Happy New Year everyone!
Before I posted about my plans for the year in a post, I figured I should first wrap up the end of 2019. After all, some exciting things happened… I finally read Harry Potter!
Remember that ambitious list I created at the beginning of the month of all these books on personal TBR that I was going to get to? Well throw it away. As soon as I posted that, I completely had a Harry Potter craving. Don’t ask me why. Perhaps it was the snow falling outside and the fact that we ended up getting over 2 feet of snow in upstate NY. But all of a sudden I was pulling my boxed collection out of the closet, wrapping myself in a blanket and going to Hogwarts.
Now I had read books 1-4 when I was in high school. Why did I stop? Well Goblet of Fire was the last book at the time and by the time Flight of the Phoenix came out I was completely over it. Because that was about 15 years ago, it was like reading the series all over again.
So real quick, here is a brief review on the first six (I haven’t finished #7 yet):
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone ****
This was a great beginning to the series, there were a lot things I noticed in my reread that I didn’t notice the first time I read the book, such as names of people who would appear later in the series. Also I completely didn’t remember the beginning when Hagrid drops off Harry at his Aunt and Uncles. It was definitely a quick read but I felt left wanting more.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets***
This was also a quick read. I liked learning about Voldermort’s history, through Riddle’s diary but honestly, I was feeling like the book was just meh. It didn’t do anything for me. Now that I have gotten further in the series, I see how important this book really is in linking Voldermort and Harry’s history.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban *****
This is by far one of my favorites in the series. I loved learning about Sirius Black and to know how he was connected to Harry was so heartwarming. This book gave me all the feels. I liked that it didn’t focus so much on Voldermort but rather on Harry’s family history. I admit that I teared up a bit at the end when Sirius couldn’t stick around. I wanted Harry to have a family damn it!
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ****
I remembered loving this book when I first read it but not so much this time around. Don’t get me wrong, I did like it but coming off Prisoner of Azakaban, I just wanted to find out where Sirius was and I wanted him back. I think part of it was that I knew this story and since it was where I had stopped, I just wanted to get on to the books that I hadn’t read yet.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix *****
OMG Harry was so annoying in this book. I get the whole teenage angst and the frustration of not knowing what was going on, but seriously, he needed to calm down a bit. Every time he vented about Dumbledore ignoring him, I couldn’t help but think, “Why don’t you ask him?!” Besides that, I did like this book and the new plot that was forming. I will say I absolutely hated Dolores Umbridge and her evil little smirk. I am so glad she got her comeuppance in the end. This book gave me so much anxiety every time she issued a new rule and tried to take over the school. Ugh!
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince *****
All I can say is WTF?! Why Dumbledore? Really?! I was a hot mess. And Snape! Oh I hope he dies, please someone tell me he gets what is due to him. What a traitor! Though I know there is probably a reason why he did what he did, I really just want to loathe him right now. This is probably a close second behind Prisoner of Azakaban.
As I mentioned, I haven’t finished Deathly Hollows yet but I am sure it will be awesome. I can’t wait to finish.
The only other books I read included “Wild Fang” by Jack London and “The Family” Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.
I am actually surprised that I read 8 books in December considering all the running around I did between going to New Jersey to visit the parents and the holidays. But now it’s over and its time for a new year. Can’t wait to see what that brings.