Extra Books – to May 28

(I didn’t read these all in the past week, they’re from the past who knows how long [as well as this week], but I’m finally noting them down now.)

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
    • Published: July 2008
    • Genre: Magical fantasy
    • Why I picked it up: Rereading the series
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • Challenges: Harry Potter 2011 | 100+
    • My Thoughts: 
      • Ehm. I read this a month or two ago and didn’t make any notes…not my favourite Potter book. I didn’t really care for the ‘romance’ bits, but as usual I liked the interaction between Hermione and Ron. That’s all I can say. ^^;
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
    • Published: June 2003
    • Genre: Magical fantasy
    • Why I picked it up: Rereading the series
    • Rating: 3.5 stars
    • Challenges: Harry Potter 2011 | 100+
    • My Thoughts: 
      • What I like most about this series is probably the cast of characters. So many! All diverse, with distinct personalities and names, even if some of them are stereotypical. I like the balance between children/kids/teens and adults. I love stories where each age group is engaged with one another and well matched.
      • It’s in this book that a lot of the characters mature; there is definitely a lot of teenage angst on Harry’s part (but who can blame him?). Another thing I enjoy about the series, following the cast of schoolmates and watching them grow and change and mature. 
      • I like the bit with Aunt Petunia near the beginning – what a great hook! I know she has a pretty important role later on, but I can’t recall it, so I am looking forward to that.
      • I remembered while reading this book that the HP series was where I learned the term ‘sacked.’ By the way. I also remember that this was the first HP that I waited for (as in, by the time I started paying attention to the series, the first four books were out). I can’t remember how I felt at Sirius’ death, though. Probably pissed off.  
      • I loved the scene where Harry is raging in Dumbledore’s office. I think that was brilliantly done.
  • A Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Published: 1890
    • Genre: Mystery
    • Why I picked it up: Reading through the Holmes stories