My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015

I can’t believe that it’s already 2016. Happy New Year, by the way! I would like to share my Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015. Sadly, I wasn’t able to complete my reading challenge last year. I read 49 books and my goal was 50. I know right! Just one book. I still stick to 50 books for this year and hopefully, i’ll be able to complete the challenge.

So, let me start with my top five favorite stand-alones, in no particular order.

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Book review : Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

Series : Harry Potter #2
Edition : Paperback (384 pages)
Publisher : Bloomsbury Childrens (September 2014)
Genre : Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Source : Bought from Amazon
Date Read : March 2015
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Harry Potter can’t wait for his holidays with the dire Dursleys to end. But a small, self-punishing house-elf warns Harry of mortal danger awaiting him at Hogwarts. Returning to the castle nevertheless, Harry hears a rumour about a Chamber of Secrets, holding unknown horrors for wizards of Muggle parentage. Now someone is casting spells that turn people to stone, and a terrible warning is found painted on the wall. The chief suspect – always in the wrong place – is Harry. But something much more terrifying has yet to be unleashed.

My Thoughts

A house-elf named Dobby appears in Harry’s room before the start of his second year in Hogwarts. Dobby warns Harry about the terrible things that will happen and that it is not safe for Harry to return to school. Being locked up inside his room by the Dursleys, Ron, Fred and George with the help of their father’s fyling car come to rescue him and ends up staying at the Weasleys before the school starts. Everything turns out normal in Hogwarts until horrible events start to happen.

I enjoyed this book more than the first one. The characters are still admirable, interesting, smart and funny at the same time. I got to know more of the Weasleys and how wonderful their family is. I like that Ron shows how brave he is for facing one of his greatest fears. (I remember Rupert Grint’s facial expression in the movie. It’s priceless). It was compelling to learn more about Voldemort’s past story and how he is somehow related to Harry. I think Gilderoy Lockhart was introduced in this book just to annoy the readers because that’s what I felt during his scenes.

Captivating writing style and great storyline. Full of magic, plot twists and amusing characters. I’m really glad that I’ve decided to read the book because there were a lot of essential scenes that were not inluded in the movie like Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday Party and also, Peeves the Poltergeist. I’ve read that a scene with Peeves was filmed but sadly, it was never released.

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Like what I’ve said in my Philosopher Stone’s review, it’s still not late for you to grab a copy, start reading the series and experience the magic.

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My Rating5stars

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Book Review : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

22841994Series : Harry Potter #1
Edition : Paperback (352 pages)
Publisher : Bloomsbury Childrens (September 2014)
Genre : Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Source : Bought from Amazon
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When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

My Thoughts

I don’t think I need to write a long review about this book and how great it is so I’ll just write more about my experience with it.

It’s my first time to read this book but I’ve seen the movie many times already. When I was in highschool, I never cared about reading it and never planned to even watch the movie adaptation. My highschool bestfriend, who is into magic and wizarding, (I am more into ghost and paranormal) is a big fan of Harry Potter and I think she tried to convince me to read the book but I told her that “it’s for kids”.

A coworker back in 2011 invited me to watch the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I gave it a try. Of course I was lost the whole time because all I know was they were doing magic and kiddy stuffs, nothing serious. But then I was wrong and I told myself, “Okay?! This is not anymore for kids!”. I decided to watch (the movies from the beginning) because I was still not into reading during that time and yeah, I loved it. When I started to enjoy reading books, HP were on my to-buy list and it took me almost four years to finally have my own HP book set.

I’ve just read the first book and I love it already more than the movie. The writing style is astounding and I think even if I didn’t watch the movie, it is still easy for me to imagine how the characters and scenes look like. I love Hagrid’s character and I also want to go to Diagon Alley with him.

JK Rowling is so amazing. To think that she wrote about this magical world and created these unique characters perfectly. She is so magnificent.

If you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it’s still not late (and it will never be) for you to start. I recommend this book to everyone and I will surely read this book to my future kids.

My Rating5starsDate Read : March 2015

 

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