There is a reason why this book ended up on my top 24 book list, and it’s because this is a great book! Even though I can’t remember the last time I r...moreThere is a reason why this book ended up on my top 24 book list, and it’s because this is a great book! Even though I can’t remember the last time I read it, it was a book I loved reading when I was younger. It was a quick read, but I did split it up over a few days because of another book that I’m currently reading.
For me, it had the perfect amount of adventure and mystery. However, I did notice that there were several references to biblical verses, which didn’t bother me, since it didn’t come across as preachy or anything. It did fit in with the book really well, since the main focus was about trying to get Meg Murray’s dad off Camazotz, and later, trying to get Charles Wallace (Meg’s brother) away from IT. Meg needed to remember that love was what she needed in oder to save Charles Wallace from IT.
There were so many characters that I loved- Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Which, the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. I liked Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin as well, but not as much as the Mrs. W’s, the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. I found Meg to be a pretty believable and sympathetic character, but there wasn’t really anything that made her very memorable. It was the same with both Calvin and Charles Wallace. I was creeped out that Charles Wallace (as a 5-year-old) was able to read his mother and sister so well, and was fairly mature for his age.
The Mrs. W’s were definitely protective, and on this reread, it was obvious that they were angelic beings…supernatural guardians…whatever you want to call it. Plus, I liked that they were stars who died.
I did like the quotes that were scattered throughout the book, courtesy of Mrs. Who (who found talking hard). And the quotes, much like the references to biblical verses, fit very well with the plot.
Rating: On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4. While not completely and totally amazing, it was still an amazing book.
I loved how Meg looked past her initial thoughts about Mr. Jenkins, and started to care for him in order to name him. I also loved how she went from r...moreI loved how Meg looked past her initial thoughts about Mr. Jenkins, and started to care for him in order to name him. I also loved how she went from resenting him and seeing him as a not-so-good guy to appreciating him. That definitely goes with the whole looking beyond 1st impressions thing.
I really liked the character of Proginoskes (who ends up being called Progo). He insists on being called a cherubim (as opposed to the singular cherub) because he’s practically plural. In the end, he ends up sacrificing himself after Meg is nearly Xed (or unnamed) and Mr. Jenkins is invaded by his Echthroi doubles.
In the end, Charles Wallace is okay and the world is saved from the Black Thing that was ever present in A Wrinkle In Time.
I give it a 4 out of 5. I liked it as much as I did A Wrinkle In Time, and it definitely had the spirit of A Wrinkle In Time, albeit on a much smaller scale.(less)
I wasn’t surprised that in the end, nuclear war was prevented by Charles Wallace changing the might-have-beens. Branzillo ends up being a peaceful man...moreI wasn’t surprised that in the end, nuclear war was prevented by Charles Wallace changing the might-have-beens. Branzillo ends up being a peaceful man instead of a South American dictator. I definitely liked it, and the series has been pretty consistent. Plus, it was nice to see all the Murry kids grown up.
I give it a 4 out of 5. It definitely kept up in the spirit of A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind In The Door. It was an enjoyable and quick read, and it was nice to see the entire Murry family as well as Calvin’s mom.(less)
There’s a lot of adventure, and some mystery. It’s amazing how many clues are in the book, and how a lot of the places and creatures seen in this book...moreThere’s a lot of adventure, and some mystery. It’s amazing how many clues are in the book, and how a lot of the places and creatures seen in this book are important to later plot points. There is a lot going on, and I wish could throw in every little detail, but I can’t. Especially since I want to try to practice condensing HP to a few paragraphs…this will be especially important for books 4 through 7.
Back to CoS, though, Lockhart is hilarious, and completely useless as a Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher. Another favorite moment in CoS is when Hermione transforms into a cat (on accident, of course) after drinking the Polyjuice Potion. While I like CoS, I think I would place it behind Sorcerer’s Stone. A lot of the things and places and people do make another appearance somewhere in the series, and I love the details. I love how things that don’t seem important and are insignifcant in this book show up to be more important. One of my favorite things about CoS is that there’s still a sense of innocence. There are some very bad, evil things in the wizarding world, but it’s far off in the distance…at least to a certail extent. There’s no Voldemort, not really, anyway, and things are solved easily. Things are still pretty black and white, with no real shades of grey.
