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

Books in May 2017

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

 

New Favorite: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Classic: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling & Web of Dreams by V.C. Andrews.

I had a great reading month. I enjoyed everything I read so I decided not to pick a least liked for this month.

 

 

My new favorite read for May.

My classic read for the month.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is my favorite of the series so far. It was my favorite out of all of them years ago so I guess we’ll see if that is still true over the next few months!

Web of Dreams is definitely one of my favorite ghostwritten VCA books. I did a recap for it here.

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

jnc

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?

jnc