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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best in the series. Reading these for the first time as an adult made the first few books in the series a bit of a struggle, but this one was a blast.

Having seen the movies and finding the movie based on the first half of this book a completely boring, never-ending camping trip, I was pleasantly surprised that the book did not suffer from the same.

There’s nothing else to be said about these books that hasn’t already been said, I was just late to the party.

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A Second Wind

Today marked my 7th year in a row participating in the Second Wind Fund Walk/Run. I walked by myself the first two or three years but have had friends join me as team “Beau’s Beauties” ever since. This year I was joined by my awesome friends Jamie, Dennis, and Anais. Sadly, the list of people we walk in memory of has grown over the years, but the money we raise goes directly toward paying for counseling for struggling youth.

Beau's Beauties: Dennis, Anais, Jamie

Beau’s Beauties: Dennis, Anais, Jamie

My heart is heavy thinking about Dustin, Jesse, and the others we’ve lost over the last few years. It’s a mostly upbeat, festive event but there always comes that period when my friends leave and I’m left alone with my thoughts, my memories, and a giant pit in my stomach. I miss them desperately.

It was all brought back pretty abruptly last month with the death of Robin Williams, but the truth is it’s never very far from my mind. I think of Dustin and Jesse at least weekly; sometimes it makes me smile and sometimes it’s completely out of left field and knocks the wind out of me. It’s pretty awful having to re-realize that someone is gone, I do wonder why our brains do that. I’ve had dreams of both of them, and in the dream was so relieved that I was mistaken and they weren’t really dead, only to wake up and find that it was all fiction.

I miss them, but we walk in their memory and do our best to provide support to those who need it most. If you’d like to contribute to the Second Wind Fund, fundraising is still open for my team.

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Book Review: The Blue Zone

The Blue ZoneThe Blue Zone by Andrew Gross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book had the potential to be great, and it was certainly gripping at times, but ultimately, it was just okay. The biggest turn off for me was the intense violence and cruelty described at certain parts of the book. It felt unnecessary disturbed me enough to pull me out of the experience. The plot line was fun, and I wish I had been able to get more into it, but in the end, I would not be able to give it a very strong recommendation.

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Book Review: One Past Midnight: The Langoliers

One Past Midnight: The LangoliersOne Past Midnight: The Langoliers by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I only wish I had read this before seeing the TV movie back in the 90s. What an amazing story, and so much better in book form. I listened to it as an audio book read by William Defoe, and despite his unbelievably annoying voice for Bethany Simms, he did a superb job.

The suspense and confusion created by this story is fantastic, and highly recommended for anyone, whether they’ve seen the TV movie or not.

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Book Review: Cheshire Moon

Cheshire MoonCheshire Moon by Nancy Butts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a young adult book in years, but this happens to be the one other novel by the author of my favorite book from my teen years, The Door in the Lake. The Door in the Lake captivated and moved me as a teen and I’ve never forgotten it.

This book was equally as beautiful, moving, and heartfelt. It can be difficult to review a young adult book as an adult, the style is simpler, the themes more pronounced, but I felt I owed this book the chance. I am glad that I did.

Loss and friendship are the prominent themes, and the author’s ability to weave sign language into the conversation was stirring.

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