Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone
When I first picked up the Harry Potter books as a pre-teen, I was not impressed. In fact, I started and never even finished the first book. My mom was super disappointed since she had purchased the whole set figuring I would be like every other bookworm my age and absorb into the series like a melted marshmallow into a s'more. I just didn't get what all the hype was about and I actually found the characters to be really annoying.
There's been a few times throughout my adulthood that I have pondering picking the series up again, but nothing really motivated me to follow through until the recent release of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. Curiosity set in and I picked up Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone for the second time. This time I finished it...and moved on to the second book...and the third...
Needless to say I am thoroughly enjoying the series. I'm not running out to the store to purchase a Harry Potter or Hermione costume for Halloween, but I can see why the series was, or is, so popular and I will be finishing the series in its entirety. It's simply magical! Even if my husband likes to poke fun at me for reading a children's book while waiting at the OBGYN's office for our 24 week pregnancy check-up. There's a kid in all of us and I highly recommend picking up this series if you haven't yet. It really is a magical world to be apart of. One that takes you away from adulthood, and brings you back to the imagination and simplicity of enjoying a magical adventure.
I'm sure you know the gist of the series, but just in case you don't, here-ya-go: Harry Potter's parents were killed when he was just a babe. He's shipped off to live with his muggle (non-wizard, non-magical) aunt, uncle and cousin. He's made to live in a cupboard under the stairs and knows nothing of his wizarding parents or his true powers until his thirteenth birthday. Harry's world changes forever the moment Hagrid steps into his life as Harry is tossed into the wizarding world of Hogwarts and learns the true history of his parents death, and the mysterious scar on his forehead.
Playing With Fire
I've been in a bit of a slump when it comes to reading lately. I know us bookworms go through funks when we just can't seem to find that one book that gets us back into the swing of turning pages, but after reading City of Dark Magic and A Short History of Women, my zest to start another book was lacking for fear any book I choose would be a disappointment. I haven't even mustered up the energy to write reviews for either of the above mentions books as I don't have much of anything constructive to say about them other than I didn't like them...at all.
I'm happy to report a quick trip to the grocery store led to the purchase of Playing With Fire, and brought an end to my reading funk! Yay! (It also brought an end to my ban on sugary drinks as I ended up purchasing a gallon of Apple Cider, but hey, can't win them all!)
Being that I am normally not one to browse the books in the magazine aisle of the grocery store, I was pleasantly surprised to find such an intriguing book purely by accident. It was meant to be!
Playing With Fire is an awesome mix of historical fiction and modern day thriller, not to mention the author, Tess Gerritsen, is my new idol. She started writing fiction when on maternity leave from her physician's position. Now she's completely retired from the medical profession and writes full-time. *Sign* Some day that'll be me....
Anyways, Julie Ansdell is a professional violinist who when in Rome, purchases a book of old music from an antique store. Little does she know a hand written piece titled "Incendio" would change her life in ways she never expected. From the first time she plays the piece, she notices it's beautiful yet haunting tones and finishes only to find her three year old daughter, Lilly, has murdered the family cat. (Normally this would have been immediate cause for me to put the book down, being the huge animal lover that I am, but something told me to keep going, and I'm glad I did)!
Parts of the book take place in modern day Massachusetts where Julie lives with her husband and daughter, but the rest of the book follows the history and creation of "Incendio" as heartbreaking and haunting as its history is. Playing With Fire is multi-faceted and so, so good playing on almost every emotion a reader can imagine; suspense, happiness, love, fear, sympathy, wonder, so many emotions and the ending! Oh, the ending! I never saw it coming and I don't think you will either, but it definitely doesn't disappoint! It's one of those endings that shocks the reader, but isn't overly dramatic.
I highly, highly recommend making a pit stop in the magazine aisle to pick up Playing With Fire on your next trip to the grocery store!
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
Books Read in 2020
*The Tattooist of Auschwitz