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NCIS Season One – Review

I grew up watching NCIS, version 2.0 (with Ziva the main lead). So it was really good fun going back to the very first season and re-watching the entire saga. Plus, getting to know Special Agent Kate Todd was like a breath of fresh air. The mixture of Agent Gibbs, Anthony DiNozzo and the forensics team creates a dynamic cast and on-screen family that you immediately fall in love with.

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

This is my all-time favourite Harry Potter extra. It is just so sweet, and made me feel like the Harry Potter universe was a reality. Something which I always appreciate when I read fiction. It’s nice to imagine that young wizards grew up on fairy tales like us muggles. And being able to read the stories of right and wrong in that world (much like our own morality-pointing fairytales), is something that I plan to do again and again and again.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I always feel like this is the Harry Potter book that goes from a childish fantasy tale to a series that is complex and a little too serious. Partly it’s because of the content, but I it’s also because if you look in the book case, this book is a LOT thicker than the first three tales in this epic story. Since the first Harry Potter book, I have loved J.K. Rowling’s investigation of relationships. From Ron, Harry and Hermione’s rocky start to their friendship to Malfoy’s jealousy, the relationships follow a really realistic pattern and feel real. And the Goblet of Fire follows this progression.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Growing up, The Prisoner of Azkaban was my least favourite Harry Potter book. It just seemed slightly slower and a little off-topic. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve finally gotten a good appreciation of how wonderful this story actually is. I love the character of Sirius and finally getting to meet him and watch the story of James Potter’s childhood unfold is really interesting. After reading the whole series numerous times, the set up in this story makes the rest of the series make so much more sense. The small pieces that seemed so insignificant when I was a child are actually what make the series so potent.

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Subversive Spiritualities by Frederique Apffel-Marglin

This book was such a unique experience for me – it was an engaging and insightful look into phenomenological ethnography. For those of you who don’t know (as I didn’t when I started reading this book), phenomenology is the different ways in which we view the world. Our phenomenological understandings of our realities are shaped by culture, personal experience and spiritual considerations, amongst other things. Ethnographies, of which I have read a few, are anthropological texts. Ethnographies involve the author immersing themselves into another’s culture and life. Here they participate and observe at the same time, at once part of the group and separate.

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