Saturday, May 5, 2007

Book Selections of the Month (May/June/July '07)

Harlot and I have talked about making the “Harry Potter” series BBC since the first time we made a book selection, and every month after that. Yet, we always came to the same conclusion: “We have to wait until book 7 is announced and almost ready to come out so we can discuss 1-6 at length and be able to delve into the last book right away.” And now, my friends, the time has finally come. *g*

It is a joyous moment for us HP lovers, especially since we hope to convert a few new fans (*cough* Tami, Luci, Dance, Aggie *cough*), and yet it’s bittersweet as well knowing that July 21st it will all come to an end. *sniff* That witch better not kill any more of my favorite characters, is all I’m saying! *grrr*

I’ve been pondering the best way to go about reading 6 books in two months. Harlot suggested we do it the same way we read and discussed the “Hunter Legends,” but I would like something a bit more individual. I want to discuss each book on its own, and then contrast and compare theories. This is what we came up with:

We’ll have two weeks for each book (except for HP1) and then open a discussion and questions post the week we are to start on the next tome. This is the schedule I’ve prepared:
Any questions?

And yes, yes, we’re HP uber nutters but we are, after all, talking about one of the most magnificent book series ever. Seriously—ever, ever, EVAAAHH! That’s why, being the Good Samaritans that we are, *g* we’re going to lead you infidels down the holy HP path and discuss it we will. So you guys better start reading and I really mean that. *grrr* I have powers you haven’t seen; trust me, I can do stuff to those who don’t read/participate. I’ll sick Harlot The BBC Nazi after you! ;P


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33 comment(s):

Anonymous Gabrielle said...

I just wanted to say that this could be the best BBC EVER!
July 21st is sooo close but so far away :'(.

5/05/2007 07:24:00 PM  

Blogger Isabella said...

YAY! I'll start with HP1 tonight :D Good call for making it only one week because it's really a thin book and such a fast read!

Gabrielle, I'm actually dreading July 21st. I want to read the book already but this is it, the last one. :(

5/05/2007 07:43:00 PM  

Anonymous Gabrielle said...

I know what you mean... I've already asked for the day off work and I'm going to lock myself up and take my time savouring each and every word...

5/05/2007 07:50:00 PM  

Blogger Isabella said...

I'm planning to do the same! As soon as I get the book I'll read it. Book 5 and 6 made me cry and I think this last one, I'll bawl like a baby.

5/05/2007 07:56:00 PM  

Anonymous malicious strumpet said...

Oh, I am SO on board for this! I'm an HP nutter, too. I've got a crazy May, but I'll do my best to pop in and post when I can.


5/05/2007 07:59:00 PM  

Blogger Danielle De Barbarac said...

Count me in too! Ooh I can't wait to discuss HP with you girls!

5/05/2007 08:27:00 PM  

Blogger Lily Moon said...

I'm joining too! I love Edward Cullen with all my heart but Harry Potter series trumps everything.

5/05/2007 08:43:00 PM  

Blogger Polly King said...

Ooooohhh... I think we're going to have a great discussion. I was wondering what you girls are going to come up with after Persuasion. I'm so glad you chose HP! After much encouragement from you BBs, I gave in and read HP and now I'm an HP nutter, too!

5/05/2007 08:53:00 PM  

Blogger Aradia said...

Great choice girls! Love Love Love the series and am already sad it is comin to an end! (sigh)

5/05/2007 08:56:00 PM  

Anonymous Allison said...

I read the first 5 in 2 weeks so I know you can do it! Ok, now I'm itching to read some Harry.

5/05/2007 09:09:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read them all except The Half Blood Prince ... I sort of lost interest by this one. But, for the BB's I'll make a special effort to get back into it. You never know it may convert me for the finale ... lol!
(Please don't send any dobbies after me to iron my hands)

5/05/2007 09:34:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

Re: I've read them all except The Half Blood Prince ... I sort of lost interest by this one.

I. dont. believe. that!!! LOL OK guys, we need an intervention for Aggie ASAP!!!!!!! LOL Thou shall not take HP's name in vain Aggie! :P

So glad everyone will be joining in. I have tons of theories I want to share. Mind you I'm not saying they're good ones LOL

5/05/2007 11:30:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

You know, there is something about seeing the pics of all the HP books together and us discussing it that makes it so final... I don't know if i should be sad or be elated. :S

Sooo glad we're finally having HP for BBC and that you guys will be joining it. I really think we're going to have a blast discussing HP. :D

Oh, and i'm not a BBC Nazi! I resent that. *hmph* But those who will not do their part will get a blast-ended skrewt, i tell you! AGGIE, YA HEAR?!? I'm just saying!

5/06/2007 03:16:00 AM  

Blogger Jolie said...

