Aug 1, 2011

A Farewell Message

Hi everyone


This is probably the most difficult thing I have ever had to say. I have been going through a rough patch since the last few months in terms of my health and other things. It's been difficult for me to keep up with my blogging commitments. I thought a brief break would probably revive my interest in blogging again. On the other hand, it has further reinforced my feeling that I can't do this anymore.


I want to apologize to every blogger, author and publisher I have been in contact with. This is the last post you would see on this blog. I would like to say goodbye to all you wonderful people. I am very thankful for everything this wonderful community of bloggers has done for me.


Thank you! And sorry!



Misha  /  at  9:44 AM  /  56 comments

Hi everyone


This is probably the most difficult thing I have ever had to say. I have been going through a rough patch since the last few months in terms of my health and other things. It's been difficult for me to keep up with my blogging commitments. I thought a brief break would probably revive my interest in blogging again. On the other hand, it has further reinforced my feeling that I can't do this anymore.


I want to apologize to every blogger, author and publisher I have been in contact with. This is the last post you would see on this blog. I would like to say goodbye to all you wonderful people. I am very thankful for everything this wonderful community of bloggers has done for me.


Thank you! And sorry!



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Jul 29, 2011

One Year Blogoversary and Giveaway


It's my blogoversary today!
I can't believe I actually managed to complete one year of blogging! I have enjoyed every minute of it.


Maxine and I would like to thank single follower, and especially every one of you who take out time to comment. We really appreciate it! The best part of blogging has been the amazing people I have come to know. Book bloggers really are the among the coolest, most generous people!


I really don't know what else to say. What do you say in a blogoversary post? I am just  amazed that it's been one year!

How about some cake?

Now for the giveaway!

15 Gift certificate to either Amazon or Book Depository (Winner's choice)

- Leave a comment with your email. That's it!
- International
- Ends Aug 29th


P.S Sorry for the lack of posts!  I have to blame George R. R Martin and just general laziness for that. Hopefully, I will be back with some new posts next week. Till then, bye and have a great weekend!




Misha  /  at  9:25 AM  /  168 comments


It's my blogoversary today!
I can't believe I actually managed to complete one year of blogging! I have enjoyed every minute of it.


Maxine and I would like to thank single follower, and especially every one of you who take out time to comment. We really appreciate it! The best part of blogging has been the amazing people I have come to know. Book bloggers really are the among the coolest, most generous people!


I really don't know what else to say. What do you say in a blogoversary post? I am just  amazed that it's been one year!

How about some cake?

Now for the giveaway!

15 Gift certificate to either Amazon or Book Depository (Winner's choice)

- Leave a comment with your email. That's it!
- International
- Ends Aug 29th


P.S Sorry for the lack of posts!  I have to blame George R. R Martin and just general laziness for that. Hopefully, I will be back with some new posts next week. Till then, bye and have a great weekend!




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Jul 26, 2011

2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced


Here's the list:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes


On Canaan's Side: A Novel
On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry


Jamrach's Menagerie
Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch


The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt 


Half Blood Blues
Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan


A Cupboard Full of Coats
A Cupboard Full of Coats – Yvvette Edwards 


The Stranger's Child
The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst 


Pigeon English
Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman 


The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness by Patrick McGuinness
The Last Hundred Days – Patrick McGuinness 


Snowdrops
Snowdrops – A.D. Miller 


Far to Go
Far to Go – Alison Pick


The Testament of Jessie Lamb
The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers 


Derby Day
Derby Day – D.J. Taylor

*****
I have only read two of them, and the others are on my to-read list now.
Have you read (or want to read) any of them?



Misha  /  at  9:09 PM  /  18 comments


Here's the list:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes


On Canaan's Side: A Novel
On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry


Jamrach's Menagerie
Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch


The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt 


Half Blood Blues
Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan


A Cupboard Full of Coats
A Cupboard Full of Coats – Yvvette Edwards 


The Stranger's Child
The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst 


Pigeon English
Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman 


The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness by Patrick McGuinness
The Last Hundred Days – Patrick McGuinness 


Snowdrops
Snowdrops – A.D. Miller 


Far to Go
Far to Go – Alison Pick


The Testament of Jessie Lamb
The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers 


Derby Day
Derby Day – D.J. Taylor

*****
I have only read two of them, and the others are on my to-read list now.
Have you read (or want to read) any of them?



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Jul 25, 2011

High Summer Readathon Begins Now!

Hosted by  Michelle at The True Book Addict

This is a week long readathon, and will run from 25th-31st July. It's more relaxed, which is good for me because I will be busy on Thursday and Friday. Maxine won't be participating in this readathon due to school, but she might decide to join in later.

I plan to read all day, and stay away from the internet (if I can). Today also happens to be the final day of my summer  internship! After two months of slogging away, it finally gets over. My college re-opens on Thursady, so I will try to get as much reading done by Wednesday as possible.

These are the books I plan to read:
The Night WatchThe Lantern
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)If I Stay

- Catch up on The Night Watch  by Sarah Waters and A Clash of Kings by George R.R Martin
- Start If I Stay by Gayle Forman and The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

All the updates and mini-challenges will be included in this post itself.


*************
Mini-Challenge 1
"For this mini-challenge, we have to find an image of a painting or artwork that could either depict what the book we're reading is about or could be the cover of our current read ."
I am currently reading The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  The book starts from 1947 London and goes backwards through the years. This picture of London taken during WWII reminded me of the book.

The Night Watch is the story of four Londoners, set in WWII London.  I am enjoying it till now, even though it's quite different from any of Sarah Waters' books I've read - the pace is slower, and there are no unexpected twists which are usual in Sarah Waters' books.


There's a movie based on the book too! I can't wait to watch it once I'm done with the book:



Misha  /  at  2:18 PM  /  27 comments

Hosted by  Michelle at The True Book Addict

This is a week long readathon, and will run from 25th-31st July. It's more relaxed, which is good for me because I will be busy on Thursday and Friday. Maxine won't be participating in this readathon due to school, but she might decide to join in later.

I plan to read all day, and stay away from the internet (if I can). Today also happens to be the final day of my summer  internship! After two months of slogging away, it finally gets over. My college re-opens on Thursady, so I will try to get as much reading done by Wednesday as possible.

These are the books I plan to read:
The Night WatchThe Lantern
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)If I Stay

- Catch up on The Night Watch  by Sarah Waters and A Clash of Kings by George R.R Martin
- Start If I Stay by Gayle Forman and The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

All the updates and mini-challenges will be included in this post itself.


*************
Mini-Challenge 1
"For this mini-challenge, we have to find an image of a painting or artwork that could either depict what the book we're reading is about or could be the cover of our current read ."
I am currently reading The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  The book starts from 1947 London and goes backwards through the years. This picture of London taken during WWII reminded me of the book.

The Night Watch is the story of four Londoners, set in WWII London.  I am enjoying it till now, even though it's quite different from any of Sarah Waters' books I've read - the pace is slower, and there are no unexpected twists which are usual in Sarah Waters' books.


There's a movie based on the book too! I can't wait to watch it once I'm done with the book:



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Guest Post : How Writing Found Me ( by Paula Renaye)


How Writing Found Me

Paula Renaye

Writers must be readers, and I've loved books since I was old enough to hold one. But what really launched me into becoming a voracious reader—and writer—was: a retired colonel, a high school English class and a romance novel.

Before I start telling my story, there are two things about me that you should know: one, I couldn't diagram a sentence if my life depended on it, and two, I have won a dignified literary award anyway.

After retiring from the Air Force, Colonel Bob White, for reasons known only to him, decided to come to the little town in Texas where I lived and teach English for a couple of years. Looking back, I'm not sure whether he deserved a medal or a mental health exam.

Whatever the case, not long into the school year, Mr. White held up a big fat paperback book and announced that we would all be reading it. Much groaning and whining ensued. And when we learned that every tiny-lettered page was filled with glorious details of life in Saxon England circa1066, well, I think some cried.

However, when I got the dreaded book in my hand, I was confused. The title was odd—The Wolf and the Dove—and the cover had a man and a woman on it. This did not look like any other book I'd been forced to read in school. And who was this Kathleen Woodiwiss anyway?  

I dutifully started reading—and couldn't stop. Yep, it was an epic romance novel. Written in 1974, it was a product of the times, and wild stuff for a sheltered little high school girl. I don't recall anyone else being nearly as enthralled as I was, but Mr. White's brilliant assignment set me on a path of reading—and, of course, concurrent learning—that also "trained" me to be a writer.

