Happy Belated Birthday, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the publication in the USA of the first Harry Potter novel. So, I thought I’d re-post my thoughts from last year today.

Coffee and Cats

Twenty years ago on June 26, 1997 Harry Potter was first published in the UK. And the reading world has not been the same.

This series of books has launched movies, merchandise, and fan fiction. Publishers are on the prowl continually looking for the “new” Harry Potter. Children have grown up with Harry and are there are  now children being introduced for the first time to his wizarding world. But not all fans of J.K. Rowling’s series were children when the series first appeared 20 years ago.

I was in my early 30’s when I first read about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  in 1998. I was reading an essay about children’s books since I was always on the look out at the time for good books for my kids to read. At that time both kids were close in age to Harry in that first book. Both…

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Friday 56: #72

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

Silly women. Changing their minds and annoying men. Another book that came my way via #mypagehabit Lit Book Box. I’m not sure what I think about this book. I am intrigued, for sure.

What do you think of this excerpt? Would you read this book based on it? Have you read this book? If so, did you like it? Do let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 too.

Happy reading, y’all.

Friday 56: #71

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

This book came to me via monthly #myPageHabit Lit box. I quite like this. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll really like this book.

Would you read this based off of the excerpt? Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 too!

Happy Reading, y’all.

Quickie Book Review: Bone Gap

Author: Laura Ruby

Published: March 2015 Harper Collins audio book read by Dan Bittner

Length: 345 pages (in paperback. No pages listed for the audio book.)

Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism, Young Adult

Source: Free audio book from audiobooksync.com. Click here for more information on how to participate in this program.

Stars: 5 Stars

 

Summary:

Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness–a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

I’ve had this audio book for a year or two and finally made myself listen to it. I’m not really a fan of audio books and have only listened to a few. But this story could make me listen to them more often. Bone Gap is a free giveaway by Audiobooksync. Click on the link above to get more information about the program and how you too can receive free audio books.

Before I start the review I must point out the cover. I’m a huge sucker for book covers. If I like it I’ll probably buy the book. Which means I’ve read some awful books with gorgeous covers. I love this cover. Love it! And happily I love this novel too.

Like:

I am a huge fan of the magical realism genre so there are many things that I like about this book. Many of my favorite books over the last few years are books from this genre. So it really isn’t a surprise to me that I really love this book. I love the rural farm town setting, and the hints that something is just, I don’t know, off in this place. And I love that the off-ness of the place isn’t inherently evil. I love all the symbolism hinting at the off-ness of this place, this gap. The whispering corn fields that talk to Finn, one of the main characters. And Finn’s struggles with a mysterious problem. Roza, the other main character, and her struggle to find her place in the world are so well done in this story, not to mention her struggle as kidnapping victim. And Laura Ruby is a beautiful writer. I just loved hearing the writing so much that I went to Goodreads to read some of quoted passages for myself. And I really like Dan Bittner’s narration of the lovely passages which is so well done. This story is like a wonderful re-telling of fairy tale that’s been long forgotten.

One more thing: I love the reference to the OG of Midwestern magical realism Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s done so delicately that if you blink you’ll miss it.

Not so much:

I’m not sure there is anything. But the resolution of the kidnapping is not my favorite part of the story. I want something more definitive to close that story line satisfactorily for me.

What I’ll remember:

Two things: First, Roza. She is a strong female protagonist. She doesn’t allow herself to be the victim of this story that must be saved by someone (aka male hero). She actively struggles against the man who has taken her captive, and in the end, makes a sacrifice to save herself and Finn. I like that young adult novels are making the heroines of the the stories more active in their own “saving.”

Second: The delicate use of magical realism in the story. It seeps into all the nooks and crannies, but doesn’t completely overwhelm and take over the story. If I had a friend (or a book club) that hadn’t read any magical realism but wanted to try it for the first time, this would be the book I will recommend. And really, if you haven’t read it yet, you should. Especially if you like magical realism and fairy tale re-tellings.

So let me know what you think in the comments below. Let me know if you have a favorite magical realism novel you would like to recommend. Or let me know what you think of listening to audio books.

Happy reading, y’all!

Friday 56, #70

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here is my contribution:

I picked this book up at a used bookstore a couple of weeks ago because I love the cover. But I must say this bit on page 56 makes me want to read this book soon.

What do you think? Would you read this book based on this excerpt? Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below. And be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56.

Happy Reading, y’all!

May 2018 Wrap-Up

Stats:

Total Books Read: 13

Number of Pages: 3,940

Written by Men: 0

Written by Women: 13

Diverse Authors: 1

Nonfiction: 0

Fiction: 13

Paperback: 1

Hardback: 1

eBooks/Kindle: 12

Library Books: 4

Audio books: 0

Rereads: 0

DNF: 0

Challenges to Date:

GoodReads: 81/75

BookRiot Read Harder 2017: 5/24

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 7

Favorite Book:

Two favorites in May

Circe by Madeleine Miller and The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman 

Books Purchased/#BookHaul!: I went a bit crazy in May.

My Quickie Book Reviews:

Wonder Valley

Across the Blogosphere:

A fun meme I’m planning on doing in June. An #AmReading ABC List.

Across the Web:

As someone who struggles with anxiety I found this interview with Ryan Reynolds fascinating, and familiar. It’s from The New York Times, so you may hit a paywall. Here’s a link to a Huff Po article in case you can’t get over the NYT paywall.

I love gossip. And I love Lainey Gossip! I’m a sucker for cultural criticism and she and her website do an awesome job of it. And her analysis of Ben Affleck and his messy, messy life? It is amazing. Here is a profile of Lainey from the WP.

Friday 56, #69

It’s time for  Friday 56!  It’s a book meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice. Be sure to visit her blog if you would like to participate.

From Freda’s Voice The Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  (If you have to improvise, that’s okay.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post in the Linky at Friday 56. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple!

Here’s my contribution:

One of my April #bookhaul books. I won this lovely paperback from #GoodReadsGiveaway. I’ve won a couple of other books from GoodReads, but this is the first physical copy. And this cover! It’s so pretty. I’ll be posting a book review for it soon.

Have you read it? What did you think? If you haven’t, would you based off of this paragraph? Let me  know in the comments below. And be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56.

Happy reading, y’all.