Posted in fantasy, Literature

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix illustrated edition

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix is suppose to be released in 2021, making it another 2 year gap between releases. Jim Kay began working on the book in April of 2019. You can go to the link below to see some preliminary sketches and some other artwork by Jim Kay for this next illustrated edition…

https://www.harrypotterfanzone.com/illustrated-editions/book-5/

Will you be getting this when it comes out? Will you be pre-ordering this or will you wait until it’s released and try to buy it? I will probably be getting this as a present once this is released. Since these illustrated editions usually come out in October and I’ll already have had my birthday by then, then I’ll probably be getting this for Christmas. That’s fine by me.

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Is Winter Coming?

I just found out that we may be finally getting the sixth book in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. “The Winds of Winter”, the sixth book, is supposedly going to be released some time in 2021 for those of you that are fans of the series. For more info, you can read the article here…

Will you be getting the next book as soon as it comes out? Will you pre-order the book or just purchase it when it comes out? How long do you think it will take you to read the book when you get it? What are your hopes for this novel?

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Most in a year…?

What is the most books you’ve ever read in a year? Was that a goal you set for yourself or did you just reach that amount by accident? Do you think you’ll ever beat that number at any point in the future? Why or why not?

In 2018, I did not have a set amount of books I wanted to read. I just kept track of how many books I read that year (I read 22 by the way). Then, I set out to see if I could read more books in 2019 then what I read in 2018 and I did (I read 28 in 2019). Now, I’m trying to see if I can read more this year than I did last year. If I continue the way I’m reading now, then I should be able to beat what I read last year.

So, I’m not really setting out to read a certain amount. I’m just trying to see if I can read more than I did the year before. It’s kind of like I’m trying to see if I can increase my personal best with each passing year. There may come a year when I don’t beat what I read the year before and that’s okay. It’s still interesting to see what I read this year versus what I read last year. There can also be some other challenges I can add to make things even more interesting (like reading more on my Kindle than I normally do or reading some books outside my comfort zone). Feel free to let me know what reading goals you are doing, or have done in the past, in the comment section of this article. I’d love to hear from you.

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Reading books that are considered controversial….?

Do you read books that are considered controversial? If you do, what books have you read? What was controversial about that particular book? What made you read it?

I’ve read the Harry Potter series and there was some controversy surrounding those books. There were some parents that wanted those books pulled from the shelves because they believed it was teaching witchcraft to their children. I read the series because I had several friends and family members that were reading the series and I was mildly curious about what they were reading. Also, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I wanted to form my own opinions on the matter.

Now, I’m not trying to pick on the Harry Potter series and point fingers at one specific literary work. I don’t mean any offense. It’s the only literature that I can recall that has had any controversy surrounding it (out of all the stuff that I’ve read or can remember reading).

Posted in Literature, romance, young adult

“Crave” by Tracy Wolff

I picked this book up recently and began reading it not long ago. I figured that it would take me longer to read this book since it’s over 500 pages long but I was able to read it pretty quickly. Since picking up this book, I’ve heard this book touted as the next “Twilight” series. I can kind of see that based on just the synopsis alone but this book seems a lot like Twilight now that I’ve finished reading it. There are some differences, enough to keep it interesting. There are enough answers so that you don’t get lost reading this book but they’re going to have to explain some more things in the next book. I’m sure they do that on purpose to get you to continue reading but I’m going to be reading the next book, Crush, when it comes out in September of this year (I can’t wait!). Anyway, there is quite a bit of moments where a girl is swooning over a boy (and a little bit of the other way around) in this book but there is a pretty good story line going on if you can look past that. But this is meant to be a romance novel so if you don’t like all that mushy stuff then you may not be interested in reading this book.

Synopsis: My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally―as the bait.

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Main stream versus not so main stream…

The type of literature you read, do you tend to read stuff that is popular with the crowd or with experts? Do you tend to read stuff that is a little less main stream? Why do you go with that over the other?

I’m a little of both. Some of the stuff I read can be considered main stream or well known (for example, the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, the Chronicles of Narnia series, the Inheritance Cycle, etc.). However, I’ve also read some stuff that’s not as well known or as highly publicized. I also like to read books from local authors in my area because I believe in supporting local authors as much as I can.

I choose the books I read because they are books that seem interesting to me, not whether or not they’re popular. If the synopsis sounds interesting enough when I read it (does it capture my attention?) then it’ll come home with me….plain and simple. Yes, I do like to support local authors. But their works are something I’ve come to enjoy as well. I get a lot of enjoyment out of reading their books.

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Summer Reading

How many of you will be engaged in a bit of reading this summer? How much reading do you think you’ll get done over the summer? Will your children be reading over the summer as well? Do you and your child/children read together or do you each do you own reading separately?

My summer reading usually goes the same as it does the rest of the year. I don’t normally go by any list made by any of the “experts” (although some of the stuff I’ve read has ended up on some of these lists without my knowing until after I looked at them). I usually just pick my books at random based on what I am interested in and what I feel like reading at the moment (I tend to move around a few different genre’s, it keeps me from getting bored with the same thing over and over again).

Please, feel free to share any reading you’ll be doing this summer in the comments section. I do take suggestions from friends, even if I don’t necessarily follow what the experts say about a particular book.

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Book for a day!

If you could “slip” into a book for a day, which one would it be? Why?

I think I would want to slip into one of the Harry Potter books for a day. I am a big fan of the Harry Potter series and I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to spend a day at Hogwarts. The only problem is I would want to spend more than a day at Hogwarts. I think there’s too much to explore to only have one day and I would want to get the whole Hogwarts experience.

I also wouldn’t mind being a dragon rider in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. There’s a lot of stuff that they can do, magic wise, that we can’t do normally (or they can do it a lot easier or a lot faster). Plus, they are immortal and who wouldn’t want to be bonded with a dragon in the first place. You definitely wouldn’t have to worry about being bullied ever again.

Posted in Literature, thriller/suspense, young adult

My latest purchase!

I got a couple of new books to add to my collection. My hubby had to run to the local book store for something he needed and I was able to find a couple of books while I was there. What’s even better is that I found these books in the bargain section so they didn’t cost me a lot of money. Feel free to leave a comment about what you think of my selections or let me know about any new books you’ve picked up recently….

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The Three Broomsticks

Well, this just showed up in the mail yesterday (much to my surprise). I think this is going to be a little bit more difficult to put together because of the parts of the roof that have snow on it. There are a lot of white pieces here that I have to figure out how they go together. I think I’ll have fun with it anyway. I always love doing these puzzles. After this one, the only one that I won’t have will be Hagrid’s Hut. I hope I end up getting that one for my birthday.