20 April 2011
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Still, the books never get old and I seem to find something new to say every time. The books are just that good. Every time I read them I notice something different and they often seem more real than my own world (that doesn't mean as much as you think--I live in LA).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is at times both my favorite book in the series and my least favorite. Not only is it the slowest paced book in the series, but it also doesn't fit as well with the rest of the series as the other books do. This book could definitely have stood on it's own (wink, wink everyone writing series) and a few things bother me that seem inconsistent with later books. None of these things (like the first years taking the boats back across the lake at the end of the year) are important, but still they bug me every time I reread this book.
At the same time, the book has this special place in my heart. It is Harry's humble beginnings as a wizard and he falls in love with Hogwarts at the same time as we do. This is the book where we get to play in the magical world without really being afraid of Voldemort. It's where we meet some of my all time favorite characters for the first time and often reading this book is less like reading a book and more like a trip down memory lane.
Either way, these books just make me want to keep reading them.
This book counts towards the following challenges: Read Me Baby One More Time, 100+, and the Hogwarts Reading Challenge. Track my progress at my 2011 Challenges Page.