I've been reading Jennifer Crusie's books for years but I missed this one way, way back. Thankfully they reprinted it because this fairytale is a romaI've been reading Jennifer Crusie's books for years but I missed this one way, way back. Thankfully they reprinted it because this fairytale is a romantic comedy that is fantastically entertaining!
The friend who lent me this book said the main character reminded her so much of me that she just started substituting my name for hers. She insisted that I read this book first, before the others in my towering stack. I'm so glad I did!
Our heroine loves all the things that I do: thrifting, crafting, painting, art, and cheaply redecorating old houses. Plus, she's hard up for cash since she quit her day job to become a full time artist and storyteller. Enter the Cinderella Deal proposed by her next door neighbor, a stuffed shirt if ever there was one.
I really enjoyed riding along with these characters to a very satisfying conclusion. I liked it so much in fact that I couldn't stop reading this book. I stayed up nearly all night to just about finish it! The next morning my doggy alarm clocks failed to go off so I overslept and ended up forty-five minutes late to work. Not too many books have done that to me!
Conclusion: if you enjoy well told romantic comedies, this book is for you!...more
“ ‘I remember every wand I’ve ever sold Mr. Potter. Every single wand. It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feath**spoiler alert** Favorite Quote
“ ‘I remember every wand I’ve ever sold Mr. Potter. Every single wand. It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather – just one other. It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this want when its brother – why, its brother gave you that scar.’ ” Mr. Ollivander, maker of fine wands, p. 85
“Hagrid took up two seats and sat knitting what looked like a canary-yellow circus tent. ‘Still got yer letter, Harry?’ he asked as he counted stiches” p. 65
Petunia Dursley. Hard to believe that Harry’s horrid aunt is named after such a pretty flower. And although not a flower I couldn’t leave out “How do you know about Fluffy?” p. 192
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“Professor McGonagall now stepped forward holding a long roll of parchment. ‘When I call your name, you will put on the hat and sit on the stool to be sorted,’ she said. ‘Abbot, Hannah!’” p. 119
Some say this is the book that gives the most clues to the end of the series. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it. The first chapter of the book is called The Boy Who Lived. My suspicion is that book seven’s last chapter will be called the same thing. What are some of your favorite moments from book one?...more
" 'Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs,' sighed George, patting the heading of the map. 'We owe them so much.' 'Noble**spoiler alert** Favorite Quote
" 'Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs,' sighed George, patting the heading of the map. 'We owe them so much.' 'Noble men, working tirelessly to help a new generation of lawbreakers,' said Fred solemnly." p. 193
" 'Another sweater from Mum ...maroon again...see if you've got one.' Harry had. Mrs. Weasley had sent him a scarlet sweater with the Gryffindor lion knitted on the front..." p. 222
Pansy Parkinson shows her true Slytherin colors by teasing Harry constantly about his reaction to the Dementors. Lavender Brown spends nearly the entire book agreeing with Professor Trelawney's grim predictions. And finally, I couldn't leave out Harry's mother Lily Potter. After all these years he finally gets to hear her voice for the first time.
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" 'I can have it back?' Harry said weakly. 'Seriously?' 'Seriously,' said Professor McGonagall, and she was actually smiling." p. 248
Siriusly? What a great pun and excellent foreshadowing!
What an amazing book! This one is up there in my top favorites. The story is so different than any of the others because it is a complete mystery within itself. It can really stand on its own which is why I always recommend it as the first book to read for folks who are unsure if they want to read the series. Books one and two are awesome, don't get me wrong, but book three is an excellent mystery that will hook new readers with its cleverness. And, of course, it introduces one of my favorite characters of the series, Remus Lupin. What are your favorite moments from book three?...more
“ ‘They run off eckeltricity, do they?’ he said knowledgeably. ‘Ah yes, I can see the plugs. I collect plugs,’ he adde**spoiler alert** Favorite Quote
“ ‘They run off eckeltricity, do they?’ he said knowledgeably. ‘Ah yes, I can see the plugs. I collect plugs,’ he added to Uncle Vernon. ‘And batteries. Got a very large collection of batteries. My wife thinks I’m mad, but there you are.’ ” Arthur Weasley, p. 46
"Dobby now handed Harry a small package, which turned out to be - socks.
'Dobby is making them himself, sir!' the elf said happily. 'He is buying the wool out of his wages, sir!'
The left sock was bright red and had a pattern of broomsticks upon it; the right sock was green with a pattern of Snitches.
'They're ... they're really ... well, thanks, Dobby,' said Harry, and he pulled them on, causing Dobby's eyes to leak with happiness again." p. 409- 410
Who else thinks socks will play an important role in book seven?