By the time I got the crazy idea that I could write my own novel, I'd read hundreds of books. Although I didn't consciously try to, or even realize that I had, I'd picked up an intuitive feeling for the structure of a story and could hear dialogue as a natural flow of conversational in my head. I could also see the scenes like a movie, which made them easy to write.

I've written a lot of books, but my first published novel was Hot Enough to Kill, a humorous mystery that was featured in Redbook. My second, Dead Man Falls, won the 2001 WILLA Literary Award for Best Original Paperback. The third, Turkey Ranch Road Rage, was released last year and I'm working on Killer Moves in all my spare time.

So, you ask, how did it happen that I went from writing funny mysteries to self help books? Well, if you'd read my fictional tales you wouldn't need to ask that question!

Actually, after the first book came out, life happened. The second book was already set to be published, but life kept happening. In short, death, divorce and delusion took a toll. And, like many people, I started searching for ways to ease my own pain. Being a writer, as I learned, I wrote.

Over the course of about ten years, I started some version of the book at least six different ways, but it just never came together. I knew what I wanted to do—I wanted to give people in pain, as I had been, a simple and direct roadmap out of it. Once I had done what I needed to for myself, everything just fell into place and the book basically wrote itself. So, here I am, with the guide that I desperately needed myself years ago. 


The Hardline Self Help Handbook is basically a do-it-yourself short course based on what I learned on my journey and what I now do with my coaching clients and in my workshops. It's a step by step guide for people who just feel stuck, who know they need to do something different, but can't figure out what, or for those who know what they want, but don't know how to get it.

With times as they are today, it's exactly what a lot of us need—and are ready for. It's the perfect time to ask, What Are You Willing to Do to Get What You Really Want?


About Paula
Paula Renaye is a professional life coach, motivational and empowerment speaker, regression hypnosis practitioner and award-winning author. She has been a consultant for 18 years, holds a degree in Financial Planning and is a member of the International Association of Coaches. Her passion is helping people face reality and take personal responsibility for their choices in order to reclaim their own power and live the life they really want. The book is also available at Amazon and on Kindle.

Where to buy

The Hardline Self Help Handbook by Paula Renaye is available through most online retailers and bookstores by order in trade paperback and ebook formats.
Amazon.com
ISBN 0-9674786-5-0 (trade paperback) $19.95
Kindle ASIN: B004XNKDB6 (ebook) $9.99
Smashwords (ebook) $9.99

For special book tour bonus materials and a link to purchase the print book at a discount, visit www.hardlineselfhelp.com.  

A printable Companion Workbook is available in printable PDF format from the publisher. See website for details.
Misha  /  at  8:20 AM  /  8 comments


How Writing Found Me

Paula Renaye

Writers must be readers, and I've loved books since I was old enough to hold one. But what really launched me into becoming a voracious reader—and writer—was: a retired colonel, a high school English class and a romance novel.

Before I start telling my story, there are two things about me that you should know: one, I couldn't diagram a sentence if my life depended on it, and two, I have won a dignified literary award anyway.

After retiring from the Air Force, Colonel Bob White, for reasons known only to him, decided to come to the little town in Texas where I lived and teach English for a couple of years. Looking back, I'm not sure whether he deserved a medal or a mental health exam.

Whatever the case, not long into the school year, Mr. White held up a big fat paperback book and announced that we would all be reading it. Much groaning and whining ensued. And when we learned that every tiny-lettered page was filled with glorious details of life in Saxon England circa1066, well, I think some cried.

However, when I got the dreaded book in my hand, I was confused. The title was odd—The Wolf and the Dove—and the cover had a man and a woman on it. This did not look like any other book I'd been forced to read in school. And who was this Kathleen Woodiwiss anyway?  

I dutifully started reading—and couldn't stop. Yep, it was an epic romance novel. Written in 1974, it was a product of the times, and wild stuff for a sheltered little high school girl. I don't recall anyone else being nearly as enthralled as I was, but Mr. White's brilliant assignment set me on a path of reading—and, of course, concurrent learning—that also "trained" me to be a writer.

