Monday, September 26, 2016

Not One for Competition: My Least Favorite Harry Potter Book

Cursed Child was somewhat of a disappointment. Let's just get that out of the way. I know you haven't gotten my full opinion on it yet (the video has yet to be edited), but it was. The only reason I don't call it a massive disappointment is that I went into it with plenty of caution. I was prepared for the let down.

However, since I'm still not quite ready to accept Cursed Child as Harry Potter canon, I'm not calling it my least favorite Harry Potter book. No, that award goes to a book that, despite any faults, is actually well written and that, funnily enough, ties into the play quite well: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

I remember reaching the fourth book (the last one out then) as a kid and stalling in my reading progress because I was bored by the first chapter. Now, it's possible that the book's length caused me to pause at that age, but considering my feelings on the book even now, I think there's more to it than that.

Quidditch is great. I do love Quidditch to a certain extent, but I was never thrilled to be reading about a Quidditch World Cup. Then there was the Triwizard Tournament. I guess I'm just not someone who's that interested in reading or watching about competition when it's any sort of physical task. It didn't feel like what I wanted in a Harry Potter book either, and I think that is a large part (if not the only reason) that Goblet of Fire is my least favorite book.

It's not that Goblet of Fire is a bad book. We're not talking about something on par with Cursed Child here. It just contains a lot of storylines that aren't my cup of tea.

(Of course, now that I'm writing this, Hunger Games came to mind, which is about a competition and which is a book I love. I think the difference is that the competition in The Hunger Games is inextricably tied to the story. You can't have the story without the competition. I believe the fourth Harry Potter book could have been written without the Triwizard Tournament. Because the tournament was there, it became tied up in the plot, but it wasn't necessary if J.K. Rowling had taken it out and written the story a different way. I think that's a fundamental difference.)

I know I'm not alone in seeing the fourth book as my least favorite, but I'm not quite sure if one book leans towards being the most disliked. So, I'm curious, which Harry Potter book is your least favorite?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Life Post: Allergies and Such

The past week has been difficult largely because my allergies have been acting up quite a bit. It's left me feeling rather terrible for most of the week, between being congested and constant sinus headaches.

Other than that, however, I'd say my week went pretty well. In my last life post, I mentioned how the fact that I'd completed my student teaching midterm had made me think about what little time I had left, while I'm feeling that even more now. It's made especially apparent by the approach of fall break and the time when I'll be teaching an entire unit that I planned (which is kind of like the grand finale of my student teaching).

I'm both excited and nervous for all of that as well as actually graduating, so I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about those things all the time. When I'm not either teaching or laying down and hoping my headache goes away that is.

This week it's supposed to be cooler, and I'm hoping the change in weather will at least mean that my sinus headaches go away. I'm not sure how much more of that I can take.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Books from the Harry Potter Universe I Want to Read

Friday, September 23, 2016

Spotlight: The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

Hi, guys! I have a post for you today about The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy. This post is part of a blog tour put together by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours. Make sure you stick around until the end of the post to participate in the giveaway!

The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing

Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?

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Brenda Joyce Leahy has travelled to France five times but finds there’s always more explorations awaiting her. She loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story.

She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practising law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): her profile there is The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website at Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society:, and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary.

The Art of Rebellion is her first Young Adult novel, published by Rebelight Publishing, spring 2016.

Giveaway Information: Contest ends September 30, 2016

Two (2) winners will received a physical copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (US/Canada)
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy (INT)

As I can't get the embed code for the giveaway to work here, you can enter here.
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