random.org picked the number 126 which was an additional entry for entry 35.
Entry 35 is Erin. Well done Erin! I will e-mail you now to arrange to send the books to you.
You can visit Erin on twitter @erinberry12
I don’t think I have ever posted so much in a week before! I’ve made so many Harry Potter posts that I thought a post linking to all the posts would be a good idea. I hope you have enjoyed this week as much as I have and if you have entered my Harry Potter Giveaway you will hear from me tomorrow if you are the lucky winner.
For any readers who aren’t Harry fans, thanks for baring with my fanaticism for a little bit, normal programming will resume tomorrow.
Reviews by others
Harry and Me (My life with Harry)
Last but by no means least
A Book a Week “This book was really worth the wait, and not at all a let-down.”
Alison’s Book Marks “The elements of this story twist and turn and come back around on you”
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review “A fitting end to the journey but a bumpy ride along the way.”
3 Evil Cousins “We wanted his final story to end spectacularly. Alas, it was not to be.” (can I just say despite the fact that I loved Deathly Hallows this review is awesome!)
The Symposium “this is definately not one of my favorite books in the series and not one of Rowling’s better efforts.” (this review is very detailed, and I found it a little difficult to find a summing up quote)
Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget.”
I will get these all done by the end of today!
Speculative Book Review “readers will find the Harry Potter series conventional when comparing it to the more innovative epic fantasy that is geared toward adults.”
Melissa’s Bookshelf “Vividly written, though not necessarily perfectly written, the tales of Harry Potter never seem to disappoint (yes, some are better than others), and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception.”
In the Shadow of Mt. TBR “While Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling was an easy and comfortable read, it often fell flat and fizzled in places.”
Book Brothel “This might be the best book yet in the series – it’s full of action, great characters, suspense, mystery, and a struggle of good against an uncompromising evil force”
In Which Our Hero “Rowling’s storytelling skill becomes more apparent with every volume”
One Librarian’s Book Reviews (Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince) “Rowling is a master of the multiple plot lines”
Word Lily “At this point, I’m a bit disappointed”
Library Queue “really not a lot happens in this book considering it’s the longest book in the series.”
Bookish “I think it’s pretty amazing that Rowling’s fantastical series is the closest thing to reality I’ve seen in a long time.”
Books, time and Silence “Yes, Order of the Phoenix may be dark, but it is gloriously so.”
It is sad that I found it difficult to find much love for this book (or at least from bloggers who I have not already mentioned in these posts). Of course I want to show both sides of the coin but it makes me sad when people don’t like books I love.
Don’t forget to enter my big Harry Potter Giveaway. Entries close tonight 11:59pm GMT. Last chance to win all 7 Harry Potter books.
There are currently 72 entries!
I can’t believe it’s the end of Harry Potter Week already! This was fun. Today is a bit more personal. I want to talk about my relationship with Harry Potter, it really feels like the end of an era, Harry Potter has been more that just a book series for me, it’s been a part of life. Yes maybe it’s time to let go but sometimes things aren’t that easy.
I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when I was about 12. I had never heard about it but my Dad had read about it in The Guardian. I’m always happy to say I read it before all the hype, I even have the version of Philosopher’s Stone with the random wizard on the back (as opposed to Dumbledore who now adorns the back of the first book, due to much fan puzzlement about who the guy on the back of Philosopher’s Stone actually was). I’ve said before here that I almost gave up on Philosopher’s Stone first time around. I found it a little difficult to get in to. if it hadn’t been Christmas I may never have finished it. But I carried on, and by the time Hagrid had turned up I was hooked. Until very recently I skipped the first few chapters when re-reading Philosopher’s Stone however with the consequence that I actually know the first bit of the first book less well than the rest of the series (despite innumerable re-reads).
Oh I remember looking for another book by Rowling (hoping it would be about Harry) for what felt like months and months. I think Chamber of Secrets may have actually been out by then seeing as I am far from having a first edition, but maybe my local Waterstones (or was it Dillons back then?) didn’t have it in stock? It wasn’t the most well known book then (although J.K. was already a double Smarties Award winner) but I for one wanted it. I am sure the anticipation for Chamber of Secrets has actually contributed somewhat to it being one of my favourite Potter books.
Lets skip forward a few years. I happily read Prisoner of Azkaban, managing to get hold of that one fairly early on. Then the hype started Goblet of Fire was released on the 8th July 2000 (wow was it really that long ago?!) and the preceding months it was mentioned on TV (I remember first realising that my favourite books were actually really popular after seeing a report on Newsround), and advertised for pre-order everywhere! I ordered it from a local bookshop, it was a shop I passed everyday so why not? That was a really good idea, they didn’t seem to get the idea of a release date but phoned me as soon as the book came through, a day before it was released. Of course I had to start it straight away, and I was a good 100 pages in before most other people even had the book- it’s one of my favourite stories! I remember coming in to school the next day and people asking me questions about what they had read, thinking I would have the answers seeing as I had read so much more.
