This is probably one of the first positive wrap up’s I’ve ever posted.
Guys, for a change, all my ratings this month are either 4’s or 5’s… how amazingly optimistic is that! I’d be surprised if this trend continues into November, I’m pretty hard to please, but it was nice for a change.
Anyway, let’s get into some book stats and stop waffling!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J K Rowling
+ Getting all the extra detail that the first 3 books didn’t have space for.
+ More Sirius – it was fun while it lasted.
+ Realistic representation of Harry at this age, he isn’t treated like an older character.
+ The beginning of the Ron/Hermione romance, no fear of insta-love in this one.
– Harry’s angst in this instalment really got to me.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling
+ The character death that I don’t want to spoil, but still needs to be mentioned.
+ Getting to see the Quidditch games and Hogwarts classes one last time, no time for class in Deathly Hallows!
+ The complexity of the villains, like Snape and Draco, in this instalment.
+ Things are finally starting to heat up!
– Felt a little bit like a filler novel, setting up for the Horcruxes and giving us one last hoorah at Hogwarts before the Deathly Hallows.
Dr Faustus by Cristopher Marlowe
+ The concept of this play is just amazing, loved the whole sold-your-soul-to-the-devil plot line.
+ Loved the scene with the embodiment of the 7 deadly sins, my inner literature snob was dying.
+ Getting to say the name Mephistopheles in tutorials and when talking about the book, it’s just great to say.
+ Dr Faustus’ conflict was really engaging, seeing him flit between loving his decision and hating it.
– From a Christian perspective, I just don’t think I can give this 5/5 stars, that’s pretty much the only thing that made it difficult to love.
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
+ The total surprise of the scene with the hand – if you’ve read it, you’ll know what I mean.
+ A really strong character in the Duchess, so rare in literature from this period.
+ The tragic ending of this play was so well executed (no pun intended).
+ The scene with the madmen – absolutely fabulously freaky.
+ The sense of accomplishment you get when you read something Renaissance, that Shakespeare didn’t write, and love it so.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
+ That final battle, it was amazing to read about.
+ There was a certain character who I thought was going to die, but didn’t, and I’m so glad he lives to teach another day.
+ The whole idea of the Horcruxes was really interesting, it made the death of Voldemort all the more dramatic, a necessary feature after 7 books of fighting!
+ The sense of accomplishment one gets when finishing a 7 book series – especially because it was the HP series, it’s iconic.
– The first half of this novel seemed to crawl by, it was so slow and very little happened, I know there were things to set up but it still drove me a wee bit crazy.
So there we have it, one month closer to the end of the year (can’t believe it’s only a month left until Blogmas!). I’m going to stick with my plan from last month and avoid the TBR, it worked really well in October and took a bit of the pressure off so I’m keen to keep it going!
Make sure you let me know about any amazing books you read this month, I’m always looking for new things to pick up, especially things to read over Christmas once assignments are in. See you in the comments!