Monday, April 25, 2011

Just a tidbit

Ok...so I have to admit, I'm jonesing for the next HP! My source is out of town until Wednesday and I can't wait for her to get back so I can start up book five.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

HP4-4

Ok, so I think it is obvious at this point that I'll be "cheating" on all of the HP books. But I dont feel it is really worth mentioning anymore after this. Now to the review...

I have to say I liked this book much better than the others in the series thus far. And I feel that way because there's so much information given in this book in comparison to the previous books. Book 3 really started giving information but book 4 started pulling the pieces together and made the overall story begin to feel like a series.

Having only watched the movies before, I can't remember if I'm just missing pieces of the movies or what but this book really starts to tell you who's on which side and I feel like that was missing from the movies. I only remember speculating before without really knowing for sure one way or the other with the movies. But, I could be remembering incorrectly.

Also, because I love a love story, I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about the development of the character's attention toward members of the opposite sex. Yet because the characters are still so young, it seems very appropriate the way JK Rowling slowly develops their interests in this area. The behavior and feelings towards others of the opposite sex feels very real for the characters ages.

Another major thing for me was that this is the first book of the series that brought about that excited I'm-trying-to-figure-this-book-out-but-can't-tell-what's-going-to-happen feeling. That's key for me when reading a book. If I can figure out what's going to happen too easily in either events or character development, I really count that against the book/author. While trying to predict the unpredictable, I just can't figure out what's more predictable for a certain character. Once I enter this mode, the I-can't-wait-to-find-out-what's-going-to-happen mode, it completely changes the way I respond to the book, and I tend to pick up the pace and intensity trying to hurry up to find out what's going on. This is a good thing.

I'm looking forward to continuing the series and fishing out more secrets and piecing together more information. From what I'm told, JK Rowling really pulls everything together making everything make sense and no piece of information is useless. I just love when an author is capable of this type of plan for a series. I'll keep you posted as I continue through the remaining books.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...4 stars.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

HP3-4

Guess I'm going to cheat on all the HP books. :) It's just too easy to listen to them at work since I have the audiobooks available to me. This was the most interesting of the HP books thus far for sure. I blew right threw HP3 in no time. Sorry I don't have more to say about it...Gave it 4 stars.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

How the Might Fall - 4 Stars

Another excellent business book by Jim Collins. Like Good to Great, I think there are some principles that apply to so much more than business. And in the same way, like Good to Great, I can't rate this as 5 stars because it's not my genre.

This book was really timely for a lot of things I'm going through with my own job. I'd highly suggest it for anyone interested in the workings of an organization. Plus I highly suggest it for anyone who is in a supervisor or managment position. The best we can hope to do is to continually better ourselves. This book is a major tool for managers and those in power. Use it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

HP2

So I cheated on this one too. But today I finished listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling. This one was better to me than the first one and I'm looking forward to moving to book 3 soon.

Sometimes listening to an audiobook really gets me through the day. There's been too much drama going on lately and it's nice to be able to focus my attention elsewhere. So even though this one is still just * * *, it's also gotten me through a tough past two days at work.

Thanks Harry Potter, a valuable diversion you have been.