Tag: Harry Potter

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I ended up liking this book a lot more than I expected to.  I loved Rainbow Rowell’s other two books, but I was pretty sure this one wouldn’t be as good as Eleanor & Park.  I expected something a little rougher around the edges,…

The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling

As you all know, The Cuckoo’s Calling is actually written by J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.  This book bears little resemblance to Harry Potter and The Casual Vacancy, so I have to respect Rowling for trying something new. I don’t read…

Should adults read books for teens?

It’s Day Four of the shutdown.  Am I enjoying my time off work?  Absolutely — pay or no pay, this week has been glorious.  Although, it’s starting to get a little weird waking up in the morning and not having anything to do.  But…

Review of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

I don’t want to say very much about this book (which is hard for me) but I will say it wasn’t what I expected. Here’s what you already know: The Casual Vacancy is about the sudden death of Barry Fairbrother in a small English…

The Casual Vacancy — can it live up to the hype?

JK Rowling’s new book – did you hear enough about it today?  Have you been waiting on the edge of your seat or do you think this book is way over-exposed?  Is Rowling getting the special treatment — or are the critics being a…

Review of The Magicians by Lev Grossman

It’s hard to explain how a book that steals so much from existing children’s fantasy series can feel so original.  And yet it does.  The Magicians by Lev Grossman is unlike most of the fantasy you’re probably reading.  It’s a book within a book,…

I’m all about Harry Potter today…

On Thursday I finished up Clash of Kings and thought, okay, enough with the fantasy for a while, I should turn to some books that are a little more (a) realistic and (b) literary. Then I went to the library and found a Terry…

If we could visit the places in our favorite books…

This week’s Literary Blog Hop, hosted by The Blue Bookcase, asks the question “what literary setting (time or place) would you most like to visit”? There are many places I’d love to visit, like Australia or South Africa or India, but those places aren’t…

Top Ten Tuesday

Work has been overwhelming lately, and between work and travel I haven’t posted in over a week.  Blogging must have really gotten under my skin because I missed it the whole time – but I’ve just felt too brain dead to post anything.  But…

Books in the News: A Weekly Update

The Nook and the Kindle both reduced prices this week.  The Kindle is down to $189.  Of course this is a reaction to sales of the IPad – but I’m hoping it’s also an indication that a new Kindle is on its way this…

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