Excellent choice BBs. It's been a long time since I've read the first four books. This is the perfect excuse to do a reread. ;)

5/06/2007 03:32:00 AM  

Blogger Jolie said...

(Please don't send any dobbies after me to iron my hands)

Aggie! LMAO!

HBP is one of my favorites in the series. A lot of important things happen in that book. Definitely worth the read. ;)

5/06/2007 03:36:00 AM  

Blogger Petra said...

Yayy! We're finally going to discuss Harry! :D

5/06/2007 11:51:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harlot: A "blast-ended skrewt" ... would I like enjoy that? Just askin'. *blink* *blink*

5/06/2007 06:53:00 PM  

Blogger Vanessa said...

Great choice! No - it's the perfect choice. I'm already planning to read all the books before the 5th movie and book 7 come out anyway, and now I'll be able to discuss it too. :D

5/06/2007 09:04:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Aggie, i can't believe you could think dirty with the mention of a blast-ended skrewt, you dirty you! Thank goodness i didn't mention a Romanian longhorn dragon! LOL

5/06/2007 09:37:00 PM  

Blogger Ladybug said...

Great pick! And only 74 days before HP7!

5/06/2007 11:35:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harlot: lol! I've blogged about the BB's offering me such a treat and called for help.

Would I like a Romanian long horn dragon better? lol!

5/07/2007 12:41:00 AM  

Blogger Shoshana said...

Seriously, without dear Jim Dale (is that his name?) I couldn't have enjoyed HP at all. I started reading HP one, about the part where Harry went to that island...I got interrupted.

Later on, way later, as in after movie #2, I listened to HP in order via audio book. I'd knit or crochet if I wasn't baking or cooking while listening. From then on, I couldn't stand the print version of the book. It has to be read to me.

I so enjoyed it, and I think I'll listen to it all over again, but I will probably slit my throat if I have to read the book.

Does that make sense? Have this ever happened to you?

5/07/2007 01:15:00 AM  

Blogger Shoshana said...

I have pre-order my audio book, and if I am really lucky, I might get my audio a day or two earlier than the release date...maybe.

5/07/2007 01:16:00 AM  

Blogger said...

Harry Potter overload! It hurts the eyes!

:D :D :D

Maybe I should try listening to them, instead...

5/07/2007 05:14:00 AM  

Anonymous Luci said...

I am reading HP1 and am stuck *sigh*. I have an excuse though :) I watched the movie and cannot concentrate on the book. I see that I must get to the end to fulfill your mission. I get tired even thinking about the five i still have left to go. Didn't watch the second film so i might be more enraptured by that.

I really am making an effort, is that enough Trollop ? :) :)

5/07/2007 05:24:00 AM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Ladies, Aggie is trying to cheat! LOL

Shosh, i've read all HP books first in those uber pritti US hardcovers by Scholastic and loved it of course, but i know what you mean. "Reading" through Jim Dale is a different way to experience HP's world. To tell you the truth, i do think it's better than reading the books in print. I don't know how Jim Dale does it really but he is AMAZING. I love the way he voices the different characters and even without saying who's talking, just basing it from Jim's voice, i will know who it is. He's fantastic.

5/07/2007 07:21:00 AM  

Blogger Jordis said...

We're finally going to discuss Harry! :D Anyway it's time for me to reread the books again before book 7. Looking forward to the discussion, ladies.

5/07/2007 01:37:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm ironing my hands in remorse...ok I promise I won't cheat and I'll re-read the whole blooming series! lol!

5/07/2007 03:24:00 PM  

Blogger Petra said...

Aggie, you're cheating? LOL! Is there a Harry Potter cliffnotes? :p

I think I will start tonight. It's been too long since I read HP1 there are parts I honestly can't remember.

5/07/2007 03:32:00 PM  

Blogger Rachel said...

It makes me sad that it's all going to end soon. After book 7, no more Harry :(

5/07/2007 08:19:00 PM  

Anonymous tinkerbell said...

Good choice. I'll do my best to reread in time and join in with the discussion.

5/08/2007 04:27:00 PM  

Blogger Katie. said...


I am THRILLED that Vicious Trollope directed me here--I'm just about ready to start reading "Sorcerer's Stone" and I'll bet that I have "Chamber" done by the 25th (for some reason, though, "Chamber" is my least favorite HP book).

YAY! There is much happy-dancing going on over here. I can't wait to jump into the discussion.

Thanks, Vicious Trollope for giving me the link!

5/22/2007 03:43:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...



So glad you stopped by. We love one and all HP nuts like ourselves LOL and GG lovers too, of course *wink*

You know, Chamber's is my least favorite HP too. I mean, its great, just not as good as the others. Still, this will be my first re-read of HP2 so I might change my mind :) Already half-way done.

5/22/2007 04:49:00 PM