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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated) by JK Rowling and Jim Kay


The first Harry Potter illustrated book has a 4.9 average rating on Goodreads.  That should tell you something.  We all know the story (and if you don’t love it, well then, move along) so I’m rating this based on the illustrations themselves.  And, they are freaking gorgeous.  Honestly, they couldn’t be better.  Jim Kay, I bow down to you.

For this post, I’ve captured a few of my favorites to share with you.  In a perfect world, I would go out, buy a second copy of the book, cut out the pictures and hang them all around my office.  I’m obsessed.  Can you tell?  Anyway, enjoy these collages of my favorite illustrations.


Review: The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith


JK Rowling is a master.  She is the Yoda of writing – creating Harry Potter and now Cormoran Strike.

Strike gained some notoriety and was able to build his PI business after he solved the case in book one.  While he can now make a living following cheating spouses and ferreting out corporate spies, it doesn’t quench his investigative thirst.  Even though the prospect of payment doesn’t look great, Strike decides to help a wife find her missing husband.  On top of that he has to deal with his assistant’s fiance (who doesn’t care for Strike very much) and a prosthesis that is becoming more painful.

The Silkworm is a 5-star mystery that is smoothly paced and tightly written.  There aren’t enough superlatives to explain my love for this book.  Instead I’ve decided the best way to pay homage is to flip to a random page and give you a quote.  You see, I know that there are gems on every single page.  So, here we go…page 96.

“Exhaustion was lapping at the edges of Strike’s consciousness.  He wanted passionately to go home, to begin the tiresome process of putting his leg to sleep (as he described it to himself), to close his eyes and attempt eight straight hours’ slumber until he had to rise and place himself again in the vicinity of another unfaithful husband.”

Not purple.  Not overdone.  Just simple, good writing that sucked this reader right inside the pages.