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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

My favorite teacher finally arrives! All of the old friends of Harry's dad come around. It's like Harry's family presenting themselves to him.

First Sentences:

"Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of the year."

Last Sentences:

"He's a convicted murder, but he's broken out of wizard prison and he's on the run. He likes to keep in touch with me, though... keep up with my news... check if I'm happy...." And grinning broadly at the look of horror on Uncle Vernon's face, Harry set off toward the station exit, Hedwig rattling along in front of him, for what looked like a much better summer than the last.

Favorite Quotes:

He raised his hand automatically and tried to make his hair lie flat.
"You are fighting a losing battle there dear," said his mirror in a wheezy voice.

"I'm not going to be murdered," Harry said aloud.
"That's the s…

Harry Potter Questionnaire Part 1: Hogwarts/Places

I found some questions on tumblr and I thought I would answer here for fun. It'll be in 4 parts over the time I'm reading the last Harry Potter books. You can see what the other questions are about on the tumblr link to the person who originated the questions -Millie @
Hogwarts/Places: 1. Hogwarts: Where’s your favorite place in the world? A: My favorite place in the world is at the beach soaking in the sun and swimming in the salty ocean. It's possibly the only place where I feel completely relaxed.  2. Sorting Hat: What Hogwarts House would you place yourself in? A: I've looked at the traits for all of them and I'm still not so sure after all these years. I'd probably see myself in Hufflepuff because I'm not manipulative (Slytherin) or extremely brave (Gryffindor). Although I love books and believe I am very smart I'm probably not as academically smart or clever as the kids at Ravenclaw. Hufflepuff is considered the place where eve…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

I was wondering this morning why I was dreaming about spiders and then I realized it was because I just finished reading Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I've been slower than expected reading all the books but I haven't been feeling so hot. At least I've had Harry Potter to comfort me when I was feeling up to reading his adventures.

First Sentences:

"Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. Mr. Vernon Dursley had been woken in the early hours of the morning by a loud, hooting noise from his nephew Harry's room."

Last Sentences:

"Proud?" said Harry. "Are you crazy?" All those times I could've died, and I didn't manage it? They'll be furious..." And together the walked back through the gateway to the Muggle world.

Favorite Quotes:

"Famous Harry Potter," said Malfoy. "Can't even go into a bookshop without making the front page."

I love this line …

Top Ten Favorite TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This was a really hard list to come up with. I watch a LOT of shows. I'll watch anything. I even watched golf one time... that was a lazy day. I tried to get the list as accurate as possible. I would love to know if you've watched any of these shows and what are some of your favorite tv shows too.
10. Parks and Recreation
I used to watch Parks and Recreation all the time but with the last couple of seasons I stopped for some reason. I got into it again a while back and I'm re-watching all the seasons now. Mainly I did this because I always loved Andy and April's romance and personalities. I forgot how much I loved Ron Swanson's attitude on life and Leslie's crazy work ethic. I love how Leslie and Anne always say nice things to each other. As friendships go they have one of the most inspiring especially since girls tend to judge each other more than lifting them up.
9. Bates Mot…

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

As you may know I'm going on a reading binge with the Harry Potter series. I just finished the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and I wanted to highlight some favorite moments, quotes, and relationships that I loved in the beginning of this amazing series.

First Sentences:

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number 4, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they didn't hold with such nonsense."

Last Sentences:

"They don't know we're not allowed to use magic at home. I'm going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer..."

Favorite Quotes:

"He hurried to his car and set off for home, hoping he was imagining things, which he had never hoped before, because he didn't approve of imagination." - Mr. Dursley

I think this perfectly describes the horribleness that are the Dursley family. N…

Harry Potter Reading Binge Here I Come!

I have had the most wonderful craving to reread the Harry Potter series. I've only read the books once oddly. I grew up with the movies and my brother grew up with the books. I never really wanted to read the books for some reason even though I loved the movies so much. I don't know why I refused for so long but right before the sixth movie came out I decided to go on a reading marathon and read all the books as fast as I could so I would know how it ends. I believe I took a week or less. As I was on this week long journey I could not stop reading. It led to many sleepless nights... I resorted to tricking my parents to thinking I was asleep then getting up and putting on a dim light so I can continue reading for just one more chapter. I knew what happened in the books based off the movies but the story was on a whole different scale of captivating. Also, there are some events the movies don't get to so it was always fun exploring new to me moments in the books.
So after wha…

2014 Summer Reading Program Update #5

Books read from 6/28/14 - 7/5/14:

Book #1 Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis Pages: 298 Thoughts: Sooo good! I'm getting really lucky lately. Kat is spunky, strong, and an amazing heroine. I'm ordering her next books from the library right away!
Book #2 Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis Pages: 331 Thoughts: I continue to love Kat. I feel her frustration in this book. I really want her to learn to harness her powers already. Nice to have her brother and father put into the mix.
Book #3 Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis Pages: 383 Thoughts: YES! Provided me with more sisterly bonding with Kat still being the center of attention. So happy where Kat's story ended. I can't wait to read the novella about her all grown up in August.
Overall: I've read seventeen books out of forty toward my goal. All I read was the Kat, Incorrigible series but it was amazing so I have no regrets. I read them all one after the other, probably only a day between them. I've been reading Legend this…

Renegade Magic by Stephanie Burgis

Kat, Incorrigible #2. Atheneum Books (April 2012) Library
Is nineteenth-century England ready for the magic and mischief of Kat Stephenson?Kat Stephenson may have inherited her mother's magical talents, but not everyone in the Order of Guardians is ready to accept her. When she is tricked into losing her temper in front of the most powerful Guardian in England, she finds herself expelled without a single magic lesson.After a devastating accusation shatters her sister Angeline's romance, their stepmama whisks the family away to the fashionable city of Bath and orders Angeline to find a new fiance. But as Angeline plays a dangerous game with a scandalous rake, their brother Charles, tumbles headlong into danger... and Bath's wild magic gets ready to explode. With more than one life at stake, will Kat's untrained magic be enough to reunite Angeline with her true love, conquer the danger at Bath, and prove she truly has what it takes to be a Guardian?   

Burgis does it again…

The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski

Standalone. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (Jan. 2014) Netgalley WANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade.                                                               Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt.                                                     Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation.   But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel ha…

June 2014 Wrap Up

June has been a great month. I've read so many fantastic books, books that I am considering buying in the future to keep on my bookshelf. I've been on such a roll just like I wanted and needed out of this Summer vacation. I have the whole month of July to do nothing but read and that is why I will always be eternally grateful for Summer. 
This June I read 10 books.
Books I've read:

I loved Poison Study, Life is But a Dream, Kneebone Boy, and Kat, Incorrigible. Kat, Incorrigible wins as my favorite this month since I get to indulge in her madness further in her other two books and since she might be one of my favorite characters of all time.
July Plans: