Despite finishing this book a week ago, I’m still not entirely convinced how I feel about it. I know for sure that this style of book is not really my cup of tea. It’s too dull for me. But I didn’t hate or dislike the book, I did dislike the main character, but that’s another thing all together. What this book did remind me of was Pride and Prejudice, which I was not a fan of (was it the studying it for English, or the book itself, or my age, who knows). This definitely had similarities with PP, but the ending was altogether different.
Over the summer I was fortunate enough to travel across Europe, and along the way I encountered many a wonderful library and bookstore, which I thought I shall share with you. The plan was to do this weekly, until I exhaust the places I actually visited, and then start up with some places I’d like to go. But with all good plans, as evident with my distinct lack of posts of the last few months, this will likely just be a periodic thing.
So it’s been a little while now since this ‘book’ has been released (and a very long while since I’ve actually posted anything on this blog – apologies for that, I’m hoping to rectify things and start posting again, though likely on a less scheduled basis). And it’s been a few days since I finished it, and I think I have had enough time to come to terms with what this is and what it isn’t.
It seems like this is the year of the reread – first Red Rising and Golden Son and then Harry Potter and now this. The last time I read these was 10 years ago! And I absolutely loved them then. The reason why I am rereading them now, is because there was a recent ABC (Australia) TV series based on the first book. Now it wasn’t the best adaptation, and it was hardly true to the book, but it still made me want to reread the books and see what they were actually like, since I had forgotten about them.
The Harry Potter Reread continues, after enjoying myself thoroughly in Philosopher’s Stone, we move on to Chamber of Secrets. (just a heads up that there is a spoiler for the whole series in this post, you are warned, even though what have you been doing not reading the whole series?)
This is the first novel I’ve read completely in French, and the first one I’ve read in a native language other than English. So it was quite exciting from that perspective. It’s also quite a classic in its own right. It’s fairly short, and has some lovely illustrations.
It’s been over 5 years since I last reread the series. I not that long ago went to the Warner Brothers Studio in London on the Harry Potter Studio tour, and a group of friends decided to start a reread, so why not.