Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mare Reads - Harry Potter

I realize that I am one of the last people on the planet to pick up this series.  When I tweeted the above picture and that I was thinking of reading Harry Potter, so many people shot back in disbelief that I would be reading it for the first time.  But, since starting it, many people have confessed to me that they too have been skeptical about Harry Potter.  So I guess I'm not the only one.
But, now that I have fully given myself over to this land of wizards, witches and muggles, there's no turning back.  (In case you are not familiar with the story, I don't want to give too much away.  In fact, I am staying away from all online content for fear of the story being ruined.  But, read more here.)
I have read the first two books, The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets and am halfway through The Prisoner of Azkaban.  This has all happened in ten days.  
 Yes, ten days.  I have been reading these books at every possible chance.  They are just so well-written and descriptive, action-packed and rich with characters who you root for.  Also, many characters who you'd never want to come across!  I know these books are written for children, but there is so much for adults as well.  Many times I have marvelled at the attention to detail and the sheer creativity of Rowling's mind.  
I picked up the first book (in the seven novel series) with a bit of trepidation, thinking, "do I really want to commit to this?".  It was daunting to think of reading seven books about the same characters and story.  Clearly, I should not have been worried!  I am sure I will be on to the fourth installation in the next day or so.  I was intrigued to read the Harry Potter series, because nothing had really grasped by interest since finishing The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  I've read a few chick-lit but have only been semi-impressed.  I knew I was looking for something that had been widely successful.  I noticed the Philosopher's Stone paperback gathering dust on my bookshelf and thought, "why not?".
Now I wonder, "why did I wait so long?"
PS: To all of you who recommended HP to me, no one told me how obsessed I would get!  No one warned me to say goodbye to all other forms of entertainment.  This is all I want to do!  A lil head's up next time, please? ;) 

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