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Roberta's (luvamystery65) Wild About Harry!

2020 Category Challenge

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Edited: Dec 21, 2019, 2:35pm Top

I'm Wild About Harry

So my categories this year will be simple, but instead of boring, I wanted to go back to having a fun thread.

I was thinking about the series that I love to return to time and again for different reasons and realized that three of them had a protagonist named Harry. This song came to mind. A little background on the song from Wikipedia "I'm Just Wild About Harry" is a song written in 1921 with lyrics by Noble Sissle and music by Eubie Blake for the Broadway show Shuffle Along.

"I'm Just Wild About Harry" was the most popular number of the production, which was the first financially successful Broadway play to have African-American writers and an all African-American cast. The song broke what had been a taboo against musical and stage depictions of romantic love between African-Americans.
The song has been covered by various artists and even featured in an episode of Downton Abbey.

My three Harrys are Harry Potter, Harry Hole, and Harry Dresden. From time to time I may feature another Harry for fun, but I'll stick to my three Harrys for my categories. Below are my favorite of each series.

I'm Roberta from the suburbs of Houston, Texas USA. I'm a nurse (and currently in nursing school working on my advanced degree.) Besides loving my Harrys, I love my dogs and of course, reading!

Edited: Dec 22, 2019, 10:18am Top


This series brought me lots of joy and comfort in my Mom's last years. We read it together and I love going back to it. For my rereads category I have chosen Harry Potter.

Definitely plan to listen to the entire series again with Stephen Fry narrating! It will be fun to listen to the British version.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov last time I read the Burgin and Tiernan O'Conner translation. This time I will read the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation.

Edited: Dec 21, 2019, 6:40pm Top


This series jumped the shark a very long time ago, but I stick with it because I just can't quit Harry. He is ridiculous, but I feel the need to follow his capers. For my catching up on series I have chosen Harry Hole.

Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson - Longmire
Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson - Longmire
Knife by Jo Nesbo - Harry Hole

Edited: Jan 24, 10:37pm Top


I had trouble getting into this series, but I'm glad I stuck to it. The payoff has been so worth it. Harry Dresden has matured in the ways that mattered. He has true friendships, a family and he is not afraid of fighting for what he believes in. He annoyed me greatly at first, but now I'm rooting for him. This isn't a new series, but the newest release is out in 2020 and we (fans) have been waiting for years. For shiny new books (new authors, new series - new books in old series will go elsewhere) I have chosen Harry Dresden.

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons - ScaredyKIT
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham - group read
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - group read
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly - shared read with Kim

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Edited: Dec 29, 2019, 3:34pm Top

Book Bullets

As always, I dedicate my book bullet category to our resident sharp shooter, Judy (DeltaQueen50) who hits me with those book bullets every year!


Dec 21, 2019, 1:13pm Top

Hi Ro! I was going to guess that you are wild about Prince Harry - or Harry Connick Jr. but after visiting Lisa's thread now I am thinking Harry Dresden and Harry Hole! Can't wait to see!

Dec 21, 2019, 2:55pm Top

>6 DeltaQueen50: Judy you were very correct it was Dresden and Hole, but I couldn't resist putting a pic of the ginger prince into warm the spot that I usually dedicate to you.

Dec 21, 2019, 3:04pm Top

Love it! Great idea for a theme :D

Dec 21, 2019, 6:33pm Top

Good luck with your 2020 reading!

Dec 21, 2019, 6:42pm Top

Love it! Happy 2020 reading.

>2 luvamystery65: I just love Stephen Fry, so any audio book that he narrates is good for me. I will have to see if my library have the Harry Potter ones, ven though we just reread them again this year.

Dec 23, 2019, 3:00am Top

Have a great reading year with your Harrys! My first impulse was Dirty Harry...

Edited: Dec 23, 2019, 6:32pm Top

>8 rabbitprincess: Thank you. I love my Harrys

>9 Tess_W: Thank you and same to you on your challenge

>10 JayneCM: Thanks! I enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes series narrated by Fry this year so it will be nice to keep listening to him.

>11 MissWatson: Why thank you. "Do you feel lucky?" I'll stick to the three Harrys I love, but I do think you've solved a problem for me in >5 luvamystery65: Stay tuned!

Dec 23, 2019, 7:16pm Top

Happy reading in 2020!

Dec 23, 2019, 8:44pm Top

>1 luvamystery65: I love reading everyone's threads because I learn something from everyone. I'm familiar with the "Harry" song but didn't know the history of the play. Very interesting.

Best wishes for 2020!

Dec 24, 2019, 2:27pm Top

>5 luvamystery65: And I love Dirty Harry!

Dec 25, 2019, 12:04am Top

Love the theme! Just about 7 months until the new Harry Dresden.

Merry Christmas.

Dec 27, 2019, 2:18am Top

Harry up and get reading!! : ) Starred as usual.

Dec 27, 2019, 10:56pm Top

What a fun theme! Happy reading!!

Dec 31, 2019, 3:55pm Top

Hi, Roberta! - best of luck with your 2020 reading. :)

Jan 2, 11:18am Top

>12 luvamystery65: Glad to lend a hand!

Jan 2, 5:33pm Top

Love your Harrys theme, Roberta!

Jan 5, 1:30pm Top

Happy 2020 reading!

Jan 9, 9:59pm Top

Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

Jan 10, 8:10am Top

Hello, Roberta! I love your theme!! Another Harry that is full of fabulous is Harry Bosch - have you read those books by Michael Connelly? Abby and I love them on audio.

