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.

Blast from the Past–The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi

101384The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi
6/27/2007–229 pages–fiction (India, culture clash)
Borrowed from public library

Priya Rao is an Indian woman visiting home for the first time in seven years from the US. She’s engaged, but not to a “nice Indian boy” like her family would have liked. In visiting home, Priya goes against her culture, full of duty and tradition, and helps lead two of her aunts along with her. Priya must break the news of her American fiance, but is torn between him and her family, who would shun her for her actions. In the end, she chooses to do what makes her feel happiest.

I can’t help but wonder if arranged marriages are really so widely used. (This book is only four years old.) If I remember correctly, Mahesh’s parents had an arranged marriage in India. I would like to say I would never want to live in the culture Priya’s trying to escape, but if it was all I knew, maybe I wouldn’t mind (because I wouldn’t know any better). Definitely a nice look at the culture clash between America and India. Might speak to Mahesh a bit about this book.

Blast from the Past–Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

6Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
6/22/2007-6/26/2007–734 pages–fiction (fantasy, wizards, witchcraft)
Bought June 22, 2007

Okay, well this is the climatic book of the series because Voldemort finally returns for goo. I really like this book much more than the movie. And I like how Rowling puts in the row between Ron and Harry. I mean, a friendship of one amazingly famous and rich and one overlooked and poor person will definitely have this row in real life, and so Rowling makes the story more “real.” No one likes to be the side-kick all the time, and Ron’s character behaved as any person.

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” ~Sirius (p525)

“Curiosity is not a sin. But we should exercise caution with our curiosity.” ~Dumbledore (p598)

**Halloween=Goblet of Fire releases each school’s champion and Harry

Blast from the Past–Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

2282Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
6/21/2007-6/22/2007–105 pages–fiction (NYC, relationships, lifestyles)
Purchased from Waldenbooks

This is a story of a young woman named Holly Golightly living in New York City. It focuses on her life from the view of her upstairs neighbor (who is never given an actual name). Her last name really describes her character, because Holly has no care in the world. She really  lives in the moment and truly believes the only way one can be happy is by being true to yourself.

I really love this movie, with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. While different in some things, most of the dialogue is straight from the book. And, reading this, I know Audrey was meant for the part.

“That is what Mildred Grossman had in common with Holly Golightly. They would never change because they’d been given their character too soon; which, like sudden riches, leads to a lack of proportion: the one had splurged herself into a top-heavy realist, the other a lopsided romantic.” (Fred p55)

“Everybody has to feel superior to somebody. But it’s customary to present a little proof before you take the privilege.” (Holly p59)


Blast from the Past–Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

5Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
6/18/2007-6/21/2007–435 pages–fiction (fantasy, wizards, witchcraft)
Purchased sometime in 2002

Definitely still my favorite Harry Potter. It’s the only book in the whole series that Harry doesn’t fave Voldemort in. And I love learning about Harry’s father and all that went down before he was born. And he gets his godfather! How happy this book makes Harry 🙂

*Halloween=Sirius tries to get in Gryffindor common room and slashes Fat Lady portrait
Percy vs. Tom Riddle–> both head boys; both from poorer families (although Percy is pureblood); both want their names to be known

Blast from the Past–Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

15881Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
6/16/2007-6/17/2007–341 pages–fiction (fantasy, wizards, witchcraft)
Purchased sometime in 2002

Well, Harry Potter books can still make me want to read them straight through, even this one, which is my least favorite. Started this last night a 8pm and read pretty continuously till 11:30pm. Woke up this morning around 9am and have been reading it on and off again until now, about 3:30pm. So about 7-8 hours…not bad. Very excited to read PoA next because it’s my favorite, even if I can’t remember much other than what’s in the movie.

A couple questions:

  1. Was Dobby ordered to keep Harry from school as to not mess up Malfoy’s plan of ridding the school of Muggle-borns? Or did Dobby uncover the scheme and sincerely want to keep Harry safe?
  2. Harry can hear Riddle ordering the basilisk and understand what he’s saying? Should all the rest of the people hear the hissing from the snake language?

Halloween=Nearly Headless Nick’s 500th deathday party; Mrs. Norris 1st petrified in school

Blast from the Past–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

3Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
6/13/2007-6/16/2007–309 pages–fiction (fantasy, wizards, witchcraft)
Purchased sometime in 2002
link to my review of the same in 2011

Well, the book is just as good as I remember it. As you can see, I took some notes* on the differences from the movie so I can remember it is not the same. I heard from someone Halloween might be an important date, so I took note of that. I was wondering if maybe the green flash of light Harry keeps remember has anything to do with his and Lily’s green eyes.

So what about the names Lily and Petunia. Lily means perfection, so what does Petunia mean? Evil, bitterness, what? {2016 EDIT: Petunia means resentment, anger.}

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~Dumbledore (p214)

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” ~Dumbledore (p298)


*Halloween=night V killed Lily & James; night troll let in by Quirrell
July 31=Harry’s bday (9 months before is Halloween)

Blast from the Past–Gigi by Colette

430658Gigi by Colette
6/12/2007–47 pages–short story
Borrowed from WCDPL

A very funny tale about a young teenage girl in Paris. She lives with her single mother, who has really given her up to her Grandmamma who also lives with them. Gigi is a scatter-brained girl who has matured just enough to attract the admiration of an old family friend, Gaston. But Gaston is a bit of a ladies’ man who get a lot of attention by society. Gigi is torn between her own fondness of Gaston or the unwanted attention she will amass by being with him (I forgot to mention he’s an heir of large assets). In the end she chooses to be miserable with him rather than miserable without him.

I liked Gigi’s character, and her foolishness mixed with a hidden desire to be mature and grow up to the lady Grandmamma and Aunt Alicia wish her to be.

Blast from the Past–Persepolis 2–The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi

9517Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
6/10/2007-6/11/2007–187 pages–non-fiction (memoir, graphic novel, Austria, Iran, Iran-Iraq War)
Borrowed from WCDPL

While it’s no fault of her’s, Satrapi’s life in Europe and after the Iran-Iraq War didn’t interest me as much as during her life while living through the war. Her style and drawings are still just as captivating as before, but the content was different. Maybe the first book was just new to me, and this book just represented a pretty normal girl.

I’m surprised how lightly marriage and divorce were taken. A bit of a culture shock through reading 🙂