I haven’t joined Google+, I reluctantly signed up for Spotify, but for Pottermore, I’m willing to get up at a horrendously early hour and refresh my browser indefinitely? Yep. I know, I know! We are Potterheads, and we’re proud of it. 😉 I managed to get accounts for both Josh and myself, and we’ll just see if the site is worth the trouble. What I do know is that JK Rowling obviously has a brilliant marketing strategist. ~ahem~
With or without Pottermore, things are still All Harry Potter All The Time around here. We’ve read all the books and seen all the movies, and now Josh is re-reading them. He’s planning to be Harry for Halloween, again. We discuss storylines, and theories, and how we would have written things differently if we were in charge. He looks for details he missed in the first read and we talk about in what ways the books differ from the movies, for good and bad. I love what this series has done for Josh’s willingness to read, ability to read, and his constant need to read more, more, more. He was always a good reader before, but this year, he became a became a real, pick-up-a-book-on-his-own-and-read-for-hours-at-a-time READER. The one thing he really wanted in his new bedroom – a comfy reading nook. ~love it~
I am constantly on the lookout for other books to fuel his reading bug. He particularly likes scifi but enjoys mysteries too. Series books are a must – he’ll read stand-alones but much prefers stories that go on and on. These are a few series and authors he’s read recently that we highly recommend:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (We’re definitly going to check out his other 2 series, the Heroes of Olympus, and the Kane Chronicles.)
The 39 Clues by various authors (Fabulous for those who like both mysteries and history. Josh can’t wait for book 12!)
How to Train Your Dragon (Yes this was a not so great movie, but a fabulous series, especially for readers new to sci-fantasy)
Guardians of Ga’hoole by Kathryn Lasky (We only read the first four and Josh grew out of them before we realized there were many more.)
Swindle by Gordon Korman (He is a seriously prolific author and has some other series we’re going to check out.)
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (Again, a mediocre movie but really fabulous books.)
The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey (We just finished the first book The Fire Within, and Josh is chomping at the bit to go back to the library for the next couple.)
Some series that we’ve heard great things about and plan to start soon:
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Do any of you have recommendations for similar books?
We’ve already been through all of the Narnia books, The Wrinkle in Time books, everything Roald Dahl ever wrote, almost everything Beverly Cleary ever wrote, and as many boy classics like How to Eat Fried Worms and Frecklejuice that I could find. Sheesh. I’m running out of ideas, someone give me some!
ps. While I’m waiting, I’ll be looking into how to officially change my name to my Pottermore nickname – hollyfirebolt. I’m sure you can get used to calling me that, right?
pss. Did any of you also get into Pottermore? Or am I the only crazy one here??
psss. Honest to god I made him do a math sheet this morning because I started to wonder if I’m letting him read too much. I am crazy.
Have any of you ever been to Booking Through Thursday? It’s a cute unassuming little blog with a ton of readers and every week they ask a new question for you to answer on your own blog, or in their comments. I’ve never participated but I’ve been reading for a long time. I think it’s fun to get a glimpse into other people’s reading habits, as much as into their gardens! 😉 Yep, I’m nosy.
This week’s question made me laugh:
Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?
Heh. I laughed because (duh!) I have a book problem, as in a serious addiction. I am in fact a book glutton.
I rarely, very, rarely buy new books, but I have a thing for used bookstores, yard sales, flea markets, book swaps, anywhere I can get books cheap. My parent’s house is the cheapest…free!…and with a fantastic selection…gee, I wonder where I picked up this habit eh? Ahem – hello Mom & Pop???
It doesn’t help that I hate getting rid of books either. I like my books, I like to look at my books, I like to pick them up and remember reading them. If I can’t remember much, or if I loved it particularly well, I read it again.
My bookshelves are stuffed, just the way I like them. I keep areas set aside just for all the books I’ve picked up along the way that I haven’t read yet. When I’m in a mood for a particular type; mystery or scifi, history, or yes, even romance, I know I have something sitting there, just waiting for me to pick it up.
I have a pile by my bed, a pile on my desk, a pile next to the couch. I have massive built in book shelves in the basement that my darling husband (and enabler) put in for me. Well, okay, he’s not so much of an enabler as a co-glutton. But don’t tell him I said so.
I’m turning my kid into a fellow book lover too. He’s got heaps of them in his bedroom. Even though we’ve culled the baby books they still don’t all fit on his bookshelf. I always find a mountain of books on the floor next to his bunk bed where he drops them before he turns off the light each night. He loves to troll the used bookstore with me, and I don’t think I’ve ever said no to him when he’s asked for a book. It’s not the worst way I could be spoiling him, right?
This is one addiction I don’t plan to change!
I love books, (you know I love books!) so when I was tagged by my friend Erin for the 10 Books You Must Read Before You Die Meme I knew I had to take my time and really think about it. I admit I’m getting kind of meme’d out, but I really like this one!
Here’s my list of the 10 books I think are must reads, in no particular order:
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott – this is the the book I read over and over and over again when I was a kid. It’s been awhile since I’ve read it now, but it’s still the perfect book to pick up when you need a good cry.
- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen – I love all of her books but this is my favorite. Mr. Darcy is the swooniest character ever created. Oh, my.
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien – all of them together really make one book, don’t you think? You can’t really like SciFi without liking this classic.
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – no I’m not kidding. As hard as it is to read, there is just no way to get around it, they’re all good. If I had to choose just one play though, it would be A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder- again, I can’t really split these up, they just have to be read together. I’m currently reading the whole set to my kid and as always the one that has the most impact on me is the one we’re on now, The Long Winter.
- Magician by Raymond Feist – not a classic in any way, but my very favorite Science Fantasy novel. It’s usually published in two parts, Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell – some argue that 1984 is a better book, but Animal Farm spoke to me and that’s what’s important here. The first time I read it was in high school, and honestly, I got the irony of that right away.
- The Iliad by Homer– I was fortunate to read this (along with The Odyssey and Dante’s Inferno) in college for one of the best professors I ever had. It was a very tough class but she really helped me break it down and make sense of it. Honestly though, it’s a toss up which of the 3 is better.
- The Plague by Albert Camus – um, eww, yet completely fascinating.
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – I know you’ve all read it, you don’t need me to tell you why it’s one of the most important books ever written.
Okay, that was harder than I thought it would be! It would have been easier to have a list of twenty – there’s so many books I wanted to put here like Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide, Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago but they didn’t make the final cut!
Rather than tag anyone, I’m going to let you decide if you want to do this meme! So what are the 10 (or 20!) best books you’ve ever read?
Hey, while we’re talking books, are you on GoodReads yet?