What I'm Reading no. 2 - HP1 and a Rom-Com Novel

If you read my post after New Year’s about some changes I want to make, you know that I have a Kindle Paperwhite and want to use it more often, especially before bedtime instead of being on my phone. I haven’t been making a lot of progress in that area of my life, so I haven’t finished very many books in 2019 yet. I did just put screen time restrictions on my phone, though, so I’m crossing my fingers that helps! I have read a couple things though, so here are my thoughts on those books.

I am a big fan of Harry Potter. I loved the movies first and didn’t actually read all the books until I was a freshman in college, usually reading during my biology lecture (still made an A!). I have never read the UK version of the books though, so I thought I’d do that this time around (about my 5th or 6th read-through). The changes are pretty minimal, the most notable, of course, being the change in the American versions from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Most people agree this was an unnecessary change since the Philosopher’s Stone is a legend going back much further than JK Rowling and therefore it could be assumed that American kids would catch on, but it is what it is. I just got to the part of the book where Harry and Hermione have taken Hagrid’s dragon to the top of the astronomy tower at midnight and get caught leaving because they left the invisibility cloak up there. Getting pretty close to Harry coming face-to-face with Voldemort - sorry, He Who Must Not Be Named - again! I might not end up finishing this one or might finish it then skip ahead to book 4 or 5. A favorite podcast of mine, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, is currently reading Order of the Phoenix and it makes me want to reread that one more than the first few, especially since I’ve read the later books fewer times than the early ones.

The other book I read recently is Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson. It draws you in with the mystical connection between Blix, an older, free-spirited woman, and Marnie, a 20-something whose plan for a normal, suburban life gets turned upside down. I often couldn’t put this book down - I had to know what was going to happen next! I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a hopeless romantic, but I do love those moments in books and movies when you can just feel the happily ever after, and this novel has plenty of that. There were tears and laughter throughout this read, and like any good rom-com, a lovely happy ending. I highly recommend it to any other lovers of love out there!

What’s on your currently-reading or to-read shelf these days? Do you have a favorite book or books that you read over and over again?