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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. Contemporary fantasy/YA. re-read.







This was my morning read with the boys. We've been doing this on school mornings for probably 8 years: while the kids eat breakfast, I read aloud to them. It started because the younger ones just wouldn't eat much, and I didn't want them to go off to school hungry (my kids are all skinny like I was as a kid--oh, how things change *sigh*). Now it's just something we all enjoy, even though the youngest is a teenager now.

Anyway. Harry Potter. It didn't improve for me on the re-read--in fact, I liked it better the first time through. And while the boys enjoyed it, they also got quite bored through the middle. Some mornings, we only read a handful of pages because they kept getting so distracted and going off on tangents. Contrast that with our current read, Guards! Guards!, and the difference is very noticeable. Instead of making silly comments and talking about unrelated topics, they're quiet, except for a laugh now and again. I think they were even more upset than I was with how the deaths were treated.


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Ah. Terry Pratchett. A nice way to start every morning.

Deathly Hallows, not so much.
 
That is SUCH a cool tradition!!
 
Heh. Well, we've read all the other Harry Potter books this way--in fact, that's the reason why I bought the first one--saw it in the SFBC and thought it looked like something fun to share with the kids.

I suspect that now that they've had a taste of the adult Pratchett books (we've read all his YA books together), we'll be simply alternating Discworld with Jim Butcher's Codex Alera. :)

Susan, I like it. I kept expecting the kids to get bored with the idea as they got older, but my boys are 13 and 17 and they still like it, and my daughter only quit listening when she started college and had a different schedule.
 
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