Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/15

Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same!
Rock on!

Our rating system, as written by P.J.:  
  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is OK, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.

Hey this is P.J. and this is my update. I am reading two different books for school because we are in the mystery unit, and I am really enjoying And Then There Were None. I am at the part were they are starting to divide apart accusing each other as the murderer. In The A.B.C Murders I am at the part of the book when the fourth murder is about to happen and they are on the look out for the fourth letter. I like the book And Then There Were None better than the other one because I think that the message is cooler and it is more intriguing to think about who the murderer is in that group than to just wildly guess with no clues. This has been my reading update.

Hey this is C.J. my Grandma has a cat named Jack Sparrow and this... is book report time!

Title:  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Goodreads Summary:  J. K. Rowling continues to bewitch readers everywhere with the third book in her magical Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry's ongoing exploits, along with those of his contemporaries, teachers, and relatives, are as imaginative, entertaining, and mysterious as ever. For during Harry's third year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he must face his greatest challenge yet: a confrontation with Sirius Black, an escaped convict and madman who is rumored to be in cahoots with Harry's archenemy, the Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort. This alone would be daunting enough, but Harry's task is made even more trying when he discovers that Sirius is suspected of being the one who killed Harry's parents.
For Harry, the Hogwarts campus has always been a sanctuary, but when Black escapes from the horrifying clutches of Azkaban Prison, all clues suggest the madman is headed for Hogwarts and Harry himself. As a result, the school starts to feel more like a prison than a sanctuary as Harry finds himself constantly watched and under guard. What's more, the terrifying Dementors - the horrifying creatures who guard Azkaban Prison - are lurking about the campus looking for Black. And their effect on Harry is a devastating one.
Still, life at school offers plenty of distractions. Harry really likes the new teacher for Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Lupin, who might be able to teach Harry how to defend himself against the Dementors. But Professor Snape's behavior toward Lupin has Harry wondering what secrets the two men are hiding. Harry's friend Hermione is also acting very strangely. And, of course, there is the tension caused by the ongoing Quidditch competition between the Gryffindors and the Slytherins and the never-ending bullying of the Slytherin leader, Draco Malfoy.
One of Rowling's greatest strengths is her ability to stack mystery upon mystery in a way that keeps the pages turning without frustrating the reader. Her clues are always fair and bountiful, but it's easy to lose track of them in the midst of all the high suspense, spell-casting action, and unexpected plot twists. That's okay, because Rowling ties it all neatly together at the end in a way that will leave readers snapping their fingers and muttering, "Oh yeah. Forgot about that one. How clever!"

What I Think:  I think this was a great book! It is Harry's 3rd year at Hogwarts, and you are in for a treat. For those of you who have not read Harry Potter, it is about a wizard whose parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort by a curse that kills instantly. But Harry survived as a baby when Voldemort tried to kill him. So back to the topic. Harry gets to Hogwarts and it starts off all normal,but halfway through, Fred and George Weasley give Harry a map that shows every nook and cranny of Hogwarts. Be warned, this book has a lot of twists in it, so if you don't like twists, this book is not for you!

Recommended For:ages 8-70

Rock Rating:5/5

What I am reading now: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Mom's update:  C.J. and I have been reading The Fellowship of the Ring aloud at bedtime for some time.  Last night, he commented that it was beginning to get creepy with the Black Riders chasing Frodo, Sam, and Pippin. We may be changing our read aloud if we start having nightmares...  

Mom read (click on the title to link to the review):

Every Day by David Levithan

Mom is currently reading:

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

What are YOU reading?


  1. Oh man, I was in love with Agatha Christie in middle school and And Then There Were None may have been my all time fave! Can't wait to hear your final thoughts on it. :)

  2. P.J. How impressive that you are reading AND writing about two books! Mystery is not a favorite genre for me. I'm a bit of a scaredy cat should I say, especially reading before bed! I'll keep enjoying your reviews.
    C.J. Great summary of the book. I've read some of the Harry Potter series. I really like your writing style. Your opinion section took me right back where I left off!


The Boys LOVE to receive positive words of encouragement as well as book recommendations from you! Please take a minute to leave a happy comment. Registering through OpenID is quick and easy~ we can't wait to hear what you think!