The Goodreads Tag

I am doing BTD’s first ever Tag post. I’m feeling pretty snazzy and in the cool-blogger’s club. I saw The Goodreads Tag on Girl Who Reads  and thought to myself, “OH MY GOSH I NEED TO DO THIS.” Yes, I did scream in my thoughts haha.

I wasn’t tagged, so anybody who would like to join may do so! If tags aren’t your thang, then all the more power to you.

If they are, then let’s get down to geeking out over Goodreads aka my favorite website.

What Was The Last Book You Marked as “Read”?

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Yessss. After 20-day reading slump I finally finished the third Harry Potter book. It took me sitting in the back corner of my local library for three hours and dissolving completely into the story to finish the last 51% of the book. I know that percentage because thank you Kindle-App. This is book has been my favorite so far, but I definitely need a little break from our good friend HP.

 

 

 

What are you currently reading?

My Lady Jane– Currently on page 249, oh my goodness. so good.

Girl Defined– My current daily devotional, study. I don’t know, I’m reading this at a slow pace and taking notes.

When People Are Big and God is Small– I started this book in September, haven’t picked it up since, but I will not give up!

What Was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

Letters From Father Christmas

What I Thought Was True

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

So… basically that last three books that were reviewed by book bloggers I follow lol.

What book do you plan to read next?

The Crown’s Game and Someone Like You

#ThankYouLastMinuteLibraryCheckoutUrges

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do! I actually love using their rating system better than others.

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Heh…heh… Every year I start the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, and so far I read one book off the list and then just continue to read what I want to.

Do you have a Wishlist?

Umm. Yes.

What book do you plan to buy next?

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling

Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Bloom by Estee Lalonde

Do you have any favorite quotes. Would you like to share a few?

I have many favorite quotes, but instead of searching for them I am going to quote my all time favorite quote which is not even from a book-

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”- Tyler Knott Gregson

Who are your favorite Authors?

Kiera Cass, Lauren Oliver, Roald Dahl

Have you joined any groups?

Yes! I got super excited when I first joined Goodreads in 2012 and joined a lot of groups, some of which I refuse to leave because of time in the group. But I recently joined The Readers created by Girl Who Reads which I am super excited about joining.

How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

All together I have nine- Read, Currently Reading, To Read, 2014, 2015, 2016, Gave Up On, Raves, and Up-Next.

I am going to ask one more question,

Who Is Your Favorite Publishing Company?

Harper Collins! I can look at a cover and tell right away if it is from Harper Collins or not. And if I’m not paying attention and I end up really liking the book it’s almost always Harper Collins. I don’t know how or why, but that is fact.

 

I greatly enjoyed writing this, hehehe my tag cravings are now full. If you do this tag or have done it put a link in the comments because I would greatly love to read it.

Until Next Time,

~R

 

My Book Collection 2016

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Hey look! My desk where I do all my creating!

Yay for filler posts! I have been in such a reading slump, I still haven’t finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Isn’t that terrible?! I swear that I’m that reader who either reads a book in four hours, or doesn’t read for four months. It’s so bad.

So I am giving myself some extra time by writing this post. I’ve done a lot of moving in the past year and a half. I moved to New York City for a year, then to my mom’s house, and as of this past Sunday, I am now living at my dad’s house.Phew! It’s been crazy. I have had to pack and ship boxes three times. THREE TIMES. By the second time you pack everything up you start wondering if your stuff is really worth it, just imagine the third time.

I got rid of/donated a lot of books during the different moving sessions, and these are the books that have made it to their (for now) final destination. These lucky ducks.

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Let’s start with the left side of my computer:

  • Nimona by Noella Stevenson
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womenhood by Piper & Grudem
  • Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones
  • It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke
  • Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Living The Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
  • When People Are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Romeo And/Or Juliet by Ryan North

Woah, that was more than I thought lol. Pardon me for not linking the titles to Amazon. Not for the right side!

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This side is tiny haha.

  • On Our Knees by Susan J. Heck
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by John Wyss
  • Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery

Something else I just realized? Only 9/19 are fiction lol even though I am more of a fiction girl than non-fiction.

So for one reason or another, these are books that are special enough to me to keep through multiple states.

What are some books that go wherever you go?

Until Next Time

~R

October Books On Hold

My reading habits are almost exclusively funded by my local library, they have such a good selection for being a small town! But because I have been living and traveling all over the place this past year I have come to survive on their ebook program. Now that I’m back home, almost all of the books I read are still library ebooks!

Reading the first two books in the Harry Potter series in 5 days has me feeling a little bit of HP burnout. I’m not going to give up! I just need to readjust my reading timeline haha. So I have requested some books at the library for my October TBR and figured I would share them because if I can’t read them at least I can write about them!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I just talked about my needing to adjust my HP reading timeline. Yes, I am only on page 10 of book three. No, it is not too early to request the fourth book. I’m just saying.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The movie just came out, it’s spooky sounding, it also happens to be a favorite of my close-friend. I figured it is time to bite the bullet and read it already. You never know, I might like it.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I have been wanting to read this ever since I heard it was coming out and it’s been on my library wishlist for so long that I finally put it on hold. PLus, I am always in the mood for a laugh.

