Monday, February 14, 2011

Hogwarts Reading Challenge

It has been far too long since I last posted here. I wasn't going to do any challenges this year (aside from attempting to read 100 books), but I came across this one and had to join in.

The rules (or some of them, at least. You can find them all here.):

In the Hogwarts Reading Challenge you are a student of the school. You will be sorted into houses. Each book you read must fit in to the subject of one the classes. You do not have to read books that fit all the subjects. Each book equals one point (toward the house cup).

You must read at least 5 books (audio books counts) before you are enter in to the drawing. At the end of the Challenge one person will win a $15 Amazon Gift Card and one house will win the House Cup (purely a pride thing).

As for my sorting...


The Classes

Transfiguration - read any book that has trans or figure in its title, is about shape shifting, has a shape shifter in it, or is about anything having to do with changing one thing into another

Defence Against the Dark Arts - read any book that has defence(defense), dark and/or art(s) in its title, read any book that is about self defense, war, history of war/marital arts, murder mysteries

Charms - read any book that has charm in its title, any book that deals with gives something or someone a new aspect (for example the nerdy guy become a handsome doctor)

Potions - read any book that has potion in its title, cookbooks count but you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Astronomy - read any book that has astronomy in its title, books about planets, stars, etc, sci-fi

History of Magic - read any book that has history or magic in its title, books about magic, witches, etc

Herbology - read any book that has herb in its title, again cookbooks count and again you must cook at least one recipe out of the book

Arithmancy - read any book that has arithmancy in its title, any book with a number in its title, any book that deal with numbers or math

Ancient Runes - read any book that has ancient or runes in its title, books about historical places like the pyramids, Stonehenge, great wall of china, or any book about symbols

Divination - read any book that has divine in its title, any book about psychics or psychic abilities, tarot reading etc

Care of Magical Creatures - read any book that has magical or creatures in its title, about supernatural beings

Muggle Studies - nearly any book works here, what better way to understand Muggles than to read what they read

Harry Potter related books:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Quidditch Through the Ages

Monday, April 5, 2010

Musing Mondays (April 5)

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the upcoming readathon.

Are you planning on participating in the upcoming readathon? Why not tell us a little about your plans: reading solo or with a partner/group? How long to do plan to read? Do you have your books chosen? If not reading, do you plan to be a cheerleader? The floor is yours.

I actually just found out about this read-a-thon through this question! But yes, I am now all signed up and looking forward to participating!

I will, unfortunately, be reading solo. No one in my family (and I have no friends) has any interest in reading for 24 hours straight. Or reading at all.
The books I will be reading? I have no plans for sure, but I have a huge pile of TBR books, so I'll just grab stuff from there.
I'm hoping to read for a large amount of time. The last time I did a read-a-thon, my insomnia prevented me from sleeping the night before, so I slept for the majority of the 24 hours, so I am hoping to make up for it this time!

Thursday, April 1, 2010


I just wanted to make a quick post here, apologizing for the lack of posts in the past two weeks. They've been pretty hectic weeks.
I've been sort of busy with school work, and I've had a bunch of difficulties with sleeping. Then, on top of that, I now have allergies (to who knows what) that cause me big headaches, so I'm sore, and have a lot of meds. Then I was up at my dad's place for 5 days, and now my mom is in the hospital. So yeah. Busy, and quite unenjoyable. I have, however, finished three books since my last post, so I'll try to get some reviews done here soon.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

WWW Wednsdays (March 17)

Sorry I missed out on the Monday and Tuesday memes this week. I was having a bad few days there...

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am half way through To Kill a Mocking bird by Harper Lee. I've been wanting to read it for a looong time, and finally got around to it. I was worried then, that I wouldn't like it, but so far it's pretty enjoyable!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished the Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares. It was quite different from the first book in the series, but it was better too.

What will you read next?

I'm still not fully sure what I will read next, but I'm thinking it will be Anna Karenina this time.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

This is a great sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. This book focuses more on the girls' characters developing than on the pants. The pants are still in there, but they aren't as important in this installment, which I think is good. It would have gotten a little old after the first few chapters.
All of the girls learn valuable lessons, and it helps make them into better people and more interesting, three-dimensional characters. You feel really bad for them throughout the novel, they all had pretty sad problems this time. By the end though, everyone's pretty much feeling better and happy again, except Lena. She had a really sad story this time, I felt so bad for her. But all of it turned out for the better, even if it was sad.
I recommend this book to anyone who read the first one and enjoyed it, and to people who love a good chick-lit or YA book.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's Decided

I thought and thought about my dilemma for the whole day, and finally, I just flipped a (virtual) coin. It looks like I'm putting Pride and Prejudice on hold for a while. Maybe a month or two. I think it's for the best right now, it's not really the type of book I want to read right now.
So, I'm not sure what I'm going to read now. I may start Anna Karenina, but I'm not certain.