Rating: 4 out of 5. While not one of my favorites, it’s still really good, and sets up some stuff that’ll be revealed in later books. And there’s a little bit of everything in the series, as well as this book.(less)
My re-read of Harry Potter has been going pretty slow, and I've been reading a chapter here and a chapter there, but it should come as no surprise tha...moreMy re-read of Harry Potter has been going pretty slow, and I've been reading a chapter here and a chapter there, but it should come as no surprise that I really liked Goblet Of Fire. It's not my favorite but it's not my least favorite either.
I have to say, I got a little teary-eyed at the very end! I definitely cried when reading HBP and DH, but never GoF. That last chapter really got to me this time around, and I'm glad Dumbledore gave a speech about Cedric. (Go Hufflepuff!)
The tournament...I liked it! I don't know if I necessarily liked it as much as before, but Harry having to deal with the tasks and people talking about him and Rita Skeeter's articles...poor Harry! He really did have a lot going on, with a lot of the school not liking that he was the 2nd Hogwarts champion, and I certainly don't blame Hufflepuff for not being happy that Harry overshadowed their own champion. I have to say that I like that the Hogwarts champion is from Hufflepuff.
Anyway, Harry and Ron have an interesting relationship for a good chunk of the book. I get where Ron is coming from, and why he acts like a jealous idiot. Granted, you think he'd know by know that Harry wouldn't like about not putting his name in the goblet, but that side didn't win out in this book.
For me, Goblet Of Fire is when the series really starts to change. Prisoner Of Azkaban is a bit darker than Sorcerer's Stone or Chamber Of Secrets, but Goblet Of Fire is a bit darker than the previous three books. Things are definitely going to be different because of the return of Voldemort.
What's interesting about Goblet Of Fire is that...I don't have much to say about it. Which is weird because I love Harry Potter, and the fact that I don't have a lot to say...I just don't know what to think about this!
Final Thoughts: I really like Goblet Of Fire, despite the fact that I don't have much to say about it. It really is the turning point in the series for me, and I like how we see two other wizarding schools and a little bit of the international wizarding community. Goblet of Fire gets 4 stars!(less)
I know a lot of people have said this, but Prisoner Of Azkaban is my favorite Harry Potter book. I just love the storyline, and so many things that ha...moreI know a lot of people have said this, but Prisoner Of Azkaban is my favorite Harry Potter book. I just love the storyline, and so many things that happen in the rest of the series are set in motion in this book.
We get to meet Sirius, Lupin and Pettigrew in this book, and they are a connection to Harry's parents because they were all best friends. Until Pettigrew turned traitor and gave up James and Lily to Voldemort.
There are so many things I love about Prisoner Of Azkaban- the Marauder's Map (and learning who the Marauders are!), the time turners, Hagrid teaching Care Of Magical Creatures, and the introduction of Trelawney.
Random Movie Sidenote: I loved Emma Thompson as Trelawney.
Back to the book, though. You really start to see a lot of the characters start to grow up- or even see them in a different way. It's no wonder Snape didn't trust Lupin, because of the prank that Sirius did.
Overall, it gets a 5 out of 5. It's my favorite, and one of the strongest books in the series.(less)
This was the book that started my obsession love with Harry Potter. In The Sorcerer’s Stone (aka Philospher’s Stone everywhere else in the world), Har...moreThis was the book that started my obsession love with Harry Potter. In The Sorcerer’s Stone (aka Philospher’s Stone everywhere else in the world), Harry Potter turns eleven, and learns he’s a wizard. He goes to Diagon Alley, and travels to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express.
For a debut book, it’s really good! Plus, we get introduced to a lot of the major characters, life at Hogwarts and Quidditch. My love of the Weasley twins definitely started when they joked about sending a toilet seat back home, and I love that they’re so funny!
Every time I read Sorcerer’s Stone, I’m reminded of how magical the books are, and what made me fall in love with them. At random intervals, I imagine one of the actors saying one of the lines. And what’s weird is that I don’t really imagine the people and places from the movies when I read the books. Maybe it’s because I became a fan after the 1st movie came out, and so I had plenty of time to read the first 4 books before the 2nd one came out.
Rating: 4 out of 5. Not the best thing ever, but for a debut book, and for the book that changed my life, it’s really good. Harry Potter will always be a part of my life.(less)
I loved this book! It's very inspirational and she's very self-aware. Great book if you're willing to look inside yourself. I feel inspired to be more...moreI loved this book! It's very inspirational and she's very self-aware. Great book if you're willing to look inside yourself. I feel inspired to be more creative with my own journal.(less)