By the time I got the crazy idea that I could write my own novel, I'd read hundreds of books. Although I didn't consciously try to, or even realize that I had, I'd picked up an intuitive feeling for the structure of a story and could hear dialogue as a natural flow of conversational in my head. I could also see the scenes like a movie, which made them easy to write.

I've written a lot of books, but my first published novel was Hot Enough to Kill, a humorous mystery that was featured in Redbook. My second, Dead Man Falls, won the 2001 WILLA Literary Award for Best Original Paperback. The third, Turkey Ranch Road Rage, was released last year and I'm working on Killer Moves in all my spare time.

So, you ask, how did it happen that I went from writing funny mysteries to self help books? Well, if you'd read my fictional tales you wouldn't need to ask that question!

Actually, after the first book came out, life happened. The second book was already set to be published, but life kept happening. In short, death, divorce and delusion took a toll. And, like many people, I started searching for ways to ease my own pain. Being a writer, as I learned, I wrote.

Over the course of about ten years, I started some version of the book at least six different ways, but it just never came together. I knew what I wanted to do—I wanted to give people in pain, as I had been, a simple and direct roadmap out of it. Once I had done what I needed to for myself, everything just fell into place and the book basically wrote itself. So, here I am, with the guide that I desperately needed myself years ago. 


The Hardline Self Help Handbook is basically a do-it-yourself short course based on what I learned on my journey and what I now do with my coaching clients and in my workshops. It's a step by step guide for people who just feel stuck, who know they need to do something different, but can't figure out what, or for those who know what they want, but don't know how to get it.

With times as they are today, it's exactly what a lot of us need—and are ready for. It's the perfect time to ask, What Are You Willing to Do to Get What You Really Want?


About Paula
Paula Renaye is a professional life coach, motivational and empowerment speaker, regression hypnosis practitioner and award-winning author. She has been a consultant for 18 years, holds a degree in Financial Planning and is a member of the International Association of Coaches. Her passion is helping people face reality and take personal responsibility for their choices in order to reclaim their own power and live the life they really want. The book is also available at Amazon and on Kindle.

Where to buy

The Hardline Self Help Handbook by Paula Renaye is available through most online retailers and bookstores by order in trade paperback and ebook formats.
Amazon.com
ISBN 0-9674786-5-0 (trade paperback) $19.95
Kindle ASIN: B004XNKDB6 (ebook) $9.99
Smashwords (ebook) $9.99

For special book tour bonus materials and a link to purchase the print book at a discount, visit www.hardlineselfhelp.com.  

A printable Companion Workbook is available in printable PDF format from the publisher. See website for details.

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Jul 24, 2011

Anjuelle Floyd Blog Tour and Giveaway : Part IV


About the author:
anjuelle_floyd_small
Anjuelle Floyd is a wife of twenty-eight years, mother of three, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.


A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California, and received her MFA in Creative Writing fromGoddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.A student of Process Painting for the last decade, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Anjuelle facilitates writing groups and provides individual consultation of fiction projects. She also gives talks on The Need for Family, the Writing Process as a Path Toward Self-discovery and Healing.
Links:

About The House:
Click for information

On receiving the very thing she wants—a divorce and the power to sell their house—over which they have fought the past year—Anna Manning learns that Edward, her soon-to-be ex-husband is dying from cancer.

A faithful wife for three decades, and stay-at-home mother of four children, Anna endured Edward’s constant absence due to travel for his international real estate firm and numerous extra-marital affairs. With their children now adults, Edward has less than six months, possibly three, to live.

Anna takes him home to die in the house she has fought so vigorously to sell. But letting go of someone who has caused so much pain in your life doesn’t come easily. Edward has changed. There are Anna and Edward’s four children, three of whom who are married and struggling to endow their families with meaning and purpose.

There is also Inman who loves Anna, and gives the one thing Edward denied her—passion and intimacy. And lastly there is Anna. An art history major turned wife and mother out of college, she had planned on divorcing Edward and with her proceeds from the sale of the house move to France. Anna would visit and study the works in Europe’s famous museums—perhaps work as a docent in one.

News of Edward’s terminal illness provokes her to understand the present, rooted in a wellspring of the past and pouring into a future without him. The House shows what happens when one adopts the belief that: All hold regret and are seeking forgiveness. Our salvation rests in the hands of others—most particularly the ones we love, and who have treated us wrongly.