Those are the books that I cannot wait to get my hands on in the upcoming weeks! Ahhhh I’m so excited. Do you read books or ebooks from the library? What books are you currently waiting for?

~R

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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Oh my Gooooodness! I’m going to say right now that I enjoyed this book much more than the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was easier to read probably because I now had a basic understanding of the world so I wasn’t focused on trying to remember and learn everything and I could enjoy it. I picked this book up because it was the next book, but after reading The Chamber of Secrets I can. not. wait. to get started on Prisoner of Azkaban.

Also, can I just say that I adored Ginny’s crush on Harry. My eleven-year old self understands.

Start Date: 10/7/16

Finish Date: 10/8/16

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling opens on the summer after Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.

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?

What I Loved:

Fred and George. And Ginny. And Fred, George, and Ron’s love of Ginny. And their friendship with Harry. And my heart is exploding with how much I loved the scene of Fred and George protecting Harry from the cursed buldger in Quidditch. I can’t handle it.

I also really liked T.M. Riddle and the dynamic and twist to the story that Rowling made by bringing him in.

What I Didn’t Like as Much:

I don’t like Dobby, I was feeling secondhand frustration for Harry, but I generally have adverse feelings for needy characters anyways.

I also didn’t like Gilderoy Lockhart, he seemed like a useless character to me, but at the same time I loved to hate him.

A Tiny Taste:

“He missed Hogwarts so much it was like having a constant stomachache. He missed the castle, with its secret passageways and ghosts, his classes, … the mail arriving by owl, eating banquets in the Great Hall, sleeping in his four-poster bed in the tower dormitory, visiting the gamekeeper, Hagrid, in his cabin next to the Forbidden Forest in the grounds, and especially, Quidditch, the most popular sport in the wizarding world”

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

I said Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was a book for borrowing or Kindle, but Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is going on my bookshelf for sure. I could definitely reread this book!

About The Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the beloved, best-selling, record-braking Harry Potter series. She started writing the series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journay, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Extras:

More Aout J.K. Rowling

Movie Trailor

Goodreads

Magical World of Pottermore

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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The first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was in November 2015 during my train rides to and from work. I had already seen all the movies so while reading it I zoned in and out instead of actually paying attention to the story.

It’s October  and I am in the mood for some cozy and beloved books to love on thus I have come back to this series. It has been almost a year since I read this first book, so I am going to reread it and then read the series in a semi-fluid motion.And this time I am actually paying attention to the story and what is going on.

I thought I was going to read this book in a day, but it turned out to be over three days because I couldn’t stop watching the Gilmore Girls heh…heh..

Start date: October 4th, 2016

Finish Date: October 7th, 2016

The book is about an eleven-years-old  boy named Harry Potter who is quite famous in the Wizard world. He was one year old when the most feared wizard in history, Voldemort showed up at his family’s house, killing his parents. When You-Know-Who turns on Harry something stops him resulting in his defeat and disappearance. Harry is the first person to ever survive an attack from the Dark Lord thus naming him The Boy Who Lived. After his death, Rubeus Hagrid delivers Harry to the home of is Aunt and Uncle, The Dursleys.

The Dursleys hate the Potters and everything to do with magic, so they try to stomp it out by never telling Harry who he is and making his life miserable, including making him live in the cupboard under the stairs.

The story really starts ten years later when Harry turns eleven and is (surprise!) accepted in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All at once Harry learns the true story of what happened to his parents, how he got his lightning-shaped scar, and why strange things happen when he loses his temper.

Harry meets his best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley while also finding enemies among his schoolmates such as Draco Malfoy. During his first year he picks up on the danger that is lurking behind the school walls and is soon on a self-imposed quest with his friends to find and save the Sorcerer’s Stone, if he can survive the encounter.

What I loved: 

I love the world building and how the story of Harry Potter going from a loveless home to a world where he and his kind are celebrated progresses. The story moves along at a great pace, never bored but also not wishing things would slow down.

Rowling makes you wish that you were a witch or wizard going off to Hogwarts. I can close my eyes and imagine the roar and warmth of the dining hall, the crisp air on my cheeks and my breath turning into steam as I watched Quidditch in the stands.

What I Didn’t Like as Much:

I love the story, but Rowling’s writing style isn’t one that sucks me in for hours, leaving me to come back into reality gasping for breath. I could follow along with what was happening, but I never got lost in the story.

Every writer has a unique voice and every voice speaks to a reader differently, her’s just doesn’t speak to me.

A Tiny Taste:

“A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours’ time by Mrs. Dursley’s scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley…He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: “To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!” ~J.K. Rowling

For Bookshelf or Borrowing?

Somebody is going to kill me for this, but I say for borrowing or for owning on Kindle. I’m glad that I borrowed this book from my sister’s bookshelf and don’t have to find a place to keep it. If you’re reading it for the first time, borrow it from the library or from a friend and then buy it if you love it.

I can see myself owning a few books from this series for special rereading privileges.

About The Author:
J.K. Rowling is the author of the beloved, best-selling, record-braking Harry Potter series. She started writing the series during a delayed Manchester to London King’s Cross train journay, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Extras:

More Aout J.K. Rowling

Movie Trailor

Goodreads

Magical World of Pottermore