-read. I gave some to my co-worker for her younger daughter and plan to take the rest to my local used bookstore. Whichever ones they can’t take will be donated. So not bad at all. Right? How many books did you get this month and which ones are you most excited about?