Monday, June 30, 2014

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

There are few books I can reread over and over. For the most part the thing I like most about books and reading is trying to figure things out before the writer actually tells me. I think really that's one of the main reasons I love the Harry Potter series so much, JK Rowling kept me guessing until pretty much the very end of the last book, which is a hard thing to do.

Last week me and a few other gals started the #HPReadAThon where we'll spend the next few weeks rereading the entire Harry Potter series. It's been a few years for me, so it's almost like new again (almost). I think this is one of the first time I've read the series through the eyes of a writer, though. I paid extra attention to the words that were used and the way they were used to try to figure out what makes them so captivating. Honestly? It's not the words so much as the characters, character development, and story line. Yes the words are lovely, but they are for the most part very simple (albeit clever). Kind of helped me to see things I could improve on to make my work a bit better.

Tonight (after I get my 1K written for the day), I'll start Chamber of Secrets. I read Sorcerer's Stone pretty quickly, but I know as the story line progresses my reading will slow to soak in ALL THE THINGS. If you would like to join me, feel free to comment here, email me, tweet me, or message me on Facebook. We aren't really going at a planned pace, so you can still catch up!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Harry Potter Summer Read-A-Thon



My love for Harry Potter is no secret. Before each film came out I made it a point to reread all seven books. Then when the movies were over (SOOOOOB) I reread them every summer. Due to various circumstances (mostly laziness), it's been a few years since I've been able to do it. This summer I'm hoping to change that! I'd love to get a little reading group together and try to have some sort of structured read-along. Like maybe a book a week or something? Seems reasonable. If you're interested in joining contact me via Twitter, Facebook, Email, or by commenting on this post. I'll set up some sort of group (more than likely a Facebook group because it's the easiest, and it'll be private so as not to clog everyone's feed or whatever) and we'll go from there. Excited to reread the series that made me fall in love with the written word with y'all!