Monday, September 9, 2013

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. By: J.K. Rowling

Yes I finished two books this weekend. :) Anyone proud of me? I know I am. Well for those who know me well, knows I love fantasy books. So of course I would love this series. I will admit when it first came out I didn't know anything about it. I think I might have seen my niece reading it or my mom. Anyway I didn't become interested in Harry Potter till my sister bought the first movie and we watched it. After that I was hooked. I read books 1-4 in a little over a month and eagerly awaited book 5. I did the harry potter parties at Barnes and Noble with my friend and then read the 5th book in 3 days. HIGHLY unusual for me. For the 6th book I was out of the country but I was once again at Barnes and Noble at midnight for the release of the 7th book. Which I dragged a slightly annoyed husband to. But was later annoyed myself when he wanted me to wait and finish book 6 with him so that we could read book 7 together. :p
The point of my rambling is if you haven't read this series yet due to all the "fandoms" and all the excitement that they create I would say I was exactly like you early on and I was missing out.
here is a summary of the book from Amazon:

"The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself!"

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Magicians Nephew

The Magicians Nephew. By: C.S. Lewis

I have mentioned on her before that my husband and I like to read to each other. We use to commute an hour to and from to work everyday. That's how we read Harry Potter together, the Shannara Series and so forth. After I had our baby and wasn't driving with him as much we stopped. But we both really missed it and decided to start again. He has never read the Chronicles of Narnia so we decided to start. Well after a long time (since we don't drive as much) we finished this tonight on our way back from a birthday party. I really enjoyed reading this again especially with my hubby. Our baby girl seemed to enjoy listening to me read the story out loud as well.
Anyway for those of you who don't know The Magicians Nephew is the 1st book in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and starts off with the story of Digory and Polly and how they were able to not only enter into the land of Narnia. But to see it's creation and help this new world get started. I am a Christian and I know C.S. Lewis was a christian although he didn't like the idea of organized religion. I with a lot of other people can see the symbolism in these books and how they relate to our Lord and Savior as well as our Heavenly Father.I feel like reading them is like being in Sunday school. I know this idea has stirred up some heated controversy. But I do see this in his books. And that's just my opinion. But religious or not this book has a wonderful story line and can help spark the imagination in anyone.