Harry, Lucy, Laura & Me is a blog dedicated to children's and young adult literature, with occassional detours for picture books and adult fiction. I do reviews, booklists, and updates on youth lit news. Requests are welcome!
Where did the name of this blog come from?
This blog is named after the characters that most inspired me as a young reader.
Harry Potter needs no introduction. I am a member of the so-called "Harry Potter generation" that grew up with the series. These books are proof that some things are popular for good reason. (While other things, are Twilight.)
Lucy Penvensie is the youngest child who journeys into Narnia in C. S. Lewis's classic series. She appears in four of the seven books, the most famous being The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I adored Lucy as a child, and spent many happy hours playing "Lucy in Narnia."
Laura Ingalls is the real-life heroine of the autobiographical Little House series. She was a spunky girl, and her pioneer life was full of adventure. Growing up, I had a secret fantasy of slapping Laura's goody-two-shoes sister Mary across the face.
How do I rate books? A+ One of the best books I have ever read This book is all-round exemplary, combining complex characters, a great plot, and well crafted language. It's engrossing and thought-provoking. If it isn't already a classic, this book is destined to become one. I recommend it to my best friends as well as random strangers. A Near perfection This books is almost an A+, but not quite. I would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone, and have already recommended it to friends and family. A- Excellent Excellent book, with great plot and characters. Few, if any, flaws. A highly enjoyable read. Recommended to almost anyone. B+ Very good Although there are some flaws, they do not substantially take away from the book's quality. Recommended for most readers. B Good Generally good, but with some notable flaws.This book is enjoyable in someways, but lacking in others.Overall, however, it works. Recommended with reservations. B- Meh Not terrible, but not good, either. This book leaves me flat. Unlikely to recommended, though some readers may enjoy it. C+ Bad Bad, but not without some merit. Lacking in many ways, but with a few redeeming qualities. Recommended only to very select individuals with a particular interest, and with caution. C Awful Severely lacking in plot, character, and other areas. Very unlikely that I would recommend it to anyone. D Terrible I regret reading this book. A waste of brain power. Definitely wouldn't recommend to anyone. F One of the worst books I have ever read Unspeakably horrible. I complain about it to everyone I meet.