Reading My Library

Good evening readers and happy 2018!!! It’s hard to believe that we’re already a month into the new year, and that I’m starting my sixth year of blogging, but time seems to fly when you’re having fun – or at least attempting to get your ish together.  Read More

GNBC: The Princess Bride

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Mariner Books

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the final GeekyNerdy Book Club “meeting” of the year! I know it’s a week late, but it took me a little longer than I expected to process my feelings on The Princess Bride, William Goldman’s most popular novel. In fact, I keep feeling like I need to rewatch the Rob Reiner film as a sort of palate cleanser. That’s not necessarily because I didn’t like the book, more, it just felt super uneven to me and I was left almost not knowing how to feel.

It started with the three introductions that weren’t really introductions. I was expecting something more traditional, a detailing of the book’s origins or reflections on the film’s longevity after its lackluster release. Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Editor’s Note: Since my planned posting schedule got a bit messed up with the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m wrapping up my Harry Potter revisit today and moving our last GeekyNerdy Book Club “meeting” for the year to Friday, December 1. See you then!!

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Scholastic

Ever since I first finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when it came out in 2007, my main memory has been about how much I hated the epilogue. After such an intense ride, I wanted something a little more complicated than “everyone’s married now and sending their kids off to Hogwarts.” I mean, there had just been an absolutely massive battle at the wizarding school and I wanted to know more about what happened next. Four years later, when I finished watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, my main thought was, “Yep, still hate that ending and am super-annoyed that I splurged for 3D.” Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Scholastic

And now, as Monty Python often said, for something completely different – a film adaptation of a Harry Potter book that I actually liked! Well, sort of.

After my parents arrived on Wednesday, we ordered pizza and settled in to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’m not entirely sure if it matched their remembrances or expectations, but it definitely exceeded mine. For though I knew the story, I had forgotten how funny this movie actually is. Which feels a bit odd to say, given what happens, but still, there is no denying that there are some great moments, such as Lavender Brown’s over-the-top infatuation with Ron Weasley and Harry’s comment that some people don’t like acromantulas due to their pincers.  Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Scholastic

Good morning readers and Happy Friday!! I know my Harry Potter Week took a bit of a detour a few days ago, but family coming into town for Thanksgiving will do that to you! I’m still determined to finish out the week though, so I’m planning on doubling or tripling up on posts, depending on what all I can accomplish today. For now, I’m getting back on track with my revisit of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

This book in particular has always been my mother’s favorite, and she’s especially enamored with the fight at the Ministry of Magic. Read More