Friday, April 26, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Half-Blood Prince 8-18

It's week two of The Half-Blood Prince (!!!) and the section was rather long, so prepare yourself for an excessively long post.  Sorry, it can't be helped.  Oh, and I apologize in advance for the quote dump.  I got rather carried away with myself.  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Friday, April 19, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Half-Blood Prince 1-7

It's here!  At long last!  Half-Blood Prince is probably my favorite of the Harry Potter series (I have a hard time choosing) and after the long slog through Order of the Phoenix, it is a delight.  After last week's post, I picked it up and was all, okay, I can only read a chapter a day because I've got to make this last.  And then I read the whole chunk by Monday morning and have been sorely tempted to cheat since then but I managed to control myself (you're welcome).  Despite being such a short section, I apparently have a lot to say about it, so beware the lengthiness of this post.  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Friday, April 12, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Order of the Phoenix 30-38

Phew.  This week we read the end of Order of the Phoenix and I enjoyed it much more than the rest of the book even though it was horrible and I hated it.  I can't wait to start Half-Blood Prince next week because it is the bestest.  Also, I did some math, and this is week 15 of the readalong (including the intro, pre-reading post)!  Only 8 weeks left after this.  That probably makes this one of the longest-term commitments I have ever made that didn't include direct benefits (e.g., money, education, security), so kudos to me on that, I think.  Happy Harry Potter Day!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Insurgent ~ Veronica Roth

"Insurgent," he says.  "Noun.  A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as belligerent."

For my review of Divergent, I was all scholarly, talking about Erik Erikson and whatnot, probably because I hadn't wholeheartedly committed to the series yet, so I was able to maintain that kind of distance.  Not so with Insurgent.  For the vast majority of this book I was all "OMG Tris and Tobias are perfect for each other, why can't they just realize that and have some cuddles?!"  I pretty much went fangirl all over it and it was great.  One Friday night when my husband was working and my apartment was clean (i.e., no excuse to listen to the audiobook), I went out and bought the book so that I could spend the night in an Insurgent-fest.  I may have issues.  Also, I LOVE the tree on the cover.

FYI, this is the second book in a series, so there are spoilers of Divergent.  Read at your own risk.

Friday, April 5, 2013

HP Readalong ~ Order of the Phoenix 21-29

GUYS.  I'm dragging here.  I love Harry Potter but MAN is Order of the Phoenix dull.  I had to switch to audiobook because reading it is more than I can handle.  I know.  This is a lot of people's favorite book.  Not so for me.  It's not that the actual events are so bad but that the writing draaaags.  And also, Umbridge is the most BORING villain ever (ducks).  But we're almost to the end, right?  Just one more week and then Half-Blood Prince, which I LOVE.  In the meantime, Happy Harry Potter Day!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jacob's Room ~ Virginia Woolf

Okay everyone, get ready for the shortest book review ever*:  Jacob's Room is Virginia Woolf's third novel, roughly following the life of Jacob Flanders, who I honestly can't tell you much about because there isn't much of a story here.  Woolf's writing is, as ever, lovely and easy to immerse yourself in (if you're in the right frame of mind) but the lack of narrative makes it hard to come back to.  This is why it took me nearly four months to read this unassuming, 176-page novel (I started it during the Classics Club Readathon back in January...oops).  All in all, I enjoyed the writing but this wasn't exactly my favorite novel by Woolf.  For those new to her, I suggest you start with To the Lighthouse or Mrs. Dalloway...there's a reason people always talk about those two novels (it's because they have the writing and a story, though the story's not necessarily the point).