About Keeper of Secrets:
keeper

Memories of the Hindu icon of dancing Siva compel wife and mother, Raven Clarke, to intervene in the attack of one restaurant patron on another.

Watching from a distant table, Lahni Irete# !nds herself driven back to the violence of her childhood and adolescence. The next day she shares her account of the happening with psychiatrist, Reynard Williams. Williams embraces the tale as a man seeking help to confront the core of pain that has distanced him from his wife and left him sexually and spiritually impotent.

Along the way Williams consults with Sahel Denning, an injured psychologist no longer practicing psychotherapy. Engineer, Michael Banks, !nds the restaurant incident a map guiding him on his path to reclaiming the events of the morning before he fell from the Richmond Bridge. Rumor and innuendo cloud Ariane Gadsen’s acquaintance with the story, propelling her down the path of reconciliation with what she is hiding.

The restaurant scene stirred regret and despair within Trey Williamson, a widower, on his !rst date since the death of his wife three years earlier. The intimate backdrop of the restaurant o%ers containment wherein newly discharged Captain Darryl Sharpton reveals his most dark and intimate truth.

Giveaway IV
Author Anjuelle Floyd has generously offered  2 Kindle Versions of  Keeper of Secrets & 2 Paperbacks of  The House.

Rules:
- Leave a comment with your email address. Please mention if  you own a Kindle or the PC version of Kindle.
- International
- Ends August 1st

There will be more giveaway courtesy of Anjuelle Floyd. Here's the schedule of giveaways:

July 3rd--2 Paperbacks of Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident & 2 Kindle Versions of The House

July 10th--2 Kindle Versions of KoS & 2 Paperbacks of The House

July 17th--2 Paperbacks of Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident & 2 Kindle Versions of The House

July 24th--2 Kindle Versions of KoS & 2 Paperbacks of The House

July 31st--2 Paperbacks of Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident & 2 Kindle Versions of The House

Misha  /  at  7:53 AM  /  5 comments


About the author:
anjuelle_floyd_small
Anjuelle Floyd is a wife of twenty-eight years, mother of three, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in mother-daughter relations and dream work.


A graduate of Duke University, she received her MA in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She has attended the Dominican Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California, and received her MFA in Creative Writing fromGoddard College, Port Townsend, Washington. She has received certificates of participation from The Hurston-Wright Writers’ Week and The Voices of Our Nations Writing Workshops.A student of Process Painting for the last decade, Anjuelle has participated in The Art of Living Black Exhibitions 2004–2011 held at the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.

Anjuelle facilitates writing groups and provides individual consultation of fiction projects. She also gives talks on The Need for Family, the Writing Process as a Path Toward Self-discovery and Healing.
Links:

About The House:
Click for information

On receiving the very thing she wants—a divorce and the power to sell their house—over which they have fought the past year—Anna Manning learns that Edward, her soon-to-be ex-husband is dying from cancer.

A faithful wife for three decades, and stay-at-home mother of four children, Anna endured Edward’s constant absence due to travel for his international real estate firm and numerous extra-marital affairs. With their children now adults, Edward has less than six months, possibly three, to live.

Anna takes him home to die in the house she has fought so vigorously to sell. But letting go of someone who has caused so much pain in your life doesn’t come easily. Edward has changed. There are Anna and Edward’s four children, three of whom who are married and struggling to endow their families with meaning and purpose.

There is also Inman who loves Anna, and gives the one thing Edward denied her—passion and intimacy. And lastly there is Anna. An art history major turned wife and mother out of college, she had planned on divorcing Edward and with her proceeds from the sale of the house move to France. Anna would visit and study the works in Europe’s famous museums—perhaps work as a docent in one.

News of Edward’s terminal illness provokes her to understand the present, rooted in a wellspring of the past and pouring into a future without him. The House shows what happens when one adopts the belief that: All hold regret and are seeking forgiveness. Our salvation rests in the hands of others—most particularly the ones we love, and who have treated us wrongly.


About Keeper of Secrets:
keeper

Memories of the Hindu icon of dancing Siva compel wife and mother, Raven Clarke, to intervene in the attack of one restaurant patron on another.

