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22. George R.R. Martin – A Clash of Kings (1999)       

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After reading the first ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ book I knew I’d be reading on with the rest of the series, I just read a couple of books in between to have a “breather”. Once again George R. R. Martin has written an epic book where lots happens and it wasn’t hard to keep on reading. I’m loving a lot of the characters and I’m not really sure why I hadn’t picked up the series before as a few friends had recommended it. The only thing I don’t like about these books is that the author is making me like people on various different sides in one big battle, they can’t all win…..

Whilst reading this one I actually watched the first season of the Game of Thrones HBO television series which I also enjoyed as it stuck so closely to the book. I’m glad I’ve been reading the books first though as I’ve enjoyed seeing the TV programme fluff out parts of the book where characters are just mentioned, whilst also knowing about other stuff going on that isn’t mentioned in the TV programme. It feels like I’m getting the full picture!

23. J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter Prequal (2008)  

It might be cheating counting this in my book challenge, but screw it I’m including it! This was a very short story written by J. K. Rowling essentially for a charity auction. It starts to tell the story of an adventure that James Potter and Sirius Black had some time before Harry Potter was ever born. It was interesting getting into her easy reading stories again only to be distraught that its over so quickly.

It may be bad of me to say this but I really hope J. K. Rowling looses all her money for some reason and is forced to write a series of Harry Potter prequals!

24. J. K. Rowling – The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008)     

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 I’m not sure why I never got round to reading this before but this is another short story from J. K. Rowling which is actually the book of Wizarding children’s stories that is mentioned in the final Harry Potter book. Whilst the stories themselves are similar to children’s fairy tales I quite enjoyed the comments by Albus Dumbledore after each one where he essentially comments on the stories and how they are interpreted in the wizarding world. His comments added a much more interesting level to what could have been a pretty basic short collection of 5 fairy tales. I’d defiantly recommend this quick read to anyone who likes the Harry Potter books (who doesn’t?)