My 2016 Year in Books

It’s not *quite* the end of the year yet, but think it’s the right time to review my 2016 year in books!

I started this year with the aim of really, truly, enjoying each book that I read. You can never have a perfect year, but I like to think that I came pretty close to achieving this aim =) most importantly my attitude toward reading moved from the emotional crutch that colored much of 2015, to something much more fun and indulgent.

2016 seems to have been a year of fantasy reading for me, a genre that I once gave up. I haven’t really tackled the tougher issues in my reading this year, but life has thrown plenty of the big stuff my way, so having a literary playground to escape to has been a welcome relief.

Highlight of this year:  My 4-and-a-half read throughs of the Harry Potter series, Ms. Rowling I salute you! This epic repeated marathon got me through the worst parts, & I am forever grateful that this series exists.

My ‘2016 favorites’ shelf has some excellent books on it that I know I will return to again and again.  From ‘A Discovery of Witches’, which felt like it had been written just for me (isn’t it lovely when that happens?); to ‘Slade House’ my first success with reading David Mitchell.

From a social POV I made a lot more friends on Goodreads, especially since joining the ‘Catching Up on Classics’ group, & it’s been so lovely talking about books with you all!  I still haven’t quite got the hang of book club reading, but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually =)

Some books deserve to be read slowly, & make up part of each year despite not quite making it on to the virtual shelves.  ‘Palimpsest’ by Catherynne M. Valente, continues to colour my days with its strange beauty, whilst ‘Moby Dick’, which my partner & I read to one another on the rare days we are together, is a reading experience that I doubt will ever be surpassed, maybe we’ll finish it by 2019, but I wouldn’t complain if we were still reading it in 10 years time.

And finally, in contrast, I think my least favorite book of the year is obvious….’The Cursed Child’, (is it even a book?  I’d say no…but it won the Goodreads fantasy book of the year award…so I guess we’ll let that debate slide).  I’m quite thankful that it had some redeeming points &, unlike my least favorite book of 2015, a book that mentally scarred me to the point where I can’t even name it….The Cursed Child was merely a story that I didn’t enjoy that much, and seems to have brought happiness to a lot of people….even the literary negatives are positive this year =)

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas & looking forward to a lovely, bookish 2017! =)

My 2016 Year in Books can be found here:  https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/3033800?utm_source=twitter

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This latest instalment in the Harry Potter franchise lacks the spark & intelligence of the original books. There are certainly moments where Rowling’s influence can be felt, and these were very welcome, but the script largely reads as if it were written by another, far clunkier, hand. This isn’t surprising given the format change and the writing team but I had hoped that this would be an opportunity to showcase some of the original magic (if you’ll pardon the pun) in a new way & unfortunately I felt ‘The Cursed Child’ fell short on this front.

Scorpius Malfoy is a wonderful character & I’m not sure this story gave us enough chance to explore him fully. I’d certainly welcome more writing on him in future.

I’m looking forward to ‘Fantastic Beasts’, the clips released so far look very promising, & I can’t imagine anything will stop my (near constant) rereading of the original Harry Potter series but, alas, ‘The Cursed Child’ will probably not be getting a second read through from me.

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