Even though I'm a voracious reader, I somehow made it to age 30 (almost 31) without reading Harry Potter. I have received my fair share of "You HAVEN'T read Harry Potter??" comments, along with strange looks of surprise. But it's true--I haven't read them. I don't really have a good reason as to why, other than they just never sparked my interest. I remember hearing about when each book and movie came out, and watching the obsessive fans and wondering if it was really worth the hype. I even watched movies 1 and 2, and felt them to be extremely overrated. Now, I know to Never Judge a Book By Its Movie. After watching it, I knew the book would clearly be better, because books are ALWAYS better. But my disappointment in the movie just didn't motivate me enough to read it.
However, I have countless friends who are avid readers who love the series, including my close friend and "sister" in Seattle. For the last few years I always had planned on reading it someday, mainly out of curiosity to see what the hype was about. Once I started my blog, I came into contact with even MORE readers who loved the series, and as I was creating my Bookish Bucket List, I knew reading the HP series had to be in it. As a result, my Harry Potter summer reading project began! Here are my comments on the first book! (FYI: no spoilers here--I realize there are those who haven't read the series either!!)
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
309 pages, first published 1997
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Amazon Prime Kindle Borrowing Library
In this first book in the series we meet Harry, who has had a miserable life growing up with the Durley's, whom he has been living with since his parents were killed when he was a baby. Everything changes when a letter arrives and Harry learns he is a wizard. He then begins his journey at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he finds new friends, magic around every corner, aerial sports and a greater destiny that's been awaiting him his entire life. I was sucked into this story immediately by Rowling's charming and witty writing style, loveable characters, and entertaining story. I'm not obsessed with the series yet, but I'm definitely intrigued. I am quickly realizing I may have to eat my "this is overrated" words. I loved Rowling's creativity--it made the book so fun to read (a three headed dog named Fluffy?!). But I must admit I found myself wondering "There are SIX more books of this?" frequently during the first one. Even so, I am excited to continue on in the series!
Rating for HP #1: A-
Is there a popular series you've been putting off reading for one reason or another?