Saturday, August 15, 2009

Harry Potter

While in Austin last month I picked up one of the family copies if Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and finally got around to reading it. I'd of course heard tons about the book series, and even seen a couple of the movies, but never got around to reading the books. Luckily, since I was at home and thus had multiple very eager family members to watch D for me, I was able to read the book very quickly. As in, it took me about 2 days. I then read through books 2 and 3 in the week that followed, before heading back here to California.

I've continued with the series since then, plowing through about a (700 page) book a week, reading during naptimes and before bed at night. I can't help it, they are highly addicting. The writing manages to be simple enough to be read easily and quickly, but the plot lines still are incredibly complex and always interesting. Of course, you all know this already, as I appear to be the last being on earth to read these books. But once I started I almost literally could not put them down. The reason there was no Etsy Fridays post this week is because I devoted Friday to finishing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (crying like a baby through most of the end, btw). I went out that afternoon and got the 7th book, which I have yet to start. Part of me can't wait, and part of me is almost scared to because of where the story is going. But I know it will be just as incredible as the previous 6 books. I am in awe of J.K. Rowling. Seriously. As I devour each book of this series, I am keenly aware of how excited I am to one day share these books with Donovan.


  1. Anonymous5:43 AM

    yay for HP! I wonder what you'll make of the Twilight books? Sarah

  2. The only negative thing I can possibly say about the books is that since they do age from book 1 to 7, you start with an 11-year-old character and end up with a mature 17-year-old, for those kids who start reading the books of an 11-year-old (and you usually read a few years older, so many of these kids are 8-9 years old) they end up reading very dark, mature themes in the later books. The books are well-written, and she is true to her characters and their ages, but the popularity of the books and the age range does cause that problem for the younger readers (and/or their parents).

    But the books are awesome. (Cannot say the same for Twilight. And that's all I'm going to say about that.)

  3. While I enjoyed the Twilight series, that had more to do with the fact that I love to read, and I like vampires as a theme in general. The books themselves were really just meh.

    Harry potter on the other hand... Love these books. I've read most of them twice now and I too cannot wait to share them with my little one. Regarding the mature themes, I remember how I addressed them when I ran into things that I didn't understand as a young person - I asked if necessary - but usually just skipped it. Re-reads much later in life led me to find totally new things in books that I had missed prior. For all these reasons I think that exposing kids to the 'darker' things in the books will turn out just fine, as long as there is a parental type around to explain the bits the child asks about.



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