Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Release Date: July 1, 1999
Format: Paperback copy from personal library

Review’s in Series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Rating: Break the Bank!


J. K. Rowling continues her phenomenally popular Harry Potter series with yet another tale of magic, mirth, and mayhem. Like its predecessor, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is chock-full of fascinating characters, frightful events, and fun wizardry.p

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and WIzardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girl’s bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone – or something – starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself?

Rowling packs this tale with plenty of adventure and action, keeping the pace fast and furious. There’s plenty of humor, too – both subtle and bold – as well as a few moral lessons. With overlapping themes that range from the simple to the sophisticated, Rowling’s Potter tales should appeal to readers of all ages – the young as well as the young at heart.


For the longest time I felt like I was one of the only people in the world who hadn’t read the Harry Potter series.  I’d heard great things about the series and then there are the movies (which I haven’t seen yet) too.  So I remedied the situation.  I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it very much.  I thought it was a great beginning to the series and built up nicely to the next book.

While on summer break from Hogwarts Harry is warned not to go back to school.  That bad things will happen to him.  Naturally, Harry decides to go back to school because it’s school or life with the Dursley’s, which isn’t a great time at all.  It isn’t long after Harry and crew get back to school that Harry learns that danger is lurking in almost every corner.

The introduction of Professor Lockhart was interesting.  He definitely isn’t my favorite character at all.  I thought that he was a bit of a pompous ass looking for attention.  Then there was the introduction of Ron’s little sister Ginny, who is enamored with Harry.  Overall, I really enjoyed the host of new character’s introduced in this second book of the series.

What I really liked about this book was that it was full of action and mystery.  Being new to the series I found these things to be very much of my liking.  Another thing that I really enjoyed was reading more of the history of Hogwart’s in addition to all of the clues information that is inserted that will help build up the series as it progresses. 

Then there is the Chamber of Secrets itself.  I loved how when the student’s are starting to be threatened all sorts of new and exciting questions are asked.  Does it really exist? Is it really opened?  Has it been opened before now?  Who’s next? and my personal favorite…Is anyone going to die?

I’ve read several reviews for this book that say that this isn’t the reviewers favorite book in the series. Being as I have only read 2 of the 7 books so far, I am going to say that this book is my favorite of what I have read.


Weekly Round Up January 30, 2012

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Thank you to those who stop by and say Hi.  I just started book blogging this past week so there isn’t much here yet but feel free to take a look around. I’m sharing all the reviews I’ve linked up so far, it’s like 2 weeks worth of books and reading but since I’m just starting out I thought I’d share them with you all. Leave me a link to your post and I’ll be sure to drop by and say Hi!

What I Read:

 War Horse (War Horse, #1)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Shatter Me
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)
Legend (Legend, #1)
Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, #1)
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Rocky Mountain Heat (6 Pack Ranch, #1)
What I’m Reading:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
First King of Shannara (Shannara Prequel)
What I hope to Read:
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
Other Posts:
Don’t forget to leave me a link so that I can come and visit you!

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse (War Horse, #1)

Title: War Horse
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Series: War Horse #1
Genre: YA/Middle Grade
Release Date: April 1, 2007
Format: Nook Lend Me book from my grandma

Rating:  Wait until Payday


A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero’s journey.In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?


I was going through the “lend me” libraries of my Nook friends and I found this book in my grandma’s library.  When we were up at her house for Christmas I saw the trailer for the movie and it looked really interesting.  So when I found this book I sent a request to borrow it from her.

Honestly, I was worried about this book being a major tear jerker.  It has some pretty sad moments in it but I am proud to say that no Kleenex were harmed during the reading of this book.  Now from what I hear of the movie, plenty of Kleenex will be harmed during the viewing of this movie.  This book is also a really quick read too.

What I really liked about the book was that it was told from the point of view of Joey, the horse.  I haven’t read many books where an animal is the voice of the book.  So this was a pleasant surprise for me.  Joey comes to live on the farm with Albert (his human) and his family.  Joey and Albert become inseparable and then the war breaks out.

