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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Rating: ★★★★★

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I know John Green is often seen as an overrated author – his books are super famous in the world of YA fiction and he’s also got a huge internet-Youtube following. A lot of people like to point out how “over it” they are – how they don’t see what’s so appealing about John Green’s writing and how his books are nothing to write home about. However, I’ve actually always been a fan of John Green – from when I first read Looking for Alaska up until the present day, when he’s just come out with this book, Turtles All the Way Down. Read more “Turtles All the Way Down by John Green”

J.K. Rowling Masterpost

Who doesn’t love J.K. Rowling? That’s right, we all do! From the Harry Potter series to her standalone book, “The Casual Vacancy,” J.K. Rowling does not disappoint. This post is dedicated to her and I will write mini-reviews and rate her books that I’ve read so far.

First, let’s start off with the first Harry Potter book, “The Sorcerer’s Stone”:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book #1)

Rating: ★★★★½

Review:

I give the first book in the Harry Potter series a rating of four and a half stars. I feel like everyone knows the plot of the book so I’ll skip detailing that and just say that I definitely enjoyed reading this book. It’s technically a middle-grade-level book so it’s absolutely an easy read, and it’s fast-paced so it’s quick to get through. This is one of the shorter books in the series so it doesn’t ever feel like it drags on or anything. This is a great start to the series and if you haven’t yet read the series, grab this book and get started, you won’t regret it!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book #2)

Rating: ★★★★

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets gets a solid four stars, in my opinion. It’s not my favorite book in the series but it’s still Harry Potter nonetheless and I don’t feel like I can give any Harry Potter book less than four stars because I did thoroughly enjoy reading each of the books in the series. Overall, it’s a solid continuation of the series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book #3)

Rating: ★★★★½

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The third book in the Harry Potter series gets a four and a half star review from me. Sirius Black is one of my favorite characters, so I really enjoyed reading about him throughout this book. Once again, a solid continuation of the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book #4)

Rating: ★★★★

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I give the fourth book in the Harry Potter series a solid four stars. I think the premise of the competition that takes place in this book is really interesting and I really enjoyed the introduction of the other wizarding schools and the characters from them. I think this is a great middle-of-the-series book.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book #5)

Rating: ★★★★

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Again, I give the fifth book in the Harry Potter series a solid four stars. To be honest, I kind of forgot what happens in this book even though I’ve been pretty good about remembering what’s happened in the other books in the series, which leads me to believe that this book just wasn’t as… memorable in some aspects. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it, it just isn’t my favorite of the whole series.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book #6)

Rating: ★★★★

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Once again, I give this book a solid four stars. I think this book is a fairly good lead-up to the seventh and final book in the series and creates a lot of much-appreciated suspense, but again, it just isn’t my absolute favorite in the series.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book #7)

Rating: ★★★★★

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is my absolute favorite book in the entire series and an overall wonderful end to the series as well. Things finally start to get really interesting as the gang gets closer and closer to defeating Voldemort once and for all, and I also really enjoyed the final chapter that occurs a fair number of years into the future, letting us know how the gang ended up after some time has passed. I think this book was a great end to the series and it really made reading the whole series worthwhile, as the ending is very satisfying. No spoilers though, you’ll have to read it yourself!

Harry Potter Series

The Complete Harry Potter Series

Rating: ★★★★★
Review:

As far as the complete Harry Potter series goes, I just have to give it a full five star rating. The series is enjoyable, keeps you on your toes, is suspenseful and fulfilling, and is just genuinely a great, wholesome read. I’d highly recommend the series if there’s anyone out there who hasn’t read it already, and I’d recommend a re-read of the series to anyone who read it maybe when they were a bit younger and would like to refresh their memory and experience the Harry Potter series once again.

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

Rating: ★★★★★

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The Casual Vacancy is a standalone book also by J.K. Rowling that, in my opinion, is seriously underrated. The book follows several characters in a small town in England, detailing each one’s interesting background and story. Although this book has an average Goodreads rating of only 3.28 out of five stars, I actually really enjoyed reading this novel and gave it a full five stars. I actually wasn’t too interested in reading it when it came out, simply because I saw that it didn’t have the best reviews, but I ended up reading it because it was chosen as a book club read and it turns out, I loved it! I’m so sad that this book hasn’t gotten the hype it deserves, but I highly recommend it. It’s completely different from J.K. Rowling’s other writing (middle-grade Harry Potter series), but I think that’s part of what makes it so great.

 

Okay, that’s the end of my J.K. Rowling Masterpost! I hope you enjoyed reading my mini-reviews for each of her books that I’ve read and if you haven’t read either the Harry Potter series or The Casual Vacancy, I hope I maybe inspired you to give them a try!

Have you read J.K. Rowling’s books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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Wow, what can I say. I just finished this book today and all I can say is that it’s a masterpiece, it’s beautiful, it’s everything I could have asked for in a book.

The story begins with a boy, Theo, who loses his mom in a terrible accident and then follows Theo as he grows up and is forced to deal with loss, in different ways, time and time again.

First of all, Theo is the perfect kind of character that makes the reader want to follow his story – he’s likeable, but not too likeable; he’s normal but not too normal.

Although this is a pretty big book – almost 1,000 pages in the mass market paperback edition – I didn’t find it to be slow or hard to get through at all. In fact, I read this much faster than I usually read books – I’m a painfully slow reader, sadly.

Even though I just read it, this is the type of book that you want to read again and again just to squeeze out everything you can possibly get out of it.

Of course, I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s not one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, books of all-time.

Have you read this book? Did you like it? What did you think? Let me know!

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Rating: ★★★★★

Review:

This clever book is a kind of a memoir slash graphic novel slash comic book that’s essentially a coming-of-age story about a girl growing up in Iran.

I really enjoyed this book and found it really interesting and thought-provoking. Although it sort of appears to be a light-hearted read, it gets into some serious stuff at times and really gives you some perspective.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to both young adult readers and adults alike.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Rating: ★★★★

Review:

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry that’s best described as “Tumblr poetry.” You either know what I’m talking about or you don’t, but that’s that.

I read this collection all in one sitting and found it very simple and easy to get through. It’s nothing particularly special, which is why it got four, not five, stars, but it was a decent collection of poetry.

Overall, I’d recommend it if you’re just beginning to get into poetry and want a nice, easy, quick read.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!

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