Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 152


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee | The Fire Sermon by Frances Haig | Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed | The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling


Did everybody dust up their copies of To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation for Go Set a Watchman’s release this week? Yes? No? Well I did. I wanted a refresher course because I read it so long ago. It’s nice to go back and reminisce all the things that I loved about that book. My indignation over Tom Robinson’s fate still rings true to this day; and my appreciation for Atticus Finch’s quiet magnificence seems to have grown by leaps and bounds. Scout is a character that is both illuminating and amusing. And at such a young age, this girl has taught me more about acceptance and bravery than any living person I know.

No review books this week. But you’ll notice I picked up a couple that are pretty old: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I decided to finally read those series because I think it’s high time. Originally, I planned on reading Harry Potter with my boy. But he refused to read Β Harry’s books for some strange reason. So it looks like I’m going to have to fly solo on this one.

Anyway, that’s it for me this weekend. I hope you’ll have a great Sunday!

Hoarders, Books Edition links up to Talk Supe’s Bought, Borrowed & Bagged.Β 


  • Great collection. Two of the books I would want to try on this list is Written in the Stars and also Go Set A Watchman. I have read To Kill a Mockingbird and although I did like it quite a lot I didn’t love it πŸ™‚ But I will be reading the next book because I have heard good things! I am also really looking forward to knowing what you think of Percy Jackson because well, I LOVE that series. You already know my thoughts about HP but looking forward to comparing πŸ™‚

  • I am one of the few people that had no desire to read Harry Potter.Not even a little bit. It’s been probably over 45 years since I read To Kill a Mockingbird, but did see it produced a few years ago so it’s still in my mind. Wonderful book-of course!

    • Hahahah! Me either. But I’ve developed quite a curiosity for it. πŸ™‚

  • I must be one of the few that hasn’t read Harry Potter… I don’t have one book in the house either! One day!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

    • I’m in that boat as well. But I figure it’s time to change that. πŸ™‚

  • Yaaay for so many gorgeous books lately Joy πŸ˜€ I Hope you will love all of these precious books πŸ™‚ Still thrilled about you getting Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. <3 YOU MUST LOVE THEM. And you must must must let me know when you start reading either of them πŸ™‚ But aw. The Fire Sermon.. I was disappointed with it πŸ™ but I see why many might love it ;p Happy reading sweetie. <3

    • To be honest, I think it was your fault! <3

  • Nicole Hewitt

    Too bad your son couldn’t be convinced to read HP. My daughter was reluctant for some reason as well, but we listened to the first few audiobooks while we were doing a lot of driving on vacation, and now I think I have her hooked! Interested to see what you think of GSaW!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Maybe he’s still a little too young for it. I really hope he’ll grow a taste for it. Kids who read HP books become readers as adults, I find.

  • Melanie Z

    I’m not sure I’ll read Go Set a Watchman because of the reviews it’s been getting. But I hope you enjoy it, Joy!! πŸ™‚

  • Great book list.I have already read Go Set A Watchman. Not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird (of course), but I love her writing!

    • I love her writing as well. I hope to read it soon.

  • Grace Fonseca

    Awesome stack. I have never TKAM frankly, but I hope you enjoy it.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  • Umm… I haven’t read TKaM *hangs head*. I guess I should huh… I hope you love HP & PJ, I love both series! Thanks for linking up πŸ™‚

    • It’s all good. I haven’t read HP & PJ, so we’re even. πŸ™‚

  • Written in the Stars sounds good. Great haul, hope you enjoy your reading and have a good upcoming week.

    • Right? Though it might break my heart. Eeeep.

  • Jazmen

    Nice grabs! I haven’t been hearing so many flattering things about Go Set A Watchman, but I really do hope you enjoy it. It would be nice to hear your opinions on it. I want to try HP one of these days. I’m planning on picking it up soon! Happy Sunday!

    • Thanks, Jaz. I know right? I’m keeping my hopes alive.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I also picked up a copy of Go Set a Watchman….a little nervous to read it since I’ve read SO many bad reviews. TKAM is one of my favorite books in the world, so I am a little scared about that. I love that you picked up a HP book. Can’t got wrong with Harry Potter! Have a great weekend!

    • nerve-wracking, isn’t it? So much expectations, I tell ya.

  • I have not read a Mockingbird, nope

  • I really did love TKAM, but I haven’t taken very much note, at all, of the progress of Go Set a Watchman. I don’t even really know what it’s about! But… I guess I’m not really bothered about that. I imagine I’ll look into it and maybe get it from my library at some point. Right now I’m loving the books I’m reading now, though. I feel, in this moment, like I’m very much “at home” with my reading. Weird. Also not necessarily relevant to your post, Joy, but- !

    Yay for HP! I’m absolutely sure you’ll treasure it, and hopefully get that child of yours into it with massive amounts of enthusiasm and gushing. It’s an all time favourite, for sure. Watch out for book 5, my favourite! xx

    • Well, you’re lucky. I’ve read too much spoilers that I annoyed myself. ugh.

  • kindlemom1

    It has been forever since I read To Kill A Mocking Bird, I really should re-read it as well.
    I’m so excited that you are starting both the H.P. series and the Percy Jackson series, both are so much fun! I think your son would love both of them if you could get him to read along. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Ali. Really looking forward to reading those children lit.

  • I hope that you enjoy The Lightening Thief AND Harry Potter, they are both great books for totally different reasons πŸ™‚

    I’m waiting for Go Set A Watchman to arrive in the post, I’ve decided to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird after it, I’ve forgotten most of it, and it’ll be interesting to read the book it started out as, and then the book it became.

    • Thanks! So much love for those books, I swear. I hope I won’t be disappointed. πŸ™‚

  • I read TKaM again a few years ago when it was assigned to my son in school. Yes, I always read his school books. lol. I’ll probably read Watchman sometime …

    Eh, my son wanted no part in HP either. He was more into the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry, and the Hunger Games (way before the movie). Just start reading HP out loud around your son or play the audiobook loud. Make him endure Harry! πŸ˜€

    • Hahaha! My kids will probably go to me for book reports in the future. πŸ™‚ it’s what moms do.