Archive for the ‘Setting: The UK’ Category

27. “Hary Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” JK Rowling

September 9, 2011 9 comments

It’s sort of weird how Umbridge disappears for like half the book? And is it just me, or does Harry get less insufferable after she makes him do lines?

Page count: 870
Page total: 8,688


62. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” JK Rowling

September 5, 2010 Leave a comment

If loving Neville Longbottom is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Page count: 870
Page total: 17,727

50. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” JK Rowling

July 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I hadn’t read this one for a while, as it’s one of two from the series that I don’t own and I had a job getting it from the library (it involved three trips and a discussion with the YA librarian, who sent me to the children’s room. I finally got it from my grad school library. Chew on that). Anyway, this one has a lot of exposition a la the second chapter of every Baby-Sitters’ Club book, but was still pretty good.

Page count: 734
Page total: 14,126

46. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” JK Rowling

July 14, 2010 Leave a comment

So good.

Page count: 752
Page total: 12,335

44. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” JK Rowling

July 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, again. I have needed some escapist reading lately and Harry Potter never disappoints.

Page count: 552
Page total: 11,477
LOC Call number: YA FIC Rowling

32. “Sixpence House,” Paul Collins

June 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Paul Collins, his wife Jennifer, and their 18-month-old song Morgan move from their home in San Francisco to Hay-on-Wye, Wales, “the Town of Books.” Hay boasts an impressive 1,500 inhabitants and forty bookstores.

Page count: 319
Page total: 7,853

26. “The Mother Tongue,” Bill Bryson

May 11, 2010 Leave a comment

This was a very enjoyable book. It’s full of neat little bits of trivia, yet manages to be well-integrated, informative, and funny, much more than a mere collection of quirky facts.

One of the interesting things that Bryson points out early on is that English is the only language that has a book which compiles words with the same meanings (EG, a thesaurus). Most other languages would find little use in this because their lexicons tend to be smaller, with fewer shades of meaning. In another language, you’re only happy to see someone, not glad, or pleased, or joyous, or ecstatic, or chuffed (though if you’re me, you’re more likely to be chafed, annoyed, put-off, irritated, perturbed, aggrivated, or generally bothered).

Page count: 244
Page total: 6,416