Poppy Pomfrey, the Hogwarts school nurse, is always willing and waiting to mop Harry up after tragedy befalls him. Love her! Although initially snobbish towards Harry, Fleur Delacour comes around to his side after he saves her sister from the lake during the second Triwizard Tournament task. Now she's proud to wear one of the Weasley sweaters!
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"The thing against which he had been fighting on and off ever since he had come out of the maze was threatening to overpower him. He could feel a burning, prickling feeling in the inner corners of his eyes. he blinked and stared up at the ceiling.
'It wasn't your fault, Harry,' Mrs. Weasley whispered.
' I told him to take the cup with me,' said Harry.
Now the burning feeling was in his throat too. He wished Ron would look away.
Mrs. Weasley set the potion down on the bedside cabinet, bent down, and put her arms around Harry. He had no memory of ever being hugged like this, as though by a mother. The full weight of everything he had seen that night seemed to fall in upon him as Mrs. Weasley held him to her." p. 714
And this is the first moment in the series when I was brought to tears. We, all of us grownups, can feel how much we want to comfort Harry and make all of his pain go away.
Goblet of Fire really shocked me when one of the kids died. From that moment on they ceased being children's books for me. It was the best book so far and was indeed the longest. There were many fabulous moments at the Quiddich World Cup and during the Tournament. Weren't you shocked by who was behind it all? I know I was. Never suspected....more
“Give her hell from us, Peeves.” - Fred and George Weasley, p. 675
“Harry glanced over at her; she was s**spoiler alert** Favorite Quote
“Give her hell from us, Peeves.” - Fred and George Weasley, p. 675
“Harry glanced over at her; she was sitting with Crookshanks on her lap and chatting merrily to Ginny as a pair of knitting needles flashed in midair in front of her, now knitting a shapeless pair of elf socks.” p. 295
“Her voice was high-pitched, breathy and little-girlish, and again, Harry felt a powerful rush of dislike that he could not explain to himself; all he knew was that he loathed everything about her, from her stupid voice to her fluffy pink cardigan.” p. 212
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“They looked at each other. Luna was smiling slightly. Harry did not know what to say, or to think. Luna believed so many extraordinary things… yet he had been sure he had heard voices behind the veil too….” p. 863
Book 5 is darker, more intense and more adult than the previous books, and Harry’s teenage mood swings mirror the book’s dark mood… but how much of Harry’s feelings can be attributed to hormones and past horrors, and how much are actually caused by his connection with Voldermordt? And what is that connection all about really? Is there more to this plot than just the prophecy? What did Dumbledore mean when he said, “but in essence divided?”...more
“WHY ARE YOU WORRYING ABOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO? YOUR SHOULD BE WORRYING ABOUT U-NO-POO – THE CONSTIPATION SENSATION THAT’S GRIPPI**spoiler alert** Favorite Quote
“WHY ARE YOU WORRYING ABOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO? YOUR SHOULD BE WORRYING ABOUT U-NO-POO – THE CONSTIPATION SENSATION THAT’S GRIPPING THE NATION!” Ad for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes p. 116
“ ‘No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,” said Dumbledore. ‘I do love knitting patterns.’ ” Dumbledore p. 73
Pomona Sprout is such an awesomely likeable character. She appears through the series as the Hogwarts’s students Herbology professor. I’ve often wondered what types of delightful fluffy flowers she has up her sleeve!
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“And Harry saw very clearly as he sat there under the hot sun how people who cared about him had stood in front of him one by one, his mother, his father, his godfather, and finally Dumbledore, all determined to protect him; but now that was over. He could not let anybody else stand between him and Voldemort: he must abandon forever the illusion he ought to have lost at the age of one, that the shelter of a parent’s arms meant that nothing could hurt him.” P. 645
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince revealed so much more information than we’ve ever had in the series before. The horcruxes are explained and Dumbledore sets Harry on the path to find and destroy them. Being in the cave and on top of that tower were some of the most painful scenes in the whole series for me. Will Harry go back to school? Or will he set off to complete his assigned task? ...more
**spoiler alert** I vowed to read the last Harry Potter slowly in order to savor every moment of it. Therefore I took my time and read it over twenty-**spoiler alert** I vowed to read the last Harry Potter slowly in order to savor every moment of it. Therefore I took my time and read it over twenty-four hours. :) It was an incredible ride from the very beginning and certainly it was her best writing ever.
I was happy to be swept along with the trio while they were on the run from Voldemort’s death eaters. I could really feel how hard it was on them physically and mentally with the strain of it finally breaking Ron.
Shocking, but nearly everyone dies. Characters, some of them main ones, were dying left, right, and center. I began to believe with each turn of the page that nearly anyone was liable to lose his or her life. And ultimately, this indeed turned out to be the case. Many readers were devastated that she killed Fred. And the senseless way that he died was even more abhorrent. But I think I understand her reasoning behind the death.
