Hurrah! It’s the first Harry Potter Challenge post. Let me fill you all in on this, just in case you haven’t got a clue what I’m on about. I re-read the Harry Potter series every year (every single year). And since I haven’t actually reviewed the books on my blog (or elsewhere) before, I thought it would be fun to do chapter-by-chapter reaction posts. There are already so many HP reviews out there and everyone knows I love the series, so reviewing the books the way I normally review things wouldn’t work for me, and it wouldn’t be interesting for anyone else either. So, the Harry Potter Challenge will be me reading ALL of the books and writing up reaction posts like this one, maybe occasionally stirring it up with gif posts or discussion posts about specific chapters. For this week, I’ve decided to combine chapters 1-5 because I had the time to read through them quickly. Ideally, I will be posting one Harry Potter Challenge post a week. Warning: I will not hold back from posting spoilers during this challenge!
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land
Publication: January 12th 2017 by Penguin Books
Format: eBook Pages: 400
Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.
But out of sight is not out of mind. As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name – Milly. A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.
Good me, bad me.
She is, after all, her mother’s daughter… – Goodreads.
2016 was a disaster, but I did read some amazing books this year. It was hard picking a few out of the 100+ books I read this year, so I made a list of the ones that jumped at me the most when I thought of what I liked. Clicking on the book title will open up a window to the review I wrote for that book. All descriptions are from Goodreads.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Publication: January 12th 2017 by Random House UK
Format: Hardback Pages: 336
A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay. – Goodreads.
Sun & Urn by Christopher Salerno
Publication: February 15th 2017 by University of Georgia Press
Format: eBook Pages: 80
Christopher Salerno s fourth collection of poems, Sun & Urn, is a book made from the wild stuff of grief and loss. Readers will find in these lyric poems a peculiar force pushing beyond the obvious. Sad, tender, whimsical, this book mines the poet s personal journey through grief for a universal look at how we as human beings handle our greatest losses. Coursing through this work is the clarity of vulnerability. With an idiosyncratic and inquisitive lyricism, Sun & Urn examines, repositions, and makes art from the odd scraps left over after a father’s sudden death, from infertility and divorce, and from the hope of new love.” – Goodreads