This is around about the time I started getting into fandom a little. I wasn’t the most popular of girls at school, a little geeky and awkward, incredibly shy, I never really felt I fit in. Yes I had friends but I still spent lots of time in the library and in the I.T rooms. Reading and Harry Potter was a real escapism for me, it was almost like another friend, and the internet gave that distance and anamosity which meant I didn’t have to be shy, if I embarrassed myself who cares? I could just disappear and nobody would know who I was. Maybe it was a bad way to deal with things but I think it’s part of what makes me who I am today. Yeah I’m still pretty shy but I’m much more comfortable with myself, and I do think the internet helped with that. There is something with the internet community that is very accepting, everyone is there and it’s so easy to find a group where you feel like you.
I started off on the (now closed) Bloomsbury Harry Potter forums, which were the most basic of forums ever, no log in, just write your name in a little box under your comment, no comment threads, just endless comments on random topics. Completely crazy forum, partly for that reason, when it got boring we used to pretend to be other people. After a while it got closed down just because it was a moderating nightmare. For a while I drifted around the internet then I hit upon Mugglenet, complete Mecca of Harry Potter fandom, at that time Mugglenet still had a link to their once official forums the Chamber of Secrets Forum and that’s where I ended up, sometime after the release of Order of the Phoenix. After the Bloomsbury forums the Chamber of Secrets Forum was like a maze, every possible theory, what felt like hundreds of people all talking about Harry Potter. I must admit the actual Harry Potter threads were somewhat daunting and I actually spent almost a whole year barely visiting them but just chatting in the chat threads, I’m still in semi-contact with people from that time even though most of us no longer visit the forums. Gradually I started participating in more and more Harry Potter discussions till it came to a point that for the release of Deathly Hallows I actually went to London to meet with people I had met on Chamber of Secrets Forum.
I still visit the forum occasionally, but now the series has ended it doesn’t hold the same draw for me. But in some way it has led me to this blog. I needed something to replace Chamber of Secrets, it had been a part of my life for so long I couldn’t just let go of the online world all together. I have a Livejournal which is pretty much only followed by Chamber of Secrets friends so I kept updating that, then I joined the Bookclub Forum. My book blog started as a thread on there and after a while I decided to bring it to a larger audience.
I don’t think I will ever completely let go of Harry, he still holds a part in my heart, but he is less of my life now, and I think that’s how it should be. I’ve grown up with Harry, he’s important to me.
Must admit though I am still fairly excited to see Pottermore- although I am doubtful it will offer much new.
Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Books “completely un-put-downable (I read all 700-ish pages in a single day), and the ending totally blew me away.”
2 Kids and Tired Books “I think this is the funnest Harry Potter book.”
Reading Comes From Writing “Once I finished I felt that it was worth it all in the end”
The Avid Reader’s Musings “The fourth book marks a drastic changing point in the series.”
You’ve GOTTA Read This “Terrifying, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, with a few hormones thrown in just to prevent tears”
As before I’m trying not to use the same blogs over and over but post reviews that I liked reading.
Book Addiction “this book is a true comfort read for me… I love going back to the familiar story and rediscovering Sirius Black and his contribution to Harry’s history.”
Jules’ Book Reviews “Most will agree that this is one of the best in the series, and this kicks off the rest of the books.”
Notes from the North “There is a great mixture of excitment, humour, and scariness.”
Pile on the Books “Since this is my favorite of the movies, I found myself many times wondering why things hadn’t happened/weren’t happening in the book.”
Jenny’s Books “Yeah, no. Nope. I can’t think of anything bad to say about Prisoner of Azkaban. Every time I read it, I have one of those reading experiences where everything else falls away.”
Today I’m looking at some of my favourite Harry Potter objects on sales, I’m trying to do for less official merchandise and I hope you like it.
PrettyLittleCharmsUK over on etsy sells a lot of these beautiful charms, some just show words (as the one displayed, which is unfortunately sold) while others have other little charms added, such as the Patronus charm
There are lots of beautiful Golden Snitch necklaces around but I particularly like the below one from oldjunkyardboutique (also on etsy)
On Folksy CutiePies makes a whole series of potion bottle pendants, I especially like the Felix Felicis
I own an awesome Snape lego keyring which glows in the dark but lego doesn’t seem to make it anymore. This is the closest I could find on Amazon
So I completely and utterly failed to get a post up yesterday but (in my defence) I was ill with a migraine and could barely see let alone type!
Tomorrows review list will have to be massive because I should really me getting to bed but I still wanted to give you something for today.
These amazing comics are made by the fantabulous Lucy Knisley (the link is to her livejournal but if you google her name she also has a website, do check both out)
She has done a comic for each book in the Harry Potter series, as well as a giant picture summarising the whole series. Seeing as Harry Potter week is to commend the release of Deathly Hallows though I thought that would be the best to show you. Click to look closer.
