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Reread Review: Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

I feel like OOTP gets a lot of flak from the Harry Potter community because Harry is very whiny in it. Now that I'm a little older and wiser I think it's a pretty accurate portrayal of the anxiousness and isolation that teenagers sometimes experience. Removing magic from the picture, not hearing from my friends all summer and living with an abusive family would make me pretty upset too. Then to be publicly ridiculed at school, one of his "safe" places, would be hard for any adult, let alone a teenager to deal with.

 

I'm not saying moments of the story weren't grating, I'm just saying it was a much easier read this time through. 

 

I mentioned the narrator's, Jim Dale, female voices were bothering me and I have to say that is still true. He did a great job with what I imagined Umbridge would sound like, but Luna Lovegood was, in my humble opinion, awful. Instead of flighty/whimsical (which is how she was described several different times in this book) the voice was grated and rough. Aside from that I think he's doing a good job with the book as a whole. 

 

I still love this book. The Dept of Mysteries, the Order getting together, the DA... all of these are some of my favorite parts of the series. I really enjoyed the end of the book when Dumbledore finally starts filling Harry in on the prophecy and his theories about the connection between him and Voldemort. 

 

On a side note, I think the movie version did a great job of the Dumbledore/Voldemort fight in the Ministry of Magic forum. It really brought to life that scene in a way I haven't appreciated before. 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've listened 1215 out of 1586 minutes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Well it's just that you seem to be labouring under the delusion that I am going to -- come quietly. I am afraid I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course -- but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a whole host of things I would rather be doing.

 

 

burn

Albus Dumbledore knows how to lay the smack down in such a way that you can't help but admire him. 

Reading progress update: I've listened 800 out of 1586 minutes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have. - Hermione

 

Ah teenage boys and their lack of understanding about how complicated we women can be. hahaha

Reading progress update: I've listened to 275 out of 1620 minutes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Jim Dale's voice for Luna Lovegood is more grating than his voice for Hermione. This may be a hard listen if it doesn't improve. 

 

:( 

Reading progress update: I've read 95%.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Bahahahaha I forgot about the part where Crabbe, Goyle and Malfoy get hexed by Harry, Hermione, Ron, Fred and George on the train. 

 

Tentacles growing from Malfoy's face... soooooo good! 

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

All That Jazz - Natasha Boyd

A girl has to dream and expect more.  If women expected nothing from men, men would never amount to much. 

 

So much truth. Loving this story so far.

Attempting a Reading Weekend

Hello friends! As usual life has gotten crazy lately and I have been missing my bookish community and my reading time. Hubby is away for the weekend (and missing baby girls first Easter :-( ) so I decided to dub this a Reading weekend. I'm going to try not to watch mindless tv like I usually do, but actively try to get some reading done between hanging out with baby girl. Laziness be damned!

 

We're in the process of packing and moving and will be for about 6 weeks (escrow takes forever) so if I'm not around much, you know why! While this is a very exciting time in our lives, it leaves very little time/energy for hobbies. 

 

In other news, baby girl is almost 7 months old now! Where has the time gone? She's so close to crawling and we will have a very mobile baby very soon. Bonus picture :D 

 

Miss you all! Wishing all of you a very Happy Easter and lots of spring reading time!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

Listening to Mad Eye Moody's first lesson brings all the feelings. I can't imagine what it would be like to see the curse that killed my parents done to something in front of me. Or in Neville's case, the curse that cost my parents sanity. That is a heavy burden to bear. 

Audiobook Review

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

I haven't read the books in almost a decade (I know, I know) but I watch the movies every year at Christmas as a tradition now. Chamber of Secrets made me miss book Ginny all over again. Even though this is just our first significant introduction to her as a character there is so much more to her character than what they do in the movies. 

 

Also, Professor Liarpants (Lockhart) is just as annoying as I remember. 

 

Onto the next!

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The first few chapters read like a stand alone novel with it's general references to things from the first book. I wonder if JK Rowling knew she was going to continue the series. 

Audiobook/Reread Thoughts

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

A friend of mine has let me borrow all of the HP audiobooks and I am officially hooked. They make the work day go by so much faster and Jim Dale does a good job narrating. His female voices are a little grating but I think some of that is intentional. 

 

Sorcerer's Stone is definitely for a younger audience but I still really enjoyed it. Harry's naivete always surprises me a bit. It is also interesting how many lines from the book they have rearranged in the movies to make Hermione more interesting.  I'm sure I could go on for days about the differences between the movies and the books. 

 

And now onto Chamber of Secrets! Audiobooks are my new favorite now that my actual physical reading time is so limited. 

DNF: I've read 50 out of 344 pages.

Tearing Down The Statues (Salt Mystic) (Volume 1) - Brian Bennudriti

Calling it on this one. I've reread the first few chapters twice and I'm still lost. 

Review: Meh

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

So we read Shiver in the book club last month and I really wanted to enjoy it, but at the end I was left feeling meh. 

 

I had a hard time connecting with Sam which prevented me from really investing in his relationship with Grace. The last few chapters seem clumsy and felt like the author was reaching for a good way to tie it up with a pretty little bow. It did not work in my humble opinion. 

 

I'm not sad I read it, I just wish it was a little better. 

Review: Finding Lyla

Finding Lyla: Book Ten In The Bodyguards Of L.A. County Series - Cate Beauman

Cate Beauman does a wonderful job pulling you into this story as if you were living it. The places, people and situations were well crafted and interesting. My only complaint is that the beginning was very slow and I felt like the story was a bit dragged out. I think my reading time is more limited these days so these longer books are harder to get into. 

 

Lyla was an interesting character and I felt like we got some real insights into her background and history. The spark between her and Collin felt real as they experienced a very rough few weeks of life. As with most stressful situations, sometimes your partner in crime can be much more than that in the long run. Collin's character was well developed and I didn't have a problem keeping up with the story despite not having read any of the other stories in the series.

 

The chemistry was great, the action was fun and the romance was well done. There was a lot going on in the world around them and I did enjoy the inclusion of other characters that really kept things moving. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good romance with an interesting lead female and her "prince charming".

 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Reading progress update: I've read 5%.

Finding Lyla: Book Ten In The Bodyguards Of L.A. County Series - Cate Beauman

The very first chapter hit me with so much emotion I had to stop reading. I know it's probably because I just had a baby, but I still couldn't deal. Will have to pick this back up in a few days. 

The world lost a great talent today.