Posts Tagged ‘J.K. Rowling’

Please join me and other book reading bloggers at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.  Do you like to read and blog about it?  You can link up your reviews there, too.  All you have to do is type the first few lines of the book and then your thoughts about.  It’s as easy as that!

Today I am bringing you the first lines of a very special book…”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, which is the seventh and last book of this very, very popular series by J.K. Rowling.  Let me tell you, if I thought the tone of the series had changed with the 6th book, it was nothing compared to this one!  Ms. Rowling’s writing is out of this world and I have so enjoyed the maturing of the characters.  I am not sure if I could ever pick a favorite from this series, but I think this one would be very close to the top of the list!

"The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane.  For a second they stood quite still, wands directed at each other’s chests; then, recognizing each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and started walking briskly in the same direction."

Doesn’t these words make you wonder…who are the men?  Are they friend or foe?  Are they good or bad?  Don’t worry because it doesn’t take long for you to figure them out or does it?  I loved the twists and turns of this book and I might have to go back and read it again for good measure!  You know it is a good book when you can read about 800 pages in just two or three days! 

Now I want to watch the movies again because it makes so much more sense now!

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It is Friday so it’s time for another edition of Book Beginnings over at Rose City Reader.  Today I am bringing you the first few lines of “Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling.  This book is the sixth book out of a series of seven, and I have to tell you that I am a little sad to be this close to the end but I CAN’T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!!  The tone is so different from the others that sometimes it is hard to take it all in.  In the first five books, Harry was battling the evil “You-Know-Who”, but there was an equal amount of Hogwarts competition going on as well.  This book is where the fat hits the fire so to speak, and you can just feel the battle coming.

"It was nearing midnight and the Prime Minister was sitting alone in his office, reading a long memo that was slipping through his brain without leaving the slightest trace of meaning behind.  He was waiting for a call from the President of a far distant country, and between wondering when the wretched man would telephone, and trying to suppress unpleasant memories of what had been a very long, tiring, and difficult week, there was not much space in his head for anything else."

This man is the Prime Minister of England for the non-magical population so when he gets a visit in the next few paragraphs from the leader of the magical populace, he is in for a very big surprise!  I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Please join me and other bloggers over at Rose City Reader for today’s Book Beginnings.  Want to join up, too?  It’s so easy…just grab the book you are reading, or have read or want to read, and type the first couple of lines in said book.  Then give us your opinion. That’s all there is too it!

My book beginnings for today is from “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling:

"The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive."

This sentence really doesn’t give us a strong idea of what is going to happen in just a few short pages, but it does kind of give you a feeling that the “drowsy silence” may not last too much longer.  This is a great book and series!!

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Book Beginnings has a new host, Rose City Reader, and I am so glad she decided to continue this link party!  Don’t forget about A Few More Pages.  Just because she isn’t able to host anymore, doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve some reader love.  Other bloggers link up the books they are reading and their feelings toward them.  It is always interesting reading.

Today, I am bringing you the first few lines of the fourth Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.  I have really enjoyed the first three and this one is just as good.  Ms. Rowling’s imagination and creativity are amazing and I wish I had just a drop of  her writing ability!

“The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it "the Riddle House," even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.  It stood on a hill overlooking the village, some of its windows boarded, tiles missing from the roof, and ivy spreading unchecked over its face.”

Doesn’t this sound like a sad place to be?  It turns out to be a dangerous place to be for one poor man and a temporary safe haven for another very bad man.  This book, along with the others in the series that I have read, are awesome.  I can easily understand how these books exploded onto the scene and I am glad I decided to give them a try.

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Join me and other book-obsessed bloggers today at Book Beginnings hosted by A Few More Pages.  Here is the premise:  grab the book you are reading (or have read or want to read) and write down the first few lines.  Then describe how those lines make you feel…do you immediately want to read more or do they make you stop and think?

I am in the middle of reading the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling for the first time and even though they are "young adult" fiction, I have really enjoyed them so far.  These lines are from the third book "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban":

"Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.  For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of year.  For another, he really wanted to do his homework but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night.  And he also happened to be a wizard."

Ms. Rowling knows how to start a book.  Each one of the three that I have read so far grab the reader from the very beginning and it doesn’t let go until the end.  I think these lines make you wonder what kind of boy doesn’t like summer vacation and actually wants to do homework, certainly not a “normal” boy.

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