All HP readers love Fred and George. They were the comic relief in the darkest hours. They were bright, smart, and inventive. Everyone loved them. Rowling must have seen Fred’s death as an opportunity to shape the real world of the future. Twenty, thirty, forty years from now the men and women in power running our countries will be the ones who grew up reading Harry Potter. Rowling has planted the seed of Fred’s death as a useless one as a result of war. Perhaps she hopes that seed will grow in the minds of our leaders and help prevent real life wars with real life senseless deaths. Here’s hoping it works.
But the death that broke my heart was Dobby’s. It was the hardest crying I’ve done in all of the series. From the moment we met Dobby we discovered that he wanted nothing more than to save Harry’s life. And in the end, that is what he achieved. I had to be alone when I read those chapters. The door was shut and I laid the book down and cried. Then I cried some more. Heck, the tears are leaking down my face as I write this. What an amazing writer Rowling is to make me feel Dobby’s death so deeply. Everything about it was moving from Harry’s hand digging the grave, to the funeral, to his carving the headstone. My favorite quote in the entire book then must be “Here lies Dobby, a free elf”.
It was a stripping away for Harry of nearly everyone he loved so that when it came to the end he was more alone than ever before. He had to face Voldemort is a final battle that we all new would come. He had to use his brains and his courage and his magical power to defeat an enemy that seemed very nearly unbeatable. That final battle scene was a riveting climax like none other in the series. But Harry still stayed true to himself in the end and tried only to disarm and not to kill. A life lesson indeed.
Some readers were disappointed that the epilogue contained so little information about what happened to them after the war was over and the world went back to normal. But I loved it. I loved that we didn’t get to find out what they did for a living or exactly how Harry and Ginny got back together. I loved that the story stayed true to itself and ended the way of all good children’s books with Rowling’s well-chosen words that essentially translate to “and they lived happily ever after”. Because in the end, after all, this is a children’s book. And certainly the best book I’ve ever read....more
Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera & Bill Cleaver is a delightful young adult novel. I remember enjoying the movie when I was a kid back in the seventWhere the Lilies Bloom by Vera & Bill Cleaver is a delightful young adult novel. I remember enjoying the movie when I was a kid back in the seventies and finally sought out and read the book.
Cataloged as young adult fiction, it is a truly moving story of a proud Appalachian family who loses their father to illness. Determined to keep the family together the tough fourteen year old heroine struggles to make money through wildcrafting, the lost art of gathering medicinal plant materials from the mountains.
A wonderful, swift read from start to finish. I found myself cheering them on, hoping against hope that they would manage to stay together. I won’t spoil the ending for you because you’ll want to read this one for yourself. Plus, this is one you can recommend to grandma....more
Originally published in 1977, Gnomes, written by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet, started the gnome trend. If you've never seen this booOriginally published in 1977, Gnomes, written by Wil Huygen and illustrated by Rien Poortvliet, started the gnome trend. If you've never seen this book I highly recommend that you hoof it on down to your local public library and procure yourself a copy.
It is a delightfully entertaining read about every imaginable detail of a gnome's life. And the illustrations are stunning. They're so richly colored and intricately drawn that you actually start believing that gnomes are real. This is one not to be missed....more
Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews brings back her lovable character Weezie from the hilarious Savannah Blues. You'll still enjoy this book even if yoBlue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews brings back her lovable character Weezie from the hilarious Savannah Blues. You'll still enjoy this book even if you haven't read the first one. If you love vintage treasures, Elvis, and all things shabby chic you'll probably like it....more
Edgar Lee Masters is famous for one book, Spoon River Anthology. He wrote other things, many very different from that work, but those pieces were receEdgar Lee Masters is famous for one book, Spoon River Anthology. He wrote other things, many very different from that work, but those pieces were received with lukewarm enthusiasm.
There was something about the Anthology that struck a chord with readers. The small, fictitious town of Spoon River is the setting for a series of first person short stories about the townsfolk. Short, blank verse poetry almost. And after a while you might suspect that there is some deeper meaning going on here.
These short pieces are actually stories told from beyond the grave. Some readers say it's what would be written on the tombstones of the departed. All have an interesting story to tell and some provide valuable life lessons indeed.
Its fun to figure out the relationships that existed between these characters. And just like in every town there are mean folks, nice folks, honest folks, and cheaters. A handful are hateful and a few are truly kind souls. But most fall somewhere in between.
I've enjoyed this work both reading it linearly from start to finish and by just turning to a page at random. And somehow its a comfort to imagine that there is an awareness beyond this world. I'm sure they'd have it at your local library if you want to check it out. ...more