Thursday, July 26, 2007

M&N's Summer 7 Challenge: Completed

I'd been planning for awhile to reread the entire Harry Potter series leading up to the release of the last book. So when Nessie said I could read the 7 Harry Potter books for her Summer 7 Challenge, I knew this was one challenge I would definitely finish! I still feel I got off easy while others are reading Proust but it sure feels nice to successfully finish a challenge and ahead of time at that!

Click on the titles to read my reviews:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I'm really glad I did go back and start again from the beginning. I'd never reread any of them before and I'd forgotten so many details, so it was very fun to lose myself in Harry's world over the last few weeks. I enjoyed watching Harry, Ron and Hermione grow up while the books themselves got progressively darker. Of the series, I'd have to say that Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite while I think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may now be my favourite. The last one seems to be haunting me. It's still sitting here and for some reason I can't seem to bring myself to put it away yet. I like how Nymeth said it: "Leaving the world of Harry Potter has been hard indeed". Things are looking up though as I did manage to start a mystery today for the Summer Mystery Reading Challenge. Indeed, there's always another challenge and another book waiting to be read!


  1. Hey love! Its great to hear that you are done. My summer has been over hectic - my brother has just been hospitalized (he is 16), I am organizing a fair in Shnaghai, and running the cafe. All with a M. Proust book under my arm. But that has meant no time for posting much ... bad bad me.

    Congrats! There is one other person who has completed so far. M is a little ahead of me but not by much.

    Hope you are having a great great summer.

  2. Congratulations! I had wanted to reread all the Harry Potter books but I was in over my head with other challenges. Someday I'll reread them all though.

  3. OK, so which book did you start for the mystery challenge? Because I love mystery books!

    Oh and, ahem, go take a look at my blog. You may have a laugh or two while you are there today. LOL.

  4. Nessie,
    Sorry to hear about your brother. You certainly sound busy! Nice to hear from you though. Hope you get some time to relax.

    Literary Feline,
    Rereading the series was good fun. Maybe in a few years I'll do it again. I'll have to at least read the last one again at some point.

    It's 'All She Was Worth' by Miyuki Miyabe. I haven't read too much yet and it's my first time to read anything by her so I can't really compare it, but not too bad so far. Leaving England and Hogwarts for modern Japan seems to have been a good slump-breaking choice.

  5. Do let me know how it turns out because I'm always up for a good mystery. Right now I'm reading BEAUTIFUL BLUE DEATH and, so far, so good.

  6. Oh dear, I hate to admit this, but I haven't read a single Harry Potter! :( I will have to remedy that soon.

    Congratulations on completing the challenge Nat, excellent job!

  7. Mailyn,
    Will do!

    That's ok. You shouldn't feel compelled to just because the series is so popular. It is fun though! :P

  8. Congratulations on completing another challenge! You're inspiring! I enjoyed reading your reviews of each of the books.

  9. You did very well! I only re-read #1 and #2. Sigh. I still need/want to re-read 3 & 4 and then read 5 & 6 for the first time. THEN I'll get to dive into #7 which I picked up in Sidney, British Columbia!! Now that we're home again, I should be able to get back to my reading. I'll be lucky if I have ONE book to review in July. Good grief!

  10. Les,
    But you had lots of serious relaxing on your trip to keep you busy! :)
    There's always next month for reading. Have fun with the Harry Potter books when you get around to them.


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