Blast from the Past–Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

2Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
7/7/2007-7/14/2007–870 pages–fiction (fantasy, wizards, witchcraft)
Bought June 14, 2007

It is definitely a good thing I decided to reread this before reading the final installment because I definitely needed refreshing in this year. Many things happen in this book.

  • Voldemort is back and Harry’s called crazy
  • Umbridge wants to brainwash the students at Hogwarts
  • Fudge feels Dumbledore is raising an army
  • HR&H form the Dumbledore’s Army for those really wanting to use the Defense Against the Dark Arts
  • Ron makes Keeper, Fred & George leave school, Ginny is Seeker when Harry’s banned from Quidditch, Percy has “disowned” his family
  • Harry sees Snape’s memory of James torturing him and feels ashamed
  • Sirius dies in Department of Mysteries
  • Harry hears his prophecy and learns Neville could’ve been the one attacked by V in first place
  • All the wizarding community is told V or Harry must die at the other’s hands

Blast from the Past–Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

19302Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
6/28/2007–148 pages–children’s fiction
Borrowed from public library

This has to be one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. I love the movie I have, and, while some of Pippi’s adventures are only present in one or the other, the spirit and style of Pippi Longstocking is one that will enchant many children for years to come.

Definitely didn’t know before that this was originally a Swedish child’s book or that it was written 57 years ago. Learn something new every day.


Time Spent Reading: 31 minutes (670)
Current Book: I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert
Pages Read: 36 pages (366)

I’m tapping out. I don’t even know how I only read for just over 11 hours when I actually started an hour early and the readathon is well over 14 hours now. All I know is that I’m literally falling asleep right now, and I’ve got shit to do tomorrow for which I need to function. So I missed my 12 hour goal by 50 minutes. But I’m going to sleep now. Mmm’kay, g’night…


Time Spent Reading: 176 minutes   (639 minutes/10:39 hours)
Current Book: just finished The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Pages Read: 100 pages (330)

I’m going to write a review tomorrow, but will update these posts to contain links to the review. In short, I liked it, but I liked it least off all Brooks’ works I’ve read so far (though I think the fact that I “pressured” myself into reading it in one sitting/day might’ve made me less inclined towards it).


Time Spent Reading: 21 minutes (463)
Current Book: I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert
Pages Read: 30 pages (230)


I decided to read a bit of this before getting back to my more serious book. It’s hilarious and I’m only a few chapters in 😅

Dewey’s Hour 7 Mini-Challenge: My #readblock

There are plenty of reasons why people don’t read as often as they like. I fear, my reasons are no different than many others’. I read plenty these days–though Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and But Not the Hippopotamus aren’t exactly on my reading list. Don’t get me wrong, I love that Madi has finally, at 20 months old, started to love reading books.

The toddler isn’t my only excuse, obviously. I mean, she’s barely awake 8 hours a day (she’s a sleeper!), so I’ve got the time. But then I get wrapped up in the housework or wanting to spend time with Nick in the evenings or journaling or cross-stitching or budgeting or going for a run or [insert any other possible excuse here]. I guess reading had simply just dropped lower and lower on my priority list in the past couple years. I could make time for it, I just don’t. And there’s no one to blame but myself. Not that I blame myself, until I get charged the overdue fines at the library because I haven’t even started a book I’ve had checked out for more than a month 😲

Truth be told, I’ve been a bit better the past few months. I’m going to a bookclub at the library every month, so I read three books for that this year alone–much better than in years past.


Time Spent Reading: 172 minutes (422)
Current Book: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Pages Read: 100 pages (200)

I’m taking a little breather now. I’ve only got 2/3 of my book read in just over 7 hours. I know I’m a slow reader, so this is no surprise. But it’s a little disheartening, if I’m being honest. I almost dosed off a couple times within the last hour, so I’m hoping a snack and some blogging (or just any change of pace) will shake me out of it. I’m going to write a post now addressing one of the Mini-Challenges for the readathon 😊