Well, it looks like we will be getting some more stories from the world of Harry Potter at the end of June. (I feel that won’t come soon enough though.) They will be selling four e-books called “Harry Potter: A Journey” and they each will focus on different subjects from the wizarding world.
Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures
The first two are set to be released at the end of June and the other two will follow some time after, according to Pottermore, the official Harry Potter digital site. These e-books sound like something Hermione would enjoy. Anyway, it’s a good thing my hubby got me that Kindle Fire last year since I will want to read these when they come out.
This was another favorite of mine when I was a kid. My grandparents purchased this for me once upon a time when I was sick at home. I remember when I did a book report when I was a kid on this book. I dressed up as Fern from this book and even brought along a little stuffed pig with me to serve as “Wilbur”. The teacher I had at the time was offering up bonus points if you dressed up as one of the characters from the book.
Synopsis: Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.
White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life,
and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It
contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of
E. B. White’s Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, among many other books.
Last year, PBS held an eight-part series on tv to discuss the country’s best-loved novel. I did remember making my vote but I didn’t get a chance to watch any of the episodes on tv.
Did you watch the eight-part series? Did you place your vote to help determine which novel/series won? How many of the books on the list have you read? Do you plan on reading all the book on the list? What are your thoughts on the books that made the list?
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Best Loved)
Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon (Finalist)
Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling (Finalist)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Finalist)
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein (Finalist)
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Charlette’s Web by E. B. White
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C. S. Lewis
Jane Eyre by Charlote Bronte
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Grapes of Wraith by John Steinbeck
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
1984 by George Orwell
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Stand by Stephen King
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Memoirs of a Geisha by Author Golden
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Game of Thrones (series) by George R. R. Martin
Foundation (series) by Isaac Asimov
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The Shack by William P. Young
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Eye of the World (series) by Robert Johnson/Brandon Sanderson
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevesky
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Hatchet (series) by Gary Paulson
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Twilight Saga (series) by Stephanie Meyer
Tales of the City (series) by Armistead Maupin
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
Left Behind (series) by Tim LaHaye/Jerry B. Jenkins
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Watchers by Dean Koontz
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Alex Cross Mysteries (series) by James Patterson
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
Fifty Shades of Grey (series) by E. L. James
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Another Country by James Baldwin
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
I’ve finished another novel and wanted to share it with you. This novel is a stand alone and was a really creepy read. I enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t see the ending coming. I imagined that the killer was a particular person and it wasn’t who I thought it was. Plus, it seems that the author is trying to throw you a few curve balls to throw you off. But if you’re looking for a crime novel that is really creepy, than this book may be right up your alley.
Synopsis: Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods,
trying to find the supposed home of the Bone Keeper. Only three
Now, a woman is found wandering the streets, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the evil urban myth.
How many people here like reading on a rainy day? What about when it storms? Do you like to read a good scary book when it storms outside? What about when the power goes out?
I just recently had my power go out a couple of days ago. It usually doesn’t phase me when the power goes out because I can still read when there is no power. My hubby on the other hand prefers to watch tv so it usually ends up being a real bummer for him when there’s no power at home. There are certain things he can do on his phone or on his laptop, sure. But he has to worry about what to do when the battery on those things runs out, especially if the power still hasn’t come back on yet. Reading is something that I can do even if there is no power. During the day time, I can read all I want to. During the night time, I can just pull out my flashlight (I usually have plenty of lights around and plenty of batteries) and keep on reading.
I have enjoyed several of Stephen King’s works in the past and am in the process of reading some of his literature now. I just found out today that he has a new book coming out on September 10th of this year. This book looks interesting and I hope to have it when it is released. What about you? Do you think you’ll be reading the following book?
Synopsis: In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks uncannily like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, other kids with special talents – telekinesis and telepathy — who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and the ten year old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”
In this most sinister of institutes, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are fanatically dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you behave, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is a gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil– and what it takes for good to win.
When you are trying to read a book, does it annoy you whenever someone tries to strike up a conversation with you or lean over your shoulder to see what you are reading?
There are some times when it doesn’t bother me when someone talks to me while I’m in the process of reading. Especially if they are asking me about the book I am reading and ask me to describe it to them. Normally, I’m just reading for the enjoyment of it anyway. If I am getting to a part in the book where it’s really interesting and I don’t want to be disturbed, then I’ll read the book while I’m at home. In the comfort of my own home, I don’t have to worry about anyone bothering me while I’m reading.
If it was something that was required reading for school, then I would have answered yes to that question. I didn’t like to be bothered while I was doing work for school. My parents would often not let anyone bother me while I was doing my school work anyway.