Posted in 4 Stars, Book Challenge - 2017

#4: A book involving a mythical creature

hp2I’ve been reading the Harry Potter series to my son.  We started with The Philosopher’s Stone last year when he was 5.  With several breaks in between for other books, we finally finished the second book, The Chamber of Secrets last night.

It’s been years since I first read this book and I have to say that it has been delightful reading it with my son. His reactions to the surprising bits like the flying car, Harry losing the bones in his arms, and Hermione turning herself into a cat have been priceless. He found Dobby punishing himself especially hilarious.

But on the flip side, this books was significantly scarier than the first installment. Part of the reason it took us so long to finish The Chamber of Secrets was that we had to take several breaks from reading it. The clever little guy that he is, any time there was mention of He Who Should Not Be Named (in any form), he asked me to say Teddy Bear instead. That lightened up the story enough for us to move on. We have the whole series to work through and tonight we start The Prisoner of Azkaban!

Posted in 4 Stars, Book Challenge - 2017

#1: An Espionage Thriller

43933Not exactly espionage in the true sense but it involves a ton of surveillance and suspense. I can’t get enough of Harlan Coben’s books.  I’ve read all of his books save the most recent one.  I’ve got that one on hold from the library and am patiently waiting.

There’s something about Coben’s stories that are so compelling.  They’re fast-paced and unpredictable.  So many twists and turns!  I never get tired of them.  I think what I love most about Coben’s books is his narrative.  As cheese ball as some of the characters can be, their narrative voices ring authentic. Bottom line: Coben is an excellent writer.

Tell No One begins with an abduction and murder.  Dr. David Beck is left to believe that his wife was the most recent victim of the KillRoy murderer but eight years later, he receives a mysterious email indicating otherwise.  The roller coaster ride begins at that moment and doesn’t let up until the very last page. I loved every moment of it.