Reviewing one’s all time favorite books sounds like a daunting and near impossible task, but I am going to try it anyways. However, with all of the mo Reviewing one’s all time favorite books sounds like a daunting and near impossible task, but I am going to try it anyways. However, with all of the movies coming out, I’ve been re-reading the books, and every time I read them they get better and better. If you have not read the Harry Potter series, run, don’t walk, to your nearest library or bookstore, pick up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and get ready to have your mind blown.
Rowling is a genius when it comes to world-building. I would say it’s what I love most about these novels, but they are so brilliant that’s impossible to say. Rowling has created an elaborate wizard school, but also a huge world outside where goblins work at banks and there is a ministry of magic. I mean, Hogwarts is a character in and of itself. Things like her talking about what kind of snacks her characters eat, how the mail is delivered and the poem inside of Gringotts makes it obvious how much attention she’s paid to minute details. Not only Rowling’s world incredibly well built, it’s also a world I would love to live in. The ability to do magic? Quirky snacks? Magical creatures? Um, yes please!
Harry is on the cusp of adolescence as the book begins, and I have to say that I love Harry. He has a true sense of right and wrong, even though he was brought up amongst some of the most deplorable fictional characters ever. He’s far from perfect, though, often getting himself and his friends in trouble, and that’s what I loved about him when I was young. It was great to see a teenager who was so realistic.
A lot of characters in the Harry Potter series are like onions. They are well-developed in the first book, but we see more and more layers of each of them as the series progresses. I love Hermione because she’s a bookworm. I love Ron because he can be kind of awkward, but definitely has some great witty remarks. And Fred and George crack me up every. Single. Time. What an awesome duo. If I told you about all of the characters I loved and why, we’d be here all day.
Rowling’s prose isn’t particularly literary, yet it always kept me invested in the story. She peppered in just the right amount of humor, knows how to keep the suspense running high and makes the Gryffindor common room sound incredibly cozy. I can’t pinpoint what it is I love about her writing, I just know that I love it.
I’m not sure if I’d call this a review so much as a gushfest. I could spend hours and hours honing this review and still not touch on everything I love about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The best part is that the series only gets better from here....more
I picked this up because it's a favorite of one of my favorite professors and shortly afterwards, I found out I would need it for school. Some peopleI picked this up because it's a favorite of one of my favorite professors and shortly afterwards, I found out I would need it for school. Some people find Middlemarch slow becacuse they don't feel that it has much of a storyline, but I disagree.
It is true that Middlemarch isn't a fast read, nor is it the easiest. I think it took me over a month to finish it. Eliot covers a lot of issues in this novel including social conventions, romance, the value (or lack of) of knowledge and being cultured and politics. She also devotes a lot of the book to developing her characters, and I enjoyed the novel so much more because of this. I cared about and was very interested in what would happen to all of them, and found myself relating to them at times. In some ways the plot was a little bit like a soap opera, but I thought this was a good thing because it allowed her to give more depth to her characters. I felt very fascinated and engrossed as I read this. I also hsve to say that I found it very well written and that Eliot made some profound statements. Furthermore, this is a good addition to have because it has good footnotes.
I think readers who are found of regency romance and people who like good character development will really enjoy this....more
So good. I really liked it. I thought the pacing was awkward during some parts of the book, but I also got the closure I wanted at the end of the bookSo good. I really liked it. I thought the pacing was awkward during some parts of the book, but I also got the closure I wanted at the end of the book....more
The last book of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. It's so good! Of course all of the old characters are back, separated for the summer.The last book of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series. It's so good! Of course all of the old characters are back, separated for the summer. I thought it was a really great way to end the series....more
A hilarious book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Bridget gets herself into the craziest situations. I like how she is a good person throughout the entireA hilarious book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Bridget gets herself into the craziest situations. I like how she is a good person throughout the entire work. Definitely a great read....more
This is a really great book, especially if you have read Alice Sebold's novel, The Lovely Bones. This is actually an account of when she was raped. IThis is a really great book, especially if you have read Alice Sebold's novel, The Lovely Bones. This is actually an account of when she was raped. I think it gives one insight into what may have inspired her and whatnot in writing The Lovely Bones. I maintain that I love this author's style. Another great read....more
This book is really fun to read. It's absolutely hysterical. I found myself cringing because Bridget was rather awkward. You also see some of the deciThis book is really fun to read. It's absolutely hysterical. I found myself cringing because Bridget was rather awkward. You also see some of the decisions she's making and wonder, "What on earth is this character thinking?" All in all, it makes the reader laugh, is a feel good book and is a great example of an excellent sequel....more
One of Shakespeare's narrative poems. It's been about a year and a half since I read it, but I remember really enjoying it at the time. It's beautifulOne of Shakespeare's narrative poems. It's been about a year and a half since I read it, but I remember really enjoying it at the time. It's beautifully written. One thing I found entertaining was the fact that Venus was so lustful and domineering over Adonis. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys Shakespeare's plays....more
Some people really dislike the prose of George Eliot, but I disagree. This was the first novel of hers which I read and I thoroughly enjoyed. The plotSome people really dislike the prose of George Eliot, but I disagree. This was the first novel of hers which I read and I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot is entertaining and she has great character development. I also remember going to my professor and saying that I wanted to write about nature, religion and something else (probably romance) in this novel, and then realizing that there was no way that a roughly six page essay could encompass all of those topics. I really enjoyed watching how these characters relationships with others affected their emotional journeys throughout the book. A great read....more
I wanted to note that I’m sharing this review as part of Jane in June, which is hosted by Misty at Book Rat. if you’d like to participate in Jane in JI wanted to note that I’m sharing this review as part of Jane in June, which is hosted by Misty at Book Rat. if you’d like to participate in Jane in June, there’s still plenty of time to join the fun!