Jan 10, 8:24pm Top

Happy New Year, Ro!!

Jan 10, 8:29pm Top

I love your theme this year. Potter, Hole and Dresden are among my favourite Harrys too!

Jan 11, 8:18am Top

Hi Roberta!

Yay for the Harry theme, and congrats on the Potter re-read. I listen to the Jim Dale version every several years and have never tried Stephen Fry, but people seem to have strong opinions one way or another.

Jan 12, 3:44am Top

Somehow I've lost track of you, but finally found you, Roberta. Happy reading in 2020.

Jan 16, 2:54pm Top

Yay Roberta and Harry! Luv the theme!

Jan 18, 8:32am Top

Thank you everyone for all the Happy New Year and new reading wishes!

Jan 18, 8:35am Top

What wonderful news this is!

I'm loving the cover and I can't wait to see what happens in Harry Dresden's latest adventure.

Jan 18, 8:43am Top

>24 Crazymamie: Welcome back to LT Mamie. I've been known to be scarce myself. I will take note of your audio recommendation of Harry Bosch. Thank you!

>27 karenmarie: I don't know yet that I will have strong feelings about Stephen Fry vs Jim Dale. I listened to Jim Dale first so that is the HP that I have in my brain. I love Stephen Fry's narration of anything. I'm early in on the first book and I do love the Fry narration, but I can already tell you that I prefer Dale's Hagrid. I need to keep a list now that I think about it. ;-)

Jan 23, 4:14am Top

Keeping current here. : )

Jan 27, 7:57am Top

I'll be interested in seeing your Jim Dale vs Stephen Fry character list.

Feb 26, 2:40pm Top

Hey you! How's life treating you? February was not so hot for me and I am ready to leave it behind, but in my notes I have us down for a shared read of Every Dead Thing by John Connolly. I think we missed the boat. LOL. Are you still interested? March work for you?

Feb 27, 10:17pm Top

>35 Berly: Yes I also had a very busy month of February. March sounds perfect for Every Dead Thing. Thank you for checking in with me and for joining me in the start of this series. Let me go check in on you my friend.

Mar 4, 8:13am Top

Hi Ro! I hope you are doing well. I've got a new knee and am working through PT. I look forward to showing it off (LOL) next time I get to catch up with you in Houston.

Mar 19, 8:41pm Top

Ready to start Every Dead Thing? : )

Mar 19, 9:00pm Top

How about Monday?

Mar 20, 12:38am Top

You're on!! : )

Mar 20, 8:14am Top

Just dropping by to say hello. Hope you are staying safe. I'm self-isolating for the time being while work is closed.

Mar 20, 8:19am Top

Howdy, Ro! Just checking in....

Mar 20, 1:28pm Top

Hi Ro, just dropping by to wish you health and safety! Both my daughters are working in essential services - one is a nurse and the other is on B.C. Ferries which need to stay operational in order to supply Vancouver Island. I have my husband, my books and my TV to keep me company but I do miss seeing my girls and the grandkids!

Mar 23, 2:34am Top

Don't laugh at me, but are we reading Every Dead Thing or Mostly Dead Things? I've been saying the former, but have the latter. Stop laughing! ; )

Mar 23, 9:49pm Top

>37 LisaMorr: Lisa it was nice to hear from you the other day. I think it will be a very long time before you are able to come back to Houston. Kind of like post Harvey in a way.

>41 BookLizard: Stay safe and thanks for coming by. I work in a hospital so no self-isolating for me, but I am doing my best to self-isolate when I'm not working. I don't do direct patient care anymore so I'm safer than most of my colleagues. I pray for them everyday. I'm terrified every time I have to go out as my aunt Dora has lung disease and she is 75.

>42 katiekrug: KAK so nice to see you.

>43 DeltaQueen50: Judy I am keeping both your daughters in my prayers.

>44 Berly: Every Dead Thing I haven't started today. I spent 2 hours at Walmart and I am traumatized by it.

Mar 24, 1:22am Top

R--Okay, I will try to get my hands on it. Sorry you are traumatized. Two hours is a long time at Walmart!

Mar 24, 1:26am Top

Got it! Thank goodness the library still has audio and Kindle versions of books available. And I see they have upped the limit to 50 books! That should tide me over. : )

Reading just a bit before bedtime. Don't stress over this. Read when you can and want to, okay?

Mar 24, 8:52am Top

>45 luvamystery65: Sorry the Walmart trip was traumatic. I somehow managed to spend all afternoon yesterday looking for bottled water and toilet paper - not a gallon or roll to be found. I'm okay for a couple of weeks, but if it drags on beyond that, I could be in trouble. Did manage to score the second to last thermometer at CVS for my brother (then in typical librarian fashion, overheard someone else asking for one and directed her to the last one).

Will say a prayer for you and Aunt Dora.

Mar 25, 5:50pm Top

Ro--I am thoroughly enjoying Every Dead Thing! (That doesn't sound right does it? )

Mar 26, 8:04am Top

Have you watched the trailer for Peace Talks?


And Battle Ground is coming out later this year! (I'm guessing the Peace Talks don't go very well. LOL)

Mar 26, 7:31pm Top

>49 Berly: Barely started but I am liking it a lot too.

>50 BookLizard: I saw this yesterday and immediately thought of you! Did you read the Christmas story that came out year before? Harry & Molly were talking about how many people died? Story takes place after Peace Talks. I am so excited!

Mar 28, 4:21pm Top

>50 BookLizard:, >51 luvamystery65: Yay! I better get going and catch up already!

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