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The Bad Beginning

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Listening to this book as an adult is different from reading it as a child. I already know how the plot progresses so each time they are stumped for answers, I know how to answer it. I wanted to scream out the answer so the Baudelaires could hear me but alas, they couldn’t because they are fictional characters.

However, now I have a lot of questions especially about the Baudelaire parents. Were those parents really as kind as the children are remembering? How is it that the entire fortune is locked up until Violet comes of age with no provision for the care of the children? Are the children supposed to starve to death while they wait for Violet to come of age? I know they didn’t expect to die before their children grew up but they had a will so that means that they planned for such a situation.

I know that in this book, the Baudelaire children are probably still in shock but I’ve read the rest of the series. If I were in their position, I would be very angry with my parents. How dare they die and leave me to fall into a series of unfortunate events? However, the Baudelaire children seem to be better than that. I think that’s why I’ve never really re-read the series even though I went to the effort of collecting all the books.

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The Chrestomanci Series: Entire Collection

The Chrestomanci Series: Entire Collection (Chrestomanci, #1-7)The Chrestomanci Series: Entire Collection by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this series in chronological order the first time around so it was interesting to read it in publication order. I actually found it better this way. The plot progression was easier to understand. Perhaps, I should try to read more series in publication order rather than insisting on chronological order? Especially when a series spans decades like this one did. You could see the background getting more and more modern as the series progresses. That was actually something that threw me off reading it in chronological order the first time around.

Charmed Life 1 Feb
The Magicians of Caprona 6-8 Feb
Witch Week 10-12 Feb
The Lives of Christopher Chant 12 Feb
Conrad’s Fate 12 Feb
The Pinhoe Egg 13 Feb

As you can see, the more recent books were easier for me to read. I finished them quickly rather than taking days to read them.

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The Chalice Project

The Chalice Project (Island Fiction)The Chalice Project by Lisa Allen-Agostini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like that the book is based in my home country- Trinidad and Tobago. I like the fantasy elements. However, this book is definitely a children’s book. The plot is simple and straightforward. Also, foreigners will be able to understand even with the use of dialect for one or two of the characters.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have finally re-read Harry Potter for the first time since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out. When HP mania was at its height I sort of lost interest in these books. It just felt too crowded to enjoy. Now though it’s 20 years old and I am already a quarter century old. It is definitely a children’s book and it feels like that. Also, the perspective of the narrative is strictly in a young boy’s mind and I feel further removed from that because I am, of course a woman. I found myself applauding Hermione whenever she made sensible points about the actions Harry was about to take. Unusually for a series though, I have no burning desire to continue with the next one. I am only re-reading this series so I can take part in the discussions on Twitter as part of the new Pottermore book club.

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