Hope you like them
Today I will be looking at reviews of Chamber of Secrets on other blogs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I’m trying to use different blogs every day but do check out some of the previously mentioned blogs, most of them also review Chamber of Secrets.
Reading Through Life “I liked this book, but not as much as I liked Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Or, at least, in different ways.”
Bailey’s and Books “Rowling also knows how to build suspense and adventure that makes me want to keep turning the page”
Book Journey “I find each trip to Hogwarts to be more magical.”
Alita. Reads (watch out for series wide spoilers in this one) “I was amazed by Rowling’s attention to small details that become important later on in the series.”
And you can find my review on the previous post.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter series and was read as part of the Harry Potter read-a-long
Synopsis (from Amazon, adapted by me)
Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be just as eventful as the last …even getting there is an adventure in itself! The three firm friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and Quidditch. But then horrible and mysterious things begin to happen. Harry keeps hearing strange voices, and sinister and dark messages appear on the wall.
How much I love his book, for the longest time it was my favourite Harry Potter book, and now it shares that position with Half-Blood Prince (if you have read both you can probably guess what I liked about these two). I must admit part of what I loved about this book is that I felt I was looking for it for forever after having loved Philosopher’s Stone- I must have missed it immediately though because I don’t have a first, or even second edition. My joy when I found it, finally, though was so strong.
I must admit this is the one book where I really like Ginny, and it’s a book where we first really see her (apart from a small couple of glimpses in Philosopher’s Stone) [highlight for spoiler]as well as a book where Ginny is a very important character. I guess I like the funny little moments when she is in front of Harry she seems so young and innocent [highlight for spoiler] and yes I think that picture of her is important, you would never in a million years suspect Ginny, or at least not until she was going to tell Harry and Ron.
Something I do find about the book though is that it really is very, very dark. I know they say that the books get darker, and maybe in ways they do, certainly there is more of a threat a little later on, but at least that threat is known. I mean nobody knows what is happening in the school, nobody knows who is controlling what is happening, and Harry is hearing voices in the wall. Sometimes an unknown horror is worse than one that you at least know something about, at least with the later books they knew the threat was Voldemort and they knew, at least up to a point what they would get from him. Even when you know what this horror is it still seems so unknown and impossible to control [highlight for spoiler]I mean even Voldemort can’t kill you by simply looking at you! (As they say in Potterwatch (Deathly Hallows:
“So, people, let’s try and calm down a bit. Things are bad enough without inventing stuff as well. For instance, this new idea that You-Know-Who can kill with a single glance from his eyes. That’s a basilisk, listeners. One simple test: Check whether the thing that’s glaring at you has got legs. If it has, it’s safe to look into its eyes, although if it really is You-Know-Who, that’s still likely to be the last thing you ever do.”
And that’s not even mentioning giant spiders, or an angry Snape!
What I really like about this book though is the information we get about Tom Riddle. It’s really interesting to see where he came from, and a bit of what he was like in school. I find it interesting that even early on I liked this aspect, even when I did not know how important it would turn out to be later on
Don’t forget to grab your chance at winning the whole Harry Potter Series in my giveaway
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
It’s day two of Harry Potter Week here at Lucybird’s Book Blog and today I am launching my BIG giveaway.
I will be giving away all the Harry Potter books (yes that’s right books 1-7) to one lucky person. You can choose between either the new Signature Editions or the Adult Editions (sorry my budget won’t stretch to the original children’s editions)
What you need to know
1) This giveaway is international, so long as The Book Depository does free shipping to your country
2) You don’t have to be a follower to take part- although if you’d like to subscribe you are very welcome
3) You can get extra entries if you subscribe by e-mail, RSS feed or through your wordpress dashboard, and if you follow me on Twitter (@lucybirdbooks)- up to 2 extra entries (there is no point subscribing to e-mail, RSS and wordpress as they give you the same)
4) You can get an extra entry by promoting my blog and/or this giveaway. Feel free to steal my banner at the top of the page.
5) Entries for this giveaway will close next Sunday (24th July) at 11:59pm GMT. The winner will be announced and contacted the next day.
How to enter
Simply fill in the form
EDIT: 1) Some people have said they are having trouble finding my twitter the link to my profile is here
2) You must fill in the form to enter, I won’t enter anyone who enters only by comment
Yes that’s right, in commemoration of the release of the final Harry Potter film and the end of an era this week is going to be Harry Potter Week here at Lucybird’s Book Blog.
I’ll be posting a Harry Potter related post everyday this week, starting off with a review of the film later today. Plus keep tuned tomorrow for my Harry Potter Giveaway.
Plus everyday I’m going to be posting links to Harry Potter reviews on other blogs, so if you would like your blog to be featured please link me to your post.