June Wrap Up

There seems no reason to beat around the bush with fancy introductions. I might as well start as I mean to go on. There are not a lot of books here as I stopped reading during exam season. Hopefully, there will be more books next month as I start my summer holidays. Here are all the books I read in June (so far):

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:

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Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy – until he is rescued by an owl, taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason … HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD! 

I gave this book five stars, and you can read my review here.

The Invasion of the Tearling:

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The second book in the Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johanssen. I listened to this as an audiobook that I borrowed from my library. I won’t post a synopsis here as it may contain spoilers. However, I did love this book. The characters were interesting and the plot was new to me. It is one of the only times that I can think of where the second book in a trilogy isn’t terrible.

I gave this book four starts.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

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The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

This is my least favourite book in the Harry Potter series (based on an old fear that has since been resolved but still has me prejudiced against it).

I gave this book four stars. You can read my review here.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

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Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays. (Who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?) But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school…

My favourite book in the Harry Potter series. I gave this book five stars.

The Fate of the Tearling:

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The brilliant conclusion to the Tearling trilogy. I loved the way the series ended, it was both unexpected, unusual and satisfying in a way that I didn’t know stories could be. I would wholeheartedly recommend this series to anyone.

I gave this book five stars.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

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It is the summer holidays and soon Harry Potter will be starting his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is counting the days: there are new spells to be learnt, more Quidditch to be played, and Hogwarts castle to continue exploring. But Harry needs to be careful – there are unexpected dangers lurking…

I gave this book five stars.

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets:

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You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons(and its sister show Futurama) without ever realizing that cleverly embedded in many plots are subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows’ writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled sense of humour.

This book was quite interesting, and since my maths knowledge has increased since I last read this book I was able to enjoy it more. I will probably re-read this in the future when my knowledge has increased again.

I gave this book three stars.

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