Re-reading Harry Potter as an adult – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Pub Date: 1997

My Rating: ★★★★★

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“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

HOW MY LOVE FOR HARRY STARTED?

I first read Harry Potter book back in 2000 when it was published in Poland. Both first and second book were published that year, and because my brother was reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I started the series with book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and absolutely loved it! After the second book in the series, I read the first one and learned how it all started. Since then each publication of new Harry Potter book was eagerly anticipated. Most of the releases of polish translations were around my birthday, in January, so the book was always my gift. My dad always drives to town in the morning to pick up a newspaper, and on the Harry Potter days, the first thing he did in the morning was going to a bookstore and get my long-awaited Harry Potter book. Happy memories.

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Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Title: Free to Fall

Author: Lauren Miller

Pub Date: 2014

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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WHAT IF THERE WAS AN APP THAT TOLD YOU WHAT SONG TO LISTEN TO, WHAT COFFEE TO ORDER, WHO TO DATE, EVEN WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE—AN APP THAT COULD ENSURE YOUR COMPLETE AND UTTER HAPPINESS? 

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?


Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. 

Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. 

Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.
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You Let Me In by Lucy Clarke

Title: You Let Me In

Author: Lucy Clarke

Pub Date: 2018

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Spine-tingling, chilling, and utterly compulsive, YOU LET ME IN is the stunning new novel from Richard & Judy Book Club author, Lucy Clarke

Nothing has felt right since Elle rented out her house . . .

I’M IN YOUR HOUSE

There’s a new coldness. A shift in the atmosphere. The prickling feeling that someone is watching her every move from the shadows.

I’M IN YOUR HEAD

Maybe it’s all in Elle’s mind? She’s a writer – her imagination, after all, is her strength. And yet every threat seems personal. As if someone has discovered the secrets that keep her awake at night.

AND NOW I KNOW YOUR SECRET

As fear and paranoia close in, Elle’s own home becomes a prison. Someone is unlocking her past – and she’s given them the key…

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

Title: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Author: Olga Tokarczuk

Pub Date: original 2009, American translation coming out on August 19th, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★★

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“Extraordinary. Tokarczuk’s novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work.”—Annie Proulx

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind…

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

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Permission by Saskia Vogel

Title: Permission

Author: Saskia Vogel

Pub Date: 7th March, 2019

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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A raw, fresh, haunting, emotionally and sexually honest literary debut.

When Echo’s father gets swept away by a freak current off the Los Angeles coast, she finds herself sinking into a complete state of paralysis. With no true friends and a troubled relationship with her mother, the failed young actress attempts to seek solace in the best way she knows: by losing herself in the lives of strangers. When by chance Echo meets a dominatrix called Orly, it finally feels like she might have found someone who will be nurturing and treasure her for who she is. But Orly’s fifty-something houseboy, Piggy, isn’t quite ready to let someone else share the intimate relationship he’s worked so hard to form with his mistress.

Permission is a love story about people who are sick with dreams and expectations and turn to the erotic for comfort and cure. As they stumble through the landscape of desire, they are in a desperate search for the answer to that sacred question: how do I want to be loved?

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Internment by Samira Ahmed

Title: Internment

Author: Samira Ahmed

Pub Date: 7th March, 2019

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Title: Once Upon a River

Author: Diane Setterfield

Pub Date: December 4th, 2018

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Synopis from Goodreads:
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.
Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.
Is it a miracle?
Is it magic?
Or can it be explained by science?
Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.

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