Albert’s father was probably my absolute least favorite character in the whole book.  He was abusive, a drunk and a liar.  Even though he was pretty bad and did some pretty despicable things he did put his family first, even if that meant lying and selling Joey to the war effort.

We read about WWI through Joey’s eyes.  It’s a little startling at times but this book was still a very good read.  There were points in which I felt too much information was given which ended up being the only negative that I could come up with for the book. Because I don’t want to give away the whole book I’m going to stop right here.  Your just going to have to read it in order to find out what happens.

The Hunger Games Read Along Sign Up

February 12, 2012-March 23, 2012

We’ve all heard that Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games is coming out in movie form on March 23, 2012 right?  I’ve heard that there are people out there who haven’t read the first book yet, which got me to thinking.  I LOVE this series and I’m going to read it again before the movie is released so why don’t I offer to do a Read Along for those bloggers who either haven’t read the first book and want to before the movie is released or just want to re-read the first book before the movie is released?!   So here we have The Hunger Games Read Along…

Here’s the information that you need to know:

1. The reading officially begins February 12 and the Read Along will conclude on March 23, 2012.  To sign up please create a sign up post and link to that post in the linky provided below (links to homepages will be deleted, only links to the Read Along post). Sign ups conclude on February 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST.
2. Each week on Sunday please post a discussion post of what you have read so far (your thoughts, feelings, etc. about what you’ve read of the book so far), there will be a  couple of discussion questions posted on each Sunday to provide some inspiration if you need it. NOTE: If you read ahead please do NOT post your discussion post early to prevent spoilers.
3. Come back here on Sunday and link up your discussion post in the linky that will be provided.
4. At the end of the Read Along I will be giving away some Hunger Games merchandise to 1 lucky Read Along winner.
5. If you have any questions you can email me at notyourmothersbookblog@yahoo.com.  Please put “The Hunger Games Read Along” in the subject line.
The Reading Schedule:
Part 1 “Tributes”
Chapters 1-4 (1, 2, 3 & 4)…..February 12-19
Chapters 5-9 ……February 19-26
Part 2 “The Games”
Chapters 10-14…..February 26-March 4
Chapters 15-18…..March 4-March 11
Part 3 “The Victor”
Chapter 19-22….March 11-March 18
Chapters 23-27…..March 18-March 23
The Linky:


In My Mailbox January 29, 2012

Hosted by The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme where we as book bloggers are able to share the books that we purchased, borrowed (from library, friends, etc.), swapped for, got for review or however else you obtain your books.  This is my first week ever participating and I’m looking forward to meeting all different sorts of book bloggers!  Leave me a link to your IMM and I’ll be sure to drop by and say Hi!

The Hunger Games Read Along Sign Up

Nook Lend Feature
War Horse (War Horse, #1)
A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero’s journey.In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
Demons at Deadnight (Divinicus Nex Chronicles, #1)
For seventeen-year-old Aurora Lahey, survival is a lifestyle.

Aurora has the crappiest superpower on the planet. And it’s just unleashed a hit squad from hell. Demons are on the hunt, salivating to carve her carcass into confetti.

The Hex Boys—mysterious, hunky, and notorious for their trails of destruction—have the answers Aurora needs to survive. But their overload of deadly secrets and suspicious motives makes trusting them a potentially fatal move.

The battle to save her family, herself, and stop demonic domination may cost Aurora everything worth living for, and force her to reveal her own dark secrets. But no worries. She needs the Hex Boys to pull this off, and, chances are, teaming up with these guys will get her killed anyway.

Bound Books
Under the Never Sky
Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland – known as The Death Shop – are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild – a savage – and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile – everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Tempest (Tempest #1)
The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Catching Jordan
What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though – she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team… and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.
Trance (MetaWars, #1)
Kelly Meding’s war-ravaged Los Angeles is ground zero for the ultimate Meta human showdown in this sexy, action-packed new series.

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath
Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.

Blood Bound (Unbound #1)
By blood, by word, by magic…

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special— a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.

Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…’

Don’t forget to leave me a link to your IMM and I’ll be sure to drop by and say HI!
By jrafterdark Posted in IMM

2012 Debut YA Debut Author Challenge


  • To read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.*

*The 2013 extension is so that December Debuts can be read and count toward the challenge.

  • Any advance reader copies you read from 2012 BEFORE the January 1st start date DO NOT count toward the challenge! 
  • You can read twelve books in one month, or one book a month. It doesn’t matter as long as you have 12 read by the end of the year! 


  • You must have a Blog to post your reviews or be a member of Goodreads. Youtube Book Reviewers count too!
  • Your blog/video must be written in English.
  • Deadline to join is May 31, 2012.


  • Must be a young adult or middle grade title.
  • Must be the author’s YA or MG debut, released in 2012.
  • If an author has a previous novel published for adults or children, they can still qualify for the challenge.
  • If an author has a previous YA or MG title, they do not qualify for the challenge.

My Books:

1. Demons at Deadnight by A&E Kirk
2.Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Series: Harry Potter #1

Rating: Wait until Payday


Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley—a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry—and anyone who reads about him—will find unforgettable. For it’s there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

I feel like I’m one of the last people on the face of the planet to read the Harry Potter series.  I haven’t seen any of the movies either.  I may have to remedy that situation as well as continuing on with this book series.  I read many reviews for this book/series on goodreads and I felt that it was time for me to jump on the bandwagon.

I see all over the place that there are about a “million” 5 star reviews for this book. As much as I really liked Harry I wasn’t able to give it a 5 star rating.

Like I’ve already stated, I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I didn’t LOVE it though.  For some reason it didn’t captivate me and cause me to read it straight through. I really did enjoy the world that J.K. Rowling created.  Harry was orphaned as a baby and as a result ended up with his abusive aunt, uncle and cousin (The Dursley’s).  Then when Harry turns 11 and receives, by owl, a letter of admittance from Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.  The arrival of this letter sets off a chain reaction of events that lead up to Harry going to Hogwarts.

As this is the first book in the series I think that it did an excellent job of setting up the foundation for the rest of the books.  Everything from Harry’s relationship with The Dursley’s.  To his friendships with Ron, Hermoine, Hagrid and Neville.  The animosity between Harry and Malfoy.  His relationships with the professors that he comes in contact with at Hogwarts.  To me the world seemed vivid with TONS of interaction between all of the characters, even the minor characters.  I was pretty amazed that this entire world was built in a little over 300 pages!

Overall, I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and really look forward to reading the other books in the series as well.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me
Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Reviewed Format: Finished Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Rating: Break the Bank!


Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.


I had been hearing all sorts of AWESOME hype about Shatter Me all over the book blogging community.  I kept seeing the same things, “you have to read this!,”  “it’s different,”  you get the picture right?  So yet again, I put forth the big bucks to have Amazon deliver Shatter Me to my house on release day.

What really drew me into the story was Juliette.  She’s been lead to believe that she is a monster due to her “gift.”  Her family has basically abandoned her and sent her off to an asylum.  She hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days.  See Juliette’s touch is lethal in most cases.  Then Juliette is given a cellmate.  Her cellmate turns out to be someone she knows from her past, the only person in her past life that didn’t have it out to be mean or cruel to her, Adam Kent.

Adam to me isn’t your typical storybook hero.  There comes a time when Juliette is almost certain that Adam has betrayed her to the Reestablisment. You automatically want to think the worst of Adam but the further you read the more you see that “what you see” isn’t always “what you get.”  I was really impressed with Adam overall.

Warner!  I had a love/hate relationship with Warner.  In that I LOVED to HATE him.  He comes off as an overbearing ass and I really didn’t like it.  You hear rumblings about why he is the way he is but really, just because you had a crappy childhood doesn’t mean you have to be a miserable excuse for a human being as an “adult.” His obsession with Juliette just flat-out creeped me out.

I really LOVED the world that the author created.  A world where everything has fallen apart and a group has come in and says “hey we can make things better” and proceeds to make things so much worse.  A sort of creepy look at what our world could be like.  The writing style I really liked a lot.  There are portions of the text that are crossed out and I liked it, I’ve read some reviews where others haven’t liked the crossed out text, for me it worked.