I’ve read Pride and Prejudice twice and I have to be honest and say that this will be a review in which I gush a lot about this novel. I enjoyed this book even more the second time around than the first and I honestly have no complaints about it. It’s one of my all time favorite books, and is definitely a feel good read for me.
A lot of people berate the plot of Pride and Prejudice as unoriginal, and this is a statement with which I disagree. I find it to be sort of classic love tale, and a lot of works are actually loosely based around its plot, such as Bridget Jones's Diary, not to mention that more modern adaptations have been made of some of her other books. Even knowing the plot I still enjoy reading this book and watching adaptations of it. I have to say that the ending always leaves me very satisfied.
I really love the characters which Austen gives us here. I love the snarkiness of Mr. Bennet, the fact that Mrs. Bennet is so obnoxious, and the descriptions of Lady Catherine de Bourgh's haughtiness. I enjoy watching Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth throughout the novel, and I have to say that during this read, I found Elizabeth to be quite relatable. I definitely don't think the anxieties she experiences throughout the novel are exclusive to her admiration for Darcy. I think Austen does a great job of crafting and developing them throughout the novel. She does a fabulous job of tying social norms and expectations of the time period into her work, which really shows in her characterizations of Elizabeth and Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Obviously she doesn't pay as much attention to Kitty and Mary, but she is still careful to tie up their stories at the end of the novel.
One reason why I think I enjoyed this novel even more this time around is because I've matured as reader since I first read this, and I found Austen's prose to be much more readable, yet still not dry. I don't feel weighed down by the prose and I still feel as though I see so much of the characters' emotions.
I could probably go on for a while about how much I love this novel, but I think I'll leave it at this. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. I know this will incite some of my GR friends to poke and encourage me to read Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, which I invite and encourage (even though my copy and I are in differnt states until the end of the month)....more
When I put down Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time, my first thought was, “That was a really good book. Wow!” I was pretty happyWhen I put down Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time, my first thought was, “That was a really good book. Wow!” I was pretty happy to have Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to move on to right away. This one pulled me right away and had me laughing harder and gasping more loudly than before. J.K. Rowling has done it again, and the series only gets better and better after this.
While some series may suffer from a sophomore slump, this is not the case with Chamber of Secrets. Even before our heroes arrive at Hogwarts, this sequel is completely action packed. From chapter one Rowling has the reader asking questions and wanting to know more. Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys all find themselves back at Hogwarts this year, but this time they have the youngest Weasley, Ginny, in tow.
Of course, given the ending of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, not everything is perfect at Hogwarts. The danger in this novel is palpable and the stakes are higher. Rowling does an excellent job of developing each of her characters more without overloading the reader with information. Part of the reason why I love this book is because we get the opportunity to know the entire Weasley family better. I would jump at the chance to and live in The Burrow. I also feel like we get to know a lot of Hufflepuffs individually in Chamber of Secrets, which I thought was kind of cool, because they didn’t get a whole lot of love in Sorcerer’s Stone.
Can I conclude by saying how awesome the climax in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is? J.K. Rowling created a brilliant puzzle, and I didn’t quite put all of the pieces together when I first read the book. Every time I look back I appreciate how well-crafted the story is. The best part is that with every installment the world-building becomes more intricate and I rarely spot inconsistencies....more