Favorite Scene: Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has always been my least favorite book in the series. However, after re-reading it more slowly this time, I have come to appreciate it more. I didn't get as frustrated with Harry as I have been in the past. I found that I was more frustrated with Dumbledore

It's interesting that you were able to appreciate Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix more after re-reading it at a slower pace. This is a common phenomenon with books, movies, or any other form of media. Sometimes, we may miss important details or nuances the first time around that become clearer upon closer examination.

Regarding your frustration with Dumbledore, many readers have expressed similar sentiments. In this book, Dumbledore's actions and motivations are not always clear, and he is not as present as in previous books. His withholding of information from Harry can be frustrating, but it's important to remember that Dumbledore is trying to protect Harry from danger and is playing a long game in the fight against Voldemort.

It's also worth noting that Dumbledore is a complex and flawed character, like all the characters in the series. He has made mistakes in the past and is not always sure of the right course of action. In the end, Dumbledore's ultimate goal is to defeat Voldemort and protect the wizarding world, even if that means making difficult and unpopular decisions.

Overall, it's great that you were able to re-evaluate your opinion of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and gain a deeper appreciation for the book. The series is full of complex characters and themes, and re-reading can often reveal new insights and perspectives.

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Review: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany's Written by Truman Capote Read by Michael C. Hall Recorded by Audible Studios on February 11, 2014 Originally published in 1958 Synopsis:

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's provocative, naturalistic masterstroke

The story follows the narrator, a writer living in New York City, and his neighbor Holly Golightly, a young socialite with a mysterious past. Holly is the embodiment of New York City's glamor and sophistication, and the narrator is drawn into her world of parties, wealthy men, and luxury.

As the narrator gets to know Holly better, he learns that she is not as carefree as she seems. Her past includes a difficult childhood, multiple marriages, and a search for a sense of belonging. Holly struggles to reconcile her desire for freedom and independence with her need for stability and connection.

The novella is known for its vivid portrayal of New York City in the 1940s and its exploration of themes such as love, identity, and the search for meaning. Capote's writing is characterized by its vivid imagery, poignant insights, and nuanced characterization.

Michael C. Hall, best known for his roles in the television series Dexter and Six Feet Under, narrates the audiobook version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. His performance captures the mood and tone of the novella, bringing Capote's vivid prose to life. The audiobook was recorded by Audible Studios on February 11, 2014, and remains a popular choice for fans of Capote's work.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?!

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Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well…you

If you're looking for a book to read this week, here are some recommendations:

If you're in the mood for a classic, try To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This novel is a timeless masterpiece that explores racism and prejudice in the American South during the 1930s.

If you enjoy contemporary romance, you might like The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. This novel features a unique and diverse cast of characters and a heartwarming love story that is sure to make you swoon.

For a thrilling mystery, try The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. This novel follows a criminal psychotherapist as he tries to uncover the truth behind a famous artist's mysterious murder.

If you're in the mood for non-fiction, check out The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. This book is a transformative guide to living in the present moment and finding inner peace.

Whatever you decide to read, I hope you have a great week of reading ahead!

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Review: Persuasion


Persuasion Written by the amazing Jane Austen First Published in 1818 Audiobook (June 6, 2006) Read by Greta Scacchi Synopsis:

Persuasion by Jane Austen is a story of second chances and the power of love. The novel follows Anne Elliot, a young woman who has been persuaded by her family to break off her engagement with Frederick Wentworth, a naval officer who lacks wealth and social status. Years later, Anne is still unmarried and still in love with Wentworth. When he returns to town, wealthy and successful, Anne must navigate her own feelings and the social expectations of her family and friends.

Set in early 19th century England, Persuasion is a social commentary on the society of the time. Austen expertly captures the nuances of social class and hierarchy, and explores the tension between tradition and progress.

The audiobook version of Persuasion, read by Greta Scacchi, is a wonderful way to experience this classic novel. Scacchi's performance brings the characters to life, capturing their personalities and emotions with skill and subtlety. The audiobook was first released on June 6, 2006, and remains a popular choice for fans of Austen's work.

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Favorite Scene: Goblet of Fire


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire With Goblet of Fire, Harry's turns completely upside down. He gets entered into a Tournament he can't possibly … [Continue reading]

Favorite Scene: Prisoner of Azkaban


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Azkaban is one of my favorites of the Harry Potter series and it's the only one without Voldemort in it. … [Continue reading]

Deborah Harkness: A Conversation

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I'm so honored to have the marvelous Deborah Harkness visiting my blog! The All Souls Trilogy has been absolute favorite of mine. THE BOOK OF LIFE has … [Continue reading]

My Favorite Scene: Chamber of Secrets


Currently, I'm rereading the Harry Potter series and instead of writing a review (because we all know amazing the books are) I'm writing about my … [Continue reading]

Harry Potter!


My name is Kendal. I'm 45 years old. And I love Harry Potter! I have decided to re-read the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time. Instead of … [Continue reading]

Book Excerpt: Sudetenland

Please join George T. Chronis as he tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Sudetenland, from March 16-27. Publication Date: September … [Continue reading]