“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling

dh-us-jacket-artI wrapped this book up a few days ago and have been meaning to post about it. It took a little shy of two years, but I reread the series! It definitely sped up near the end when I started utilizing my access to audiobooks though. Plus there was a pretty sizeable gap near “Prisoner of Azkaban” where I just didn’t touch these books.

I forgot how in this book most of the action happens in the second half. Then again, it’s more than 750 pages, so half the book is like a regular book elsewhere. But when I was reading I kept thinking of all the things that I knew were going to happen but hadn’t happened yet and it made me realize, this book is LONG.

Just so you know, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is not a good airplane read. I tried it and my hands started aching from trying to hold it up. So stick to your paperbacks and make sure they’re less than 750+ pages.

As always, I’m amazed at J.K. Rowling and her ability to create this world and all the things and people in it. It just comes off as effortless. I’ve ready way too many books where the author tries to force characters into relationships or gives them dialogue that just seems super forced and rushed for where that character is in the story. There’s none of that here. This book could be a biography for the way it flows and the depth of character it brings. I just love Harry Potter and I just love J.K. Rowling.

Side note. I went on a cruise to the Bahamas a couple weeks ago and I very nearly won Harry Potter trivia. I got 19/20 questions correct and had to go head-to-head against four other Harry Potter nerds. Unfortunately I was bested because someone else was able to answer what James Potter’s wand was made of, but it was truly a highlight of the trip.

Anyway, I just started “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” by Jenny Lawson. I got this book for Christmas and I have been looking forward to reading it. I’m only about three chapters in, but it is hilarious. I am excited about this book.

I also started the audiobook of “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” by W. Bruce Cameron because I saw the movie and it was adorable, but I just don’t know if I can get into this book. I’m on chapter three or four and it just feels like it’s dragging. Maybe it’s the person reading the audiobook, or maybe it’s the book. Either way, I’m just not sure I’ll make it through this book. Even though I want to because the dog in the movie was beautiful and I want to keep him forever.

Until next time,
Maegan

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“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling

harry-potterOk, I lied, I didn’t post last week. But I did finish the book when I said I would, so that’s an accomplishment. Once I really got into the groove I read a chapter a night and it wrapped it up nicely.

It only took basically a year. That’s when I finished “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Mind you, I did finish quite a plethora of books between that time, but as Mad-Eye Moody would say, I did not have “constant vigilance!”

Anyway, I know a few people who are of the opinion that this book is the worst in the series. I can see how they would think that, as the whole point of the book is to set up the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. I think there are some good additions to the storyline, though.┬áIt introduces Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum, and Fleur gets a bigger part later on in book 7, but that’s another story.

Now I’m on chapter 11 of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Thanks to audiobooks, of course. I probably would still be working on “Goblet of Fire” if I didn’t get the audiobook for that one. And even then I still didn’t finish it before I had to return it to the public library.

And now (I think) I’m actually only reading one book at a time. Unless I’m forgetting something, I am only working on the one book.

Never mind, I just remembered I’m also working on the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” screenplay. But it’s the same wizarding world so maybe it doesn’t count. Ok, it probably counts. But now I’m only reading two books instead of four. So that’s progress, right?

See ya,
Maegan

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling

Harry_Potter_and_the_Prisoner_of_Azkaban_(US_cover)“Chamber of Secrets” was only three books and five months ago so that’s not so bad… right? Anyway, if I actually were to take time to read, this book probably would’ve taken me less than a month. In fact, I read half of it in the last week or so. But then again, school is over for the semester so I actually have time to read fun books and not scary law school books.

Anyway, it’s Harry Potter, what is there to explain? It’s wonderful and beautiful and J.K. Rowling is amazingly creative and her imagination is literally the stuff that dreams are made of and I love her.

My only regret in reading these books again is that I’ve already read them multiple times and seen all the movies over and over again so I know what is going to happen and I can’t be surprised anymore. I wish there was a way to go back as if you had never read the books so you could experience it all over again and again.

I brought “Goblet of Fire” home with me for Christmas break but I also brought six other books to read (because options) so I’m not sure when I’ll start it yet. Could be now, could be later, could (regrettably) be much later. Depends on how I feel. Hopefully it just won’t take another five months.