The romance for me at first I thought it was a little bit too much “Insta-love” but the more I read into the book the more I realized that Adam and Juliette have a considerable amount of history.  So naturally, that shot my “Insta-love” theory all to hell.

Overall, if you haven’t added this book to your wish list do so RIGHT NOW!  It really is a touch of The Hunger Games with a little X-Men thrown in to keep things interesting.  I DEVOURED this book and now I’m very sad that I have to wait so long for the sequel.

Favorite Passage:

“H-how could you possibly care about someone…like me?”  I’m barely breathing, nervous and petrified but somehow staring at his lips, studying the shape, counting the drops of water tumbling over the hills and valleys of his mouth.

“Because I’m in love with you.”

2012 TBR Pile Challenge


Challenge guidelines: 

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 – Dec 31, 2012.
  2. As we would like to see quality reviews linked up to our monthly wrap-ups, only bloggers can enter. Sorry about that!
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2012 TBR PILE Reading Challenge (You need to include the info + host list + challenge button. You can also grab the button code and add it to your sidebar!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. At the end of each month one of the hosts will post a wrap-up. Every wrap-up will have it’s unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this month. For each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It’s open to INTERNATIONALS. For participating in the mini-challenge you will get +1 entry.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice – we will be checking 😉
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you’ll link up in December will be entered into a HUGE giveaway – 12 books, 12 winners, INTERNATIONAL. 
  11. You don’t have to follow all the hosts to join the challenge, but you do have to follow all of us to be entered in giveaways!

1-10 – A Firm Handshake
11-20 – A Friendly Hug
21-30 – A Sweet Kiss
31-40 – Love At First Sight
41-50 – Married With Children

Evie from Bookish – http://www.evie-bookish.blogspot.com @SeoEvie
Nicole from All I Ever Readhttp://www.nicoleabouttown.com/ @Nicoleabouttown
Bonnie from Hands and Homehttp://www.handsandhome.ca/ @HandsHomeBlog
Donna from Book Passion For Life http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/ @BookPforLife
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading http://whatchyareading.net @caitlingss
Rie from Mission To Read http://missiontoread.com/ @missiontoread
Vicky from Books, Biscuits & Tea http://booksbiscuitsandtea.blogspot.com/ @alouetteuette
Christa from Hooked On Books http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/ @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision http://mermaidvision.wordpress.com @mermaidvisions

Wrap-up POST Schedule:
JanuaryDonna (Theme: Let It Snow + Book Cover Challenge)
FebruaryNicole (Theme: Un-requited Love/Love Gone Wrong + Advice Column Challenge)
MarchRie (Theme: Green or Pinched + Green Cover Challenge)
April –  Bonnie (Theme: Easter + Mini Challenge)
MayChrista (Theme: MayDay – Disaster Books! + Cover Disaster Challenge)
JuneJenna ( Theme: Camping + Sentence Challenge)
JulyRie (Theme: International Day + Cover Comparison Challenge)
AugustAngel (Theme: Summer Memories + Send Your Fav Character On Vacation Challenge)
SeptemberNicole (Theme: Life Changing Books + Mini Challenge)
OctoberCaitlin (Theme: Thanksgiving Theme + Share-A-Book Challenge)
NovemberVicky (Theme: Spooky Halloween + Book Puzzle Challenge)
DecemberEvie (Theme: Xmas Bliss + Book Bachelor Challenge)

My Level – A Friendly Hug:


Friday Follow #1

First, I want to thank everyone who stops by.  I’m in my first few days of book blogging and so far I am having so much fun! I’ve even created a twitter account for my new blog notmomsbookblog.  Anyway thank you for stopping by and leave me a link to your FF and I’ll be sure to drop by and say hi!

Q: Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

Honestly, I read just about anything.  Though I tend to steer clear of Poetry (I’m entirely way to dyslexic to understand what’s going on) and hardcore Horror…well because I like to sleep at night.  Off the top of my head those are the only two genre’s that I avoid at all costs.  How about you?