Revisited: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Scholastic

As I mentioned at the beginning of yesterday’s post, I didn’t get into the Harry Potter series until the first three books were already out – though I think Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was still in hardback. Because of that, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has always held a special place in my heart since it was the book that really launched me into the fandom. In fact, it was the first (and as far as I can recall, only) midnight release party that I went to, though I did work the one for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seven years later.

The movie version of this story has been a particular favorite too as it came out in 2005, the year I was studying abroad at Oxford, where many of the buildings were actually film locations. Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Scholastic

My family was a little late to the Harry Potter party when the books first came out in the late 1990s and I think we got into it right around the time Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban first came out. Interestingly, I was introduced to the Boy Who Lived by my father, who had discovered him through one of his colleagues. The series quickly became a family favorite, with all three of us tearing through the books just as quickly as we could, and then discussing everything that was going on.

But despite having not returned to the third Harry Potter book since its release in 1999, I found during my revisit that I actually remembered just about all of the key plot points. Read More

GNBC: November Selection

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Mariner Books

Helloooo readers!! Before I get to our final GeekyNerdy Book Club selection for 2017, I have a quick editorial announcement to make.

After months of repeatedly missing my declared posting dates, I decided that it was time to reevaluate my schedule. In looking at my various have-to-dos, want-to-dos, and wish-to-dos, shifting things over by a day seemed like it would be a little more manageable. So, for October at least (I’ll sort of test things out and see how they go), my posts will be going up on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Okay, now on to the fun stuff – our next book club read! Read More

GNBC: Shockaholic

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SIMON & SCHUSTER

Happy Monday readers!! I don’t know about you, but I’m still having trouble realizing that we are nearly halfway through September and more than two-thirds of the way into this year. On top of that, though I knew that I was about a month and a half behind in sharing a discussion post for our latest GeekyNerdy Book Club read, I didn’t realize that I had chosen Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic almost three months ago!

As you may remember, when I chose Shockaholic, I did so because I realized that I didn’t actually know all that much about Fisher, outside of her role as Princess/General Leia in the Star Wars films. I generally knew of her, but there was very little that I could actually say about the woman herself. Read More

Revisited: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Scholastic

It’s the 26th of the month, which means that it’s time for another installment of my Harry Potter read-a-thon! This time, I’m delving into Book 2 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Unlike the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which featured a few angles that I didn’t really remember, there wasn’t anything “new” that caught my attention during this re-read. In fact, I didn’t take a single note!

Instead, it was only when I started watching the movie that things struck me a little differently – though this was mainly because it had been a while since I had read those parts of the book. Read More