Friday, August 19, 2011

My Week in a Nutshell


My Week in a Nutshell will be a weekly post I do on Friday or Saturday (depending on how busy I am) where I will discuss what I’ve read this week and any other book related thoughts I have.

What I’ve Read this Week
So this week, as those of you who have already been reading my blog know, I have been reading Harry Potter…for the first time (gasp).  I am on Book 6 right now but decided to go ahead and watch the movies. One of the reasons for this is that I find if I read the book first, I tend not to like the movie as much. So, yesterday afternoon, I went and saw the final movie and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were a couple of things that I don’t think were explained that well in the movie that makes me anxious to read the book.
Also, I decided to take a short break from Harry Potter and began reading Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Since I am giving it away on my blog, I figure I should probably post a review about it. When I first picked up the two copies at Booksamillion I thought I would have plenty of time to read and review it before the blog hop started but then I got sucked into the magical world of Harry Potter so I’m a little behind. I am almost done with it now and should have the review up tomorrow.

Thoughts this Week
Reading and watching Harry Potter has really made me think this week. Yesterday, after I finished watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt 2, I was left with this feeling of emptiness. I tend to get this feeling whenever I finish a really great series or book. As I read a book, I am always eager to see how the final chapter will play out and the fate of the characters I have grown to love. But as soon as I read the final line, I frantically turn the page hoping that there’s something more and am always left disappointed when I find that it really was the end.
I believe there are a couple of different reasons why I feel this way and I hoping that there is someone else out there that has experienced this as well. (I don’t want to be crazy)
I believe that there are many people who have probably experienced my first reason.  A great book allows readers to completely immerse themselves into that world. Readers become so absorbed that for the short time that we are reading it, it’s real. It’s no longer a fictional place but a real tangible place inside our mind that we are able to visit whenever we pick up the book.  When the story ends and we are suddenly ripped from the world that we not only came to know, but also, came to love, it makes sense for there to be a feeling of emptiness.  The end of the book is like the closing of the secret door to that magical world.

The second reason is one that I’m not sure everyone will relate to. I just hope that there is someone that will (so that I’m not crazy). This reason relates to the first one but it goes a little deeper. All of the stories that I truly love are the stories where the main characters are put in impossible situations where they have to choose between doing what is right or doing what is easy.  Their decisions decide the fate of the world. I know that no matter how long I live that I will never be put in a situation that determines the fate of the world. No matter what I do, my life will never be that significant. And that is what leaves me feeling empty. I want my life to have more purpose. I want my life to matter. I want the chance to do what’s right even if it’s difficult. As long as I reading it’s like can, but as soon as I’m done with the book it’s over. I do realize that the characters in the book face more challenges then anyone should have to, that their life is hard, and that they lose those they care about the most but they have the chance to do something great, to be someone great. And that’s awesome.

Now, that I rambled on, hopefully, you don’t think I’m crazy. If you don’t, let me know. If you do, don’t…I'm better off not knowing ;)


  1. Wow i really liked reading this post =) Do you like the Harry potter books more then the movies? I started watching the movies and then i started trying to read the books. But i couldnt get through through the first book and to this day, i haven't been able to read the books, but i really do enjoy the movies.

  2. I do like the books a lot, but I loved the last two movies. Granted, I haven't read the last book yet so I may very well love the last book more than I did the movie. I haven't watched the first four movies yet but hopefully I'll be able to soon. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the post. :)

  3. I really like your My week in a Nutshell. It gives you a chance to write about your book related experiences throughout the week, nice. To add to the discussion I must say I love the Harry Potter books much more then the movies. I like the movies but the books offer a lot more details then the movies.


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