August 5, 2016

What I Read in July

So...I wrote this post last week and hit schedule, and then it never posted. Oops!

I actually forgot that The Cursed Child was coming out when I decided to start rereading Harry Potter, but now that I've started Book 5, I might as well finish the series before diving into the new story. I've said before that I have mixed feelings about this book, but I know I'm not going to not read it, so while I picked it up the day it came out, it's still sitting on my coffee table waiting to be cracked open. Am I allowed to still hope that Sirius didn't actually die?

So, did I read in July? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and, for mine and Carolann's book club, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

First, let's talk about The Light Between Oceans. Oooh this book was tough. It was heartwrenching, yet infuriating at the same time. I felt so much sympathy for Tom who struggled with trying to do what was right by himself, his family, and his career.

The book follows lighthouse keeper, Tom Sherbourne, who brings his new bride to an isolated island where he keeps the light. After losing three children to miscarriage and stillbirth, a boat washes up carrying a baby girl, and Isabel claims the baby as her own, which later yields consequences. 

I devoured the book in three days. I didn't love it, but I definitely recommend it. It was a good read and one that features strong character development and deep insight that makes you really understand the struggle of all parties involved. 

It's been interesting to reread the Harry Potter series. I read the first book shortly after it came out and then reread every book before the next one came out, and then again when the movies came out. I've read the first book more than a dozen times at this point, but I've only actually read Books 6 and 7 twice each.

The Goblet of Fire has always been my favorite book, followed closely by The Chamber of Secrets, but as I'm rereading them, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire are definitely tied for first place! I love too, that even though the series has ended, I've come up with new theories around the the fact that Crookshanks had to have been an Animagus! 

I'm still about 7 books behind on my reading challenge for this month, but I'm slowly working my way through that, and hoping to catch up in the next month or two since I have quite a few flights planned in the next two months!

I'm skipping the link up today (and joining Carolann's from last week) since this post never went up, but we'll be hosting together on August 26th and discussing Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Click over to Goodreads to link up!

What have you been reading lately? 
What's the best book you've read this summer?

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