3 Thoughts I Have After Reading Half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I have waited a long time to read the Harry Potter series. I didn’t really have a plan not to, but I guess when the books came out I just didn’t want to read what everyone else was. It was something I regretted early on, but I managed to keep myself safe from spoilers up until this point by avoiding the movies, Tumblr posts, memes, and any and all summaries. Therefore, I have no idea what happens at the end of the books. So far, my favorite book is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and my favorite movie is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Currently, I’m halfway through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

These are the three things I hope/wish/wonder happen in the rest of the 7th book:

  1. I hope that Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts after taking a hiatus looking for the horcruxes/He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and finish their studies. That is the geek in me wishing everyone did their best and they follow the plan. I mean, how are they going to get jobs if they don’t take their NEWTS? Plus, they could graduate with Ginny and wouldn’t that be fun?
  2. I wonder what’s going on with Neville. You know, this story could just have easily been him so I’d love to know how things would have been different. Does Harry have the intention of telling Neville what could have been? This could be a major bonding moment. I’m also super pumped about how much Neville came out of his shell as he grew up. What could have been, right?
  3. I wish that Harry and Hermione were the ones that fell in love. Ron, honestly, drives me crazy and is a jealous git. Harry is very humble doesn’t want all of the attention, like Ron does. Harry and Hermione just fit better together. Has anyone written FanFic about that yet? It’s my goal now to find it.

These are my thoughts halfway through. I’ll write about my thought about the entire series once I’m done. I can’t believe I waited so long to read them!

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Nerd Lists: Pros and Cons of Audiobooks

In the past year, I have become seriously obsessed with audiobooks. I don’t use Audible or anything mainstream because I found out that I can “borrow” them from the library. I mean, it’s free, it’s easy, and there are millions of books to pick from.

Arthur Read was right. “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”

While I absolutely love what audiobooks can do for me, I have found some drawbacks. As I often do, I started a Pro/Con list so I’d thought I’d share it with you for some insight (whether you want it or not).

Pro: I can still be productive while I’m reading.

Before I started using audiobooks, I was always stressing out about finishing a book before it was do or I would put off chores and other necessary adult things because my mind wouldn’t be satisfied until I finished the book. Now, I can multitask. For instance, just last night, I put on my wireless headphones and started listening to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” While doing that, I cleaned my bathroom, did the dishes, and played with my cats. It’s like a win-win situation.

Con: I sometimes stop paying attention.

Just as easy as it is to multitask, it’s just as easy to forget to pay attention. There have been times where I find that I’m completely lost in the story and have no idea how we got there.

Pro: I can read more books.

Now, not only do I read a book, but I listen to one, too. I have a book (in physical form) with me at all times in the event that audiobooks aren’t appropriate and the other way around. I have 2 books I’m working on at all times. Double the pleasure reading, double the fun. It’s only September but I’ve already finished my goal of reading 25 books this year. So many more books can be read before December!

Con: It’s harder to update my Goodreads page.

One of my favorite, nerdy things to do is update my Goodreads page. I participate in the reading challenge every year and I take pride in updating what page I’m on in a book. It also lets me know what kind of pace I’m reading at so I can guess when I’ll finish it. With audiobooks, sure, you know what chapter you’re on, but there are no page numbers. It kills me to not be able to update how far along I am in a book. Sometimes, I’ll just take the total number of chapters and divide them to find the percentage of the book I have done, but it’s not the same feeling.

Pro: There’s the possibility for a non-stop reading fest.

Sometimes, if I own a book and I’m really into it, I’ll look for the audiobook. That way, when my eyes can no longer focus on the book, I can pick up right where I left off in audiobook format. This is something I use a lot. Last weekend, in fact, while reading “Cinder”, the first book of the Lunar Chronicles Series, I spent 14 hours reading, listening, and taking the occasional break. I would read until I thought of something I had to do and put the book on audio. Then, when I found myself having a hard time paying attention to the audio, I’d start reading the book again.

 

Looking at this list, it is clear to me that the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to audiobooks. Anyone interested in free audiobooks should talk to their local library about what they have to offer or support paid for audiobook sites like Audible.

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