Sunday, 13 March 2016

What I Read In January/February

I didn't make any new years resolutions this year, mainly because my 2015 ones failed so spectacularly. One of my main goals of last year was to read more, but I read a grand total of about 5 books last year. I love reading, but because of my wonderful dwindling mental and physical capabilities, its something I really struggle to do. But now I wanted to jump back in.

On January 1st, when the Goodreads reading challenge was every where, I decided to take the plunge and set my challenge at 20, and in a month I've already read a quarter of that! Truthfully I've been trying to write 2 long reviews for about 3 weeks now, so I think some short reviews every so often will be a lot better.

The Martian- Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Whatney became one first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

The Martian was one of my favourite films of last year and having loved the film so much, I'm glad that the book was even better. I really enjoyed how the author paired science and humour so well, he gave us brutal honesty whilst still making me root for this arsehole more than anything. Fair warning though, if you see the film first you will read it in Matt Damon's voice.

The Rosie Project- Graeme Simison

Don's never had a second date. so he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos.

This is such a quirky book that looks at love through the eyes of a disabled person, without patronising or having them die. It's honest, touching and funny and gives a great insight into the mind of someone with Asperger's and those who love them.

The main reason I decided to do a "What I read in... series was because in January I finally started reading the Harry Potter series. I read the first 3 in about a week  and didn't want to do 3 separate reviews of the same series one after the other. So thus follows the HP portion of this post.

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone- JK Rowling

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive.Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

I actually did write a (sort of) review about this, but it was more to do with the way I'm treated when I say I haven't read them. You can read my rant here, it mostly involves asking why everyone is so tetchy about it. But there were some things I liked in the book too. I loved seeing Harry and Hagrid's relationship, as the film kind of skims over it and how he becomes best friends with Ron and Hermione. Really though the biggest think I think I missed was Peeves, what a twat!

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets- JK Rowling

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

I really liked Chamber of Secrets, though it still felt immature. I loved Gilderoy Lockhart and read all his parts as Kenneth Brannagh. Again I loved all the extra details. I also loved finding out that to fit "I Am" into Voldemort's birth name, the original had to be ridiculous in certain countries. For example in France his middle name is Elvis and in Iceland his first name was Trevor.

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban- JK Rowling

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry.

Oh goodness this was the one when I finally got why everyone had been shouting "the books are better than the films" at me. There is so much story missed out in the films. Remus Lupin is such an excellent, warm, character. He's such a wonderful teacher and friend. I could talk about him all day (and that's coming soon). And then there's Sirius, of course. And the whole Hermione becoming a badass babe thing happens too.  The story itself, it so captivating and so full of description and secret things. I feel like this will be my favourite of the whole series.

You can keep up with what I'm reading on Goodreads, What have you been reading lately?

PS Reading the Harry Potter series has been a lot more fun with #siriusreaders


  1. I read The Martian and I want to read all the Harry Potter books too except I'm waiting for my son to get a bit older so we can read them together. I am a reading fiend and occasionally post mini-reviews. You can follow me on goodreads at Stopping by from Spoonie Bloggers and Vloggers.

  2. Yay reading Harry Potter HAS been more fun with #siriusreaders hasn't it? I'm full-on obsessed now. I went to my parents' this weekend and I talked so much about HP that my dad was like "You need to write another blog post apologising for ever complaining about it..." My sister and I are even planning a trip to the Warner Bros studio! Hahaha such a turnaround for me

    Emma |


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