As Harry, Ron, and Hermione would say, “Happy Christmas!”
Maegan

“Matched” by Ally Condie

7735333GUESSWHATGUESSWHATGUESSWHAT. I STARTED LAW SCHOOL AND IT’S SCARY.

Basically on the first day of orientation the teacher people told us that you can enjoy watching TV or reading books or going to church or spending time with friends and family but you won’t have time to do all of it. Scare tactic? I hope so. Probably not. We’re not even allowed to have a job for the first year. SCARY.

Anyway, I am trying my hardest to actually watch TV AND read and maybe even have some social interaction with someone other than my cat but we’ll see how that goes.

This book was pretty good. I listened through it all the way on audiobook. I downloaded it right before a road trip and listened to it on the way but it still took me almost three weeks to finish just because of time, man.

It’s about a girl named Cassia and her living in the “Society” and the “officials” and a love triangle with some dudes she’s known her whole life named Xander and Ky. Not going to lie, I had to Google those names. Audiobook cons.

It’s called Matched because the people who live in the Society have their whole life planned out for them by the government of this new world. When they’re a certain age (15? 17? Something like that), they are *matched* with another person who they were found to be completely compatible with, and then after a few years they get married through a “contract.” Sounds super romantic, right?

One thing that got me about this book is that the Society is supposed to be a really controlled environment, but this main girl just did mostly whatever she wanted and there were a few repercussions, but they didn’t seem life-altering. Maybe near the end, but by then they were just trying to find ways to lead into the next book because — surprise! — it’s a trilogy!

I’m going to try to read the other books in the series but I think other people are in line for them in the little public library audiobook queue so we’ll see how that goes. I’m reading my series all mixed up right now. I still haven’t started “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” I’m about halfway through “The Longest Ride,” and I just started the audiobook of “To Kill a Mockingbird” today. More on that later. Shameless plug for further blog posts.

Wish me luck in surviving law school and stuff,
Maegan

 

**UPDATE**

I’m watching Interstellar for the first time ever and one of the awesome NASA people just quoted the poem that is super relevant in this book. Basically in the book the society has chosen only 100 pieces of each type of art (poems, paintings, songs, etc.) that the people are allowed to have access to. But there’s basically a black market on contraband art and one of them is the poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas. Cassia gets ahold of the poem and she basically uses it as her mantra all throughout the series.

Anyway, this guy in the movie just quoted it! And it reminded me that I never finished the “Matched” trilogy… In my defense, it was not one that kept my attention really well. It was an alright series but there was just something about it. It needed more. Soooo I probably won’t finish it ever and I’m sorry about that but I have already moved on and I would have to force myself to finish it and that is not something I want to do.

Side note: I’m typing this on my phone and this is DIFFICULT. Definitely sticking to the laptop now.

Ciao!

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling

HP2coverWith the summer comes the return of audiobooks, yay.

I started reading this one right after I finished “Sorcerer’s Stone,” but you know how it is. Eventually I put myself on the waiting list through the public library to get the audiobook and there were four people in front of me for it (so I guess I’m not the only one rereading Harry Potter, but am I really surprised, I mean J.K. Rowling, amiright?) So I got the audiobook and with that I sporadically finished it within about nine days. I’m already on the waiting list to read “Prisoner of Azkaban,” but I’m guessing the same four people are in front of me for that one, too.

So, Harry Potter. Do I really need to give any information about this book? If you haven’t read it, then you’ve seen the movie, and if you haven’t seen the movie then what in the world are you doing with your life? Not to be judgmental or anything…

To fill in the book ending void I’m going to keep reading “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks, which my lovely boyfriend gave me for my birthday. I’ll let you know how that goes, but so far it’s pretty good. No audiobook for that one though, because books on paper are the business and down with the e-reader and all that. I actually felt guilty for finishing this book via audiobook just because I love the series so much. But I guess you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

So you know how I said I was going to read a chapter a day? Not happening. I know, I’m ashamed. But I can barely keep up with the couch to 5K app and I signed up for the Color Run at the end of August, so…

On a completely unrelated note, I should probably go running tomorrow.

P.S. I started following some of those super bookish people on Instagram and they totally shame everyone else. I think they literally sit there and read all day everyday. Which would be an awesome job, but when do you have time to sleep? These are the questions I ask myself. Also my cat but he doesn’t seem to really care.

Anyway, I’m off to read some more of something and I’m sure it’ll be wonderful.

Ciao,
Maegan