September Miscellany 2019

This month’s blog is going to be solely on books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a 2016 British two-part play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne. The story begins nineteen years after the events of the 2007 novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play is considered to be the eighth official story in the Harry Potter series. [End of Wikipedia quote]

J. K. Rowling is really a master storyteller. Even without any ‘flesh’ so to speak to the play script, the story was gripping. I’m looking forward to watching the theatre production in January since you now don’t need to fight for a ticket online a whole year in advance anymore.

I have been putting off writing down my opinion on Northern Lights (book published 1995). I finished it this month and I watched the adaptation film The Golden Compass (2007). I prefer the film to the novel itself because I think it’s a better-arranged storyline. The order of events have a better flow (bear fight before the Experiment Station), the pace is more compact, the ending point is more reasonable (the novel’s ending was so blunt and illogical to me). I’ll think more carefully and write down why I didn’t like Northern Lights as much in a separate post.

One book I was looking forward to reading was The Diary of A Bookseller. I downloaded a sample. At this point of the blog post, I’d like to recommend the Kindle book sample service. You can download a sample of any book they sell. You get a couple of chapters to try out for free and it appears on your Kindle homepage immediately. This is nothing new but it’s new to me! I really have to try hard to hold myself back from downloading every single possible title under the sun. Back to this specific sample, The Diary of A Bookseller, surprisingly I was not keen. I don’t like the tone of the author. It’s mostly negative, grey and damp. It might be the weather in Scotland? But I was very glad to read the sample and didn’t purchase the full book.

When you read this, it’s already October. I have some exciting new books to tell you about at the end of this month! And one piece of news that’s not book related: We booked our Christmas holiday! It will be the first time in SEVEN years the whole family gets together for Christmas. Just a little bit excited!


Cover photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.





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