Fat Books & Thin Women

30 Day Book Meme, Day 12

A book you used to love but don’t anymore:

Okay: I know I’ve written more about Harry Potter in the past two weeks than in the past eleven months of this blog combined. But this will be the last time, I promise. (I am pretty sure.)

When I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I was totally entranced. So many exciting things to take in: flying motorcycles, Hagrid, dragon’s eggs, Voldemort, Gringott’s, running through a wall to get on a train, Harry’s miraculous first broom ride, Dumbledore being wise. And I read it again, and again, and again, so that I no longer have any clue how many times it’s been. Seven? Eight? Nine?

Whether it was reading the first book too many times, since I reread all the books before each release in addition to maybe three back-to-back jaunts through the first three books when I started reading them, or from the writing being not as good or more geared at younger readers than the text of the later novels, or that the battle with Quirrell/Voldemort is definitely the lamest closing fight of the series, I don’t want to read this one anymore. Listening it to on tape while I wash my dishes or whatever is fine, but I won’t even open the copy that was donated to my school’s library but loaned out to my host mom, that’s been sitting in my house for the months since she finished. I don’t have a whole lot of interest in reading about Harry’s discovery of Hogwarts and chocolate frogs and all the other delicious foods and drinks of the magic world because I already know all that crap. I want him to quit playing quidditch, quit drinking butterbeer, and get on with all the awkward romance and world saving of the next six books.

30 Day Book Meme:
Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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Comment by Sam @ Tiny Library

Haha! Yeah, the first book is disappointing nowadays, but that didn’t stop me from rescuing a copy from the side of the road this morning (yes, more people in my town tossing books I like – what is with this place?!). Your mention of the lame fight made me think of an issue I had with the next book – why doesn’t Harry just talk to the basilisk in Parseltongue and say, “Don’t eat me, eat Tom instead”? Ahh, early-in-the-series lameness.

Comment by Jennifer Maurer

I used to love Harry Potter and then out of the blue, I just grew tired of Harry being a hero and the center of attention and I didn’t finish the series.

I feel weird because my excuse is that they are childish but then, who am I to judge a world-wide phenomenon like this? I think I may need to do some introspection on this issue!

Comment by Elena

I don’t think I’m ever going to NOT love harry potter, but after the 7th book came out I haven’t reread any of them. Given the amount of YA lit I read I can’t claim it’s because I’m too mature for the books, but I don’t know what it is. I get your complaint about Harry always being at the center of the books…there are so many points when I just want to slap him and tell him to stop being such an ass, expecting everyone to bow to his desires.

Comment by Ellen Rhudy

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