Watching from a distant table, Lahni Irete# !nds herself driven back to the violence of her childhood and adolescence. The next day she shares her account of the happening with psychiatrist, Reynard Williams. Williams embraces the tale as a man seeking help to confront the core of pain that has distanced him from his wife and left him sexually and spiritually impotent.

Along the way Williams consults with Sahel Denning, an injured psychologist no longer practicing psychotherapy. Engineer, Michael Banks, !nds the restaurant incident a map guiding him on his path to reclaiming the events of the morning before he fell from the Richmond Bridge. Rumor and innuendo cloud Ariane Gadsen’s acquaintance with the story, propelling her down the path of reconciliation with what she is hiding.

The restaurant scene stirred regret and despair within Trey Williamson, a widower, on his !rst date since the death of his wife three years earlier. The intimate backdrop of the restaurant o%ers containment wherein newly discharged Captain Darryl Sharpton reveals his most dark and intimate truth.

Giveaway IV
Author Anjuelle Floyd has generously offered  2 Kindle Versions of  Keeper of Secrets & 2 Paperbacks of  The House.

Rules:
- Leave a comment with your email address. Please mention if  you own a Kindle or the PC version of Kindle.
- International
- Ends August 1st

There will be more giveaway courtesy of Anjuelle Floyd. Here's the schedule of giveaways:

July 3rd--2 Paperbacks of Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident & 2 Kindle Versions of The House

July 10th--2 Kindle Versions of KoS & 2 Paperbacks of The House

July 17th--2 Paperbacks of Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident & 2 Kindle Versions of The House

July 24th--2 Kindle Versions of KoS & 2 Paperbacks of The House

July 31st--2 Paperbacks of Keeper of Secrets...Translations of an Incident & 2 Kindle Versions of The House

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Jul 22, 2011

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling (Part 1-7 Mini-Reviews)


Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Rating: 4/5
In the first of the series, the readers are introduced to the magical world of witches and wizards with three headed dogs, half giants, live chess pieces and many more things that had hitherto been thought about only in our imaginations. We also meet the trio Harry, Hermione and Ron: who will become our best friends during the rest of the series. The writing style is such that the reader will find themselves lost in the book and each character has a charisma of their own that is impossible to overlook. From the stuttering Professor Quirrell to the intimidating Professor Snape, J.K.Rowling has made all her characters unforgettable. Along with that, the story does not only tell us about the journey of the young Harry Potter into a completely new world, it also tells us about friendship, love, understanding and sacrifices.

Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Rating: 4/5
The second installment of the Harry Potter series does not disappoint. The trio has entered their second year of Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry and his friends try to unearth the dark mystery of the chamber of secrets which is somehow related to the attacks on muggle born students. Though this part starts off slow and takes a little time to get into, it slowly gains pace. Harry struggles to find out his identity and to make a place for himself as a normal student in Hogwarts. We are also introduced to the adorable house-elf, Dobby whose attempts to protect Harry’s life tend to be life-threatening itself. Ron and Hermione stick with Harry even when the entire school seems against him. What more can someone want in a friend.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Rating 5/5
Harry is in his third year of Hogwarts. Aunt Marge’s visit to the Dursleys ends in a disaster when Harry blows her up for insulting his parents. J. K. Rowling is one of the first writers who made me connect to the characters. So the anger that Harry was feeling over Aunt Marge was also felt by me. This part too reveals some secrets of Harry’s life and about his parents' deaths. Shocked to know that a betrayal was the reason for his parents’ deaths, Harry is filled with an anger and hatred that he has never felt before. Ron and Hermione are always beside Harry no matter what happens and in this part they try their best to keep Harry from doing anything rash. The presence of the soul sucking guards of Azkaban, who feed on fear, caused shivers to run down my spine. As for the ending of the book, it leaves the reader eagerly waiting to grab the next part of the series.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Rating: 4/5
Harry is now fourteen and is starting his fourth year in Hogwarts. Larger in size than the previous books, The Goblet of Fire is all the more exciting to read. This book too has the usual dose of humor, adventure, friendship and of course magic. We see Harry and Ron’s friendship hit the rocky waves when Ron becomes jealous of Harry being selected in Triwizard tournament being held in Hogwarts. At this point I was furious with Ron for potentially ruining their friendship. Still, I knew that I too would have felt the same if I was in his place. As the Yule Ball, which is a part of the tournament, looms nearer the trio seek their partners for the dance. The ending of this part is shocking and is in contrast the previous books, which had ended on a positive note.

Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
Rating: 4/5
We see a drastic change in Harry as he gears up to enter his fifth year at Hogwarts. Frustrated by the disbelief of the Ministry Of Magic in the return of Voldemort, Harry finds himself losing his temper more often. With the anger and frustration boiling inside of him Harry becomes more reckless in his actions even when he is warned of the possible consequences. On a positive point, he gets a chance to strengthen his bond with his long separated godfather Sirius. As for Hogwarts, the new Defence Against The Dark Arts Teacher appointed by the Ministry, Professor Umbridge is diabolical. The moment she entered the story I knew that I was going hate her. Harry uncovers another secret of his past that seems to have decided his entire life. As Harry struggles to contain his growing frustration, his life is again shaken badly by another loss of a close one. This year when Harry seems to be pushing away his friend, is the year where he needs them most to stand by him.

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Rating: 4/5
Harry Potter is just sixteen but has matured more than his age because of death and horror that he has faced since the time he entered Hogwarts. The frustration that was visible throughout the previous book has visibly subsided and he seems to be more at peace with himself. However, things in his life can’t go on peacefully for long, after a chance encounter with Draco Malfoy leads him to believe that Draco has joined ranks with Voldemort. As engaging as the previous parts, this book gives the reader a better look into the life of the boy who went on to become the feared Lord Voldemort. Looking into Voldemort’s past makes us realize that the choices we make define who we are and what we become. As the previous books, friendship and loyality is a major theme. This book made me cry loads with yet another loss that was both shocking and shattering. The ending of this books leaves the readers a bit sad but eager to know the ending of the story of the boy who we met as a little boy of eleven.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
Rating: 5/5
The much awaited ending to the story of Harry Potter, the boy-who-lived, went beyond my expectations. The usual humour that seemed to have been present during the previous parts scarcely makes an appearance in The Deathly Hallows. In the absence of a mentor to guide them through the task of destroying horcruxes, the trio finds themselves lost at first. This standstill in their plan to destroy Voldemort frustrates Ron and some signs of his previous jealousy of Harry too seems to be cropping up. Ron struggles to come to terms with his feelings as the trio face some of their most difficult tests of friendship and loyality. Further, more shocking revelations are made that left my mouth hanging open and which quickly transferred my sympathies to the most unexpected character. Things that we had been only shown some blurry snippets of, become clearer. Also, we see the strength that lies in unity which can stand strong in the face of hopelessness and fear. The message that was given throughout the series, that love conquers all, plays a crucial part in this book. It was a bittersweet feeling that came over me while reading the last part of one of my most loved books and I am glad to say that this was my favourite of all the Harry potter books.


Maxine

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Are you a HP fanatic? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? What do you love most about the books? Your favorite characters? Which book in the series is your favorite? Do you love/hate the movies?





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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Rating: 4/5
In the first of the series, the readers are introduced to the magical world of witches and wizards with three headed dogs, half giants, live chess pieces and many more things that had hitherto been thought about only in our imaginations. We also meet the trio Harry, Hermione and Ron: who will become our best friends during the rest of the series. The writing style is such that the reader will find themselves lost in the book and each character has a charisma of their own that is impossible to overlook. From the stuttering Professor Quirrell to the intimidating Professor Snape, J.K.Rowling has made all her characters unforgettable. Along with that, the story does not only tell us about the journey of the young Harry Potter into a completely new world, it also tells us about friendship, love, understanding and sacrifices.

Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Rating: 4/5
The second installment of the Harry Potter series does not disappoint. The trio has entered their second year of Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry and his friends try to unearth the dark mystery of the chamber of secrets which is somehow related to the attacks on muggle born students. Though this part starts off slow and takes a little time to get into, it slowly gains pace. Harry struggles to find out his identity and to make a place for himself as a normal student in Hogwarts. We are also introduced to the adorable house-elf, Dobby whose attempts to protect Harry’s life tend to be life-threatening itself. Ron and Hermione stick with Harry even when the entire school seems against him. What more can someone want in a friend.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Rating 5/5
Harry is in his third year of Hogwarts. Aunt Marge’s visit to the Dursleys ends in a disaster when Harry blows her up for insulting his parents. J. K. Rowling is one of the first writers who made me connect to the characters. So the anger that Harry was feeling over Aunt Marge was also felt by me. This part too reveals some secrets of Harry’s life and about his parents' deaths. Shocked to know that a betrayal was the reason for his parents’ deaths, Harry is filled with an anger and hatred that he has never felt before. Ron and Hermione are always beside Harry no matter what happens and in this part they try their best to keep Harry from doing anything rash. The presence of the soul sucking guards of Azkaban, who feed on fear, caused shivers to run down my spine. As for the ending of the book, it leaves the reader eagerly waiting to grab the next part of the series.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Rating: 4/5
Harry is now fourteen and is starting his fourth year in Hogwarts. Larger in size than the previous books, The Goblet of Fire is all the more exciting to read. This book too has the usual dose of humor, adventure, friendship and of course magic. We see Harry and Ron’s friendship hit the rocky waves when Ron becomes jealous of Harry being selected in Triwizard tournament being held in Hogwarts. At this point I was furious with Ron for potentially ruining their friendship. Still, I knew that I too would have felt the same if I was in his place. As the Yule Ball, which is a part of the tournament, looms nearer the trio seek their partners for the dance. The ending of this part is shocking and is in contrast the previous books, which had ended on a positive note.

Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
Rating: 4/5
We see a drastic change in Harry as he gears up to enter his fifth year at Hogwarts. Frustrated by the disbelief of the Ministry Of Magic in the return of Voldemort, Harry finds himself losing his temper more often. With the anger and frustration boiling inside of him Harry becomes more reckless in his actions even when he is warned of the possible consequences. On a positive point, he gets a chance to strengthen his bond with his long separated godfather Sirius. As for Hogwarts, the new Defence Against The Dark Arts Teacher appointed by the Ministry, Professor Umbridge is diabolical. The moment she entered the story I knew that I was going hate her. Harry uncovers another secret of his past that seems to have decided his entire life. As Harry struggles to contain his growing frustration, his life is again shaken badly by another loss of a close one. This year when Harry seems to be pushing away his friend, is the year where he needs them most to stand by him.

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
Rating: 4/5
Harry Potter is just sixteen but has matured more than his age because of death and horror that he has faced since the time he entered Hogwarts. The frustration that was visible throughout the previous book has visibly subsided and he seems to be more at peace with himself. However, things in his life can’t go on peacefully for long, after a chance encounter with Draco Malfoy leads him to believe that Draco has joined ranks with Voldemort. As engaging as the previous parts, this book gives the reader a better look into the life of the boy who went on to become the feared Lord Voldemort. Looking into Voldemort’s past makes us realize that the choices we make define who we are and what we become. As the previous books, friendship and loyality is a major theme. This book made me cry loads with yet another loss that was both shocking and shattering. The ending of this books leaves the readers a bit sad but eager to know the ending of the story of the boy who we met as a little boy of eleven.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
Rating: 5/5
The much awaited ending to the story of Harry Potter, the boy-who-lived, went beyond my expectations. The usual humour that seemed to have been present during the previous parts scarcely makes an appearance in The Deathly Hallows. In the absence of a mentor to guide them through the task of destroying horcruxes, the trio finds themselves lost at first. This standstill in their plan to destroy Voldemort frustrates Ron and some signs of his previous jealousy of Harry too seems to be cropping up. Ron struggles to come to terms with his feelings as the trio face some of their most difficult tests of friendship and loyality. Further, more shocking revelations are made that left my mouth hanging open and which quickly transferred my sympathies to the most unexpected character. Things that we had been only shown some blurry snippets of, become clearer. Also, we see the strength that lies in unity which can stand strong in the face of hopelessness and fear. The message that was given throughout the series, that love conquers all, plays a crucial part in this book. It was a bittersweet feeling that came over me while reading the last part of one of my most loved books and I am glad to say that this was my favourite of all the Harry potter books.


Maxine

***********
Are you a HP fanatic? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? What do you love most about the books? Your favorite characters? Which book in the series is your favorite? Do you love/hate the movies?





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